Latest News Articles by Anne Crane
Versailles takes its pick and buys picture of the château orangerie28 September 2016
The Château of Versailles exercised its right of pre-emption to acquire an 18th century painting of its orangerie that was offered at auction.
Eiffel Tower girder among lots up for auction at Drouot24 September 2016
Fancy owning a piece of the Eiffel Tower, the ceiling from a Parisian boulangerie or butcher’s shop or an old seat from the Metro?
Cabinet with royal provenance goes west to the Getty21 September 2016
Not many cabinets can have been owned by a pope and a king but a piece of furniture bought by the J Paul Getty Museum at Sotheby’s Paris can make that proud claim.
Drouot affair “belongs in the past", says French auctioneer body09 September 2016
The sentencing of former porters and auctioneers in Paris this week for the organised theft of thousands of artworks means the affair “belongs in the past”, the head of France’s auctioneering body told ATG.
Hold on to your hat: Paris' annual Parcours des Mondes gets off to a good start09 September 2016
The Parcours des Mondes, Paris' annual tribal trail and one of the biggest commercial gatherings in this collecting area, opened on September 6.
Cécile Bernard appointed managing director of Sotheby’s France05 September 2016
Sotheby’s have announced the appointment of Cécile Bernard as managing director of Sotheby’s France.
Export bar for Queen Victoria’s coronet sold by London dealer30 August 2016
A temporary export bar has been placed on the coronet designed for Queen Victoria by her husband Prince Albert, giving UK buyers an opportunity to raise the £5m (plus £1m VAT) asking price to keep it in the country.
Just Like That! V&A acquires Tommy Cooper collection29 August 2016
With his trademark fez and deceptively shambolic stage persona, Tommy Cooper was one of Britain’s best known TV personalities. Now the Victoria & Albert Museum is acknowledging his fame and popularity with the announcement that they have acquired the comedian’s memorabilia collection.
Malmo decorative fair – ‘a trade secret amongst Swedish dealers’19 August 2016
The annual Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair (Malmo Dekorativa) takes place at the end of this month at Katrinetorp, a pretty manor house and garden oasis around 10 minutes from the city centre and within easy distance of the airport.
Italian cabinets from Castle Howard head to Fitzwilliam Museum12 August 2016
An impressive and richly decorated pair of early 17th century gilt bronze and pietre dura inlaid Italian cabinets, which stood in Castle Howard, Yorkshire for two and a half centuries, have been saved for the Nation by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Charles Lindbergh’s record-breaking flying helmet to be offered at Paris auction10 August 2016
Charles Lindbergh’s flying helmet which the American aviator wore on his record-breaking solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927 is to be offered for sale in Paris this autumn.
Tribal art and classic cars boost French auctioneers13 July 2016
Auction houses in France have announced their first half-year sales figures.
King of the saleroom – medieval chess piece sells at £540,00008 July 2016
A medieval chess piece produced one of the most exciting moments in Sotheby’s Treasures auction in London.
Japanese woodblock wonder sets record in Paris auction30 June 2016
Crowning the white-glove success of Japanese works from the Portier collection in Paris was the sale of this signature portrait print by Kitagawa Utamaro for €600,000 (£500,000).
Vaizey places export bar for Florentine pietre dure table top27 June 2016
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a 17th century Florentine pietre dure table top. It was sold in December at Sotheby’s in London for £3m.
Louvre buys duc de Berry’s tomb mourners at Paris auction24 June 2016
Two finely carved marble figures of mourners from the tomb of Jean de France, the duc de Berry (1340-1416) brother of King Charles V of France were secured by the Louvre for €4.4m (£3.67m) at Christie’s Paris last week.
Christie’s open show of famous lots to mark 250 years in business23 June 2016
Christie’s have launched their 250th anniversary celebrations with the opening of Defining British Art, a month-long loan exhibition of works that were sold through the auction house over the course of its history.
Old Master trumps cautious estimate in Paris and soars to €1.56m20 June 2016
A painting catalogued as from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens soared past a cautious four-figure estimate to take €1.56m (£1.3m) at a recent Paris auction.
Steinway piano leads key sales of musical instruments14 June 2016
One of the main attractions at Piano Auctions’ upcoming quarterly auction at the Conway Hall in London on June 23 is this Steinway with celebrity status.
Duchamp sale sets new record with national treasure09 June 2016
A painting by Marcel Duchamp sold for €1.243m (£1.035m including premium) at Artcurial in Paris on June 6.