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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 ...

Harbinger of Spring: Antique Garden Furniture Show & Sale

The Epoch Times / April 28th, 2010

From May 7 to 9, over 30 of America’s foremost dealers are offering their best quality pieces at the Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale at the New York Botanical Garden. Special events and lectures compliment the exhibitor offerings---from cast iron and marble fountains to early ...

Staffordshire figures one highlight of Sampson and Horne sale

Telegraph / April 22nd, 2010

Bonhams will offer some 800 lots from the inventory of legendary antique dealers Sampson and Horne next week in London. Jonathan Horne and his late business partner Alistair Sampson were world-renowned for their cache of early British pottery and English country furniture. Part of the ...

Country house sale: Givenchy gowns to sporting art

Luxist / April 21st, 2010

The contents of billionaire Patricia Kluge's Albemarle House, a lavish take on high-style country living in the English tradition, will be auctioned by Sotheby's on June 8 and 9. The grand 45-room estate in Albermarle County, Va., will be open May 31 for buyers of the auction catalog to preview ...

Antiques restorer is bent on authenticity

Kentucky.com / April 5th, 2010

Mason Roberts, 38, is part artist and craftsman, part detective and historian. One of a handful of top-level antiques restorers in Kentucky, Roberts examines each damaged piece carefully so that, he says, "you won't be able to tell I did anything" after the restoration. For example, he uses ...

Los Angeles Antiques Show adds more Continental furniture dealers

Culture Kiosque / April 5th, 2010

New exhibitors to the Los Angeles Antiques Show this year are Bernard Steinitz of Paris and Carlton Hobbs of New York, both respected dealers of Continental furniture. From April 21 to 25, sixty-five exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe will be featured in room-setting vignettes ...

Imperial Russian box returns to the market

Luxist / April 1st, 2010

A heated bidding battle took an Imperial Russian silver box, with a $4,000 to $6,000 estimate, to $400,000 at a William J. Jenack auction in 2008. The winning bidder never paid up so the box is back on the block April 11. Made by I.P. Khlebnikov, a craftsman who worked for the House of Fabergé ...

Catherine the Great's emerald at auction

Luxist / March 21st, 2010

Christie's is offering a brooch once owned by Catherine II of Russia, the powerful 18th-century monarch known for her taste in art and jewelry. The 60-to-70 carat emerald was a gift to Sophie Dorothea when she wed Catherine's son Tsar Paul I in 1776. The hexagonal cut Colombian emerald is ...

A sale chock-full of clocks

Luxist / March 8th, 2010

Nearly 500 lots, dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries, in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, is on offer at the Bonhams & Butterfields Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts sale in Los Angeles on March 29. With a focus on pieces of English, French, Italian, Spanish ...

U.S. returns stolen Peter the Great pendant to Russia

Seattle Times / March 4th, 2010

U.S. authorities seized a silver medallion with an engraved image of Peter the Great from a Seattle antiques dealer for repatriation to Russia. The piece had been stolen from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006. Later, it was sold online. In 2007, a Hermitage curator's ...

The best of the best lures collectors to Maastricht

Financial Times / March 2nd, 2010

From a newly discovered “Winter Landscape with Skaters” (1611) by Adam van Breen – one of the earliest winter landscapes by any Dutch painter - offered by exhibitor John Mitchell, to a stunning Cycladic marble head from 2500-2400BC from dealer Rupert Wace, word is getting out about the treasures ...

British antiques dealers confident about upcoming London show season

Financial Times / February 28th, 2010

Operating below the billionaire-level of masterpiece buying is the traditional antique business which relies on venues such as the upcoming British Antiques Dealers Assoc. annual fair in Chelsea to showcase fresh goods. With the loss of the Grosvenor House fair, BADA, set for March 17 to ...

TEFAF aggregates the world's best art for sale

Hello Magazine / February 25th, 2010

Over 30,000 works of art, from antiquities to modern paintings, much of it desirable for pedigree, rarity, and beauty, will descend upon the Dutch town of Maastricht from March 12 to 21. With 263 top-tier exhibitors bringing the best of their blue-chip art, plus special sections for design, works ...

Some antiques seen as 'safe haven' investments with aesthetic appeal

Financial Times / February 21st, 2010

According to antiques valuers in the U.K., auction prices have been climbing steadily for leading English silversmiths of the 18th and 19th centuries, including works by Paul de Lamerie, Hester Bateman and Paul Storr. Other strong categories include antique armor and jewellery, which increased 37 ...

Signs of Rebound in Antiques Market

New York Times Art / February 17th, 2010

After 12 months in which antiques sales were down and prices fell, collectors and dealers again flocked to major antique shows last month in New York. Red dots were plentiful, but according to some of the shows' exhibitors, there are still good buys to be had in certain categories, such as ...

London antiques dealer closing shop

Luxist / January 20th, 2010

One of London's major antiques dealerships, Sampson and Horne Antiques has announced that they are closing and their entire trading stock will be sold at Bonhams on April 28. The company is closing because one of the founders, Jonathan Horne, is ill and the other partner, Christopher Banks, has ...