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Headless but not valueless

09 May 2022

Even though the head of the Christ Child was missing, numerous bidders joined in the action when a carved figure of the Madonna with Child came up for sale in Düsseldorf.

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Roll out the barrel organ

09 May 2022

Until the widespread advent of the wireless, barrel organs were a familiar sight (and sound) on the streets of Berlin and other major German cities.

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Mahogany armchairs inspired by Percier and Fontaine offered in Stuttgart

09 May 2022

The countless designs for furniture and decorative arts created by Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine, who were known as Napoleon’s architects, not only found favour with the French emperor but also had an enduring influence on cabinetmakers throughout Europe.

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Brueghel Junior put in the picture

09 May 2022

After the death of his father from cholera in 1625, Jan Brueghel the Younger returned to his home town of Antwerp.

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Sculptor on the crest of a wave

09 May 2022

The Austrian sculptor Gustav Gurschner, who was particularly productive at the beginning of the 20th century, designed many functional objects such as door knockers, doorknobs and ashtrays, encapsulating the style of Viennese Jugendstil.

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Paradise before the horrors of war

09 May 2022

One of the last five works created by the German Expressionist August Macke is for sale at Ketterer Kunst after being family owned for almost 100 years.

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Distinctive body of work by Antes

25 April 2022

Since 1962, when the German artist Horst Antes (b.1936) first introduced his profile of the male figure to his art, it has become an instantly recognisable aspect, not only of his paintings and lithographs but also of his sculptures.

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Kneffel is the realistic choice

25 April 2022

Passengers on the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 encounter paintings by the German artist Karin Kneffel (b.1957) whenever they visit the Britannia restaurant: eight of her monumental paintings of fruit adorn the walls. A more accessible way of finding a work by her presents itself at the June 1-3 sale at Grisebach in Berlin. On offer is her diptych (F XXXVIII) from 1997 which consists of two canvases, each measuring 5ft 11in x 5ft 11in (1.8 x 1.8m).

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Bravo to ZERO

25 April 2022

The starting point for the careers of many of the most successful Post-war German artists was the group ZERO which came into existence in the late 1950s.

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Günter Fruhtrunk: Not just famous for a shopping bag

25 April 2022

It took the German painter Günter Fruhtrunk many decades before he arrived at the art form for which he is best known.

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Baselitz: the remix version

25 April 2022

Since 2005, the German painter Georg Baselitz has been creating a new body of work by revisiting several of his iconic works, primarily from the 1960s, and interpreting them anew. He worked only from photographs, executing not copies, but what he calls a “remix”.

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Rome gallery makes Bourbon drawing sale to Hamburg museum

04 April 2022

Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art of Rome has sold a pencil drawing depicting Maria Luisa de Bourbon to The Hamburger Kunsthalle.

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Wiener Werkstätte design catches the eye at Metz

14 March 2022

Among the eye-catchers in the general auction at Metz in Heidelberg on March 25-26 is a small, partly enamelled silver box with a gilt interior.

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Brockhusen depicts Berlin with a van Gogh influence

14 March 2022

After training at the Art Academy in Königsberg, the German painter Theo von Brockhusen moved to Berlin in 1905.

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Painting inspired by icy adventures sails into Stuttgart auction

14 March 2022

For several years, from 1902-06, the 'Oihonna', an ice-strengthened passenger ship belonging to the Finland Steamship Company, undertook regular cruises to the Norwegian archipelago of Spitzbergen.

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Collection from German castle hidden in wooden crates for 90 years emerges in Munich

14 March 2022

More than 600 lots at Neumeister’s Munich sale on March 30 have been hidden from public view for 90 years, packed in wooden crates.

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Restituted Lovis Corinth comes to auction in Cologne

14 March 2022

Earlier this year the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels restituted a painting from its collection for the first time: Lovis Corinth’s (1858-1925) 'Still Life: Red and Pink Roses in a Vase on a Tablecloth (Flowers)' of 1913.

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Sale season off to a roaring start in Germany

14 March 2022

The most cherished coin from the reign of Victoria proved popular at a German saleroom

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French inventor Colmar's Arithmomètre sells in German saleroom

14 March 2022

Although the French inventor Charles-Xavier Thomas de Colmar introduced the first model of his calculating machine Arithmomètre in 1820, he waited some 30 years before he started producing them in series.

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A taste of Givenchy and Lagerfeld style at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

21 February 2022

Christie’s and Sotheby’s have both announced sales from collections of famous fashion designers to be held this year.