Bigger and better than ever befor – TEFAF Maastricht 12-21 March 2010

tefafTEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most influential art and antiques fair, will have a record number of 260 exhibitors from 17 countries when the 23rd edition opens at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 12-21 March 2010. The European Fine Art Fair will reinforce its reputation for quality with exhibitors bringing only the very finest art and antiques all of which will be rigorously vetted by teams of experts. It will expand by introducing TEFAF on Paper, a new section devoted entirely to works on paper. The latest in a series of groundbreaking reports specially prepared for TEFAF will examine how the international art market has fared during the economic recession.

Magnificent Works of Art

Exhibitors at TEFAF will show some 30,000 works of art and antiques, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, furniture, classical antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, glass, silver, design and other works of art. Every era from classical antiquity to the 21st century will be represented. (more…)

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Technology Auction Ends on a High Note!

Enigma ciphering machineOffice antiques were once again the highlight of a successful sale of Vintage Technology at Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany. Diversity is something of a trademark at Breker’s sales. There is one auction, but many audiences, making the preview a relaxed and sociable event for collectors, with the opportunity to see (and hear) more than six hundred lots of typewriters, telegraphs, telephones, microscopes, musical boxes and mechanical toys. The auction was conducted bilingually in English and German by Marco Kroeger.
The day’s top lot was an historically important 10-rotor “Enigma ciphering machine” (lot 33), which sold to an American bidder for Euro (€) 34,430.- (US$ 51,300.- /GBP 30,650.-). Continuing in the theme of encoded messages, an attractive “Edison stock ticker telegraph” (lot 39) fetched
Euro (€) 3,940.- (US$ 5,870.- / GBP 3,500.-), and a rare French ciphering machine, the
“Ideal Codigraph” (lot 30), brought Euro (€) 2,830.- (US$ 4,200.- / GBP 2,520.-).

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Cleveland Museum returns 14 works

Rome, July 2 – Culture Minister Sandro Bondi on Thursday presented 14 antiquities returned to Italy by the Cleveland Museum of Art after the government proved that the works had been looted or stolen.

The returns include a bronze statuette of an archer dating from 900-700 BC Sardinia, silver bracelets stolen from the grave of an Etruscan woman, an Attic drinking vessel in the shape of a mule’s head and a four-foot-high wine vessel from Puglia dating to the 4th century BC that shows Trojan prince Hector leaving for battle.

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Published in: on July 3, 2009 at 10:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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Grosvenor House fair scrapped after 75 years: dealers react

The Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, London’s grandest and most traditional art fair, is closing down after 75 years. The surprise announcement came less than two weeks after this year’s fair (11-17 June), which was heralded as a success despite the difficult financial circumstances.

“This is an iconic loss—it was the London art world’s Wimbledon,” historical portrait specialist Philip Mould told The Art Newspaper. “A week ago we were being encouraged to fill in our forms for next year, and now we’re told it’s not happening again.”

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‘Tir Solas’ is the new exhibition of paintings by artists Ruth Molloy

‘Tir Solas’ is the new exhibition of paintings by artists Ruth Molloy and Ross Stewart opening at the Russell Gallery on Saturday 11 of July @ 6pm. It will be launched by Paidraic O’Maille, renowned Business Consultant from Galway. The Exhibition will continue until the 9th of August.

This will be one of the finest collections of paintings hanging on the walls of the Russell Gallery this year: an enchanting combination of two artists who perfectly capture the light and the mood of the Irish Landscape, descriptive and evocative at the same time.
The finished pieces are gestural paintings tracing the land with the atmosphere of imagined places. They convey a great energy, the energy of exploration of the creative process, of hiding and revealing precious elements, of working to achieve
the ultimate balance or tension. The result is superb.

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Published in: on July 2, 2009 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Widower finds forgotten artworks worth £100,000 in attic

Nick Hall, Principal Auctioneer at Marshalls, with the artworks

The collection of 100 paintings had been hidden away in Max Block’s loft after they were passed onto him 20 years ago by his late mother.

When the retired research chemist’s wife Etta died last year, Dr Block wanted to downsize and move home – and decided to insulate the loft to help with the house sale.

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Published in: on June 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in London Realises $60.4 Million

Pablo Picasso, Nu assis et joueur de flûte, 1967, which carried an estimate of £3 to £4 million sold for: £3,401,250

A “musketeer” painted by Pablo Picasso was one of the big attractions at an auction of impressionist and modern art at Christie’s held in London, where it sold for 5.7 million pounds ($9.3 million).

The 1969 work, “Homme a l’Epee,” was the second most expensive lot of the session, after Monet’s “Au Parc Monceau,” that went for 6.3 million pounds ($10.3 million).

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Sotheby's Sale to Include a Rare Manuscript Containing the Earliest Depictions of Joan of Arc

Simon Marmion and the Master of Mary of Burgundy, The Korner Hours

Sotheby’s London sale of Western Manuscripts on Tuesday 7th July 2009 has a combined total sale estimate of £3 million and will include the sale of Medieval Illuminated Miniatures from the Collection of the Late Eric Korner. The highlight of the various-owner sale is a stunningly illustrated manuscript dating to the mid-15th century which has surfaced for the first time in half a century, and which contains three illustrations thought to be the earliest representations of Joan of Arc (lot 26, est. £1-1.5 million). The remarkable manuscript documents the life of one of the most important and powerful emperors in Europe in the late middle ages, Sigismund of Luxemburg (1368-1437), king of Hungary, Germany, Bohemia, Lombardy, and the Holy Roman Emperor. Among the numerous records of battles, attempted poisonings and political intrigue, it includes the earliest depictions of Joan of Arc, who had contact with Sigismund in 1429, immediately before leading the French army against the English which resulted in her capture, trial and martyrdom in 1431.

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16th-Century Altarpiece Returns to Indianapolis Museum of Art Following Extensive Conservation

Sebastiano Mainardi, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saint Justus of Volterra and Saint Margaret of Antioch, 1507, oil on wood, 63 1/2 x 61 in. Gift of Mrs. Booth Tarkington in memory of her husband. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s most significant example of Tuscan High Renaissance art will again be on view in the IMA galleries after being held in storage for more than 40 years due to its fragile condition. After a complex conservation treatment begun in fall 2007, the altarpiece Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saint Justus of Volterra and Saint Margaret of Antioch by Sebastiano Mainardi (1466–1513), will again be available for public viewing in the IMA’s Clowes Courtyard beginning June 23, 2009.

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June auctions at Koller successful in all collecting fields

Modern & Contemporary Art, Swiss Art, Fine Furniture and Jewelry all register strong prices
The June sales at Koller Zurich were characterized by spirited bidding for attractive works, in all
collecting categories: paintings and furniture, as well as jewelry and gemstones. “During these auctions,
buyers showed time and again their willingness to bid over the upper estimate for the works they
wanted,” said Cyril Koller, director of Koller Auctions. “The art market is sound, and the relative rarity
of high-quality works on the current market makes the ones that do come up all the more attractive.”

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