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.

Deposition of Christ carving

‘Exceptionally rare’ ivory carving saved for the nation after £2m purchase

17 July 2024

A rare medieval carving previously part of an antiques dealer’s collection has been bought for £2m by the V&A.

Cheska Hill-Wood

Five questions with Cheska Hill-Wood of dealership David Messum

15 July 2024

Cheska Hill-Wood is head of sales at David Messum (Bury Street, St James’s, London) which has a focus on Contemporary art and British Impressionism.


Willoughby Gerrish opens new Mayfair gallery space

15 July 2024

London dealership Willoughby Gerrish has unveiled a new base in Mayfair (2nd Floor, Savile Row). The two-roomed space was previously occupied by Waterhouse & Dodd.


The Japanese prints spoils of a seasoned bidder

15 July 2024

Collector never seemed to give up in a battle to win more magnificent ukiyo-e works


Aubrey Williams price hits new high

15 July 2024

Records have tumbled in recent years for works by Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams (1926-90), reflecting a growing appreciation for the painter’s output and his contribution to Modern British art.


ATG letter: It was Whistler who pioneered the 'white cube'

15 July 2024

The fascinating article on the exhibition of Kasmin’s photographs suggests that he arguably invented the ‘white cube’ concept (Dealers’ Diary, ATG No 2651).


Scottish art success at auction despite lack of single-owner collection big hitters

15 July 2024

Successful Scottish art sale suggests significant single-owner groups do not have to be a vital component

2652 NEDI NIB Queen Victoria Sketch

Teenage Princess Victoria’s sketches fetch £3200

11 July 2024

Four drawings by the future monarch found their way into an album perhaps assembled by her portrait artist's daughter-in-law

Virgin and Child painting

Old Master hidden away for a century emerges at Newcastle auction

11 July 2024

An Old Master recently reattributed to the Renaissance painter The Master of Marradi (fl.c.1475-c.1500) has emerged for sale at Newcastle auction house Anderson & Garland.

The Battle of Loos painting

Artillery museum shells out at auction to secure First World War battle scene

10 July 2024

The Royal Artillery Museum has emerged as the winning bidder for a rare eyewitness view of a First World War battle sold at a recent auction in Farnham.

Irita Marriott

Car boot Bowie bonanza comes to Derbyshire sale

10 July 2024

Photos of David Bowie by Masayoshi Sukita found at a car boot sale in the 1990s are now a potential star turn at Irita Marriott Auctioneers

2652 AR Bonhams Christ At The Column

A patinated bronze figure of Christ at the Column excels at auction

09 July 2024

The highlight of Bonhams Fine Decorative Arts auction at New Bond Street on July 5 was a patinated bronze figure of Christ at the column.


Gallerist John Kasmin unveils his private photo collection

08 July 2024

An exhibition of over 100 previously unseen photographs taken by the renegade gallerist John Kasmin is showing at Lyndsey Ingram until August 16.


Original Harry Potter artwork takes a magical $1.6m result

08 July 2024

The original artwork for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' sold at Sotheby’s for $1.6m (£1.3m) plus 20% buyer’s premium in New York on June 26.


Five questions with London dealer Andreas Pampoulides

08 July 2024

Lullo Pampoulides is a dealership focused on master paintings and sculpture. It was established in 2016 by Andrea Lullo and Andreas Pampoulides.


It’s a good bit of monkey business in south London

08 July 2024

Dating back to ancient Egypt and peaking in popularity in western Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, the ‘singerie’ (French for ‘monkey trick’) is a genre of satirical art depicting fashionably attired monkeys, humorously imitating human behaviour.


A week with a wealth of variety

08 July 2024

Annual London showcase of dealer exhibitions offers wide range of artists and styles across 500 years


Knight plays a part in sale success

08 July 2024

Portrait sketch of pianist by Dame Laura was one of the eye-catching works on paper offered in the run-up to summer


Paul Nash’s rare interior view starts among Bussock Wood selection

06 July 2024

Dreweatts’ (26/25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) single-owner dispersal of items from Bussock Wood on June 4 included significant works from the Modern British canon.


Sporting approach to the Paris Olympics

06 July 2024

Most Parisian galleries are going away for the summer but one hardy soul is holding an Olympic exhibition