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Vermeer’s Cupid Reappears
Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window

Vermeer’s Cupid Reappears

It is amazing what modern technology can uncover.  Now it is up to the conservators to bring it back for all of us to enjoy — just as the artist intended.  What would be interesting to learn is who covered … More…

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 221
Comments on the Art Market

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 221

We are pleased to announce the release of Comments on the Art Market – Volume 221.  In this issue we cover our upcoming Julie Bell exhibition – LUSH, In the News (articles about the gallery), Stocks, Tales from the Dark … More…

Christie’s, New York – 19th Century
Gustave Courbet’s Le chasseur d’eau

Christie’s, New York – 19th Century

As we have seen with many of the 19th-century sales, the results come down to the condition, quality and estimate ranges.  When they are all aligned things go well, when they are not then trouble arises. I decided to watch this … More…

Sotheby’s London – The Orientalists
Jean-Leon Gérôme's Rider and His Steed in the Desert

Sotheby’s London – The Orientalists

On April 30th, Sotheby’s presented their selection of 19th century Orientalist paintings and, at times, the desert heat took its toll. Taking the top two slots were paintings by Jean-Leon Gérôme: Rider and His Steed in the Desert hammered at … More…

For the North – Bonhams 19th Century European
Ernst - The Palace Guard

For the North – Bonhams 19th Century European

All those years of procrastinating on homework assignments and book reports are finally paying off! This last week of the month has seen a flurry of auctions, and since the newsletter is due out any minute, we’re cramming to cover … More…

The Orientalists At Christie’s – Thank Goodness For Bauernfeind!
Gustav Bauernfeind "Forecourt of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus"

The Orientalists At Christie’s – Thank Goodness For Bauernfeind!

On April 29th, Christie’s London presented a small selection of 19th-century Orientalist paintings and the overall results were rather disappointing. The top lot of the sale was Gustav Bauernfeind’s Forecourt of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus (1890) which carried an Estimate on … More…

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: The Artist’s Quintessential Image/Style
john bentham_dinsdale_e1223_the_flag_the_flag_the_precious_flag_BLACK_AND_WHITE

How To Safely Navigate The Art Market: The Artist’s Quintessential Image/Style

When considering the purchase of a specific artist’s work, it is advisable to learn what they are famous for – their quintessential, or what some people call their signature image/style. Were they known for their still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, … More…

The Purloined Thumb!
Terracotta-warrior-The-Franklin-Institute-1555096376

The Purloined Thumb!

As one of China’s most prized relics, the Chinese government spent years reviewing the Franklin Institute’s security before agreeing to loan 10 life-sized terracotta soldiers dating back 2000 years.  Unfortunately, the institute dropped the ball when they threw an “Ugly … More…

Why Does Our Legal System Allow This?
Dawson Complaint-c.pdf

Why Does Our Legal System Allow This?

A few months ago we received an email from a writer at ArtNet asking if we wanted to comment on a lawsuit that was filed claiming our website (and those of over 100 other dealers) was not ADA compliant. What?  Whoever … More…

The Bright Side of the Art World’s Dark Side
Detail: Picasso's Buste de Femme (Dora Maar)

The Bright Side of the Art World’s Dark Side

Sometimes the Dark Side of the art world turns Bright.  A two-decade-long search for Picasso’s Buste de Femme (dora Maar) came to an end last month when Dutch investigator Arthur Brand, announced its recovery. The painting, which hung in Picasso’s home … More…