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Asian buyers compete for works from European collections in German and Austrian specialist auctions

15 July 2019

Far and away the highest result for an Asian work of art in recent sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the spectacular price of SFr4.2m (£3.3m) achieved by Koller in Zurich for a Chinese bronze censer (see front page, ATG No 2397).

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Historic city Bamberg hosts 24th dealer exhibition event

15 July 2019

Since the late 1880s, opera fans have braved the often intense heat of the summer to visit the Wagner festival in Bayreuth.

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Ground hero: mortars from Schwarzach collection impress at Cologne auction

01 July 2019

Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale devoted to the Schwarzach Collection of mortars, which is thought to be the most extensive of its type in Europe, if not worldwide.

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Hamburg sale is a books best

01 July 2019

Running up a total of over €2m on 600 lots, a smaller number than usual, the May 27 sale held by Ketterer Kunst (23/21% buyer’s premium) in Hamburg produced the book department’s best-ever results.

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Classic Venetian views in German auction

01 July 2019

Views of Venice figure prominently in a collection of 42 Old Master drawings from the 18th century, being sold by Metz in Heidelberg on July 20.

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Lady's pistols made in Birmingham offered in Freiburg

01 July 2019

From the 18th century onwards, the city of Birmingham was a major centre of the British gun-making industry.

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Go fishing for tribal art in Landshut auction

01 July 2019

Numerous tribes inhabit the Cross River state of south-eastern Nigeria, close to the border with Cameroon. Animals of many kinds play a major part in the myths and religions of the area.

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Astronomical works on comets and the planet Saturn achieve high sums in German sale

17 June 2019

Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German auction.

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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Art Nouveau jardinière design not seen since 1904 re-emerges at German auction

03 June 2019

Ceramics are a major focus of this report on sales from Germany. The selection of highlights and unusual pieces ranges from early 19th century products of the Vienna factory via Art Nouveau creations and 1920s Soviet-era porcelain to works by famed 20th century Studio potters.

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Three lots coming up in German salerooms this month

03 June 2019

Three potential highlights from German auctions at Van Ham in Cologne, Quittenbaum in Munich and Wendl in Rudolstadt.

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Münter oils impress in Stuttgart sale

03 June 2019

Five oil paintings by the German artist Gabriele Münter, long-time companion and partner of Wassily Kandinsky, were very much at the centre of the action on May 8 in Stuttgart when Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) sold Modern and Contemporary art.

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Early typewriter pushes all the right buttons at German auction

27 May 2019

An example of the first commercially produced typewriter – one of only five in private hands – has sold for €100,000 at auction in Germany.

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Well-preserved example of the improved Second World War coding machine is up for sale

20 May 2019

Codes are there to be broken, as the Second World War British team at Bletchley Park proved by cracking the German Enigma machines.

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Le Corbusier designs a tour de force

13 May 2019

The pictorial spread and designer binding shown here feature in a work by the celebrated French-Swiss architect and designer, Le Corbusier.

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Monk into the swim of things at German saleroom

06 May 2019

Bought by a German collector for €115,000 (£99,140) at an auction in Cologne, a 15th century illustrated account of 'Leben der Heiligen Altväter', or ‘Lives of the Holy Fathers’, was a great rarity.

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Flintlock pistols marked London hail from the Balkans

29 April 2019

The inscription London on the barrels of this pair of 19th century, silver-mounted flintlock pistols is entirely spurious.

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Watch takes inspiration from play that became an opera

29 April 2019

The chain of artistic influences that led to the decoration of a gold-enamel watch made by John Kenable of Frith Street in London in c.1800 can be traced back to 1766.

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Traditional Russian drinking vessel served up at auction

29 April 2019

Russian works of art are coming up for sale at Dr Fischer in Heilbronn on May 17.

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Russian collectors likely to keep an eye on Roubaud

29 April 2019

The painter Franz Roubaud (1856-1928) was born in Odessa of French parents and studied painting at the local academy and for several years in Munich. He made a name for himself with huge panoramic paintings and battle scenes.