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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Published in: on July 3, 2009 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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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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Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 11:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Bergman possessions up for auction

On September 28, 2009, personal property of the legendary Swedish theatre director and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman will be up for auction at Bukowski’s in Stockholm. The special sale offers items from Bergman’s isle of Fårö home.

The auction, initiated by Bergman’s family, will be held in accordance with Ingmar Bergman’s last wish, expressed in his will as follows:

“This is my wish and no discussion or emotional tumult must come as a result.”

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Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 8:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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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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Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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Artist Duo Elmgreen & Dragset Stage the Danish and Nordic Pavilions for La Biennale di Venezia

For the 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the Danish and Nordic Pavilions will host ‘The Collectors’, a single exhibition curated and staged by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. With contributions from twenty-four international artists and artist groups, Elmgreen & Dragset will transform the Danish and Nordic Pavilions into domestic environments where the audience is invited as guests. Dining rooms, bedrooms, furniture, fireplaces, a stained glass skylight and the artworks nestled within the households, will reveal the uncanny stories of fictional inhabitants, with their obsessive characters and diverse lifestyles.

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Contemporary objects and well-known names score at the Dorotheum Design Auction

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Zaha Hadid, Moraine Sofa, sold for € 46 660

The Dorotheum design auction on 14th May 2009 once again offered impressive proof that this category benefits from a particularly lively market and a broadening customer base. The most recent auction saw many bids by new clients while its international character remained undiminished. Design aficionados from Switzerland, Britain, France, Italy, the USA and Russia, as well as from Greece and Rumania were all equally pleased with the auction’s extensive selection.

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Published in: on May 27, 2009 at 1:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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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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Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Structure and Ornament – The Painting and Its Frame Opens at The Lichtenstein Museum

Gerard Ter Borch (1617–1681), Portrait of the Painter Jan van Goyen, 1652, Oil on wood panel, 19,4 x 15.7 cm

From 15 May 2009 to 12 January 2010 the LIECHTENSTEIN MUSEUM will be staging the exhibition STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENT which presents a cross-section of the history and typology of the frame from the late medieval period to the 19th century. It will also showcase the various different techniques involved, from construction to finishing, gilding and patination. Around 100 objects from the Collections’ holdings will be complemented by works from important private collections in Britain, France and Germany as well as by major loans from national and international museums.

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Published in: on May 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Illuminated Vision: The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection at Bonhams & Butterfields in May

Bonhams & Butterfields is honored to announce the May 5, 2009 auction of The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection. Amassed over the decades at the firm’s iconic Italian Palladian style headquarters, the Collection will feature eclectic and unique examples of period furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries with a particular focus on the Italian aesthetic.

For decades, the firm of Ed Hardy San Francisco has been synonymous with old world craftsmanship and artistry in harmony with modernist innovation and design. Included among the company’s loyal clientele is a virtual who’s who of the international design and private collecting communities. Since 1976, Ed Hardy San Francisco has inspired and illuminated the vision of both designers and connoisseurs, moving far beyond a local resource to become an international institution.

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