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SaiakuNana and Ignatius Rake declare ‘Punk Rock Forever’

PRESS RELEASE | ST AUSTELL, 22 JUNE 2022 — Celebrated Japanese artist SaiakuNana, who has exhibited her work in Tokyo, London and New York, has joined forces with award-winning Cornish animator and filmmaker Ignatius Rake to produce a music video that documents her must-see gallery in London’s East End before it closes this coming July 17.

“I became a fan of SaiakuNana’s work the moment I saw it at the Watari-um gallery in Tokyo,” Rake says.

“I was immediately struck by the power and vibrancy of her paintings, which combine the kawaii aesthetic of modern Japanese popular culture with the raw energy of punk rock and abstract expressionism.”

In 2018, SaiakuNana won the Grand Prize at the 21st Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, the Japanese equivalent of the UK’s Turner Prize.

PIGUET GREAT AUCTION: From Fine Art & Jewellery to Ferrari Memorabilia and more! Total $5 – 7.5 Million

PRESS RELEASE – Geneva, 4 June, 2022

PIGUET is pleased to organize a Great Auction of:

Fine jewellery in aid of supporting young designers

Botero, Degas, Giacometti, Picabia celebrating the female figure

The incredible Charles-Edouard Duflon collection reflecting his unusual character

First Ferrari Memorabilia sale

The Château Le Rosey library of rare books and much more!

DESIGNER VIVARIUM at GEMGENÈVE 2022 – Showcasing Innovative International Jewelers

GENEVA, 29 MARCH, 2022 – As always, Vivienne, aided and abetted by Ida Faerber, has scoured the globe for independent, under-the-radar designers, each with a strong concept, a well-defined design direction, individualistic point of view and sophistication of craftsmanship and use of materials.  She explains too that as a historian she particularly appreciates designs that acknowledge and respect the long and rich history of the jewel, its rituals and traditions, while at the same time challenging perceptions of the role and meaning of the jewel. The styles represented in the 2022 Designer Vivarium, as always, are all very different from each other, showing the breadth, depth and versatility of expression in today’s world of contemporary jewellery.

Prices on Old Rotary Phones are Up 500%

MARKET ALERT | Vintage rotary phones have been steadily rising in value and liquidity, becoming almost as good as gold.

Rare models sell between $200-2000 regularly. Even most basic rotary phones are in high demand.

Well-known home decorators are getting in the game and scooping up vintage phones from the market in bulk!

Further fuel into the fire is thrown by the limited (and constantly decreasing) supply.

Rare Porcelain from Imperial Russia by Philip Batenin

This small bell shaped tea cup, manufactured in 1830s by the famous Batenin Porcelain Factory that belonged to a wealthy merchant Philip Batenin, is a perfect example of valuable antique porcelain from the Imperial Russia. The cup features one of the rarest views ever depicted on Batenin’s creations, the Smolny Cathedral on the Neva River, which is painted completely by hand.

A similar cylindrical cup with a view of the Smolny Cathedral was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in June 2007 for £2400. Another is located in the world-famous Hermitage Museum. Nowadays, Batenin’s porcelain is quite rare and highly prized among collectors.

Who is Leonid Lindin

Leonid is one of the most skilled and imaginative precisionism artists in Europe. He he is also a hopeless romantic who uses his talent to paint spectacular fantasy scenes, often with oil on large canvases. Leonid’s artworks take time and anyone who had the pleasure to see them up-close was undoubtedly amazed by his attention to detail.

While Leonid’s favorite genre is seascapes, there are no limits to his imagination. If in real life he is a very modest man, in his art Leonid ventures into far corners of distant galaxies, sails over oceans and seas, and goes into wild winter forest of the north, not to mention the female beauty that occasionally comes to life on his canvas. A true romantic, Leonid paints romance like no one else.

SOLD OUT: 2022 GemGenève International Jewellery Show

PRESS RELEASE | GENEVA, 16 MARCH 2022 – The 4th edition of GemGenève will take place from 5th to 8th May 2022 at Palexpo. GemGenève organizers, Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah, have announced there will be 160 exhibitors from all four corners of the earth.

This new spring edition already looks extremely promising, this time with a taste of rediscovered freedom. Once again, GemGenève holds many surprises and previously unseen discoveries for both visitors and exhibitors.

The show offers a 360 degree foray into the heart of the world of jewellery, precious stones, rare and unique gems, antique jewellery, historic and contemporary creations. Past, Present, Future… bringing the best in jewellery design to GemGenève!

GemGenève – Next ‘Geneva International Gem & Jewellery Show’ Starts on May 5th

PRESS RELEASE | GENEVA, 3 MARCH 2022 – From Thursday 5th May to Sunday 8th May, GemGenève opens the doors to its fourth edition at Palexpo. The meeting of gemology and jewellery professionals and enthusiasts remains faithful to its exclusive recipe: created by exhibitors for exhibitors and open to the general public, this show offers a unique platform for expression dedicated to the world of colored stones, exceptional diamonds, pearls, antique and contemporary jewellery, prestigious designers and emerging talents. The promise? A genuine laboratory of creativity. A guaranteed immersion in the heart of different jewellery trades. A high-level educational program. And of course, the wealth of human interaction offered by an in-person show like GemGenève.

Reb Nachman’s Second Chair – Hasidic Holy Relic Worth $10 Million

Reb Nachman’s Second Chair

The World Art News presents one of the Holiest Jewish Relics that is known to exist in a private collection – the Second Chair of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772 – 1810).

With the Star of David in the front, a hypnotic Jewish Rabbi in the center, and a Yiddish inscription of Reb Nachman’s name on the back, this chair is stunning in its craftsmanship and Judaic beauty. The aura of history radiates from this rare artifact.

Reb Nachman remains among the most quoted Hasidic masters and to this day tens of thousands of Jews from all over the world travel to his burial site as part of their annual pilgrimage.

How Russian Czar’s Library Ended Up In America

Most people in the United States, Russia, and the World don’t know that more than 2,500 volumes from the personal library of the Russia’s Royal Family are in the possession of the Library of Congress of the United States.

This priceless collection was formed in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg’s, Imperial Russia. It survived WWI, the 1917 Revolution as well as the Civil War that followed, eventually ending up in America.

This is the fascinating story of how it happened, told exclusively to the World Art News by a researcher who worked with these rare books.