UK

The United Kingdom accounts for more than one fifth of the global art market sales and is the second biggest art market after the US.

Through auctioneers, dealers, fairs and markets - and a burgeoning online sector - buyers, collectors and sellers of art and antiques can easily access a vibrant network of intermediaries and events around the country. The UK's museums also house a wealth of impressive collections

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‘A good way of getting it out there’: quartet of dealers take auction route in early 2019

07 January 2019

Four well-known dealerships have teamed up with auction houses for major sales of stock in the early months of the year.

David and Beth Elstob

Former Thomas Watson director launches new auction house

07 January 2019

Former Thomas Watson Auctioneers director David Elstob is to launch his own auction house with wife Beth Elstob.

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Waterhouse name boosts oil sketch

07 January 2019

This unfinished oil sketch of a tree was kept by pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) until his death and sold in his last major studio sale, held in 1926 at Christie’s.

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Affordable art: three works priced under £1200 in regional sales including a Robert Tavener print

07 January 2019

A selection of three works priced under £1200 at UK regional auctions.

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Book that forms a work of art

07 January 2019

At the very end of the 15th century, in Venice in December 1499, there emerged from the presses of that city’s most famous printer, Aldus Manutius, what is traditionally described as the most beautiful illustrated printed book of the Italian Renaissance.

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The world comes to Cockermouth

07 January 2019

Three-day auction at Cumbrian saleroom demonstrates global reach of art and antiques.

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Swallow dips in to open another salvage event

07 January 2019

Organiser launches Malvern fair to run alongside existing venues.

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Library laws laid down at auction

07 January 2019

Dated April 5, 1768, the simple printed broadside shown below lays down the ‘Rules…’ that apply to those wishing to use the Circulating Library in Ashbo[u]rne in Derbyshire.

ATG letter: Listen to Mr Spock to decide on ivory trade

07 January 2019

MADAM – F Segolini makes some interesting and valid points about the failure of alcohol prohibition in the US (Letters, ATG No 2373).

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Glad as a Flatter to be selling glass

07 January 2019

Glass specialists Liz and Mike Flatter will be first-time exhibitors at the IACF Shepton Mallet antiques and collectors’ fair at the Bath and West Showground on Friday to Sunday, January 18-20.

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Dirk suits snappy Highlander

07 January 2019

A fine example of a dirk, without which no Highland formal dresswear is complete, was among the stand-out lots at Cuttlestones’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Penkridge on November 22.

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Dorking fair doubles up to take a second room

07 January 2019

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs reports that 2018 was another busy year for her fairs at the Dorking Halls, particularly as she has managed to organise a second room at this Surrey venue.

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Box bears the magic name of Churchill

07 January 2019

While £90,000 is an awful lot of money for an empty metal box, this old black painted and gold lettered deed box does bear the magic name of Winston Churchill.

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From cartridge loader to corkscrew

07 January 2019

One of the more unusual corkscrews to come onto what is a fiercely competitive collectors’ market recently was a brass, steel and wooden contraption of the type one may have seen clamped to the bar of fin-de-siècle brasseries.

British and Irish book auctions: January 8-31, 2019

07 January 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 8-31, 2019.

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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Bird oil panels from Tim Wonnacott collection pose a puzzle

07 January 2019

Four works sold in Essex auction could be part of Marks’ Eaton Hall commission.

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The hand of Winston Churchill rubs shoulders with contemporary art at annual London event

07 January 2019

Works by major names in modern art are available in north London this month. The annual London Art Fair might have a contemporary focus, with many of the attending dealerships and surrounding projects concentrating on recent works, but a healthy supply of older 20th century art for buyers is available to snap up from established galleries.

Nurse Katharine Ross Cameron

Appeal to antiques trade to help find stolen medals awarded to nurse who served in Africa

05 January 2019

The owner of a group of medals stolen from a car in south London is calling on the trade to help her locate them.

Liverpool delft soup bowl

What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last fortnight? Five auction highlights including a Liverpool delft soup bowl

04 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Liverpool delft soup bowl with a battle scene showing the famous capture of Porto Bello by the British in 1739.

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