Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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Einstein doctorate certificate on offer at Bonhams

28 March 2022

The original doctorate certificate awarded to Albert Einstein by the University of Zurich in 1905 will be a highlight offering at Bonhams in New York.

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Seated figure of Chinese deity creates new top price for Chantilly porcelain at auction

28 March 2022

A new high for a piece of Chantilly porcelain and two pre-emptions for paintings featured in a recent sale held by Daguerre (30% buyer’s premium) at Drouot in Paris.

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Characteristic Rohlfs chair sets record

28 March 2022

A characteristically elaborately pierced and carved oak hall chair by the US furniture maker and designer Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) proved to be the toast of the most recent Cottone (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Lantern clock unites Closon and White

28 March 2022

This clock sold at Veilinghuis de Jager (35% buyer’s premium) in Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands, brings together two important names in English lantern clocks.

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Karl doll comes to auction

28 March 2022

This rare bisque socket head doll was made by Kämmer and Reinhardt as part of its art character series, c.1910.

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Miró from Hubert de Givenchy's bedroom to be offered at Christie's

28 March 2022

Highlights from Christie’s sales of works from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy, which are to be sold in Paris in June, are currently on a world tour that takes in the US: Palm Beach March 5-26; New York April 8-13 and Los Angeles April 27-29; then Hong Kong May 23-27 before returning to Paris.

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Teniers painting emerges after 200-year wait

28 March 2022

The last time this painting by David Teniers the younger (before 1610-90), depicting an alchemist in his workshop, was mentioned in a publication was back in 1877 and it comes to the market after having been in a Swiss family collection for over 200 years.

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Early silver from Faniel collection on offer at Drouot

21 March 2022

Early silver will go under the hammer this month at Drouot when Jean-Marc Delvaux offers items from the collection of Stéphane Faniel (1909-78).

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Moillon’s still-life special talent

21 March 2022

One of the potential stars of the sale of Old Master paintings and drawings held by Aguttes at Drouot on March 25 is this still-life by Louyse Moillon (1609/10-1696), a 17th century Parisian artist who specialised in this particular genre.

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French fairs schedule returns to some normality – with caveats

21 March 2022

The French fairs calendar has developed a certain rhythmical repetition over the years but this has been changed as Covid restrictions necessitate cancellations and postponements.

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Third slice of Sztejnberg silver offered in Paris

21 March 2022

Fashion retailer’s extensive and wide-ranging French collection sets a €4m total in Paris

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Marie Antoinette portrait and sketch now united

21 March 2022

A sale of Old Masters held by Aguttes (25/23% buyer’s premium) included this portrait of the youthful Marie Antoinette.

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Château de Chambord window returns to original home in private sale

21 March 2022

The French auction firm Rouillac has successfully made a private sale to the Château de Chambord for one of its original 16th century windows thought to have been removed during the revolution.

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Chinese seal with a taste of spinach

21 March 2022

A highlight of the Asian arts sale to be held by Beaussant Lefèvre at Drouot in Paris on April 15 will be this Qing dynasty spinach-green nephrite jade imperial seal that belonged to the Qianlong Emperor (1736-95).

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Dupas depicts the joys of wine

21 March 2022

Prints, drawings, paintings and decorative arts from the 20th century will be on offer at Briscadieu in Bordeaux on April 9.

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Château furnishings assembled over generations emerge at auction

21 March 2022

The contents of the Château de Jouac in Haute-Vienne, which was the family home of Clovis Trouille (1889-1975), an artist associated with the French Surrealists, are to be offered by Mirabaud Mercier.

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Melling’s view of Constantinople offered in French sale

21 March 2022

This early 19th century watercolour drawing of Constantinople seen from the heights of Eyoub will be one of the attractions in a sale of furniture and works of art at Ivoire Troyes in the city on March 26.

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Old Masters: Young auctioneers touched by a 16th century angel

14 March 2022

French rediscovery of a German artist’s work leads a look at the Old Masters market

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Ulmann collection: Drawings amassed by doctor duo go under the hammer

14 March 2022

More than 1000 Old Master drawings offered in around 500 lots over two days went under the hammer of Beaussant Lefèvre (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) at Drouot on February 10-11 when the auction firm dispersed the collection of Jacques and Colette Ulmann.

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On the scent of posters at Swann

07 March 2022

Italian liqueur tempts buyer to pay highest price at dedicated sale