Chinese Vase Sells for 10,000 Times Estimate in Swiss Auction

  • swissinfo
  • September 24, 2017 18:51

Two bidders competed to send a Chinese vase to a record 5 million Swiss francs in Geneva. The pre-sale estimate for the piece was 500 to 800 Swiss francs. "Including the commission, the vase will cost the Asian buyer CHF6.08 million ($6.1 million)," auctioneer Olivier Fichot told the AFP news ...

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Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June

  • May 11, 2017 18:04
The East Room of the White House, 1990s.

White House curator William G. Allman will retire on June 1, as first reported by CNN and announced officially on Tuesday in a White House statement issued from the East Wing. The curator is among the White House resident staff positions that are considered non-political. First lady Jacqueline ...

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Chocolate Museum Opens in New York

  • Conde Nast
  • March 08, 2017 12:55
The morning chocolate by Pietro Longhi; Venice, 1775–1780

On the heels of the very popular pop-up Museum of Ice Cream, a chocolate museum has arrived in Lower Manhattan. This new destination in SoHo (350 Hudson St.) offers chocolate aficionados an in-depth history of cacao, and all its accoutrements, including early artifacts used for drinking. And it ...

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Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

  • Tehran Times
  • February 09, 2017 21:27
National Museum of Iran

Some 558 historical artifacts including sculptures, earthenware, coins and jewelry, repatriated from Western museums over the last two years, went on display Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Tehran Times reports: "Last November, 30 historical artifacts which had been smuggled ...

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Heirs of Famed Designer Viktor Schreckengost Scrap Museum Plans In Favor of Auction, Donations

  • Cleveland.com
  • February 29, 2016 15:06
Viktor Schreckengost's 1931 "Jeddu" sculpture, which will be offered for sale May 13 at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

The heirs of industrial designer, artist, and sculptor Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) have dropped the idea of creating a new museum to house his legacy in Cleveland and have decided instead to auction key pieces and to donate others to the Western Reserve Historical Society. ...

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Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges House Withdrawn From Auction, Its Contents Snapped Up

  • February 23, 2016 11:35
 Dining Room of the Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges Residence featuring works by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Alex Katz, and Frank Lloyd Wright sold at auction to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction at LAMA

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) withdrew the George D. Sturges Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, from its February 21 sale of Modern Art & Design. The cantilevered redwood-and-brick residence, the only Californian example of Wright's Usonian housing, carried a pre-sale ...

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Art Institute of Chicago Receives Its Largest Cash Gift Ever

  • Chicago Tribune
  • January 27, 2016 11:55
Edward Kemeys's lion statue outside the Art Institute of Chicago

Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg, who died in Jan. 2015, has donated $35 million in her will to the Art Insitute of Chicago. The gift is earmarked for new art purchases and the final amount of money is yet to be determined. A supporter of the museum for 25 years, Edinburg ...

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Quirky to Classic Americana Served Up at Sotheby's

  • Sotheby's
  • January 21, 2016 22:12
The living room of Irvin and Anita Schorsch’s Pennsylvania home, Hidden Glen Farms.

Cornelius Vanderbilt's gold cigar case. A New Orleans Voodoo Clock. And "one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled" are what Sotheby's says are on offer this week as part of Americana Week in New York. City-wide auctions, shows, exhibitions and events kicked off on Wednesday, ...

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Chinese Vase Soars Ten Times Above Estimate in UK Auction

  • itv
  • December 17, 2015 11:09
A Chinese famille rose vase, Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), sold for 300,000 pounds.

A Chinese famille rose vase provoked a bidding battle at the UK auction house Hansons this week. Described as bearing a Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), the ovoid form vase had six telephone bidders pursuing it for seven minutes. An anonymous UK buyer prevailed, sending the lot with ...

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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

  • October 22, 2015 16:11
Shell cameo of an angel in high relief from exhibitor Arthur Guy Kaplan.

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock to find treasures at the San Francisco ...

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$45M Paves Way for 'Totally Immersive' Arts Museum in Mississippi

  • Meridian Star
  • October 05, 2015 12:23
Rendering of The Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Center.  Designer: Gallagher & Associates.  Architect: LPK Architects, CANIZARO CAWTHON DAVIS.

Officials broke ground Saturday on a $45-million, 58,500 sq. foot facility devoted to Mississippi artists in film, literature, music, arts, dance, theater and visual arts to be named the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience. An opening date in November 2017, corresponding to the ...

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First House Designed by Gaudi to Open as Museum

  • Art Newspaper
  • August 31, 2015 22:31
Casa Vicens, Barcelona

Casa Vicens, the first house designed by famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, will be renovated and made into a museum. The 1888 residence, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is scheduled to open for public visiting hours in the fall of 2016, reports the Art Newspaper. Gaudi's first house is “an ...

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Hawaii's Iolani Palace Recovers Long-Lost Furnishings

  • February 25, 2015 22:06
Raising American Flag at United States Annexation Ceremony at ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii.  The American marines performing the ceremony are from the USS Philadelphia.  Collection: Ray Jerome Baker Collection.  1898.

Parisian-made china and Sheffield plate silverware that once graced King Kalakaua's table are among a trove of furnishings that have recently been returned to Iolani Palace, the royal residence in Hawaii. Sold off at auction in the early 1900s,  the dispersion of royal property followed the ...

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Picasso's Granddaughter to Sell Artist's Work

  • NY Times
  • February 05, 2015 22:23
Picasso

Marina Picasso, a granddaughter of the artist, plans to sell inherited works from her 10,000-piece collection--privately, on her own.

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"Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment" to Open at Morse Museum

  • October 08, 2014 15:00
The Arts window, 1894 Exhibited: 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta; 1898 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, Nashville; 1902 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art, Turin, Italy Leaded glass J.  & R.  Lamb Studios, Tenafly, New Jersey, 1857–present Designer: Frederick Stymetz Lamb, American, 1862–1928 Diam.  98 in.

The Arts window, a neoclassical masterpiece by J. & R. Lamb Studios, makes its debut at the Morse Museum of American Art, in Winter Park, Florida, as the centerpiece of a major new exhibition.

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Britain's Wedgwood Collection Saved by Speedy Fundraiser

  • October 04, 2014 23:10
Egyptian-style teapot with crocodile finial, 1800.

More than 7,000 people donated to a month-long campaign to save the Wedgwood collection in the U.K. from being sold off.

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Ai Weiwei Fills Alcatraz with 1.2 Million Legos in Major Exhibition

  • September 22, 2014 12:34
Part of the exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, "Trace"

Perhaps one of the biggest art exhibitions of the year will not be attended by the artist behind its creation. Chinese dissident artist...

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Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

  • New York Times
  • August 27, 2014 23:38
Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin.

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

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Artist Pleads Guilty to Smashing Ai Weiwei Vase

  • August 14, 2014 23:22
Vases by artist Ai Weiwei

A Florida artist has pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge for destroying a $1-million vase that was part of ...

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Chinese Collector Ruffles Feathers After Drinking from "Chicken Cup"

  • Examiner
  • July 28, 2014 18:00
The $36.6 million Chicken Cup.

When billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian was photographed sipping tea from a $36.6 million cup, he sparked a wave of controversy.

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