Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Princeteau paintings chased down at Roseberys

13 July 2020

A group of seven works from a private collection by René Charles Pierre Princeteau (1843-1919) appeared at the Roseberys sale on June 4, all of them selling for a combined £72,100. Interest was reported from France, Belgium and the US.

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How Old Master estimates work when it comes to loosely ascribed paintings

13 July 2020

Pitching a work at the right level is crucial to demand and price when it comes to selling unattributed or loosely ascribed Old Masters at auction.

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Modest estimates at Hawleys fuel strong bidder demand

13 July 2020

Two pictures from local deceased estates drew solid competition at a recent sale at East Yorkshire auction house Hawleys (20% buyers premium) thanks to being offered with ‘there-to-be-sold’ estimates.

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EM Forster portrait sets auction record for Fry

06 July 2020

Providing a major boost to Bonhams’ first sale in London with room bidding since the lockdown, a portrait of the writer EM Forster by Roger Fry (1866-1934) set an auction record both for the artist and any Bloomsbury Group picture.

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Francis Bacon stars at Sotheby's in the first summer ‘super sale’

06 July 2020

Sotheby’s held the first of this summer’s ‘super sales’ last week as it combined a series of three Modern and Contemporary art auctions into a marathon four-and-a-half hour live-streamed event.

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German artist's view of Oxford from afar brings bidding at Sherborne sale

06 July 2020

The German-born watercolourist and musician John Baptist Malchair (c.1730-1812) was a key figure in 18th century Oxford.

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Local scenes lift Cornish art offered in Penzance

06 July 2020

As might be expected, local scenes were an important feature of David Lay’s Cornish art sale on June 11. Among them was a view of Penzance’s Market Jew Street by Norman Garstin (1847-1926) that depicted a location only a 10-minute walk from the saleroom.

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Auctioneers in Dorset and Cornwall benefit from vendors with close links to famous artists

06 July 2020

Consignments from vendors with a close connection to famous artists are always a welcome boon for any auction.

‘Coming from the Match’ by LS Lowry

Lowry’s rugby crowd posts online-only record for Christie's

03 July 2020

Leading a dedicated sale of works by LS Lowry, a painting believed to be the artist’s only picture relating to a rugby match set the highest price so far at an online-only auction at Christie's.

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Pick of the week: Harry Becker's farmhands shine in Mid-Summer

29 June 2020

This 8 x 10in (21 x 25cm) oil on canvas board sketch of two farmhands cutting grasses with a scythe is unsigned but it carries a label on the back from an Ipswich Borough Council exhibition which identifies the artist as Harry Becker (1865-1928) and the picture’s title as Fieldworkers in Mid-Summer.

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Partridge adds weight in lockdown

29 June 2020

‘Freshness and sensible estimates’ contribute to record 5016 registrants for Macclesfield sale.

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Paoletti’s postcards from Venice shine in Maidenhead

29 June 2020

A trio of oils by Venetian artist Antonio Ermolao Paoletti (1834-1912) were consigned to Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) of Maidenhead from a private London collection.

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Overall total at Christie’s Classic Week falls as sales pushed back until the autumn

25 June 2020

The postponement of three top-end paintings and objects sales meant that the overall total generated by Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ in New York was well down on previous years.

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Dod Procter's high brow oil takes £26,500 in Cornwall art auction

22 June 2020

The stand-out lot at David Lay’s latest Cornish art sale was an oil by Dod Procter (1891-1972), a leading member of the colony of avant garde artists working in Cornwall in the 1920s-30s.

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Dealer Katz defined and refined

22 June 2020

London auction of dealer's works follows similar 2013 sale and Rafael Valls offering held this April

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David Bomberg coverage takes in Tower Bridge and Jerusalem

22 June 2020

Different in style, medium and subject but both bringing demand, two contrasting works by David Bomberg (1890-1957) sold above estimate at Sotheby’s auction of works from the Daniel Katz collection.

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Phoenix rises high amid a flurry of bidding

22 June 2020

The move towards online auctions during the lockdown has not led to the disappearance of intense bidding battles, as witnessed with a number of works at the Daniel Katz auction (see main report) and earlier at the Rafael Valls sale (see ATG No 2440).

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US saleroom Skinner reports record participation

22 June 2020

US auction house Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) reported record levels of participation at its latest American & European Works of Art sale.

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Old Masters bidders display appetite for works unattributed or with condition issues

15 June 2020

The lockdown may have reduced the number of UK auctions taking place but buyers have been looking more eagerly for opportunities at those events that have been staged.

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Hambling makes sale waves

15 June 2020

A group of eight works by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) appeared at a recent online sale held by Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium).