Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

Tribal art and classic cars boost French auctioneers

13 July 2016

Auction houses in France have announced their first half-year sales figures.

Medieval ivory chess piece sold at Sotheby’s

King of the saleroom – medieval chess piece sells at £540,000

08 July 2016

A medieval chess piece produced one of the most exciting moments in Sotheby’s Treasures auction in London.

Portrait print by Kitagawa Utamaro

Japanese woodblock wonder sets record in Paris auction

30 June 2016

Crowning the white-glove success of Japanese works from the Portier collection in Paris was the sale of this signature portrait print by Kitagawa Utamaro for €600,000 (£500,000).

Florentine pietre dure table top

Vaizey places export bar for Florentine pietre dure table top

27 June 2016

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a 17th century Florentine pietre dure table top. It was sold in December at Sotheby’s in London for £3m.

Jean de Cambrai figures

Louvre buys duc de Berry’s tomb mourners at Paris auction

24 June 2016

Two finely carved marble figures of mourners from the tomb of Jean de France, the duc de Berry (1340-1416) brother of King Charles V of France were secured by the Louvre for €4.4m (£3.67m) at Christie’s Paris last week.

Christie’s Defining British Art exhibition

Christie’s open show of famous lots to mark 250 years in business

23 June 2016

Christie’s have launched their 250th anniversary celebrations with the opening of Defining British Art, a month-long loan exhibition of works that were sold through the auction house over the course of its history.

The judgment of Paris

Old Master trumps cautious estimate in Paris and soars to €1.56m

20 June 2016

A painting catalogued as from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens soared past a cautious four-figure estimate to take €1.56m (£1.3m) at a recent Paris auction.

The Steinway piano being sold by Abbey Road studios

Steinway piano leads key sales of musical instruments

14 June 2016

One of the main attractions at Piano Auctions’ upcoming quarterly auction at the Conway Hall in London on June 23 is this Steinway with celebrity status.

Nu sur Nu which sold for €1.423m at Artcurial

Duchamp sale sets new record with national treasure

09 June 2016

A painting by Marcel Duchamp sold for €1.243m (£1.035m including premium) at Artcurial in Paris on June 6.

Utap, Dayak shield from Borneo, Indonesia from Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh

Belgian trade unite for 'Cultures'

02 June 2016

Tribal art will be making a splash in Brussels around the city’s Sablon area, as it is does every summer, but this year it will be as part of a new cross-cultural promotion.

wooden statue from the Ivory Coast

Paris museum secures rare piece of Akyè art

31 May 2016

The Musée du Quai Branly, the dedicated museum for tribal art which opened in Paris in 2006, has been a key factor in boosting the French capital as a world centre for ethnography in both scholarly and commercial terms.

Chrysanthemum vase from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

More deaccessions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

16 May 2016

Christie’s are to sell another major slice of deaccessioned material from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, just under a year after they held a dedicated auction devoted to a dispersal from the Met’s holdings of English furniture and works of art.

Oliver Twist at Cuttlestones

Books with a twist – Charles Dickens first editions emerge in Wolverhampton

29 April 2016

Interesting oddities that were ironed out in subsequent editions bump up demand when it comes to book collecting. A good example of this is coming up at Wolverhampton auction house Cuttlestones on May 6.

Eugène Delacroix portrait of George Sand

Musée Delacroix buys portrait of George Sand at Fontainebleau auction

21 April 2016

A portrait by Eugène Delacroix redolent with associations to Nineteenth century French Romanticism has been secured by the Paris museum dedicated to his work.

Record-breaking results at Sotheby's Hong Kong.

Records broken as Sotheby's Hong Kong spring series comes to a close

07 April 2016

The Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring series of sales closed today chalking up a total of HK$502.8m/USD$64.5m/GB£242.3m.

Tudor oak panel Bonhams auction

Fine Tudor oak panel fetches king’s ransom

10 March 2016

Very much the pièce de résistance of Bonhams’ first oak interior sale held in their New Bond Street rooms was the final lot of the day, a 23 x 17in (58.5 x 44.5cm) Tudor oak panel carved in high relief with a portrait of a king holding an orb and sceptre, thought to represent King John.

Paul Iribe Nautile chair

Unique variant of Paul Iribe’s Nautile armchair takes €180,000 in Paris

26 February 2016

Paul Iribe’s ‘Nautile’ armchair is one of the most striking proto-Art Deco designs, with its sleek swept-back lines and low armrests formed as a tight nautilus shell spiral.

Bonhams Home and Interiors sales

Wilkinson repackages Bonhams’ sales in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh

19 February 2016

Bonhams are to launch a new range of monthly Home & Interiors auctions in both their Knightsbridge and Edinburgh rooms.

Paul de Lamerie silver tureen

De Lamerie tureen takes $90,000

12 February 2016

This 18½in (47cm) George II silver soup tureen by the goldsmith Paul de Lamerie featured in Doyle’s latest sale of furniture, works of art and Old Master paintings in New York.

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BRAFA 2016 – bigger and better

05 February 2016

BRAFA, the Brussels art fair, opened its doors last month for its 61st edition, boosted in space and exhibitors by a new extension.