Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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British Museum reveals further stolen items recovered

27 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection but over 800 items are still missing.

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Marquess shows it’s not just female Massot appeal

27 May 2024

When it comes to the portraits of the Swiss artist Firmin Massot (1766- 1849), it tends to be depictions of young female sitters shown either full length of ‘jusqu’aux genoux’ (as far as the knees) – a format he often favoured – that attract the most attention commercially.

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Family portraits star as art amassed by an earl goes under the hammer

27 May 2024

“It was no surprise that a single-owner sale of noble provenance and with royal connections was such a success”, said Thomas Jenner-Fust.

Lucian Freud portrait

Sotheby’s announces details of latest summer show

24 May 2024

Sotheby’s is hosting an exhibition in London this summer featuring 12 works loaned from museums. All the works are by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.

British Museum's Recovery Programme

British Museum recovers more stolen works but over 800 objects still missing

24 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection.

Sotheby’s New Bond Street

Sotheby’s new pricing structure comes into effect

23 May 2024

Auction house reduces buyers’ and sellers’ fees but rivals are yet to follow suit

The Straw Yard by JMW Turner

Dreweatts to offer Turner’s only known oil sketch from Liber Studiorum project

21 May 2024

Two works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) have emerged from a private collection and will be offered at Newbury saleroom Dreweatts on June 12.

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Bidders on red alert for Dod’s mystery girl

20 May 2024

A bidding battle broke out at Bellmans in West Sussex for an early and engaging portrait by Dod Procter (1890-1972), setting the second highest auction price ever recorded for the artist.

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Carrington work sets British-born female artist record

20 May 2024

Setting a record for any British-born female artist at auction, a Surrealist painting by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) drew a lengthy bidding battle at Sotheby’s New York on May 15, taking the artist into a new league commercially.

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Art innovator Richardson’s collection comes to auction

20 May 2024

Marion Richardson (1892-1946), a pioneer of the child art movement, was described as ‘one of the most influential art innovators of our time’.

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Actor Peter Barkworth also had a private passion for collecting

20 May 2024

Despite Peter Barkworth’s very public profile his art collecting was a much more personal matter

Les Distractions de Dagobert by Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington’s surrealist ‘masterpiece’ sets major auction record at Sotheby's

18 May 2024

Setting a record for any British-born female artist at auction, a surrealist painting by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) drew a lengthy bidding battle at Sotheby’s New York on May 15, taking the artist into a new league commercially.

Girl in a Black Dress by Dod Procter

Early Dod Procter portrait turns heads at West Sussex auction

16 May 2024

A bidding battle broke out at Bellmans in West Sussex yesterday for an early and engaging portrait by Dod Procter (1890-1972), setting the second highest auction price ever recorded for the artist.

Peter Rose Pulham painting

Rare work by English surrealist Pulham appears at Newcastle auction

13 May 2024

A painting by the early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham (1910-1956) will be offered at Newcastle saleroom Anderson & Garland later this month.

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How Whistler became a prolific and powerful printmaker

13 May 2024

When James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) arrived in Paris in 1855 determined to pursue a career as an artist, printmaking was experiencing a revival.

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Middle East painted to Western taste by Huysmans

06 May 2024

To understand how European audiences viewed the Middle East in the 19th century, you could do worse than look at the body of work produced by Belgian artist Jan-Baptist Huysmans (1826-1906)*.

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Fantin-Latour roses rise to a regional high point

06 May 2024

Oil on canvas showing favoured subject of the artist takes top spot so far in UK sales outside London

Charles Tunnicliffe watercolour

Oystercatchers create a splash at Macclesfield auction

03 May 2024

Somewhat appropriately given the subject matter, a picture of oystercatchers flew away at a recent Adam Partridge sale in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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Indian connections help Devis for a second time

29 April 2024

Following the major sum for a rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) at Gorringe’s, another work by the artist flew over estimate a fortnight later in Devon.

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Works sourced from artists' relatives add interest to West Sussex sale

29 April 2024

Works consigned by family descendants of artists proved to be an intriguing aspect of the latest Old Master, British & European Paintings sale at Bellmans (25% buyer’s premium).