Latest News Articles by Anne Crane


Christie’s breaks an Asian art auction record

25 March 2017

A select sale of just 31 lots of Asian art assembled by a Japanese collector and his sons raised a recordbreaking $262.8m (£215.5m) at Christie’s New York on March 15. It made more in a single evening than any New York Asian sale series.

The SS Jerseymoor, a woodcut by Edward Wadsworth

International previews: Kaplan collection in Pennsylvania

25 March 2017

The diverse collection of Jeffrey M Kaplan is making various appearances under the hammer this spring.

Zeppelin by Ubelacker

International previews: Toys in New Jersey

25 March 2017

Past playthings by a host of famous vintage toy manufacturers will feature in the next Signature sale of Toys and Trains held by the specialist auction house Bertoia in Vineland, New Jersey, on March 25.

English bracket clock

International previews: Horology in Massachusetts

25 March 2017

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts, auction house Fontaine’s has a track record of selling good examples of horology and has achieved some very high prices recently for elaborate English clocks made for the Chinese market.

A Chinese Kangxi period triple gourd vase that once belonged to the financier JP Morgan estimated at

International previews: Chinese works of art in Texas

25 March 2017

A Chinese Kangxi period triple gourd vase that once belonged to the financier JP Morgan will feature as one of the highlights in Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Asian Art sale in Dallas on April 2.

April by Maurice Denis

International previews: Maurice Denis painting in Vannes

25 March 2017

This large, 6ft (1.8m) diameter circular oil on canvas, 'April' is the work of the Nabis painter Maurice Denis. It is one of three ceiling panels commissioned from the artist by the musician Ernest Chausson for his Parisian town house between 1894 and 1899.

Edgar Degas study of the Borghese Gladiator

Bidding contest over gladiator sketch as Edgar Degas’ youthful drawing brings strong interest in Paris auction

24 March 2017

Among the many auctions devoted to Old Master, classic and modern works on paper that have been taking place during Paris’ drawings week was Christie's small, single owner auction of drawings from the studio of Edgar Degas.

Salon du Dessin

Salon du Dessin draws the art crowd in Paris

22 March 2017

It was back to the drawing board in Paris this week, or rather the drawings fair. The vernissage of the Salon du Dessin, the city's longstanding and well respected drawings fair, opened for its 26th edition on March 21.

William Ilbery gold watch

Outstanding gold timepiece by “the father of Chinese watches” comes to auction

20 March 2017

Numerous 18th and 19th century watchmakers in Geneva and London made their living by manufacturing watches for the Chinese market, many destined for the Chinese Emperor and members of his court. One of the pioneers in this field was William Ilbery who was active in London from about 1780 until his death in 1839.


Christie’s South Kensington: an ‘end of an era’ moment

18 March 2017

As the market evolves, auction rooms will inevitably come and go. But few will leave their mark like Christie’s South Kensington.


Bumper crop of sales on offer

18 March 2017

Wide variety of auction houses take part in the overall Paris drawings spring fest

CSK to close: industry reaction

18 March 2017

Reaction from ex-CSK specialists to the announcement that the saleroom will be closing.

The root and branch out approach

18 March 2017

Solid foundation of the Salon spring drawings fair in Paris inspires auctions to also blossom

Henry Moore maquette

Henry Moore maquette comes to auction from collection of the dean of American art patrons

17 March 2017

Two fresh-to-the-market examples of Modern British sculpture are coming up for sale in New York state.

Chinese archaic bronze

Fujita Museum sale makes over £200m and lifts Christie’s Asian art week to record level

16 March 2017

Christie’s sale of works of art of Art from the Fujita Museum of Art met with a glowing reception in New York on March 15.

Peder Severin Kroyer's scene of Skagen Beach

Peder Severin Kroyer’s summer view at Skagen takes €580,000 at Bruun Rasmussen

07 March 2017

An oil study by the Danish artist Peder Severin Kroyer for one of his best known and final masterworks has sold for €580,000 (£495,725) at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen.

Gold torcs found by metal detectorists

Striking gold – metal detectorists to share proceeds of Iron Age discovery with landowner

02 March 2017

What is thought to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain was unveiled to the public this week at The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Marble lions from the tomb of Charles V of France

Sculptures at the double – Christie’s to offer medieval lions from French king’s tomb

01 March 2017

Christie’s is looking to repeat its success by making a bumper price for a piece of medieval tomb sculpture in London this summer.


Marvellous maiolica attracts new admirers

25 February 2017

Fresh buyers greet old-fashioned collection which sells out in Paris


Pick of the Week: Ringing endorsement

25 February 2017

CHAKKAR quoits may sound like equipment for a friendly game testing your throwing abilities but in reality they have much more intimidating associations.