Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Portobello arcades owner defends its rents stance but some dealers may not return

15 June 2020

As Portobello Road market dealers come under financial pressure following the lockdown, the owner of many of its arcades has defended its stance on rent payments.

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Market for illicit antiquities valued ‘in millions not billions’

15 June 2020

The antiquities trade has welcomed a new independent report that estimates the volume of looted objects on the market is much smaller than previous reports have suggested.

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Greece has right to claim bronze, says US court

15 June 2020

Cases disputing the rightful ownership of antiquities have become common in recent years with nations including Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Iran and Iraq seeking repatriation of objects in private or public ownership in Europe and the US.

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Dealer duo adept at the frame game

15 June 2020

Two dealers who met at Kempton antiques fair have kept a group of loyal followers happy and entertained during lockdown with inspired Instagram posts.

Christie’s and Paris Biennale joint auction

15 June 2020

The Paris Biennale and dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires have organised an online auction at Christie’s.

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Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin teams up with auction house for NHS charity auction

13 June 2020

Former Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin and auction house Dawsons have launched an auction to raise funds for NHS charities.

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Sotheby’s loses New York court case against Greece over ancient horse figurine

10 June 2020

The Greek ministry of culture has won a court ruling over auction house Sotheby’s involving the ownership of an 8th century BC horse figurine.

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Government confirms 'non-essential retail' in England can reopen to the public from June 15

10 June 2020

Shops, retail galleries and auction houses in England will be able to reopen from June 15, the business secretary has confirmed.

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New faces - the latest Movers and Shakers at auction houses

10 June 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including at John Nicholson’s and Phillips.

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La Biennale Paris dealers will offer objects at an online auction at Christie’s this autumn

09 June 2020

La Biennale Paris and dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires have organised an online auction at Christie’s.

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Rare Rembrandt self-portrait comes to auction at Sotheby’s

08 June 2020

A self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) – one of just three in private hands – is coming to auction at Sotheby’s next month.

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Safety first as dealers get set to resume indoor trading and fairs prepare to restart

08 June 2020

Dealers, fair organisers and antiques centre managers are preparing to return to business with a mixture of enthusiasm and caution.

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London auction rooms back to ‘new normal’

08 June 2020

Auction houses in London have announced they are restarting live auctions in June.

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June 15: not a moment too soon

08 June 2020

Despite the difficult challenges, dealers are delighted to open their doors once again

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Auction house Spink helps Captain Tom remount medal collection

06 June 2020

Captain Tom’s full medal set has been remounted and re-presented to him following work by auction house Spink.

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Collection from Portobello Road market trader comes to Berkshire auction

03 June 2020

The house contents of Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) is to be sold in Newbury next week.

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Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book comes to auction in London

02 June 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) will be offered at auction during Christie’s Classic Week of sales.

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The grand reopening pushed back to June 15 for auction houses and antiques shops in England

01 June 2020

Date for English trade premises to accept visitors again is now set and Covid-19 safety measures planned

Export licensing unit reopens with digital applications

01 June 2020

The Export Licensing Unit (ELU), which closed under the March lockdown, has reopened with a new temporary procedure.

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Watercolour reveals early West Dean look

01 June 2020

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has bought a watercolour depicting the grand entrance hall of the college dating back to when it was a house.