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Past perfect pair

Charles Ede has bowed out of this week’s Masterpiece London in favour of the trio of TEFAFs. Frances Allitt met two of the directors to find out how a synthesis of ancient and modern can benefit this long-standing family firm

In the book-lined back room of London antiquities dealership Charles Ede sit its two new directors: Martin Clist and Charis Tyndall.

And they are discussing the state of the market with reference to a rather more recent innovation: emojis, aka electronic messaging symbols.

Greek black and red-figure vases might be among the less popular pieces for buyers at the moment, but could this popular technology point to a comeback inspired by the ‘new world’?

“When you think about antiquities you think at once of Greek vases,” Clist says. “In fact, it’s one of the picture symbols that come with your iPhone. How often that gets used I don’t know, but it’s jolly interesting that the amphora in itself is still part of our cultural reference, which could mean museums or an archaeological site.”

The directors give an impression of being dialled into both the antiquities trade and the face it presents to the wider, modern world.

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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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