Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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Showing caution over ‘El Greco’

27 September 2021

Experts split over El Greco attribution but Holy Family painting offered in Germany gets away

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Standing figure makes bidders sit up and take note

27 September 2021

A rare standing figure from the Yuat River area of Papua New Guinea was the star of the show at a Brussels auction.

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Mystery chess set gets bidders on board

27 September 2021

A handful of collectors joined the competition when Mehlis (23% buyer’s premium) in Plauen offered a 19th century ivory and ebony chess set.

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Lion sculptures and corkscrews among eclectic delights at German auction

27 September 2021

An eclectic mixture of works from the vast collection of the multi-talented German artist Charles Crodel formed a substantial part of a Hamburg auction.

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Brueghel’s ‘own view’ of everyday Dutch rural life

27 September 2021

Numerous international bidders set their sights on a tondo by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638).

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Munich fair switches from summer to autumn

27 September 2021

The stage was set for the 12th edition of Highlights in Munich at the beginning of July, but at short notice the local authorities prevented the event from going ahead, due to concerns about Covid.

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Four seasons in rock crystal form

27 September 2021

One of the unusual lots in the glass sale at Dr Fischer in Heilbronn on October 16 is a mid-17th century wooden casket, the sides and top panel of which are fitted with engraved rock crystal panels.

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Rome inspiration for Klinkosch's boxes

27 September 2021

For most of the second half of the 19th century the Viennese silversmith Josef Carl Klinkosch produced all types of silverware and objects of vertu.

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Ornate work of clockmaker Lévy Frères emerges in German sale

27 September 2021

From the middle of the 19th century, Parisian clockmaker Lévy Frères, which had established a workshop in the late 1820s, was a highly successful manufacturer of timepieces in the neo-rococo style.

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Work by French artist Jacques Villeglé on offer in Berlin

27 September 2021

Born in 1926 as Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé, the French artist Jacques Villeglé has had a long and varied career.

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Belgian buyers out in force as dealer's collection comes up for sale

09 August 2021

Despite a disappointing selling rate, dealer’s collection included notable results

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Slashed and rejected canvas now worth €120,000

09 August 2021

If Marie Bashkirtseff had her way, the portrait she painted of her cousin in the late 1870s would never have survived, let alone made it to auction.

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Warhol flowers bloom in German saleroom

09 August 2021

Over many years, Helga and Walther Lauffs collected American and European art from the 1960s-70s.

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Pocket globes point to Bavarian event

09 August 2021

The organisers of the Bamberger Kunst-und Antiquitätenwochen (art and antiques weeks), which run until August 22, thought long and hard about whether to hold this year’s event in light of the pandemic.

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El Divino painting draws international bidders and sells 60-times over estimate in Stuttgart sale

09 August 2021

Nagel (25% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart underestimated the international interest for a 16th century painting of Christ Carrying the Cross.

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Carpet weaves Genovese families link

09 August 2021

An unusual feature of a large fragment of an Ushak carpet which was sold by Rippon Boswell (24% buyer’s premium) in Wiesbaden on May 29 was the alliance coat of arms of two powerful Genovese aristocratic families, the Doria and the Centurione, in the top corner.

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Timekeepers from two centuries apart sell in Vienna auction

09 August 2021

Two very different timekeepers came up for sale at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on July 6-8.

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Meissen plaque catches the eye after being offered without reserve

09 August 2021

This large 19th century Meissen plaque with an allegory of summer caught the eye of numerous bidders at Metz (25% buyer’s premium).

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Painting in German collection now confirmed as work by Italian artist Spada

28 June 2021

For over a century, a 5ft x 6ft 4in (1.52 x 1.93m) painting of Samson and Delilah had slumbered as the work of an unknown Italian artist in a German private collection.

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Oak chair designed by Hoffmann for Klimt's studio appears at Vienna sale

28 June 2021

At the beginning of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt was without doubt the most famous Austrian painter, and Josef Hoffmann the most renowned designer and architect.