Latest News Articles by Gabriel Berner
Antiquities: The impressive body of bidders at ancient art auctions14 September 2020
Not just whole figures but parts such as feet and hands are sought after by collectors in the antiquities market, as evident at a vast six-day auction in Essex
Greek terracotta goddess doubles estimate at Christie's14 September 2020
This exceptionally preserved Greek terracotta seated goddess retaining much of its stylised red slip decoration emerged as one of the highlights of the summer antiquities sales in London.
Egyptian bronze falcon sarcophagus emerges in Salisbury auction14 September 2020
A dozen lots of Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts once owned by Ferdinand Mainzer (1871-1943), a German-Jewish gynaecologist turned historical author, will open Woolley & Wallis’ tribal art and antiquities auction in Salisbury on September 22.
Mosaic fragments ‘from a Roman villa’ sell in Bristol14 September 2020
Consigned from a private deceased estate, a group of decorative mosaic floor tile fragments took a multi-estimate £2200 at Clevedon Salerooms (22% buyer’s premium) in Bristol.
Egyptian mask comes to Somerset auction14 September 2020
This Egyptian polychrome painted wood sarcophagus mask comes from the lid of an anthropoid coffin. These were coffins carved to the outline of the mummy’s body and decorated with the face and wig of the deceased.
Group lot contained a Samian surprise14 September 2020
Unearthed in a group lot at Lindsay Burns (20% buyer’s premium) in Perth, this Roman marbled Samian ware bowl is believed to closely relate to another in the British Museum.
Hellenistic gold bracelets offered in Bavaria14 September 2020
This elegant pair of finely worked early Hellenistic gold bracelets featuring a rather sympathetic and graceful rendering of the snake-haired gorgon Medusa are believed to have been made by a courtly goldsmith workshop during the 4th-3rd century BC.
All about information sharing31 August 2020
Wider spectrum of buyers means presenting catalogue entries in greater detail can pay off
Old Master canine portrait makes over 100-times estimate at Tennants31 August 2020
Two pictures with animal appeal generated decent bidding at a North Yorkshire auction.
Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2100 including a Harry Clarke stained-glass window design31 August 2020
Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Harry Clarke.
Thorburns break from country house cover10 August 2020
The contents of a country house in Exmouth turned up not one but two large watercolours by Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935), the pre-eminent British painter of ornithological subjects.
Selling rate strong for Scottish art10 August 2020
Just three lots unsold in Edinburgh auction as private and international bidders dominate
Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1500 including a John Miller Greek beach view10 August 2020
Good art at a great price in regional sales
Auerbach’s theatrical flourish in Scarborough06 April 2020
An unsigned Frank Auerbach (b.1931) sketch in coloured inks of Camden Theatre in London, a favourite subject of the artist, emerged as the top-selling lot at Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby (22.5% buyer’s premium).
Illuminating artworks sold at Whyte’s in Ireland06 April 2020
The ROSC art exhibitions – ‘rosc’ being an Irish word roughly translated as ‘the poetry of vision’ – were the first major series of large-scale international art shows in Ireland.
New Romantic in tune30 March 2020
Impressionistic pastoral landscapes, often featuring cattle, are the signature works of John Alfred Arnesby Brown (1866-1955).
Traveller ends up in Cornwall30 March 2020
The Limerick-born painter Norman Garstin (1847-1926) was an engineer, architect, and a diamond prospector before he settled on art as a career.
The joys of a simple life from William Conor30 March 2020
Irish painter William Conor (1881-1968) received many official commissions during a prolific artistic career, including from King George V, but it was his warm and sympathetic portrayals of working-class life in Ulster that are best known today.
Cuneo captures the last of steam30 March 2020
Painting of Evening Star reflects end of an era as coal-fired locomotives started to hit the buffers.
Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2500 including a William Gear acrylic painting30 March 2020
Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a William Gear acrylic painting.