Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

Claude Monet oil painting Normandy

Monet sails into Hong Kong at upcoming Fine Art Asia fair

30 September 2016

Fine Art Asia, the international fine art and antiques fair in Hong Kong, will open its doors with an invitation-only preview on October 1.

Orangerie at Versailles by Hubert Robert

Versailles takes its pick and buys picture of the château orangerie

28 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.

Paris Metro seats

Eiffel Tower girder among lots up for auction at Drouot

24 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?

Pietra Dure cabinet

Cabinet with royal provenance goes west to the Getty

21 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 body

09 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.

Haida hat

Hold on to your hat: Paris' annual Parcours des Mondes gets off to a good start

09 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 of Sotheby’s France

Cécile Bernard appointed managing director of Sotheby’s France

05 September 2016

Sotheby’s have announced the appointment of Cécile Bernard as managing director of Sotheby’s France.

Queen Victoria coronet designed by Prince Albert

Export bar for Queen Victoria’s coronet sold by London dealer

30 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.

Tommy Cooper Blackpool poster

Just Like That! V&A acquires Tommy Cooper collection

29 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.

Joakim Hansson of 1700 Antiques in Loddekopinge

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.

Castle Howard cabinets

Italian cabinets from Castle Howard head to Fitzwilliam Museum

12 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 flying helmet

Charles Lindbergh’s record-breaking flying helmet to be offered at Paris auction

10 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 auctioneers

13 July 2016

Auction houses in France have announced their first half-year sales figures.

Medieval ivory chess piece sold at Sotheby’s

King of the saleroom – medieval chess piece sells at £540,000

08 July 2016

A medieval chess piece produced one of the most exciting moments in Sotheby’s Treasures auction in London.

Portrait print by Kitagawa Utamaro

Japanese woodblock wonder sets record in Paris auction

30 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).

Florentine pietre dure table top

Vaizey places export bar for Florentine pietre dure table top

27 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.

Jean de Cambrai figures

Louvre buys duc de Berry’s tomb mourners at Paris auction

24 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 Defining British Art exhibition

Christie’s open show of famous lots to mark 250 years in business

23 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.

The judgment of Paris

Old Master trumps cautious estimate in Paris and soars to €1.56m

20 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.

The Steinway piano being sold by Abbey Road studios

Steinway piano leads key sales of musical instruments

14 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.