Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

Greek coin

Big Apple's busy season starts with coin fair NYINC

05 January 2017

The hive of art world activity in the Big Apple in January kicks off with the New York International Numismatic Convention, or NYINC, which takes place at the Waldorf Astoria.

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€2.3m might of old Castile

31 December 2016

A CASTILIAN medieval alabaster statue of St Cecilia playing a portable organ pulverised an estimate of €80,000-100,000 to sell for €2.3m (£1.9m) at the Drouot last week.

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French fair aims for triple crown

31 December 2016

New fine art event’s organiser wants to mix paintings, drawings and sculpture at every stand

Qianlong Emperor seal

Chinese seal draws 15-minute bidding battle and sets €17.5m auction record

22 December 2016

A Chinese hardstone imperial seal set a record at Drouot in Paris on when Pierre Bergé & Associés sold this impressively carved 4in (10.5cm) square specimen, inscribed 'Qianlong Yu Bi Zhi Bao', for a hammer price of €17.5m (£14.58m).

 alabaster statuette of Saint Cecilia

Alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia hits €2.3m top note in Paris auction

16 December 2016

A small Castilian mediaeval alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia playing a portable organ led a strong selection of traditional art and antiques in the Paris pre-Christmas auctions at Hotel Drouot.

Rembrandt Bugatti bronze anteater

Giant price for giant anteater – Rembrandt Bugatti bronze takes €1.2m at Paris auction

14 December 2016

This Rembrandt Bugatti bronze of ‘The Giant Anteater’ (Le Grand Fourmilier) more than lived up to its status as the potential star at a recent auction in Paris.

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President of new Paris fair Louis de Bayser says event will offer fine art across a wider field

05 December 2016

The organisers of Fine Arts Paris, the new fair to be staged in the French capital in November 2017, have revealed more details about the concept.

Vincennes porcelain jug

Vincennes porcelain jug with royal connection emerges at Bonhams

01 December 2016

This French porcelain hot water jug, or ‘pot à eau’ was made at the Vincennes factory in 1754, probably for the Dauphine Maria Josepha. The mother of King Louis XVI, who was guillotined during the French Revolution, she was an important patron of Vincennes.

Eiffel Tower staircase at auction

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for over €500,000 at Paris auction

26 November 2016

Like the Statue of Liberty or Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower is symbolic of the skyline of one of the world’s great cities. The ultimate Parisian souvenir, sold in model form to tourists round the world, what would you give to have a piece of the real thing to take home?

Mathias Ary Jan

French dealers’ association SNA appoints Mathias Ary Jan as new president

23 November 2016

The French national antique dealers’ association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) has appointed Mathias Ary Jan as its new president at a meeting of the board of directors yesterday.

Mark Moehrke of Doyle New York

Doyle New York to open Russian works of art department

21 November 2016

New York auctioneers Doyle has announced that it is opening a Russian works of art department. It is run by Russian specialist Mark Moehrke, who has been appointed as the department’s vice president and director.

Prince Felix Youssoupov costume

What the Russian Prince wore to the ball…

16 November 2016

Like many Russian aristocrats born in the later years of the 19th century, Prince Felix Youssoupov (1887-1967) lived an extraordinary life both before and after the Russian Revolution.

Martin Brothers Wally bird

Martin Brothers birds fly into Texas saleroom

15 November 2016

The quirky characterful and very British art pottery created by the late 19th/early 20th century artist potters Wallace, Robert and Edwin Martin is as popular in the US as in its country of origin.

Canaletto gouache on paper

Canaletto gouaches on view in London prior to auction in Genoa

04 November 2016

Two unusual works by Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto (1697-1786), will be on display in a Mayfair Gallery this week prior to their sale at auction later in the month in Genoa, Italy.

Gibbs SR Toothpaste advert storyboard

A moment in TV history – storyboard for the first British TV advert at auction

25 October 2016

C&T Auctioneers will hold its first sale dedicated to mechanical, music scientific instruments and technical apparatus under its newly appointed specialist Laurence Fisher on November 2.

Shaykh Zayn al Din watercolour of a stork

Indian miniatures snapped up at Sotheby’s

24 October 2016

A near total sell-out greeted Sotheby’s sale of Indian miniatures from the Khosrovani-Diba collection offered as part of London’s Indian and Islamic art series.

Coalport vase

Bonhams to offer largest Coalport vase ever produced

19 October 2016

Coalport porcelain, like that produced at Derby, is renowned for its quality and decoration, drawing inspiration from work produced at the celebrated Sèvres factory.

Bronze cat from Toledo Museum of Art

Sixty ancient works from Ohio museum to be sold at Christie’s

13 October 2016

Antiquities from the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio are to be offered at Christie’s in New York this month to benefit the Museum’s acquisitions fund.

Hubert Robert painting

Hubert Robert – French museums’ flavour of the month at auction

09 October 2016

For the second time in a month a French museum has secured a painting by Hubert Robert.

Livery cupboard at Bonhams auction

Hidden attractions help cupboard to £60,000

07 October 2016

Livery cupboards are a pretty rare species in the oak lexicon but what makes the example shown here particularly unusual is its early date combined with the presence of drawers.