The 19th century Indian enamel horse head dagger stolen from Zebregs & Röell in Amsterdam.

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Antique arms theft in Amsterdam

A dealer in Amsterdam is calling for the trade to be aware of a group of stolen items taken from near its gallery in January.

They were stolen from a car while unloading into the Zebregs & Röell Fine Art and Antiques gallery in the Spiegelstraat antiques district.

The missing items are a pair of 18th century Ottoman red coral inlaid silver pistols, an 17th century Indian Mughal ivory ram’s head dagger and a 19th century Indian enamel horse head dagger (pictured).

Anyone with information should contact the Dutch National Police, Art & Antiques Unit quoting reference number PL1300- 2023025126 and the gallery via zebregsroell.com.

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Detectorists boost archaelogical finds

Tudor gold pendant

Found in a field, this Tudor gold pendant on chain, linked by its imagery to Henry VIII and his first wife Katherine of Aragon, is expected to be purchased by a museum.

Enthusiastic metal detectorists discovered 96% of archaeological and Treasure finds, according to the latest report.

More than 1000 Treasure cases and more than 45,500 archaeological finds were recorded in the latest Treasure Annual Report (2020) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) Annual Report (2021).

Among the highlights is a Tudor gold pendant on a chain with imagery relating to Henry VIII and his f irst wife Kather ine of Aragon (m.1509-33).

The object was found in Warwickshire by cafe owner Charlie Clarke who had been metal-detecting for just six months when he found it. The pendant is expected to be acquired by a museum.

Lin now chairman of Sotheby’s Asia

Wendy Lin

Wendy Lin.

Sotheby’s has appointed Wendy Lin as chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, reporting to Nathan Drahi, managing director in Asia (son of owner Patrick Drahi).

Lin will work alongside Nicolas Chow, co-chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, to help drive Sotheby’s expansion across the region. Lin has more than 20 years of senior management experience in luxury and art.

Having first joined Sotheby’s in 1997 to grow the business across Asia, she returned to the company in 2013 to become the managing director of Sotheby’s Taiwan and subsequently, deputy chairman of Asia in 2018. She previously worked in the world of luxury including at Chanel.

The appointment comes after Patti Wong, who became Sotheby’s Asia chairman in 2004, left the company and launched her own Hong Kong-based art advisory firm earlier this year.

Sotheby’s is opening a new premises in Shanghai shortly and will launch a 24,000 sq ft headquarters in Hong Kong in 2024. It celebrates 50 years in the Asia region this year.

Auction house at the avant garde

Lyon & Turnbul l has announced the details of a new sale following the appointment of Modern & Contemporary art senior specialist Simon Hucker from Sotheby’s last year.

Avant Garde: Art from 1900 to Now, will be an evening auction held on April 27 in London’s Mall Galleries.

Phillips and gallery stage Soulages show

Pierre Soulages aquatint

An etching and aquatint called Eau-forte Xa, 1957 by Pierre Soulages. Signed and numbered 99/100. It is offered for £85,000 at PhillipsX.

Image: Phillips

PhillipsX, the private sales department at Phillips, has teamed up with London gallery Archeus/Post-Modern to put on a selling show of works by Pierre Soulages (1919-2022) called Une Lumière Infinie.

Spanning the artist’s long career, the selling exhibition presents works dated from 1957-2021. It is open to the public until February 12 at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London.

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In Numbers


The number of archaeological finds recorded in Gloucestershire in 2021, the most in any county in England and Wales, and 74% more than second-placed Suffolk, according to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) Annual Report (see story above and metal detecting article here).