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Top stories this week – including news of a stunning hoard of sealed bottles dug up by a JCB

02 February 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a spectacular cache of 17th century sealed bottles unearthed by workmen on a building site in Worcestershire.

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Sèvres collection from the late Judith Howard comes to auction

01 February 2020

A collection of porcelain from the renowned Sèvres specialist Judith Howard, who died last year, is to be sold in Salisbury.

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Ivory Act: court date set 'earlier than expected' for final legal challenge by dealers and collectors

31 January 2020

The battle by dealers and collectors to overturn the Ivory Act will enter its final phase on February 24 and 25 at the Court of Appeal.

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Art Deco headlamps, rare Pelham puppet, portrait of an artist’s daughter – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

31 January 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a portrait by Victorian artist John Bagnold Burgess of his daughter and a pair of Woodlite headlamps that both made over 10-times estimate.

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BRAFA 2020: Eight stands that caught our eye

30 January 2020

BRAFA art fair in Brussels opened to the public earlier this week following several private views that kicked-off the event.

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At Kempton this week: six objects to tempt interior decorators from £20 to four figures

30 January 2020

Kempton isn’t just the preserve of early-rising antique dealers (though some, like BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Ronnie Archer-Morgan, arrive only after 10am).

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SOAS students awarded inaugural BADA Friends prize

29 January 2020

Corrina Ellis and Chih-En Chen, students from London School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), have been awarded the inaugural BADA Friends Brian Morgan Prize.

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Textiles come to the fore with London Art Fair sales and new exhibition

28 January 2020

Long considered outside the mainstream of art history, textiles have had a boost in London this month.

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Design history course to be launched in County Durham this year

28 January 2020

The Northern School of Art in Hartlepool, County Durham is recruiting students for a new design course.

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A 17th century purse, a Stuart Devlin silver egg and an Art Deco clock – five lots to watch at auction this week

27 January 2020

With estimates from £200-3500 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including news of a looted Afghan sculpture being spotted at a UK auction

26 January 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a limestone sculpture believed to have been stolen during the Afghan war returning home after surfacing at a UK auction house.

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Seago sea scene offered in latest Portland Gallery showcase

25 January 2020

Low Water on the Orwell by Edward Seago (1910-74) is among the highlights at the Portland Gallery’s exhibition on the British painter.

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Lucie Rie bowl, LS Lowry lithograph and a Native American chest – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

24 January 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Lucie Rie bowl that sold for over five times estimate and a rare Native American cedar chest that made over 35-times estimate.

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Medical researcher’s mill scene by LS Lowry sells for £2.2m at Christie’s

24 January 2020

A painting by LS Lowry (1887-1976) that had never before been seen in public led Christie’s Modern British art evening sale in London on January 21.

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New faces at Sotheby's, Bonhams and Ketterer Kunst - the latest Movers and Shakers

23 January 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including a new sale format at Roseberys.

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Gary Lineker’s last England shirt to be offered as part of huge online football auction

22 January 2020

Gary Lineker’s shirt worn in his final match for England features in what is believed to be the largest collection of ‘soccer’ memorabilia ever offered at auction in the US.

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TEFAF's Patrick van Maris to leave in May

21 January 2020

Patrick van Maris van Dijk is stepping down as president and CEO of TEFAF.

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Stolen Afghan sculpture to return home after being spotted at UK auction

21 January 2020

An Afghan limestone sculpture believed to have been stolen during the Afghan civil war (1992-94), when Kabul was besieged, surfaced at an auction house in the UK last year.

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UK buyer sought for £2.5m collection of botanical drawings blocked from export

21 January 2020

The UK government is seeking a buyer to pay £2.5m for a group of 18th century botanical drawings.

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Four treasures published recently in dealer’s catalogues, including a 19th century Welsh diorama

20 January 2020

Every year, dealers across the UK publish some of their best findings in catalogues. Take a look at some of the best recent examples here.