Join Freeman’s every Friday for a round-up of the latest news and notable events in the art & auction world. (Consider it your weekend reading.)
- Head of Books, Maps & Manuscripts, Darren Winston, spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer this week about a vast and impressive trove of deeds, representing every neighborhood in the city and every township in the suburbs (several dating back to the country’s founding), belonging to a local collector, who “always wanted a weird or unusual hobby.”
- A brazen jewel heist straight out of the ‘Ocean’s’ franchise: on Wednesday, two thieves in Stockholm made off with three national treasures from the 17th century King and Queen of Sweden, in a brazen theft in broad daylight. The haul? Two crowns and a funerary orb with rock crystals and pearls.
- More than 150 years after his death, French artist Eugène Delacroix is breaking records. A recent retrospective at the Musée du Louvre saw attendance soar to nearly 540,000 visitors over the four month run. The exhibit was organized in conjunction with the Met, which will host the exhibit beginning in September. (Get your tickets now.)
- A pair of Lucas Cranach the Elder paintings looted by the Nazis can stay in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, a US court ruled this week. The paintings belonged to Amsterdam art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, were recovered by the Allies and returned to the Dutch government at the end of WWII.
- And if you’d rather listen than read: The Magazine Antiques podcast, Curious Objects, is a weekly exploration of the interesting and offbeat, through interviews with leading figures in the world of fine and decorative arts. This week, host Benjamin Miller visits Kevin Brown, founder and owner of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, specialist dealers in antiquarian cartography, to discuss a monumental Qing-era map of China.