Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
Ground hero: mortars from Schwarzach collection impress at Cologne auction01 July 2019
Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale devoted to the Schwarzach Collection of mortars, which is thought to be the most extensive of its type in Europe, if not worldwide.
Art Nouveau jardinière design not seen since 1904 re-emerges at German auction03 June 2019
Ceramics are a major focus of this report on sales from Germany. The selection of highlights and unusual pieces ranges from early 19th century products of the Vienna factory via Art Nouveau creations and 1920s Soviet-era porcelain to works by famed 20th century Studio potters.
Three lots coming up in German salerooms this month03 June 2019
Three potential highlights from German auctions at Van Ham in Cologne, Quittenbaum in Munich and Wendl in Rudolstadt.
Münter oils impress in Stuttgart sale03 June 2019
Five oil paintings by the German artist Gabriele Münter, long-time companion and partner of Wassily Kandinsky, were very much at the centre of the action on May 8 in Stuttgart when Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) sold Modern and Contemporary art.
Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries27 May 2019
The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.
Stamp denotes Parisian origin29 April 2019
This highly elaborate chest of drawers decorated in boulle marquetry technique with a variety of different figural and foliate motifs featured in the furniture session of a sale at Hampel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Munich on March 28.
Russian collectors likely to keep an eye on Roubaud29 April 2019
The painter Franz Roubaud (1856-1928) was born in Odessa of French parents and studied painting at the local academy and for several years in Munich. He made a name for himself with huge panoramic paintings and battle scenes.
Cologne saleroom offers 115 bronze mortars from collection29 April 2019
On May 17, Cologne auction house Lempertz is selling 115 bronze mortars from the 8th-18th centuries.
Raise a glass to a Mozart note29 April 2019
Short message to a ‘true friend’ after opera debut appearance sells at Berlin auction house.
Marvellous Meissen collection includes Kaendler cockerel29 April 2019
It is thought that the prestigious Meissen designer Johann Joachim Kaendler drew the inspiration for his teapot in the form of a reclining cockerel from a Chinese model he found in the royal collection in Dresden.
Blunt portrayals bring sharp bidding in Munich29 April 2019
The German artist Heinrich Zille (1858-1929) was known for his caricatures and humorous and sometimes very blunt portrayals of the lower classes and demi-monde in Berlin around the beginning of the 20th century: his so-called milieu-studies.
Madonna and Minerva sculptures stand out in Vienna sale29 April 2019
Two highly different examples of sculptural art caused the greatest stir at the sale of works of art at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on April 8-10. First up was the 3ft 5in (1.05m) high lime-wood sculpture of the Madonna with Child, flanked by two angels.
Traditional Russian drinking vessel served up at auction29 April 2019
Russian works of art are coming up for sale at Dr Fischer in Heilbronn on May 17.
Casket was born in Bethlehem29 April 2019
The extensive spring sale at Schuler (20/18.6/16.6% buyer’s premium) in Zurich lasted from March 18-22. The results were as varied as the works of art on offer.
Napoleon bronze commands high price in Zurich auction29 April 2019
The biggest surprise at the sale of works of art at Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich on March 28 was the result for a bronze figure by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (1815-91).
Watch takes inspiration from play that became an opera29 April 2019
The chain of artistic influences that led to the decoration of a gold-enamel watch made by John Kenable of Frith Street in London in c.1800 can be traced back to 1766.
Flintlock pistols marked London hail from the Balkans29 April 2019
The inscription London on the barrels of this pair of 19th century, silver-mounted flintlock pistols is entirely spurious.
Lucie Rie bowl among strong selection of modern British ceramics29 April 2019
Modern British ceramics are rarely offered by German auction houses. Among the notable exceptions is the Kunst & Design Auktionshaus Schops Turowski, based in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia.
Bidders suspect an Italian hand at work29 April 2019
As a rule, Lempertz (24/20% buyer’s premium) in Cologne always opens its spring season with a sale of moderately priced Old Master and 19th century paintings.
Bust stands proud in saleroom25 March 2019
Early 20th century Italian sculpture attracts six-figure result in German auction house.