UK

The United Kingdom accounts for more than one fifth of the global art market sales and is the second biggest art market after the US.

Through auctioneers, dealers, fairs and markets - and a burgeoning online sector - buyers, collectors and sellers of art and antiques can easily access a vibrant network of intermediaries and events around the country. The UK's museums also house a wealth of impressive collections

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British Bespoke Auctions hosts online-only sale at home with help from a... parrot

01 April 2020

British Bespoke Auctions in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire is the latest to proceed with an online-only auction.

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Sense of occasion suits the Peter Wyngarde estate sale perfectly

31 March 2020

Peter Wyngarde would surely have appreciated the drama that accompanied the auction of his estate – held with the country in the grip of coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Trade tested by lockdown

30 March 2020

The UK art and antiques trade is hastening its efforts to provide a sense of business as usual during unusual times after the UK government requested all ‘non-essential’ firms to close their premises to the public.

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Showcasing 40 fabulous objects from dealers’ websites

30 March 2020

In this issue we feature 40 fabulous objects available to buy on dealers’ websites.

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Pick of the week: Mah-jong set that counts for a lot

30 March 2020

The popular Chinese game of mah-jong is a relative newcomer.

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Exotic touch to anniversary auction with Australian picture at Surrey sale

30 March 2020

An early coastal scene of Australia sold for more than five times its top estimate to an online buyer from New South Wales at Ewbank’s anniversary sale.

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New Romantic in tune

30 March 2020

Impressionistic pastoral landscapes, often featuring cattle, are the signature works of John Alfred Arnesby Brown (1866-1955).

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Rail rarity sets out on a new route

30 March 2020

A very early railway guide, still in the original decorative boards, was a rare and unusual lot in a recent held by Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Immortal bowl’s lasting effect

30 March 2020

This Yongzheng (1722-35) mark and period Eight Immortals bowl sold for £26,000 at the Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Teddington last month.

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Traveller ends up in Cornwall

30 March 2020

The Limerick-born painter Norman Garstin (1847-1926) was an engineer, architect, and a diamond prospector before he settled on art as a career.

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Sunny outlook for the first Canterbury weekend format

30 March 2020

With Storm Ciara getting under way (in pre-coronavirus days…) it was not, perhaps, the ideal time to launch the new weekend sales at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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The minaudière from Mr Arpels

30 March 2020

The minaudière, a case for storing several personal items in a small space, first appeared during the 1930s.

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How old values still stand firm today

30 March 2020

Three Victorian bangles were among the most popular lots of Dreweatts’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu.

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Shell out for unusual furniture

30 March 2020

As a young man in the 1960s, British architect Anthony Redmile (b.1945) took the London interior design scene by storm. Although his work was hugely eclectic, he became best known for his quirky designs taken from the animal kingdom.

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The joys of a simple life from William Conor

30 March 2020

Irish painter William Conor (1881-1968) received many official commissions during a prolific artistic career, including from King George V, but it was his warm and sympathetic portrayals of working-class life in Ulster that are best known today.

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Cuneo captures the last of steam

30 March 2020

Painting of Evening Star reflects end of an era as coal-fired locomotives hit the buffers

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Natural topaz commands a premium at Barbara Kirk

30 March 2020

Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow, a characteristic which means it is sometimes confused with the less valuable gemstone citrine.

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Dealers Online: ATG's selection of 40 objects available from dealers' websites

30 March 2020

Our selection of 40 objects to view and buy from dealers online.

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Inscription in Harry Potter book acknowledges the person who spotted its potential

30 March 2020

Key to a price tag of £95,000 for a slightly bumped first impression copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' offered in a recent Bonhams sale lay in an inscription.

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A ‘sing-song’ for the inventive James Cox

30 March 2020

The London entrepreneur James Cox (c.1723-1800) is best known as a specialist in the intricate clockwork curios encrusted with gold, silver and jewel, referred to as ‘sing-songs.’

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