ATG quotes of the week
This week’s quotes of the week.

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“Once we decided to buy a picture, we rarely missed it.”

Fine art consultant Maggy Williams who helped Joseph and Brenda Calihan form an impressive collection of mid-19th to the mid-20th century Irish art. Works from the collection have now been consigned to Sotheby’s sale in London on September 11.

“As a modern watchmaker, it is important to remember that clocks were the foundation of all the horological advancements which would eventually enable the development of the watch. Time starts with clocks, so no horologist or serious collector can ignore the importance of clocks and pocket-watches in our continued endeavour to accurately measure time.”

Watchmaker Roger Smith speaking ahead of the clock exhibition Innovation and Collaboration at Bonhams in London’s Bond Street from September 3-14.

“Dramatic images in many of her paintings such as the present work, Lucretia, derive from her own powerful experience of violence and its aftermath.”

Auction house Dorotheum ahead of the sale of painting Lucretia by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653). The oil on canvas is estimated at €500,000-700,000 during Dorotheum’s sale week on October 23-25.

“The bold design of Spain’s 1538 eight-Reales is highly symbolic. It signifies the end of the middle ages and establishes Spain’s powerful accomplishment of settling the New World.”

Cristiano Bierrenbach, executive vice president of international numismatics at Heritage Auctions on the sale of one of only three known examples of the eight-Reales silver coin struck in Mexico City in 1538. It fetched $440,000 (£343,750).

“Nevertheless, on board the Carpathia at least they were met with kindness by Ernest Brown – kindness they so valued they gave him an extravagant gift, the Asprey gold cigarette case.”

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, speaking ahead of the sale of a gold Asprey cigarette case given to Ernest Brown of the Titanic rescue ship Carpathia by survivors Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon. It will be auctioned on September 28.