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Testing the metal

Our jewellery special starts with a focus on contemporary designers whose wares appear at auction, in particular a partnership between Michele della Valle and Sotheby’s


For previous generations of artist jewellers, from René Lalique to Andrew Grima, retail sales and private commissions were everything. Typically it was only much later in the collecting lifecycle, after a period of posthumous reassessment and rediscovery, that their work appeared at auction with any great regularity.

Today, however, the wares of an increasing number of private jewellers have almost immediate currency on the secondary market.

Arguably the most famous of these is the New Yorker-turned- Paris-based design vanguard Joel Arthur Rosenthal. JAR, as he is better known, trades on exclusivity from a blacked-out atelier at the Place Vendôme, creating a mere 70-80 pieces annually for a waiting list of patrons. Any chance to ‘jump the queue’ offered by an auction purchase or a discrete private sale is grasped with both hands.

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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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