Decorative arts auction Jan. 29 has furnishings from table to ceiling

Murano Intarsio glass vases designed by Ercole Barovier for Barovier e Toso, 8½ in. tall x 4 in. wide. Estimate: $12,000-$14,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – An exquisite pair of Murano Intarsio glass vases, two French sterling silver tea sets by Puiforcat and Tetard Freres and several extensive sterling silver flatware sets top the list of fine home furnishings in a Jasper 52 online auction Jan. 29 titled Table to Ceiling: Decorative Art and Silver. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Kaminski showcases Emile Gruppe painting in Feb. 2-3 auction

Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978), ‘Gloucester Harbor, Town Landing,’ oil on canvas, signed and dated 1948, 30 x 40 in., frame 35 x 45 in. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will hold an estate auction Feb. 2 and 3 starting at 10 a.m. Eastern featuring high-end furnishings from a Biltmore, Palm Beach residence. Painting highlights include a specially commissioned Emile Gruppe waterfront scene, two modernist paintings by John Millard Ferren and a collection of sculptures by Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese-American, Boston-born artist and sculptor. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Collecting militaria: a call to arms

A rare presentation piece is this John Ulrich relief engraved Model 1866 Winchester with strikingly deep engraving that went for $150,000 in June 2018 at Morphy Auctions. Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Militaria runs the gamut from weapons such as swords, daggers, pistols and rifles to helmets, military division flags, patches, uniforms and other equipment or military collectibles. Militaria collectors are an especially patient lot, driven to collect but waiting for true and authentic items to hit the marketplace, often after being stored away in attics and basements for decades, likely being opened, or unfolded, for the first time since being packed away after a soldier or sailor returned home from service.

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Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ deemed unfit to travel

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Sunflowers, held in the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) – A “full body scan” carried out on the Van Gogh Museum’s version of the Dutch master’s iconic “Sunflowers” has shown the painting is not fit to travel because it’s in “stable but vulnerable” condition, the museum’s director said Thursday.

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Man pleads guilty to stealing from BYU library

Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Photo by Mark A. Philbrick, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

PROVO, Utah (AP) – A self-proclaimed Latter Day Saint antiquities dealer has pleaded guilty to stealing books from the Brigham Young University library.

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Tate Britain plans major Frank Bowling retrospective

Sacha Jason Guyana Dreams 1989 Tate © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019

LONDON – Starting May 31, Tate Britain will present the first major retrospective of work by Frank Bowling. Since the early 1960s Bowling (b.1934) has explored and expanded the possibilities of paint, influencing generations of artists through his spectacular kaleidoscopic paintings. This long overdue celebration of his work will be the first exhibition to span the full breadth of Bowling’s practice, bringing together rarely seen works and iconic series that highlight the quality and range of the artist’s remarkable six-decade career.

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