Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

Flemish cabinets

Spanish Royal cabinets and Marie Antoinette’s writing table to be offered as part of Rothschild collection at Christie’s

25 April 2019

Furniture, works of art and Old Master paintings collected by members of the famous Rothschild banking family are to be offered for auction by Christie’s in London as part of its summer season sales.

Poul Henningsen’s grand piano

“I designed something entirely new” – early 1930s glass grand piano draws attention in Paris sale

22 April 2019

A Modernist grand piano from 1931 by the Danish designer Poul Henningsen was the toast of a dedicated Scandinavian design sale held by Artcurial in Paris.

Martin Drolling painting

19th century French genre interior scene doubles estimate in Paris auction

19 April 2019

An early 19th century painting by the artist Martin Drölling (1752-1817), which came to auction with a preparatory drawing and its companion pendant work has sold in Paris for €235,000 (£200,855), more than double the estimate.

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Paris Drawings Week provides range of prices

19 April 2019

Drawings Week in the French capital included a wide variety of styles, eras and value. Pictured here is a selection of highlights and some more affordable items from the vast array of works on paper of all types offered during Drawings Week in Paris in late March.

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‘More affordable’ options at Paris Drawings Week

19 April 2019

Not everything in the spring drawings sales required a six-figure bank balance to purchase. Plenty of more affordable works appeared across all the Paris rooms – both Drouot and the independents (and, of course, in the various dealers shows and fairs). Pictured here are some works within the reach of less elevated budgets.

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Dorotheum in Vienna play it safe with Saint Bartholomew attribution

19 April 2019

In the 1980s, the 3ft 7in x 2ft 9in (1.1m x 85cm) canvas of Saint Bartholomew being offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 30 was tentatively ascribed to Caravaggio. The treatment of light and shadow and the extreme naturalism in the portrayal certainly indicate a proximity to the revolutionary artist.

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Eiffel tower gouache among René Gruau works at Tajan in Paris

19 April 2019

This gouache is one of around 10 drawings, watercolours and gouaches by René Gruau, the Italian-born fashion illustrator who was renowned for his Paris haute couture and promotional illustrations, which will feature in Tajan’s Paris auction of modern drawings on May 15.

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Lord Burghley features in Chinese export porcelain selection at Pook & Pook in Pennsylvania

19 April 2019

Pook & Pook’s next American and International sale in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on May 4 will feature a selection of Chinese export porcelain.

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Estate provides Chelsea candlesticks to Stair Galleries in New York

19 April 2019

English and Continental porcelain from several notable estates is included in Stair Galleries’ next fine sale in Hudson, New York, on April 27-28.

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Developments in focus at the latest photograph auctions in New York

15 April 2019

A look at the latest photograph auction highlights, potential sale stars to come, fairs coming up and a camera and equipment spotlight.

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Photography pioneer pictures French city in 1840

15 April 2019

Philippe Fortuné Durand is regarded as the first professional photographer in France.

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A slice of rural life shown in more than 500 photographs at Ewbank’s auction

15 April 2019

When it comes to early or vintage photographs the interest is often centred around the social history of the material – the camera’s ability to document past events, be they special occasions or scenes of everyday life.

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Single-owner collection dedicated to avant-garde photographer sells at Chiswick Auctions

15 April 2019

A private single-owner collection of around 180 lots from one vintage photographer was the subject of a recent sale held by Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Early views of China prove major attraction at Bonhams Knightsbridge

15 April 2019

Early views of China are often best-sellers in the realm of topographical photography. An album of 83 albumen prints from the 1860s-70s proved to be a major attraction at Bonhams’ latest book sale held in Knightsbridge.

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Set of Man Ray limited edition prints emerge at Swann auction

15 April 2019

'Electricité', pictured below, is one of a limited edition portfolio of 10 photogravures after Man Ray’s Rayographs from a 1931 commercial commission from the artist by the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d’Electricité.

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Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction

11 April 2019

Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).

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Signs of the times: Single owner collection stands out at Paris auction

08 April 2019

Pioneer collection of street furniture goes from Parisian flat to the saleroom.

Cabinet attributed to Pierre Gole

Elaborate 17th century cabinet provides star quality to €2m country house collection

08 April 2019

A 17th century tortoiseshell, pewter and brass marquetry cabinet on stand was the star turn in the sale of the contents from a country house in the Ile de France at Drouot in Paris.

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Single-owner sale: Signs that Paris appreciates its streetscapes

08 April 2019

French and foreign bidders flock to white-glove sale of pioneer collection of the city’s heritage

Rubens oil sketch of St Margaret

Rubens oil sketch for church ceiling in Antwerp takes €1.3m at auction

03 April 2019

Discovered in a house in northern France, a rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has sold for €1.3m (£1.12m).