Among the works set to appear at the Chelsea Antiques & Fine Art Fair is this Satsuma vase by Kinkozan studios, Kyoto, Japan, c.1895-1900, which is offered by Steve Sly Japanese Art for £24,000.

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Chelsea fair moves to late autumn date

The Chelsea Antiques & Fine Art Fair stages its next run in a new late autumn slot, aligning it with the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia and Asian Art in London.

Bought by onl ine marketplace 2Covet last year, the Chelsea event was previously held in March and last September.

The next one will be from November 2-6. Olympia takes place from November 1-6 and Asian Art in London is staged from October 20-November 5.

Dealers so far signed up to exhibit include Kaye Michie Fine Art, John Robertson, Timewise Vintage Watches, Steve Sly Japanese Art and Wick Antiques.

Mayfair event to return in January

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair is returning next year. It will run from January 12-15 at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Mayfair.

It is organised by Ingrid Nilson of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and more than 40 dealers are due to stand.

This is its first staging since 2020 due to challenges related to the pandemic.

Nilson said: “It has been tough times for us all, but now that we all know what we are dealing with there are enough exhibitors keen to get back to this fair and marvellous location in Mayfair, the first major London art and antiques fair of the year and our ninth edition.

“We are looking forward to welcoming back our followers and to introducing new visitors to the best from the best.”

Dealer, collector, designer Kime dies

Robert Kime, the collector, dealer and interior decorator, has died at the age of 76.

Kime, who started trading antiques from his rooms at Oxford as an undergraduate, coupled a lifelong interest in history and archaeology with a sensibility for spaces that gave the impression of years of casual accumulation.

Mixing antique rugs and textiles with blue-and-white porcelain, Near and Far Eastern objects and curiosities became his signature style - one that attracted many admirers including Prince Charles at Highgrove.

Having decorated some of England’s foremost houses, his large stock of antique textiles started to dwindle, leading a range of fabric designs based on historical pieces.

The firm has shops in Ebury Street, London and Marlborough, Wiltshire.

US auction house opens new offices

New York auction house Doyle has plans for new consignment offices in California and South Carolina.

Opened this month is a gallery located on ‘auction row’ in Beverly Hills. The space at 310 North Camden Drive will be used for previews, valuations and consignments of material to be sold in New York and online.

The firm has also announced plans for a new gallery in Charleston - commissioning the restoration of a c.1888 building at 123 King Street.

“Doyle’s addition of a Charleston gallery is the result of thoughtful consideration of the local market, leaving room for future growth in this thriving city,” said Laura Doyle, CEO of Doyle.

Sotheby’s to sell the Hotung collection


The Sir Joseph Hotung collection at Sotheby’s in London this December includes a pair of George III carved mahogany library armchairs by Thomas Chippendale, estimate £80,000-120,000 (one shown).

Sotheby’s will sell around 400 works from the collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung (1930- 2021) across a series of dedicated auctions in Hong Kong in October and London in December.

The collection, kept in Hotung’s London home, features Chippendale furniture and royal French silver which he paired with Impressionist art and, the area of his collection which went the deepest, Chinese works of art.

Hotung’s collections of jades and early Chinese blue and white porcelain will remain intact and have been gifted to the British Museum where the major gallery of Asian Art is named after him.

Hotung’s passion for collecting was sparked in the early 1970s when a chance encounter - due to a delayed flight - led him to acquire a pair of perfectly matched Qing-dynasty white bowls from a gallery in San Francisco.

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