Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market


In this section:

Research Projects

The Centre facilitates a broad range of research into the art and antiques market. We are consistently seeking the development of new and innovative research initiatives and are especially interested in the intersections between academia and the art market professionals.

Amongst our recent art market research projects and events we have focused on the relationships between private collecting and public art museums (our conference ‘Private Collecting & Public Display – March 2017); and on the ways in which ‘value’ is created, maintained and policed within the contemporary art market (our research seminar in October 2017). Future events and research projects are in development.

One of the key research projects at present is the on-going AHRC funded project ‘Antique Dealers: the British Antique Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography’ : this was externally funded by the AHRC during 2013-2016, but has continued to develop with University of Leeds support.

Project website: antiquedealers.leeds.ac.uk
Project Blog: antiquedealersblog.wordpress.com
Research database: antiquetrade.leeds.ac.uk
Twitter feed: twitter.com/AntiqueDealersA

Centre Talks and Workshops

The Centre is host to the ‘Perspectives on the Art Market’ series of talks, which have been going since 2009 – for information on forthcoming talks as part of this series please see ‘News’ section.

If you would like to be involved in art and antique market related projects, or have a project that you would like to develop and/or promote, please email us: csaa@leeds.ac.uk

PhD Students

The Centre is home to a growing number of PhD research students working on art market-related subjects.  We currently have 7 PhD students, listed below with their respective projects.  If you would like to join this growing research culture and have a potential PhD research project on the art market, please do email the Centre Director, Dr Mark Westgarth m.w.westgarth@leeds.ac.uk.

Caroline McCaffrey

‘Sevresmania – the collecting of ceramics in Britain in the 19th century’ – Caroline is researching the collecting of Sevres porcelain in Britain from the opening decades of the 19th century until the early 20th century. Focusing on some significant collectors of ceramics, such as the Earl of Harewood, Lord Dudley and Lady Charlotte Schrieber, her research seeks to investigate the market for ‘decorative art’ in the 19th century.

Heather Findling

Shaping A Postwar Identity in Vienna, Austria from 1945-1980: Private Collections and their Legacies’ – Heather is researching the cultural atmosphere of postwar Vienna, Austria and the private collectors of modern art and Judaica who began collecting in Vienna during this time. Her research aims to investigate their contribution to the city’s cultural identity, and how such collections have become celebrated and valued in Vienna’s museums today.

Shir Kochavi – Update, July 2017 – Congratulations to Dr Kochavi…the first of our PhDs in the CSAAM

The allocation of Jewish cultural property from Europe in Post-World War II’ – Shir was researching the objects handled by the American Allied Forces in Central Collecting Points across Germany after WWII and the policies that lead to the re-distribution of Jewish ritual objects, paintings and fine art which often belonged to Jewish middle-class families in Germany.

Anna Reeve

The Art of Ancient Cyprus: networks, communities, collectors 1870-2004′ –  Anna is  researching the collecting of ancient Cypriot artefacts in the communities of Leeds in the long 20th century.

Simon Spier

Creating the Bowes: public collecting, private philanthropy and the art market in public art museums in Britain and France 1830-1900′ –  Simon is a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD student, working with The Bowes Museum, The National Gallery and University of Leeds.

Colette Siddiqui

The historiography of coin and medal collecting in the early 19th century: Henry Wellesley’s medals’ –  Colette is researching the cultural context for coin and medal collecting and the networks and practices of collectors and dealers in the period 1790-1850, with a specific focus on the collector Henry Wellesley.

Graham Panico

Socio-cultural shifts in the British Antiques Trade 1985-2016: a cultural creative industry in a changing Global context’–  Graham’s research uses enthnographical and auto-enthnographical approaches to investigate the changing landscape of the trade in antiques in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

UGRLS Project

Undergraduate Research & Leadership Scholarships

In 2017 the Arts, Humanities and Cultures offered six undergraduate research and leadership scholarships (UGRLs) which were generously funded by alumni to enable students to develop their research and leadership capabilities by participating in established academic research projects as preparation for future research and leadership roles in further study or employment.

Olivia Powell  (Laidlaw Scholar)

Liv Powell is a BA (Hons) International History and Politics student at the University of Leeds. Her studies focus on twentieth century political history, including but not limited to, the development of the USSR, international relations during the interwar period, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Liv is our Laidlaw Scholar working with us for the next 2 years, for 6 weeks each summer, on UGRLS project ‘Object Trajectories – Archives, Objects, Museums in the Phillips of Hitchin & Roger Warner archives’.  The project was of special interest to Liv as her historical interests include the life-story and heritage of objects. The antique dealer market seemed particularly interesting due to the increasing popularity of antiques, and this was an area which she had not previously studied before. The project also offered the opportunity to gain training in the cleaning and conservation of archives, which is not available through her degree programme.

You can follow Liv’s progress on the ‘Object Trajectories’ project, via the Antique Dealer Project blog, and Liv’s own Blog at:



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