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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Five places to see and buy art in London next week including a Cedric Morris flower exhibition in Mayfair

24 May 2019

In the few weeks before London’s busy summer schedule of art fairs and events, there are still plenty of places to find top quality works, from commercial galleries to major institutions.

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Six lots to watch at MacDougall’s upcoming sale of Russian paintings and works of art

24 May 2019

Russian art specialists MacDougall’s is marking 15 years since holding its first auction in London and has announced that its upcoming sale on June 5 will have a total estimate of £8.5m.

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Five works raising the bar for LS Lowry since ‘A Cricket Match’ last appeared at auction 23 years ago

23 May 2019

LS Lowry’s (1887-1976) painting of a back-street cricket match in Salford from 1938 is among the stand-out lots offered at Sotheby’s this summer. Ahead of the sale, it was unveiled today at The Lowry in Salford – a public gallery not far from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground – where it will remain on view until May 27.

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Gandhi bronze valued on Antiques Roadshow by Philip Mould to be sold at auction next month

23 May 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at around £20,000 on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will come up for sale next month.

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Post-war Irish art: Five pictures to be offered at upcoming Whyte’s auction in Dublin

23 May 2019

As demand for Mod Brit art continues its upward trajectory, ATG takes a closer look at mid-century Irish work for sale at a forthcoming Whyte’s auction in Dublin on May 27, exploring the unique influences on ‘Mod Irish’ artists of that era.

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Painting by celebrated artist Zhang Da Qian takes £2.3m at Salisbury auction

22 May 2019

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 11th seven-figure lot yesterday, selling 'The Grand View of Chao Mountain' by celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) for £2.3m (plus buyer’s premium).

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Vietnam War 1968 shell shocked soldier photo sets Don McCullin world auction record

21 May 2019

With photographer Don McCullin in the spotlight thanks to the recent Tate Britain exhibition of his hard-hitting work, it has been a good time to auction one of his most famous images.

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Old Master still-life brings £300,000 in Wiltshire sale

20 May 2019

A major price for an Old Master in the English regions came in Wiltshire last week when a still-life by Flemish painter Frans Snyders (1579-1657) caught the eye of multiple bidders.

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Giant haystacks and a steel rabbit post art market landmarks

20 May 2019

Some eye-catching individual prices punctuated the latest Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales in New York, helping to lift the year-on-year total .

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Salvador Dali Christmas card designs on sale this summer

20 May 2019

A group of 15 works on paper by Salvador Dalí (1904-89) which were produced as Christmas card designs will be offered in Paris this summer. They are estimated to raise up to €1m at Artcurial’s Modern and Impressionist Art auction in Paris, writes Alex Capon.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

20 May 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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London gallery showcases rediscovered drawings that record an Italian journey in 1817

20 May 2019

A collection of rediscovered drawings by the 19th century artist Elizabeth Frances Batty (1791-1875) feature at Bloomsbury gallery Abbott and Holder this month.

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John Singer Sargent later watercolours raise a combined $220,000 at Boston sale

20 May 2019

The American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for the high-society ‘swagger’ portraits that had earned him fame and fortune, but the watercolours he produced in greater number are more commonly available at auction.

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Watercolour by John Nixon shows changing face of London

20 May 2019

A watercolour by John Nixon (1755-1818) showing St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London from Regent’s Park in the early days of the land’s development is offered at Guy Peppiatt Fine Art for £6500.

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Family collection based on imports for fertiliser produces a healthy farmhouse dispersal

20 May 2019

Inherited Dutch Old Masters offered alongside recently acquired modern works by artists such as Walter Sickert, Edward Seago and Gerald Kelly proved a winning formula at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) country house dispersal held on May 1 at Donnington Priory.

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The web shop window: Portrait by British artist Mary Stork

20 May 2019

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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Eyewitness view captures last action of the Indian Mutiny

20 May 2019

Painted by Lt Gen Henry Hope Crealock (1831-91), this 6ft 8in (2m) wide pen and ink drawing is an eyewitness account of The Action of Bareilly – the battle of the last stronghold of Indian independence in 1858.

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Ganymed prints boost Lowry value

20 May 2019

When it comes to buying limited-edition prints by LS Lowry (1887-1976), those produced by one publisher in particular stand out above the rest for collectors.

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‘Cornish Wonder’ work sells at £12,000

20 May 2019

A portrait by John Opie (1761-1807) led nearly two dozen family portraits from the historic Penrose Estate in Porthleven, Cornwall, at local Penzance saleroom David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) on May 2.

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John Thomas Serres oil painting showing Plymouth was ‘early sat nav’ for sailors

20 May 2019

An oil in gilt frame by John Thomas Serres (1759-1825) of 'The Entrance to Plymouth Sound' offered at Charles Miller’s (24% buyer’s premium) April 30 auction represented a primitive but effective early sat nav for ships.

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