Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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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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Keith Vaughan works on the crest of a wave

11 July 2022

Among the 20th century works on paper generating demand at regional sales in the last few months was a Keith Vaughan (1912-77) study of a group of bathers.

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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.

Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker

British art boosts latest Modern and Contemporary art series

04 July 2022

A string of top-end consignments of British works boosted the latest London sales of Modern and Contemporary art.

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Indian art showcase becomes Bonhams' latest cross-departmental auction

04 July 2022

The latest themed sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) was an auction titled India in Art, offering a mix of pictures and objects relating to the subcontinent.

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Previews: issue 2550

04 July 2022

A selection of 14 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Was this the work of Wilkie?

04 July 2022

A study of a figure wearing a robe and turban drew a fierce bidding battle at Eldreds (25% buyer’s premium) in Plymouth at the end of last month.

Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud leads London sales at £37.5m

01 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.

Hollow Form with White Interior by Barbara Hepworth

Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 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.