Latest News Articles by Anne Crane
Major Old Master sale in France as New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys late-Gothic painting for €5m05 December 2019
An Old Master painting by a mid-14th century painter who was active in Bohemia drew dramatic competition at a small auction house in France last week. It was knocked down at €5m (£4.27m) to a dealer acting for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Market-fresh Pierre Soulages painting brings international competition in Paris auction04 December 2019
One of the highest auction prices for a painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) came in a recent sale held in Paris.
More accessible options at Paris Old Master sales02 December 2019
Plenty of opportunities were available to purchase Old Master or 19th century works for more affordable prices across Paris last month. Pictured here are three works from recent auctions.
Works by followers and pupils of Leonardo da Vinci highlight French Old Master sales02 December 2019
Old Masters are much to the fore in the calendar across Europe at this time in the auction season.
Flemish artist provides Drouot with winning touch02 December 2019
The Bordoni and the Luini were not the only strong results achieved in the Drouot auction centre in the November sales.
The Château de Pontchartrain provenance provides lustre to Drouot and Sotheby's auctions02 December 2019
The Château de Pontchartrain and the Phélypeaux family who lived there for almost two centuries was much in evidence as a provenance in the recent sales in Paris.
Starr's encaustic-ware amphora back on market a decade later25 November 2019
A more recent purchase for the Starrs was this late-18th century, 10¼in (26cm) high, black basalt two handled amphora, from the section of encaustic-decorated wares that were inspired by classical attic vases.
Henry Arnhold’s sale led by Meissen blue and white saucer dish at Sotheby's25 November 2019
The most expensive piece in Sotheby’s Arnhold sale was a lot that made a dramatic increase on its $4000-6000 estimate. This 7½in (19.5cm) diameter blue and white saucer dish (below) was an early example of blue and white Meissen from c.1721-22 that had Japanese Palace inventory marks.
Single sources boost traditional ceramics25 November 2019
High selling rates at two American salerooms show how the market can absorb traditional ceramics in volume when estimates are realistic
Bidders sniff out early scent bottles at New York sales25 November 2019
Early-18th century porcelain scent bottles from Chelsea and the St James’s factory have been the object of increasing interest and value in recent years. Some high-flying examples emerged in the sales in New York.
Rare Staffordshire figure group bid to $19,000 at Stair Galleries25 November 2019
Another of the highest prices in the Stair Galleries’ sale of a New York ceramics collection came for this Staffordshire rarity.
Range of Wedgwood creamware sold at Stair auction25 November 2019
Plenty of affordable Wedgwood from all eras was available in the Stair sale.
Bow blue and white pot from c.1750 exceeds estimate at Starr sale25 November 2019
After their intitial interest in Wedgwood, the Starrs went on to collect other examples of early English porcelain, some of which was keenly pursued in Sotheby’s sale.
Starrs collection boosted by George Owen pieces for Royal Worcester25 November 2019
The Starrs collection at Sotheby’s featured 25 reticulated vases or decorative objects produced by George Owen for Royal Worcester, most them purchased at auction in the early 1980s.
Bow figures from a New York collector25 November 2019
The large collection of predominantly English ceramics offered by Stair Galleries from a New York collector included examples of 18th century porcelain from many of the major English factories.
Bust of leading French statesman by the king’s sculptor fetches £2m in Paris auction22 November 2019
A rare early 17th century bronze bust of a French statesman discovered in a French country house was knocked down at €2.4m (£2.07m) hammer at the Drouot auction centre in Paris this week.
Fine Arts Paris to expand in 202015 November 2019
The Fine Arts Paris fair opened to the public this week at the Carrousel du Louvre with the announcement of major expansion plans for its 2020 edition.
Asian Art in London prize winners revealed11 November 2019
Last week’s gala party for Asian Art in London, held at Bonhams on November 5, was also the occasion to announce the winners of the event’s two art awards.
From a San Fran apartment11 November 2019
This small-scale wall mirror by Line Vautrin from c.1950 measures approximately 15in (38cm) in diameter.
Parisian panorama11 November 2019
Among several auctions devoted to Old Master and 19th century paintings taking place in Paris this month will be the 66-lot sale held at Sotheby’s on November 19.