Furniture

Booksreview

Image and impotency: book reveals the palaces and pictures of some particularly hapless Habsburgs

The Mexican Emperor Maximilian, Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz Ferdinand all came to sad ends, but amassed vast estates and works of art

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

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

Art marketarchive

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

Designnews

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

Obituariesfeature

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

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

Settling into Donald Judd’s demanding furniture

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

A short history of furniture from the V&A

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

Art fairsarchive

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

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

Antiquesarchive

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

Dealers race to sell stock at auction as buying tastes change

The new domesticity in Contemporary art

Focus is on the decorative arts at Art Basel Miami Beach

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

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

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

Booksarchive

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

Art marketarchive

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

Collectorsarchive

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

Art marketarchive

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