Art Market

Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (founder of ANO) at ANO’s new space in Accra. Photo: Latifah Iddriss, courtesy of ANO

Exploring Ghana’s growing art scene

Public funding for the arts in Ghana is practically non-existent, but a thriving network of artists and arts professionals is emerging

16 Feb 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

A swashbuckling tale of trade and trickery

In 1804, a fleet of English merchant vessels fooled the French navy into retreat. Each captain was presented with an exquisite sword for their troubles

10 Feb 2017
Le domaine d'Arnheim (1938), René Magritte. Christie's Images Ltd. 2016 (£6,500,000-9,500,000)

An epic Magritte is set to be the highlight of Christie’s ‘Art of the Surreal’ sale

Auction highlights this month include works by Morisot and Magritte at Christie’s, and Sotheby’s inaugural ‘Erotic: Passion and Desire’ sale

8 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
North Italian olivewood and walnut commode en arbalète (late 18th century). The Pedestal; £3,000–£4,000

Could hipsters save the antique furniture trade?

Antique furniture has been unpopular for years – but tastes are changing

27 Jan 2017
The trade now wonders how many more sophisticated forgeries will emerge, after this painting of St Jerome, thought by many to be by Parmigianino, was declared a fake by Sotheby's

Old Masters, new scandal, as a ‘Parmigianino’ painting is deemed a fake

As New York gears up for its Old Master sales, Sotheby’s has declared a work it sold in 2012 a forgery after tests found modern pigments

20 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
Meat Porters, (1959), Ralph Brown

Private collections may be a good thing for public institutions

In a time of increased uncertainty for public art institutions, museums are reevaluting their relationships with private collectors

16 Jan 2017

Why the market for Outsider Art is booming in New York

Prices for Outsider Art are now close to matching those fetched by the mainstream

15 Jan 2017