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Mantel clock is pick of a d’Estaing presidential selection

06 February 2023

Clock formed as memorial to Napoleonic general stars among contents of d’Estaing family home

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Louvre acquisitions announced for Abu Dhabi and Paris

06 February 2023

Main and Middle East branch of the French museum revealed as the buyers of works offered in French auctions

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Third slice of Soulages ready to taste at Paris auction

06 February 2023

Millon’s March 6 sale in Paris is its third to be given over entirely to the graphic (engraved) work of Pierre Soulages (1919-2022).

BRAFA

Strong early sales at BRAFA as it returns to traditional time slot

02 February 2023

Dealers hailed the latest edition of the BRAFA Art Fair as a success with early sales.

Giulio Asistide Sartorio pictures

Frieze master: dealer sells Sartorios to the D’Orsay

30 January 2023

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris has acquired two large paintings by Giulio Aristide Sartorio (1860-1932) from Rome dealership Antonacci Lapiccirella.

Louvre Museum, Paris

Auction sales bonanza in France

23 January 2023

At least five leading auction houses posted their best-ever annual figures in France for 2022, while others boasted exceptional sales during the year.

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Leading figure Warhol stays lucrative for consignors

23 January 2023

A group of eight Andy Warhol (1928-87) prints came to auction at Van Ham (32% buyer’s premium including VAT) in Cologne at the end of last year, including a few of his most famous subjects from documented editions of the 1960-80s.

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Business boomed in a bumper 2022 for French auction houses

23 January 2023

Annual auction house results show strong performances boosted by single-owner collections in particular

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Locket dedicated to prince who was Napoleon devotee

23 January 2023

This 19th century French gold, enamel and gemset locket measures an impressive 5½in (13cm) across.

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Pop art: Pioneer Sir Peter Blake's accessible print editions

23 January 2023

The term ‘pop art’ normally conjures up images of colourful and ‘hip’ artworks from the 1950s-60s.

Volubilis sculpture

Art dealers Bowman sell sculpture to French museum

16 January 2023

The Camille Claudel Museum has unveiled its newly purchased Volubilis sculpture by Alfred Boucher.

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The Salvator Mundi effect: a market transformation

16 January 2023

Ever since the record-breaking $400m sale of Salvator Mundi at Christie’s back in 2017, the market seems to have become fascinated with other treatments of the subject.

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BRAFA preview: Celebrate Art Nouveau in Brussels

16 January 2023

The BRAFA fair this year – and several of its exhibitors – has adopted the city’s theme for 2023

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Momentous lots of Irish history sold at Fonsie Mealy

16 January 2023

Easter Rising republic proclamation and Wolfe Tone’s revolutionary tract are sold on home turf.

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Sleepers woken up via the internet

16 January 2023

Demonstrating how the internet has transformed the market for potential sleepers, three portraits that drew strong interest recently at different auctions in the UK and Europe all sold to online buyers.

Portrait by Ary de Vois

Dealer Van Haeften sells Dutch Golden Age portrait to museum

09 January 2023

A museum in the Netherlands has bought a Dutch Golden Age portrait from dealer Johnny Van Haeften.

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Furniture combination becomes centre of attention

09 January 2023

The chest of drawers and the kneehole desk are both classic forms of early Georgian walnut furniture. However, rarely are they seen on the same piece.

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UK dealers star in TEFAF Showcase spot

02 January 2023

UK dealers Elliott Fine Art, Callisto Fine Arts, Ben Hunter and Willoughby Gerrish are among the chosen new galleries to exhibit at TEFAF Maastricht’s Showcase this year.

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Famous canine Nipper finds his voice

02 January 2023

In these days of music-streaming, the once ubiquitous image of the mongrel Nipper listening to a gramophone is no longer such a familiar sight.

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Hans Coper on the hour

02 January 2023

Long before the auction in Krefeld began, it was clear that the price for a vase by Hans Coper would be way higher than the estimate of €8000.

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