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.

'Walton Bridges' by JMW Turner

Turner’s Walton Bridges heads to Norwich Castle after being saved for the nation

19 July 2019

JMW Turner’s oil painting ‘Walton Bridges’ which sold at Sotheby’s in July last year has been bought for the nation after funding was secured by Norfolk Museums Service.

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Pick of the week: A woman’s first-hand view of the Cape

15 July 2019

Two previously unpublished watercolours painted by Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) during her momentous visit to the Cape of Good Hope emerged for sale at Stephan Welz & Co in South Africa earlier this month. They came for sale from the descendants of Lady Anne who had owned them since 1966.

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Lowry and his Rossetti prove top draws at 19th century art sales

15 July 2019

A Pre-Raphaelite drawing once owned by LS Lowry drew lively competition at the latest round of 19th century art sales in London.

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15 July 2019

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Chiswick Auctions attracts more Constable consignments including £70,000 pencil landscape

15 July 2019

Just four months after identifying two tiny compositional drawings as the work of John Constable (1776- 1837) and selling them for close to £90,000, west London saleroom Chiswick Auctions struck gold again with a third ‘rediscovered’ landscape.

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Lin thrives in Ludlow

15 July 2019

A large canvas by the Taiwan-born British minimalist Richard Lin (1933-2011) sailed to £84,000 at Ludlow saleroom McCartneys (17% buyer’s premium), setting a house record in the process.

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Obituary: 'Buccaneering' print dealer Nicholas William Lott

15 July 2019

We regret to announce the death of Nicholas William Lott, at the age of 70. He died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 5.

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Kyffin Williams and Norman Cornish help saleroom's specialist sale

15 July 2019

Tennants credited “fresh-to-market pictures with a strong provenance” as the driving force behind the notable results in its Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

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Bird images by Elizabeth Gould takes centre stage at Sotheran’s show

15 July 2019

Vivid and lifelike, the lithograph of an Ariel Toucan shown below first appeared in a monograph by British naturalist John Gould (1804-81), 'The Bird Man'. Despite being in the hand of his wife Elizabeth (1804-41), this, like most of the illustrations in John’s publications, was long considered to be essentially his work.

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Flemish flowers take highest price at Drouot so far in 2019

15 July 2019

At a €2.7m (£2.45m) hammer price, a 17th century Flemish flower painting was the toast of the Old Master picture results in Paris this year. It was also the highest price recorded at the Drouot auction centre so far for 2019.

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Cream of the Cornish art scene

15 July 2019

Patrick Heron’s screenprint 'January 1973: 12 1973' is among the offerings at Belgrave St Ives’ summer exhibition of Modern art.

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5 Questions: Denys Wilcox of The Court Gallery

15 July 2019

Denys Wilcox of The Court Gallery specialises in British and French art from 1880 to the late 20th century with an emphasis on English Post-Impressionism and the Paris School. He recently published 'The Art of Doris Hatt'.

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Auction house Sotheby’s moves to ‘grand’ new office in Edinburgh

11 July 2019

Sotheby’s is relocating its Edinburgh office in time for the August festival season in the city and will preview its September Scottish art sale in its new home near St Andrew Square.

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Sold for 914 times top estimate: £5m ‘Botticelli’ stuns saleroom

08 July 2019

Spectators at an auction in Zürich were left flabbergasted when a Quattrocento panel painting with a SFr5000-7000 estimate catalogued as ‘in the style of Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510)’ was knocked down at SFr6.4m (£5.16m) after an intense 10-minute bidding battle.

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Pick of the week: Print shows bidding for books way back in c.1700

08 July 2019

A rare copy of the earliest-known depiction of a book auction emerged for sale in Gloucestershire at the end of last month.

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Zoffany drawing and Chelsea mug shine in London Art Week

08 July 2019

A black and white chalk on paper drawing of Jupiter and Antiope by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) was among the highlight sales during London Art Week (LAW).

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Masterpieces to a Rothschild’s taste tempt buyers during a packed London sales week

08 July 2019

The 52-lot auction of furniture, paintings and works of art collected by members of the Rothschild family was among the most animated during a packed week of London showpiece sales.

A still-life by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder

Seven Old Masters highlights from latest Paris auction series

08 July 2019

The latest high season of auctions in Paris included a sizeable selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings. Pictured here is a selection of highlights from the latest series.

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Records fall in Mod Brit sales despite a blue-chip dip

08 July 2019

After a bullish 2018 for the major Modern British art sales in London – during which Christie’s posted its strongest evening sale to date – results from the first ‘Mod Brit’ series of 2019 looked a little flat by comparison.

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08 July 2019

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