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Solid gold and lapis lazuli sword made by the best craftsman in France offered at Rouillac

Auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac presenting a Napoleonic court sword manufactured by French goldsmith Martin Guillaume Biennais (1764-1843) and later offered to Compte Lespine Charles by José Miguel Carvajal, Duke of San Carlos. This piece will be auctioned on June 7, 2015 at a sale organised by the auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac and the castle of Artigny near Tours. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT.

TOURS.- A very rare sword in solid gold and lapis lazuli created by Biennais, Napoleon the 1st’s personal craftsman, for the Duke of San Carlos, will be put to auction – starting at 100,000 euros – by Rouillac, on Sunday June 7th, 2015, at the Castle of Artigny, in Touraine (France). “San Carlos was the richest man of Peru at his time and served as well as a diplomat under the orders of Ferdinand VII, King of Spain. He received this sword in 1815”, tells us auctioneer Aymeric Rouillac, who goes on to say: “in some fashion, the sword served as a reward for his work, given the fact that he had helped the Bourbons recover their Spanish throne after the Napoleonic invasion”. Goya, the Spanish painter, portrayed the Duke with his sword on a great painting that shall be exposed this autumn at the National Gallery of London. The sword is signed by Martin Guillaume Biennais, who was, at his ... More

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British Museum to present a live 30 minute broadcast from "Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art"   Sculpture in the City announces artworks for 5th edition of public sculpture exhibition   Marie Antoinette's armchair among highlights in Christie's Important French Furniture and Works of Art sale

Marble statue of a discus-thrower (discobolus) by Myron. Roman copy of a bronze Greek original of the 5th century BC. Height 173cm x width 100cm. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

LONDON.- At 6.30pm on Thursday 28 May, the British Museum will present a live 30 minute broadcast from its current blockbuster exhibition, Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art, sponsored by Julius Baer. This unique broadcast will be live-streamed using the hugely popular Periscope app to share the secrets of these remarkable works of Ancient Greek art. Viewers will be treated to an exclusive live guided tour of the exhibition by TV historian Dan Snow. The broadcast will be entitled ‘Discover the naked truth behind Greek art with Dan Snow in this exclusive live tour’ and will begin as the British Museum closes to the public. Dan will invite all those watching to join in with his journey around the exhibition, getting up close to iconic white marble statues, exquisite works in terracotta and beautiful bronzes and fascinating vases. As the tour progresses, viewers will be able to ... More

Damien Hirst, Charity, (2002-2003). Photographed by Mike Parsons © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015.

LONDON.- Sculpture in the City, the dynamic yearly public art exhibition in the City of London, returns this summer with a selection of contemporary art pieces placed in and around the Square Mile. Launching on the 9th of July, the exhibition will include works from internationally renowned artists including Damien Hirst, Sigalit Landau, and Bruce Beasley. In addition, an Ai Weiwei work will be installed in September to coincide with the Royal Academy’s much anticipated exhibition of this celebrated artist. Now in its fifth year, the Sculpture in the City initiative aims to enhance our urban environment with cutting-edge contemporary works from leading artists. Set amongst London's iconic architectural landmarks, such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin, The Leadenhall Building (aka The Cheesegrater), and the Lloyd’s building by Richard Rogers, this open-air exhibition not only enriches the workday experience ... More

A royal Louis XVI giltwood fauteuil en bergère which was made for Marie Antoinette by François II Foliot. Estimate: £300,000-500,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2015.

LONDON.- For centuries Christie’s has been the auction house of choice for landmark sales of French decorative arts, including the Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Ojjeh, Rothschild, Wildenstein, Riahi and Champalimaud collections. This tradition continues with Taste of the Royal Court: Important French Furniture and Works of Art from a Private Collection, in London on 9 July. Comprising 22 superb examples of 18th century French decorative arts, this sale exemplifies the outstanding quality and prestigious provenance that has driven the most refined and exacting collectors throughout the centuries in their passionate pursuit for exquisite objects. The furniture and works of art in the collection, many of which are at auction for the first time, were created for some of the most celebrated patrons of the 18th century: Queen Marie Antoinette, Duke Albert de Saxe-Teschen, Jean Baptiste de ... More

Morris Graves' V.S. Gaitonde drawings and other South Asian works of art offered at Bonhams   Julien's Auctions presents: Property from the Estate of Sid and Florence Caesar   Works by Chagall, Renoir, Hodler and Botero offered at Koller Zurich sale in June

M.F. Husain - Untitled (Horse). Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A series of six works by V.S. Gaitonde, one of India’s most important modern artists, will be offered at Bonhams Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art sale on June 11th in London. The six ink on paper drawings (estimated between £20,000-35,000 each) were acquired directly from the artist by American abstract painter Morris Graves, who visited Gaitonde’s studio in 1963. He was so excited by the works that he sent an aerogram that same day to Dan and Mariam Johnson of the Willard Gallery in New York. ‘One of the finest painters I have ever seen,’ he wrote of Gaitonde. ‘He is 100 per cent artist – a great & sincere (+ humble - + unconscious gift)…He is an abstract painter with something unspeakably beautiful & clean added. They are the most beautiful landscapes of the mind plus light...’ Gaitonde, who produced perhaps six paintings a year, is known for his non-representational ... More

Sid Caesar stage worn jacket and trousers.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, announces Property from the Life and Career of Sid and Florence Caesar. The collection, which will be featured in the highly-anticipated Julien’s Auctions Hollywood Legends event in Beverly Hills on June 26 and 27, 2015, includes an array of personal effects from the late comedian and actor’s Los Angeles estate in Trousdale, career memorabilia, fine art and fine jewelry. Ground-breaking comedian Sid Caesar was a two-time Emmy Award winner who broke comedic ground with partner Imogene Coca with a 90-minute live program in the 1950s called “Your Show of Shows.” The show was an immediate success and was to become one of the most influential programs in TV’s golden era, launching the careers of many. Caesar performed for six decades in movies and television and is considered by fellow ... More

Fernando Botero, Mother and Child. 2003. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated: Botero 03. 123 x 93.5 cm. CHF 340 000 / 400 000

ZURICH.- Koller dedicates its June auctions to Modern, Contemporary and Swiss Art. Top lots in the auction will include "La famille du pêcheur" by Marc Chagall, the important Symbolist composition "Urkraft" by Ferdinand Hodler, three paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the impressive portrait "Mother and Child" by Fernando Botero. From the “painter poet” Marc Chagall comes “La famille du pêcheur”, an oil painting composed of shades of deep blue. Produced in 1968, it has been exhibited in major Chagall retrospectives such as at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow in 1987, at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin in 2004 and at the Museum of Art in Seoul. It will now be presented at Koller with an estimate of CHF 2.5 to 3 million. Three paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir will lead the selection of ... More

Reconstructing London: Visions of the city after World War II by Ernst Haas on view at Atlas Gallery   John James Audubon's wild America celebrated in Currier Museum of Art exhibition   First UK exhibition of the leading glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra opens at Mallett Antiques

Ernst Haas, Child, London, 1951. Vintage silver gelatin print. Estate stamp on print verso. 9.5 x 13.5 inches.

LONDON.- Atlas Gallery announces an exhibition of rarely seen images by Austrian photographer Ernst Haas (1921-1986), which reveal post-war London in the years 1949 to 1951. 32 images from the collection, which has never been on public display before, reconstructs London emerging from two of the darkest decades in its recent history into a bustling dynamic entity. From Haas's unique position as a European photographer with the benefits of time spent documenting New York, the photographer imbues London with energy, humour and progressiveness more associated with an American city. A photojournalist at the beginning of his career, Haas documented daily life with a keen but empathetic eye for London's changing character, and the levity and stoicism of its occupants. The vintage collection comprises 94 black and white vintage prints and is being presented and sold as a single ... More

John James Audubon, Pennants Marten (Fisher), 1845-48, Hand-colored lithograph. Courtesy of New Hampshire Audubon, Concord, New Hampshire.

MANCHESTER, NH.- America’s westward expansion in the mid-19th century was a story of adventure, but also of profound environmental impact. That story is embodied in the life and work of a man who documented the birds and animals of frontier America. John James Audubon had already achieved fame from his groundbreaking publication, The Birds of America when he set his sights on the country’s mammals. From Birds to Beasts: Audubon’s Last Great Adventure, on view at the Currier Museum of Art from May 23 through August 30, 2015, will take you on Audubon’s 1843 journey up the Missouri River to observe and study some of America’s most iconic creatures. “What set Audubon apart from other naturalists of the time was the way he embedded stories in his beautiful, detailed illustrations,” said Andrew Spahr, ... More

Tagliapietra is the most ambitious and influential glassmaker of his generation.

LONDON.- Mallett announces Glass Ambition, the first UK exhibition of world-renowned Lino Tagliapietra, the 80-year-old Venetian master glass blower. The exhibition features new works by the artist, showcased at Ely House between 26 May and 4 July 2015. Tagliapietra is the most ambitious and influential glassmaker of his generation. His vessels push the boundaries of traditional glass with monumental, new forms and spectacular colours. Each piece is unique in number and personal to the maestro, who only works using the blowing canes he makes and the glass colours he creates. Tagliapietra lives on the island of Murano with his family and travels twice a year to Seattle, where he has access to studios and ovens large enough to blow his immense masterpieces. This extraordinary exhibition reconnects Mallett with its historical interest in glass. For many years, Mallett had a highly respected glass ... More

New publication explores the National Galleries of Scotland's impressive collection   Sotheby's Paris 20th Century Design Sale brings €7 million, exceeding high estimate   Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Tina Oldknow, to retire from Corning Museum of Glass

Sir John Leighton handpicks 100 masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

EDINBURGH.- This week will see the release of a new publication 100 Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, a detailed and lavishly-illustrated overview of one of the finest collections of Western art in the world. Written by John Leighton, the Galleries’ Director-General, the book brings together some of the greatest and best-loved treasures from the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Though relatively small in comparison to other great public galleries and museums across Europe, the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) is renowned for its depth and quality. Covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day, John Leighton’s selection of highlights includes major works by some of the most celebrated names in art history, from Titian, Rembrandt and Vermeer right through to Picasso, Hockney and Warhol. Thi ... More

Jean Royère, Paire de fauteuils Boule dit Ours Polaire, vers 1948-1949. Tapissés de velours vert, quatre pieds cylindriques en chêne. Hauteur : 71cm ; Largeur : 93 cm ; Profondeur : 93 cm. Estimate: 120 000 – 150 000€. Sold for: 543 000 €. Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- The results of today’s design auction again underscore the buoyancy of works on each market of this segment from original collections or private groups. The selection of high quality pieces our experts offered won praise from collectors. “Despite the wide range of works and periods, the auction was very consistent,” said Cécile Verdier, the European head of Sotheby’s European Design department and the auctioneer. “Whether it be Gallé glass, Royère furniture or creations by Rousseau, Ruhlmann, Gruber, du Plantier, Lalanne, Giacometti and Branzi, the leitmotiv was likely poetry, refinement and quality craftsmanship. We’re delighted to have brought recognition to postwar pieces by Marc du Plantier and to have shattered the artist’s previous record.” Works by the 20th-century’s greatest decorative ... More

Tina Oldknow led successful installation of new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, reinstallation of Modern Galleries, and organized countless special exhibitions. Photo: Courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass.

CORNING, NY.- Karol Wight, president and executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, announced today that senior curator of modern and contemporary glass, Tina Oldknow, will retire in September 2015. Since 2000, Oldknow has been responsible for all curatorial aspects of the glass collections dating from 1900 to the present. “Tina’s impact on our organization over the past 15 years has been tremendous,” said Wight. “She has transformed the displays and collections of the Museum, curated numerous popular exhibitions, is known as a leading expert in the field, and is simply a marvelous colleague. Her magnificent recent installation of our new Contemporary Art + Design Galleries is the exclamation point to her career here and a gift to all who love contemporary art in glass.” Oldknow ... More

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Artists announced for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015
LONDON.- Bloomberg New Contemporaries announces this year's selected artists. The panel comprising Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock (New Contemporaries 2006) and Simon Starling (New Contemporaries 1994) have chosen 37 artists from over 1,600 submissions. Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 are: Sïan Astley, Kevin Boyd, Lydia Brockless, Kanad Chakrabarti, James William Collins, Andrei Costache, Julia Curtin, Abri de Swardt, Melanie Eckersley, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Hannah Ford, Sophie Giller, Richard Hards, Juntae TJ Hwang, Jasmine Johnson, Tomomi Koseki, Hilde Krohn Huse, Pandora Lavender, Jin Han Lee, Hugo Lopez Ayuso, Beatrice-Lily Lorigan, Scott Lyman, Scott Mason, Oliver McConnie, Mandy Niewohner, Hamish Pearch, Neal Rock, Conor Rogers, Katie Schwab, Tim Simmons, David Cyrus Smith, Francisco ... More

Million dollar diamonds lead Bonhams' Fine Jewelry Sale in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- On June 22 Bonhams will hold its Fine Jewelry sale in New York that will be led by an important diamond rivière necklace estimated at $1,400,000-1,800,000. The stunning diamond rivière necklace features Triple X-cut diamonds that are of the highest cut, polish and symmetry grade. The graduated line of fifty-two round brilliant-cut diamonds weigh over 70 carats that are joined together by a heart-shaped clasp. Bonhams experts cite 2015 as the year of the colored gemstone. Exemplifying this trend is the June 22 sale that is studded with colored diamonds and gemstones. A luscious pink diamond and diamond ring is a star lot, which is estimated at $600,000-800,000. The cut-cornered, rectangular-cut fancy intense pink diamond weighing 3.56 carats is set within a pear-shaped diamond surround. It is further enhanced by a pavé-set diamond surround and mounted in 18k white and ... More

Contents of Hauteville Manor in Switzerland to be auctioned by Hôtel des Ventes of Geneva
GENEVA.- Hôtel des Ventes, Geneva announces an exceptional country house sale to auction the furniture and fittings of Hauteville Manor on 11 and 12 September 2015. This sale will consist of objects exclusively from Hauteville Manor, property of the Grand Hauteville family since its construction in 1760 at St-Légier (Vaud region overlooking Lake Geneva, Switzerland). Over the last 250 years, this illustrious family has surrounded itself with furniture, silverware, paintings and works of art that make for a refined and eclectic collection, testimony to the history of the Grand d’Hauteville family and hence Swiss, European and American history as well. The sale will also contain family jewellery and watches that date from the 18th to 20th centuries. This extraordinary collection of over 1200 lots, conserved with precious care to the present day, will be unveiled to the public and presented to the auction ... More

Seven emerging international artists from Africa exhibit at Tiwani Contemporary
LONDON.- Tiwani Contemporary announces The View From Here, a photography exhibition. The View From Here presents works by seven emerging international artists from Africa and the diaspora, many of whom are showing in London for the first time. Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria) was a Prix Pictet finalist in 2014 and Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria) was nominated for the prize in 2012. Namsa Leuba (Switzerland) was awarded the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award, and Délio Jasse (Angola), finalist in the BES Photo Prize in 2014, is part of the official selection for the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). The artists in this exhibition openly challenge the status of the photograph as a document, preferring to explore its limitless potential for subjective, fictional and poetic musings. The exhibition therefore showcases a diversity of attitudes towards the camera, ... More

More than 20,000 visitors over 4 days attend first Photo London
LONDON.- More than 20,000 visitors over 4 days attended the inaugural edition of Photo London at Somerset House, which opened to the public on Thursday 21 May 2015. Photo London is the single-largest exhibition ever at Somerset House with 70 international galleries, 3 commissioned exhibitions, 2 installations, a robust talks programme featuring over 50 photographers and curators and 3 new award platforms. The architecture of Somerset House enabled Photo London to move away from the monolithic grid system of mega fairs and create a sequence of more intimate, interlinked spaces. The reaction from exhibitors and visitors alike has been a ringing endorsement of that approach and reaffirms the appetite for photography collecting in the capital. “The reaction to our first edition has been astonishing - far exceeding our own expectations and predictions. Indeed many of our exhibitors have ... More

Michaans announces June 19th Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewelry Auction
ALAMEDA, CA.- Making up approximately one-third of Michaan’s jewelry offerings in the June 19, 2015 auction will be a collection of opulence and extremely high quality: a sparkling assortment of adornments known as The Barbara Fouts Collection. A gemmy, bright and bold pick is found in a convertible brooch at an estimate of $7,000-9,000 (lot 3025). Reminiscent of the extravagant Bulgari jewelry designs of 1980s, assorted gems of bright and brilliant color are placed on each end of a yellow gold cross, further enhanced by a diamond-encrusted center. The cross, which can be converted into a pendant, contains peridot, tourmaline, tanzanite and sapphire. The gems on this primary cross display a rainbow of beauty, with two stylized, gemstone adorned, yellow gold batons intersecting the back. Yet another likeminded gemstone cross from the collection will also be available to bidders ... More

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions announces Waterloo 200th Anniversary Auction
LONDON.- With 2015 marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd present an auction centred on Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars. Prices range from £50 - £22,000 across approximately 300 lots, featuring a Napoleon death mask and private letters from the French Emperor alongside medals, militaria and works of art. Napoleon’s Death Mask, A reduced size bronze copy, by Dr François Carlo Antommarchi (1780-1838), signed with his name on truncation, 85.5mm, mounted on black marble as a paperweight. Dr François Carlo Antommarchi was appointed Napoleon’s physician in St Helena in 1818 remaining so till his death in 1821. There is a dispute as to whether the original death mask was taken by Antomarchi or Dr Francis Burton, stationed with the 66th Regiment in St Helena. Certainly it was Antommarchi ... More

Concealing the Spot: Exhibition of works by Noel McKenna opens at mother's tankstation
DUBLIN.- The usual way most of us try to conceal a spot… is to apply layer after layer of ‘concealer’ [not even a real word] over it in an attempt to cover up “nature’s little flaw” [sic]. Then because there is too much layered makeup on a focused area of skin, it begins to look so obvious that we try to blend it a bit, in a desperate attempt to fade-it-in over a greater area… [like a target?]… Irritated, the redness or darkness shows up again at the centre [my point…] and we go in with MORE concealer. The cycle goes on and by the time we’re done, there is a large area of thick, cakey product sitting over the blemish that effectively highlights the very thing we are trying to conceal.1 There are truistic life-lessons to be learned from the humble make-up blog; “nothing except a total absence of light [darkness, in other words] is going to hide a raised texture, because there will always be a bit of a shadow cast by ... More

Parcours: Art Basel announces an array of site-specific artworks installed around Basel's Münsterplatz
BASEL.- The 2015 edition of Parcours will be sited in the historical center of Basel around the city's iconic cathedral, infiltrating key locations such as the Museum of Culture, the Natural History Museum, the Town Hall and the Münsterplatz itself. 23 site-specific artworks by internationally renowned as well as emerging artists will be featured, the biggest selection to date, including works by Alexandra Bachzetsis, Davide Balula, Adriano Costa, Alicia Framis, Piero Golia, Tobias Kaspar, Alicja Kwade, Nate Lowman, Michaela Meise, Jonathan Monk, Vik Muniz, Ciprian Mureşan, Peter Regli, David Renggli, Ugo Rondinone, Yves Scherer, Lara Schnitger, Alyson Shotz, Daniel Silver, Philippe Thomas, Blair Thurman and Francisco Tropa. Parcours looks to engage with Basel’s past and present by weaving artistic interventions into the fabric of the specific location each edition inhabits. ... More

Finest and Rarest Wines: Featuring Burgundy Direct from Maison Camille Giroud totals US$1.6 million
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s wine sale of Finest and Rarest Wines: Featuring Burgundy Direct from Maison Camille Giroud concluded on Saturday (23 May) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery with a sale total of HK$12.5 million / US$1.6 million*. The sale was 94.6% sold by lot and 96.6% sold by value. Result Highlights • Camille Giroud highlights: o The rare Musigny 1976 Camille Giroud (12 bottles) sold above high estimate for HK$79,625 / US$10,208. o Charmes Chambertin 1978 Camille Giroud (12 bottles) sold for more than double its low estimate at HK$49,000 / US$6,282. • Le Pin 1990 (12 bottles) was the sale’s top lot, sold for HK$392,000 / US$50,256, i.e. HK$32,667 / US$4,188 per bottle. • Château Pétrus (two lots of 1989, one lot of 1990 and one lot of 2007) took up four slots in the top-ten list. • A bottle of The Macallan 50 year old in Lalique whisky sold above its high estimate for HK$294,000 ... More

'Barbara Moody: Earth Bound' opens at Montserrat College of Art
BEVERLY, MASS.- Montserrat College of Art presents, Earth Bound a solo exhibition featuring Montserrat Professor Barbara Moody in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The exhibition features three of Moody's recent large-scale drawings that depict the wildness of the natural landscape. Through exuberant mark-making and bold application of materials such as charcoal and paint, the artist creates a striking visual tension of simplicity and complexity. Moody refers to her process as that of an excavation site, as she “develops layers of line and color and idea, some images are buried and new ones emerge” and she “discovers meaning in the disparate clues.” Moody’s process of exploration is integral to her work and it is through openness to the unexpected that keeps her challenged and engaged. The three large-scale works featured in Earth Bound exemplify this very sentiment. ... More

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May 27, 1837. Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi (June 8 (O.S. May 27), 1837, Ostrogozhsk - April 6 (O.S. March 24), 1887, Saint Petersburg; was a Russian painter and art critic. He was an intellectual leader of the Russian democratic art movement in 1860-1880.

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