Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
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.
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.