Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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Brazilian diplomat's modern art collection offered in Berlin auction

16 November 2020

As part of its Modern and Contemporary sales on December 3-4, Grisebach in Berlin is selling the collection of Mário Calábria, who for many decades combined his profession as a Brazilian diplomat with his passion for Modern art.

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Fernando Botero sculpture emerges at Van Ham in Cologne

16 November 2020

The Colombian artist Fernando Botero is primarily known for his exaggerated painted portrayals of people, a style that he also applied to his still-lifes and now goes by the name of Boterismo.

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Trademark grid work by Otto Piene

16 November 2020

Koller is holding a sale of Post-War and Contemporary art on December 5 in Zurich.

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Christo had a surprise in store

16 November 2020

In 1964, the Bulgarian artist Christo Javacheff and his wife Jeanne-Claude made a first visit to New York. Soon afterwards they worked on their projects titled Store Fronts, Show Cases and Show Windows.

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Sebastian Vrancx conflict scene emerges at Munich auction

02 November 2020

In the 1620s, Sebastian Vrancx was among the most prominent painters working in Antwerp. He was famed for his landscapes and village scenes, but was also renowned for his often drastically detailed depictions of battles.

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Dalpayrat vases offered in German sale

02 November 2020

Before he started producing his own ceramics in the late 1880s in Paris, at the age of 45, Adrien Dalpayrat had worked as a faïence painter in numerous other factories.

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Ten minutes to make impact

02 November 2020

The French clockmaker Antide Janvier, who constructed his first mechanical globe when he was only 15, is primarily famous for his highly complex astronomical clocks and planetaria.

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Bone up on Japanese woodblocks

02 November 2020

On November 18 Van Ham in Cologne will hold a Decorative Art auction which will include several more items from the collection of Thomas Olbricht.

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Danish painter's contemporary view of a tragedy offered in Vienna

02 November 2020

A tragic shipwreck provided the Danish marine painter Anton Melbye and his colleague John William Bottomley, a German of Irish origin, with a dramatic subject for their 2ft x 2ft 11in (60 x 90cm) oil painting The Wreck of the Anglo Saxon from 1863.

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White-glove auction as Berlin museum collection is dispersed

02 November 2020

Modern paintings and whole wunderkammer from a closed museum deliver sell-out response

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Eye-opening images feature in German auction

12 October 2020

An October 27-30 sale of more than 2800 lots at Reiss & Sohn of Königstein-im-Taunus includes a 1583 first of Georg Bartisch’s Opthalmodouleia…, a famous work on eye surgery that is also the first extensively illustrated account of any surgical speciality.

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Now available in 3-D: Parallax Stereogram comes to Cologne sale

28 September 2020

In 1902, American inventor Frederic Eugene Ives applied for a patent for his Parallax Stereogram.

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Karl Kunz's boxing match appears in Frankfurt auction

28 September 2020

Among the million-plus visitors to the notorious 'Die Ausstellung Entartete Kunst' organised by the Nazis in 1937 was the painter Karl Kunz (1905-71). He was not there to be disgusted by the excesses of the “modern degenerates”, as was the official intention, but rather to be inspired by the work of his fellow painters.

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Sundial and moon sketch draw demand in Plauen auction

28 September 2020

Mehlis (23% buyer’s premium) in Plauen held its first sale of the new season on August 28-29. There was lively bidding, with a high proportion of the bidders joining in by phone.

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Dealer event in Munich gets green light for 11th edition at Bavarian royal palace

28 September 2020

Fair organisers are not to be envied at the moment. Only at the beginning of September were the managers of the 'Highlights Fair' in Munich given the go-ahead for this year’s event (the 11th edition) which is opening its doors to the general public from October 22-25.

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Remembering the ‘happy’ jester

28 September 2020

Joseph Fröhlich (1694-1757) was a well-known figure at the Saxon court from the late 1720s onwards. He was appointed court jester to Augustus the Strong in 1727 and held the position for three decades – perfect for a man whose family name translates as ‘happy’.

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Swiss painter admired by van Gogh now sought after by collectors

20 July 2020

In a letter to his brother, written in 1883, Vincent van Gogh expressed his admiration for the Swiss painter Albert Anker.

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Meet the Tudors in miniature form

20 July 2020

A bidding battle broke out at Kinsky (28% buyer’s premium) in Vienna for this pair of figures fashioned as King Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, each about 13in (32cm) high.

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East Germany nostalgia fuels demand

20 July 2020

There is a phenomenon known in Germany as Ostalgie, which is a nostalgic feeling for the now defunct East German state (GDR).

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Flamboyant Meissen ewer draws strong bidding at Wendl

20 July 2020

There is absolutely no way that one can describe the decoration of a late 19th century Meissen ewer sold by Wendl (21% buyer’s premium) in Rudolstadt as restrained.