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Sales surge at TEFAF Maastricht

Guardian / March 22nd, 2011

This week's rarefied bazaar of art and antiquities at TEFAF in Maastricht is truly an international affair that has proven the upper-end of the market remains strong in many categories, from antiquities to contemporary art.  Early on, a group of Chinese buyers snapped up Japanese art from ...

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TEFAF Preview / March 17th, 2011

There are 30,000 items worth more than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) offered by 260 top-tier galleries at the world’s most influential art and antiques fair. Two highlights are extraordinary paintings by Rembrandt and Renoir. Attracting leading international collectors and museum officials, ...

New art fair finds a niche in Naples

Naplesnews.com / March 8th, 2011

Veteran show organizer David Lester estimated that sales soared to between $10 million and $20 million at his inaugural Naples International Art & Antiques Show. About 80% of visitors to the new 4-day show were locals from the southwest Florida city of Naples, but Lester told Naplesnews.com ...

Collector parts with Thomas Hope treasures

Huffington Post / January 23rd, 2011

At the New York City home/gallery of antiques dealer Carlton Hobbs is a dazzling exhibition titled "Inspired By Antiquity, Classical Influences I 18th and 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Objects." On display is an exceptional collection of Thomas Hope furniture and accessories assembled by ...

Antiques Week in New York: Showstoppers at the fairs

New York Times / January 20th, 2011

A bevy of antiques shows, auctions, museum exhibitions and gallery events are underway in New York City through this weekend. At the Park Avenue Armory, 75 dealers in the Winter Antiques Show (through Jan. 30) represent the creme-de-la-creme of high-end antiques. Among this year's show ...

In with the old: Antiques revival reels in new buyers

Telegraph / January 11th, 2011

Interest in art and antiques has been on the rise for a couple of years as new and seasoned collectors increasingly seek investment quality pieces for their homes. Part of the newfound interest is spurred on by legendary finds such as the $80 million Chinese vase discovery in an English estate ...

Exhibition of antique Spode serves up every pattern online

ArtfixDaily / January 3rd, 2011

Casual collectors, appraisers, museum curators and decorative arts aficionados can now browse through every known blue Spode pattern in a new interactive online exhibition of the famed English ceramic. In November, Delaware's Winterthur launched the Spode Exhibition Online ...

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, returns historic embroidered panel to Italy

ArtfixDaily / December 20th, 2010

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, returned to the Museo Diocesano Tridentino (Diocesan Museum of Trent, Italy) an embroidered panel, the Entombment of Saint Vigilius, from around 1390–1391, on December 20. Commissioned by George of Liechtenstein on the occasion of his appointment as bishop ...

New British law may make finder's fees risky

The Art Newspaper / December 16th, 2010

The Bribery Act, new British legislation aimed at curtailing bribery in the corporate world, which takes effect next year, may jeopardize the legality of the longstanding practice of paying finder's fees in the art trade. An art dealer may face prosecution for paying a commission to a third ...

Meissen among treasures in Christie's Nov. 23 sale

ARTFIXdaily's ArtWire / November 15th, 2010

The year 2010 marks the tri-centenary of the Meissen Porcelain Factory (1710-2010).  This accomplishment alone is a standing testament to the ingenuity and creative fervor of its craftsmen. Located in eastern Germany, Meissen was the first place in Europe to produce high quality porcelain ...

Legendary designer Michael Taylor's 'California Look' at auction

ArtfixDaily / October 18th, 2010

Bonhams & Butterfields brings American and European furniture and decorative arts to auction in San Francisco on Monday, November 1, 2010, concurrent to the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.  The international auctioneers will offer several important collections to bidders, including ...

Chinese art, modernism transform Biennale

ArtfixDaily / September 19th, 2010

Smaller, and with a many more stands focused on 20th century art, the dazzling 25th Paris Biennale on view at the Grand Palais through Sept. 22, has taken a giant leap into a new aesthetic in 2010. The New York Times' Souren Melikian calls this year's show "a watershed in the history of Western ...

Solid sales at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / September 4th, 2010

The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, from September 2 to 5, sustained a high gate as well as notable retail and trade business over Labor Day weekend. More than 550 exhibitors displayed nearly 200,000 objects from antiquarian books, fine art, jewelry, and silver, to textiles, ...

Collectors' guide to Georg Jensen silver

Telegraph / August 19th, 2010

Judith Miller reveals the top ten things you should know before buying antique and new Georg Jensen silver, from popular patterns of hollowware to price ranges, as well as styles and forms to look out for. "Prices rose about 15 per cent over the past decade, but levelled out during the ...

On the market: Antique games table of superior quality, Wilde history

ArtfixDaily / July 29th, 2010

Perhaps the world's greatest antique games table is newly available from New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques. This incredible tables de jeux was made expressly for the posh yet distinctly bohemian Albemarle Club in London, the site of literary legend Oscar Wilde's 1895 scandal. If tables could ...

Four fairs burst on London antiques season

Financial Times / June 1st, 2010

The Financial Times has the low-down on the high art being offered at London antiques fairs this month. Timed to coincide with the major summer auctions are four fairs, beginning June 3-6 with West London Art and Antiques Fair. Next up is David and Lee Ann Lester's revamped Olympia, now dubbed ...

Destination London: The Masterpiece Fair is set to impress this June

ArtfixDaily / May 27th, 2010

The demise of the 75-year-old Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair last year perhaps paved the way for a new summer showcase for objects of desire: Masterpiece Fair 2010 London. Organizers plan to offer more than the traditional fair offerings of antiques and fine art. Wine, jewelry, ...

Get inside a cabinet of curiosities at The Getty or in London

ArtfixDaily / May 25th, 2010

The newly-designed European sculpture and decorative arts galleries at The Getty Center in Los Angeles are arranged according to period and theme, incorporating paintings and two-dimensional works of art. One extraordinary piece can be viewed close-up in 3-D: A collector's cabinet from ...

America's oldest hostelry hosts new antiques show

Community Advocate / May 6th, 2010

Longfellow's Wayside Inn in historic Sudbury, Mass., is holding its inaugural Antiques Show May 14 through 16. Nearly 50 premier antiques dealers from around the country will offer American art, American and European furniture, ceramics, silver, books, jewelry, folk art and more. American ...

Clars' browse-worthy May auction

Auction Central News / April 29th, 2010

Bolstered by four big estates, Clars' May 15-16 auction includes some important 17th and 18th century furnishings and a fine selection of art from Old Masters to contemporary artists. Asian art and jewelry round out the Oakland, Calif. firm's sale. Top-notch Western artists represented ...