Latest News Articles by Jonathan Franks
Mystery chess set gets bidders on board27 September 2021
A handful of collectors joined the competition when Mehlis (23% buyer’s premium) in Plauen offered a 19th century ivory and ebony chess set.
Brueghel’s ‘own view’ of everyday Dutch rural life27 September 2021
Numerous international bidders set their sights on a tondo by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638).
Lion sculptures and corkscrews among eclectic delights at German auction27 September 2021
An eclectic mixture of works from the vast collection of the multi-talented German artist Charles Crodel formed a substantial part of a Hamburg auction.
Munich fair switches from summer to autumn27 September 2021
The stage was set for the 12th edition of Highlights in Munich at the beginning of July, but at short notice the local authorities prevented the event from going ahead, due to concerns about Covid.
Four seasons in rock crystal form27 September 2021
One of the unusual lots in the glass sale at Dr Fischer in Heilbronn on October 16 is a mid-17th century wooden casket, the sides and top panel of which are fitted with engraved rock crystal panels.
Rome inspiration for Klinkosch's boxes27 September 2021
For most of the second half of the 19th century the Viennese silversmith Josef Carl Klinkosch produced all types of silverware and objects of vertu.
Ornate work of clockmaker Lévy Frères emerges in German sale27 September 2021
From the middle of the 19th century, Parisian clockmaker Lévy Frères, which had established a workshop in the late 1820s, was a highly successful manufacturer of timepieces in the neo-rococo style.
Work by French artist Jacques Villeglé on offer in Berlin27 September 2021
Born in 1926 as Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé, the French artist Jacques Villeglé has had a long and varied career.
Belgian buyers out in force as dealer's collection comes up for sale09 August 2021
Despite a disappointing selling rate, dealer’s collection included notable results
Slashed and rejected canvas now worth €120,00009 August 2021
If Marie Bashkirtseff had her way, the portrait she painted of her cousin in the late 1870s would never have survived, let alone made it to auction.
Warhol flowers bloom in German saleroom09 August 2021
Over many years, Helga and Walther Lauffs collected American and European art from the 1960s-70s.
Pocket globes point to Bavarian event09 August 2021
The organisers of the Bamberger Kunst-und Antiquitätenwochen (art and antiques weeks), which run until August 22, thought long and hard about whether to hold this year’s event in light of the pandemic.
Carpet weaves Genovese families link09 August 2021
An unusual feature of a large fragment of an Ushak carpet which was sold by Rippon Boswell (24% buyer’s premium) in Wiesbaden on May 29 was the alliance coat of arms of two powerful Genovese aristocratic families, the Doria and the Centurione, in the top corner.
El Divino painting draws international bidders and sells 60-times over estimate in Stuttgart sale09 August 2021
Nagel (25% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart underestimated the international interest for a 16th century painting of Christ Carrying the Cross.
Timekeepers from two centuries apart sell in Vienna auction09 August 2021
Two very different timekeepers came up for sale at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on July 6-8.
Meissen plaque catches the eye after being offered without reserve09 August 2021
This large 19th century Meissen plaque with an allegory of summer caught the eye of numerous bidders at Metz (25% buyer’s premium).
Painting in German collection now confirmed as work by Italian artist Spada28 June 2021
For over a century, a 5ft x 6ft 4in (1.52 x 1.93m) painting of Samson and Delilah had slumbered as the work of an unknown Italian artist in a German private collection.
Oak chair designed by Hoffmann for Klimt's studio appears at Vienna sale28 June 2021
At the beginning of the 20th century, Gustav Klimt was without doubt the most famous Austrian painter, and Josef Hoffmann the most renowned designer and architect.
Icon overpainting fails to deter bids28 June 2021
Determined international bidders knew exactly what they were looking for at a sale of icons and Russian works of art held by Dr Fischer (28% buyer’s premium) in Heilbronn.
How De Stijl shaped Schmidt’s ideas28 June 2021
In 1922, Theo van Doesburg, gave a course at the Bauhaus in Weimar, devoted to the artists’ group De Stijl he had co-founded some five years before.