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Alma-Tadema-designed bracelet

Snake armlet designed by Alma-Tadema slithers for sale

04 March 2024

This gem-set gold snake armlet, a gift from the celebrated Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) to his second wife Laura Epps (1852-1909), will take centre stage on the stand of London jeweller Wartski at TEFAF Maastricht.

Picasso designed chair

Chair prices propelled higher thanks to Picasso

04 March 2024

A Parisian sale titled Pablo Picasso and his Friends staged at Piasa in France on February 15 included a series of artworks to which the great man had contributed in some way.

TEFAF Maastricht 2023

TEFAF shakes up vetting committees

04 March 2024

Ahead of the 37th edition of TEFAF Maastricht the organisation has streamlined its Old Masters vetting committees.

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Omega watches by Andrew Grima are bang on time

04 March 2024

At the peak of his fame, the Anglo-Italian jewellery designer Andrew Grima was invited by Omega to create what would become the About Time collection.

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TEFAF Maastricht focus: Charles Ede and Sean Kelly

04 March 2024

Antiquities specialists Charles Ede of London and Contemporary New York gallery Sean Kelly share a stand at TEFAF Maastricht’s inaugural Focus section, which is aimed at presenting complementary works from different artists and disciplines.

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TEFAF launches its new focus

04 March 2024

Our preview of the upcoming Maastricht fair which includes a new section to promote cross-collecting

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Art Deco-era vanity cases highly sought by contemporary collectors

04 March 2024

Legend has it that Charles Arpels (of Van Cleef & Arpels fame) saw a lady friend stashing her lipstick and other cosmetics in an ordinary cigarette tin for a trip out on the town.

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TEFAF Maastricht Showcase: Tommaso Calabro

04 March 2024

Despite specialising in Modern art, Tommaso Calabro hopes to snag some Old Master collectors at his first TEFAF.

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Gallé’s special bowl could sell for a special price

26 February 2024

In 1903, only one year before his death, Emile Gallé was commissioned by the Belgian company Solvay et Cie with the creation of a bowl to mark the 30th anniversary of its factory in Dombasle.

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On a wing and a prayer at a Swiss saleroom

26 February 2024

One of the earliest pieces in the auction of works of art at Koller in Zürich on March 21 is a copper and enamel figure of a dove.

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Italian design takes centre stage in German auction

26 February 2024

Italian design is in the spotlight at Quittenbaum in Munich on March 19.

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Fuseli fantasies on offer in Basel saleroom

26 February 2024

Paintings by the Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli, who was born in 1741 as Johann Heinrich Füssli, seldom make it to auction.

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Artist Kuhnert’s natural approach included shooting his animal subjects

26 February 2024

Many late 19th and early 20th century art collectors were entranced by Wilhelm Kuhnert’s (1865-1926) realistic portrayals of exotic animals in the wild.

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Tribal mask with mystery purpose

26 February 2024

Cologne auction house Lempertz (25% buyer’s premium) opened its auction year with a sale of African and Oceanic works of art in Brussels.

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Desperate dash for a proof coin to seal royal approval before king's death

26 February 2024

Soon after the Italian coin engraver Benedetto Pistrucci moved to England in 1815, he received a prestigious task from William Wellesley-Pole, the Master of the Mint. He was commissioned with the creation of a series of new gold coins for George III.

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Meissen vases produced by the workshop's top designer sell for nine times estimate

26 February 2024

Among the technically most complex pieces ever created in the porcelain manufacture in Meissen were the so-called 'Schneeballen-Vasen' (snowball vases).

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Paris sale celebrates tribal art from the Barbier-Mueller collecting dynasty

19 February 2024

The Barbier-Mueller family is well known as a collecting dynasty, especially for its ethnographic art.

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Dinner service belonged to famous French novelist George Sand

19 February 2024

A faience dinner service that belonged to the famous French novelist George Sand sold for €7000 (£5980) at the Rouillac (24% buyer’s premium inc tax) auction on February 10.

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Charles X portrait at nearly 10 times the estimate

19 February 2024

Portrait of monarch impresses as château of the Comtes de Marcellus delivers treasures to auction

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Chareau furniture includes chair style selected by famous clients

19 February 2024

An ensemble of modernist rosewood furniture by the designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950) is to be offered by Valoir Pousse-Cornet auction house.

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