Antiques

Posh Pawn Or Simply Posh Yawn?

Paul Marshall | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

The trouble with Posh Pawn (Channel 4, Wednesdays at 8pm) is that you keep wishing someone hadn't tried to be quite so clever-clever with the title.

Life In the Arts Lane - Week 94 - Post Olympia Reflections

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The costs of doing a fair are massively high in comparison to the annual rent of a shop. Yet, fairs continue to proliferate.

Collecting Fine Watches

Patrick Van der Vorst | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Van der Vorst

The watch has become a quintessential item of style and functionality. A popular article of dress, antique and rare watches have come to be considered as collectible items of jewellery, for their ornamental value rather than just for their time-keeping function.

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 90 - The Paris Biennale to Beziers

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

But Paris is not just about the Biennale - the whole city of art and design sparkles in the early autumn sun and shows proliferate. My friend Sylvain, who has an exquisite gallery on the Quai Voltaire, is putting his best foot forward with a gathering of Meissen porcelain.

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 85- The Dangerous Roads of London and the West Country

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

As the Tour de France surges forward and the occasional pile-up is reported in the English news, so the domestic daily version of this annual gladiato...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 61 - NY-Miami-NY-London

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The New York Winter Antiques Show is a bastion of the New York social scene and the season opener for the local art and antique trade.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 44 - Fine Art Asia

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

A seven hour time difference and an eleven hour flight can mess with your head. I am in Hong Kong and the boxy red taxi is speeding me to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I'm in a state of confusion about what time it is and how hungry I am.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 36 - August Workers

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

There is a strange unnerving sense of inertia in the air. Everyone seems to be anticipating a holiday or is away on one. Those that remain at work app...

The Art of Investing

Anne Somers | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Anne Somers

Contemporary art and jewellery are more often seen as investment markets. The rewards here can be greater - sometimes far greater - but they can be more volatile disciplines pricewise, so the risks are also enhanced.

Week 33 - Life in the Arts Lane - Latitude

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Having just completed the epic that was Masterpiece London 2013 which consisted of 8 days of control and order, coupled with excellence and elegance, there has to be a ying to the yang, the balance should be restored. And mine was the Latitude festival in Suffolk.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 32 - The Party is Over

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The party is over, the music has stopped and the band is packing up their instruments. Outside, dawn captures the last merrymakers as they wend their weary and uneven paths home. Actually, Masterpiece is not a party, it just feels like it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 29 - A New Beginning

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The real stars of this show are the soldiers. As they stand there full of dignity, the heat increases and yet they still stand solid and stable despite their years. Kindly, matronly nurses skitter about with cups of water. Your eyes scan the ranks. Some have effulgent beards, some carry a stick.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 28 - a Tragic Loss

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Sitting round our dining room table we are enjoying a bottle of Volpetto and some chicken roast by my wife in honey, mustard and lemon. It has given t...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 27 - Books, Books Books

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Books books books, my house is awash with books. Every dusty corner has a bookshelf. Some rooms have several. By my bed, behind the door, is a vertigi...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 26 - Rooster Soup

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

You know you are in a foreign country when you bite down and enjoy your first rooster testicle soup. Okay the rest of the rooster is in the soup too....

Anne Damer: Georgian Transvestite, Lesbian, & Sculptress

Adrian Teal | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adrian Teal

One dank Saturday afternoon last year, I snapped up the Georgian portrait you see here in a near-empty Northamptonshire junk shop. I haggled him down to £8. Even so, you might think I was robbed, since it is a fairly unremarkable picture. But the lady shown was one of the more interesting characters of the late 1700s.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 25 - New York, New York

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The taxi ride is worth every penny. The traffic, the terrible roads that make the car bounce and shake in a bone jangling fashion, then the bridge and a view of the ultimate shining high rise city. Anybody who is not elated by their arrival into Manhattan is missing a piece of soul.

Battersea Decorative Fair - Week 23

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

If you sell Antiques here you face an uphill struggle. If you sell a 'look' you start at an advantage. There are dealers who strive to achieve both, but it is not easy. It is a sort of Holy Grail. It is a credit to the fair that both strands have their place but the team playing in the old, historic, antique way are definitely the B team.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 22

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Naples is always a shock and a surprise. The mess and the chaos on the streets disguise a systematic way of life that is probably unchanged for 3000 years.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 21 Spring Has Finally Sprung

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Spring has finally sprung. Admittedly there is the worrying, nagging doubt that another cold wet snap lurks like some mugger round the next corner. But heh, let's enjoy the aroma of warmth and the effulgent budding of the trees.

Life in the Arts Lane

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

It began on Thursday with a photograph in the paper. A sale in France on Sunday was offering a pair of Chinese coromandel lacquer armchairs. They looked 18th century and though that is quite late for Chinese things it is the golden age for European furniture.

Life in the Arts Lane - TEFAF Continued Week 18

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

TEFAF is 260 exhibitors, seemingly miles of corridors and countless objects, pictures and jewels to admire. But behind all of this sparkle lies a delightful human drama. It is the people that make this show happen, it is the daily flow of passing crowds and hurried meals and chance encounters that create a unique ambience.

The Curse of the Fortune Cookie

Lana Citron | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Our new acquaintance had sailed to Paris from Dublin to celebrate the latest exhibition opening of his flame haired aunt, the artist Patricia Poullain. She, a wonderfully talented lady heads a loyal and extraneous family, one of whom is the Glam Rocker, hence my presence.

The Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair, 20,000 Pieces to Choose From

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 13.01.2013 | Home
Lorenzo Belenguer

Find undiscovered art and antiques at Olympia from over 20,000 pieces, carefully handpicked by 150 British and continental dealers for their quality, provenance and beauty, including the finest in paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewellery, ceramics, and textiles.