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Schwenke Auctioneers April 25th Spring Sale Features Paul McCartney’s Gold Record Award

ArtfixDaily / April 20th, 2021

Sale Comprises Estate Jewelry & Watches, Cameras, Folk Art, Americana, Political Ephemera, Fine Art & Outsider Art, Books & Rugs Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, April 25th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold its Spring Fine Estates Auction comprising over 600 lots of estate property including ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed Week of April 12, Returning Next Week With A Virtual Look at The Philadelphia Show

ArtfixDaily / April 11th, 2021

ARTFIXdaily will be closed for the week of April 12 and subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on April 19. Coming up, look for our coverage of The Philadelphia Show (April 23-30) as the 59th edition showcases stellar American fine and decorative arts along with European and Asian works. ...

Hokusai's 'Great Wave' Print Fetches Record $1.6 Million at Christie's; $35 Garage Sale Find Brings Over $700k at Sotheby's

ArtfixDaily / March 17th, 2021

Christie’s Tuesday sale of Japanese Art and Korean Art achieved a total of $9,712,250 with 85% sold by lot and 197% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with registered bidders from 35 countries and 51% of lots sold to online buyers. The top lots of the sale were a hanging ...

$35 Yard Sale Find Could Bring Up To Half A Million At Auction

Guardian / March 3rd, 2021

A blue-and-white bowl purchased for $35 by an eagle-eyed antiques enthusiast at a yard sale has turned out to be an extremely rare 15th-century Chinese artifact that is expected to sell for up to $500,000 at auction. The unidentified seller discovered the small floral bowl in a New Haven, ...

'The Great Chinese Art Heist' Will Be Directed By Jon M. Chu of 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fame

Deadline / March 1st, 2021

Jon M. Chu will direct The Great Chinese Art Heist, a new film from Warner Bros. based on a 2018 GQ article by Alex W. Palmer, first reported Deadline. The GQ article details the mysterious high-profile thefts of Chinese art and antiques from museums in Europe, including prized works ...

Dive Right Into the V&A's New Digital Platform of 1.2 Million Collection Objects

ArtfixDaily / February 28th, 2021

The V&A has launched Explore the Collections, a new digital platform that enables everyone from around the world to search, explore and discover over 1.2m objects from the museum’s collections. This new online experience forms a key part of the V&A’s goal to revolutionize access to ...

'Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society' Resumes Museum Tour

ArtfixDaily / February 21st, 2021

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, on view March 6 through May 30, 2021. Initially planned for the Spring of 2020, the exhibition was on view for just three days ...

A Magnificent Five-Foot-Tall Jade Pagoda Is Among the Must-See Treasures at Expanded Lizzardo Museum

ArtfixDaily / June 24th, 2020

Re-carving the Past: The Art of Chinese Bronzes and Jades, a special exhibit extended through January 3rd, 2021, will be on view at the new location of the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art, in Oak Brook, Illinois, following a temporary closure during the pandemic. Visitors will also not want to ...

View the Entire $100 Million Gift of Artworks to the Cleveland Museum of Art in March

ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2020

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) in March received a gift and promised gift of more than 100 Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings, drawings, and prints; Chinese and Japanese ceramics; and other works of art from the collection of Clevelanders Joseph P. ...

After Strong Initial Sales, TEFAF Maastricht Closes Early Due to Coronavirus

ArtfixDaily / March 10th, 2020

UPDATE 3/11/2020: TEFAF has closed four days early after an exhibitor from Italy, who had already returned home on Monday, March 8, tested positive for COVID-19, reported the Art Newspaper. The 33rd edition of TEFAF Maastricht drew 10,000 international visitors over Early Access Day (March 5) ...

Spectacular Discoveries Abound at TEFAF Maastricht 2020

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2020

TEFAF Maastricht has launched its largest and most international edition to date, less just 3 exhibitors due to coronavirus concerns, with a Preview on Friday and continuing March 7 to 15 at the MECC, Maastricht. The fair provides collectors with the opportunity to acquire some of the ...

British High Court Rejects Antiques Trade Challenge of Ivory Ban

Guardian / November 5th, 2019

A court claim from the Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures (Fact) failed Tuesday to compel the British High Court to make exceptions to a total ivory ban in the U.K. The U.K.'s 2018 Ivory Act is set to cease trade in ivory pieces of all ages with a few artistic exemptions, notes the ...

Trump Imposes 10 Percent Tariff on Chinese Art and Antiques Starting September 1

ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2019

U.S. President Trump deepened his trade war with China by imposing a new 10% tariff on Chinese art, antiques and antiquities, among other goods. On Tuesday, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of $300 billion worth of items subject to the tariff starting from September 1. ...

U.S. Adds Chinese Art and Antiques to Proposed 25 Percent Tariff List

Gazette / May 23rd, 2019

As the Trump administration escalates its trade war with China, Chinese art and antiques could be subjected to a 25% import tax along with $200-billion worth of Chinese-made goods in a new 194-page tariff list. Last August, arts industry representatives in Washington successfully removed ...

Record Setting $65 Million Chinese Painting Tops Strong Sale in Hong Kong

CNN / October 1st, 2018

CNN: A painting by the Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki sold for a record 510 million Hong Kong dollars ($65 million) Sunday, leading one of Asia's largest ever art auctions. The artist's abstract work "Juin-Octobre 1985" is now the most expensive painting ever to go under the hammer in Hong ...

Museum Featuring Westervelt CEO Jack Warner's Collection Will Close, and More Art Sold

ArtfixDaily / August 23rd, 2018

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama, housing the renowned collection of 17th-20th century American and Asian fine art, furniture and decorative arts formed by the late Westervelt Company CEO Jack Warner, will close on Aug. 31. In a statement the museum noted: "While The Westervelt Company ...

GQ Investigates the Rise in Chinese Art Thefts Worldwide

GQ / August 19th, 2018

GQ sent writer Alex W. Palmer to investigate the sharp increase in Chinese art heists at museums worldwide. In 2010, there was a brazen break-in at the Swedish royal residence, with the state collection at the Chinese Pavilion raided of antiquities on the grounds of Drottningholm Palace. Not ...

Tariff Plan Could Dampen U.S. Market in Chinese Art

Bloomberg / August 9th, 2018

From Bloomberg: The art world is growing anxious about President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The administration’s list of $200 billion in goods targeted for duties includes paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics and historical collectibles, along with antiques older than 100 ...

Chinese Vase Found in Shoebox Fetches $19 Million at Auction

ABC / June 13th, 2018

An 18th-century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France has sold for 16.2 million euros ($19.1 million) at auction in Paris, reports Reuters. The vase went for more than 20 times the pre-sale low estimate of 500,000 euros, making it the highest price ever for a single item ...

Museum Sells Chinese Vase from Storage for $14.5 Million

Tulsa World / May 30th, 2018

A museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has sold an exquisite vase -- long tucked away in storage -- for a windfall at auction. The piece was made in the early 1700s at the order of the Chinese emperor Qianlong.  The vase was offered in Christie's Hong Kong spring sales series that fetched a ...