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Pick of the week: Dürer medal to honour emperor

14 October 2019

Albrecht Dürer’s medal dedicated to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, is among the most important medals of the Northern Renaissance. As only four are known to commerce, the appearance of one for sale is significant.

British and Irish book auctions: October 15-25, 2019

14 October 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from October 15-25, 2019.

Benjamin Zix sketch

Louvre buys sketches showing Napoleon’s seizure of art during Prussian campaign

08 October 2019

A group of drawings and a sketchbook compiled by an artist assigned to Napoleon’s campaigns in Prussia and Poland in 1806-7 has been secured by the Louvre at a Toulouse auction.

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Rare at auction: Hamdi Bey work

07 October 2019

Since 1984, only about 20 paintings by the Turkish artist Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) have come on the auction market and many of his best-known works are in international museums.

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Pendulum pioneers

07 October 2019

In 1657, the 10-year-old Dutch orphan Christiaan Reijnaert was apprenticed to clockmaker Salomon Coster in The Hague. It was a momentous time for Coster: he is credited with building the first pendulum clock, incorporating the invention by Christian Huygens.

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Raise a glass to two big Munich fairs on in same month as the huge beer fest

07 October 2019

Autumn in Munich means different things to different people. For several million visitors the high point of the year is the Oktoberfest. For several thousand the main attraction is two art and antiques fairs that run more or less concurrently.

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Lalique table lamp

07 October 2019

Munich auction house Quittenbaum is holding a specialist sale of works by René Lalique on November 12. One of the eye-catchers is an 11in (27cm) high table lamp with a bronze base, engraved with peacocks, and the opalescent figure of a naked young woman holding a translucent drape in her outstretched arms.

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Bible from 1462 on offer

07 October 2019

The most famous book from the first years of printing using moveable type is the Bible produced by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz in the mid-1450s, but in Hamburg on November 25 Ketterer Kunst will be offering another very rare and early Bible.

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Accomplished still-life painter

07 October 2019

Emilie Preyer (1849-1930) obviously learnt a lot from her father Johann Wilhelm Preyer, one of the most famous still-life painters in the Düsseldorf School in the late 19th century.

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More from Munich: the Neumeister Collection

07 October 2019

Over three days, from October 22-24, Neumeister in Munich is holding a very special sale. Katrin Stoll, the daughter of Rudolf Neumeister (1925-2017), who took over the running of the firm in 2008, and her team will be selling her father’s extensive private collection.

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German goblet collection

07 October 2019

Forty years ago, Dr Jürgen Fischer held his first auction in Heilbronn which was devoted solely to glass. Since then it has been the main, but not exclusive, focus of the house.

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Moveable type used for fourth time

07 October 2019

A work printed by Johannes Fust and Peter Schöffer will be offered for sale this month in Königstein, as part of Reiss & Sohn’s October 29-31 series of book, map, manuscript, photograph and print sales.

Lavery painting

Missing painting by John Lavery discovered by Dublin auctioneer Whyte's

04 October 2019

A painting by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) consigned to Irish auctioneer Whyte’s by a man in Lancashire, has been identified as having been stolen 25 years ago from a British public school.

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A sleeper spotted beneath the Neapolitan dirt

30 September 2019

Despite surface dirt and other condition issues, a painting of Naples drew a dramatic bidding competition at a recent auction in Rome.

British and Irish book auctions: October 1-15, 2019

30 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

Cimabue art

Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen to be auctioned in France estimated at €4m-6m

24 September 2019

A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.

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Contents of home of Suffragette and artist comes to auction in Ireland

24 September 2019

Items that once belonged to Suffragette and artist Norah Lyle-Smyth (1874-1963) will be offered at an auction in the former See House or ‘Bishop’s Palace’ in Kilmore, County Cavan.

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The Bauhaus influence on show at Heidelberg sale

23 September 2019

Even though the Bauhaus design school was forcibly closed in 1933, its influence continues to this day.

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Calculating a fortune in Cologne

23 September 2019

On October 12 Auction Team Breker in Cologne is holding a sale dedicated to antique office equipment. Among the distinctive pieces on offer is this Arithmomètre from 1865 guided at €3000-5000.

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Mengelberg’s Last Supper appears at Stuttgart auction

23 September 2019

Traditionally, many 19th century painters copied famous works by the Old Masters as part of their artistic training.

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