Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
Bamberg boom time as visitors flock to German festival23 July 2018
Over 20 years ago, leading art and antiques dealers in the picturesque Bavarian city of Bamberg came up with the idea of holding a coordinated summer sales exhibition.
A Chinese chair to make bidders sit up02 July 2018
Stuttgart auction house Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) held its summer sale of Asian art in Salzburg having acquired an impressive array of quality pieces from European and other collections.
Max Beckmann heads to new height for a German auction record25 June 2018
It took less than five minutes for a work by Max Beckmann (1884-1950) to become the most expensive painting ever sold at a German auction.
Auctions in Germany that explode into life25 June 2018
Germany’s most expensive painting sold at auction, an unusual early firearm and a fin de siècle snake charmer are among the highlights featured here from recent auctions in Munich, Berlin and Cologne.
German and Swiss sales on a roll07 May 2018
Old Masters and post-Impressionist paintings, vintage luggage and the almost inevitable Asian artefacts all appeared among the best-sellers in the recent round of auctions held across Germany and Switzerland.
Jewellery by a Wiener Werkstatte leading light on offer in Vienna07 May 2018
Main stage at the design auction at Dorotheum in Vienna on May 30 is taken by jewellery designed by Josef Hoffmann, one of the leading lights of the Wiener Werkstätte.
Life’s a picnic in Zurich07 May 2018
Axel Plambeck (b.1936) was CEO of a re-insurance company and in his spare time he collected vintage luggage and picnic sets.
Flintlock muskets to trigger bidding in Cologne07 May 2018
Numerous works of art in the spring sales at Van Ham in Cologne come from the extensive legacy of Friedrich Wilhelm Waffenschmidt (1925-2017), founder of one of Europe’s leading electronics retailers.
Art Nouveau centrepiece set to take prominence in Munich07 May 2018
A late 19th century Art Nouveau centrepiece is one of the highlights at Quittenbaum’s Munich sale on May 15.
Eyewitness view of Napoleon in Russia 1812 up at auction07 May 2018
Pride comes before a fall and in the case of Napoleon, Smolensk came before Moscow. On May 18 Ketterer Kunst is selling a 2ft x 2ft 7in (60 x 79cm) scene of Napoleon observing the burning city of Smolensk.
A Grand Tour of auction highlights across Germany's regional centres26 March 2018
Pictured and discussed here is a selection of interesting and unusual lots from sales in February and early March, ranging from a Russian enamel jug in Saarbruecken and an aristocratic de Lászlo portrait in Heidelberg to an early Grand Tour souvenir in cork in Cologne.
10 Things to know about the German auction scene26 March 2018
The essential guide to the German auction world - 10 things to know
Hurdy-gurdy, armonica and serpent sales05 February 2018
An 800-year-old hurdy-gurdy, thought to be the oldest in Europe, features in a collection of 450 musical instruments from a German private museum coming up at auction.
Latest German saleroom results show Asian buyers stepping up29 January 2018
Asian art sales are always unpredictable, more often than not in a positive sense.
Discs prove golden for Ernst Wilhelm Nay prices02 January 2018
The market for works by Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-68) was pushed into a new dimension at recent German auctions.
Uecker is nailed on as greatest hit of the influential Zero group02 January 2018
Paintings by major exponents of Expressionism almost invariably occupy many of the top slots in the modern and contemporary art sales staged in late autumn across Germany and Austria.
Beyond Zero: modern and contemporary highlights02 January 2018
The potential star of the show at the sale of Selected Works held by Grisebach (25% buyer’s premium) in Berlin on November 30 lived up to its expectations.
Bronze casts of Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ win admirers at auctions in Germany and the US18 December 2017
The highlight of the latest modern art sale held at Nagel in Stuttgart was a small bronze figure of Auguste Rodin’s 'Le Baiser' (The Kiss).
On the hunt for Delacroix copies of Rubens works27 November 2017
A mix of surprising and more predictable results emerged in the first round of Old Master auctions in Germany and Austria this autumn.
Swan on song and harem scene sizzles27 November 2017
Among the many hundreds of services manufactured in Meissen, the Schwanenservice (Swan Service) is one of the most exclusive – a fact not lost on today’s collectors of 18th century German porcelain.