Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks


Dagobert Peche chandelier proves leading light at auction

08 January 2024

Only a few months after several ornamental pieces of silver by the Viennese designer Dagobert Peche, one of the leading lights of the Wiener Werkstätte, caused a sensation in Düsseldorf (ATG No 2613, the auction house Kinsky (28% buyer’s premium) achieved an impressive result for a work by him.


High price despite Pechstein postponement

08 January 2024

The decision by Cologne auction house Lempertz (26% buyer’s premium) to postpone the sale of Max Pechstein’s 1909 Expressionist work Selbstbildnis, liegend (Self Portrait, lying down) from June to December 1 proved to be a wise one.

Yomut Asmalyk carpet

Carpets galore in a German saleroom

08 January 2024

A German collector consigned 28 carpets for the November 25 sale at Rippon Boswell (25% buyer’s premium) in Wiesbaden.


Beastly netsuke nets five figures at German auction

08 January 2024

While auction prices for works of art from Japan can scarcely compete with those achieved for pieces from China, the sale at Hargesheimer (28% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf on November 30 showed that there is still a healthy market for netsuke.


Pocket chronometer was Breguet built, Humboldt owned

18 December 2023

The combination of a pre-eminent maker and a perfect provenance made a late 18th century pocket chronometer one of the most sought-after pieces at Dr Crott (25% buyer’s premium) in Mannheim on November 18.


Prince’s driving passion for railway building

18 December 2023

By all accounts, the Bulgarian prince and later Tsar Ferdinand I was a passionate railway enthusiast.


Tempting connection to Turner

18 December 2023

A private collector in London had his work cut out to secure a painting on offer for €2000-3000 at Nagel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart.


Servant portrait shows respect

18 December 2023

When it was last on public view, at a Berlin exhibition in 1981, the Portrait of a Black Courtier was attributed to the early 18th century Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne.


Leonardo copy rocks up in Vienna

18 December 2023

Plenty of potential takers emerged for an early copy of Leonardo’s 'Madonna of the Rocks' at the Dorotheum (25/20.84% buyer’s premium) sale of Old Masters.


Story behind mother of Salome once attributed to Rubens

18 December 2023

Once believed to be by Rubens, work hidden away during the war is now thought to be a copy by a pupil


The Sale sells at shock €70,000

18 December 2023

The biggest surprise of Wendl’s (21% buyer’s premium) extensive general sale in Rudolstadt on October 25-28 was the seemingly never-ending exchange of bids for an early 18th century Old Master which had a starting price of €900.

Caspar David Friedrich sketchbook

Romantic painter Friedrich’s sketchbook emerges in saleroom as a rare survivor

11 December 2023

Without doubt, the sensation of the German auction season was the emergence of a sketchbook belonging to the German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich at Grisebach (32/27% buyer’s premium) in Berlin.


Multiple attractions of Boetti

06 November 2023

The textile works by Alighiero Boetti are instantly recognisable with their often geometric designs and brightly coloured embroidery.


Klapheck gets on his bike

06 November 2023

Konrad Klapheck, who died at the end of July aged 88, was a pioneer of German pop art and is credited with the invention of so-called Machine Paintings.


Pierre Soulages in a dark mood (again): two previews

06 November 2023

The career of the French artist Pierre Soulages spanned over 80 years. He died in 2022 at the age of 102.


Go into reverse gear to collect

09 October 2023

For many decades, Wolfgang Steiner and his wife Gisela have devoted their collecting passion towards verre églomisé, the art of reverse-painting on glass.


‘Ornamental genius’ Peche proves popular 100 years after his death

09 October 2023

Wiener Werkstätte designer died aged just 36 but still produced an extensive range in various materials


King Louis XV portrait copies became lucrative

09 October 2023

The French portrait painter Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745) received numerous commissions from European royal families and aristocrats.


Japanese weapon makers turned to peaceful pursuits

09 October 2023

An unusual, late 19th century figure of a hawk took top honours at Zacke’s (30% buyer’s premium) sale of Asian works of art on September 7-8.


Traditional highlights to be found in Munich art fair

09 October 2023

Now in its 14th year, the art fair Highlights is way past the status of a newcomer and has become an established up-market event in the autumn calendar.