Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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Rare at auction: Hamdi Bey work

07 October 2019

Since 1984, only about 20 paintings by the Turkish artist Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) have come on the auction market and many of his best-known works are in international museums.

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Pendulum pioneers

07 October 2019

In 1657, the 10-year-old Dutch orphan Christiaan Reijnaert was apprenticed to clockmaker Salomon Coster in The Hague. It was a momentous time for Coster: he is credited with building the first pendulum clock, incorporating the invention by Christian Huygens.

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Raise a glass to two big Munich fairs on in same month as the huge beer fest

07 October 2019

Autumn in Munich means different things to different people. For several million visitors the high point of the year is the Oktoberfest. For several thousand the main attraction is two art and antiques fairs that run more or less concurrently.

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Lalique table lamp

07 October 2019

Munich auction house Quittenbaum is holding a specialist sale of works by René Lalique on November 12. One of the eye-catchers is an 11in (27cm) high table lamp with a bronze base, engraved with peacocks, and the opalescent figure of a naked young woman holding a translucent drape in her outstretched arms.

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Accomplished still-life painter

07 October 2019

Emilie Preyer (1849-1930) obviously learnt a lot from her father Johann Wilhelm Preyer, one of the most famous still-life painters in the Düsseldorf School in the late 19th century.

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More from Munich: the Neumeister Collection

07 October 2019

Over three days, from October 22-24, Neumeister in Munich is holding a very special sale. Katrin Stoll, the daughter of Rudolf Neumeister (1925-2017), who took over the running of the firm in 2008, and her team will be selling her father’s extensive private collection.

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German goblet collection

07 October 2019

Forty years ago, Dr Jürgen Fischer held his first auction in Heilbronn which was devoted solely to glass. Since then it has been the main, but not exclusive, focus of the house.

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The Bauhaus influence on show at Heidelberg sale

23 September 2019

Even though the Bauhaus design school was forcibly closed in 1933, its influence continues to this day.

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Calculating a fortune in Cologne

23 September 2019

On October 12 Auction Team Breker in Cologne is holding a sale dedicated to antique office equipment. Among the distinctive pieces on offer is this Arithmomètre from 1865 guided at €3000-5000.

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Mengelberg’s Last Supper appears at Stuttgart auction

23 September 2019

Traditionally, many 19th century painters copied famous works by the Old Masters as part of their artistic training.

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Godchaux’s own Jungle Book

23 September 2019

The key influence on the work of the French sculptor Roger Godchaux (1878-1958) came from an unexpected source. He had trained at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and soon became passionate about animal figures, first exhibiting at the Salon in 1905.

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An Oktoberfest for auction goers

23 September 2019

Oktoberfest, the world’s largest volksfest held annually in Bavaria in September and October, is just one reason to travel to Germany in the autumn. Another is the plethora of auctions held in what is traditionally a busy season for the country’s salerooms

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Bauhaus: Breuer name boosts furniture sale appeal

05 August 2019

One the most productive Bauhaus furniture designers was the Hungarian-born Marcel Breuer (1902-81). From 1925-28 he was in charge of the so-called interior workshop at the design school.

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Sales build on Bauhaus design for life

05 August 2019

Centenary of the hugely influential school’s foundation prompts a string of auctions.

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Metalware provides a wide price range for buyers to ponder

05 August 2019

Metalware in all its forms played a major part in the development of the Bauhaus and recent sales contained examples in every price range.

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Bauhaus: Miscellaneous manufacturing including ceramics from Velten-Vordamm factory

05 August 2019

One of the offshoots of the Bauhaus was the ceramic factory in Velten-Vordamm, just north of Berlin. Much of the stoneware designed by the ceramic artists at the school was executed there, several examples of which came up for sale at Quittenbaum.

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Postcards showcase big names of the future

05 August 2019

In its active years, some 1200 students passed through the Bauhaus school. It marked the starting point of many an illustrious career as numerous members of the teaching staff went on to become the most important artists of their era.

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Asian buyers compete for works from European collections in German and Austrian specialist auctions

15 July 2019

Far and away the highest result for an Asian work of art in recent sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the spectacular price of SFr4.2m (£3.3m) achieved by Koller in Zurich for a Chinese bronze censer (see front page, ATG No 2397).

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Historic city Bamberg hosts 24th dealer exhibition event

15 July 2019

Since the late 1880s, opera fans have braved the often intense heat of the summer to visit the Wagner festival in Bayreuth.

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Sold for 914 times top estimate: £5m ‘Botticelli’ stuns saleroom

08 July 2019

Spectators at an auction in Zürich were left flabbergasted when a Quattrocento panel painting with a SFr5000-7000 estimate catalogued as ‘in the style of Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510)’ was knocked down at SFr6.4m (£5.16m) after an intense 10-minute bidding battle.