Greece toughens its tone towards Britain

In order to recuperate sculptures from the Parthenon, currently exhibited at the British Museum, Greece is playing the diplomatic card. A case in the hands of lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney, wife of the famous actor, and her team. The ancient sculptures in question are the Elgin Marbles. Greece had previously decided not to embark on legal proceedings against the British Museum, given its low chances of winning. Indeed, Great Britain acquired the sculptures in 1816 following a vote in Parliament in favour Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin at the time. To recuperate these major pieces of its cultural heritage, Greece is counting on pressure from public opinion to back up the legitimacy of its request. Meanwhile, within the Greek government, the minister of culture Aristides Baltas has declared: “We are trying to develop alliances which we hope would eventually lead to an international body like the United Nations to come with us against the British Museum.” Although the legal framework is not favourable, the minister does not despair: “As there are no hard and fast rules regarding the issue of returning treasures taken away from various countries, there is no indisputable legal...

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Liu Yiqian takes his tea from a $36.3million porcelain cup

Liu Yiqian, one of the biggest art collectors in China, recently made the headlines due to a photo of him drinking tea from an antique porcelain cup. The cup in question had already made the news after having been bought at Sotheby’s by Yiqian, using his American Express card to acquire the cup for the sum of $36.3 million. Yiqian justified his actions to China Real Time explaining; “Emperor Qianlong has used it, now I’ve used it,” adding “I wanted to see what would happen.” It is not the first time the collector has caused controversy. In 2013 Liu Yiqian acquired a calligraphy piece at Sotheby’s New York for $8.2million, which was sequently declared a fake by three experts. Sotheby’s still maintain that the piece is...

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Between libertinism and the antique at James Freeman gallery

London, 19 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). “Pipe Dreams” is an exhibition of works by James Mortimer and Claire Partington, to be presented at the James Freeman Gallery from 22 November until 21 December 2013. The theme of the exhibition is based on the general tendency that human beings have towards decadence. The two artists whose works are exhibited at the event explore the relationship between Libertinism and the antique. Mortimer is a 24-year-old British artist, and Partington is a British sculptor who creates contemporary interpretations of old myths and archetypes, adapted to the 20th century with a sense of cynicism and...

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23rd Winter Fine Art & Antique Fair Olympia

London, 6 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The 23rd Winter Fine Art & Antique Fair Olympia is to take place between 4 and 10 November 2013. The fair features stands presenting jewellery, antique furniture, 20th century furniture, fine art and prints, silver, Art Deco, Lighting, Asian and Islamic carpets, rugs, textiles and tapestries, ceramics, decorative items, and glass. Each piece for sale is to be checked by a team of over 100 experts, who will work before the fair opens to ensure the quality and authenticity of goods presented for sale. The fair is to feature 135 exhibitors. Last year’s addition attracted over 23,000 visitors, including collectors and interior...

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From Pictura Fine Art Fair to TEFAF: the history of the fair in Maastricht

Maastricht, 15 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). It all started in 1975 when 28 galleries from around the world exhibited their medieval sculptures and paintings by the Old Masters in Maastricht, at the inaugural opening of a new fair named Pictura Fine Art Fair. Three years later, in 1978, the success of the Pictura Fine Art Fair sparked the setting up of a second fair dedicated to antiquities, Antiqua. From its first opening, Antiqua enjoyed great success; 42 exhibitors were present at its first edition. The fair evolved rapidly and changed its name on several occasions; first to Antique Maestricht, then to De Antiquairs International. In 1985, De Antiquairs International and Pictura Fine Art Fair were fused to create one fair under the name Antiquairs International & Pictura Fine Art Fair. At the same time the fair became annual. When the fair changed its name in 1988 to become The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), a new section was launched; Textura, dedicated to the textile arts. This was followed by another four sections, one after the other; Modern & Contemporary in 1991, Haute Jouaillerie (1992), Classical Antiquities, and Books, Manuscripts and Cards in 1993. In 1994, an important year in the history of TEFAF, the fair exhibited the “Treasures from The Hermitage St Petersburg” and the number of visitors exceeded 60,000 for the first time. The final name change for the fair to TEFAF Maastricht took place in 1996. Various changes in the set-up, organisation and resources of the fair took place in years that followed, but the next major shake-up did not occur until 2009, the year in which a new section (Design) was launched. The latest change has been the creation of the section Paper (the last of nine) in 2010. Last year the fair exhibited more...

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