John Hoyland picture

Lucky Dream by John Hoyland, estimate £20,000-30,000 at Bonhams’ London Colour online sale on April 17-27.

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Abstract Mod Brits add colour to sales

Bonhams has launched a new online-only sale focused on abstract Modern British artists which it collectively terms as ‘The Second London School’.

The auction, planned for April 17-27, is called London Colour. Works already consigned include examples by artists John Hoyland (1934- 201 1), Gillian Ayres (1930-2018) and Richard Smith (1931-2016).

A taste of what’s to come in auctions

Christie’s decorative arts sale

The ‘London Edit’ of Christie’s international The Collector sale by Jane Schulak and David Stark.

Christie’s has relaunched its biannual auction series of decorative arts sales to run concurrently online in three cities: London, New York and Paris.

The sales will open for bidding on April 4, closing sequentially on April 18, 19 and 20 in London, New York and Paris. Comprising more than 600 lots in total, The Collector sales series features European, English and 19th century furniture, works of art, silver, ceramics, glass, clocks and gold boxes from the 16th to the 20th century.

The auction house has teamed up with designers and event producers Jane Schulak and David Stark, described by Christie’s as the Tastemakers of the sales series, to help put together the auctions.

The pre-sale exhibitions will be held ahead of the auctions with the London view taking place on April 11-18.

Nick Sims, Christie’s global managing director of Classic Art, said: “I am delighted that in response to demand in this category, we have improved the format of this important sale series to reflect the international buying needs of our clients.”

Daws becomes a Mallams director

Sue Daws

Sue Daws has joined Mallams’ board of directors.

Auction house Mallams has promoted Sue Daws to its board of directors. She has been a senior administrator for Mallams Cheltenham since 2008.

Daws has a particular interest in Asian art, working on the firm’s Asian art sales since launch in 2009.

Jewellery summit dates announced

The National Association of Jewellers Summit will take place on June 24-26 at Park Regis hotel in central Birmingham.

The NAJ has launched a streamlined ticketing system allowing options for attending on one, two or three days with discounts for multiple-day bookings and for NAJ and Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) members.


Omai export block extended again

The export block on Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of Omai has been extended for a second time. The extension runs until June 10 to give London’s National Portrait Gallery more time to raise the £50m needed.

Anti-slavery poem could stay in UK

Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem

The anti-slavery poem written in ancient Greek by Samuel Taylor Coleridge which is subject to a temporary export block after being sold at Sotheby’s.

An anti-slavery poem written in ancient Greek by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) has been temporarily barred from being exported from the UK.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has temporarily blocked the export of the 18th century manuscript to give a UK institution time to raise the £20,400 needed. It was sold at Sotheby’s London in July last year.

Museums have until May 16 this year to make an expression of interest to buy the poem valued at £20,400 (plus VAT of £4080 which can be reclaimed by an eligible institution).

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