Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Rare Spanish Armada maps blocked from export in the hope a UK buyer can pay £600,000 to save them for the nation

13 July 2020

A group of 10 drawings that depict the Elizabethan naval battle have been temporarily prevented from being exported in the hope an institutional buyer can raise funds to keep them in the UK.

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Online sales rise 4% as demand increases

13 July 2020

Online sales of art, antiques and collectables reached $4.82bn in 2019, a rise of 4% from the previous year, and digital demand is set to increase further in the years ahead.

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Works of art with aristocratic connections feature at Christie’s new The Collector sale

11 July 2020

Christie’s has launched a new cross category auction as part of its Classic Week sales featuring many items with aristocratic connections.

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Archaeological discoveries made by the public reach 1.5 million

09 July 2020

The number of archaeological objects unearthed by the British public since the start of The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has reached 1.5 million items.

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A chance to buy a piece of vaccine history – Edward Jenner’s innoculation book comes to auction

09 July 2020

Vaccinations are high on the agenda at the moment as the world searches for immunisation against the coronavirus.

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Rare Antonio Susini sculpture found in £12 box of bric-a-brac to be auctioned in Christie’s Classic Week series

08 July 2020

A Mannerist bronze discovered in a box of bric-a-brac at an auction in South Africa is to be offered at Christie’s in London this week.

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Government issues export bar for Roman marble Celtic hounds in hope of finding UK buyer

08 July 2020

The owner of a pair of Celtic hounds has been temporarily prevented from exporting the sculptures by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Promotions and appointments at Bonhams, Swann Galleries and David Lay

08 July 2020

An update of moves and appointments from across the art and antiques industry.

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Antiques Roadshow to become invitation-only to ensure production meets coronavirus guidelines

07 July 2020

For the first time in more than four decades, the BBC series 'Antiques Roadshow' will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience only.

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Art advisor association reorganises board to strengthen group for future growth

07 July 2020

Art association Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM) has appointed a new chairman and vice chair and brought in new faces to the organisation’s board.

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Elmwood’s opens Notting Hill office

06 July 2020

Jewellery auction house Elmwood’s has opened a new office in London and hired two new staff as business begins to return to normal after the lockdown.

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Dealers turn their focus to ATG

06 July 2020

Our coverage of two dealers’ #alcoholandframes exploits on Instagram (ATG No 2447) encouraged them to create tributes to the Gazette in recent social media posts.

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Lock and load up: how delivery firms have adapted their services to the art and antiques trade during the lockdown

06 July 2020

Fitting delivery vans with showers and toilets was just one of the innovative solutions that haulage and logistics firms had to improvise to keep their vital services running for the art and antiques trade.

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Appeal to help find stolen wedding ring of elderly care home resident

02 July 2020

The family of an elderly lady in a care home in north London is hoping the antiques and jewellery trade may spot three rings that have been stolen.

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Antique clocks reported stolen from Foreign & Commonwealth Office

29 June 2020

A group of antique clocks has been reported stolen from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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Ex-Nicholson’s pair launch auction house in Surrey with £10 vendor fee

29 June 2020

Art specialist Buffy Parker has launched Parker Fine Art Auctions in Surrey and will hold his first sale in September.

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Christie’s merges Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art departments in coronavirus cost cutting programme

29 June 2020

Auction house Christie’s has created a new department called 20th & 21st Century Art group by merging the existing Impressionist and Modern Art and Contemporary Art teams.

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Online marketplace seeks The Bruno Effect

29 June 2020

The former boss of Online Galleries and 1stdibs International plans a ‘private members club’ marketplace for antiques dealers.

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Life after lockdown in the art and antiques world - in pictures

27 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres have begun to reopen their premises to the public. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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Stanley Gibbons unveils refurbished Strand showroom

26 June 2020

Stanley Gibbons Group, which runs philately auctioneer-dealer Stanley Gibbons, numismatic dealership Baldwin’s and auction joint venture Baldwin’s of St James’s, will shortly reopen its newly refurbished shop and head office at 399 Strand in central London.