Palm Beach Modern’s May 14 auction features finest midcentury & contemporary art, furniture

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Guests attending Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ (PBMA) stylish, hospitable events often compliment co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger on the consistent superiority of items offered in their sales. In order to make the cut for any of PBMA’s beautifully presented auctions, an artwork, furnishing or decorative accessory must pass the tests of quality, authenticity and market desirability, said Baca, who is also the company’s auctioneer. “Each potential consignment is assessed as though it were going to be offered to a very sophisticated and particular private client. We enjoy the curating process and always learn something new along the way,” he said.

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Spring ritual: Kamelot garden and architectural auction May 7

Pair of carved Rosa Verona marble recumbent lions on raised platform bases, 36 1/2in x 30in x 73in. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Kamelot Auctions image

One of a pair of carved Rosa Verona marble recumbent lions on raised platform bases, 36 1/2in x 30in x 73in. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000 for the pair. Kamelot Auctions image

 

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auctions will open the spring auction season with their annual garden and architectural antiques auction. The sale will take place on Saturday, May 7, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. With over 600 lots, the sale will feature impressive collections of statuary, fountains, architectural elements, ironwork, outdoor furnishings and fixtures.

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Estate consignments enrich Gray’s auction May 11

Lot 1A, Scott Miller (1955-2008) Snow Bird. Gray's image

Lot 1A, Scott Miller (1955-2008) Snow Bird. Gray’s image

 

CLEVELAND – Spring has brought an abundance of estates to auction. Gray’s May 11 auction is no exception.

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Turner self-portrait to be new face on UK £20 banknote

J.M.W. Turner, 'Self-portrait,' oil on canvas, circa 1799. Tate image

J.M.W. Turner, ‘Self-portrait,’ oil on canvas, circa 1799. Tate image

 

LONDON – Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Self-Portrait, circa 1799, from Tate’s world-famous Turner collection will be the new face to feature on the Bank of England’s £20 banknote.

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Lucian Freud painting could fetch $29 million at London auction

Lucian Freud, 'Ib and Her Husband,' 1992. Christie's image

Lucian Freud, ‘Ib and Her Husband,’ 1992. Christie’s image

 

LONDON (AP) – Christie’s is selling a Lucian Freud painting of his pregnant daughter as part of a sale representing centuries of British portraiture.

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Picasso at Crystal Bridges reflects influence on American art

Seated Woman in a Chemise 1923 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N04719. © Succession Picasso/DACS 2016

Seated Woman in a Chemise 1923 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N04719. © Succession Picasso/DACS 2016

 

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Pablo Picasso’s Seated Woman in a Chemise is now display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as the museum borrows the Spanish artist’s 1923 painting from the Tate Modern in London.

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Nakashima table starring in Wright Design Masterworks auction May 19

This exceptional Minguren II walnut coffee table by George Nakashima, 1973, was originally designed for the Rockefellers’ Japanese house in Pocantico Hills, New York. However it did not fit and was not used in the interior. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Wright image

This exceptional Minguren II walnut coffee table by George Nakashima, 1973, was originally designed for the Rockefellers’ Japanese house in Pocantico Hills, New York. However it did not fit and was not used in the interior. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Wright image

 

CHICAGO – A showcase for exceptional objects, Wright presents Design Masterworks, a tightly curated sale featuring seminal works by the most innovative and influential artists and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries at auction on May 19.

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Massive fire guts natural history museum in India’s capital

India's National Museum of Natural History in a photo taken prior to the fire. Image by Craig Deitrich. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

India’s National Museum of Natural History in a photo taken prior to the fire. Image by Craig Deitrich. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

NEW DELHI (AP) – A massive fire Tuesday gutted the National Museum of Natural History in India’s capital, one of the country’s top museums, an official said.

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Ancient Buddhist sculpture returned to Pakistani government

This smuggled Buddhist sculpture has been returned to the ownership of the Pakistani government. Credit: Manhattan District Attorney's office

This smuggled Buddhist sculpture has been returned to the ownership of the Pakistani government. Credit: Manhattan District Attorney’s office

 

NEW YORK (AP) – An ancient Buddhist sculpture smuggled into the United States has been returned to the government of Pakistan by New York City prosecutors.

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London gallery presents early photos of black subjects

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies), by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London; Eleanor Xiniwe, of the African Choir, by the London Stereoscopic Company 1891 ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Peter Jackson, by London Stereoscopic Company, 1889, Courtesy of ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies), by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London; Eleanor Xiniwe, of the African Choir, by the London Stereoscopic Co., 1891 ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Peter Jackson, by London Stereoscopic Co., 1889, Courtesy of ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

LONDON – A display of photographs that will reveal some of the stories of black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s will open May 18 at the National Portrait Gallery.

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