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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Alan Davie and all that jazz in London gallery

20 May 2019

Scottish artist Alan Davie’s (1920- 2014) oil on canvas 'Jumpin’ at the Woodside' (1965), which is on offer at Richard Green Gallery, references a jazz number with the same title released by Count Basie in 1938.

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Montague Dawson depicts a mystery race

20 May 2019

A classic oil on canvas of yacht racing by renowned British painter Montague Dawson (1890-1973) was top-seller of The Marine Sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) on May 1.

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Pair of Sir Peter Lily portraits emerge in Maine

20 May 2019

This pair of half-length portraits by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) features in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ next sale to be held in Maine from May 31-June 2.

Simon de Pury

Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over 'gentleman's agreement’

17 May 2019

The Court of Appeals in London has upheld a decision that said advisor Simon de Pury was entitled to a $10m fee on the strength of a handshake agreement.

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Six places to see and buy art in London this weekend

17 May 2019

This weekend London plays host to two major photography fairs, a new drawing fair and several gallery exhibitions.

‘Meules’ by Claude Monet

Sotheby’s sets auction record for an Impressionist picture as Claude Monet 'Haystack' painting takes $97m

15 May 2019

A painting from Claude Monet’s (1840-1926) ‘haystacks’ series set the highest price at auction for an Impressionist picture at Sotheby’s New York last night.

Salvador Dali watercolour

Salvador Dalí original Christmas cards predicted to make up to €1m at Paris auction

15 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.

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Bust depicts a short-lived Roman emperor Didius Julianus

13 May 2019

This over life-sized marble bust depicts Emperor Didius Julianus, who ruled the Roman empire for just a few short months in the year 193AD. His fleeting 66-day reign took place during the tumultuous period known as ‘The Year of the Five Emperors’ and came to a grisly end when he was murdered by a common soldier.

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Family portraits in Irish auction include one of a would-be aviation trailblazer Godwin Swifte

13 May 2019

Godwin Swifte, who styled himself as Lord Carlingford, was a member of one of Ireland’s notable families and a maverick of early flight.

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Standards fly high in New York Old Master sales

13 May 2019

Among the top lots at Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) trio of Old Master sales during ‘Classic Week’ was a rediscovered oil sketch by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) for 'The Distribution of the Eagle Standards'.

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Sidney Nolan work found in a cupboard

13 May 2019

A monogram and faint signature to a botanical study sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) revealed it to be the work of celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan (1917-92).

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Fragment from Roman period sarcophagus – an example of very early recycling

13 May 2019

Although the antiquities market is more stringently regulated than ever before, the possibility of illicit material continues to cause concern for collectors of antiquities. This places a greater financial value on pieces with long watertight provenances.

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Artefacts collected during extensive Indian travels for sale

13 May 2019

On May 17 Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, is selling the collection of Indian artefacts from the estate of David Swope of Ossining, NY.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1001 including an oil by Paul Gauguin's son

13 May 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1001, including an oil by Paul Gauguin's son Pola.

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New drawings fair shows its sense of style

13 May 2019

An exhibition of works by René Gruau (1909-2004), whose illustrations helped to reinvigorate the Parisian fashion industry after the Second World War, features on the stand of Galerie Alexis Pentcheff at the inaugural 'Draw Art Fair London'.

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The web shop window: rare poster by Edward Bawden

13 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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Get the visual low-down on Ludlow

13 May 2019

This oil on canvas of A June Day, Ludlow by Beryl Maud Sinclair (1901-67) is among the works featured at Miles Wynn Cato’s final exhibition devoted to views of the Shropshire market town.

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Rembrandt stands out at print event

13 May 2019

An etching by Rembrandt (1606-69) offered by CG Boerner for a five-figure sum was among the stand-out Old Master sales during the recent London Original Print Fair.

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Tragic topics in text and images at The Arts Club show

13 May 2019

This 1979 photograph by German artist Astrid Klein is among the works on show at The Arts Club in London this summer.

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Barbara Hepworth's 'Aegean' bronze heads to Chicago auction

13 May 2019

Hindman Auctioneers, formerly Leslie Hindman, is newly rebranded and has a busy calendar across its six US salerooms this year.

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