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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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Previews: Islamic & Indian works of art

21 March 2022

The spring and autumn traditionally turn the London spotlight on Islamic and Indian works of art. This year there are specialist sales at five auction houses in March and April: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, Chiswick Auctions and Roseberys. Pictured here are some highlights together with associated works of art from mixed-discipline sales.

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Nash brothers go for beauty

21 March 2022

After producing some of the most famous images of the Second World War, Paul Nash (1889-1946) began to focus on more pleasant landscapes.

Lute music manuscript

UK government blocks 17th century lute music collection from leaving the country

15 March 2022

A temporary export bar has been placed on an early 17th century manuscript of lute music in the hope a buyer in the UK can be found.

Anglo-Saxon gold shilling

Anglo-Saxon coin emerged from stubble

14 March 2022

An Anglo-Saxon gold shilling or thrymsa dating from 650- 670AD took £15,000 at Dix Noonan Webb in Mayfair.

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Walter Sickert’s way to Tipperary

14 March 2022

A patriotic Walter Sickert (1860-1942) painting bought by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London is earmarked to be displayed among the exhibits in the new art, film and photographic galleries opening next year.

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Rediscovered Galizia still-life bears fruit for Colnaghi

14 March 2022

A rediscovered still-life by mannerist artist Fede Galizia (1578-1630) is among the highlights at Colnaghi’s exhibition 'Forbidden Fruit: Female Still Life'.

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First burst of feminist thinking

14 March 2022

Anonymous complete edition from 1696-97 is now recognised as the work of Mary Astell

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Unfinished ‘van Dyck’ stars in Sloane St debut

14 March 2022

An unfinished portrait attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) led the inaugural sale held by Sloane Street Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Medals and militaria: Demand for medal groups backed by stirring accounts of bravery shows no sign of easing up

14 March 2022

The healthy demand for top-notch medals with interesting back-stories shows no sign of decreasing, judging by recent results.

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Two quality collections stand to attention at Thomas Del Mar auction

14 March 2022

David Jeffcoat (1945-2020) was a man with many interests, not least setting up dining clubs such as the Lunardi Society celebrating the achievements of a hot air balloonist and another named after a local vicar turned highwayman.

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Lewis couple consignments guided in the millions at Christie’s

14 March 2022

Christie’s was first off the mark in terms of releasing details of upcoming lots at this summer’s Old Masters auction series in London. Last week it announced two important consignments from the collection of Cecil and Hilda Lewis.

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Grand design from a Venetian artist abroad

14 March 2022

Among the Old Masters in Roseberys’ sale on March 22 is this painting depicting a view of Venice by Jacopo Fabris (1689-1761). It shows the Fondaco dei Turchi, a palazzo on the Grand Canal.

Surrealist entrance to Sotheby's

London series topped by £51.5m record for Magritte

07 March 2022

A Surrealist painting by René Magritte (1898-1967) led the latest round of Modern and Contemporary art sales in London.

The Open Art Fair

The Open Art Fair organiser plans for return

07 March 2022

The organiser of The Open Art Fair (TOAF) in Chelsea vows the event will return next year.

The Battle of Trafalgar

Dealer offers Nelson portrait from Boydell’s 500-guinea prize

07 March 2022

A painting of the Battle of Trafalgar containing “one of the most important portraits of Nelson on the market in years” will be on offer in Chelsea.

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Connect with art again

07 March 2022

Among the highlights at this month’s Connect Art Fair is an untitled c.1968/71 gouache on paper by British-Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams, offered for £4500 by Middlemarch Art.

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Amy Johnson’s ‘Weems’ takes flight

07 March 2022

In May 1930 Amy Johnson (1903-41) set off in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth called Jason to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia. The feat, followed by further long-distance solo and combined flights, earnt her place in aviation history.

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5 Questions: Asian art dealer Shanshan Wang

07 March 2022

Shanshan Wang is among the exhibitors at this month’s Chelsea Antiques & Fine Art Fair. She focuses on early Asian art from the Neolithic era to the 10th century and also produces contemporary pieces of her own.

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