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Table suitable for Grand Tour big buyer

06 November 2023

No 19th-century Grand Tourist would have considered his or her visit to Rome complete without a day spent shopping for micromosaics. Most would return home with a small box, a paperweight or a plaque.

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Mystery painting unites two nobles

06 November 2023

Doyle’s (26% buyer’s premium) sale of Old Master and 19th century Paintings & Drawings in New York on October 19 was topped by a 15th or 16th century Flemish School oil on panel portrait of a soldier.

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Exquisite Chinese sleeper – but not in best condition

06 November 2023

A textbook Chinese sleeper emerged at a recent sale held by Helmuth Stone (25% buyer’s premium): this 11in (29cm) cinnabar red lacquer circular box and cover.

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Shi Lu picked out at $430,000

06 November 2023

Estimated at $30,000-50,000, an ink and colour on paper hanging scroll by Shi Lu (1919-82) took a mighty $430,000 (£354,500) at the latest Bonhams (28/27/21% buyer’s premium) auction of Fine Chinese Paintings in New York.

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Baskets bring in the bidders

06 November 2023

Japanese Contemporary crafts currently enjoy a stronger following than more traditional works of art.

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Scroll on Song in the Windy City

06 November 2023

Chinese item was owned by dealer who ran famed store on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago

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Riding in with Carter provenance

06 November 2023

This pair of Qianlong (1735-96) cloisonné standing lion dogs with riders came for sale at Heritage (25% buyer’s premium) with a provenance to George Ann Brown Carter, wife of media scion Amon Giles Carter Jr (1919-82) of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Small toenail from a colossal statue comes to New England auction

30 October 2023

This ancient Egyptian sculptural fragment, part of the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Autumn Majestic Sale in Maine on November 10-12, comes in a silver mount inscribed 'Small toenail from colossal Statue of Ramses II. Temple of Luxor, Feb. 13th, 1899'.

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Moret on a rare visit outside France

30 October 2023

A textbook 1900 oil by the French Impressionist Henry Moret (1856-1913) led the field at Clars (26% buyer’s premium) in Oakland, California, on September 14.

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European modernist rug owned by music executive Stein sells in New York auction

30 October 2023

An Ivan Da Silva Bruhns rug from the estate of Sire Records founder and art collector Seymour Stein outperformed expectations at Capsule Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in New York on September 27.

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Silver collection from Angela Gross Folk comes to New Orleans auction

30 October 2023

With her art collection dispersed through recent auction activity at Sotheby’s, Freeman’s and Toomey & Co, it is now time for the late Angela Gross Folk’s silver collection to come to market.

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Handmade model of Dorothy Gale’s Kansas home takes six-figure sum at auction

30 October 2023

A handmade model of Dorothy Gale’s Kansas home, created for the famous tornado scene in the 1939 MGM classic 'The Wizard of Oz', was competed to $445,000 (£367,000) at Studio Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Manhattan Beach, California on October 7.

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Phyllis Lucas Gallery's drawings and art come to auction in New York

30 October 2023

On November 4, Roland Auctions in New York will offer the final part of a vast gallery inventory of original prints, lithographs, etchings and paintings.

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Napoleon portrait takes more than 10-times estimate at US auction

30 October 2023

On the third day of Austin Auction Gallery’s (22% buyer’s premium) September 22-24 sale this portrait of Napoleon hammered for $15,000 (£12,400) – a multiple of the estimate of $800-1200.

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Indian silver with a British touch at Californian auction

30 October 2023

The September 24 sale at Fine Estate, Inc (23% buyer’s premium) in San Rafael, California, included this example of Anglo-Indian silver.

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Feuchere’s Satanic majesty attracts bids at Bonhams Los Angeles auction

30 October 2023

A highlight of Bonhams’ (28/27/21% buyer’s premium) Home & Interiors sale on September 26 was this clock surmounted by a bronze cast of the Jean-Jacques Feuchere (1807-52) sculpture Mephistopheles or Satan.

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‘Votive’ Egyptian sculptor’s tools with provenance to two American museums

30 October 2023

Artemis Gallery’s (21.5% buyer’s premium) September 22 sale in Louisville, Colorado, included a set of finely preserved ancient Egyptian sculptor’s tools.

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Heavyweight sums for ‘paperweights’

30 October 2023

Charity donation from the collection of the man who brought Woolworths to the UK includes rare Tiffany vases.

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Simeon Solomon drawing depicts his historical heroes

30 October 2023

This drawing by Victorian artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) is titled 'Simeon Solomon’s and Henry Holiday’s Artistic Heroes'.

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Pair of chairs record toppled twice in same Rothschild sale

23 October 2023

The auction record for a pair of chairs was broken twice as part of Christie’s Rothschild family auction series in New York.

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