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Chicken Cup Smashes Auction Record for Chinese Porcelain

ArtfixDaily / April 8th, 2014

Considered the holy grail of Chinese art, a rare Ming-dynasty porcelain cup adorned with chickens brought $36 million on Tuesday in Hong Kong.

Chinese Bowl Breaks Auction Record Price in Hong Kong

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2013

A new world record price was set for a rare red "lotus bowl" from the Chinese emperor Kangxi period of 1662-1722 when it went for $9.5 million at auction in Hong Kong, making it the highest price for any Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period during the Qing dynasty.

Sotheby's Six-Day Hong Kong Series Raises $411 Million

Businessweek / October 6th, 2011

A week of auctions held by Sotheby's in Hong Kong netted a total of HK$3.2 billion ($411.3 million) with selective buyers competing to record levels for blue-chip art, rare gems, and Chinese ceramics.

£5 Million Worth of Stolen Antiques Found in England

Daily Mail / September 25th, 2011

British police have recovered a haul of antiques worth £5 million hidden in the garages of gang members. The loot came from raids on England’s stately homes, and included a £1.3 million porcelain collection and a £500,000 Chippendale table.

Freer Gallery reveals light-filled Whistler's Peacock Room

ArtfixDaily / August 17th, 2011

For the first time in 25 years, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art will open the shutters of James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room for public view on the third Thursday of each month, beginning Aug. 18, 12-5:30 p.m. Visitors to the room will have a chance to experience the tonal ...

Wayside Inn Antiques Show shines in second year

Antiques and the Arts / May 24th, 2011

Forty-six dealers assembled a fresh and inviting display of art and antiques, particularly strong in Americana and New England paintings, for the second annual Wayside Inn Antiques Show in Sudbury, Mass., from May 13 to 15. Guy Leblanc, the historic inn's Director of Marketing, cheerfully ...

Antiques Week in New York: Showstoppers at the fairs

New York Times / January 20th, 2011

A bevy of antiques shows, auctions, museum exhibitions and gallery events are underway in New York City through this weekend. At the Park Avenue Armory, 75 dealers in the Winter Antiques Show (through Jan. 30) represent the creme-de-la-creme of high-end antiques. Among this year's show ...

Exhibition of antique Spode serves up every pattern online

ArtfixDaily / January 3rd, 2011

Casual collectors, appraisers, museum curators and decorative arts aficionados can now browse through every known blue Spode pattern in a new interactive online exhibition of the famed English ceramic. In November, Delaware's Winterthur launched the Spode Exhibition Online ...

Hong Kong sales reach record heights

wall Street Journal / December 5th, 2010

Art, jewellery, wine and Chinese antiques were snapped up by eager buyers at a series of sales in Hong Kong last week. Christie's raked in $409 million, a season record total for Hong Kong, the world's third largest auction center following New York and London. About 80% of buyers were from ...

Quick tour of the new wing at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

ArtfixDaily / December 1st, 2010

With only three hours to take in the magnificent, $504 million-dollar Art of the Americas Wing addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, first impressions made all the difference. Beginning in the clean-lined and airy Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, an impressive new feature ...

Meissen among treasures in Christie's Nov. 23 sale

ARTFIXdaily's ArtWire / November 15th, 2010

The year 2010 marks the tri-centenary of the Meissen Porcelain Factory (1710-2010).  This accomplishment alone is a standing testament to the ingenuity and creative fervor of its craftsmen. Located in eastern Germany, Meissen was the first place in Europe to produce high quality porcelain ...

£53 million Chinese vase smashes record

Daily Mail / November 14th, 2010

A dusty antique vase sat on a wobbly bookshelf in a modest home outside of London since the 1930s, until it sold at Bainbridge's auction for an incredible £53 million on Nov. 11. The 16-inch tall 1740 Qianlong dynasty vase with a fish motif is the most expensive piece of Chinese porcelain ...

Imperial vase skyrockets above $32 million at Sotheby's sale

Reuters / October 8th, 2010

Sotheby's seven-day series of auctions in Hong Kong culminated in HK$3.08 billion ($400 million) worth of Asian art, jewelry, wine and watches sold. The total for this biannual sale soundly exceeded the $400 million tally for the auction firm's annual Asian sales of 2009. Imperial treasures ...

Early 20th c. decorative arts soar at Rago auction

ArtfixDaily / October 8th, 2010

Rago Arts and Auction Center totalled a strong $5.6 million for 1,380 lots in its 20th c. Design sale, from October 1 to 3. Pieces dating from the early 20th century, including Roycroft furniture and metalwork, which completely sold-out, elicited fierce bidding "at levels not seen since 2007," ...

TRIO OF EXHIBITIONS ILLUMINATING POST-WAR JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS AT JOAN B. MIRVISS LTD.

ArtfixDaily / September 29th, 2010

Continuing with her on-going effort to present cutting-edge contemporary Japanese ceramics, Joan B. Mirviss will present three consecutive exhibitions illuminating the world of post-war contemporary ceramics in Japan. Never before has a comparable series of exhibitions of this magnitude been ...

Kroll painting, Chinese export smash auction estimates

ArtfixDaily / September 16th, 2010

Ten Chinese Export armorial plates, conservatively estimated at $1,000 to $2,000, catapulted to a final bid of $16,157.50 (including 15% buyers premium) at Cleveland-based Aspire Auctions' recent sale ending Sept. 2. The Kang Hsi (circa 1720) plates, noted as heavily glazed with carved rims, ...

Solid sales at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / September 4th, 2010

The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, from September 2 to 5, sustained a high gate as well as notable retail and trade business over Labor Day weekend. More than 550 exhibitors displayed nearly 200,000 objects from antiquarian books, fine art, jewelry, and silver, to textiles, ...

Clear as Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery

ARTFIXdaily ArtWire / June 27th, 2010

Clear as Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery, edited by Warren Payne, is a ground-breaking new book on the art pottery produced in Kentucky during the first half of the 20th century. From Cornelison Bybee to Waco, Louisville Pottery Co. (Cherokee) to Hadley, ...

A decadent Meissen tea set unveiled in London

ArtfixDaily / June 24th, 2010

The ultimate high tea accessory for summer is part of an extensive Meissen collection assembled by London's David Brower Antiques in celebration of the German porcelain manufacturer’s 300th anniversary.  Nestled on quaint Kensington Church Street, amongst the largest collection of ...

Gilbert Stuart to star in Grogan & Co.'s June auction

ArtfixDaily / June 2nd, 2010

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), famous for his presidential portraits of George Washington, also depicted the American leader’s war enemy. General Charles Rainsford, a British officer responsible for recruiting Hessian soldiers to fight the colonists during the Revolutionary War, was painted in ...