Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks

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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.

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Padlocks secure high prices

25 March 2019

Two iron padlocks caught the eye of numerous bidders at the February 28 sale at Wendl (18% buyer’s premium) in Rudolstadt.

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PREVIEW: Freiburg – Peege

25 March 2019

Through his numerous inventions, the Parisian craftsman Julien Leroy (1686-1759) is credited with revitalising the art of clock and watch making in the French capital and throughout the country.

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PREVIEW: Cologne - Auction Team Breker

25 March 2019

Contrary to popular opinion, the name of the Rock-Ola company of Chicago, which became famous for the production of distinctive jukeboxes, has no connection to rock ’n’ roll. It is in fact a fortuitous coincidence that the firm’s founder was actually called David Cullen Rockola.

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Bust stands proud in saleroom

25 March 2019

Early 20th century Italian sculpture attracts six-figure result in German auction house.

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Mirror on offer in Stuttgart is looking good in ornate gilt frame

11 February 2019

Among the many decorative works of art in Nagel’s sale in Stuttgart on February 27-28 is this 3ft 8in (1.12m) high mirror in an ornately carved gilt frame.

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Ron Arad Rover seats roar into Munich saleroom

11 February 2019

In the early 1980s the London-based designer Ron Arad experimented with new forms of industrial design, incorporating materials that would otherwise have been discarded.

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Sigmund Freud portrait to be analysed by Vienna auction bidders

11 February 2019

Among the prominent sitters for the Austrian artist Wilhelm Viktor Krausz (1878-1959) was Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.

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Thonet furniture takes mixed response at Cologne auction

11 February 2019

Comprehensive collection amassed over 30 years attracts very choosy buyers at auction.

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Expressionist work by Kirchner tops list at Berlin auction

07 January 2019

Topping the results list at a recent sale at Grisebach (30/25/20% buyer’s premium) in Berlin was a work by the German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner that was created on island in the Baltic.

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Price of Robert Capa’s 'Falling Soldier' photograph rises high

07 January 2019

One of the most iconic photographic images of war came under the hammer at a recent Westlicht (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Vienna.

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Eight bidders show flower power

07 January 2019

Eight determined bidders were on hand when Karl & Faber (25% buyer’s premium) sold a floral still-life by Nicolaes van Veerendael (1640-91) at auction in Munich.