Latest News Articles by Anne Crane


Sales in France: Paris – Christie’s

22 October 2018

The multi-talented Deco designer and artist Jean Dunand (1877-1942) is one of the names celebrated in Christie’s selected design sale in Paris on November 14 with around 20 pieces in different media.


Sales in France: Paris – Copages

22 October 2018

This small-scale, 17th-18th century, Italian vanitas of a skull carved from Cararra marble measures 7½ x 9½in (19 x 24cm).


Sales in France: Paris – Coutau-Bégarie

22 October 2018

An ensemble of fans both Oriental and Occidental is the subject of the dedicated sale organised by Coutau-Bégarie that takes place at Drouot on November 19. Examples date from the 17th century through to the early years of the 20th.


Sales in France: Paris – Sotheby’s/Pierre Bergé & Associés

22 October 2018

A sale of contents of four homes belonging to the late Pierre Bergé is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Paris rooms in association with auction house Pierre Bergé & Associes.


Sales in France: Reims

22 October 2018

A classic Art Nouveau display cabinet by Emile Gallé is part of a collection of furniture by Gallé and Majorelle assembled over half a century ago to be offered for sale by Ivoire Reims on November 18.


What to buy: Four top lots from French journalist’s vintage toy collection on offer in Fontainebleau

02 October 2018

Louis-Roland Neil (1925-2018) was an influential French journalist and pioneer in the audio-visual world – the man who bought 'Colombo' and 'The Persuaders' to French television viewers. But he had another passion – collecting antique and vintage toys.


French auction means crunch time for biscuit collectors

01 October 2018

In the UK Huntley and Palmers and McVitie’s might be the brand names to trip off the tongue at the mention of the word biscuit. In France it is LU that first comes to mind.


Rediscovered: a gift to the Sun King from Siam returns to Versailles after auction

01 October 2018

The only known item of silverware to have survived from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles via a private treaty sale through auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre.

Christie’s Paris

New chief for Christie’s France as Cécile Verdier joins from Sotheby’s

27 September 2018

There will be a new face leading the French operation at Christie’s auction house next summer.

 silver ewer

Palace of Versailles buys Chinese silver ewer in private deal

24 September 2018

A rare 17th century Chinese silver ewer has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles in a private treaty sale conducted by the auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre. It is the only known surviving piece of silverware from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam (Thailand) in 1686.


Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.


Sorolla portrait emerges in Madrid auction

24 September 2018

Portraiture was not the preferred genre of the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), but early in his career he recognised its value as a reliable source of income and persisted with it throughout his lifetime.


Large scale painting by Frans Francken II emerges in Troyes

24 September 2018

A large panel painting by the Flemish artist Frans Francken II (1581-1642) is to appear at Ivoire Troyes’ Auction in France on September 29.


‘Coups de Coeur’ – eight art market highlights from the Paris season

20 September 2018

The French art market was back in action in early September. The 30th staging of 'La Biennale Paris' and the latest edition of the 'Parcours des Mondes' tribal event were two highlights among a raft of gallery shows and auctions marking the return to work after the summer lull.


Scenes from Lewis Carroll classic decorate 1870s envelopes on offer in Melbourne

03 September 2018

Eight envelopes from the 1870s, each decorated with a scene from Lewis Carroll’s famous book Alice in Wonderland are to be offered at Abacus Auctions’ December 1 sale of stamps, postal history and picture postcards.


Parisian sideboard stars in first sale at new Los Angeles auction house

03 September 2018

New Los Angeles saleroom Andrew Jones Auctions, set up by a group of ex-Bonhams specialists (as reported in ATG No 2355), will hold its grand opening and inaugural sale on September 15 in its Downtown Los Angeles gallery.


Parcours des Mondes loan exhibition reaches the roots of collecting

27 August 2018

As well as the themed shows, some of which are detailed on these two pages, this year’s Parcours has a loan exhibition that goes to the roots of the French tribal art collecting.


Carré Rive Gauche hosts collectors’ event timed with annual ceramics trail

27 August 2018

The Left Bank area known as the Carré Rive Gauche is a group of streets in the 6th and 7th arrondissements between the Seine and the Boulevard Saint Germain – notably the rues du Bac, de Beaune, de Lille, du Pré-aux-Clercs, des Saints-Pères, de l’Université, de Verneuil and the quai Voltaire.


Napoleon marches into the Biennale

27 August 2018

There is a decidedly French flavour to the loan exhibition at this year’s Biennale. Prominently displayed under the central dome of the Grand Palais will be a selection of works from the extensive Napoleonic collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon.


Foreword: Paris fights its corner

27 August 2018

The September return to work (and school) after a long summer break is significant enough in France to have its own title: La rentrée.