Egypt discovers ancient port used by temple builders

Rock temples of Ramses II and Merenptah cuted directly in the rocks at the Silsileh quarring site, near Aswan. Photo by Eileen Cecoon, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license versions 2.5, 2.0, and 1.0

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt says archaeologists have found a 3,000-year-old port where stones were transported to be used in the building of temples and obelisks.

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Colorful Fiesta adds zest to dining

This Fiesta relish tray, having a red base with only known medium green inserts, earned $6,500 in March 2018 at Strawser Auction Group. Photo courtesy of Strawser Auction Group and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Imagine Sunday dinner at Grandma’s where the table is set with a rainbow of gaily colored Fiesta dishes, a mix of colors for each place setting, or being a newly married couple and buying a few pieces of vivid cobalt blue and chartreuse plates to set the table with. Fond memories like this are a favorite for many longtime fans and collectors of Fiesta tableware. One of the longest-running produced dinnerware lines – and beloved for generations – Fiesta is easily recognized for its vivid colors and minimalistic styling that pays homage to the Art Deco era.

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Tate Modern to exhibit best of Russian artist Natalia Goncharova

Natalia Goncharova (1881- 1962), ‘Peasants Picking Apples,’ 1911, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019

LONDON – This summer, Tate Modern will present the UK’s first ever retrospective of the Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova. It will be a sweeping survey of a pioneering and radical figure, celebrated during her lifetime as a leading modernist artist.

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Morphy’s rolls out Old West relics, coin-ops April 12-14 in Vegas

Custom-made replica of 19th-century Concord stagecoach emblazoned ‘U.S. Mail’ and ‘Kansas City – St. Louis,’ 14ft long. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image

LAS VEGAS – All of the authentic Old West elements one would expect to see in a classic John Wayne movie will take center stage at Morphy Auctions’ Las Vegas gallery in mid-April. The three-day auction series opens with an April 12 sale of Gold Rush, Western and Native-American Relics featuring 412 lots of exceptional quality and historical importance. On April 13-14, the venue will resonate with the thrilling sounds of antique coin-operated music and gambling machines alongside a sensational array of antique advertising. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Musical instruments, Asian art high notes at Clarke Auction April 7

Leading the Asian art category is a carved celadon and russet jade double brush washer having two lotus leaves curling around a dragonfly. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Clarke Auction Gallery image

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Ranging from a fine piece of carved antique jade and two concert pianos to choice paintings and ornate silver serving pieces, Clarke Auction Gallery’s sale on Sunday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern will be especially diverse while encompassing quality offerings. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cowan’s to host notable American Indian art auction April 5

Zia polychrome pottery olla. Collection of Harriet and Seymour Koenig. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – An exceptional collection of pottery, textiles, fine art and katsinas from the southwestern United States highlights Cowan’s Spring American Indian & Western Art Premier Auction on April 5. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Michigan museum showcases its recently donated Inuit art

Visitors will discover innovative stonecut and stencil prints, and exquisite sculptures of arctic animals based on the artists’ life experience. Image courtesy of UMMA

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features a recently donated collection of Inuit art.

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Researchers confirm museum’s painting is a Van Gogh

‘Vase With Poppies,’ now authenticated as a Van Gogh. Image courtesy of Wadsworth Atheneum

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A painting at a Connecticut museum that has long been thought to be by Vincent Van Gogh has been authenticated as such by Dutch researchers.

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Bruneau & Co. tags archaic vessel brightest star in April 6 sale

Chinese archaic bronze Gui ritual food vessel dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) or earlier. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

CRANSTON, R.I. – A fine Chinese archaic bronze Gui ritual food vessel dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), or earlier, one of nearly 150 lots from the collection of George White, the longtime antique dealer, collector and owner of Gem Furniture of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is an expected headliner in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ next sale April 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Yuhua Wang painting sells for $1.3M at Gianguan Auctions

Yuhua Shouzhi Wang, ‘Pomegranates in Bamboo Basket.’ Price realized: $1,270,000. Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – Yuhua Showzhi Wang’s Pomegranates in Bamboo Basket commanded $1,270,000 at Gianguan Auctions on March 18. The sale set a world record price for the Chinese contemporary artist. The masterpiece led a strong slate of traditional art, porcelains and carved jades, all of which reached or exceeded their estimates. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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