Latest News Articles by Anne Crane


Paris auction reveals another side to the talented Emile Zola

18 December 2017

The photographic archive of Emile Zola (1840-1902) was offered by Artcurial (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on December 4 with over 90% of the 75 lots changing hands.


Saucy stonework shows sex sells

18 December 2017

Haute Epoque, the French term given to early, largely pre-Renaissance, works of art, especially sculpture, featured in several Parisian sales in the winter high season.


Lalique in the limelight

18 December 2017

René Lalique’s jewellery showing his characteristic but highly distinctive interpretation of Art Nouveau finds plenty of keen fans.


Crib scenes set to bring seasonal cheer at Paris auction

18 December 2017

Realistically modelled crib figures are a particular speciality of southern European countries – the Santons of Provence being one well-known example. Another is the famous presepe figures from Naples.

The Holy Family by Nicholas Poussin

Nicholas Poussin’s Holy Family owned by Lucien Bonaparte comes back to the market at Paris auction

13 December 2017

A painting by the 17th century French master Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665) that once belonged to Lucien Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoleon, is a highlight of an Old Master paintings auction being held by Tajan in Paris.


Boxer Rebellion link backs soapstone sale

11 December 2017

Two Qing soapstone seals sold to a Chinese bidder for Dkr1.1m (£130,640), around 100 times their estimate, at Bruun Rasmussen (24 % buyer’s premium) in Copenhagen on November 29.


Raise your glasses to the Kaplan collection sold at auction

11 December 2017

A full saleroom and a sell-out are not necessarily features you associate with traditional fields such as English drinking glasses but there are always exceptions.


Early German tinplate cars appear at Pennsylvania auction

11 December 2017

A two-day sale to be staged by Morphy auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania on December 16-17 offers almost 1000 lots of antique and vintage toys, juvenilia and ephemera.


Richly decorated Chinese screen emerges at Paris auction

11 December 2017

December is traditionally a month when Paris focuses attention on sales of Asian art, with auctions in the rooms across the city and at the Drouot centre.


Carved Song dynasty figure offered at Hotel Drouot auction

11 December 2017

This carved wooden figure of Guanyin dating to the Song dynasty (900-1279 AD) will be the headline entry of the Asian art sale to be held by Leclère at Drouot on December 16.


Clouet record sealed by French royal approval

04 December 2017

A red and black chalk portrait of a Renaissance French prince soared to a multi-estimate price of €810,000 (£736,365) when it went under the hammer in Monaco last month.


Museums home in on Claudel works

04 December 2017

Plaudits were deserved in Paris on November 27 for Camille Claudel (1864-1943) when Artcurial’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) dedicated sale of 20 of the sculptor’s works were offered direct from her family.


Trio of Madrid auction previews

04 December 2017

Paintings and an unusual form of 17th century entertainment are potential highlights at three Madrid suctions.

Emile Zola photograph

Wholesale evidence of Emile Zola’s photography talent offered at Paris auction

01 December 2017

Famed as a prolific author, art critic, and champion of French Impressionism, Emile Zola (1840-1902) had yet another string to his bow. He was, it transpires, an early adopter of the art of photography and a keen practitioner.

Man Ray

Flash sales: Paris Photo joined by photograph auctions in France

17 November 2017

Le Mois de la Photo in Paris celebrated the art of photography with the city’s annual fair Paris Photo at the Grand Palais from November 9-12 plus a slew of accompanying photograph auctions.

Palais Brongniart

Fanfare for Fine Arts Paris as five thousand visit new fair

16 November 2017

Five thousand visitors attended Fine Arts Paris, the new fair devoted to the disciplines of painting, drawing and sculpture held in the French capital at the Palais Brongniart from November 8-12.


French design fits the zeitgeist at Paris auction

13 November 2017

A sale devoted to pieces by French designers and held in the French capital proved to be a winning formula for Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) latest auction in this category on October 31.


Nobel gold medal awarded to British scientist Cyril Hinshelwood up at auction in California

13 November 2017

A Nobel prize-winner’s gold medal awarded to a British scientist is to go under the hammer in Hollywood as part of Julien’s Auctions sale on November 17.


Rediscovered Sebastien Bourdon oil painting features in Marseille sale

13 November 2017

A newly discovered, hitherto unpublished painting by the French master Sebastien Bourdon is coming up for auction in Marseille at Maison R&C on November 16.


Comic book characters raise a chuckle in Ohio

13 November 2017

A 700-lot sale devoted entirely to one single-owner collection of comic book character artefacts is to be offered on November 18 by Milestone Auctions of Willoughby, Ohio.