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Old Masters get a youthful face-lift

Dealer Colnaghi looks to Contemporary market to inject vigour into London’s historic art scene

THE Old Master market of late has been rocked by a widening fakes scandal. The potential reputational fall-out, coupled with concerns the genre is remaining unfashionable compared to the glamorous world of Contemporary art, means dealers in this sector have a hard task on their hands.

In the midst of this uncertainty some young Spanish dealers are determined – bravely some would say – to shake up the market.

Jorge Coll and his business partner Nicolas Cortés set up the Coll & Cortés art gallery in 2005 in their home town of Madrid. Ten years later they merged with venerable Old Master dealer Colnaghi and now run its plush new gallery in St James’s to which they relocated in 2016. Konrad Bernheimer remains chairman of the 257-year-old business but the pair, and their 20-plus colleagues, are on a quest to revitalise the market and attract younger collectors.

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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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