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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Dealer Philip Mould buys Fry French view

06 December 2021

A view of the town of Vence in the south of France by Roger Fry (1866-1934) caught the eye of several bidders at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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ATG letters: Cider gatherers bring in a sizeable harvest of responses

06 December 2021

I do hope Dr Mike Wain has better luck than I did in finding out who painted his picture ('In-cider knowledge needed…', ATG No 2519).

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Jagger portrait captures wartime fortitude

06 December 2021

Ever since the auction record for David Jagger (1891-1958) was more than doubled six years ago by the striking portrait The Conscientious Objector, works by the elusive artist have been a highly valuable proposition.

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Barns-Graham and her friends

06 December 2021

Sale of works owned by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham reflects strong connections with other St Ives artists.

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The web shop window: Austrian artist's ‘Antics on the Ice'

06 December 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Modernist painter Émilie Charmy ‘should be remembered at the forefront of the movement’, says dealer

06 December 2021

With interest in reclaiming ‘forgotten’ female artists on the rise in recent years, French Modernist painter Émilie Charmy (1878-1974) has been the focus of revived attention.

Laura Knight drawing

Plea to help track down missing Laura Knight drawings

02 December 2021

Five drawings by artist Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) were stolen from outside a home near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

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Age and name unknown – the $120,000 lady

29 November 2021

Portrait subject claimed as Elizabeth I will be subject to research after rediscovery in upstate New York

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Wartski expert’s V&A showcase

29 November 2021

Four years after the publication of his book 'Fabergé in London', Wartski’s Kieran McCarthy has brought it to life.

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Artist supervised by Matisse met a tragic end in wartime

29 November 2021

The German painter Rudolf Levy was born in north Germany, but was at home in many parts of Europe.

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Fresh nightmare after Bosch

29 November 2021

There can be no doubt that the 16th century painter of 'Limbus – Christ’s Descent into the Underworld' was inspired by the works of Hieronymus Bosch.

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New direction in von Bechtejeff’s career

29 November 2021

Although he was born and died in Moscow, the decisive phase of Wladimir von Bechtejeff’s artistic development can be dated to his time in Germany.

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Demand for modern female artists remains on a high

29 November 2021

The strong prices for Modern British female artists keep rolling on. Among the notable results in the regions recently was a beach scene by Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) that was among the star performers at Parker Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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German Expressionist Arnold Topp headlines Munich auction

29 November 2021

For many decades, the name Arnold Topp meant little to art collectors.

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Gabain dishes out ennui at Abbott and Holder exhibition

29 November 2021

Female subjects dominate the work of Ethel Gabain (1883-1950), as in this 1908 lithograph 'Laveuse de Vaiselle'.

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Botticelli fascination in Heidelberg

29 November 2021

One of Sandro Botticelli’s most iconic paintings was his 'Madonna del Magnificat', painted in the 1481. The title is taken from the opening words of the Virgin’s song of exaltation, 'Magnificat anima mea dominum' (My soul doth glorify the Lord), which she is writing in the book before her.

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Art Market: Taking the underground route

29 November 2021

Paintings of caves including a view from a Channel Island in the spotlight at two salerooms

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President portrayed in pastel

29 November 2021

Portraits by James Sharples (1751-1811) appear to make less money than you might expect given the calibre of his sitters.

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Russian icon inspires bidding battle in Germany

29 November 2021

Russian interest drives €125,000 result in Germany.

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Dealer forges new Lincs with pop-up show

29 November 2021

Dealer John Swarbrooke will present his first exhibition at the Simon Dickinson Gallery, focusing on works from Lincolnshire artist Dominic Parczuk.

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