Huge Interest & Strong Sales at 2009 Fair

There may be a global recession but the 2009 International Ceramics Fair & Seminar was greeted as enthusiastically as ever by the collectors and academics who frequent the fair every year.

Founded by Brian and Anna Haughton and now in its 28th year, the 15 exhibitors offered a wide selection of the very finest British and Continental pottery, porcelain, glass and enamels. Running concurrently was the 12-part lecture programme, an annual forum for presenting and discussing the latest research and discoveries in the ceramics world and which was again attended by leading academics and collectors.

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The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

Brian and Anna Haughton’s flagship fair, will again bring together the top dealers in the world from October 16th-22nd at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.

Since its launch in 1989 the fair has occupied a place among the world’s finest art and antiques fairs, thanks to a stellar exhibitor list featuring many of the most prestigious art and antique dealers in the United States and Europe. The sensational works of art are among the finest and rarest on the market.

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Sunset Estate Auction

Bonhams & Butterfields, international fine arts auctioneers, is pleased to announce the July 12, 2009 Sunset Estate Auction featuring the collection of Severin Wunderman and the Estate of Elise Mudd Marvin. The 750-lot Los Angeles auction will feature a diverse array of European furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries.

A resident of Los Angeles for many years, Wunderman was known as much for his keen business acumen as he was for his private collection of fine furniture and decorative arts. His life story is one of survival, triumph and philanthropy as well as collecting. From the Nazi invasion of Belgium in 1940 when he was hidden in the countryside to a chance meeting with Aldo Gucci, Wunderman was guided by perseverance.

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New American Wing Galleries Open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Verplanck Room with touch screen

When The Charles Engelhard Court—the grand, light-filled pavilion that has long served as the formal entrance to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing—reopens this spring after two years of construction and renovation, the Museum’s unparalleled collections of American ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, architectural elements, silver, pewter, glass, and jewelry will finally be seen in all their glory. So, too, will its early American rooms—12 of the Met’s historic interiors, mostly from the colonial period, located on three floors of the wing’s historic core—that have been reordered, renovated, and reinterpreted. The popular American Wing Café will also reopen in its previous location on the park side of the court. The opening of the galleries marks the completion of the second part (begun in May 2007) of a project to reconfigure, renovate, or upgrade nearly every section of The American Wing by 2011.

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Two auction houses hold themed auction for first joint project

Munich, 5 February 2009 (kk+q) – Auction houses Ketterer Kunst and Quittenbaum are taking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius as an occasion to hold a joint auction, a first for both. The venue for the joint auction on 20 June 2009 will be the new Ketterer Kunst House for Art, directly at the Munich fairgrounds.

Each of the auction houses held highly successful themed Bauhaus auctions of their own on the 80th and on the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. So it makes sense to join forces and take advantage of the synergy bonus to be had from combining expertise, marketing and logistics.

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Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 1:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Robert Hull Fleming Museum to Open Quadricentennial Exhibition

Theodore Hopkins (American, 1828-1889), Burlington Bay, c. 1850. Oil on Panel. Gift of Walter Cerf, 1981

In celebration of the quadricentennial anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain’s travels to the lake that bears his name, the Fleming Museum has organized a new large-scale exhibition, A Beckoning Country: Art and Objects from the Lake Champlain Valley. For thousands of years, Lake Champlain has drawn people to its shores and to the land it nourishes. A Beckoning Country examines the features of the Champlain Valley landscape through the objects and art created from and inspired by them.

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First Display of Art from the University of Iowa Museum to Open at the Figge Art Museum

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 126, 1965-1975, acrylic on canvas. University of Iowa Museum of Art

Modern masterworks by celebrated artists including Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse will be featured in an upcoming University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA)-organized exhibition at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St. in downtown Davenport, IA.

The exhibition, “A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock’s ‘Mural’ and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art,” opens Sunday, April 19 and runs through Sunday, August 2. The two museums will celebrate the opening from noon to 5 p.m. on April 19 with a reception at the Figge Art Museum. Tours of the exhibition will be available at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m., and volunteers from both museums will be stationed in the galleries throughout the day to answer visitors’ questions.

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Urbino's Most Illustrious Son, Raphael, Honored with Exhibition in his Hometown in Italy

The painting «Knight's Dream» is an example of what can be seen in the exhibition «Raphael and Urbino» which opened at Ducal Palace in Urbino, Italy

The city of Urbino (north of Italy) is remembering its most illustrious son, Renaissance painter Raphael, through a great exhibition that has gathered 40 of his works of art and another 40 by different artists of the time.

The exhibition “Raphael and Urbino”, organized by the Superintendency of Superintendency of Historical, Artistical and Ethno-Anthropological heritage for the Marche, was inaugurated on Saturday at the Ducal Palace in this small city, and pretends to put a value on the connection between Raphael and his place of origin.

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Sotheby’s Aims to Raise HK$600 Million at Hong Kong Art Auction

An 8th-century tortoiseshell vanity box, said to be a gift from the Tang Dynasty palace to Japan’s Emperor Shomu, may fetch more than HK$40 million ($5 million) in Hong Kong at Asia’s first major art auction this year.

The octagonal box, measuring 35.6 centimeters across and embedded with mother-of-pearl and amber in flower shapes, is the highlight of Sotheby’s five-day sale of antiques, gems and paintings starting tomorrow. Sotheby’s said it expects the auction of 1,700 items to fetch more than HK$600 million. At the same sale last year, the company tallied HK$1.77 billion. Estimates don’t include buyer’s commission.

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Selected Works from the Collection of the Knight of Glin to be Offered at Christie's in May

George Barrett, R.A. (1728/32-1784), Dolbarden Castle, Llanberis with early morning mists dispersing, (estimate: £80 000 to £120 000)

Christie’s announce the auction of Glin Castle; A Knight in Ireland on 7 May 2009 at Christie’s in London. The sale will offer selected works from the personal collection of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, the renowned collector, scholar and a leading campaigner for the conservation of Irish heritage. The pre-sale exhibition will present the works from the sale of Glin Castle – a Knight in Ireland alongside works from the auction of Irish and Sporting Art on 8 May, and will be on public view from 30 April to 1 May and 5 to 6 May 2009 at Christie’s, 8 King Street, St. James’s, London. Highlights will be on view at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin, from 22 to 24 April 2009.

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