Furniture

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Controversies

Director of France’s national furniture collection defends plans to sell 100 items at auction to aid healthcare workers

Move prompts fears that works from national museum collections could be sold off too

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Museums & Heritage

In the Met’s British galleries, a tale of artisans spurred by entrepreneurial forces

Installation weaves a 400-year narrative with global and sometimes dark threads

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Auctions

Sale prices soar past estimates at auction of decorator Mario Buatta's estate at Sotheby's

Christie's also holds its own at an auction of American furniture and folk art

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Art market

Decorative arts market report: The field is booming, fuelled by museum buying and style-hounds

"Sold to the person in the Prada suit"

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Art market

French decorative arts apparently recession-proof

The international market absorbs the Polo, Patiño and Johnson collections in one year. Tous les Louis do well but Louis XVI best of all

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Design

Virgil Abloh picks five classics from Vitra Design Museum

The US fashion designer has curated a display at the museum and developed a line of limited-edition products

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Obituaries

Remembering Jayne Wrightsman

A reminiscence of the New York socialite, arts patron and philanthropist by Keith Christiansen, the chairman of the Met's European Paintings Department

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Art market

How two missing legs helped the restitution of an Italian secrétaire worth €2m

The Italian state has a permanent right to confiscate illegally exported work

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Donald Judd

Settling into Donald Judd’s demanding furniture

A show at SFMoMA reminds a critic of his past experience with Judd and his creations

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Collectors

Scholar-collector John Hardy’s historic pieces for sale at Christie’s

A selection of objects with exceptional histories

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Victoria & Albert Museum

A short history of furniture from the V&A

Simon Swynfen Jervis selects his highlights from the V&A, spanning five centuries

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Victoria & Albert Museum

New V&A gallery focused on furniture making techniques

The V&A rocks its Gothic cradle

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Art market

Collectors remain cautious at Pavilion of Arts and Design in Paris as impulse buying declines

Many dealers reported mixed results from the fair

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Art fairs

Knitted lights and boiled leather chairs: a look at current trends in design, as seen at art fairs

Collectors in search of unusual materials at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile design fair should expect the unexpected

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A needs £1.1m to keep Baroque cabinet in the UK

It was reassembled and sold after part of it was discovered in a pizzeria

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Books

Book review: the history of Irish furniture in all its finery

An invaluable resource, lavishly illustrated

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Collectors

Thomas Scott Kaplan, a financier who owns one of the biggest silver mines in Latin America, is spending millions on design and 17th-century Dutch paintings

He is now the world’s biggest collector of modern furniture

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Antiques

Going...going...is the traditional antique gallery dying?

Dealers race to sell stock at auction as buying tastes change

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The new domesticity in Contemporary art

Focus is on the decorative arts at Art Basel Miami Beach

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Liechtenstein

Prince of Liechtenstein buys Badminton Cabinet for over £19 million

The finest piece of 18th-century Florentine craftsmanship will go on public show in his Vienna museum this year

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Sotheby's

Decorative arts today: Where to find that coffee-filter ballgown

Contemporary applied crafts on show at Sotheby’s

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Restitution

Furniture proves the next frontier in restitution as Fraenkel objects are tracked down

A claim brought against the Musée Carnavalet in Paris has an effect on US museums

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Art market

Demand for early oak furniture has fluctuated throughout the 20th century, and even though prices have risen sharply in recent years, pieces are still "very underpriced"

Minimalist interiors are being decorated with showy accent pieces

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Houghton Hall

Acceptance in lieu deal worth £9.3 million agreed for historic house furniture

Houghton Hall’s William Kent furniture to remain in house but to belong to Victoria & Albert Museum

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Books

Book review: 'For the King’s pleasure' is a meteorite of a book

This account of George IV’s decorations and furnishings is a landmark in the history of writing about the decorative arts

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Art market

Art Deco furniture rules the auction houses and a new sales record was set as the style replaces 18th-century furniture

Prices are rocketing, but perhaps not everything is right in this field with many experts questioning the authenticity of some pieces

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Collectors

Collector profiles: Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Scanu of New York and Madame M. of Paris. The modern charm of Art Deco

These collectors agree that the market has risen so much as to make buying almost impossible

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Art market

Ritzy auction prices for homespun objects: American Arts and Crafts design receives boost in popularity from Barbra Streisand

“At least thirty collectors are spending $200,000-500,000 a year at auction” on this branch of the decorative arts

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Winter Antiques Show

New York's Winter Antiques Show offers insight into the collecting trends, prices and the general health of the art market

The show will exhibit colonial and European furniture, girlhood embroidery, Native American pieces, and folk art

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Art fairs

A marked improvement at Grosvenor House and Olympia

Collectors from all over the world turned up with lots of money and confidence—and so did the British

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Books

Furniture in the Palazzo Pitti, table tops take the palm

The second of the four volume series on the furniture of the Pitti Palace makes its debut

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Museums & Heritage

At last we have a serious decorative arts show: John Channon at the V&A,

The Victoria and Albert Museum may be getting back into its stride as the world's top decorative art museum if the exhibition is anything to go by.

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Fakes & copies

Tajan sale flops when dealers stay away amid rumours and rulings of fakes

Rumours of fakes circulated