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Gallé’s special bowl could sell for a special price

26 February 2024

In 1903, only one year before his death, Emile Gallé was commissioned by the Belgian company Solvay et Cie with the creation of a bowl to mark the 30th anniversary of its factory in Dombasle.

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On a wing and a prayer at a Swiss saleroom

26 February 2024

One of the earliest pieces in the auction of works of art at Koller in Zürich on March 21 is a copper and enamel figure of a dove.

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Italian design takes centre stage in German auction

26 February 2024

Italian design is in the spotlight at Quittenbaum in Munich on March 19.

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Fuseli fantasies on offer in Basel saleroom

26 February 2024

Paintings by the Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli, who was born in 1741 as Johann Heinrich Füssli, seldom make it to auction.

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Artist Kuhnert’s natural approach included shooting his animal subjects

26 February 2024

Many late 19th and early 20th century art collectors were entranced by Wilhelm Kuhnert’s (1865-1926) realistic portrayals of exotic animals in the wild.

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Tribal mask with mystery purpose

26 February 2024

Cologne auction house Lempertz (25% buyer’s premium) opened its auction year with a sale of African and Oceanic works of art in Brussels.

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Desperate dash for a proof coin to seal royal approval before king's death

26 February 2024

Soon after the Italian coin engraver Benedetto Pistrucci moved to England in 1815, he received a prestigious task from William Wellesley-Pole, the Master of the Mint. He was commissioned with the creation of a series of new gold coins for George III.

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Meissen vases produced by the workshop's top designer sell for nine times estimate

26 February 2024

Among the technically most complex pieces ever created in the porcelain manufacture in Meissen were the so-called 'Schneeballen-Vasen' (snowball vases).

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Paris sale celebrates tribal art from the Barbier-Mueller collecting dynasty

19 February 2024

The Barbier-Mueller family is well known as a collecting dynasty, especially for its ethnographic art.

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Dinner service belonged to famous French novelist George Sand

19 February 2024

A faience dinner service that belonged to the famous French novelist George Sand sold for €7000 (£5980) at the Rouillac (24% buyer’s premium inc tax) auction on February 10.

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Charles X portrait at nearly 10 times the estimate

19 February 2024

Portrait of monarch impresses as château of the Comtes de Marcellus delivers treasures to auction

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Chareau furniture includes chair style selected by famous clients

19 February 2024

An ensemble of modernist rosewood furniture by the designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950) is to be offered by Valoir Pousse-Cornet auction house.

Tribal art

Plea to recover huge collection of stolen tribal art

14 February 2024

Around 50 works of tribal art have been stolen in Belgium.

The premises of Pennsylvania auction house Morphy Auctions

Morphy unveils transatlantic tie-up

08 February 2024

In a move that will be watched closely by US and European auction houses, Pennsylvania-based Morphy Auctions has launched a new operation in Switzerland.

Gustav Klimt portrait

Gustav Klimt portrait comes to Austrian auction after ownership settlement

06 February 2024

A late portrait by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) has emerged at Vienna auction house im Kinsky and will be offered on April 24 with an estimate of €30m-50m.

18th century Anton Walter forte piano

Piano Auctions to sell in Holland after Brexit

05 February 2024

The impact of Brexit on UK overseas trade has led one auction house to open a saleroom in the Netherlands.

Bayeux embroidery replica

Bayeux Museum buys Victorian replica of the famous tapestry from the collection of Rolling Stones drummer

31 January 2024

The Bayeux Museum in France has bought a life-size Victorian replica of the Bayeux tapestry from the Charlie Watts sale.

Vénus de Milo

Louvre buys Vénus de Milo cast at auction

30 January 2024

The Louvre Museum has used its pre-emption right to successfully secure a 19th century cast of the Vénus de Milo at Artcurial.

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French auction sales totals: A year of ‘expected stabilisation’ after bumper period

29 January 2024

Auction firms in France followed a more traditional course in 2023 according to the latest figures.

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‘For everyday items it will continue to be a buyer’s market’

29 January 2024

In Ireland, Adam’s of Dublin held 32 auctions over the course of 2023, raising a hammer total of €13.8m (£12m) which was up from €12.6m in 2022.

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