Dorota Chudzicka joins Detroit Institute of Arts as an assistant curator

Dorota Chudzicka, DIA assistant curator of Modern European Art. DIA image

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts has hired Dorota Chudzicka as Assistant Curator of Modern European Art in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Colossal clocks, Western art highlight Heritage Auctions sale March 8-10

Melchior Balthazar French Régence gilt bronze-mounted and brass-inlaid kingwood tall case clock with ‘Equation of Time,’ Paris, circa 1730, 82¼ in. x 17in. x 8 1/8in. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A collection of 19 clocks, including seven tall case clocks by important makers, will be among the highlights at Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction March 8-10. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hetian jade among treasures at Quan Rong Gallery auction March 3

Set of Chinese Hetian jade teapot, cups and tea caddy. Quan Rong Gallery image

CHATHAM, N.J. – Quan Rong Gallery’s Chinese art auction on Sunday, March 3, will feature a selection of 399 lots of Hetian jade statues, Shoushan stone statues, porcelain pots, wood sculptures, bronze statues, crystal and lapis lazuli jewelry, and more from prominent local collections and estate sales. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. No additional buyer’s premium will be charged for bidding online.

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Gee’s Bend quilts: unique works of folk art

Gee’s Bend quilt in the Housetop pattern by Bettie B. Seltzer sold for $4,400 in January 2019 at Case Antiques Inc. Photo courtesy of Case Antiques Inc. and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – The small, close-knit and rural African-American community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, took the art world by storm in 2002 with the groundbreaking exhibition, “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” which showcased the homespun quilts that were dazzling in their abstract and geometric simplicity. Further scholarship and the many exhibitions that followed have given these quilts their due at last, sealing their legacy in the field of vernacular art and establishing their place as an art form.

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African-American artists featured in Clarke Auction Gallery sale March 10

A select grouping of African-American artwork will be led by this Bob Thompson oil on Masonite, ‘Fearful Insider,’ 1958. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Clarke Auction Gallery image

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Provenance, quality and craftsmanship are hallmarks of Clarke Auction Gallery’s sale on Sunday, March 10, which highlights the best of the best when it comes to varied collecting tastes with pieces hailing from several important estates. Fine art and jewelry are especially well represented in this auction, but the sale runs the gamut from mid-century furniture and traditional antiques to decorative arts and Asian art. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Exceptional items to sell at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery March 9

Crossing the block is a Steinway Model D Centennial Concert Grand piano. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will offer a vast selection of antiques, clocks and fine art on Saturday, March 9, consisting of fine clocks, Tiffany lighting and intricate leaded glass windows along with ornate carved furniture, torchieres and an elegant Steinway Centennial grand piano (above). Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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King Galleries to auction rare architectural antiques March 2

Brunswick triple arch back bar in mahogany and oak, 10ft. 8in. h x 20ft. long. Estimate: $50,000-$75,000. King Galleries image

ROSWELL, Ga. – On Sunday, March 2, King Galleries will liquidate the contents of Red Baron’s Private Reserve showroom including hundreds of lots of the venerable antique and architectural giant’s favorite items amassed over the past 45 years. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Huge fancy yellow diamond ring tops Clars auction at $530K  

This rare 34.28 carat Old Mine Cut fancy light yellow diamond and platinum ring from the Spenger Collection sold for $530,000. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. – The energy in the saleroom at Clars Auction Gallery was electrifying as bidders waited anxiously for numerous historic lots to be presented for sale on Sunday, Feb. 17. Phone bidders were poised from around the world as well for what would become an international bidding event, at which a 34-carat diamond ring topped $500,000, a historic Japanese vase from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair soared to $135,000 and a new fine art record was set for Tadeusz Brzozowski. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fine collections boost prices at Jeffrey Evans Americana auction

Gem Razors mechanical store display sold for $4,680. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Winter Americana and Variety Auction on Feb. 15-16 was a highly successful event and produced strong prices – along with a few surprises – in multiple categories. The two-day format consisted of 1,955 lots of diverse material that generated record-breaking levels of participation for the firm, a strong indication of vigor in several segments of the marketplace. Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 5,000 registered bidders from 26 countries participating in house and online. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sotheby’s expands, reimagines its New York galleries

Exterior sketch of Sotheby’s New York headquarters. OMA New York image

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s today announced that it will unveil a dramatic expansion and reimagining of its New York City galleries on May 3.

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