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Coincidence reunites Messel brothers after 99 years as watercolour portraits emerge at two separate auctions

28 September 2020

Separated for many years, portraits of two brothers by WBE Ranken (1881-1941) came up at auction at different London salerooms last week. The fact that they emerged on the market simultaneously was seemingly pure coincidence.

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Bawden’s decimal coin design makes a Mint

28 September 2020

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was one of a number of artists invited to submit designs ahead of Britain’s changeover to decimal coinage. Designs were invited for six coins: the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p pieces.

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Lord Snowdon sale at Christie’s led by Prince of Wales investiture chairs

28 September 2020

Christie’s sale of items formerly owned by Lord Snowdon (1930-2017) was led by a pair of chairs he designed himself for the investiture of the Prince of Wales in July 1969.

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Dealer Jack Webb’s superb 1000-lot militaria collection brings white-glove result

28 September 2020

London dealer Jack Webb, who died last year aged 94, was known for the variety of unusual pieces at his Camden Passage shop, but the D-Day veteran’s personal enthusiasm was for militaria.

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Behind the lens of African independence

28 September 2020

Until the process of independence began (starting with Ghana in 1957), photography in West Africa had been mainly a bureaucratic tool and was viewed with suspicion.

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One last visit to the Colony Room in new exhibition

28 September 2020

Modern and contemporary gallery recalls the faces and the artists of fabled Soho drinking den

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US hero given British honour

28 September 2020

As heroic a defence against the odds as Rorke’s Drift, and certainly more important, the twin battles of Imphal and Kohima are much less well known.

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Monypenny and Mary Queen of Scots make a lively sale

28 September 2020

Bid to £1.35m at Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) this summer, as part of a ‘Classic Week’ evening sale of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts of all ages, was a lavishly illustrated Book of Hours attributed to the Master of the Monypenny Breviary and associates.

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Six Ruskins add pep to Peppiatt’s latest show

28 September 2020

A group of works by famed Victorian art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) features in Guy Peppiatt’s latest exhibition of British drawings and watercolours.

ATG letter: Preposterous in Portobello

28 September 2020

MADAM – The new planning law amendment which could affect Portobello Road by opening the door to more gyms, restaurants, offices, clinics, etc is preposterous (see last week’s News).

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Planning changes threaten Portobello shops

21 September 2020

Concerns have been raised that Portobello Road antiques shops could be under threat under new English planning laws that will make it easier to change the use of a retail building.

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Market proof: Queen Anne five guineas piece from 1705 sells for £220,000 at Spink

21 September 2020

Choice specimens of the rarest English coins are reaching new financial territory.

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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Cromwell Place: A new style of gallery space

21 September 2020

At a moment when dealers are exploring new ways to trade, Cromwell Place opens for business

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Strong response to mixed media works at Roseberys

21 September 2020

A notable of feature of the Post-War and Contemporary art market is the wide variety of mediums employed.

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Market for authenticated Banksy screenprints flexes its muscles at specialist London sale

21 September 2020

Interest from overseas bidders appears to be lifting the market for Banksy (b.1974) prints to a higher level.

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Mayfair Art Weekend to run during London's Frieze Week for 2020

21 September 2020

Usually running during the summer high season of late June, this year’s Mayfair Art Weekend takes place during another peak of the London calendar: Frieze Week.

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Works of international appeal fire London market

21 September 2020

A work on paper by Czech artist Mikulas Medek (1926- 1971) drew strong competition at Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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Frieze Week goes virtual as 200 exhibitors prepare to participate at online event

21 September 2020

Usually the centrepiece of the London art market in October, Frieze has had to rethink the format of its two mammoth fairs.

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Satellite events and exhibitions for the autumn season in London

21 September 2020

A selection of gallery events taking place this autumn in London that focus on Post-War and Contemporary art.

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