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Dealers finalise institutional sales

18 April 2022

Several dealerships have completed sales to institutions after the winter showing of London Art Week (LAW).

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Connect Art Fair re-connects with visitors

18 April 2022

This original poster design for a Mediterranean travel poster by British artist Frank Newbould (1887-1951) was among the highlight sales at the recent Connect Art Fair.

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Julia Margaret Cameron – known and unknown images on offer

18 April 2022

The 19th & 20th Century Photography sale at Dominic Winter on May 18 includes several works by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79).

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Behind the lens of Eugène Cuvelier

18 April 2022

The photographica department at Chiswick Auctions will be taking over the firm’s South Kensington gallery for the duration of May when highlights from the 19th & 20th Century Photography sale on May 24 will be on view.

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Back in focus: Historical photography and photographica in the spotlight at fairs

18 April 2022

Two transatlantic spring fairs bring the twin collecting areas of historical photography and photographica into focus in the spring.

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The web shop window: Victorian 'canine' cufflinks

18 April 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Shelley’s inscription to Clara who made his heart quiver

18 April 2022

The inscription “To dearest Clare from her affectionate P.B.S….” proved key to the price achieved by an 1812, two-volume Venetian edition of the Poesie toscane of the lyric poet Vincenzo da Filicaja (1642-1707).

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Peppiatt brings together Downman and Romney

18 April 2022

In his next exhibition London dealer Guy Peppiatt focuses on the drawings of John Downman (1750-1824) and George Romney (1734-1802), two contemporaneous British artists who at first glance seem very different.

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A pioneer of photojournalism

18 April 2022

British photographer Bert Hardy (1913-95) is best remembered for his contributions to Picture Post, the UK’s pioneering photojournalistic magazine of the mid-20th century.

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Bust impulse buy at Chelsea

11 April 2022

At the recent Chelsea Antiques Fair a 19th century bronze bust of Isis by Pierre-Eugène-Émile Hébert was bought by an Egyptian businessman who came with no intention of buying anything specific.

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Colnaghi’s Renaissance showcase includes bust by Donatello

04 April 2022

Old Masters dealership Colnaghi is collaborating with Direzione regionale Musei Veneto and Venetian Heritage on an exhibition of Renaissance sculptures to coincide with the 59th Venice Biennale.

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Album reveals hidden Tibet and letter unveils polar expedition

04 April 2022

Polar material in a travel and exploration themed sale held on March 2 by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) produced a bid of £24,000 for a letter that Robert Falcon Scott wrote to a friend, Lady Goodrich, about his planned British Antarctic Expedition of 1910.

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Modern style comes into play at Connaught Brown

04 April 2022

'Les Footballeurs', a 1916 oil on canvas by Andre Lhote (1885-1962), is among the works on offer at Mayfair dealership Connaught Brown’s exhibition 'Towards Modernity'.

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Warwick vase cast became prize presented by Victoria

28 March 2022

Estimated at £20,000-30,000, this cast of the Warwick vase by John Samuel Hunt, London 1845, sold for £32,000.

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Strike two for Sampson & Mordan vesta cases

28 March 2022

The Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu sale at Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium) in London on March 15 included more fine silver and enamel vesta cases by Sampson Mordan & Co to add to those sold by the firm in September 2021.

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Mocked at first, miniature books made a Glasgow publisher’s reputation and fortune

28 March 2022

“It’s not often we offer for sale a library of nearly 200 volumes by the same publisher as a single lot – and certainly not one that fits in a small suitcase.”

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Public appeal for £25,000 to buy Hogarth’s Horace Walpole portrait for Strawberry Hill museum

24 March 2022

The Strawberry Hill Trust is appealing for public donations to buy a painting by William Hogarth (1697-1784) of Horace Walpole.

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Clarion brings down prices for summer at the Olympia Grand

21 March 2022

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns for its first in-person summer event in two years – at lower prices than before the pandemic.

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Boxer Rebellion in stereo makes 12-times estimate at Chiswick Auctions

21 March 2022

The latest Photographica sale at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) included this rare set of 'China Through the Stereoscope'.

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