Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Cheers! Harold Knight portrait takes £46,000 at David Lay auction

08 August 2022

A combination of artist, sitter, date and quality ensured a compelling Newlyn school portrait caught the eye at David Lay’s latest auction in Penzance.

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Symbolist flies high in Goldsmith collection

08 August 2022

A small work on paper by the Symbolist Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) led a selection of works from the Isabel Goldsmith collection offered at Christie’s.

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Specialist Welsh sale on the rise partly due to more consignments from further afield

08 August 2022

Ben Rogers Jones was a happy man after the latest Welsh Sale at Rogers Jones (24/15% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff.

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Frame and fortunate: a test case in Surrey sale

08 August 2022

Can an original frame make all the difference to price? A recent Surrey auction provided an interesting test.

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Second-highest Sir Kyffin at auction

08 August 2022

Works by Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006) generated a combined £221,640 at Rogers Jones’ latest Welsh Sale.

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Khnopff’s Medusa sketch tops sale of works from Isabel Goldsmith collection at Christie’s

27 July 2022

A small work on paper by the symbolist Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) led a selection of works from the Isabel Goldsmith collection offered at Christie’s.

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John Constable painting from Danny Katz's collection goes on show at Brighton's Royal Pavilion

25 July 2022

London art dealer Danny Katz is loaning a John Constable (1776-1837) painting which he bought at Sotheby’s last year to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.

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Art market: Nicholson - look on the bright side

25 July 2022

Colourful work with provenance back to artist’s sister catches the attention in Kent saleroom

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Helen Bradley childhood stories enthral eager bidders

25 July 2022

Another high price for Helen Bradley (1900-79) came at Cheshire saleroom Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) last month.

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William Ratcliffe still life makes rare appearance in Cotswolds

25 July 2022

Works by William Ratcliffe (1870- 1955) are pretty rare on the market and, when they do turn up, they tend to appear at London auctions.

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De László mixes with high society

18 July 2022

Glamorous portraits of wealthy women such as Lady Northcliffe command the highest prices

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Mitchell’s Maryport to go on display at maritime museum

18 July 2022

One of the most notable harbour scenes ever to emerge by the Victorian artist William Mitchell (1823-1900) of Maryport was among the lots bringing interest at a recent Mitchells sale.

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Unterberger view of Venice tops Cheffins' summer sale

18 July 2022

A romanticised view of Venice by Austrian painter Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902) led the latest fine art sale staged by Cambridge saleroom Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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Old Master big-hitters thin on the ground

11 July 2022

It was rather thin pickings at the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.

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Sandby takes third place but four figures at auction

11 July 2022

Thomas Sandby’s (1721-98) architectural drawings are significant part of the artist’s oeuvre.

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Nash and Brangwyn fresh to the market

11 July 2022

Two fresh-to-the-market watercolours with appealing subjects by major names in the Modern British market, perhaps understandably, drew attention at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) latest specialist sale in this category.

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Watercolours and works on paper: A market for sensitive collectors

11 July 2022

The market for drawings and watercolours, both modern and traditional, has long been regarded as delicate ground – sensitive towards estimates, market freshness and condition.

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Attractive pitches push works on paper to impressive prices

11 July 2022

A good number of lots offered at Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) on June 17-18 demonstrated the demand that can emerge for works on paper pitched at attractive levels.

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Cadell took a strong shine to Iona’s beauty

11 July 2022

For collectors on a budget, works on paper can provide a more accessible route to acquiring works by key artists.

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Peploes available at a more affordable level

11 July 2022

Compared to oil paintings and watercolours, drawings by the Scottish Colourists seem to appear less often at auction.