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Bronzes from the Biennais Napoleonides series surface in upstate New York

19 January 2024

Spotted in a regular ‘Thursday Morning at Stair’ sale in upstate New York, a trio of French Empire gilt bronzes by Martin-Guillaume Biennais sold way above expectations on January 15.

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Massive Churchill collection including his desk, unpublished letters and inscribed books star in offering of London dealer

19 January 2024

A collection devoted to the life and work of Winston Churchill is among the standout items at The Winter Show in New York, which opens today.

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Velázquez portrait withdrawn from Sotheby’s Old Master sale

18 January 2024

A Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) royal portrait due to be offered at Sotheby’s New York has been withdrawn ahead of the auction.

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Remarkable Wedgwood Liberty Ware archive comes to market

16 January 2024

An archive related to the Wedgwood Liberty Ware project designed to raise money for victims of the First World War comes for sale at Freeman's Hindman in Philadelphia.

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Portrait of 18th century conjurer Joseph Pinetti works magic at auction

15 January 2024

A rare portrait of the magician Chevalier Joseph Pinetti (1750-1800) emerged for sale in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Trade hub painting itself intended for export

15 January 2024

The 438-lot Winter Fine & Decorative Art online-only sale at Bruneau & Co in Cranston, Rhode Island, on January 22 includes this Chinese export oil on canvas depicting the 13 Hongs of Canton (estimate $3000-5000).

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The wow factor: remainder of remarkable Getty collection comes up in New York

15 January 2024

Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, will sell the remainder of the remarkable Ann and Gordon Getty collection in two forthcoming sales.

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Fresh start for Master Drawings New York fair

15 January 2024

This month Master Drawings New York (MDNY) has its first run under new ownership.

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Moon flask shone ‘in Brighton Pavilion’

15 January 2024

On January 30, as part of Old Masters Week, Sotheby’s New York conducts a sale titled The Pleasure of Objects: The Ian & Carolina Irving Collection.

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Famous framemaker's stock offered without reserve auction

15 January 2024

On January 28 in Sarasota, Florida, Helmuth Stone Gallery will conduct a sale of antique picture frames from the Eli Wilner Frame Gallery.

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Dealer news in brief including honours for medieval specialist

13 January 2024

The latest round up of dealer news includes honours awarded to the founder of Les Enluminures, the return of the US Ephemera Fair and a robust sales sheet for a Modern British art dealer.

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Rediscovered Spanish drawing among the highlights at MDNY

12 January 2024

A 16th century drawing would have been brought to "full technicolor" by women makers.

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Chicago auction house Hindman merges with Philadelphia-based Freeman’s

10 January 2024

Chicago auction house Hindman has announced a merger with Philadelphia-based Freeman’s and the opening of a saleroom in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Ephemera reveals Freddie Mercury’s band before Queen

08 January 2024

Freddie Mercury mania in 2023 was not confined to Sotheby’s in London.

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Virginia as the garden of Eden

08 January 2024

In 1585 English colonists Thomas Hariot and John White recorded their first impressions of life on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina.

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‘What to the slave is your 4th of July?’

08 January 2024

Printing of abolitionist Douglass’ famous speech on a ‘rich inheritance’ not shared takes nearly $70,000

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Long-standing New York Winter Show marks a milestone

08 January 2024

One of the first big fairs of the year for British dealers takes place across the pond in New York at The Winter Show.

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Howzat for a marble sculpture thought to be one of the first depictions of a cricketer

02 January 2024

A white marble sculpture of a young man holding what appears to be a cricket ball flew away from its estimate to bring $30,000 (£23,700) at Andrew Jones (25% buyer’s premium).

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Komai casket demonstrates Meiji metalwork at its very best

02 January 2024

The Komai family of sword makers and armourers were among the many Japanese metalworkers courting a new clientele during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

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Micromosaic plaque with maximum decorative effect

02 January 2024

Estimated at $2500-3500, this micromosaic plaque depicting the Rape of Europa hammered for $13,000 (£10,300).

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