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First Day’s Vase will stay in the UK

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Friends of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery have raised the £482,500 necessary to buy a Wedgwood First Day’s vase and prevent it from leaving the UK.

The black basalt encaustic-decorated First Day’s vase had been on loan to the museum for 35 years until it was withdrawn by its owner and sold at Christie’s Exceptional Sale in London in July 2016.

Following the Christie’s auction, the new owner applied for an export licence but the government issued an export bar and the money was raised via public appeal and from a number of funds to purchase it.

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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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