Massive Victor Hugo memorabilia collection highlights his literature and family

Victor Hugo letter to Adèle Foucher

For the 210th anniversary of Victor Hugo’s birth, Christie’s recently announced the sale of The Hugo Collection April 4, 2012. An important group of nearly 500 books, paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs, furniture and other personal objects, the collection constitutes a remarkable testimony of the lives of Victor Hugo and his descendants. Read More +

Following Westminster dog show, Bonhams boasts best Dogs in Show & Field fine art auction in years

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After the Westminster Kennel Club dog show judging Feb. 14, 2012 attention moved to the Bonhams annual Dogs in Show & Field: The Fine Art Sale. “This was the best Dogs in Show & Field sale we have had in years and I am delighted with the results,” said Alan Fausel, Bonhams vice president and director of fine art. Read More +

Vendors say sales remain strong at San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair 2012

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For 24 years, the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print and Paper Fair has drawn bibliophiles together to refine their collections. The fair was Feb. 4-5, 2012. The report from Fair exhibitors was positive. Rosemarie Rustico of San Francisco’s W C Antiques described the first day as “killer busy.” The second day was a bit easier (Super Bowl XLVI might have had something to do with that). Read More +

Today’s artists are still being inspired by Hugo Brehme photography

Taxco, Oro print Hugo Brehme photography

Mexican artists may have been introduced to modernity through photography, and one of the foremost Mexican photographers of the early 20th century, Hugo Brehme (1882-1954), has been cited as an influence on the country’s best known artist from the period, Diego Rivera. Brehme was a German immigrant imbued with the European Romantic tradition, which sought the sublime essence of nature and reveled in the beauty of ancient ruins. Read More +

Sale of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company fine art collection will benefit Winston-Salem arts group

Hundreds of pieces of art from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. collection will be sold Feb. 10-12, 2012 to benefit arts organizations and individual artists. Many of the works are by local and North Carolina artists, including Claude Howell, Elsie Popkin, Edd Presnell, Sally Prange and Catherine Ryan. They include oils, watercolors, prints, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and textiles, as well as antiques and decorative items for home and office. There are substantial selections of dishes, flatware, and crystal. Read More +