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Laura Suffield

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Art market

French decorative arts apparently recession-proof

The international market absorbs the Polo, Patiño and Johnson collections in one year. Tous les Louis do well but Louis XVI best of all

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Law

Art lover claims c1.25 million Old Master should not have left country

Private collector vs State in Spain

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Exhibitions

Watts Gallery needs urgent help to save the charming but dilapidated institution

Hidden in the English countryside, a Victorian time-warp is slowly falling apart

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Alhambra

Serious doubts about “Alhambra” vase sold at Drouot for E3.6 million

Big price, big fake?

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Art market

This book by a leading London dealer analyses the market from 1970 to the present

Christopher Wood's "The great art boom"

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Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A opens first gallery devoted to the history and meaning of ornament

From rinceaux to Reeboks

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Art & Technology

Rembrandt under X-ray at the British Museum

Medical technology is being utilised to obtain clear images of watermarks

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Unesco

Interview with Federico Mayor, UNESCO director general: Surveying the role of UNESCO

“A way of thinking that has visible form”

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Tefaf Basel

Despite a slow start, enthusiasm for the Antique is evident at the TEFAF Basel

The TEFAF Basel saw only 12,500 visitors, but some good sales nonetheless. Could the organisers have promoted it more?

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South East Asia

Indian art generates solid sales as Persian market shows signs of life: Indian, South East Asian and Islamic sales 1995

Strong bidding from expatriate Iranians recalls pre-Revolution prices

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Books

V&A strangles its watercolours with artspeak

Illustrations partially compensate for jargon

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Exhibitions

Holy Russia at the V&A, touring exhibition is repackaged for the UK

Via many points in the US

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Conservation & Preservation

Spain's greatest tapestries cleaned by aerosol

The oldest working tapestry weavers in Flanders apply high-tech to some of the finest royal hangings

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National Trust

Ha-Ha: the National Trust goes contemporary with outdoor art

England's stately homes embrace Davey and Goldsworthy

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Exhibitions

Matisse exhibition moves from MoMA to Pompidou Centre

Initial plans to tour the exhibition to Russia have now been shelved

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Books

Dealers, collectors and Christie’s to fund Chatsworth book

New book will cover the 1,000 Italian drawings in the Chatsworth collection

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Vanbrugh at the V&A

Newly bought architectural albums on show

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Tate

Tate planning a national gallery for the twentieth-century before the twentieth century’s done

Tate makes early bid for National Lottery largesse to expand southward

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Exhibitions

Bonn borrows MoMA pictures for a survey of the 20th century

The Museum of Modern Art has loaned 70 paintings for the first in a series of major exhibitions

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Victoria & Albert Museum

New gallery showcasing 20th-century design opens at the V&A

Spanning the history of consumer design from 1900 to 1992, it aims to explore design ideas, techniques and materials as well as individual pieces and mass-produced objects.

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Cave painting

Cave paintings: Radiocarbon dating, a penguin, plus fakes

Carbon dating for the Altamira caves, a penguin troubles sceptics at the submerged Grotte Henri Cosquer, and the sponge is a give-away at Alave

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Underwater Archaeology

Private high-tech raids on shipwrecks abound with the watery provenance providing strong sales at auction

National Maritime Museum laments “smash and grab” approach of private salvage operations but who else has the funds?

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Exhibitions

Warsaw borrows Stanislas’s paintings from Dulwich

“Collection for a King” opens on 5 May

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Art market

Sotheby’s President Michael Ainslie discusses the 1991 figures

Decorative arts no longer the Cinderella

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Exhibitions

A loyal tribute to Queen Elizabeth at the V&A but let’s hope it makes them money

Celebrating Elizabeth’s forty-year reign with robes, regalia, royal presents and memorabilia

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Alberto Giacometti

Fake Giacometti furniture trial ends with jail sentences and fines for Jacques Redoutey and suppliers

Experts complain that large number of fakes in the market makes it difficult to identify authentic works

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Iraq

Iraqis deny thefts from the Muslim shrines of Kerbala and Najaf

Follows disappearance of jewels, manuscripts

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Education

New school curriculum report: Leonardo for seven-year-olds?

A renewed emphasis on Western art is apparent

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Only complete Frank Lloyd Wright interior in Europe installed at the V&A

After twenty years in boxes a friend of the patron’s family funds its display

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Alberto Giacometti

Your Diego Giacometti may well be a fake: Massive fraud network between Besançon, Geneva, Paris, London and New York

It is estimated that between 65-80% of Giacometti furniture and sculpture offered at auction since 1986 is fake