Chinese Works Shine During Asia Week Art Sales

The strengths of the Chinese works of art market were much to the fore at the recent round of Asia Week art sales in New York. That meant mark and period porcelain, classical Chinese hardwood furniture and well-provenanced bronzes. Christie’s seven catalogues offered across September 12-15 dominated the series. The firm’s running total was close... Read More

Fewer Offerings but More Variety as London’s Summer Fairs Scene Evolves

[caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignnone" width="482"] Source: Masterpiece London. A pair of Chinese Export Qianlong period Cantonese enamel wall sconces c.1750 from London dealer Ronald Phillips at Masterpiece London.[/caption] The Shrinking of London’s Summer Fair Season [caption id="attachment_10623" align="alignnone" width="505"] Source:The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia. Tulips by Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) is priced at £250,000 from... Read More

A Collector’s Guide to the Tribal Art Market

[caption id="attachment_10222" align="alignnone" width="516"] Estimated to sell for just £60-100, this rare 19th century necklace or tabua from Mangaia in the southern Cook Islands sold to a French dealer at £99,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at Ewbank’s of Send in Surrey on December 1. It is fashioned from marine ivory (sperm whale teeth) suspended from woven... Read More

Flagship London Art Sales Move with the Times

Effect of Geopolitical Climate on Flagship London Art Sales It speaks volumes as to the changing buying audience that this year the flagship London art sales have been pushed back by nearly a month to early March to accommodate clients and employees distracted by Chinese New Year festivities. At a finely poised moment in the... Read More

Discoveries Fire the Old Master Market

It has become the accepted wisdom that the returns are better and the risks smaller when purchasing modern and contemporary rather than traditional art. But just how accurate is this? Spectacular Rewards at Old Master New York Sales Results at the recent round of Old Master painting and drawing sales in New York suggest that... Read More

TEFAF Makes Its New York Debut

[caption id="attachment_9357" align="alignnone" width="320"] Tiffany Studios Favrile glass peacock vase c.1898, 7.5in high, $48,500 from Lillian Nassau of New York at the new TEFAF show at the Park Avenue Armoury.[/caption] Shifting American Priorities Since the days of John Pierpont Morgan and Henry Clay Frick, New World buyers seeking Old World treasures have been key to... Read More

London Summer Capital of Art Preview – Auctions

Christie’s is 250 years old this year. The firm jobbing London auctioneer James Christie established in December 1766 has grown to become the world’s biggest art business with sales in 2015 of $7.2bn. The 250th anniversary celebrations include Defining British Art, a loan exhibition running at the King Street headquarters from June 17-July 15 showing... Read More