Fine Art

Fine art is a staple of the dealing and auctioneering industry, featuring works ranging from Medieval art to traditional Old Masters, and right through to cutting-edge Contemporary art.

While oil paintings represent a large part of the sector, other mediums adopted by artists across the ages include drawings, watercolours, prints and photographs.

Pierre Prevost’s panorama

London as the Duke of Wellington knew it: Museum of London acquires huge panorama from Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

A large 19th century panorama of London, completed towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, has entered the Museum of London’s permanent collection after the institution acquired it at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

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Hosts of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? left ‘genuinely shocked’ as supposed William Nicholson painting is dismissed by expert

13 August 2018

Art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to screens last night, arguing that a still-life painting was the work of Modern British artist William Nicholson (1872-1949).

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Sculpture in the spotlight at Dreweatts auction

13 August 2018

The first stand-alone British and European sculpture sale to be held by Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) was a solid-enough affair to justify department head Cristian Beadman’s belief that there is an exploitable gap in the market.

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Modern business model for 1793 Gallery

13 August 2018

Kate Moss – or at least an arresting image of her by Los Angeles street artist Mr Brainwash – is coming to a Cotswolds exhibition to launch 1793 Gallery.

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Bronze statue of French 'boy king' comes to Pennsylvania

13 August 2018

A two-day sale devoted to works of American and international interest is scheduled for September 14-15 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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Serious story from the Scilly season

13 August 2018

From 1936-45, St Ives artist John Wells (1907-2000) embarked on a series of labour-intensive creations while working as a GP on the Isles of Scilly.

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Fairies emerge at auction out of dealer’s estate

13 August 2018

A sale of books, maps and ephemera at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) included more than £17,000 worth of 19th and 20th century watercolours and drawings from the stock of a dealer.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

13 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Madonna viewed across centuries

13 August 2018

Two depictions of the Madonna painted some 400 years apart were among the highlights of a dedicated sale of pictures at Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) in Donnington Priory in Berkshire.

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Priestman river flows to new high

13 August 2018

Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn claimed a new auction record for Bertram Priestman (1868-1951) when it sold a painting of an extensive river landscape by the local artist.

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Indian stunners as folk art thrills in Cirencester

13 August 2018

Cirencester saleroom Moore Allen & Innocent (20% buyer’s premium) enjoyed a taste of India’s fast-growing art market when three pictures by the Indian folk artist Jamini Roy (1887-1972) were scooped up for a total of £24,500.

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Saleroom selection: Three modestly valued works in regional sales including oil by Wigan-born Impressionist

13 August 2018

A trio of works in regional auctions which sold under £800.

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5 Questions: Francesca Fiumano of Fiumano Clase

13 August 2018

London gallery Fiumano Clase formed in 2017 when dealers Francesca Fiumano and Andrés Clase merged their respective contemporary art dealerships. Its next exhibition, BOOM, is a solo show of works by Roger Holtom. Here, we talk to Fiumano.

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London events celebrate British love of art and the garden

10 August 2018

Along with national characteristics such as moaning about the weather, constantly saying sorry and an eagerness to join a queue, the British love of gardening is very well known.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi: Christie’s refutes Oxford academic’s opinion challenging attribution to Leonardo

09 August 2018

Auctioneers Christie’s have refuted the view expressed by Oxford academic Dr Matthew Landrus that Salvator Mundi should be attributed to one of Leonardo’s assistants rather than the master himself.

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Pick of the Week: John Gibson terracotta sculpture emerges from house clearance

06 August 2018

Part of the intake for a general sale, a terracotta sculpture by a protégé of Antonio Canova sold for £21,000 (plus premium) at Reeman Dansie in Colchester.

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Corbet oil head and shoulders above the rest

06 August 2018

A small but enigmatic study attributed to Victorian artist Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902) drew dramatic competition at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey.

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Eighteenth century armadillo that made it alive to Britain

06 August 2018

A 3 x 5in (7cm x 13cm) miniature watercolour on ivory offered for sale at Toovey’s (plus 24.5% buyer’s premium) in Washington, West Sussex, recalls a small but significant moment in the history of British zoology.

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Sketchbook seals bidder interest

06 August 2018

Demand for Scottish artist with a ‘distinctive personality’ drives a good auction result in Somerset.

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Artists brush up on their military skills

06 August 2018

A very suitable buyer emerged for an 19th century picture of The Artists Rifles by John Evan Hodgson (1831-95) offered in Exeter.

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