Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Bernard Sleigh work emerges from behind the tape

30 August 2021

When this triptych came in for examination at Gloucestershire saleroom Dominic Winter, it was difficult to distinguish certain areas of the painting.

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Stubbs print stands up to sale scrutiny

30 August 2021

The top-priced picture of the Dominic Winter sale on July 23 came for a print from a separate source to the Oliver Hoare prints.

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Sale of Oliver Hoare print collection shows market in rude health

30 August 2021

Group acquired by influential dealer Oliver Hoare brings solid demand

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Small oil now believed to be original 17th century Flemish School painting

30 August 2021

A small oil painting discovered among the contents of a Leamington Spa property sold for many multiples of its estimate at Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium).

Robert Brooks, the former chairman of Bonhams

Bonhams' former owner and chairman Robert Brooks dies

24 August 2021

Former chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks has died aged 64. ATG understands he passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

Bartolomé González y Serrano portrait

Texas museum buys courtly Spanish portrait at Christie’s

24 August 2021

The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas has announced that it was the buyer of a Spanish Baroque Old Master at a Christie’s auction last year.

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Cyril Fry collection provides a traditional feast at two salerooms

23 August 2021

British watercolours and drawings amassed by dealer came under the spotlight at two salerooms

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Fry sale at Chiswick evokes Jermyn Street memories

23 August 2021

The Fry collection sold at Chiswick Auctions in London was reminiscent of the kind of auctions the dealer himself would attend

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On the Hunt: Fry collection bidders on the artist’s trail

23 August 2021

One of the most-represented names in the Fry collection was William Henry Hunt (1790-1864).

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De Wint was a Fry favourite

23 August 2021

Works by Peter De Wint performed well at both Sotheby’s A Fine Line auction on July 7 and the online sale of Old Master and British Works on Paper from July 2-8.

Pleyel grand piano

Piano restorer David Winston’s ‘unique’ collection comes to auction at Dreweatts

18 August 2021

Newbury saleroom Dreweatts is to offer an impressive private collection of rare pianos in the autumn.

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Bill Hardie collection among a Celtic quartet of single-owner sales

16 August 2021

Among a glut of upcoming single-owner collections on offer from Scottish and Irish salerooms, Glasgow firm Great Western Auctions will sell items from the estate of curator, dealer and writer William ‘Bill’ Hardie (1941-2021) later this month.

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‘Canaletto’ Venetian scene surfaces in Lewes

16 August 2021

A painting of Venice’s Dogana da Mar painted from the Bacino di San Marco which has been attributed to Canaletto (1697-1768) will be offered at Gorringe’s of Lewes in the autumn.

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Barbara Jones puts on a jolly good show at auction

16 August 2021

A couple of Modern British works on paper drew keen attention at a recent West Sussex auction.

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Early Mary Fedden works gaining greater focus from bidders

16 August 2021

Pre-1950s Mary Fedden works are stylistically different to her later still-lifes and coastal subjects

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Canadian topographical pictures come to the fore at Bonhams

12 August 2021

Topographical works from the early 19th century Canada will form a prominent part of Bonhams’ next Travel & Exploration sale.

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Wassail bowl sets record for Ewenny slipware as Sir Kyffin hits new high at Welsh auction

09 August 2021

The latest Welsh sale at Rogers Jones in Cardiff – topped by a record price for a Sir Kyffin Williams picture – included this remarkable early 19th century Ewenny pottery slipware wassail bowl and cover.

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Portrait of a Grand Tourist turns heads at Bonhams

09 August 2021

A Grand Tour portrait that came to auction directly from the family of the sitter was among the most contested lots at Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) Old Master Paintings sale on July 7.

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Hoffmann hare inspired by Dürer leaps to £1.02m

09 August 2021

While Christie’s had by far the top-selling Old Master drawing of the latest series (the £7.5m Leonardo da Vinci drawing of the head of a bear - see ATG No 2501), a good number of other works on paper generated better competition although sold for understandably lower prices.

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Snowy Swiss valley gets a warm sale welcome

09 August 2021

A high price for a Russian picture came at Rushbrooks (22.5% buyer’s premium inc VAT) when a work by Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé (1877-1932) drew eight different bidders.