Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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Beyond BRAFA 2019: more art and antiques events to attend in Brussels

21 January 2019

BRAFA is a big draw for the visitor in late January but as well as enjoying all that Brussels has to offer in general cultural terms there are other art and antiques-related events on at the same time.

Paris, France

French auction houses toast solid annual sales results as Sotheby's tops the table

14 January 2019

Sotheby’s France was the top performer in the country last year, boosted by the sale of a Qianlong mark and period vase that became the most expensive lot sold in France in 2018.

Heading Stateside: Winter pilgrimage to US for key events in New York and Florida is under way

14 January 2019

With the auction scene in Continental Europe at a traditional low ebb in the first month of the year, the focus for international art world activity shifts across to the US.

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Highlights of New York drawings auctions include single-owner lots with provenance to Dutch king

14 January 2019

For many years New York’s major salerooms mounted auction series of Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture in the first months of the year immediately following their Americana series.

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Thirty dealers gather in the Big Apple for Master Drawings New York 2019

14 January 2019

'Master Drawings New York', the gallery-based event in Manhattan Upper East side started 13 years ago, timed to coincide with the major January/February auctions of Old Master paintings and drawings in the Big Apple.

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European works of art prominent at venerable Park Avenue Armory event

14 January 2019

Seventy antique dealers and galleries from the US and overseas will gather at the Park Avenue Armory for the 65th edition of the 'Winter Show'.

BRAFA fair in Brussels

Sixteen new exhibitors and a guest appearance from Gilbert & George at BRAFA 2019

04 January 2019

The 64th edition of Brussels’ BRAFA Art Fair will feature 133 dealers and galleries from 16 different countries.

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French modernist villa furnishings head back home after auction

17 December 2018

Selection of contents from landmark French inter-war modernist building resurface after 1985 dispersal.

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More Perlès pearlers up at the Drouot auction centre

17 December 2018

The second stock sale from the French ceramics specialist Christophe Perlès was held at Drouot by Pescheteau-Badin (26% buyer’s premium inc VAT) on November 26.

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Stella stars in Angers auction

17 December 2018

Star turn in a sale held in the French city of Angers on December 5 was this small painting by the 17th century French artist Jacques Stella (1596-1657), below.

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Monet shines bright in Paris auction

17 December 2018

When this Monet maritime sunset below was hammered down for €860,000 (£767,860) – or €1.18m/£1.05m including premium – in Millon’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale of Modern Art on November 26 it not only overturned its €80,000-100,000 estimate but also achieved the second highest result at auction for a pastel by the famous French Impressionist.

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RAF watch is a sale flier in Canada

17 December 2018

This Omega ‘Weems’ Royal Air Force pilot’s wristwatch below was one of the sought-after entries in a 311-lot auction of watches and jewellery at Miller & Miller (18/15% buyer’s premium) in New Hamburg, Ontario, on November 24.

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Scottish pistol prize in Pennsylvania

17 December 2018

The highlight of the specialist sale of firearms and militaria held by Pook & Pook (22% buyer’s premium) in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on November 17 was this matched pair of 18th century flintlock pistols.

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Four vintage toys sold in US auction including rare German skittles set

13 December 2018

Around 1400 lots were offered in Bertoia’s mammoth auction of vintage toys in Vineland, New Jersey, including seasonal playthings for Halloween and Christmas.

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Spotlight on US auctions including a classic Montague Dawson marine painting in Michigan

10 December 2018

A selection of potential highlights coming up in December and January sales taking place in Detroit, Chicago, New York, California, Boston and Connecticut.

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'Gilets jaunes' rioting in Paris caused mayhem but auction results remain solid this autumn

05 December 2018

With the Paris 'Temps Forts' high season now under way in the salerooms as riots rage in the streets, the temporary closure of some businesses did not put off bidders and buyers in the French capital.

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International previews: Potential stars of Paris' Asian art series including a Vietnamese silk robe at Aguttes

03 December 2018

December is one of two key periods in the French calendar when the auction houses concentrate their sales of Asian art. Pictured here is a selection of highlights and unusual pieces coming up for sale this month in the Paris rooms.

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Roman bronze foot from monumental statue makes 10-times estimate at Bonhams auction

30 November 2018

A Roman bronze foot from a monumental statue topped an auction of Antiquities held by Bonhams in London when it sold for a hammer price of £160,000, far in excess of its £10,000-15,000 estimate.

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Large auction array of designs by the Lalannes who stand out in the immediate post-war era

26 November 2018

It is the quirky designs of husband-and-wife team François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne that populate the top echelons of so much French design in the salerooms these days.

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French dealer sings praises of designer Perriand

26 November 2018

The French dealer François Laffanour, whose Galerie Downtown is on the rue de Seine in Paris, has specialised for 25 years in furnishings by post-war architects and designers.