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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 ...

Victoria and Albert Museum Director Reportedly to Resign Over Brexit Concerns

Guardian / September 4th, 2016

The director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Martin Roth, is expected to resign this week and return to his native Germany in a decision fuelled by his disillusionment at the Brexit vote. Roth was appointed in 2011, becoming the first foreign director of the V&A since it was founded ...

Magnificent Italian Castle to be Auctioned Fully Furnished

Concierge Auctions / August 14th, 2016

Castel Valer, a restored medieval fortress at the edge of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, goes under the gavel on Sept. 8. The historic property has descended in the same family for about 650 years. Steeped in history while updated for the 21st century, the castle combines ...

Two Renowned Antiques Dealers Deny Selling 'Fake' Chairs to Versailles

Telegraph / June 13th, 2016

French police have arrested two respected antiques dealers on suspicion of selling fake Louis XV chairs to the famed royal chateau of Versailles, reports the Telegraph: Art fraud officers detained the two dealers for questioning...both Paris-based experts in 18th century furniture. They are ...

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

ArtfixDaily / October 22nd, 2015

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 ...

Old is New Again in New York Pop-Up Exhibition

T, The New York Times Style Magazine / September 23rd, 2015

Four renowned European antiques dealers are betting that American collectors are ready for fresh objects of desire. With eye-catching displays, they are looking to cultivate an interest in historical objects and centuries-old art with a new generation of American collectors ...

Nazi Gold Train Finders Claim 'Priceless' Amber Room Could Be Inside

Daily Mail / September 23rd, 2015

Two treasure hunters who say research led them to the site in Poland where a Nazi train supposedly laden with unknown documents and valuables is buried in a tunnel have a new claim. The pair says the long-lost Amber Room stolen from the Russian czars could be on board the ...

Palace of Versailles Moves Forward with Hotel Plans

Independent / August 18th, 2015

Three 17th-century buildings just 100 yards from the main palace of Versailles will be renovated and converted into a luxury hotel. The renovation is expected to cost at least $7 million. Dips in funding for the state-owned Chateau de Versailles has the popular site needing to increase ...

The Vatican Launches App for Crowdfunding Restorations

The Guardian / August 17th, 2015

Not all are in favor of the Vatican Museums' Patrum, a new app designed as a philanthropic crowdfunding venture to support the treasures in the Vatican. The Guardian's Jonathan Jones, for one, thinks the app could lead to restoration projects that are more harmful than good for art and ...

Rijksmuseum Named European Museum of the Year

ArtfixDaily / May 28th, 2015

What is the Rijksmuseum doing right? The European Museum Forum recently named Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum the European Museum of the Year. “This is a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach program for visitors of ...

Detroit Institute of Arts Raises Goal for Grand Bargain

USA Today / January 5th, 2015

In less than a year, the Detroit Institute of Arts has fulfilled its promise to deliver $100 million to the city's $816-million grand bargain debt restructuring plan.

Prices for Charles Rennie Mackintosh Work Soar Following Glasgow School of Art Fire

Scotland Now / December 29th, 2014

The value of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is set to soar in price after the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, according to auction experts. Sellers were “amazed” at the rocketing value of...

Winston Churchill's Belongings, Paintings Under the Hammer

Guardian / December 15th, 2014

An auction of Winston Churchill's personal possessions is set for Dec. 17 at Sotheby's in London. A preview is underway of the items left by his last surviving child, Lady Mary Soames, who died last June, aged 91. A gallery of Churchill's own paintings, regarded as the most important group ever ...

Putin Presents Hermitage Museum with £9m Fabergé Egg

ArtfixDaily / December 11th, 2014

A 250th anniversary celebration for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has generated fanfare and controversy. President Vladimir Putin was on hand for the museum’s jubilee reception December 7 when he presented the museum with a duo of dazzling gifts: a 19th-century clock made ...

Paris Museums Accelerate Initiatives with Crowd-Funding

New York Times / October 7th, 2014

Budget cuts from state aid are forcing cultural institutions in Paris to ask the public to raise thousands, sometimes millions, in micro-donations. Crowd-funding is taking off...

Britain's Wedgwood Collection Saved by Speedy Fundraiser

ArtfixDaily / October 4th, 2014

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

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

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

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.

Connecticut Collector Alleges Fraud Over Sculpture Sale

CT Post / August 24th, 2014

A Greenwich, CT., art collector is again taking legal action against a Manhattan art dealer with new claims of fraud and charges of racketeering.

Watchmaker Breguet Helps Reopen Louvre's 18th c. Decorative Arts Galleries

Forbes / August 18th, 2014

Swiss watchmaker Breguet has funded a lavish new display of 18th-century French decorative arts in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Prince’s Palace of Monaco to Sell Off Contents of Napoleon Museum

Agence France-Presse / July 2nd, 2014

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco will auction the contents of its museum dedicated to Napoleon this November in what experts describe as the “sale of the century” for fans of the period.