Latest News Articles by Anne Crane

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Rare Boccaccio manuscript at Florence Biennale

18 September 2015

Florence’s longstanding Antiques Fair, the ‘Biennale Internationale dell’ Antiquariato di Firenze’, opens next week in the city’s 17th century Palazzo Corsini, running from September 26 to October 4.

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Parcours reaches ‘optimum’ size, says director

15 September 2015

The ‘Parcours des Mondes’, Paris’ annual tribal art trail, began last week in the Saint Germain quarter of the city.

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Bow tiny toy cup makes serious money in Yorkshire

04 September 2015

Size and value often have an inverse relationship in the antiques world where small can be beautiful.

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Dutko to join growing Mayfair design hub

24 August 2015

Mayfair’s growing status as a design hotspot has been underlined by the news that another Parisian Art Deco dealer and specialist will open a gallery there in early October. Jean-Jacques Dutko is taking space in Davies Street.

Dealer backs move to change US ivory trade ban

27 July 2015

A London dealer has welcomed a new wide-ranging bill aimed at amending the law passed in the US last year banning the commercial trade in elephant ivory.

Artcurial enhance Monaco presence

21 July 2015

Paris auction house Artcurial have formed a new subsidiary to conduct regular sales in Monaco.

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Chinese art blossoms in Paris salerooms

22 June 2015

Asian Art has blossomed in Paris this month. Items that combined quality, rarity and provenance generated fierce bidding at sales at Drouot and the various salerooms around the French capital.

Bonhams to embrace multi-discipline format for European antiques

03 June 2015

Bonhams are to launch a series of multi-disciplined sales for British and European decorative arts in their flagship New Bond Street rooms.

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Anthony Meyer: 35 years of pursuing my favourite type of art

01 June 2015

The tribal art dealer Anthony JP Meyer, who specialises in Oceanic art, has a gallery on the rue des Beaux Arts in the heart of Paris’ Left Bank dealer district. He is a regular at ‘TEFAF Maastricht’ and at the Paris tribal trail known as the ‘Parcours des Mondes’, which takes place in September. Here he discusses with Anne Crane of Antiques Trade Gazette how his interest in the field started, his views on collecting and the tribal market.

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Tiger of Mysore’s treasures return to auction with interest

28 April 2015

A key component of this spring’s series of Islamic auctions was Bonhams’ 30-lot consignment of objects relating to Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore.

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£1.56m purchase saves the Minton archive for Stoke

15 April 2015

After lengthy and complex negotiations, the paper archive of the Staffordshire pottery firm of Minton’s has been saved for the nation.

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Paris draws crowds to works on paper events

31 March 2015

Any drawings enthusiast visiting Paris last week would have been spoilt for choice.

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Handel manuscript emerges at Berlin auction

11 March 2015

Only one other major George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) manuscript has come up for auction in the last 40 years, so Stargardt in Berlin can be assured of an international audience for the extensive autograph work they will offer on March 24-25.

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Looking through the eye of the Impressionists’ champion

02 March 2015

Look back through the provenance of any major Impressionist work and the chances are it will have passed through the hands of Paul Durand-Ruel.

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Artcurial pass Christie’s in French auctions as Sotheby’s lead the field

03 February 2015

Strong sales of Modern and Contemporary art plus the Félix Marcilhac decorative arts collection helped propel Sotheby’s to the highest auction total in France in 2014, with sales figures of €213m.

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Major collection of baroque paintings comes to auction

21 January 2015

What has been billed as the most significant sale of French 17th and 18th century paintings for 20 years was announced earlier this month.

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Brussels Art Fair: the exhibitor’s view

13 January 2015

Now celebrating 60 years as a Belgian art and antiques fair, the Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA) obviously has staying power and many exhibitors make the return year on year to stand here. ATG’s Anne Crane asked one longstanding exhibitor, Francis Maere of Francis Maere Fine Arts from Brussels, why the event ticks all the boxes for him.

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World beater: de Vries at $24.75m

24 December 2014

More than half the receipts from Christie’s inaugural Exceptional sale in New York came from a single lot. And it was one with quite a history.

New Paris fair aims to plug ‘quality gap’

12 December 2014

The French National Antique Dealers’ Association (Syndicat National des Antiquaires), organisers of the long-running Paris ‘Biennale des Antiquaires’, have decided to mount an additional new annual fair for the French capital – the first to be held next spring.

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Where did you get that €1.5m hat?

26 November 2014

Arguably the most famous historic figure in French history and a princely provenance proved an irresistible combination earlier this month in France when a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia formed by the Grimaldi dynasty of Monaco went under the hammer.