Vanvitelli outsells Flemish work thanks to the James Brothers

22 December 2004

With TEFAF Maastricht beckoning, it was hardly surprising that Dutch and Flemish painting should capture most of major prices at the December round of Old Master paintings sales in London.


CSK win ATG pub quiz

15 December 2004

Hosted by ATG at the City Flogger in the City of London, the event brought together 20 teams from all areas of the art and antiques world for a light-hearted charity event which nevertheless caused some serious head-scratching.


£17m cabinet record

14 December 2004

Breaking its own record as the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold at auction, this massive, 12ft 8in (3.86m) high, 18th century Florentine ebony, ormolu and pietra dura architectural display piece known as The Badminton Cabinet brought Christie’s December 9 sale of European furniture to a dramatic climax last week when it sold for £17m (£19,045,250 including premium).

NY-Paris dealers to target Russia in London

01 December 2004

FEIGEN Aaron is a new firm in London’s St James’s launched by two top dealers from New York and Paris and aimed at the expanding Russian market.


New London auction house aims to corner Russian market

24 November 2004

A NEW auction house has opened in London’s West End focusing on Russian art, one of the fastest growing sectors of the world art market.


Potter magic but not from Harry this time

24 November 2004

WHEN it comes to Beatrix Potter, they don’t come rarer than this previously unrecorded first trade edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.


Fonthill at its finest

19 November 2004

THE international Asian art community descended on London from November 4-12 to battle for the best quality Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian material the major houses and dealers could muster during Asian Art in London.


British Museum raid mirrors V&A theft

11 November 2004

POLICE investigating the theft of Tang and Yuan dynasty jewellery and body ornaments from the British Museum on October 29-30 believe the raid could be linked to the theft of Chinese jades from the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier last month.

Penman to launch new Chelsea fair aimed at young buyers

11 November 2004

NEXT spring Caroline Penman launches a new fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall in King’s Road, London SW3. It will be called The King’s Road Antiques Fair and will run from March 11 to 13.

Fresh offer to cash in compensation vouchers

11 November 2004

THE Chicago Clearing Company, the US firm trading in auction house class action certificates, will be in London again this week.

Clarion Events team complete firm’s buy-out: Future of Olympia antiques fairs assured say new bosses

03 November 2004

CLARION Events, organisers of the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fairs, have successfully completed a £45m management buy-out from their parent company, the Earls Court & Olympia Group (EC&O). They emphasise their continued commitment to the antiques fairs.


Hubert is king of the Peaceable Kingdom

03 November 2004

THE current fashionable status of antiquities and the charm of animal subject matter proved an irresistible combination for collectors last week when Christie’s offered the late Leo Mildenberg’s collection of ancient animals. The two-day dispersal of the German-born collector’s Noah’s ark, in London on October 26 and 27, totalled just over £3m.

Manchester puts Derby porter mug on display

03 November 2004

BACK in April in Antiques Trade Gazette No 1633, we pictured and discussed an unusual Derby porter mug decorated with industrial scenes of two Mancunian foundries which sold at Bonhams in London for £3800.

New sculpture study gallery opens at V&A

28 October 2004

THE V&A have opened the first new gallery in their £30m transformation programme.

Seminar on the risks of moving art

28 October 2004

BUYING and selling art and antiques is one thing, but what about transporting it from the place of sale to its destination?

Asian Art award winners

28 October 2004

THE winners of the Asian Art in London Outstanding Work of Art Awards, sponsored by the Antiques Trade Gazette, were announced last week.


Barcaglia from Berkshire nets £120,000

20 October 2004

THERE are few more commercial subjects than children. Accordingly, it was no surprise that this near life-size Italian marble group of two children playing on a balcony (pictured right) by Donato Barcaglia, dating from the late 19th century stole the limelight at Christie’s King Street (19.5/12% buyer’s premium) 19th century furniture, sculpture, works of art and ceramics sale on September 30.


Bonhams Knightsbridge

20 October 2004

TWO or three times a year Bonhams (19.5/10% buyer's premium) offer a selection of modern pieces in their monthly Knightsbridge silver and objects of vertu sales. Undoubtedly a growth area of the market, works by major names such as Stuart Devlin, Gerald Benney and Christopher Lawrence routinely feature amongst the top ten lots.

Cadogan consolidates

20 October 2004

CADOGAN Tate, the international packing, shipping and storage company, have announced that they have turned The Packing Shop into a profitable concern. They acquired the assets and goodwill of the antiques specialists just over a year ago.

RA fairs news at the double

20 October 2004

NEXT year’s Watercolour and Drawings Fair will move to a new venue, the Royal Academy rooms at 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1, where it will run from February 3 to 6 with an opening evening preview on February 2.