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Yorkshire accent A husband and wife team has launched a new auction house in the North Yorkshire town of Bedale, which holds its inaugural auction this month.

Jewellery expert Beth Elstob and her auctioneer husband David have teamed up to create Elstob & Elstob, specialising in antiques over nine categories. David Elstob was a director at Thomas Watson’s in Darlington having been at Addisons in County Durham.

Below David and Beth Elstob in their new premises in Bedale Hall

HEAVY VETTING The international fair TEFAF is introducing a new global vetting policy, to apply to all its events, aimed at putting the event on a more academic footing.

Following a review of legal issues relating to vetting, good governance and liability, TEFAF has been advised that vetting committees should consist of experts with as little commercial interest in the art market as possible.

TEFAF’s, Nanne Dekking, said: “As a result of this change of policy, we will be saying farewell to a number of vetters.” The committee is now made up of academics, curators, conservators, conservation scientists and ischolars. For our preview of this month’s fair, turn to page 52.

Pincer movement One of the most famous of all 20th -century sculptures, Salvador Dalí’s Lobster Telephone, 1938, has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland.

Lobster Telephone was made in 1938 for Edward James (1907-1984), Dalí’s main patron in the 1930s. 11 of the plaster lobster receivers were made to fit telephones at James’s house in Wimpole Street, central London and at his country house, Monkton, in West Sussex. Although James amassed an unrivalled collection of Surrealist art, much of it was sold off in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Scottish gallery boasts one of the world’s greatest collections of Surrealist art, including major paintings by René Magritte, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Toyen, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington and others.

Did you know? Object sculptures became a craze in the 1930s with Man Ray, Miró, Magritte and Giacometti all making sculptures out of preexisting objects to challenge conventional notions of reality.

CAPITAL MOVE Haute époque fine art specialist Mullany has relocated its gallery from Westminster to St. James’s – bucking the trend for dealers to quit expensive central London premises.

The new gallery, at 11 Bury Street, will host selling exhibitions to coincide with London Art Week, as well as specialist talks and seminars from national and international experts.

The first floor gallery, which has large street level windows, has been refurbished to create a Romanesque-style, cloistered interior to showcase Mullany’s finest pieces. Nick Mullany said: “We felt a commercial gallery space in St. James’s would provide a central focus for showcasing our objects and meeting clients. We wanted to create a permanent cloistered environment to provide clients with a personalised intimate salon experience.”

Above One of the pieces on sale at the new premises


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