Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
Artist Georg Schrimpf attracts flurry of bids at Van Ham20 July 2020
In his autobiography Georg Schrimpf described how he originally lacked the courage to become a painter and spent several years as a baker, a waiter and a coalman until he finally found the conviction to devote himself exclusively to art.
Netsuke nets a white-glove result20 July 2020
Two hundred eagerly awaited examples from Brockhaus collection generate suitable response.
Another Batoni emerges from the wilderness20 July 2020
Among the most important clients of the 18th century artist Pompeo Batoni was Domenico Orsini, Duke of Gravina, who went on to become Cardinal Domenico Amedeo Orsini d’Arago.
Moroccan collector secures Dinet painting depicting Sahara culture20 July 2020
An oil painting by Alphonse Etienne Dinet from 1897 caused the greatest stir at a recent auction at Karl & Faber (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich.
Feininger before the oil paintings06 July 2020
Without the signature and dedication, this crayon and pencil drawing of 'Dorfhaus mit Baum und Randsteinen' (Village House with Tree and Rocks), coming up for sale at Neumeister in Munich on July 16, would be virtually impossible to attribute to its creator.
Le Gray’s ancient and modern Paris comes to Berlin auction29 June 2020
The sale of Selected Works at Grisebach in Berlin includes this early photographic view of Paris, taken in the 1850s by Gustave Le Gray.
Tiffany’s inspired Cypriote brings demand at German sale29 June 2020
It was a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art sometime in the 1880s that inspired Louis Comfort Tiffany to produce his so-called Cypriote range of art glass.
Putting Berlin on the Islamic globe29 June 2020
The sky was (almost) the limit at the recent sale at Bassenge (28% buyer’s premium) in Berlin when an Islamic celestial globe came up for sale.
Munch's moonlight woodcut emerges from shadows29 June 2020
Edvard Munch returned to the subject 'Woman in Moonlight – The Voice' on several occasions.
Poster showing life on the ocean waves sails into saleroom29 June 2020
A memento of the last great age of transatlantic ocean travel can be found at the sale of Peter Karbstein in Düsseldorf on July 11.
Dietrich’s flower study blooms in Munich29 June 2020
It is thought that the German artist Adelheid Dietrich (1827-91), renowned for her incredibly detailed still-lifes of fruit and flowers, completed only 50 paintings during her career.
Coecke van Aelst sends right note to Old Masters market29 June 2020
Vienna saleroom Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) was hoping to send a positive signal for the art market from its latest Old Master sale.
Webb’s ‘incomplete’ view of Cologne to go on display at city's town hall following auction29 June 2020
For 300 years, from the 1520s to the 1820s, the great Gothic cathedral in Cologne remained unfinished – the building overshadowed by a large crane, which for centuries dominated the panorama on the banks of the Rhine.
Nusser’s legacy at Munich saleroom29 June 2020
In April this year, the founder of the auction house Nusser in Munich, Ursula Nusser, died aged just 66.
German auction house Nagel begins insolvency process but remains operating as coronavirus hits trade23 June 2020
Nagel in Stuttgart, which has been trading since 1922, has been so severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown that it has begun an insolvency process.
Pocket previews15 June 2020
Dual time zones watches first came into fashion in France, where they were used to show both ‘time’ in the traditional manner and also Revolutionary time, a short-lived idea based on the decimal system.
Pick of the week: The bones of a fine Old Master drawing08 June 2020
A black chalk drawing of a skeleton drew an extraordinary competition at a German auction house Lempertz at the end of last month. Estimated at €3000-3500, it attracted at least 15 bidders and was eventually knocked down at €420,000 (£381,820) to a French dealer.
Presentation box pays tribute to earlier kaiser08 June 2020
A recent sale at Lempertz (25/20% buyer’s premium) was held in Berlin dedicated to works of art from Prussia. The outstanding favourite was a gold and enamel presentation box, a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
Portrayal of the price of poverty08 June 2020
Under the changed regulations in Germany it would have been possible for Dr Andreas Sturies (20% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf to hold the spring auction in front of an audience.
Freeform table flies past estimate to take €75,00008 June 2020
A freeform table from the 1950s was the surprise winner at the design sale of Schops Turowski (23% buyer’s premium) in Krefeld on May 9.