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Rising to the Portobello challenge

Antiques dealers of Portobello Road must jostle for space with souvenir traders. But a new breed of seller is determined to maintain the area’s antiques heritage, writes Laura Chesters

For more than a decade many of the dealers of Portobello Road Market have warned of its imminent decline.

The dominance of antiques shops and stalls in the neighbourhood began to dilute in the first half of the 1990s, just as property developer Warren Todd began acquiring many of the area’s traditional arcades, letting spaces to retailers and tourist souvenir sellers.

Ryan Todd of landlord the Portobello Group (and the son of Warren) defends the quarter’s changing face.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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