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Early summer sales in Paris awash with modern design highlights

23 July 2020

Among the high-season sales traditionally staged in Paris in the early summer is a selection of auctions devoted to modern design.

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New hires at auction houses Bonhams, Piasa and Charterhouse

14 July 2020

An update on the latest Movers and Shakers from across the art and antiques sector.

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Estimate €5000, sold for €6.4m: Lost folios of Chinese encyclopedia surface in Paris

13 July 2020

Two lost folios from the 'Yongle Dadian', the Ming dynasty encyclopaedia that has assumed national treasure status in China, surfaced for sale in Paris last week.

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Rijksmuseum delivers the winning punch for Ansbach bowl

13 July 2020

The Rijksmuseum was in action at the Drouot to carry off a 9½in (24cm) wide porcelain punchbowl from the Ansbach factory.

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De Staël on offer as single lot at Paris Enchères

13 July 2020

Paris Enchères Collin du Bocage will be holding a single-lot sale on July 22 in Paris of a painting by Nicolas de Staël (1914-55).

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Roubtzoff depiction of Tunisian street life appears at Millon

13 July 2020

Paris Millon will offer this painting of a Tunisian street scene by Alexandre Roubtzoff (1884-1949) at its Antiquities and Orientalist sale on July 21.

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First steps of Millet appear at Fontainebleau auction

06 July 2020

This pastel by the Barbizon school artist Jean-François Millet (1814-75) is one of the highlights in the Esprit du XIXème Siècle auction at Osenat in Fontainebleau on July 19.

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A new benchmark for Vietnamese ceramics

29 June 2020

Christie’s claimed a new record for Vietnamese ceramics when a large 15th century blue and white storage jar sold for a surprise €380,000 (£339,300) as part of the Art d'Asie sale in Paris.

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Early French books of hours on top as Paris reopens

29 June 2020

The Paris auction centre Drouot opened its doors again last month in France following the lockdown.

Nobel Prize and bindings combine to impress

29 June 2020

Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) recent sale in Paris of books and manuscripts was led at €125,000 (£113,635) by a Nobel Prize for Literature medal awarded in 1947, just four years before his death, to the essayist, critic, novelist and dramatist André Gide.

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Qianlong porcelain vase sells for nearly €2m as Paris auctions get going

18 June 2020

As the Paris auction scene gets back to business after the lockdown, an extraordinary Qianlong mark and period porcelain vase sold this week for €1.95m (£1.77m) plus buyer’s premium.

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Orientalist sculpture for sale in Nantes

15 June 2020

Friedrich Goldscheider (1845-97) is famous for founding the Goldscheider ceramics factory which was set up in Vienna in 1885.

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Musik plays part as one of three €100,000 top-sellers

15 June 2020

Sotheby’s Paris (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) reported a cumulative total of €5.4m for the five online sales it held over two weeks in mid May through to early June. The initiative attracted new buyers, said the auction house, with 35% in the jewellery sale and 27% in the Contemporary art auction.

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Auction action outside Paris with Old Masters and tribal art bringing demand

15 June 2020

Outside Paris auctions have also started up as lockdown eases.

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Gold bracelets go from mucky moat to Monaco auction

15 June 2020

Around 20 years ago the owner of a mediaeval manor house in northern Europe made an exciting discovery when clearing out the moats of the fortified house.

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Louvre secures Renaissance bronze by French sculptor

15 June 2020

A newly discovered bronze by a French Renaissance sculptor was acquired by the Louvre museum for €1.15m (£1.05m) at an auction in Paris on June 9.

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Actress Sarah Bernhardt in the frame at Tajan

15 June 2020

This 1890s Japoniste-style photograph frame in brown patinated bronze applied with gilt branches of stylised myosotis is by the Paris firm of Maison Millet.

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Five Vuillard works on offer at Artcurial

15 June 2020

This painting of Madame de Saint-Maurice is one of five works by Edouard Vuillard spanning the years 1900-18 from the Georges and Jacqueline Herbin collection on offer at Artcurial in Paris.

France: Punchy results as sales return

15 June 2020

Auction rooms in France are gradually opening up again, albeit within the limitations of the new health and safety regulations set as a result of the coronavirus and aided by the extra input from absentee bidding on phones and online.

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Punchinello comeback and pastels debut help to boost Paris drawings auction

15 June 2020

Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) has held its first live sales in Paris since lockdown.