Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Grinling Gibbons panel

York’s Fairfax House seeks funds to buy Grinling Gibbons panel from Leeds dealer

08 May 2017

Fairfax House in York is trying to raise £300,000 to purchase a panel by the celebrated woodcarver Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) from dealer Tomasso Brothers.

Nazi-looted picture withdrawn from sale in Austria

08 May 2017

Austrian saleroom im Kinsky has hit out at the “biased reporting” and “aggressive reaction” to its decision to offer a Nazi-looted painting at auction. With heightened media coverage about the consignment, the portrait of a Dutch merchant by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) was eventually withdrawn shortly before it was due to be offered in Vienna at the end of last month.

CINOA snubs resale right conference

02 May 2017

An attempt by collecting agencies and copyright organisations to establish a global treaty on Artist’s Resale Right has been met with strong opposition from international trade bodies.


Old Master returned to Poland

02 May 2017

An Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.


Online buyers boost spend according to Hiscox Online Art Trade Report

02 May 2017

The overall value of online sales in the art market increased by 15% in the last year, though many buyers remain cautious about purchasing in this way, according to the annual Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.

Simon de Vlieger painting

Old Master marine painting looted by Nazis returned to Poland

01 May 2017

Dutch Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

Govaert Flinck

Dutch Old Master triples in value, selling for $10.3m record at Christie’s auction

28 April 2017

Christie’s set a major auction record for Govaert Flinck (1615-60) in New York yesterday. The painting by the Dutch Old Master sold at over three times the level it had fetched at a London sale five years ago.

World Intellectual Property Organization Geneva

UN agency hosts Geneva event aimed at extending Artist’s Resale Right

26 April 2017

International bodies aiming to expand the reach of the Artist’s Resale Right are meeting in Geneva this week to “create momentum” towards a possible future multi-national treaty on the levy.

Hiscox Online Art Trade Report

Online art market up 15%, according to Hiscox Report

25 April 2017

The overall value of online sales in the art market increased by 15% in the last year although many buyers remain unconvinced about purchasing works online, according to Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.


Ecce Homo ‘sleeper’ awakened during Lent

24 April 2017

Estimated at £500-800, a small Old Master painting of Christ wearing the crown of thorns drew spectacular competition at Adam’s of Dublin on April 9. It came from an institution in the Irish capital which the saleroom said was “doing some spring cleaning”. It was given the pick of around 100 paintings.

Violin made by Antonio Stradivari at auction

Stradivarius violin takes £1.6m at London auction

12 April 2017

A rare violin made in 1684 by Antonio Stradivari sold for £1.6m at a recent sale at London specialists Ingles & Hayday, the third highest price ever achieved at auction for an instrument by the great Italian luthier.

Acis and Galatea painting

Classical scene takes £58,000 at Chorley’s

04 April 2017

A painting of the classical subject of Acis & Galatea drew a flurry of bids at Chorley’s latest fine art sale in Cheltenham.


Pick of the Week: Leighton’s house record for House

01 April 2017

The highest price for a picture sold in the regions this year came when a large painting by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922) drew dramatic bidding at House & Son (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Bournemouth on March 21.

Christie’s auction house

Christie’s drops London summer Contemporary art auctions

27 March 2017

Christie’s has dropped its London summer sales of post war and Contemporary art in favour of its two annual auction series in this category taking place in March and October.

Anatolian marble Kiliya stargazer

Ancient ‘stargazer’ marble figure leads Christie’s New York auction

24 March 2017

An ancient Anatolian marble figure dating to the third millennium BC will lead the lots on offer at Christie’s upcoming ‘Exceptional’ sale in New York on April 28.

Elaine by Edmund Blair Leighton

Edmund Blair Leighton painting sells for £240,000 at Bournemouth auction

21 March 2017

A major price in the English regions came earlier today for a Victorian picture as Bournemouth saleroom House & Son took a £240,000 bid for an Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922) painting.

Cheyenne Westphal of Phillips

Cheyenne Westphal starts as chairman at Phillips

21 March 2017

Ex-Sotheby’s worldwide head of Contemporary art Cheyenne Westphal is starting her new role at Phillips this week.

Line up announced for first ‘Paris Tableau’ fair in Brussels

20 March 2017

The organisers of Paris Tableau have released the exhibitor list for the first edition of the specialist Old Master paintings fair taking place in Brussels.

Exodus may follow South Ken closure

18 March 2017

250 jobs threatened as venerable rooms fall victim to global review

Francesca Galloway and Christine Ramphal

Dealers tough it out as New York’s ‘Asia Week’ continues amid heavy snow

15 March 2017

Dealers braved the elements in New York this week as the city’s ‘Asia Week’ events kicked off in spite of 7in of snow falling.