Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
PREVIEW: Cologne - Auction Team Breker25 March 2019
Contrary to popular opinion, the name of the Rock-Ola company of Chicago, which became famous for the production of distinctive jukeboxes, has no connection to rock ’n’ roll. It is in fact a fortuitous coincidence that the firm’s founder was actually called David Cullen Rockola.
Big money emerges for Hamburg coin25 March 2019
A very rare gold coin took top honours at the auction held by Künker (23% buyer’s premium) in Berlin on January 31.
PREVIEW: Freiburg – Peege25 March 2019
Through his numerous inventions, the Parisian craftsman Julien Leroy (1686-1759) is credited with revitalising the art of clock and watch making in the French capital and throughout the country.
Padlocks secure high prices25 March 2019
Two iron padlocks caught the eye of numerous bidders at the February 28 sale at Wendl (18% buyer’s premium) in Rudolstadt.
PREVIEW: Vienna – Dorotheum25 March 2019
Almost 140 carpets and weaves which illustrate the differing designs of the individual tribes that make up the people of Turkmenistan are to be offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 9.
Sigmund Freud portrait to be analysed by Vienna auction bidders11 February 2019
Among the prominent sitters for the Austrian artist Wilhelm Viktor Krausz (1878-1959) was Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.
Mirror on offer in Stuttgart is looking good in ornate gilt frame11 February 2019
Among the many decorative works of art in Nagel’s sale in Stuttgart on February 27-28 is this 3ft 8in (1.12m) high mirror in an ornately carved gilt frame.
Ron Arad Rover seats roar into Munich saleroom11 February 2019
In the early 1980s the London-based designer Ron Arad experimented with new forms of industrial design, incorporating materials that would otherwise have been discarded.
Thonet furniture takes mixed response at Cologne auction11 February 2019
Comprehensive collection amassed over 30 years attracts very choosy buyers at auction.
Baron Cohen porcelain draws interest in Berlin07 January 2019
Since 1994, the New York businessman Richard Baron Cohen has been a welcome guest at international auctions, fairs and dealers.
Eight bidders show flower power07 January 2019
Eight determined bidders were on hand when Karl & Faber (25% buyer’s premium) sold a floral still-life by Nicolaes van Veerendael (1640-91) at auction in Munich.
Expressionist work by Kirchner tops list at Berlin auction07 January 2019
Topping the results list at a recent sale at Grisebach (30/25/20% buyer’s premium) in Berlin was a work by the German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner that was created on island in the Baltic.
Price of Robert Capa’s 'Falling Soldier' photograph rises high07 January 2019
One of the most iconic photographic images of war came under the hammer at a recent Westlicht (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Vienna.
Thonet furniture from international expert's collection emerges in Cologne auction07 January 2019
Since the early 1990s Wolfgang Thillmann, a German and philosophy teacher, has devoted himself to collecting Thonet bentwood furniture and become an internationally acknowledged expert in the process.
Export clock at Frankfurt auction ticks Chinese taste21 December 2018
Chinese bidders were the driving force at this autumn’s German and Austrian auctions of Asian art.
Art Deco stand-out sculpture at Munich sale delivers at top level21 December 2018
For 30 years the London lawyer David Cooper and his wife Marie devoted themselves to building a collection of Art Deco sculpture.
Auction highlights from Germany, Austria and Switzerland including ornate watch selling in Hamburg19 November 2018
The London watchmaker John Ilbery, active from 1780-1839, is credited with the invention of the ‘montre chinoise’, highly ornate goldenamel watches made for the Chinese market.
Two fairs in Munich lead a spotlight on the art and antiques scene in Germany08 October 2018
Autumn in the Bavarian capital Munich is traditionally fair time. Shortly after the Oktoberfest closes, exhibitors at two art and antique fairs are hoping for masses of equally enthusiastic visitors.
Paul Storr silver tureen offered at Cologne auction08 October 2018
From the very beginning of his career as an independent silversmith in the late 18th century, the London craftsman Paul Storr received numerous noble and royal commissions. He was the foremost artisan in his field from the early 1790s until the late 1830s and supplied most of the silverware purchased by the royal household during this period.
Habsburg royal memorabilia leads selection of Central European hammer highlights06 August 2018
Imperial souvenirs, Expressionist portraits and metalware from Augsburg and Iran were among the recent highlights at sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.