The Galloway Hoard (8th–10th century)
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
The Galloway Hoard of more than 100 Viking-era artefacts, which was discovered in 2014 in Dumfries and Galloway where it had lain undisturbed since the 10th century, is one of the richest of its kind. Along with gold and silver jewellery and ingots, it includes a unique bird-shaped gold pin and a decorated silver-gilt vessel, which is the only complete lidded vessel of its type ever discovered in the British Isles, and possibly the largest to have been discovered worldwide.
The Dresden Mars (before 1587), Giambologna
Dresden State Art Collections
One of very few Giambologna bronzes to have been firmly documented during the artist’s lifetime, The Dresden Mars was presented as a gift to Christian I, Elector of Saxony, in 1587. This outstanding cast of the work had been intended for Sotheby’s Treasures sale on 4 July, with an estimate of £3m–£5m, but a direct offer made by the Staatliche Kunstsammlung the day before the auction secured the work for the state of Dresden.
Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1615–17), Artemisia Gentileschi
National Gallery, London
This rare and recently identified self-portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most important artists of the Italian baroque, is one of only three known easel paintings by the artist in the UK.
African ceramics from the collection of Franz, Duke of Bavaria
Design Museum, Munich
With examples from societies throughout the African continent, dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Duke of Bavaria’s collection of African ceramics is of international significance. More than 1,300 of these works will be presented to the Design Museum; around 250 have been given as donations, while the rest are permanent loans.
The Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art: more than 17,000 works
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
This collection of more than 17,000 works of Soviet nonconformist art, worth around $34 million, becomes the largest single gift in the museum’s history. It includes the work of over 1,000 artists, extending across the Soviet republics.
More than 400 works by Roy Lichtenstein
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The promised gift of more than 400 works by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation will form the backbone of the Whitney’s Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection.