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…


Inaugural 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

This two-day conference hosted under the Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market investigated 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 were delighted to present Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, London as our keynote speaker.

The Centre's PGR subcommittee responsible for organising the conference included Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Anna Reeve, Shir Kochavi and Heather Findling.

For a detailed summary of the conference roundtable, please click on the following link

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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.


AHRC PhD Studentship

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship in collaboration with The National Gallery and the University of Leeds The School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and The National Gallery are pleased to announce a funded PhD studentship for doctoral research, awarded under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. Collecting Continental Old Masters at Harewood House, Yorkshire: conflicts and convergences over contemporary art and national heritage and European and American cultural relations in the British art world, 1880-1950 Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the award will cover tuition fees and a standard AHRC grant (stipend) towards living expenses for three years. The 2019/20 the stipend is £15,009 p.a. plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. In addition, the student will receive additional support towards further research expenses from The National Gallery over the course of the research studentship. The successful applicant will be able to participate in additional training and other opportunities provided to CDP students by the National Gallery CDP Consortium and receive a National Gallery staff pass, access to a workspace, research library access and staff privileges. The student will also have access to all of the research support provided to PGR students at the University of Leeds and be part of the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market (www.csaam.leeds.ac.uk) in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies.

Contemporary & Historic Issues No.4

Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market (CSAAM) Contemporary & Historic Issues in the Art Market TUESDAY 11th December 2018: 5.00pm-6.00pm Maurice Keyworth Building 1.32 ‘The Elephant in the Room?’ The fourth in our ‘informal’ occasional research seminar series focused on Contemporary & Historic Issues in the Art Market, organised by the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market (CSAAM) The recent substitution of the inlaid ivory alphabetical letters with plastic substitute ‘ivorine’ in the 18th century chest of drawers by Thomas Chippendale, formerly at Nostell Priory, prior to its sale by auction, illustrates, one might say, an extreme response to the proposed tightening up of the legislation on the sale of cultural objects made with, or containing, ivory. With the new legislation currently being pushed through Parliament, this session focuses on the polarised and contentious issues surrounding the debates. Open Discussion format – just come along and ‘discuss’ the issues; email Mark Westgarth for more information if needed m.w.westgarth@leeds.ac.uk - ALL WELCOME

Perspectives on the Art Market No.XXI

Perspectives on the Art Market Open Lecture Series No.XXI 'Making Memories: Victorian Women Collectors and their Strategies of Commemoration' Anna Reeve PhD Candidate Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market Liberty Building, Rom G.33 Monday 19th November 2018, 3.30pm-4.30pm ALL WELCOME

Perspectives on the Art Market

                                                                                                                                      ‘PERSPECTIVES ON THE ART MARKET’ Open Lecture Series No. XX C.T. Loo (1880-1957), Dealer in Chinese Works of Art. Photograph Getty Images                                                                                                        “The Neuro-psychology of Art Collecting: What the Eli Lilly/C.T. Loo Story Tells Us”                                                                                                                                                           Shirley M. Mueller, MD.                                                                                                                                      IUSM Associate Professor of Neurology (ret.)                                                                                                                                    ROGER STEVENS Building, Lecture Theatre 01 (7.01)                                                                                                                                                    MONDAY 12th November 2018                                                                                                                                                              2.30pm-3.30pm
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