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Footfall rises and sales top £3m for ABA’s Rare Book Fair in Battersea

17 June 2019

Visitors to the ABA’s 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair' spent more than £3m over the events three days.

Caroline Penman: ‘Will anyone save Chelsea?’

17 June 2019

Caroline Penman, organiser of the Chelsea Antiques Fair since 1983, is hoping to find a new owner willing to maintain the venerable event.

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Chippendale sits comfortably at Masterpiece London

17 June 2019

When Sir Robert Burdett (1716-97), 4th Baron Bramcote, undertook the remodelling of his early 18th century home Foremarke Hall from 1759-62, he contracted Thomas Chippendale to refurnish the house. The cabinet maker – one of several employed in the project – was paid around £1000 for the giltwood seating furniture which is thought to have included at least 10 elbow chairs, two window seats and a sofa.

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Beethoven’s hair bid to £28,000 at Sotheby’s

17 June 2019

A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that was “evidently given” by the great composer to the pianist Anton Halm in 1826 was knocked down at £28,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London last week.

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Early Worcester plate among ceramics offered at 'A Collectors’ Paradise' in London

17 June 2019

A rare early Worcester plate, c.1752, painted in Chinese famille verte style is offered by dealer Robyn Robb at 'A Collectors’ Paradise', the annual group selling show of pottery and porcelain in St James’s. Offered for £9500, it features a bird perched on a flowering prunus tree.

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5 Questions: James Butterwick

17 June 2019

James Butterwick is a dealer in Russian art of the early 20th century in London.

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Bone on Boney at miniature show

17 June 2019

An 1817 miniature of Napoleon by British painter Henry Bone (1755-1834) is among the highlights at Ellison Fine Art’s exhibition of portrait miniatures this month.

ATG letter: Caroline Penman – ‘Will anyone save Chelsea?’

17 June 2019

MADAM – I am mortified to find myself at the cusp of ending one of London’s oldest and favourite art and antiques fairs, unless someone would like to take it on?

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Rediscovering ‘Good Design’ at Kensington Church Street show

17 June 2019

'What Happened to Good Design', a summer selling exhibition at Hill House in Kensington Church Street, was inspired by a show at design shop Heal’s in 1982 of the same name. It offers works from the Arts & Crafts period and beyond.

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Adrian Heath works on paper go on show at London gallery

17 June 2019

This abstract oil on paper is among the works on paper by the modern British painter Adrian Heath (1920-92) currently on show at St James’s gallery Alan Wheatley Art.

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Antique silk top hats in demand ahead of Royal Ascot racing events

14 June 2019

Retailer Oliver Brown has reported a boost in the sale of antique silk top hats ahead of Royal Ascot next week.

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Lord Mackintosh’s viola player is toast of Toby jug collection at Bonhams

12 June 2019

Late Spring or early summer is a traditional slot in the London auction schedule for Bonhams’ ceramics and glass sales. The latest, devoted to glass and British ceramics, took place in the firm’s Knightsbridge rooms last week.

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Tomasso Brothers and Butchoff Antiques among dealers confirmed for BADA ‘pop up’ exhibition

10 June 2019

Leading dealers have signed up to take part in BADA’s inaugural ‘pop up’ selling exhibition in June and July on Pimlico Road, London.

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Coin from reign of Allectus found in field makes house record at Dix Noonan Webb

10 June 2019

A rare Roman gold aureus, found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent earlier this year, was hammered down at Dix Noonan Webb last week for a house record £460,000.

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‘New addition’ to the Lewis chessmen

10 June 2019

Sotheby’s believes it has found a missing piece from the Lewis chessmen hoard – the cache of 12th or 13th century walrus ivory carvings that chiefly resides in the British Museum.

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Connect art fair to join the summer season in 2020

10 June 2019

Connect – The Independent Art Fair, which debuted at London’s Mall Galleries in January, has added a June event to the 2020 calendar.

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Swansea ice pail takes a cool £38,000 result

10 June 2019

An impressive 8in (20cm) high ice pail, cover and liner made what is thought to be a record auction result for Swansea porcelain when it sold for £38,000 hammer at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on June 5.

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Selective Russian auction series maintains capacity to wow

10 June 2019

The latest week of Russian art auctions in London generated £35.8m including premium, the highest total for a June series in this category since 2014.

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Artists as celebs: debut sculpture show plays a fame game

10 June 2019

When Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), leading artist of the French Romantic school, died in 1863, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts commissioned a bust to commemorate the painter and embody his genius.

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Unrecorded Tompion to star at Masterpiece

10 June 2019

Kensington Church Street clock dealer Howard Walwyn will offer this previously unknown Thomas Tompion walnut and mulberry longcase at the Masterpiece fair in London.

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