Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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Weeks of Bamberg art and antiques charms

17 July 2017

Bavaria is the most popular tourist destination in Germany and for more than 20 years the historic city of Bamberg has hosted a summer event in which a dozen prestigious dealers and galleries take part in a joint sales exhibition, held in their own premises.

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Asian art and a continental drift of sales

17 July 2017

Dealers in and collectors of Asian art were spoilt for choice around the middle of June in Europe. As well as the Asian sale series in Paris (see last week’s ATG, No 2300), a vast selection of works came up for sale in Zurich, Cologne, Brussels, Salzburg and Stuttgart.

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Bidders battle for Old Masters in Vienna and Cologne

12 June 2017

Recent Old Master paintings in Vienna and Cologne have yielded some predicted but also unexpected results including a high price for a work by a German better known for his poems and plays than his paintings.

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Asian auctions make a ‘Gexit’

12 June 2017

German salerooms move series to Austria and Belgium in the wake of cultural goods law...

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Malaysian artist makes rare visit

12 June 2017

The Malayan artist Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-83) is hardly a household name in Europe. Virtually all of his paintings that have sold at auction in recent decades came under the hammer in Hong Kong or Singapore.

An 18th century imperial doucai winepot

Lempertz to hold Asian art auction outside of Germany to avoid cultural heritage law

02 May 2017

The controversial new German cultural heritage law has forced Cologne auctioneers Lempertz to hold its Asian art sale outside of Germany.

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Meiji incense burner is €12,000 (£10,435) Dusseldorf auction buy

10 April 2017

Numerous bidders competed for a5½in (14cm) high Japanese incense burner from the Meiji period (1868-1912) at a sale held by Hargesheimer (25% buyer’s premium) in Dusseldorf on March 10-11.

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High-quality paper made in France aids in identification of charcoal drawing sold in Dresden

10 April 2017

A French Old Master drawing, a 20th century work by a specialist animal painter and an American Abstract Expressionist work were among the pictures that have performed strongly in auctions across the German regions and in Austria recently.

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Russian medal marking victory over Persia sold at auction

10 April 2017

A 50 ducat medal commemorating the end of the Russo-Persian war was worth far more than its weight in gold at Künker (23% buyer’s premium) in Osnabruck in the March 13-17 sale.

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Engraving speciality: a late 17th century goblet

05 April 2017

For many centuries the German city of Nuremberg was a major centre for glass decoration.

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Obituary: Rudolf Neumeister (1925-2017)

05 April 2017

Rudolf Neumeister, one of Germany’s longest serving auctioneers, passed away on February 23 at the age of 91.

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Let there be all kinds of light - German hammer highlights

05 April 2017

From minimalist lamp to starry chandelier