Size diminished, quality undiluted say ceramics pioneers

03 June 2004

LITTLE wonder that London organisers Brian and Anna Haughton have such a soft spot for their annual International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, the 23rd of which will be staged from June 10 to 13 at The Commonwealth Centre in Kensington High Street, London W8.


Styles may subtly alter but the Grosvenor remains the best of British

03 June 2004

OPENING with a grand private preview on June 8, and continuing until June 15, for the 70th year the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair will run at The Great Room of the Grosvenor House hotel on Mayfair’s Park Lane. And, no doubt, it will show, once again, why it is the country’s top fair and one of the world’s top antiques events.


Lasting charm of RA

02 June 2004

I CAN almost hear the grinding as dozens of art critics hone their sabres – it must be time for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition!


One psalter from Gorleston is unexpected; two is quite extraordinary, three is a workshop!

02 June 2004

EXPECTED to sell for £1m or more at Sotheby’s on June 22 is the Macclesfield Psalter, an unrecorded illuminated manuscript, made in England in the early 14th century, that came to light only when the saleroom was asked to sell the contents of the 18th century library of the Earls of Macclesfield at Shirburn Castle.


Thinking big in Sculpture Week...

02 June 2004

ALTHOUGH many of the items on offer by the nine dealers taking part in London Sculpture Week (June 10-18) are antique, with some dating back more than 5000 years, there will be a few contemporary pieces.


A feast of amusing and edifying tales for young gentlefolk of all ages

02 June 2004

AN April 29 sale held by Bloomsbury Auctions presented an enormous selection of children’s, illustrated and private press books that ran to nearly 900 lots. While there was much to admire in the other sections of the sale, I shall concentrate on the children’s books for this report. A great many of the lots came from one fine collection in which many of the books contained a bookplate designed by Pauline Baynes.

New galleries raise London’s Contemporary profile

02 June 2004

INCREASINGLY, London is showing its teeth as one of the world’s nuclei for international Contemporary art. And, with last week’s opening of two substantial commercial art galleries, its status is going only one way – upwards.

Arrest made over London thefts

01 June 2004

POLICE have arrested a woman wanted for questioning in connection with a series of thefts from London antiques shops earlier this year.

AXA vow to sort out Momart claims as soon as possible: Trade still assessing impact of losses on summer fairs and exhibitions

01 June 2004

INSURERS Axa Art have promised to settle claims linked to art lost in last week’s fire at Momart’s London warehouse as soon as possible.


Snatched from the jaws of defeat at £7500

01 June 2004

WILD beasts, and tigers in particular, loomed large in the late Georgian imagination. They appear in a range of guises, from the fearful symmetry of William Blake’s Tyger to the almost cuddly features of the big cats modelled by Staffordshire potters for popular consumption.

Antiquarian Book Fair – something for all, priced at £50 and up...

28 May 2004

The ABA’s annual Antiquarian Book Fair, which this year will be opened by the writer Frederick Forsyth, will run from June 3-6 at Olympia. Illustrated and/or very briefly described here are half a dozen items promised by dealers from Britain and the USA.

International status, all the trade all there, Olympian efforts...Now, will it work?

28 May 2004

JUNE in London means the big fairs, an increasing number of dealers’ selling shows and, this year, such trade initiatives as Art Fortnight and London Sculpture Week. It is the month when all eyes are turned on the capital’s art and antiques trade and dealers, collectors and museum curators fly in from all over the world.


Without a doubt, jades are the stars

28 May 2004

INEVITABLY fairs dominate June in London but there is also much activity in the galleries and showrooms with dealers taking advantage of the influx of serious collectors and trade into the capital.

Cutting a dash in Dulwich

28 May 2004

AS if there are not enough fairs in June in London, busy Sussex organiser Caroline Penman has decided to launch another, but at least this is far from the centre of town and does not tread on the toes of any of the established events.

Now we art six – and in hindsight an obvious success

28 May 2004

NOW in its sixth year artLONDON has proved a popular and worthy addition to the roster of June fairs. Indeed, in this relatively short time it has become as much a part of the London summer scene as its much more venerable and mainstream stablemates, such as Grosvenor House and Olympia.

Dealers lure June's fairgoers

28 May 2004

MAYFAIR dealers in things tribal, unusual and exotic, the Gordon Reece Gallery, are currently holding one of their periodic selling exhibitions of antique Chinese furniture at 16 Clifford Street, W1.

Olympic links make common sense at the exotic Hali

28 May 2004

AT its seventh staging, the popular Hali fair at Olympia is undergoing some major changes, not the least of which is a name change. The event is now titled The Hali Fair: Carpets, Textiles and Tribal Art. The duration of the fair has been extended from four to 10 days and it will take place in the National Hall Gallery at Olympia from June 3 to 13, at the same time as the summer Fine Art & Antiques Fair. The fairs will be linked allowing easy access between the two.

A wing and a prayer

27 May 2004

SALES of Victoria Cross groups continue to set new auction records.

Radical design tends to reflect the politics of the age

27 May 2004

IN this busy spring season – the busiest for some years – Spink’s have been batting hard. March 31 saw a fine sale which netted £626,750. But, not content with that, they fielded another 632-lot sale a fortnight later, on April 15. Again this sale referred mainly to British and related coins. However, the first 131 lots were devoted to the ancient world.

On the Wall

26 May 2004

ON The Wall is the name of a new fair aimed at the contemporary art market which will be launched from September 29 to October 3 at the Grand Hall, Olympia.