Multiple attractions of Boetti

06 November 2023

The textile works by Alighiero Boetti are instantly recognisable with their often geometric designs and brightly coloured embroidery.


Klapheck gets on his bike

06 November 2023

Konrad Klapheck, who died at the end of July aged 88, was a pioneer of German pop art and is credited with the invention of so-called Machine Paintings.


Pierre Soulages in a dark mood (again): two previews

06 November 2023

The career of the French artist Pierre Soulages spanned over 80 years. He died in 2022 at the age of 102.


Lauterer landscape returns to home turf

23 October 2023

Art Recovery International has assisted in the return of a painting missing from Germany since the Second World War.


Pick of the week: Cabinets hint at Grendey grandeur

09 October 2023

A spectacular pair of English giltwood and lacquer cabinets emerged for sale in Germany.


Go into reverse gear to collect

09 October 2023

For many decades, Wolfgang Steiner and his wife Gisela have devoted their collecting passion towards verre églomisé, the art of reverse-painting on glass.


‘Ornamental genius’ Peche proves popular 100 years after his death

09 October 2023

Wiener Werkstätte designer died aged just 36 but still produced an extensive range in various materials


King Louis XV portrait copies became lucrative

09 October 2023

The French portrait painter Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745) received numerous commissions from European royal families and aristocrats.


Traditional highlights to be found in Munich art fair

09 October 2023

Now in its 14th year, the art fair Highlights is way past the status of a newcomer and has become an established up-market event in the autumn calendar.


Santi Corsi’s painting of paintings

09 October 2023

Long before the days of photo-realism, artists created remarkably accurate depictions of their subject matter.


Meissen spiced up by a Count Brühl commission

09 October 2023

Heinrich von Brühl was without doubt the most prominent patron of the porcelain manufacture in Meissen.


A cameo appearance for Art Nouveau

02 October 2023

A selection of French Art Nouveau glass coming up for sale at sales in the UK and Germany. Bidding is available via


Paolo Venini and Fulvio Bianconi: two titans of Italian post-war glass

02 October 2023

Inspired by Carlo Scarpa’s use of murrine glass in the 1930s and 1940s, Paolo Venini (1895-1959) designed a number of vessels in the 1950s that have become classics of post-war Italian design.


A taste of Martens’ Oriente

02 October 2023

This vase is by the Italian painter and glass artist Dino Martens (1894-1970).

Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma

Near-complete set of Piranesi’s views of Rome emerges in Germany

16 August 2023

A rare near complete copy of Piranesi’s ‘Vedute di Roma’ comes to auction in Germany this month.

Trabant military car

Museum of life in East Germany comes to auction

03 August 2023

The entire inventory of a museum devoted to life in East Germany will be auctioned by Historia Auctionata in Berlin on August 26.


Platter taken to 11 times estimate at German auction

24 July 2023

The sale at Düsseldorfer Auktionshaus (25% buyer’s premium) on May 12 included this 22in (57cm) diameter Russian carved wood ‘bread and salt’ dish.


Asian buyers battle at auction for relics of their regions

24 July 2023

Recent sales of Asian art achieved some memorable prices, paid not surprisingly by Asian buyers.


Peter, Pietro or Pieter makes his name

24 July 2023

An early 17th century pen and ink drawing of Euterpe, the muse of lyrical music, caused the biggest surprise at Karl & Faber (27% buyer’s premium).


Big expression of interest as overseas buyers compete at German auctions

17 July 2023

International collectors invested considerable sums in the Expressionist paintings on offer at German sales over the last few weeks.