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Many antiques lovers may have been following the challenge to the Ivory Act brought by the Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures (FACT). The judgement, following the judicial review, was announced yesterday (5/11/19) and did not find in favour of FACT; it can be read in full here. A date for the implementation of the Act…
LAPADA closed its doors on 19 September with indications that the art and antiques trades are outperforming retail sales projections. Earlier in the year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) cited significant growth in the antiques and vintage markets and, alongside trends for craftsmanship and sustainability, there are positive signs the art and antiques trades…
  Over 100 delegates attended the annual LAPADA Annual Conference on the 21st of February where passions for the past met the challenges of the future. LAPADA Chairman, Lord de Mauley, and LAPADA CEO, Freya Simms co-hosted a packed programme that explored a range of topical issues from the growing possibilities offered by digital marketing…
Object of the Week – Royal Wedding Casket Georg Zwink Germany 1842 H: 33cm   W: 48cm   D: 32cm A magnificent and historic royal wedding casket, given by the town of Oberammergau to Crown Prince Maximillian the Second of Bayern on the occasion of his wedding in 1842 to Princess Marie Fredericke von Preussen. The couple became King…
Object of the Week – Solid Walnut Aesthetic Movement Chest Of Drawers England c. 1890 H: 117.5cm   W: 122cm   D: 59.5cm A charming solid walnut Aesthetic Movement chest of two short and three long drawers having different carved panels to each drawer front with brass handles, pillared reeded sides and raised on turned…
Object of the Week – Pierre Louis Joseph De Coninck, ‘The Coral Necklace’ Oil on canvas, signed c.1880 H: 31″   W: 23″ £7,900Pierre Louis Joseph De Coninck (1828 – 1910) was born in Méteren, Northern France and initially studied at the Ypres and Lille schools of Art before entering the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris…
Object of the Week – Letter With Drawings From Dame Laura Knight Ink 1959 Framed H: 30cm W: 36cm A framed drawing by Dame Knight on a letter dated 1959. “Of splits and misfortunes for Morris and Marjorie may there be none in 1960, but may good fortune, good health and great happiness enrich that…
Object of the Week – Regency Period Gonçalo Alves Wood Breakfast Table   c.1820 H: 72.5 cm Diameter: 121cm £12,800   A fine quality early 19th century Regency period gonçalo alves wood breakfast table, having crossbanded circular top with leaf and strap gilt brass edging above narrow frieze, raised on triangular brass mounted stem, supported…
Object of the Week – Advance Copy Of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ 1937 One of only two advance copies of The Hobbit, collected by Tolkien himself from the printers and given, still unbound in sheets, to his friend the editor of The Oxford Magazine. These sheets were later bound in a specially-commissioned fine art binding by…
Object of the Week – Pair of Lead Garden Figures Lead c. 1800 H: Male:135.5cm; Female 130cm A rare pair of late 18th century – early 19th century Continental lead garden figures; each in romantic-esque pose dressed in period costume. Each on circular bases, and retaining a high definition of casting, the male leans on…