Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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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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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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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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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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Icon overpainting fails to deter bids

28 June 2021

Determined international bidders knew exactly what they were looking for at a sale of icons and Russian works of art held by Dr Fischer (28% buyer’s premium) in Heilbronn.

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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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How De Stijl shaped Schmidt’s ideas

28 June 2021

In 1922, Theo van Doesburg, gave a course at the Bauhaus in Weimar, devoted to the artists’ group De Stijl he had co-founded some five years before.

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Bench owned by Dutch notables emerges in Stuttgart sale

28 June 2021

In the course of the 19th century, the company founded by Henrik Fredrik Jansen became one of the most important manufacturers of furniture and furnishings in Amsterdam.

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Scroll painting given to a politician makes eight-times estimate in Zurich

28 June 2021

Li Keran, who died in 1989, is considered to be one of the most influential Chinese Contemporary painters. He not only taught a generation of young artists; he is credited with the revival of Chinese landscape painting.

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Brazilian ‘Patek Philippe’ triples estimate in Swiss auction

28 June 2021

The sale in 1872 of a silver pocket watch manufactured by Patek Philippe in Geneva to the jeweller and retailer Gondolo & Labouriau in Rio de Janeiro marked the beginning of a highly successful and mutually profitable business partnership that lasted until 1927.

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Exquisite silver from dealer’s collection offered at Lempertz auction

28 June 2021

Bernard De Leye has been trading in silverware since 1977 and has been a regular participant at major antiques fairs in Belgium and France for many decades.

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Marble Roman river god offered in Munich

28 June 2021

Among the antiquities coming up for sale at Gorny & Mosch in Munich on July 9 is this marble figure of a river god, carved in the first century, during the Roman imperial period.

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Early avant-garde scene offered in German auction

28 June 2021

The colour scheme and composition of 'Blauer Junge mit Sense' (Blue Boy with Scythe) appear almost psychedelic, but in fact the 4ft 8in x 6ft 8in (1.41 x 1.72cm) oil painting was executed in 1911.

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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.

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Hopes for a John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope chain reaction

31 May 2021

Along with his famous Pre-Raphaelite colleagues Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and George Frederic Watts, John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope was often influenced by the tales of classical antiquity and the paintings of Italian Old Masters.

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Photography via a painted focus

31 May 2021

The early 20th century German photographer August Sander has a legendary status, not least for his long-running series of documentary portraits, published under the title 'People of the 20th Century'.

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Cathedral connection at sale of ‘Viennese Cosmopolitan's’ collection

31 May 2021

Over many decades, a ‘Viennese Cosmopolitan’ amassed a collection of works of art which are now being sold in the second auction of Tiberius in Vienna.

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Gallé vase captures Lake Como at dusk

31 May 2021

One of the highlights at Quittenbaum’s sale in Munich on June 8 is a Gallé vase from the period 1920-36.

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Barbarity brings faith for Arthur Segal

31 May 2021

Having spent seven years in Berlin, the Romanian artist Arthur Segal left Germany at the outbreak of the First World War.

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Bureau cabinet rated highly as Mainz ‘masterpiece’ example

31 May 2021

Distinctive bureau cabinet form could have been intended for presentation to the guild.