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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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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Artist Kit Williams' early clues on how to decipher the Masquerade

20 January 2020

The English artist, illustrator and author Christopher ‘Kit’ Williams (b.1946) is best known for the book 'Masquerade', the pictorial storybook which contained clues to the location of an 18ct gold jewelled hare buried somewhere in the British countryside. It created quite a sensation in 1979.

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Art Detective: About a boy

20 January 2020

Follow-up on the mystery covered in ATG No 2422:

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Bernadette bounds into London Art Fair

20 January 2020

A sculpture by Modern British artist Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), 'Bernadette Going to Wales', is among the works on offer at the 'London Art Fair'.

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Sensitive portrait of ‘quiet Ulsterman’ grabs the attention

20 January 2020

A sensitive portrait of a First World War soldier by the Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931) was among a series of valuable lots chased by bidders at art sales in Dublin.

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Gifford takes the Grand Tour

20 January 2020

A picture of a famous Italian Grand Tour view by one of the best-regarded artists of the American Hudson River school of painting is one of the highlights of a sale at Skinner in Boston on January 24.

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London Calling: Mall Galleries hosts second staging of the Connect fair

20 January 2020

A view of Tower Bridge from the Thames, commuters on the District Line, a 1970s punk and historical shopfronts are among the images of London offered at the second staging of 'Connect: The Independent Art Fair'.

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Art Detective: help identify a mystery portrait of Anne Clive

20 January 2020

In the latest feature on mystery works the Art UK charity is seeking help to identify, we focus on a portrait of Anne Clive, the honourable Mrs George Sempill.

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Mark Twain in the frame as carte de visite emerges in Philadelphia

20 January 2020

This carte de visite picturing the author Mark Twain (Samuel L Clemens) is signed and inscribed twice.

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Bidders show a homing instinct

20 January 2020

Private domestic demand rather than trade drives bidding at Scottish and Irish art auctions.

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5 Questions: Richard Turkington of Fifties Art and Design

20 January 2020

Richard Turkington of Fifties Art and Design, which focuses the mid-1940s-50s as well as the work of John Piper, is among the exhibitors at 'Connect: The Independent Art Fair'.

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Pick up a penguin picture

20 January 2020

The English artist and poster designer Alfred Thomson (1894-1979) painted this eye-catching depiction of the famous penguin pool at London Zoo.

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Napoleonic family value at Doyle auction

20 January 2020

The Old Master paintings section of the sale taking place at Doyle in New York on February 5 will include this large and imposing portrait of Pauline Bonaparte, the younger sister of Napoleon.

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Victorian artist William Mitchell impresses at Mitchells’ auction

20 January 2020

A harbour view of Maryport in Cumbria by Victorian artist William Mitchell (1806-1900) topped the lots at local saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium).

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Collection of British Library designers to be offered at Sworders' auction

20 January 2020

Items from the homes of MJ Long (1939-2018) and Colin ‘Sandy’ St John Wilson (1922-2007), the husband and wife team that designed the British Library, come for sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet later this month.

A lawyer writes: Hals or not, ‘reasonable and rational’ wins out

20 January 2020

The most interesting recent art world case to find its way to trial, with judgment given in December 2019, was Sotheby’s vs Mark Weiss Limited (‘MWL’) and Fairlight Art Ventures Limited (‘Fairlight’).

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US auctions: New York series of Old Master drawings includes 'triumphant' equestrian studies

20 January 2020

Sotheby’s holds the first of its New York series of Old Master paintings and drawings at the end of January with its Masters Week sales running from January 24-31.

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French cat painter's felines head to Heritage sale

20 January 2020

Heritage now conducts a monthly online-only auction titled Fine & Decorative Arts. The February 13 sale includes two typical oil on panel works by the French cat painter Jules Gustave Leroy (1856-1921).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2000 including a Henry Moore etching

20 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Henry Moore etching.

French boulle cabinets

19th century portrait miniature, French boulle marquetry cabinets and artwork featuring Marlon Brando – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

17 January 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a pair of Napoleon III boulle marquetry cabinets that sold for five-times over estimate and a 19th century portrait miniature that made 13-times estimate.

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