Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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Presentation sword cuts through complaints of bad conduct

25 September 2023

John Eamer was a wholesale grocer who dealt in sugar imported from the West Indies. His success led to him becoming Sheriff of London in 1794.

Sceptre

Pick of the week: Sceptre recalls story of a tragic emperor

18 September 2023

This intricate gold filigree and gemset sceptre was presented to Charlotte, Empress of Mexico, by the Mexican city of San Juan del Rio.

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Fragonard makes a sacrificial offering

18 September 2023

An oil on canvas by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) estimated at €4m-6m is billed as a highlight of the sale of Old Master and 19th century art to be held by Artcurial in Paris in November.

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Still-lifes and landscapes reflect the Dutch Golden Age

18 September 2023

Golden Age Dutch works in the form of still-lifes and landscapes will be on offer at Koller in Zurich in an auction of Old Masters on September 22.

Sèvres plates

Battle for lowly-estimated Empire period Sèvres plates

11 September 2023

A group of nine Empire period Sèvres porcelain plates were the object of keen interest when they came up for sale at Lockdales in Ipswich on August 31.

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Summer series of Riviera sales sees Zrzavy works shine in Cannes

11 September 2023

Paintings by the prominent 20th century Czech artist Jan Zrzavy (1890-1977) were among the highlights during a recent sales series in the French Riviera.

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Small cabinet full of decorative appeal

11 September 2023

A highly decorative example of Japanese lacquer provided one of the highlights of Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) July 15 summer sale.

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Hiroshige hauled out of a cupboard

11 September 2023

Discovered in a cupboard in a house in the Cévennes wrapped in newspaper dated 1937 were two albums containing a series of Japanese prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), one of the most sought-after Japanese woodblock print artists.

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Charles II casket could do with a bit of love

11 September 2023

Lawrences’ (30% buyer’s premium) summer sales series in Crewkerne included a Charles II period stumpwork casket.

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Capron creates tile-topped table

11 September 2023

Tajan is holding a sale of Modern and Contemporary Ceramics in Paris on September 19 timed to be on view during Paris Design Week which runs from September 7-16.

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Gustave Alaux has a ball in Saint-Domingue

11 September 2023

Gustave Alaux (1887-1965) was a French marine artist with a particular interest in historical naval scenes and vessels, often depicted in exotic settings such as the French colonies. He was appointed official painter to the navy in 1926.

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Silver groups ride into salerooms

04 September 2023

Three equestrian silver groups made by different London firms over the space of a century took centre stage in three separate sales in July.

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Carry off a smaller clock by maker of Big Ben fame

04 September 2023

Dent and Co is one of the bestknown names in English horology with a long history of precision clock and watch making.

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William and Mary portraits drive delftware demand

28 August 2023

Dated and inscribed and royal portrait subjects are the most desirable classes of early delftware

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May the good ship Woolford have a safe journey

28 August 2023

An English covered goblet made in 1820 to commemorate the first voyage of the ship Woodford is on offer at Bishop & Miller in Glandford, Norfolk

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Parcours prepares for action once again

28 August 2023

The Parcours de la Céramique et des Arts du Feu is an annual gallery-based event in Paris focusing on a broad range of ceramics and glass, both antique and modern, from Europe and Asia

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Salisbury sale includes pieces from the Jonathan Horne collection

28 August 2023

The glass and ceramics sales held by Woolley & Wallis usually include several designated single-owner collections and properties and the September 19 auction is no exception

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Young dealers given chance to shine at the Parcours des Mondes

28 August 2023

Latest edition of the tribal art event in Paris now includes a special showcase for six new faces

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Sale underlines stateside popularity of Wedgwood

28 August 2023

Wedgwood has long been such a popular collecting strand in the US that it is no surprise to see quantities reappear on the market at auction, either as mixed-owner consignments or single-owner collections

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Raise your Jacobite drinking glass to toast the Old and Young Pretenders

28 August 2023

A group of just over 20 lots of Jacobite drinking glasses from the 18th century featured in a sale of Scottish Works of Art and Whisky held in Edinburgh.