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Danish Art Deco daybed on offer in Copenhagen auction

08 May 2017

A relatively unfamiliar name in Nordic works is under the spotlight at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen in its Nordic Design auction on Thursday, June 8.


Francis Picabia female figure sketch on offer in Madrid

08 May 2017

Francis Picabia (1879-1953) famously declared that he wanted to change his ideas “as often as one would change one’s shirt”, and he embraced many different artistic styles throughout his life.


English humpback clock on offer in Frankfurt auction

02 May 2017

A rare English humpback carriage clock is coming up for sale at Dr Crott in Frankfurt on May 6. The 6in (16cm) high calendar timepiece with phases of the moon and an English lever escapement was manufactured in the 1890s by Jump of London.


Lalanne sheep flock into Florida sale

02 May 2017

This flock of five sheep, Nouveaux Moutons, by the popular French designer François-Xavier Lalanne, will feature in Palm Beach Modern Auction’s two-session sale of around 500 lots on May 6 in Palm Beach.


Terrestrial table globe put on the auction map in Melbourne

02 May 2017

One of the highlights of Mossgreen’s sale of Decorative Arts to be held in Armadale, Melbourne, on May 8-9 is this 11in (26.5cm) diameter 17th century terrestrial table globe with its original mahogany cradle.


Emile Galle grasshopper glass vase on offer in Paris

02 May 2017

Among a handful of pieces of Gallé French art glass in a sale of decorative arts and design to be held by Tessier Sarrou & Associés at Drouot on May 4 is this example of the designer’s skills in the medium.


Russian ceramic temple tribute to Catherine the Great

02 May 2017

A Russian ceramic homage to Catherine the Great is among the highlights at Schloss Ahlden’s sale on May 6-7 in Ahlden, Lower Saxony. The impressive 22in (55cm) high bronze-mounted porcelain ensemble in the form of a temple dates to the 1780s or ’90s and is estimated at €48,000. It was produced by the Gardner factory in Moscow, which was founded in 1765.


Simon Spero puts the spotlight on Vauxhall and Limehouse

24 April 2017

The English porcelain specialist Simon Spero opens his 37th catalogued exhibition this week in his Kensington shop.


Whistler's Weary contribution to New York sale

24 April 2017

Pictured here is one of several etchings by James Abbott McNeil Whistler that will feature in Swann Galleries’ sale of prints on May 2.


Liverpool delft charger owned by Pennsylvania Quakers

24 April 2017

This 8¾in (23cm) diameter Liverpool delft charger, dated 1738, is initialled MML for Michael and Mary Lightfoot, members of a Quaker family who lived in Chester County.


Nicolas De Staël 1950 work in Vienna auction

24 April 2017

A small 6¼ x 11in (16 x 27 cm) oil on canvas by Nicolas De Staël (1914-55), titled Composition and dating from 1950, is one of the potential highlights of the contemporary art auction to be held by Dorotheum in Vienna on May 31 and June 1.


Sparkling mood at Wartski party

24 April 2017

The London jewellery dealership Wartski hosted a champagne reception to launch a new CD recording of Façade.


Virginia auction covers Ushak Star carpet fragment

24 April 2017

An Ushak Star carpet fragment measuring 5ft 2in x 6ft 1in (1.57 x 1.85m) will feature in Jeffrey S Evans’ April 29 sale of antiques, decorative arts and 20th century design in Mount Crawford.


Gold rush fever hits Australian auction

24 April 2017

A mid-19th century oil painting depicting in detail a scene at the height of the Australian gold rush is a potential highlight of a Sotheby’s Australia sale next month.

Carole Boyd and Zeb Soanes

Famous Radio 4 voices launch new CD recording at Wartski party

20 April 2017

The London jewellery dealership Wartski was in a sparkling mood but it was not their Fabergé and other antique gems that were the main attraction on this occasion.

Visage by Henri Matisse

Seven key lots sold during Drawings Week in Paris

19 April 2017

The recent Drawings Week event in Paris featured a slew of dedicated auctions across the French capital. They ranged from single-owner dedicated auctions of drawings by Edgar Degas and Antoine-Jean Gros to a huge variety of other works on paper spanning the Italian Renaissance to the 20th century.

Then & now: The changing nature of house contents sales

18 April 2017

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Paris sales double up Degas and Gros

18 April 2017

Among the raft of dedicated works on paper auctions staged for the recent Drawings Week in Paris were two market-fresh sales devoted to family collections of works by a single French artist.


Degas in Christie's and Sotheby's Paris auctions

18 April 2017

While Degas’ youthful drawings produced some notable individual prices in Drawings Week, it is the classic charcoal and pastel drawings of Parisian dancers and workers from his mature years that are the most commercially popular (the current work on paper record is the premium-inclusive $37m/ £23.35m/€29m paid for Danseuse au repos of 1879 at Sotheby’s New York in 2008).


A view from the Degas family on his works at auction

18 April 2017

Marielle Barde, Edgar Degas’ great-niece, was one of the heirs and vendors of the Degas studio drawings and attended Christie’s Paris sale. This was the second such dispersal the family had held in these rooms of artworks from her famous great-uncle following a house move some decades ago.