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...
Moss Harris & Sons - antique shop front in Oxford Street, London circa 1920
More

Research Interests

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

Read More...
More
The Antique Dealers Research Project is an ongoing project that directs critical attention to the history of the antique trade during the last 200 years.
More
The Antique Dealers project interactive Map website will eventually include all dealers trading in Britain over the course of the 20th century (1900-2000).
More
A history of the trade in art and antiques
More

News & Events

View all News

Students on the 2nd year undergraduate module 'ARTF2069 The Art Market: Moments, Methodologies and Meanings' were on an art market field trip this week (3rd November).  We had a walking tour of the spaces of the art market of the 18th and 19th century, around Pall Mall, St. James's and Bond Street.  As well as visits to some leading art dealers such as Philip Mould & Co. and Colnaghi, and of course the auction houses of Christie's and Sotheby's.  Here's one of the two student groups on the field trip outside of Sotheby's.

more

A fascinating session on the Digital Art Market at the Association for Art History Annual Conference 6th-8th April 2022 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The Rise (and Rise) of the Digital Art Market Martin Postle, Paul Mellon Centre, mpostle@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk In recent years the global art trade has experienced a radical transformation, driven to a large extent by digital technology. Across the board, art works are bought and sold online in increasing numbers by a greatly expanded network of individuals and institutions, from international auction houses and art dealers to private individuals operating remotely on shoestring budgets. A leading player in this mass proliferation of internet sales is the UK art market. But this too has changed. Previously, the sale of art in Britain was dominated by seasonal auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and the selling ‘exhibitions’ mounted by major dealers such as Agnews and Colnaghi, marketed and packaged though the sale of lavishly illustrated catalogues. Now the sales catalogue has been superseded by online publications, available gratis at the click of a button. Literally hundreds of thousands of images can be accessed by anyone, in what might be regarded as a welcome democratisation of the art market. More troubling, with the effective ‘death’ of the printed catalogue, is the all too swift disappearance of images of works of art, as these ephemeral records leave little or no trace, making the establishing and maintenance of pictorial records and provenance increasingly challenging.

more

Emily Gould, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art & Law, and a participant in our 'Historic & Contemporary Issues' theme workshops in the CSAAM, has let us know of a new online course on Art & Law, developed with participation of the British Antique Dealers' Association.  The new course runs from 19th to 21st April and will be delivered on Zoom.  More details on the new course can be found at the Institute of Art & Law website - see Here.

more

We are very pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD Studentship - a collaboration between the University of Leeds and Wellcome Collection, London. 'Transculturations & Transactions: from ‘curios’ to ‘specimens’, Colonialism, Empire and the role of the art market in the development of the collections of Henry S. Wellcome, 1880-1940'. Details of how to apply for the studentship are available on the White Rose Consortium (WRoCAH) website - Click Here

more

View all Events

Locating the Jewish Art Dealer in London: cultural and spatial geographies This keynote lecture from Dr Mark Westgarth forms part of the Jewish Country Houses’ project workshop: Jewish Dealers and the European Art Market, 1850 – 1930.

more

TIAMSA 2021 Conference: The Art Market and the Museum (online: University of Edinburgh / National Galleries of Scotland, 6 / 7 May, 3 June, 15 / 16 July 2021) TIAMSA cordially invites you to its 2021 conference whose theme is the historic and contemporary intersections of the art market and museums. The conference will consider how art market stakeholders, including art dealers, collectors and patrons have, both historically and in more recent years, shaped museum collections and influenced exhibition practices. This conference seeks to bridge the gap between academic study, the global art market, and professional museum practice, while providing inspiration for attendees to explore new research pathways. The interdisciplinary approach of the program encourages creative, cross-network conversations and the development of new approaches and actionable practices surrounding the intersection of the art market, the museums and academia. The conference will offer a unique opportunity for scholars, students, institutional professionals and commercial contributors from around the world to meet and tackle some of the most pressing questions facing the art and cultural sectors today. 

more

The Antique Dealer in Fact & Fiction - hosted by the British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) A Lighthearted Zoom Talk with Dr Mark Westgarth Wednesday 17th March @ 3.30pm - on Zoom Mark Westgarth is Associate Professor in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK. He is founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies. He is author of A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Antique & Curiosity Dealers (2011), SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story (2019) and more recently, The Emergence of the Antique & Curiosity Dealer in Britain 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects (2020). He was guest curator for the recent exhibition, ‘SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story’ at the Bowes Museum, County Durham.   This will be a light-hearted talk about the role of antique dealers in fact and fiction and will cover from Dickens to Lovejoy!  Should be fun!

more

British Furniture and Decorative Arts:  A New Way of Seeing the Old   Join Wolf Burchard, Associate Curator, European Sculpture  and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Clinton Howell, Clinton Howell Antiques, and Mark Westgarth, Associate Professor in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK, in presentations about British Furniture and Decorative Arts, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lark Mason, Jr., AAA. 1 CE Credit Free -  Members and General Admission Register online via website URL

more

Conctact the Centre: csaa@leeds.ac.uk

Contact the Antique Dealer Project: antiquedealers@leeds.ac.uk