Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud leads London sales at £37.5m01 July 2022
A Francis Bacon portrait of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud topped the latest series of Modern and Contemporary auctions in London.
Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s30 June 2022
A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.
From Sir William Nicholson to his sister27 June 2022
This small early work by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) titled The Dandelion Field is one of three paintings by the artist being offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone.
Three William Nicholson paintings emerge at Kent auction23 June 2022
This small and early painting by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) titled ‘The Dandelion Field’ is one of three works by the artist being offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone, Kent.
Grand Tourists who got serious20 June 2022
The term ‘Grand Tour picture’ is somewhat amorphous. It is mostly used to refer to 18th century and 19th century works purchased by wealthy young gentleman on their travels around Europe, particularly in Italy, as they ‘completed’ their education.
Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale20 June 2022
Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.
Fitzgerald: it’s a family affair20 June 2022
A group of 39 lots at Dreweatts’ latest Old Master, British and European Art sale on May 26 came from a descendant of the artist John Anster Fitzgerald (1832-1906).
Pick of the week: The £80,000 picture before Bellany went off the railings13 June 2022
Works by John Bellany (1942-2013) abound at auction, with at least 2000 pictures sold in the last 10 years.
Author closes a collecting chapter13 June 2022
Horror and fantasy novelist went from buying comic art to modern European purchases.
North west by Northern painter Delaney13 June 2022
Another artist for whom a plentiful supply of works is available is Northern painter Arthur Delaney (1927-87).
Fletcher goes with the Thames flow13 June 2022
A late Victorian oil on canvas depicting steam ships on the Thames at Wapping drew a protracted bidding battle at Ramsay Cornish’s (20% buyer’s premium) recent Homes & Interiors auction in Edinburgh.
Pechstein exhibits his primitive appeal13 June 2022
A woodcut by German Expressionist Max Pechstein (1881-1955) brought overseas interest to Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium) back on March 3-5.
Nicholson still-life goes to dealer Richard Green06 June 2022
London dealer Richard Green was the successful bidder on a Sir William Nicholson (1872- 1949) still-life sold for £440,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).
Sir Matthew Smith work sold at second attempt06 June 2022
Showing the growing sensitivity towards estimates in the Modern British market, a portrait by Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) that had been unsold at Halls last year did rather better when it was reoffered last month with a reduced pitch.
Bawden and wider Great Bardfield interest06 June 2022
Two rare Edward Bawden (1903-89) prints showing Ives Farm in Great Bardfield drew interest in a Modern and Contemporary art sale.
John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty06 June 2022
Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist
Portrait copies of English kings and queens can be valuable at auction in their own right30 May 2022
Copies of royal portraits from across the centuries are something that always seems to catch the eye when you flick through (or scroll through) the reams of pictures listed in auction catalogues.
Holbein’s Henry in a hat covered afresh30 May 2022
Arguably the most famous portraits of an English king are Hans Holbein the Younger’s (c.1497-1543) depictions of Henry VIII.
Her Majesty has a moment of reflection30 May 2022
Perhaps the most famous 21st century image of Queen Elizabeth II is the photographic portrait taken by Canadian artist Chris Levine (b.1960) showing the monarch with her eyes closed.
First Freda then Thelma and Wallis for Edward VIII30 May 2022
“It is quite pathetic to see the Prince and Freda. His love is so obvious and undisguisable.”