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Vigée-Lebrun returns from exile

01 March 2021

Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) was one of the most prolific painters of her era, creating up to 1000 works of art, the majority of them portraits.

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Swiss tribute to the beautiful Dordogne

01 March 2021

In June 1925, only six months before his death, the Swiss painter Felix Vallotton and his wife visited the Périgord for the first time, which he declared to be “the most beautiful countryside on earth”.

ATG letter: Sculpture association's EU ivory trade ban concerns

01 March 2021

MADAM – We are concerned about the imminent imposition of restrictions to limit the trade of ivory works of art within the European Union (front page, ATG No 2480).

Vincent van Gogh Montmartre painting

Sotheby’s to offer a van Gogh as Bonhams unveil a Picasso

27 February 2021

Two major consignments of Impressionist and Modern art have been announced in the last week.

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Unique Pablo Picasso puppet tile offered at Paris auction

22 February 2021

The Madoura pottery founded by Suzanne and Georges Ramié in Vallauris, a village in the south of France renowned for pottery production, was a popular place for many artists in the post-war years. From 1948-55 Pablo Picasso lived in Vallauris and divided his time between painting and creating ceramics at Madoura.

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Christie's to offer Karel Appel painting in France

22 February 2021

On March 30 Christie’s France is offering a selection of around 70 Modern and Post-war works from an unnamed Parisian collector that have been assembled over four decades.

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Heartfelt work of Joseph Beuys

22 February 2021

Legendary yarn explains how this material became a key component of the artist’s designs

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Seven bidders compete for Soulages with a presidential provenance

22 February 2021

A painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) sold at Caen Enchères (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Normandy featured a particularly notable provenance.

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Contemporary fair heavyweights count on digital for now

22 February 2021

As the pandemic continues to upend the art market calendar, two heavyweights of the Contemporary art and design fair scene are going digital.

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Judd’s art shapes up with a box and tube

22 February 2021

The American artist Donald Judd (1928-94) abandoned painting in the 1960s and devoted himself to producing three-dimensional objects.

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Christo coverage leads to market upturn

22 February 2021

It is well known that the death of an artist often leads to an upsurge of market interest and that has certainly happened with the Bulgarian Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who died last year.

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Michaux uses mescaline as his extra inspiration

22 February 2021

Among the surprises at a Contemporary art sale at Ketterer (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich was the result for a work by the painter-poet Henri Michaux.

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Christie’s closes Barcelona office and moves Spanish headquarters in Madrid

20 February 2021

Christie’s has closed its existing offices in Madrid and Barcelona and will now operate from a premises on Calle Serrano in Madrid, about 2km north of its previous address.

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EU proposes ban on import and export of antique ivory

15 February 2021

New proposals by the European Commission to prevent the commercial export and import of most antiques containing ivory have been described by The British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) as “hugely damaging and disproportionate”.

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Edouard Manet dog portrait emerges at Paris sale

15 February 2021

This canine portrait 'Minnay' by Edouard Manet (1832-83) will be offered for sale by Drouot Estimations on February 26.

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Olympic torch could burn bright in Brittany

15 February 2021

A sale to be held by Jack-Philippe Ruellan in Vannes in Brittany will feature this Olympic torch from the 10th Winter Olympics held in Grenoble in 1968.

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Pioneering sea atlas sails to a new high

15 February 2021

Sold for a record €260,000 (£234,235) in Hamburg was a copy of Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer’s Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris occidentalis…

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Les Hymnes sing out in the Barbier-Muller collection

15 February 2021

On March 23 Christie’s France, in association with booksellers Jacques Quentin (Geneva) and Benoît Forgeot (Paris), will offer the first part of the poetic library of Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller.

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Old Masters star in first flurry of French auctions

15 February 2021

January proves to be a busy month in France including 37 sales at the Drouot in a fortnight

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Cluny Museum moves in to buy knightly ornament at auction

15 February 2021

The Cluny Museum in Paris, dedicated to works of art from the Middle Ages, pre-empted two items in a Pierre Bergé & Associes sale of Haute Epoque in Paris.

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