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Nusser’s legacy at Munich saleroom

29 June 2020

In April this year, the founder of the auction house Nusser in Munich, Ursula Nusser, died aged just 66.

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German auction house Nagel begins insolvency process but remains operating as coronavirus hits trade

23 June 2020

Nagel in Stuttgart, which has been trading since 1922, has been so severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown that it has begun an insolvency process.

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Militaria: Bismarck’s visor cap leads auction selection of military uniforms

22 June 2020

Military uniforms reached their ornamental peak in the 19th century Western Europe – with the leaders of the day sharing in their ostentation

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Pocket previews

15 June 2020

Dual time zones watches first came into fashion in France, where they were used to show both ‘time’ in the traditional manner and also Revolutionary time, a short-lived idea based on the decimal system.

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Pick of the week: The bones of a fine Old Master drawing

08 June 2020

A black chalk drawing of a skeleton drew an extraordinary competition at a German auction house Lempertz at the end of last month. Estimated at €3000-3500, it attracted at least 15 bidders and was eventually knocked down at €420,000 (£381,820) to a French dealer.

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Presentation box pays tribute to earlier kaiser

08 June 2020

A recent sale at Lempertz (25/20% buyer’s premium) was held in Berlin dedicated to works of art from Prussia. The outstanding favourite was a gold and enamel presentation box, a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II.

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Portrayal of the price of poverty

08 June 2020

Under the changed regulations in Germany it would have been possible for Dr Andreas Sturies (20% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf to hold the spring auction in front of an audience.

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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

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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