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Specialists from auction houses around the country tell us about choice lots in their upcoming sales
Dealers describe exciting episodes and exhilarating occasions from their time in the trade.
Some 250 of the choicest items from the firm’s inventory are being offered at Christie’s this October, and Dalva Brother’s principal David Dalva III, along with Christie’s specialist Jody Wilkie, talk with Ben about the crème de la crème: a secretary-cabinet resplendent with Florentine pietra dura figurative panels and gleaming ormolu mounts, possibly handled by noted marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre.
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Christie’s specialists Cara Zimmerman and Becky MacGuire answer questions in an episode keyed to the auction house’s 2020 Americana Week
A new installment of our web-only column on ceramics and glass.
To many collectors of nineteenth-century silver and objets de vertu, imperial Russia is the fount of Europe’s most exotic work. And even for those who can only dream of its legacy de luxe, mention of Mother Russia immediately triggers thoughts of one name, Fabergé. Coffeepot marked by Antip Ivanovich Kuzmichev (active c. 1856-1900), Moscow, c. 1890. Stamped “Made for Tiffany …
On the horizon are the fall sales of American paintings, drawings, and sculpture at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York. Among the highlights to be offered at Christie’s, on December 2, is Andrew Wyeth’s 1960 Above the Narrows, a painting the New York Times art critic Roberta Smith once referred to as “bleak” and “inexplicably barren,” featuring a young boy …
* At Brunk Auctions in Asheville, North Carolina the top lot of the May 9-10 sale was a Chinese famille rose vase that was sold for $1.2 million (estimate $400-800). The vase was purchased at a yard sale seven years ago and thought to be a 20th century copy—it is now believed to be an example of Qianlong Dynasty Imperial …
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