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US tariffs on Chinese art take effect as New York auction series begins

07 September 2020

This month’s Asian art series in New York could be the last sales to avoid the new trade tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump administration.

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Piamontini’s ‘ravishingly detailed’ clay model discovered at Fife estate and triples estimate at Lyon & Turnbull

07 September 2020

This terracotta group of Bacchus and Ariadne was once associated with the Florentine late Baroque sculptor Giambattista Foggini (1652-1725) but is now thought to be his contemporary Giuseppe Piamontini (1664-1742).

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Pick of the week: Bronze reflecting blossoming of Buddhism in China makes at £50,000 at TimeLine

07 September 2020

The Northern Wei dynasty (386-534 AD), founded by the nomadic Tuoba clan, was the most long-lived and most powerful of the northern dynasties prior to the reunification of China under the Sui. Most importantly for Chinese art history, the ruling royal family were converts to Buddhism.

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PFK art and antiques auctions close and Roberts moves to Mitchells

07 September 2020

The fine art department of Cumbrian firm Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s is to close with auctioneer Michael Roberts joining Mitchells in Cockermouth.

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Art Deco planters, Fabergé objects and a Steiff teddy bear are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

07 September 2020

With estimates from £800-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week including two pairs of Art Deco planters from a famous London building and a rare Steiff teddy bear.

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Major general sought after by militaria fans

07 September 2020

A group of three watercolours depicting Indian scenes attributed to Major General John Brownrigg Ballasis (1806-90) attracted interest at a timed sale held this summer by 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Snail Syrup for anyone?

07 September 2020

Bid to €10,000 (£9100) in a timed online sale at Fonsie Mealy (25/20% buyers premium) this summer was a two-volume collection of medical and other receipts compiled by Mrs Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826).

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Kiwi taxidermy quartet draw major interest at Windsor Auctions

07 September 2020

A Victorian taxidermy case of four New Zealand birds by Rowland Ward of Piccadilly sold for an unexpected £7000 (estimate £100-200) at Windsor Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) in Berkshire.

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Humphry Repton first edition on landscaping features at North Carolina auction

07 September 2020

On September 12 Brunk Auctions of Asheville, North Carolina, is holding a single-owner sale comprising the estate of William N Banks Junior from his Georgia property, Bankshaven.

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Why the best was yet to come for Asian art

07 September 2020

South London auction house decided to press pause but was rewarded with a bumper result

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Another Edison light bulb moment

07 September 2020

Appropriately enough, the very first lot offered in a sale called Eureka! was one that focused on scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, was an autograph manuscript of seven pages of annotated design drawings by Thomas Edison relating to his work on light bulbs.

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Archangel plaque at Swan Fine Art could be much older than catalogued

07 September 2020

It was catalogued as 18th or 19th century but this 2½ x 3½in (6 x 8.5cm) ivory plaque was more probably a product of medieval Christendom.

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All hands on deck as French automaton emerges in Massachusetts

07 September 2020

This 11in (28cm) high French automaton black marble and gilt bronze ‘quarter deck’ clock has a figure of a sailor and a captain at the stern.

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New York's Asian art auction series aims to keep the show on the road in wake of Covid and tariffs

07 September 2020

Although hampered by Covid-19 and the ongoing issues surrounding imports of Chinese works of art, the September series of Asian art auctions in New York appears – like most sales in the US – to be remarkably unscathed by recent geopolitical events.

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Chinese vases display varied styles of decoration

07 September 2020

Two very different Chinese vases took the limelight at a recent sale Fieldings (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Stourbridge.

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Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Garden seating selection offered at Freeman’s

07 September 2020

This three-piece painted cast-iron garden seating set dated to the third quarter of the 19th century is one of the lots from the Collection of A Connecticut Gentleman that is to be offered for sale by Freeman’s of Philadelphia, on September 15.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2458

07 September 2020

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period August 27-September 2, 2020. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Tiffany ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch flies in to Hindman's Chicago sale

07 September 2020

Included in Hindman’s September 15 sale of Jewellery in Chicago will be a group of pieces designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Among them is this green beryl and diamond ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch.

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Photographer Terry O’Neill put in the frame at Hampstead gallery

07 September 2020

Exhibition focuses on photographer famed for his celebrity subjects from musicians to actors

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