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The mysterious bi-conical bottles

17 October 2022

From the late Middle Ages onwards, an unusual form of glass bottle appeared in many parts of continental Europe.

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Silver candlesticks linked to Prussian royal family spotted by eagle-eyed bidders

17 October 2022

On the first day of an auction held by Schloss Ahlden (26% buyer’s premium), a German collector with a passion for history saw off numerous dealers and collectors from home and abroad who had also trained their sights on a set of four silver candlesticks from the early 19th century.

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Terracotta figures set for €240 taken to €62,200

17 October 2022

There was obviously much more to a pair of 14 and 15in (35 and 37cm) terracotta figures offered at auction than the starting price of €240 suggested.

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Buying British abroad as rare coins emerge in Germany and Monaco

12 September 2022

Away from London, some exceptional coin sales coming up in Europe include a number of outstanding British issues.

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Natural history and Bible pioneers in Germany

12 September 2022

'Hortus sanitatis' (Gart der Gesundheit, Augsburg 1485), considered among the most important early works of natural history and one of the first scientific incunabula in a vernacular language, is on offer at Munich saleroom Ketterer Kunst on November 28.

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Menzel pops up in Hamburg thanks to joint drawing exhibition

05 September 2022

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art is staging a pop-up exhibition from September 13-October 7 of drawings by Adolph Menzel in Hamburg after an earlier staging was cut short by Covid restrictions.

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Stuttgart buyer wise to a Tibetan thangka

04 July 2022

A string of high prices way over estimates emerged at a recent Asian art sale held by Nagel (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart.

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Roman jewellery box on offer in Munich sale

04 July 2022

Almost two thousand years ago, a wealthy Roman woman would have kept her jewellery or trinkets in a cylindrical box, a so-called Pyxis. They were originally plain vessels, often made of pottery.

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Bamberg dealers back to business at this year's festival

04 July 2022

After the difficult years of the pandemic, the organisers of the Bamberger Antiquitätenwochen are hoping that this year’s event will mark a return to some form of normality.

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Die Brücke group works prove sought after among German Expressionist works at Munich auction

04 July 2022

Ketterer’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) recent evening sale in Munich got off to a perfect start.

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More to a Chinese plate than meets the eye

04 July 2022

A big surprise was in store for the owner of a Chinese lacquer plate consigned to Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Grasbrunn, just outside Munich.

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Lakshmi vendor prospers thanks to US collector's bidding

04 July 2022

A US collector went way over the odds to secure a 15th century southern Indian bronze that took top honours at the Asian art sale at Lempertz (26% buyer’s premium) in Cologne.

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Fifties Mercedes-Benz takes auction pole position

20 June 2022

The world record for a car sold at auction was broken last month when a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was hammered down for €135m (£112m) on May 5.

Racing chronograph

Pick of the week: Wheel time measured by real time machine

06 June 2022

By 1920, as a new era of aero-engined racing cars threatened to break the 100mph barrier, the emerging sport of motor racing required better and more precise time-keeping.

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Porcelain displays skills of a Polish master

06 June 2022

This Vienna porcelain tea bowl and saucer from the 1720s is painted en camaieu by Ignaz Preissler (1676-1741).

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An exceptional English chronometer auctioned in Hamburg

06 June 2022

This English deck chronometer is Molyneux No 1326 – made by the London maker Robert Molyneux in c.1830.

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Peacock chair struts to five figures

06 June 2022

Inspired by British Windsor chairs, the Danish designer Hans J Wegner created his so-called Peacock chair in 1947.

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Majorelle arrowhead table points to top-quality Art Nouveau

06 June 2022

The latter years of the 19th century and the first of the 20th marked the most productive era of the French designer Louis Majorelle.

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Porcelain plaque inspired by Hofmann

06 June 2022

Twenty-five finely decorated porcelain plaques, several from the legacy of a German aristocratic family, are being sold at auction.

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Just what the doctor ordered

06 June 2022

Numerous pieces in the Asian art sale at Lempertz in Cologne on June 11 come from the collection of the German doctor Ludwig Jansen.