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.

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Rediscovered French Renaissance bronze nude to be revealed at Paris auction

22 February 2020

A rare example of a newly discovered bronze by a French Renaissance sculptor will be making an appearance at the rostrum on April 1 in Paris.

Gustav Bauernfeind painting of Jaffa

Second consignment of works from major Orientalist art collection comes to Sotheby’s

18 February 2020

A second group of works from the record-setting Najd collection of Orientalist art will be offered at Sotheby’s next month.

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Cazabon’s Trinidadian scene surfaces in Lancashire

17 February 2020

A watercolour by Michel-Jean Cazabon (1813-88), Trinidad’s first internationally known artist, sold for £24,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) in Lancashire earlier this month.

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Varley the watercolour wonder

17 February 2020

Group of paintings by one of the less well-known masters of the medium comes to light

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1250 including a Marjorie Bruford oil

17 February 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Marjorie Bruford Cornish village scene.

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Hockney snowbound print drifts into Lots Road

17 February 2020

This large lithograph forms part of the Weather Series, a suite of prints created by David Hockney (b.1937) in 1973.

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Hockney makes a £21m splash but total is down

17 February 2020

The overall total from the latest London series of Contemporary art auctions was down year-on-year. With one day sale still to run at the time of going to press, the running total of £197.4m from the sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips compared to £253.9m from the equivalent sales in 2019.

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Exhibition staged in London by American dealer focuses on new wave of avant-garde photographic works

17 February 2020

Dealer Michael Shapiro’s exhibition of Modernist photography showcases works capturing a fundamental shift in style.

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Nelson bust sails high to top sale

17 February 2020

While furniture and books fully justified its title, The Oxford Library Sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) was led by a surprise star: a rather lowly regarded gesso bust of the sort that would have been a minor decoration to such a room.

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Dorothea Sharp still-life blooms with bold colour in Surrey

17 February 2020

As well as painting sunny pictures of children on the beaches of Cornwall, Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) frequently turned her paintbrush to still-lifes.

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Burgess portrait of daughter draws serious attention in Dorset

17 February 2020

The Victorian artist John Bagnold Burgess (1829- 97), grandson of a painter who counted Thomas Gainsborough among his pupils, was best known as a painter of genre scenes.

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'New prints' refresh Japanese subjects

17 February 2020

Shin-hanga, meaning ‘new prints’, emerged in Japan during the early 20th century. Aimed at Western tastes, the artistic movement combined the traditional colourful woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e with nostalgic and romanticised Japanese subjects.

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Many faces of Mod Brit art

17 February 2020

Modestly catalogued as English School, 1960s, a Modern British study of a head emerged as one of the top-selling pictures at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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French sculptor Louis Hottot's bronze of an exotic musician triples estimate

17 February 2020

A sale at Oise Enchères yielded a strong price for a bronze by the French sculptor Louis Hottot (1829-1905).

‘Evening Star at Full Steam’ by Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo ‘end of an era’ painting of British Rail’s last steam engine emerges at Sworders’ auction

13 February 2020

A painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail by the celebrated train painter, Terence Cuneo (1907-96), is being offered at Essex saleroom Sworders next month.

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Ingres portrait among sales at latest Master Drawings New York

13 February 2020

A portrait by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) was among the sales at the latest staging of Master Drawings New York.

David Hockey 'The Splash' at Sotheby's

Hockney leads Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale at £21m

12 February 2020

Sotheby’s set the third-highest price for a work by David Hockney (b.1937) in London last night.

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5 Questions: art dealer Mark Prentice

10 February 2020

Retired headteacher Mark Prentice specialises in prints and paintings.

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Bomberg buoyant at London Art Fair

10 February 2020

Among several paintings by David Bomberg (1890-1957) that Beaux Arts London sold at London Art Fair (LAF) was an oil, 'Portrait of Dinora' (1952), offered for £70,000.

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Portrait of Napoleon’s sister sells in New York

10 February 2020

This large and imposing portrait of Pauline Bonaparte, the younger sister of Napoleon, sold for$310,000 (£238,700) in New York last week.

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