Janos Vaszary portrait of his wife starring at Gray’s June 26

Portrait painting by the Hungarian artist János Vaszary (1867-1939) of his wife Maria, unsigned. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000. Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers image

CLEVELAND – A portrait painting by the Hungarian artist János Vaszary (1867-1939) of his wife Maria, and an oil on canvas nude rendering by the Scottish painter Duncan Grant (1885-1978), are two expected top lots in a Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Art auction planned for Wednesday, June 26, by Gray’s Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Haven’t I seen you somewhere before, maybe the Antiques Roadshow?

Minton majolica Tortoise teapot and cover, 20.5cm (8in), date cypher for 1878, featured in Sworders’ June 25-26 auction. Estimate: $1,900-$3,200

STANSTED MOUNTFICHET, UK – In no particular hurry to reach its destination, this wonderfully decorative Victorian teapot was probably the center of attention at many a fashionable garden party, but now it’s headed for the spotlight at Sworders auction house.

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Sea Turtle Week puts focus on illegal trafficking of species

NEW YORK – On June 16 each year, we celebrate World Sea Turtle Day to raise the profile of sea turtles and inspire action to protect them from global threats. This year, Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) partner SEE Turtles has organized an entire week to celebrate these beautiful creatures. Sea Turtle Week will be celebrated between World Oceans Day (June 8) and World Sea Turtle Day (June 16), and will highlight a different species/threat each day. On June 13, the focus will be on the illegal trade that threatens hawksbill sea turtles.

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‘Monet: The Late Years’ opens June 16 at Fort Worth museum

Monet, ‘Weeping Willow and Water-Lily Pond,’ 1916–19, oil on canvas, 78¾in. x 70¾in. Private collection

FORT WORTH, Texas – From 1914, through to his death in 1926, Monet embarked on a reinvention of his painting style that led to increasingly bold and abstract works. This period of continued vitality made Monet one of the most original artists of the modern age. “Monet: The Late Years,” will be on view at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth from June 16 through Sept. 15.

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Auction houses Rago and Wright announce merger

L to R: Richard Wright, David Rago, Suzanne Perrault

CHICAGO and LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Two renowned independent auction brands, Rago in Lambertville, New Jersey, and Wright in Chicago and New York, have announced the merger of their business operations. Both houses will continue to operate under their individual names while sharing technology, expertise and marketing efforts.
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Francois Linke: French ébéniste extraordinaire

Francois Linke ormolu-mounted kingwood console table, circa 1900, signed ‘Linke,’ the shaped brèche violette marble top above the frieze centered by a scallop shell, flanked by four female busts raised on cabriole legs, joined by a shaped ‘X’ stretcher, surmounted by a man holding a mandolin, 36in. tall x 59in. wide, est. $60,000-$80,000, sold for $110,000 on Oct. 28, 2012 by A.B. Levy’s in West Palm Beach, Fla. Courtesy A.B. Levy’s and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – France was home to many fine ébénistes (cabinetmakers) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but few were as renowned and successful as Francois Linke (1855-1946). The quality of his craftsmanship was unequaled by any of his contemporaries and made him the most sought-after cabinetmaker of the period.

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