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Hu knew? Yongzheng vase takes over 700-times estimate in Irish auction

26 July 2021

Bidders deem Yongzheng Guan ware to be of the period as estimate is demolished

French sales bouncing back after Covid impact

26 July 2021

Sales figures or 'bilan' for the first half of this year have been released by some auction firms in France.

Camille Corot marsh scene offered in Cannes

26 July 2021

Besch Cannes Auction is holding a sale series in Cannes from August 13-16.

Vietnamese paintings on silk come to auction in Nimes

26 July 2021

These two small paintings on silk are by the Vietnamese artist Mai Trung Thu.

Al Thani's 18th century day bed rises way above estimate at Sotheby's sale

26 July 2021

Ornate piece of c.1780 furniture from sheikh’s collection heads a sell-out auction

Ornate 14th century casket doubles estimate in France

26 July 2021

The top-priced lot in a Prunier Auctions’ (27% buyer’s premium) sale of Haute Epoque or early works of art held proved to be the 14th century ivory casket pictured here.

Ottoman sword is swell buy in Munich

19 July 2021

The prize lot sold at a recent Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Munich was this 19th century Ottoman kilij of characteristic form with a curved blade swelling towards the tip.

Art Deco necklace fetches new high for Fouquet

19 July 2021

A quintessential example of avant-garde Art Deco jewellery by a French designer who was renowned for such modernist pieces was the toast of Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) online Jewellery sale in Paris which closed on July 7.

French sales feature Indo-Chinese works with Hanoi link

19 July 2021

What is known as Indo-Chinese art frequently comes up for auction in France, in part because this area of south-east Asia was formerly a French colony.

Salon du Dessin back in play at long last

19 July 2021

The Salon du Dessin, the Paris fair dedicated to works on paper, finally staged its 30th edition this month.

Repeat performance: early examples in the quest for workable rapid-fire weapons

19 July 2021

Very soon after the gun was invented men were trying to find ways of speeding up the process of reloading powder and shot to obtain a superior rate of fire.

Furniture treasure trove amassed over 30 years

19 July 2021

Prize examples of French 18th century furniture were on offer at Drouot when Hughes Taquet of the auction house Hôtel des Ventes de Mantes-La-Jolie (26.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered the collection of René Siméoni.

England relaxes coronavirus restrictions but recommendations remain in place

14 July 2021

The UK government has confirmed that from July 19 in England many of the coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed.

French state buys infamous Marquis de Sade’s manuscript with help from a wealthy banker

13 July 2021

France’s Ministry of Culture announced the acquisition by the state of the ‘120 days of Sodom’ by the Marquis de Sade and a number of other manuscripts.

One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

12 July 2021

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news last week as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

Paris auction sets record for a tribal art collection result

12 July 2021

The sale of Michel Périnet’s collection of tribal art at Christie’s in Paris on June 23 real ised a remarkable €66m/£57m (including buyer’s premium) and every one of the 61 lots were sold.

Paul Henry peak power

12 July 2021

A classic west of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry (1877-1958) was among the top-sellers at the latest round of Irish art sales in Dublin.

TEFAF online line-up revealed

12 July 2021

Organisers of TEFAF Maastricht have released the exhibitor line-up for its next digital edition.

New VAT rules for EU imports take effect this month

08 July 2021

New VAT rules have been put in place by the European Union for distance selling.

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