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‘Ornamental genius’ Peche proves popular 100 years after his death

09 October 2023

Wiener Werkstätte designer died aged just 36 but still produced an extensive range in various materials

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King Louis XV portrait copies became lucrative

09 October 2023

The French portrait painter Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745) received numerous commissions from European royal families and aristocrats.

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Traditional highlights to be found in Munich art fair

09 October 2023

Now in its 14th year, the art fair Highlights is way past the status of a newcomer and has become an established up-market event in the autumn calendar.

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Santi Corsi’s painting of paintings

09 October 2023

Long before the days of photo-realism, artists created remarkably accurate depictions of their subject matter.

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Meissen spiced up by a Count Brühl commission

09 October 2023

Heinrich von Brühl was without doubt the most prominent patron of the porcelain manufacture in Meissen.

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A cameo appearance for Art Nouveau

02 October 2023

A selection of French Art Nouveau glass coming up for sale at sales in the UK and Germany. Bidding is available via thesaleroom.com.

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Paolo Venini and Fulvio Bianconi: two titans of Italian post-war glass

02 October 2023

Inspired by Carlo Scarpa’s use of murrine glass in the 1930s and 1940s, Paolo Venini (1895-1959) designed a number of vessels in the 1950s that have become classics of post-war Italian design.

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A taste of Martens’ Oriente

02 October 2023

This vase is by the Italian painter and glass artist Dino Martens (1894-1970).

Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma

Near-complete set of Piranesi’s views of Rome emerges in Germany

16 August 2023

A rare near complete copy of Piranesi’s ‘Vedute di Roma’ comes to auction in Germany this month.

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Museum of life in East Germany comes to auction

03 August 2023

The entire inventory of a museum devoted to life in East Germany will be auctioned by Historia Auctionata in Berlin on August 26.

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Platter taken to 11 times estimate at German auction

24 July 2023

The sale at Düsseldorfer Auktionshaus (25% buyer’s premium) on May 12 included this 22in (57cm) diameter Russian carved wood ‘bread and salt’ dish.

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Asian buyers battle at auction for relics of their regions

24 July 2023

Recent sales of Asian art achieved some memorable prices, paid not surprisingly by Asian buyers.

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Peter, Pietro or Pieter makes his name

24 July 2023

An early 17th century pen and ink drawing of Euterpe, the muse of lyrical music, caused the biggest surprise at Karl & Faber (27% buyer’s premium).

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Big expression of interest as overseas buyers compete at German auctions

17 July 2023

International collectors invested considerable sums in the Expressionist paintings on offer at German sales over the last few weeks.

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Albert Birkle disturbs and delights at Lempertz

17 July 2023

In the 1920s, the German painter Albert Birkle (1900-86) combined 'Neue Sachlichkeit' (New Objectivity) with his version of magic realism to produce sometimes disturbing results.

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Sumptuous porcelain takes pride of place in salerooms

10 July 2023

Auctions held in Australia and Germany rack up strong prices for major European makers

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Very early TV set that’s a must for connoisseurs

10 July 2023

The HMV 900 was one of first television receivers designed by the Marconi-EMI Television Company, the firm that also provided the technology for Britain’s first television service.

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Time to consider pocket watches as a collecting option

19 June 2023

Recent auction results in Germany and Switzerland give a snapshot of the market beyond wristwatches

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5 Questions: furniture and art dealer Laurent-Alexis Guelfucci

12 June 2023

Laurent-Alexis Guelfucci opened Guelfucci Gallery in 1998 and specialises in early 20th century furniture and art with a focus on Art Deco.

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Engels the editor at Munich sales

12 June 2023

Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium inc VAT) huge series of sales in Munich included what it billed as ‘a key document from German history’.