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Pocket chronometer was Breguet built, Humboldt owned

18 December 2023

The combination of a pre-eminent maker and a perfect provenance made a late 18th century pocket chronometer one of the most sought-after pieces at Dr Crott (25% buyer’s premium) in Mannheim on November 18.

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Prince’s driving passion for railway building

18 December 2023

By all accounts, the Bulgarian prince and later Tsar Ferdinand I was a passionate railway enthusiast.

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Tempting connection to Turner

18 December 2023

A private collector in London had his work cut out to secure a painting on offer for €2000-3000 at Nagel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart.

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Servant portrait shows respect

18 December 2023

When it was last on public view, at a Berlin exhibition in 1981, the Portrait of a Black Courtier was attributed to the early 18th century Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne.

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Story behind mother of Salome once attributed to Rubens

18 December 2023

Once believed to be by Rubens, work hidden away during the war is now thought to be a copy by a pupil

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The Sale sells at shock €70,000

18 December 2023

The biggest surprise of Wendl’s (21% buyer’s premium) extensive general sale in Rudolstadt on October 25-28 was the seemingly never-ending exchange of bids for an early 18th century Old Master which had a starting price of €900.

Caspar David Friedrich sketchbook

Romantic painter Friedrich’s sketchbook emerges in saleroom as a rare survivor

11 December 2023

Without doubt, the sensation of the German auction season was the emergence of a sketchbook belonging to the German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich at Grisebach (32/27% buyer’s premium) in Berlin.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cabinets

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.

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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.

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‘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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 thesaleroom.com.

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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.