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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 ...

Judge Rules for Berkshire Museum Sales of Norman Rockwell, Other Artworks

New York Times / April 6th, 2018

A Massachusetts judge on Thursday gave the final approval for Berkshire Museum's controversial plan to sell artworks from its collections, including a significant Norman Rockwell painting that the artist gifted to the Pittsfield, Mass., institution.  The decision comes after a seven month ...

Man Charged With Stealing Terracotta Warrior's Thumb

New York Times / February 19th, 2018

A Delaware man has been charged with stealing the thumb of a $4.5 million terracotta warrior figure on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Michael Rohana was attending a Christmastime ugly sweater party at the museum when he entered the closed-off loan exhibition room, took a ...

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

swissinfo / September 24th, 2017

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 ...

From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

Antiques and the Arts Weekly / January 18th, 2017

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

Chinese Authorities Destroy Fake Terracotta Army at Bogus Attraction

Xinhua / January 17th, 2017

A site with 40 copies of the famed terracotta warriors was demolished by Chinese authorities in a raid on Wednesday, according to reports. Tourists were confused, with one posting an online complaint, when they were duped into visiting the underwhelming, copycat attraction in the Lintong ...

Chinese Company Becomes Major Shareholder in Sotheby's

New York Times / August 1st, 2016

China's Taikang Life Insurance disclosed last Wednesday that it had become Sotheby's biggest shareholder, with a 13.52% stake. Taikang is run by Chinese tycoon Chen Dongsheng, who helped found China Guardian Auction Co. Chen is an established power player in the Chinese art market. He modeled ...

T Magazine Uncovers The Lost Frescoes of Rajasthan

T Magazine - New York Times / May 9th, 2016

In the desert, painted onto once-great — and now, mostly abandoned — houses, is dazzling proof of the Indian state's opulent history. Aatish Taseer writes of this extraordinary past in T Magazine's upcoming May 22 Travel issue:  The pale hard land surrounding Delhi runs west into the ...