Buffet treats keenly contested at Drouot

22 May 2023

Art from the collection of Christine Poirot-Delpech was the object of a sell-out single-owner sale at Art Valorem (28.8% buyer’s premium inc tax) at Drouot on April 6.


Gorky work from late on

22 May 2023

This late untitled drawing by Arshile Gorky (1904-48) in pencil and crayon on paper was the highlight of a sale of Modern and Contemporary paintings held by Digard (25/20/14% buyer’s premium) on March 28 at Drouot in Paris.


Morandi keeps it simple

22 May 2023

A classic pale pastel toned still-life by Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) is one of the headline lots in a two-day sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at Farsettiarte in Prato in Italy on May 26-27.


Monochrome marvels at Paris sale

22 May 2023

Artcurial has two days of sales devoted to Impressionist and Modern and Postwar and Contemporary art in Paris on June 7-8.


Work by metal worker Wesselmann emerges in Munich

22 May 2023

The composition and use of colour make 'Monica nude with Lichtenstein', which is being sold by Ketterer Kunst in Munich on June 9, instantly recognisable as a work by American pop-artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004).


Van Dongen visits the beach

22 May 2023

This Normandy beach scene by Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968) from c.1948-49 will be offered for sale by Gros & Delettrez at Drouot in Paris on June 20.


Christo Reichstag wrap study on offer

22 May 2023

The artist couple Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) were obviously in equal measure creative, determined and patient.


Rare Hodgkin appearance in Germany

22 May 2023

It is a rare event when a painting by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) turns up at a German auction, but on June 5, Van Ham can offer his 1996 painting Miami in its Modern and Contemporary sale.


The incredible story of Aristophil

08 May 2023

Involving a string of spectacular works, the saga of the collapsed French firm is worth a novel itself


Flora proved to be a triumph approved by the French emperor

08 May 2023

Disputed sculpture was given the thumbs-up by the French emperor and then greatly admired


Famed fables on offer

08 May 2023

An early 16th century illustrated edition Aesop was the highlight of an auction of books held by Giquello & Associes (25/20.5/17% buyer’s premium) in Paris on April 14.


Mum’s the work for artist Nam Son

08 May 2023

Colonial French-influenced Vietnamese painting continues to be a strong market performer with examples regularly turning up in French auctions and making significant sums.


Picabia combined Fang and females

08 May 2023

This drawing by the Surrealist artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) had several interesting associations in its provenance.


Robespierre to Danton correspondence sold at Osenat

08 May 2023

A rare souvenir, an example of correspondence between two key figures in the French Revolution, was one of the highlights of a sale held by Osenat (25% buyer’s premium) in Versailles on March 12.


Chase over for first hunting book to be illustrated with photographs

08 May 2023

A library of works relating to hunting, horseriding and dogs assembled over a 40-year period by a hunting historian, the Comte d’Orglandes, went under the hammer on April 12 at Deloys (22% buyer’s premium inc tax) in Angers, part of the Ivoire group.


Well-preserved 18th century costumes fit the bill

08 May 2023

A section of period costume and textiles that featured in a general sale at Thierry de Maigret (24% buyer’s premium) on March 24 produced some notable results for several well-preserved examples of 18th century costume.


Fuseli study takes six-figure sum in Paris

08 May 2023

This work by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) is a study for the figure of a kneeling figure of Caractacus’ daughter in the artist’s painting 'Caractacus’ speech before Claudius'.


All the ingredients of a useful guide

08 May 2023

François Pierre de la Varenne (1618-78) is the chef credited with bringing French cuisine into the modern era.


Big price for miniature work at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr

08 May 2023

The first 90 or so lots in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) sale of Islamic and Indian Art held in Paris on April 6 were the property of a Royal collection.


Coral from the coast of Sicily

01 May 2023

Since the 12th century the Sicilian town of Trapani has been closely connected to the art of coral carving. Thanks to the invention of a particular tool, ideally suited to the material, in the 16th century, the industry thrived.