Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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French marshal’s baton handed on to new owner after auction

16 October 2023

Relic belonging to French military hero sells in Versailles, with one of Napoleon’s bicorn hats still to come

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Jacobite drinking glasses toast Old and Young Pretenders to the throne

09 October 2023

Hot on the heels of just over 20 lots of 18th century Jacobite drinking glasses offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 16 (see ATG No 2607), more of these desirable items appeared at two other salerooms.

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Get into the ceramics groove: second slice of the Seymour Stein collection

02 October 2023

Collector who helped Madonna on road to stardom becomes the centre of attention in West Sussex saleroom

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It’s a small world: Cary pocket globes emerge in two sales

02 October 2023

Three-inch globes were mostly sold as pocket globes, typically as a terrestrial globe contained within a ray-skin case with the celestial gores for the heavens pasted inside.

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Intaglios in abundance at Edinburgh auction

02 October 2023

Grand Tour souvenirs often attract attention at auction and the buyer of this lot certainly got a sizeable helping for their money

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Beautiful bijin lady catches the eye on the Yorkshire coast

02 October 2023

This Japanese Imari bijin was made at the Imari kilns around 1690-1700. She wears a long kimono decorated with apple blossom and leafy branches.

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Antiquities lots turn heads in salerooms

25 September 2023

This carved marble portrait head of a youth shown here is Roman and comes from a tightly dated period of the 2nd century.

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Presentation sword cuts through complaints of bad conduct

25 September 2023

John Eamer was a wholesale grocer who dealt in sugar imported from the West Indies. His success led to him becoming Sheriff of London in 1794.

Sceptre

Pick of the week: Sceptre recalls story of a tragic emperor

18 September 2023

This intricate gold filigree and gemset sceptre was presented to Charlotte, Empress of Mexico, by the Mexican city of San Juan del Rio.

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Fragonard makes a sacrificial offering

18 September 2023

An oil on canvas by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) estimated at €4m-6m is billed as a highlight of the sale of Old Master and 19th century art to be held by Artcurial in Paris in November.

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Still-lifes and landscapes reflect the Dutch Golden Age

18 September 2023

Golden Age Dutch works in the form of still-lifes and landscapes will be on offer at Koller in Zurich in an auction of Old Masters on September 22.

Sèvres plates

Battle for lowly-estimated Empire period Sèvres plates

11 September 2023

A group of nine Empire period Sèvres porcelain plates were the object of keen interest when they came up for sale at Lockdales in Ipswich on August 31.

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Small cabinet full of decorative appeal

11 September 2023

A highly decorative example of Japanese lacquer provided one of the highlights of Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) July 15 summer sale.

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Summer series of Riviera sales sees Zrzavy works shine in Cannes

11 September 2023

Paintings by the prominent 20th century Czech artist Jan Zrzavy (1890-1977) were among the highlights during a recent sales series in the French Riviera.

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Hiroshige hauled out of a cupboard

11 September 2023

Discovered in a cupboard in a house in the Cévennes wrapped in newspaper dated 1937 were two albums containing a series of Japanese prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), one of the most sought-after Japanese woodblock print artists.

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Charles II casket could do with a bit of love

11 September 2023

Lawrences’ (30% buyer’s premium) summer sales series in Crewkerne included a Charles II period stumpwork casket.

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Capron creates tile-topped table

11 September 2023

Tajan is holding a sale of Modern and Contemporary Ceramics in Paris on September 19 timed to be on view during Paris Design Week which runs from September 7-16.

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Gustave Alaux has a ball in Saint-Domingue

11 September 2023

Gustave Alaux (1887-1965) was a French marine artist with a particular interest in historical naval scenes and vessels, often depicted in exotic settings such as the French colonies. He was appointed official painter to the navy in 1926.

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Silver groups ride into salerooms

04 September 2023

Three equestrian silver groups made by different London firms over the space of a century took centre stage in three separate sales in July.

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Carry off a smaller clock by maker of Big Ben fame

04 September 2023

Dent and Co is one of the bestknown names in English horology with a long history of precision clock and watch making.