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Nagel to offer Johann Heinrich von Dannecker terracotta model for clock case

08 June 2020

In his day, Johann Heinrich von Dannecker was one of the most prominent German Neoclassical sculptors. He was born as the son of a stable-hand to the Duke of Württemberg, but went on to become the duke’s court sculptor.

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Freeform table flies past estimate to take €75,000

08 June 2020

A freeform table from the 1950s was the surprise winner at the design sale of Schops Turowski (23% buyer’s premium) in Krefeld on May 9.

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German collector wins battle for portrait of Johannes Draconites in Bavaria

08 June 2020

A portrait of a 16th century Protestant theologian and reformer surfaced at a sale at Ginhart (23% buyer’s premium) in Tegernsee, some 35 miles south of the Bavarian capital Munich.

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Rare phonograph ready to play in Cologne sale

08 June 2020

The Parisian clockmaker Henri Lioret (1848-1938) entered the market for ‘talking machines’ in an unconventional fashion – his first patented device of 1893 was a talking doll.

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Descendants win fight for justice for Carl Spitzweg painting

08 June 2020

Painting went through lengthy ownership saga before being returned to family and then sold.

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Bronze figures representing rivers by Bernini’s pupils bring strong bidding in Lower Saxony

08 June 2020

One of the central attractions in Rome is the Piazza Navona and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). It was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1650 at the behest of Pope Innocent X.

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Doing the bidding maths remotely

01 June 2020

Rare work on absolute geometry among highlights of mammoth German ‘lockdown’ sale

German imperial presentation box from Wilhelm II

German imperial snuff box and Banksy screenprint are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

22 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a German rococo revival snuff box which was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II to a loyal courtier that made five-times estimate.

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French auction houses reopen following Germany’s lead as lockdown eases across Europe

19 May 2020

Auction houses in France have been given the go-ahead to re-open this month after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chinese table clock combining Western and Oriental features offered at Hanover sale

11 May 2020

For centuries, China was a rewarding market for European clock and watchmakers who created extravagant timepieces for their Oriental clientele.

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Artist of reverse still life painting revealed in Munich sale

11 May 2020

Among the interesting lots sold at Scheublein (26% buyer’s premium), in Munich on April 24 (a sale originally scheduled for March 20), was a 'Still Life with Basket of Fruit and Flowers'.

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Danish collectors' eclectic items come to auction in Cologne

11 May 2020

Over nearly four decades, a collector in Copenhagen acquired works of art to furnish and decorate a patrician residence in the Danish capital. Part of his eclectic collection is on sale at Lempertz in Cologne on May 29-30.

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Canaletto influence lifts William James' Venetian scene

11 May 2020

Work thought to be by studio assistant is regarded as accessible alternative to famous master

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Musical box suitable for a big noise comes to auction

11 May 2020

As a rule, musical boxes, which were the favoured mode of reproducing music by mechanical means in the salons of Europe and the US during the 19th century, were more or less portable mechanisms.

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Collected by an anarchist and a librarian

11 May 2020

Top lot in a recent sale conducted by Galerie Bassenge (23% buyer’s premium) of Berlin, at €140,000 (£121,800), was a 1687 first issue of Newton’s 'Principia mathematica….'

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Teacher carved out career as a sculptor

11 May 2020

Anyone walking past the Palais de Chaillot in Paris may have noticed a large sculpture of an architect on the edifice of the north wing. It is the work of the French artist Jean-René Debarre who was born in 1907.

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Small piece of furniture attracts high level of interest at German auction

11 May 2020

Several surprising prices emerged at Geble (19% buyer’s premium) in Radolfzell on Lake Constance on April 25.

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Robe became magical prop in Paris before auction in Munich

11 May 2020

This late 19th century surcoat or longgua, finely embroidered in silk and gold thread with eight dragon roundels, was originally worn by a high-ranking woman at the Chinese Imperial court.

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Qwerty minded: typewriters tempt bidders in German sale

27 April 2020

Specialist auction house sells early versions hailing from the US

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From king to maharaja: Cartier watch with a British royal connection sells in Hamburg

20 April 2020

A luxurious watch with a British royal connection went under the hammer last month at Cortrie (20% buyer’s premium) in Hamburg.