Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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Tribal art from banker and collector Adolphe Stoclet’s famous Brussels residence consigned to Christie’s

08 August 2018

Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949) made his fortune as a banker, heading the Société Générale de Belgique, which allowed him to indulge a passion for fine art and music.

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Specialist auction in Cologne features cameras and other optical delights

23 July 2018

Magic lanterns, peep shows and various other optical illusory and viewing devices will be on sale at a specialist Cologne auction firm offering photographic, scientific and collectors’ apparatus.

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Rare Beatles poster among highlights at Dallas movie sale

23 July 2018

A rare set of four door panel promotional posters for 'Help!', the Beatles’ second film, will form part of a movie poster sale to be held by Heritage Auctions on July 28-29.

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New York auction features Leonetto Cappiello posters

23 July 2018

Swann Galleries is offering its largest-ever selection of posters promoting food and drink in the firm’s August 1 auction of vintage posters, with more than 75 examples available.

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European ceramics: a cross-Channel focus

16 July 2018

Vincennes, Sèvres and Meissen are among the stars of a Paris and London auction spotlight.

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London’s slice of Marly Rouge

16 July 2018

Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) main summer sale of European ceramics took place at its Bond Street rooms on July 5. On offer were 245 lots which raised a hammer total of just under £600,000, with a 62% take-up.

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Vintage pens from Switzerland to Japan are scripted for San Francisco auction

14 July 2018

US West Coast auction firm PBA Galleries is holding its first sale dedicated to writing instruments in its San Francisco rooms on July 19.

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Monaco sales reflect life of luxury

09 July 2018

There has long been a tradition of summer sales in Monaco, with an emphasis on the luxury goods area of the market: jewellery, watches, handbags and cars. Here are a few stand-out lots coming up.

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Sorolla portrait of Spanish marquesa up at auction in Madrid

02 July 2018

This portrait of Maria Luisa Maldonado, Marquesa de Torneros (1907) by the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) is a highlight of the next auction series at Ansorena to be held from July 17-19.

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Old Masters fly high in Paris

02 July 2018

The Paris high season is a time when classic sales of traditional fare are as much to the fore as buoyant sectors such as Asian, contemporary and modern and tribal art.

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Australian cricket team postcard in bat at new Melbourne saleroom

02 July 2018

Newly formed Australian firm Abacus Auctions holds its second sale on July 22, devoted to coins and banknotes plus a selection of collectables and sporting memorabilia.

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Mueller European art glass collection comes up at Australian sale

02 July 2018

Having successfully dispersed the collection of Lalique glass formed by Hans and Gertrud Mueller in March this year, Sotheby’s Australia is now selling the couple’s collection of other European Art Glass.

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Animalier sculptor Bugatti remains a heavyweight at auction

28 June 2018

Another substantial price for a bronze by the current hot favourite animalier sculptor, Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), has emerged at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.

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Paavo Tynell trips the light fantastic

18 June 2018

The specialist Finnish lighting designer Paavo Tynell proved to be the strong suit in a 111-lot Scandinavian design sale held by Artcurial (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Paris.

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Charlotte Perriand's ‘Nuage’ bookcase performs at Paris auction

18 June 2018

The post-war industrial modernist designs of Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand remain firm sellers. Pieces from their best-documented commissions, like the furnishings created in the 1950s for the student residences of the Cité Universitaire in Paris, are particularly strong.

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Post-War Design: spectacular result for Jean Royère’s biomorphic 'Flaque' table

18 June 2018

In the immediate post-war era the work of the French designer-decorator Jean Royère (1902-81) took a turn to embrace a more organic or ‘biomorphic’ style.

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Decorative arts – traditional sale format evolves to incorporate the fashionable masters of the post-war era

18 June 2018

Post-war material is attracting growing interest across all sectors of the art market. A pioneer was the Design sale that championed the creations of designers and taste makers from the second half of the 20th century and beyond.

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Spotlight falls on Jacob Hermann as limited supply brings high prices for furniture designer's works

18 June 2018

Most high-flying ‘design’ is made in multiples. These can be limited editions in short runs but, as some of the most iconic pieces have been produced in their millions, their commercial value is typically vested in early examples or prototypes.

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Saleroom selection: early design highlights at auction from Lalique lights to Rembrandt Bugatti’s panther

15 June 2018

Recent design sales have generated plenty of dramatic prices for post-war and modern classics, from the Lalannes and Jean Royère to Charlotte Perriand.

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Vintage Falconnier glass bricks offered at Ivoire Troyes

11 June 2018

Glass bricks are a common sight in 21st century building construction, but back in the late 19th century they were cutting-edge industrial technology. They were employed by avant-garde architects such as Art Nouveau specialist Hector Guimard and the modernist Le Corbusier.