Latest News Articles by Anne Crane


Extensive collection of Picasso ceramics appears at Sotheby's auction

06 April 2017

Eighty-six lots of ceramics by Pablo Picasso come up for sale on April 10 in Sotheby’s annual dedicated auction in London.


Rodin turns heads in Paris and Pau

05 April 2017

With this year marking the centenary of the sculptor’s death, Auguste Rodin is much in the news. While the Grand Palais in Paris is marking the event with a major exhibition, Fraysse et Associés sold a 2ft 1in (64cm) high lifetime cast bronze figural group for €1.55m (£1.35m) at Drouot on March 22.


Show your metal

05 April 2017

Included among the objects section of many sales featuring oak and vernacular material there are often examples of early metalware.


International previews: Rome

05 April 2017

Included in the April 10 sale of Old Masters, antique furniture, ceramics and works of art that is part of Babuino’s sale series in Rome this month is this small painting by the early 17th century Flemish artist Roelant Savery.


International previews: Maine

05 April 2017

A highlight of James D Julia’s latest arms and militaria sale on April 11 is this rare Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund sword, one of 23 awarded to captains who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar.


Fettercairn Jewel returns to Scotland

05 April 2017

Enforcing its Scottish significance, a Renaissance gold pendant known as the Fettercairn Jewel has been bought by the National Museums Scotland.


International previews: Paris – St Ouen

01 April 2017

A grand suite of drawing room furniture that was commissioned from a 19th century Italian antique dealer and revivalist furniture designer for a Venetian palazzo, as part of a mid-19th century makeover, has been rediscovered by the Parisian dealer Marc Maison.


International previews: San Sebastián

01 April 2017

This 17th century Hispano Filipino sculpture of the dying Christ will feature in the next auction at Anteo Subastas in San Sebastián in Spain on April 25.


International previews: Stuttgart

01 April 2017

On March 30 Nagel in Stuttgart is devoting a specialist sale to modern and contemporary art from the collection of Roland Hänssel, who founded the art publishing house Manus Presse in 1961.


International previews: Paris

01 April 2017

Any item of African tribal art dating before the 19th century counts as a rarity, but the sculpture to be offered by Christie’s in Paris on April 4 is remarkable not only for its age but also its quality and prestigious provenance.


International previews: Zurich

01 April 2017

Balthasar Van der Ast (c.1593-1657) is considered by many to be one of the most important Dutch still-life painters of the 17th century.


Seven bestsellers from significant Scottish and Welsh house contents sales

30 March 2017

Just like buses, you wait a long time and then three significant house contents sales turn up at once. This week saw the auction of items from the Scottish families the Forbes of Pitsligo and the Earls and Marquesses of Lothian at Sotheby’s. This was followed the next day at Bonhams by the sale of the contents of Lord Harlech's Welsh family home Glyn Cywarch in Gwynedd. A selection of the highlights are pictured here:

Auguste Rodin’s l’Éternel Printemps

Auguste Rodin sculptures turn heads at Paris auctions

28 March 2017

Auguste Rodin is very much in the news at the moment. 2017 marks the centenary of the death of the French sculptor, who was the most famous exponent of the medium in his time, and the Grand Palais in Paris is celebrating the event with a major exhibition.


Christie’s breaks an Asian art auction record

25 March 2017

A select sale of just 31 lots of Asian art assembled by a Japanese collector and his sons raised a recordbreaking $262.8m (£215.5m) at Christie’s New York on March 15. It made more in a single evening than any New York Asian sale series.

The SS Jerseymoor, a woodcut by Edward Wadsworth

International previews: Kaplan collection in Pennsylvania

25 March 2017

The diverse collection of Jeffrey M Kaplan is making various appearances under the hammer this spring.

Zeppelin by Ubelacker

International previews: Toys in New Jersey

25 March 2017

Past playthings by a host of famous vintage toy manufacturers will feature in the next Signature sale of Toys and Trains held by the specialist auction house Bertoia in Vineland, New Jersey, on March 25.

English bracket clock

International previews: Horology in Massachusetts

25 March 2017

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts, auction house Fontaine’s has a track record of selling good examples of horology and has achieved some very high prices recently for elaborate English clocks made for the Chinese market.

A Chinese Kangxi period triple gourd vase that once belonged to the financier JP Morgan estimated at

International previews: Chinese works of art in Texas

25 March 2017

A Chinese Kangxi period triple gourd vase that once belonged to the financier JP Morgan will feature as one of the highlights in Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Asian Art sale in Dallas on April 2.

April by Maurice Denis

International previews: Maurice Denis painting in Vannes

25 March 2017

This large, 6ft (1.8m) diameter circular oil on canvas, 'April' is the work of the Nabis painter Maurice Denis. It is one of three ceiling panels commissioned from the artist by the musician Ernest Chausson for his Parisian town house between 1894 and 1899.