Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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Art Nouveau jardinière design not seen since 1904 re-emerges at German auction

03 June 2019

Ceramics are a major focus of this report on sales from Germany. The selection of highlights and unusual pieces ranges from early 19th century products of the Vienna factory via Art Nouveau creations and 1920s Soviet-era porcelain to works by famed 20th century Studio potters.

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Three lots coming up in German salerooms this month

03 June 2019

Three potential highlights from German auctions at Van Ham in Cologne, Quittenbaum in Munich and Wendl in Rudolstadt.

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Münter oils impress in Stuttgart sale

03 June 2019

Five oil paintings by the German artist Gabriele Münter, long-time companion and partner of Wassily Kandinsky, were very much at the centre of the action on May 8 in Stuttgart when Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) sold Modern and Contemporary art.

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Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries

27 May 2019

The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.

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Flintlock pistols marked London hail from the Balkans

29 April 2019

The inscription London on the barrels of this pair of 19th century, silver-mounted flintlock pistols is entirely spurious.

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Watch takes inspiration from play that became an opera

29 April 2019

The chain of artistic influences that led to the decoration of a gold-enamel watch made by John Kenable of Frith Street in London in c.1800 can be traced back to 1766.

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Traditional Russian drinking vessel served up at auction

29 April 2019

Russian works of art are coming up for sale at Dr Fischer in Heilbronn on May 17.

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Russian collectors likely to keep an eye on Roubaud

29 April 2019

The painter Franz Roubaud (1856-1928) was born in Odessa of French parents and studied painting at the local academy and for several years in Munich. He made a name for himself with huge panoramic paintings and battle scenes.

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Raise a glass to a Mozart note

29 April 2019

Short message to a ‘true friend’ after opera debut appearance sells at Berlin auction house.

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Marvellous Meissen collection includes Kaendler cockerel

29 April 2019

It is thought that the prestigious Meissen designer Johann Joachim Kaendler drew the inspiration for his teapot in the form of a reclining cockerel from a Chinese model he found in the royal collection in Dresden.

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Blunt portrayals bring sharp bidding in Munich

29 April 2019

The German artist Heinrich Zille (1858-1929) was known for his caricatures and humorous and sometimes very blunt portrayals of the lower classes and demi-monde in Berlin around the beginning of the 20th century: his so-called milieu-studies.

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Cologne saleroom offers 115 bronze mortars from collection

29 April 2019

On May 17, Cologne auction house Lempertz is selling 115 bronze mortars from the 8th-18th centuries.

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Madonna and Minerva sculptures stand out in Vienna sale

29 April 2019

Two highly different examples of sculptural art caused the greatest stir at the sale of works of art at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on April 8-10. First up was the 3ft 5in (1.05m) high lime-wood sculpture of the Madonna with Child, flanked by two angels.

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Lucie Rie bowl among strong selection of modern British ceramics

29 April 2019

Modern British ceramics are rarely offered by German auction houses. Among the notable exceptions is the Kunst & Design Auktionshaus Schops Turowski, based in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Stamp denotes Parisian origin

29 April 2019

This highly elaborate chest of drawers decorated in boulle marquetry technique with a variety of different figural and foliate motifs featured in the furniture session of a sale at Hampel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Munich on March 28.

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Bidders suspect an Italian hand at work

29 April 2019

As a rule, Lempertz (24/20% buyer’s premium) in Cologne always opens its spring season with a sale of moderately priced Old Master and 19th century paintings.

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Casket was born in Bethlehem

29 April 2019

The extensive spring sale at Schuler (20/18.6/16.6% buyer’s premium) in Zurich lasted from March 18-22. The results were as varied as the works of art on offer.

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Napoleon bronze commands high price in Zurich auction

29 April 2019

The biggest surprise at the sale of works of art at Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich on March 28 was the result for a bronze figure by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (1815-91).

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Big money emerges for Hamburg coin

25 March 2019

A very rare gold coin took top honours at the auction held by Künker (23% buyer’s premium) in Berlin on January 31.

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PREVIEW: Vienna – Dorotheum

25 March 2019

Almost 140 carpets and weaves which illustrate the differing designs of the individual tribes that make up the people of Turkmenistan are to be offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 9.