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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Paris Drawings Week draws on a 28-year legacy

18 March 2019

The long-standing fair 'Salon du Dessin' remains at the core of the annual works on paper events in the French capital.

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First solo show of modern British painter Dorothy Rendell at Abbott and Holder

18 March 2019

An oil on board painting Rotherhithe from Wapping Pierhead (c.1955) is among the works by Dorothy Rendell (1923-2018) currently on show at Abbott and Holder where it is offered for £2750.

‘The Incomplete Truth’ by Damien Hirst

George Michael auction at Christie’s led by Damien Hirst’s dove in formaldehyde

14 March 2019

Christie’s auction of the George Michael collection in London tonight was led by 'The Incomplete Truth' by Damien Hirst (b.1965), a work from 2006 featuring a dove in a tank of formaldehyde.

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The queen of fashion, the queen of hearts, and the queen: Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction features pictures of Kate Moss, Princess Diana and the queen among lots

14 March 2019

It is not quite a full house in a game of cards, but Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction has dealt three ‘queens’ alongside works by British artists including David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Dame Lucie Rie, Mary Fedden and Beryl Cook.

‘La Jeunesse de Bacchus’ (Youth of Bacchus) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Bouguereau’s 20ft painting – Masterly example of French Academic painting to be offered at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale

13 March 2019

Sotheby’s is to offer what it deems “the most important work of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s celebrated career” as part of the Impressionist & Modern art evening sale in New York on May 14.

‘Meditation, Zanzibar’ by Irma Stern

Irma Stern portrait leads South African politician’s collection of works being offered at Cape Town auction

13 March 2019

Two private collections of South African art have yielded works by some of the leading names in the market to Strauss’ sale in Cape Town on March 18.

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One of London’s oldest charities to sell contemporary art collection to raise funds

12 March 2019

Contemporary art from the collection of one of London’s oldest charities went on view last night ahead of Lyon & Turnbull’s inaugural Modern Made auction this month.

George Michael. Image copyright Rankin Photography.

10 highlights from the George Michael collection on offer at Christie’s

12 March 2019

The art collection of singer and songwriter George Michael is being offered at Christie’s in a two-part auction this week. The lots will be divided between a 61-lot live sale at King Street in London on March 14 and a further 112 feature in an online timed sale that runs until March 15.

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Miniature John Constable drawings deliver a big result at Chiswick Auctions

11 March 2019

Two previously unpublished ink sketches by John Constable (1776 -1837) excelled at Chiswick Auctions’ latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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Wright of Derby portrait of Captain Bayly bought by Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg collection at Sotheby's

11 March 2019

Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia has acquired a Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) portrait of an Irish veteran of the French and Indian War. The foundation bought it at Sotheby’s Old Master day sale in London in December when it sold for £40,000 plus premium.

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London's Contemporary art sales fall year-on-year despite sales of Hockney and Freud portraits

11 March 2019

A lack of sufficient stellar consignments at the latest Contemporary art sales in London meant the overall total was down on last year.

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Panel discoveries post six-figure prices in American sale

11 March 2019

Two early panel paintings, one German, the other Cretan, emerged from a Florida collection to sell for six-figure prices at the Premier Auction at Brunk (20% buyer’s premium) in Asheville, North Carolina, on January 28. Both were new discoveries by rare artists.

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Modern British art – female artists coming to the fore

11 March 2019

A wave of fresh interest in female artists is sweeping the UK, forcing museums and galleries to rethink their displays and purchasing policies – and driving demand at dealerships and auction houses in the process.

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Irma Stern portraits from two collections headline Strauss sale in Cape Town

11 March 2019

Strauss is holding its latest auction in Cape Town on March 18. Running to more than 600 lots, it offers a wide mix of material: 19th century, post-war and contemporary art, antiques and decorative arts, Asian works and jewellery.

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Craigie Aitchison is a good man to cross

11 March 2019

Scottish artist Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) painted few subjects more obsessively throughout his career than the crucifixion.

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How a museum or gallery show can boost demand

11 March 2019

Waterhouse & Dodd’s Jamie Anderson attributes a recent flurry of interest in the works of Dorothy Mead (1928-75) to her inclusion in the Tate Britain’s 'All Too Human' show last year.

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Photo fair clicks up new London venue

11 March 2019

The London Photograph Fair, on March 17, has a new venue at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone for this edition.

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Hats off to artist Doris Hatt

11 March 2019

The Court Gallery has joined forces with the Museum of Somerset to stage an exhibition of the works of Doris Hatt (1890-1969), a local pioneer of British modernism.

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Cupboard opens up interest in Frederick Gore and Frank Avary Wilson

11 March 2019

Post-war art stored in a cupboard for “many years” by an academic institution in Leicestershire drew strong bidding for two British artists in particular at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

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Lecture series underlines the role of female war artists

11 March 2019

Art historian Magdalen Evans is holding a series of lectures on Women Artists of the Second World War for the Arts Society with the next date set for Harpenden, Hertfordshire, on March 20, followed by Colchester, Essex, in May and Ely, Cambridgeshire, in September.

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