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Portrait Bust of a Man, AD 140-160.  Roman.  Marble.  Height: 30 in.

Ancient 'McDreamy': Getty Museum Acquires Second-Century Roman Portrait Bust

Released: May 17, 2018

The Getty Museum announced the acquisition of a second-century AD Roman marble portrait bust of a man.  The life-sized sculpture portrays a middle-aged man of high status who has a powerful and vivid appearance. His short beard and moustache are akin to those of the emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138), but the curly hair, prominent facial features, and intense gaze are more characteristic of the expressive style of the reign of Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161) and his son and successor, Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180). He wears a deeply folded paludamentum (military cloak) fastened with a circular broo...

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Chinese Coins, Silver, and Modern Paintings Abound at 888 Auctions May 24 Auction

Released: May 16, 2018

Richmond Hill, ON – As the auction season heads towards the summer season, 888 Auctions is anticipating robust bidding action at its May 24 auction featuring Chinese Coins, Silver and Modern Paintings. The 397-lot sale is headlined by a diverse range of authentic ancient Chinese coins and modern numismatic items.   Spearheading the great selection of Chinese coins are two coins: a Chinese Yuan Dynasty (1316) Yuanyou Sannian Coin and Chinese Ming Xia Dynasty (1363) Tiantong Tongbao with high estimates reaching $1,500 and $2,000 at Lot 185 and Lot 187, respectively.   Other coins and...


Eugène Boudin (1824 – 1898) Dunkerque, Effet de Neige sur le Port

Rehs Galleries at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show

Released: May 01, 2018

Rehs Galleries, Inc. will be participating in the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show, Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th; with a special opening night party, Thursday, May 17th.  Rehs is a fourth-generation family-run gallery specializing in 19th and 20th Century European and American art.  They will be exhibiting exceptional works by Eugene Boudin, Federico del Campo, Montague Dawson, Daniel Ridgway Knight and Maurice de Vlaminck.   In 2012, the gallery established Rehs Contemporary, which focuses on up and coming as well as established contemporary artists.   On view will be w...


Am West Hill with frame

Witherell’s American West at Auction has a newly discovered Thomas Hill painting of Yosemite Valley, a Grace Hudson and an Horatio Nelson Poole live and online.

Released: May 03, 2018

A newly discovered painting by Thomas Hill, “Silver Strand Falls,” that shows Yosemite Valley in its untouched beauty, a Grace Hudson of a Pomo child and a Horatio Nelson Poole Hawaiian landscape highlight Witherell’s Mary 17, 2017 American West at Auction live and online.    WHO: Brian Witherell, Antiques Roadshow appraiser and Witherell’s Chief Operating Officer   WHAT: American West at Auction   WHEN: Auction: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. start, live and online             Preview: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.   WHERE: Witherell’s Annex, 1925 C Street,...


Chorley’s announces Modern and Contemporary Sale of over 700 lots including Lynn Chadwick sculpture

Released: May 03, 2018

Cotswolds auction house Chorley’s have announced their first 2018 sale of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, taking place on Tuesday 15 May 2018. With two important collections of studio pottery this sale cements Chorley’s position as a leading regional auctioneer of important Modern Design. Among the most important lots are studio pottery from renowned Modernist Potter Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995). Rie’s pieces include a stunning porcelain vase, of tall cylindrical form with flared rim, in a manganese and blue glaze with scraffito detailing, estimated at £15000 – 2000...


Lot 106: CARLO CANEVARI Italian 1922-1996 Oil on Panel

888 Auctions Auctioning Off Fine Art, Paintings & Asian Antiques in Summer May 10 Sale

Released: May 02, 2018

Richmond Hill, ON –May 10 marks the mid-point of the year and with great anticipation, 888 Auctions is proud to feature a 399-lot sale featuring fresh-to-market items that include fine art, paintings and Asian antiques.   Paintings abound in the May 10 auction and several standout pieces have been garnering considerable interest in the lead up to the sale. In particular, lot 44, a Marc Chagall (French, 1887-1985) graphite on paper and framed, features a gallery stamped on the lower left margin. The gallery note features “The Redfern Gallery” attached and stamped on verso. Hailing from ...


Lot 1118 - Zsolnay Leopard Vase $9,000-12,000

George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans, Thomas Molesworth, Wendell Castle, Dale Chihuly, Therman Statom among highlights of Rago’s May 19-20 Auctions

Released: May 01, 2018

Lambertville, NJ - On Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auctions of Early 20th Century and Modern Design. Early 20th C. Design: Saturday, May 19 at 10:00AM, 276 lots Featuring ceramics by Rookwood, Fulper, Grueby, Marblehead, John Bennett, early Van Briggle, Newcomb College, Teco, and North Dakota School of Mines. European pottery by Martin Brothers, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Zsolnay, Moorcroft, and Clement Massier. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Roycroft, L. & J.G. Stickley, Limbert, and Rose Valley. An important and rare table...


Qatar Museums Explores the Vanishing Heritage of Syria in a Striking New Exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

Released: April 23, 2018

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha will present a major exhibition entitled Syria Matters opening on November 23, 2018 as part of the MIA ten-year anniversary celebrations as Qatar’s first world-class international museum. Set in a spectacular waterfront park on the Corniche of Doha, MIA opened its doors to international acclaim in November 2008 in a building designed by the legendary Chinese American architect, I M Pei. MIA holds one of the world’s greatest collections of Islamic art, spanning over 1,400 years and representing Islamic art from three continents, with precious objects,...


888 Auctions Featuring Chinese Numismatic Coins, Modern Paintings & Asian Antiques in April 26 Auction

Released: April 18, 2018

Richmond Hill, ON – Prices continue to soar at 888 Auctions with sell-through rates of 99% being achieved in its numismatics categories. Leading the way are Chinese numismatic coins and 888 Auctions will be featuring over 200 lots of rare and intriguing coins from Chinese antiquity dating as far back as the 1st Century. Featuring 418 fresh-to-market items, collectors will be delighted to find the inclusion of coins from all eras, modern paintings from estates and private collections, as well as quality Asian antiques.   Four coins highlight this week’s sale and they are remarkable in b...


Helen Allen, executive director of the Winter Antiques Show

Winter Antiques Show Announces New Executive Director

Released: April 16, 2018

The Winter Antiques Show Executive Committee is pleased to announce that it has named Helen Allen as the new executive director of the Show. Ms. Allen joins the Winter Antiques Show with extensive experience and expertise in the arts, marketing, communications, and event production. Over the past 17 years, Ms. Allen has orchestrated the US market entry, directed, and consulted with numerous art fairs. She served as the executive director of Ramsay Fairs for nine years. During her tenure, she founded and served as executive director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair with events in New York, ...


David Hockney, Celia Observing

HOCKNEY, CLOSE & KATZ: CONTEMPORARY MASTERS OF PORTRAITURE AT CLARKE’S APRIL 22ND AUCTION

Released: April 12, 2018

Clarke’s April 22nd auction is highlighted by a single owner collection of contemporary prints and paintings by such renowned artists as Jim Dine, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Chuck Close and Robert Vickery. Works by distinguished 19th and early 20th century American and European artists round out the sale. Of note is David Hockney’s Celia Observing, a rare 1976 color etching and aquatint ($6,000/$9,000), depicting the fabric designer Celia Birtwell with an intense gaze, seated before a large portrait. Celia, Hockney’s long-time muse, is perhaps most famously portrayed in the large-scale do...


Come One, Come All, to the World's Fair!

Released: March 29, 2018

Once again, Gray’s auctioneers is proud to host a wide variety of memorabilia and collectibles from the historic World’s Fair exhibitions, with another slew of souvenirs and curiosities from the 1939 “World of Tomorrow” New York Exhibition in particular.  This particular expo famously featured the monumental Trylon and Perisphere, two large modernist buildings connected by what was at the time the world’s longest escalator.  While the buildings themselves were unfortunately broken down to be turned into artillery shells during World War II, their legacy lives on in their depiction across a...


Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988) Mixed Media

Modern and 19th Century Art with Asian Antiques Lead April 12 Auction at 888 Auctions

Released: March 28, 2018

Richmond Hill, ON – As the temperature rises, so have hammer prices at 888 Auctions. And this is in no small part bolstered by the rising hammer prices achieved by the fine art sold through 888 Auctions. This sale represents 405 fresh-to-market items offered to the highest bidder with an emphasis on 19th fine art.   As always, modern art continues to lead the way with Lot 38, a Jean Dufy (French, 1888-1964) Gouache on Paper finding considerable interest among bidders already. Discovered at an estate in Southern Ontario by a discerning collector, lot 38 features an attributed painting c...


REMIX - CONTEMPORARY + CLASSIC PROVES OPPOSITES ATTRACT AT RAGO ON APRIL 7

Released: March 22, 2018

Rago’s Remix auctions are about how people like to decorate today, unconfined by any decade or design period. Downtown pieces of mid-century modern and 21st c. design will sell side-by-side with period furnishings, urbane antiques, heirloom silver, and compelling art, staged and photographed together in designer room settings. Highlights from the April 7 auction include: a five-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver pyramid tea & coffee service; two oil on canvas paintings by George Goodman; a Vladimir Kagan for Weiman-Preview sofa; a Berndt Friberg vase; a Whiting sterling silver & en...


Karl Gasslander, Provincetown Road, c.1935, Oil on canvas, 18-1/4 x 22-1/8 inches

New Show: AD20/21 HOME April 12-15 Features 40 Exhibitors plus Special Guests as Culmination of 5th Annual Boston Design Week

Released: March 21, 2018

Co-Producers Tony Fusco and Robert Four are pleased to announce the new AD20/20 HOME takes place April 12 – 15, 2018 as the culminating event of the 5th Annual Boston Design Week. The show will open with a Gala Preview on Thursday, April 12 to celebrate Boston Design Week and benefit the American Society of Interior Designers (ASIDNE) Scholarship Fund. Celebrated Boston architect Maurice N. Finegold, FAIA will receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gala. Weekend hours are Friday 1pm-8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Tickets are $15, under 12 free, and include admi...


The MIT Jade boulder.  Lot 53.  Gianguan Auctions, March 10 sale.

Previews of Gianguan Auctions March 10 Sale Run 10 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Through Friday

Released: March 06, 2018

Gianguan Auctions' headquarters are welcoming collectors until 7 p.m. today through Friday, March 9th. The annual spring sale takes place on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 10 a.m. When JetSet.com ran an article recently entitled "Green, The New Gold," it described the lasting value of jade, saying: "Although there are no no set standards for jade similar to the HUI or XAU gold index, and nothing akin to Tavernier’s law that is used to determine the price of a diamond, jade has been a sought after commodity since Neolithic times (6,000 - 5,000 B.C). Its hardness made it a desirable medi...


Lot 113: Luis de Lucena, Arte de Ajedres, first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97.  Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Early Printed Books on Cats, Chess & Erotica Stand Out at Swann Galleries

Released: February 15, 2018

Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Thursday, March 8, featuring an extensive selection of early Spanish books on a variety of subjects, as well as important Medieval astronomical treatises dating to a period when studying the stars was as mythical as it was scientific. One of the many “stellar” highlights is the first illustrated edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, 1482, by Caius Julius Hyginus, containing the earliest printed depictions of the constellations. The work boasts 47 woodcuts of zodiac figures and allegorical depict...


Historic Devotional Art Graces Gianguan Podium

Released: March 01, 2018

The devotional art in Gianguan Auctions' March 10 sale shows the stylistic differences appreciated during the eras and dynasties. Of Sui Dynasty, a free-standing, gilt bronze altarpiece with seven branching Buddhas surround a central figure of Buddha Maitreya who sits atop a lotus throne.  Similar to pieces in the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Metropolitan Museum, the dramatic piece is in the style of the Great Tower of Ashoka. Here the central Maitreya is seated in dhyanasana with hands in karanamudra and has the appropriate well formed face with serene gaze. It is flanked on each...


Prehistoric clay pot effigy of a human head, discovered in the Southeastern United States, 6.5 inches tall (est.  $1,000-$3,000).

Tribal and Native American artifacts from prehistoric to modern times in Helm Auction's online-only sale, April 14th

Released: February 28, 2018

EL CAJON, Calif. – More than 450 quality lots of tribal and Native American artifacts, spanning multiple categories and continents, will come up for bid in a Spring Fling online auction slated for Saturday, April 14th by Helm Auction, Inc. All lots may be viewed and bid on now, via the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com, plus on Helm’s site, live.helmauction.com.   The auction features American Indian art, prints and paintings, prehistoric and pre-Colombian antiquities from North, Central and South America and Europe, to include arrowheads, axes, discoidals, birdstones, p...


Cover of Tang, gilt copper volume of the Pratyutpanna Sutra (Vol.  3).  Finely incised in clerical script.  Lot 151, $30,000.  Gianguan Auctions March 10 sale.

Gianguan Auctions Pre-Asia Week Sale Shapes Up Strong

Released: February 21, 2018

Coming just a few days before the official opening of Asia Week, Gianguan Auctions' March 10th sale is an exploration in connoisseurship. The gallery previews begin Wednesday, February 28 and continue through Friday, March 9th.   The marquee item is Zhao Mengfu’s "Script Calligraphy of a Poem by Liu Zongyuan, Journey to the East Gate”. The nearly one-hundred inch long calligraphy is signed Ziang. It has one artist seal, 10 Emperors Seals, and 19 Collector’s Seals. The  frontispiece is by Gao Shiqi, with colophons by Pan Zhengwei and Wu Dacheng. Descended from the Song’s imperial family, ...


Cover of Tang, gilt copper volume of the Pratyutpanna Sutra (Vol.  3).  Finely incised in clerical script.  Lot 151, $200,000.  Gianguan Auctions March 10 sale.

Gianguan Auctions March 10th Sale Is Exploration of Connoisseurship

Released: February 15, 2018

Collectors of Chinese works of art will find Gianguan Auctions, pre-Asia Week sale on Saturday, March 10th, an exploration in connoisseurship.  The marquee item is Zhao Mengfu’s "Script Calligraphy of a Poem by Liu Zongyuan, Journey to the East Gate”. The nearly one-hundred inch long calligraphy is signed Ziang. It has one artist seal, 10 Emperors Seals, and 19 Collector’s Seals. The  frontispiece is by Gao Shiqi, with colophons by Pan Zhengwei and Wu Dacheng. Descended from the Song’s imperial family, Zhao Mengfu came to prominence during the Yuan Dyansty, which was under Mughul rule. B...


Sui Dynasty gilt-bronze altarpiece of Buddha Maitreya with seven Buddha on lotus blossom thrones.  Gianguan Auctions, March, 2018.

Chinese Buddhist Devotional Art Leads Gianguan Auctions March Sale

Released: January 10, 2018

Gianguan Auctions will hold its 16th annual spring sale on Saturday, March 10. Marquee properties include a rare Sui Dynasty Buddhist altarpiece, a Northern Qi Buddhist stele and  a Western Wei Shrine From the unifying Sui period comes a gilt-bronze altarpiece of Buddha Maitreya that suggests the Seven Buddhas on the Great Tower of Asoka. Of exceptional definition, the Maitreya is seated in dhyanasana with hands positioned in karanamudra. A robe of diagonal folds exposes the left shoulder. Flanked by two Bodhisattvas, the flame shaped aureole and lotus throne rest on a two-tiered openwo...


Lot 77: Richard Hakluyt, Novus Orbis, engraved folding map, showing first printed use of “Virginia,” Paris, 1587.  Sold December 5, 2017 for $80,000.  (Pre-sale estimate: $40,000 to $60,000)

First Use of “Virginia” Sees $80K at Swann Galleries

Released: December 07, 2017

Maps were so plentiful at Swann Galleries’ December 5 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books that one could be forgiven for getting lost. Many buyers chose to bid in person, contributing to a strong sell-through rate of 84%. The highlight of the sale was Richard Hakluyt’s 1587 map of the New World, Novus Orbis—the first to use the designations “Virginea” and “Nuevo Mexico.” It was one of a selection of duplicates from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Collection, originating in the William C. Wooldridge Map Collection, which was generously donated by th...


Early jade stem cup.  Gianguan Auctions, December 9 sale.

Preview of Buddhist Art and Chinese Modern Paintings Now At Gianguan Auctions

Released: December 05, 2017

For the next four days, Gianguan Auctions' gallery at 39 W. 59th Street is welcoming collectors to view the properties in their upcoming December 9 sale.  On view are icons of Buddhist art, Modern Chinese Paintings, Zisha teapots, Chinese seals and marquee level ceramics and carved jades. A Song Dynasty fresco of Water-Moon Guanyin, also known as Avalokiteshvara of the Southern Seas, leads a curated collection of Buddhist art. The ancient fresco is well preserved, with polychrome details intact.   Following it is a secular piece, also a fresco of the Song Dynasty, that replicates the “...


Shrine made of wood covered with gold foil inside and gold leaf outside, from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

King Tut Treasures Embark on Largest-Ever World Tour

Released: November 30, 2017

Four decades ago, the unprecedented blockbuster “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition drew massive crowds in six American cities; now there's a new chance to see some of the greatest artifacts of Ancient Egypt. The current World Tour will premiere in Los Angeles in Spring 2018 at the California Science Center, featuring 150 Tut treasures, the most ever to tour internationally. A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary...

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