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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Albert Birkle disturbs and delights at Lempertz

17 July 2023

In the 1920s, the German painter Albert Birkle (1900-86) combined 'Neue Sachlichkeit' (New Objectivity) with his version of magic realism to produce sometimes disturbing results.

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Sumptuous porcelain takes pride of place in salerooms

10 July 2023

Auctions held in Australia and Germany rack up strong prices for major European makers

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Very early TV set that’s a must for connoisseurs

10 July 2023

The HMV 900 was one of first television receivers designed by the Marconi-EMI Television Company, the firm that also provided the technology for Britain’s first television service.

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Time to consider pocket watches as a collecting option

19 June 2023

Recent auction results in Germany and Switzerland give a snapshot of the market beyond wristwatches

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5 Questions: furniture and art dealer Laurent-Alexis Guelfucci

12 June 2023

Laurent-Alexis Guelfucci opened Guelfucci Gallery in 1998 and specialises in early 20th century furniture and art with a focus on Art Deco.

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Engels the editor at Munich sales

12 June 2023

Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium inc VAT) huge series of sales in Munich included what it billed as ‘a key document from German history’.

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Not quite in Stuttgart but Germany’s leading book event returns

05 June 2023

The Stuttgart Rare Book Fair, Germany’s leading fair for the rare book and prints trade, is returning after the pandemic for an anniversary event from June 16-18.

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Expressionists emerge together

29 May 2023

Van Ham of Cologne is offering a work by the German Expressionist Otto Mueller on the occasion of its 500th sale: the painting Frau und Knabe (Woman and Boy) from 1922.

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German artist Scholz's 'scandalous' picture takes six-figure sum at auction

29 May 2023

Berlin is obviously a good place to sell paintings by the German artist Georg Scholz (1890-1945), one of the leading representatives of Neue Sachlichkeit (new objectivity).

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Beckmann's depiction of friend’s family comes to Munich auction

29 May 2023

Known for his countless self-portraits, second only in number to Rembrandt, and a distinctive style often with somewhat sinister undertones, Max Beckmann also created some surprising works.

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Member of French clockmaking dynasty to feature in German auction

29 May 2023

The signature Fortin à Paris on the dial of this 21in (53cm) high marble and gilt bronze clock shows that it was made by a member of one of the most prominent Parisian clockmaker dynasties of the 18th century.

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Work by metal worker Wesselmann emerges in Munich

22 May 2023

The composition and use of colour make 'Monica nude with Lichtenstein', which is being sold by Ketterer Kunst in Munich on June 9, instantly recognisable as a work by American pop-artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004).