The Forbidden City unveiled

25 October 2005

There will be a rare chance to glimpse some of the long unseen areas of Beijing’s Forbidden City on November 28, when Henry Tzu Ng of the World Monuments Fund will deliver a lecture at the Royal Academy in conjunction with their forthcoming exhibition – China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795.


Not big money but it’s still a model market

22 October 2005

THE 20th century fashion and accessories sales at Christie’s South Kensington (20/12% buyer’s premium) are not the firm’s biggest money-spinners.

Potter the pioneer

18 October 2005

With perfect timing in advance of the forthcoming biopic starring Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter, the lecture at this year’s AGM of the British Antique Furniture Restorer’s Association was entitled Beatrix Potter – A Pioneer in Regional Furniture Discovery.

Spink warrant

18 October 2005

London coin and stamp specialists Spink have been awarded an additional Royal Warrant for their services in philately.

Wallace Collection MA places

05 October 2005

Places are still available for this October on the MA course in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, based at the Wallace Collection.

Bermondsey development underway

28 September 2005

HOARDINGS will shortly go up at London’s largest antiques market as Southwark Council announced that construction work for redeveloping Bermondsey market will begin before the end of the year.


Gosnell’s giant among pot lids

16 August 2005

At first glance there’s nothing very exciting at all about this Prattware pot lid.

Changing the silver linings

10 August 2005

Personnel changes are afoot in the silver departments of two of London’s major auction houses.

Portobello strike deal with water board to prevent disruption

27 July 2005

THE Saturday Portobello antiques market will not be disrupted by water board works as feared.


Rarity sets £8000 Mills record

27 July 2005

To collectors of the so-called castle-top card cases, subject matter is everything. Pictured here is a great rarity.

Kingston University launch MA in art market appraisal

19 July 2005

RICS agree to credit new courseKINGSTON University have announced plans to introduce an MA in Arts Market Appraisal in September.


The Gothic tale of a blind mule and the holy nail

19 July 2005

Medieval French silver is not a plentiful commodity. Much of it did not escape the great post-Revolutionary meltdown, but one piece that got away was the late Gothic reliquary casket that featured in Sotheby’s works of art auction in London on June 8.


Charlotte enjoys her own £50,000 victory after 220 years…

12 July 2005

Few will be unaware that 2005 is the bicentenary of Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar, given the number of celebrations and exhibitions commemorating the event.


Bidder finally wins cross – at the Grosvenor fair

12 July 2005

DOUBTLESS unique, but in its way typical of the sort of success enjoyed at Robert Finan’s sale, was this Russian 18th century emerald, ruby and diamond cross, right, mounted in silver and gold.

Kensington Church Street bids farewell to John Jesse

12 July 2005

September will see the end of an era and a Kensington Church Street landmark when John Jesse, the pioneering decorative arts dealer, shuts up shop following the expiration of his lease.


An object lesson in how to get the balance right

12 July 2005

Never was an event more aptly named than Brian and Anna Haughton’s International Ceramics Fair and Seminar, the veteran ceramics fest which celebrated its 24th staging from June 16-19.

Walpole archive discovered at Kew

06 July 2005

A student has discovered a five-volume inventory of the possessions of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, while cataloguing in the National Archives at Kew.

Contemporary records tumble at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

29 June 2005

London turned up the heat in the market for Contemporary art when both Sotheby’s and Christie’s achieved outstanding results at their June evening sales.


Yuan dynasty blue and white porcelain has always been prized in some quarters but it is now generating much wider levels of interest.

29 June 2005

The July sales of Asian art will be notable for bringing two newly discovered pieces to the market, one in London and the other in Salisbury.


The Brooks’ new seat of learning

21 June 2005

IT was a family occasion on Friday June 9 at Bonhams when chairman Robert Brooks invited his father Bill to unveil a plaque for the lecture theatre in their Bond Street HQ in front of a small gathering of family members and senior staff from the auction house.