Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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Stand-out silver to look out for in upcoming auctions

26 February 2024

A selection of previews from three British sales and another in Germany

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Three silver items to savour from Devon sale

26 February 2024

Pictured here are three highlight lots from recent sales held by Whittons (20% buyer’s premium) in Honiton, Devon.

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A tale of two cities: spotlight on Paris and London workshops

26 February 2024

A French three-colour gold snuff box was a highlight of the silver and vertu section of Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne’s recent winter sale.

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Beaker was made by the only female silversmith in Norwich

26 February 2024

Another auction where silver and objects of vertu were prominent was the fine art and antiques sale staged by Elstob (25% buyer’s premium).

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Monumental trophy races to £19,000

26 February 2024

Silverware was a major component of Bonhams’ (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) Knightsbridge auction titled The Connoisseur’s Library on February 13-14.

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Paris sale celebrates tribal art from the Barbier-Mueller collecting dynasty

19 February 2024

The Barbier-Mueller family is well known as a collecting dynasty, especially for its ethnographic art.

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Dinner service belonged to famous French novelist George Sand

19 February 2024

A faience dinner service that belonged to the famous French novelist George Sand sold for €7000 (£5980) at the Rouillac (24% buyer’s premium inc tax) auction on February 10.

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Charles X portrait at nearly 10 times the estimate

19 February 2024

Portrait of monarch impresses as château of the Comtes de Marcellus delivers treasures to auction

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Chareau furniture includes chair style selected by famous clients

19 February 2024

An ensemble of modernist rosewood furniture by the designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950) is to be offered by Valoir Pousse-Cornet auction house.

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Wemyss collected over decades comes to auction in Edinburgh

12 February 2024

Extensive array offered by Lyon & Turnbull concentrates on the first Scottish period of production

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Italian tazzae take top prices as part of Belgravia selection

12 February 2024

The first part of a sale offering the contents of a house on Belgrave Square went under the hammer at Bellmans (25% buyer’s premium).

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Classic Ashbee piano comes with fine provenance

12 February 2024

Heading Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) January 16 Design sale in Stansted Mountfitchet was a recently rediscovered version of one of the best-known Guild of Handicraft designs.

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It’s a shore thing: Namikawa Yasuyuki Japanese cloisonné vase delights

05 February 2024

Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) is one of the most famous and highly regarded masters of the art of Japanese cloisonné.

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Getting ahead as the year begins

05 February 2024

Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) got off to an early New Year start with a Country House auction.

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Butterflies signal a long life and a good price

05 February 2024

Modestly guided at just £200-300, this tiny Qianlong period ruby-glazed teabowl and 4in (10.5cm) diameter saucer generated plenty of interest when it came up for sale at Elstob (25% buyer’s premium).

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Auction house hails ‘incredibly busy and buoyant’ start to the new year

05 February 2024

North Yorkshire saleroom starts 2024 with 2600 lots offered over two weeks in four auctions

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French auction sales totals: A year of ‘expected stabilisation’ after bumper period

29 January 2024

Auction firms in France followed a more traditional course in 2023 according to the latest figures.

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Dublin auction offers single-owner collection of Chinese jewels made using bright blue feathers

29 January 2024

The bright blue iridescent feathers of the kingfisher have been used to decorate objects and jewellery and items of personal adornment for over 2000 years in China, where the birds are also known as jade or jadeite birds.

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Prime 18th century English porcelain on offer in Australia

29 January 2024

When Australian auction house Artvisory offers the Robert Burke collection on February 19-20 in Melbourne it will launch around 300 lots of prime 18th century English porcelain onto the market.

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Doll maker and fashion house come together to create a limited edition

22 January 2024

As well as being an artist’s model and gallery owner who founded the museum dedicated to the work of the sculptor Aristide Maillol, Dina Vierny was also known as a collector of antique dolls.