This Week’s Top Lots: April 11 – 17

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*  The European furniture and decorative arts sale at Skinner in Boston on Saturday included nearly 1000 lots—the top lot was a 16th-century Flemish tapestry that brought $237,000, well above its estimate of $30,000-50,0000.  Another remarkable lot was a Russian gold-washed silver and enamel kovsh from the early 20th century that was sold for $78,210 (estimate $7,000-9,000), while a large …

Unabashed opulence

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Medieval splendor at Belgium’s Groeningemuseum in Bruges and baroque magnificence at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum ebulliently controvert the recession raging outside their doors. Each exhibition exudes the sumptuous confidence of the era that it explores. Nevertheless, beneath their luxurious veneers both offer significant insights into their respective subjects, making them must-see destinations for aficionados of European decorative arts. Burgundian …