Friday, 9 November 2012

McTear's Leading into The International Market

McTear’s, along with other well known auction houses in the UK, launch the Association of Accredited Auctioneers to bring trust and professionalism to international art market.

A selection of leading British fine art and antiques auctioneers, with a combined annual turnover reaching more than £200 million, have come together to be a leading force in the international market. From China and beyond, they want to dominate the market and attract high-spending buyers to their sales.

The firms have launched The Association of Accredited Auctioneers (Triple-A) and forged commercial links with Asia’s only on-line live bidding portal This service promotes Triple-A auctioneers’ sales directly to more than 100,000 registered collectors of fine art and antiques in China and posts catalogues translated into Chinese online.

So far things are looking good, with Triple-A firms reporting a promising level of demand for the first sales. The aim of this is to increase international confidence and understanding of the UK auction business through targeted marketing, quality assurance and educational presentations to key growth markets.

The 19 founder auctioneers and representatives of Triple-A are as follows:

Anderson & Garland (Tyne & Wear) Andrew McCoull
Baldwins (London) Seth Freeman*
Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (West Country) Chris Hampton
The Canterbury Auction Galleries (Kent) Tony Pratt
Cheffins (Cambridgeshire) Martin Millard*
Dreweatts/Bloomsbury (Berkshire/London) Stephan Ludwig*
Ewbank’s (Surrey) Chris Ewbank*
Fellows (Midlands) Stephen Whittaker
Gorringes (Sussex) Clifford Lansberry
Halls (Shropshire) Jeremy Lamond*
Hartleys West Yorkshire) Andrew Hartley
Lawrences of Crewkerne (Somerset) Helen Carless*
Lyon & Turnbull (Edinburgh) Paul Roberts
Mallams (Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire) Robin Fisher
McTear’s (Glasgow) Brian Clements
Peter Wilson (Cheshire) Robert Stones
Roseberys (London) Ian Cadzow
Sworders (Essex) Guy Schooling*
Toovey’s (Sussex) Rupert Toovey
• *Denotes committee member

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