Author Archives: Ivor Hughes

French flea markets hit hard

The French trade in antiques and collectibles (and other second hand goods) is strictly regulated. All French resident dealers must be licensed by their local town council and maintain strictly controlled records of stock. There’s no escape. Not now.

The French Provincial auctioneer

In December I wrote about a typical English provincial auction house, the century-old and now third- and fourth-generation Hartleys Auctioneers and Valuers in Yorkshire. There can be no French equivalent, for three simple reasons.