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Arms as art, armour for the inquiring mind

For many years auctioneers have been itching to move the finest arms and armour from the province of the specialist collector and establish them with a wider audience as works of art in their own right.

Recent sales have proved that this is no longer a vain attempt with three big sellers being offered in settings well away from a specialist sale.

Last November an 18th century Chinese imperial ‘Supreme Grade, Number One’ musket took its rightful place among other works of art made for the Qianlong emperor at Sotheby’s in London, where expert in charge Robert Bradlow hailed it as “one of the most significant Chinese treasures ever to come to auction”. It duly sold for £1.65m.

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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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