Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market

About the Centre

The Centre for the Study for the Art and Antiques Market at the University of Leeds is the first research centre with a specific focus on the study of the history of the trade in art and antiques. Read more…


CONFERENCE: Private Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums

Frederick MacKenzie, The National Gallery when at Mr J.J. Angerstein's House, Pall Mall, 1824-34, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Conference Dates: 30 - 31 March, 2017

Location: Nathan Bodington Chamber, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds

This two-day conference investigates the relationships between ‘private’ collections of art (fine art, decorative art and antiquities), and the changing dynamics of their display in ‘public’ exhibitions and museums.

We are delighted to confirm Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, London as our keynote speaker.

The PGR subcommittee of the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market at the University of Leeds includes Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Anna Reeve, Shir Kochavi and Heather Findling.

Registration is now closed. Thank you to all who registered for the conference and we look forward to seeing you next week!

See (Provisional) Programme Here

Please contact us at csaa@leeds.ac.uk

Research Interests

The Centre is a research hub for interdisciplinary study of the markets for art and antiques.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre is reflected by a ‘community of interests’, and includes academics (from various schools and faculties at the University of Leeds, as well as other universities and institutions); students (UG, TPG and PGR); archivists, museum professionals and art and antique market professionals.


Exhibition by PhD students Simon Spier & Lindsay MacNaughton

John and Joséphine Bowes: Collecting the Far East

1st September – 31st October

CSAAM PhD student Simon Spier, together with fellow PhD student Lyndsay McNaughton from Durham University, have developed a new exhibition display at Tennants Auctioneers  'Garden Room' at Leyburn, North Yorkshire.  Opening on 1st September, the exhibition is the result of Simon and Lyndsay's research on the collections at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. Both are AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD students, working on projects as part of the collaborations with The Bowes Museum.

Congratulations to Dr Shir Kochavi!

Congratulations to Shir Kochavi for passing her PhD viva with minor corrections last week.  Shir is the first of the CSAAM PhDs to graduate - her PhD is a fascinating study of the redistribution of Jewish Cultural Property and the art market in post WWII Europe and America - Well Done Shir!  Here's Shir with her supervisors, Mark and Eva, celebrating with champagne.

More ‘Where is it Now?’ objects

Following the successful finding of the early 18th century delftware plate in the 'Where is it Now?' theme in the Phillips of Hitchin archive, we have posted another 6 photographs of objects from the archive in the 'Where is it Now?' pages; do click on the relevant tab in the tool bar on the CSAAM website above to see them all.

PhD student based in the CSAAM invited to The Winterthur

PhD student Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth has been invited as a Visiting Research Fellow to the Wintethur Museum and with the University of Delaware in America this Spring. The Winterthur Museum was founded by art collector and businessman Henry Francis du Pont and has an incredible collection of American and European decorative art, boasting over 90,000 objects. An Arts and Humanities Research Council (White Rose Consortium) funded PhD student Caroline will be taking up the Fellowship from April to June 2017. During this two-month residency, she will be working closely alongside Senior Curators to assess and research the French decorative arts collections held by the Winterthur, with a particular emphasis on ceramics.
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