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

Poynter panels reunited after selling at Christie's and through dealer Rupert Maas

26 July 2021

Separated for over a century, a trio of small panels by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) have been reunited thanks to a dealer, an auction and two Australian Victorian art collectors.

Queen Victoria’s bracelet joins coronet – with Butler’s help

26 July 2021

Humphrey Butler has announced the rediscovery of a bracelet from the famed suite of sapphire and diamond jewels made for a young Queen Victoria.

French candelabra shine out at summer auction in Yorkshire

26 July 2021

Leading the Summer Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn was this pair of French ormolu-mounted, white marble and porphyry candelabra.

Pick of the week: At least they didn’t have to deal with VAR…

26 July 2021

One of only two known copies of the first edition of the rules of football printed by the world’s first football club came to auction at Sotheby’s on July 21.

A Lawrence of Arabia poster and a sketch of Lucian Freud by his daughter are among five lots to watch

26 July 2021

With estimates from £150-30,000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

Staycations are boosting local antiques centres

26 July 2021

Uncertainty still affects fairs but antiques centres are benefiting from extra visitors

Ethel Walker portrait is much-admired at Essex auction

26 July 2021

A high price for Scottish painter Ethel Walker (1861-1951) came at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of the Sally Hunter and Ian Posgate collection.

Chinese table topper from private Scottish collection sells 70-times over estimate in Glasgow

26 July 2021

A private Scottish collection was the source of the-top selling lot at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow on July 2.

Vase bought at Sotheby’s Seligman sale reappears in Bath auction

26 July 2021

This small Transitional porcelain vase came for sale at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, Bath, on July 1.

Fairs update from Hampshire and Somerset

26 July 2021

Updates from two events taking place in the south of England.

Peach of a lot consigned in a plastic bag attracts 100 bids

26 July 2021

Very much to current collecting taste is the 6½in (16.5cm) ‘peach bloom’ saucer dish shown here, offered by Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) on July 3.

Parfilage: the pick of the bunch at Bleasdales’ sewing sale

26 July 2021

Set of tools was designed specifically to take apart rather than create fine textiles

Cotswolds fair returns to school venue after a long enforced break

26 July 2021

After more than 18 months, 'The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair' is ready to open its doors again.

Prize example of a tazza draws interest at Cotswolds auction

26 July 2021

This 15in (37cm) Sèvres porcelain presentation tazza or ‘Coupe Cybele’ was made for the Paris Exposition 1878.

Pinxton pieces at their finest

26 July 2021

William Billingsley (1758-1828), a key figure in the history of both English and Welsh porcelain, left the Derby factory in 1795 yearning to create the finest, whitest and most translucent porcelain.

Raeburn at the height of his powers

26 July 2021

Rare market appearance by a Sir Henry Raeburn work heads a special report on recent Scottish highlights

Ramsey resemblance draws in the bidders

26 July 2021

Found in the garden room of a local property among a stack of other pictures, this unsigned oil on canvas had a distinct resemblance to portraits by Allan Ramsay (1713-84).

PBFA's first live book fair since lockdown to go ahead in Ilkley

26 July 2021

After a succession of virtual fairs, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) has announced the return of its first live event in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, on July 30-21.

ATG letter: Portobello – tat is hiding the arcades

26 July 2021

I write regarding Bridget McConnel’s comments on the unique character of Portobello (‘We need to keep unique Portobello character’, Letters, ATG No 2498).

London Art Week's hybrid event proves 'worthwhile exercise'

26 July 2021

Despite a quiet capital and diminished footfall for the second summer in a row, the latest edition of London Art Week proved to be a satisfactory outing for many participating dealers.

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