Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Art market: Further reflections on rare Stanhope Forbes sales in Penzance auction28 February 2022
Works also sold in Penzance but not for six figures help to understand this market
Emms dog portraits rear their heads in different parts of the country28 February 2022
A couple of dog portraits by leading Victorian canine painter John Emms (1844-1912) brought a flurry of bids at separate auctions held just a day apart.
Study heads up a Harold Knight selection28 February 2022
Early works by Harold Knight (1874-1961) are not seen very often at auction but a group of six appeared at Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham at the end of last year.
Paolozzi prints offer price options21 February 2022
Multiple editions by the pop art pioneer mean many works are available for under £1000
Stefanelli: from war to abstract21 February 2022
A collection of 20 watercolours and drawings by American artist Joe Stefanelli (1921-2017) formed an intriguing part of Ewbank’s Modern picture sale.
Eastern European artists on the rise at UK auctions21 February 2022
Pictures by eastern European artists generating interest from national-minded buyers is an increasingly common sight at UK regional sales.
Artist’s ‘piercing’ portrait of young lover and future wife turns heads at Roseberys17 February 2022
One of the highest prices for a work on paper by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was set at South London saleroom Roseberys when a portrait of the model Kathleen Woodward, later the artist’s second wife, drew strong demand.
Messum bangs drum for Newlyn school14 February 2022
A rare opportunity to gauge the market for a major Newlyn School painting came at David Lay’s latest auction in Penzance when a lively and clamorous scene by Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) was offered with a £120,000-180,000 estimate.
Rare Wright of Derby portrait reflects a tragic loss14 February 2022
Among a flurry of historical portraits coming to the regional market at the start of this year, arguably the most notable appeared at Oxfordshire saleroom JS Fine Art (20% buyer’s premium).
Roseberys takes bite out of Tooth collection07 February 2022
A collection of works from the descendants of the family that ran the eminent gallery Arthur Tooth & Sons will be offered at south London saleroom Roseberys this month.
Old Masters two for one deal07 February 2022
Intriguing lot offered paintings as central element and elaborate border section combined
Botticelli top at Sotheby’s for second year31 January 2022
The January series of Old Master auctions at Sotheby’s New York was led by a Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510) painting for the second year running.
Leggett market gets a leg up31 January 2022
Response to trio of works indicates fresh interest in female artists is a factor at all price levels
First of a series of Anna Airy works31 January 2022
A versatile painter in a variety of mediums, Anna Airy (1882- 1964) was considered by some to be among the most gifted artists of her day.
Dealer labels mark a sign of approval24 January 2022
Francis Towne watercolour was one of his many works to have gone through Agnews
Large George Bissill group provides mine of information24 January 2022
A significant collection of works by George Bissill (1896-1973), the Derbyshire miner who enjoyed some fleeting success as an artist in the 1920s-30s but who later died largely forgotten, emerged recently at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford.
Ruskin’s Venice by Moonlight sparkles on Scarborough sale day17 January 2022
Grand Canal sketch has provenance to artist’s student who became a renowned collector
Strachey self-portrait underlines often overlooked talent17 January 2022
Despite his famous name, the artist Henry Strachey (1863-1940) has never had much prominence at auction, with only around a dozen works having emerged.
17th century Dutch print of a beached whale emerges at Surrey auction17 January 2022
In 1602 the Dutch painter and printmaker Jan Saenredam made an engraving of a whale that had been washed ashore near the town of Beverwijk.
Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market10 January 2022
Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.