Emma Crichton-Miller is a freelance journalist and an Apollo columnist

Panel depicting lobsters (1888), signed Shibata Zeshin. Christie’s, £662,500.

The lustre and allure of Japanese lacquer

In the last decade some exceptional pieces have sold for six-figure sums, but lacquerware is still good value for money

Installation view of ‘Edmund de Waal: Early work – vessels from the Rosenheimer Collection’ at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, 2018.

Edmund de Waal looks back at his early porcelains

An interview with the British ceramicist, who reflects on a formative relationship with a collector of his art

18 Jun 2018

Patronage, prizes and Mad King Ludwig pens

The luxury brand Montblanc recently launched the 27th edition of its cultural patronage awards

14 May 2018
The Schoolroom (detail; 1938), Vanessa Bell. Osborne Samuel, £4,500

The changing fortunes of modern British printmaking

The market for British prints between the wars is now strengthening after decades of neglect – but many works remain affordable

The Harrington Commode. Thomas Chippendale

‘The only name that means anything in furniture’

On the tercentenary of his birth, Thomas Chippendale still exercises a unique hold on the market for British furniture

Intimation (2014), El Anatsui. Axel Vervoordt Gallery (price on application)

Highlights of BRAFA art fair

From a 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite to an array of modern and contemporary art, here’s what not to miss this year

24 Jan 2018

A derelict distillery becomes a canalside arts centre

Axel Vervoordt has turned an industrial ‘wasteland’ into a haven for displaying some of his favourite art

17 Jan 2018
Proserpine (detail; 1878), Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Agnews (price on application)

‘There is enduring interest in the stories of the Pre-Raphaelites’

The market for the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers is steady and growing, bucking the trend for Victorian painting

15 Jan 2018
Grand Boules (2009), Sheila Hicks. © Sheila Hicks. Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London

The woven wonders of Sheila Hicks

The artist’s textile works reveal the versatility and power of a medium that has been widely overlooked

31 Oct 2017

‘Anyone who is interested in the Renaissance should be interested in medals’

It may be a small and specialist market, but it is still possible to find exquisite portrait medals at affordable prices

Rose bowl (c. 1938), Michael Cardew.

A potted history of studio ceramics

Studio potters continue to push the boundaries of their medium in Britain

19 Aug 2017
Dog Head (ganabi), 19th century, Gogodala people, Papuan Gulf. Voyageurs & Curieux, price on request

The widening market for Oceanic art

Once championed by the Surrealists, Oceanic art is now achieving top prices at auction and attracting an increasingly diverse collector base

14 Aug 2017
A 'Hen and Chickens' tureen and cover (illustrated) with stand, c. 1755–56, width 35.5cm (tureen). Christie's London, £223,650

Now is the time to buy English porcelain…

English porcelain may not attract the same high prices of the past, but it could still be a lucrative opportunity for new collectors

23 Jun 2017
Mappa (1989-94), Alighiero Boetti. Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

The true scale of Alighiero Boetti’s achievements

The current exhibition at the Cini Foundation in Venice has a conceptual clarity that is entirely in keeping with the Italian artist’s philosophy

12 Jun 2017
Jpeg pt01 (detail; 2006), Thomas Ruff. © 2017 Christie's Images Limited

The record-breaking rise of the Düsseldorf School

Prices are rocketing for photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher and their students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

18 May 2017

Who’s collecting German experimental prints?

There has always been a market for early 20th-century German prints, but it’s constantly evolving as tastes and expertise change

19 Apr 2017
Messum's Wiltshire has opened a new exhibition dedicated to contemporary British ceramics. © Sylvain Deleu

Contemporary British ceramics in a country barn

This is no country jumble of brown pots. The latest show at Messum’s Wiltshire is a reminder of a great, evolving national tradition

Danseuses en blanc (c. 1878), Edgar Degas. Courtesy Sotheby's

‘You can get real fireworks with pastels’

Why Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pastels are becoming increasingly attractive to art collectors of all sorts

A pair of blackamoor figures (c. 1740), Dutch. Carcaci, £28,000

The best of BADA 2017

More than 90 dealers ranging widely across art, antiques, and contemporary design come together to celebrate the fair’s 25th anniversary

12 Mar 2017
Lacquered hide shield (dhal), second half of the 18th century, India, probably Mysore, buffalo hide, gold and velvet, diam. 45cm. Peter Finer (£200,000)

The growing market for Indian arms and armour

Exquisite pieces of Indian arms and armour are capturing the interest of international collectors

16 Feb 2017
Margate Knot, (detail), (2016), Anna Ray.

Turning women’s work into art

Some of the 20th century’s greatest artists have worked in textiles – and most of them happen to have been women

15 Feb 2017
Eucharistic Dove

Collectors remain enamoured with Limoges enamels

Vibrant and intricate Limoges enamels from the 12th century are increasingly hard to come by, but collectors are willing to spend

28 Jan 2017
FAW786 – Thrusting Red (1959, Frank Avray Wilson

Highlights of BRAFA art fair

BRAFA pulls off the tricky task of subtly reinventing itself to suit changing tastes, while catering to every specialism

17 Jan 2017
Cambodian Dancer in Profile (1906/07), Auguste Rodin. Musée Rodin, Paris, France

How Rodin channelled the spirit of dance into his drawings and sculptures

A perfectly realised exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London explores Rodin’s obsession with dance and its expressive power

14 Dec 2016