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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West Sussex auction house holds first paintings preview in central London

12 May 2021

Bellmans will hold its first London preview when it exhibits highlights of its upcoming auction.

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Pick of the week: Symbol of a surprisingly diverse era

10 May 2021

London’s art world between the wars was a surprisingly diverse community.

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Swiss and German fine art highlights

10 May 2021

Recent stand-out lots from salerooms in Basel, Zurich, Constance, Stuttgart and Dresden

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5 Questions: Janice Kehoe of Solo Antiques

10 May 2021

Janice Kehoe established Solo Antiques in 2004 and specialises in Art Nouveau and Art Deco sculpture and glass as well as the Arts & Crafts movement.

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Printing money: wall power and connoisseurship on a budget

10 May 2021

Modern prints can offer the chance to own interesting and eye-catching works, including those by well-known artists, without needing to invest large sums of money. This makes prints a viable option for collectors on a smaller budget as well as those just starting out.

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Lapis lazuli lion from the Elamite Empire

10 May 2021

Hermann Historica in Grasbrunn, on the outskirts of Munich, is holding its extensive spring auction from May 26-28 and June 1-2.

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Learning the market for Grosvenor School

10 May 2021

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School in London, which ran from 1925-40, have been one of the liveliest areas of the Modern British prints market in the last 15-20 years.

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Collecting the book as art

10 May 2021

How the livre d’artiste can combine words and images beautifully – and be highly desirable

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A Polish printmaker in a Welsh mining village

10 May 2021

Most prints are closely connected with an artist’s wider oeuvre. A few good Welsh examples were on offer at Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff on April 17.

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Christie's auction has a female focus

10 May 2021

On June 16 Christie’s Paris is holding a sale devoted to female artists.

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The Curwen Studio archive dispersed

10 May 2021

Among the publishing houses that helped put Modern British prints on the map was The Curwen Studio.

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A prime period Nicholson print sells at Dawsons

10 May 2021

'Five Circles' first appeared as part of Ben Nicholson’s (1894-1982) publication 23 Gravures in 1934 and was then released as a limited-edition print. The initial run of approximately 30 signed copies was followed by various reprintings.

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Aubrey Beardsley: magic prints

10 May 2021

Drawings can sell for six figures but a more affordable way to own work by the artist exists

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Spitting image: Napoleon mocked

10 May 2021

London gallery devotes catalogue to items from the era to mark bicentenary of his death

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Napoleon St Helena shirt and cane feature in auction to mark bicentenary of his death

05 May 2021

Napoleon’s cane made for him when in exile on St Helena and a shirt he wore there are two of the lots featured in a London auction held to mark the bicentenary of his death.

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Benin plaque withdrawn from auction after curator raises provenance questions

03 May 2021

The increasingly contentious issue of selling Benin works of art at auction raised its head again last week after an ancestral plaque catalogued as 16th or 17th century was withdrawn from an East Sussex sale.

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Bonhams moves Greek art sale from London to Paris

03 May 2021

Bonhams has moved its annual Greek art auction to France from London following Brexit.

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Fox Talbot photography group makes record sum

03 May 2021

A group of nearly 200 early images and ephemera by the pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77) more than quadrupled its lower estimate at Sotheby’s in New York.

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Edward Seago: the artist favoured by the royal family

03 May 2021

Edward Seago was a favourite of the establishment, royals in particular, but has a wider appeal such as his views of Hong Kong

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‘Lost Bonnet Portrait of Emily Brontë’ for sale

03 May 2021

A portrait argued to be of author Emily Brontë is coming to auction this month.

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