Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
Treasures escape the Red Army09 May 2022
German castle’s works of art hidden away in the war come to light in Munich saleroom
Amber casket strikes ‘Baltic gold’ at auction09 May 2022
Over the years, the extensive general sales at Metz (25% buyer’s premium) in Heidelberg have provided many a surprise, partly explainable by the fact that all lots are offered without reserve.
Headless but not valueless09 May 2022
Even though the head of the Christ Child was missing, numerous bidders joined in the action when a carved figure of the Madonna with Child came up for sale in Düsseldorf.
Roll out the barrel organ09 May 2022
Until the widespread advent of the wireless, barrel organs were a familiar sight (and sound) on the streets of Berlin and other major German cities.
Swiss peak proves to be a bargain price 15 years on09 May 2022
During the late summer of 1907, the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler visited the Engadin region and painted six landscapes of nearby mountains.
Mahogany armchairs inspired by Percier and Fontaine offered in Stuttgart09 May 2022
The countless designs for furniture and decorative arts created by Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine, who were known as Napoleon’s architects, not only found favour with the French emperor but also had an enduring influence on cabinetmakers throughout Europe.
Romanian artist Brauner does the twist09 May 2022
The Romanian artist Victor Brauner is known above all for his disturbing Surrealist paintings, often incorporating violent scenes.
Brueghel Junior put in the picture09 May 2022
After the death of his father from cholera in 1625, Jan Brueghel the Younger returned to his home town of Antwerp.
Sculptor on the crest of a wave09 May 2022
The Austrian sculptor Gustav Gurschner, who was particularly productive at the beginning of the 20th century, designed many functional objects such as door knockers, doorknobs and ashtrays, encapsulating the style of Viennese Jugendstil.
Distinctive body of work by Antes25 April 2022
Since 1962, when the German artist Horst Antes (b.1936) first introduced his profile of the male figure to his art, it has become an instantly recognisable aspect, not only of his paintings and lithographs but also of his sculptures.
Kneffel is the realistic choice25 April 2022
Passengers on the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 encounter paintings by the German artist Karin Kneffel (b.1957) whenever they visit the Britannia restaurant: eight of her monumental paintings of fruit adorn the walls. A more accessible way of finding a work by her presents itself at the June 1-3 sale at Grisebach in Berlin. On offer is her diptych (F XXXVIII) from 1997 which consists of two canvases, each measuring 5ft 11in x 5ft 11in (1.8 x 1.8m).
Bravo to ZERO25 April 2022
The starting point for the careers of many of the most successful Post-war German artists was the group ZERO which came into existence in the late 1950s.
Baselitz: the remix version25 April 2022
Since 2005, the German painter Georg Baselitz has been creating a new body of work by revisiting several of his iconic works, primarily from the 1960s, and interpreting them anew. He worked only from photographs, executing not copies, but what he calls a “remix”.
Wiener Werkstätte design catches the eye at Metz14 March 2022
Among the eye-catchers in the general auction at Metz in Heidelberg on March 25-26 is a small, partly enamelled silver box with a gilt interior.
Brockhusen depicts Berlin with a van Gogh influence14 March 2022
After training at the Art Academy in Königsberg, the German painter Theo von Brockhusen moved to Berlin in 1905.
Kubin’s disturbing demonic creations to be offered in Basel14 March 2022
Works by Alfred Kubin will be offered at a Swiss auction this month.
Painting inspired by icy adventures sails into Stuttgart auction14 March 2022
For several years, from 1902-06, the 'Oihonna', an ice-strengthened passenger ship belonging to the Finland Steamship Company, undertook regular cruises to the Norwegian archipelago of Spitzbergen.
Commode linked to Parisian ebeniste Nicolas Sageot offered in Swiss sale14 March 2022
Among the contemporaries of André Charles Boulle, who perfected the complex form of marquetry that bears his name, was the Parisian ebeniste Nicolas Sageot.
Collection from German castle hidden in wooden crates for 90 years emerges in Munich14 March 2022
More than 600 lots at Neumeister’s Munich sale on March 30 have been hidden from public view for 90 years, packed in wooden crates.
Sale season off to a roaring start in Germany14 March 2022
The most cherished coin from the reign of Victoria proved popular at a German saleroom