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.


Rare Hodgkin appearance in Germany

22 May 2023

It is a rare event when a painting by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) turns up at a German auction, but on June 5, Van Ham can offer his 1996 painting Miami in its Modern and Contemporary sale.


Tunnard not seen for half a century

22 May 2023

Painted just after the Second World War, this Surrealist landscape by John Tunnard (1900-71) depicts a series of futuristic antennae, ancient megaliths and henges – plus the ‘dry tree’ motif the artist used as a symbol of destruction and death.

Insel im Attersee by Gustav Klimt

Japanese collector wins battle for Klimt’s lakeside view

17 May 2023

A view of Austria’s Lake Attersee by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) led Sotheby’s latest sale of Modern art in New York.


Alma-Tadema’s friends put on a panel show at his house

15 May 2023

Six of the 45 distinctive designs from the artist’s spectacular London villa emerge at auction


Christie’s raises buyer’s premium... then sets a Rousseau record

15 May 2023

Christie’s first major auction series since raising its buyer’s premium last month kicked off in New York offering Impressionist and Modern art.


William Crotch covered in St James’s show

15 May 2023

This view of Wadham College, Oxford, by William Crotch (1775-1847) is the first and earliest in a catalogue of his works on show at Guy Peppiatt Fine Art.


It’s a Cotman family extravaganza at Dawsons

15 May 2023

A collection of works by the Cotman family of artists is coming for sale at Maidenhead auction house Dawsons this month.


Symons supporters make a bugle call

15 May 2023

William Christian Symons (1845-1911) had a varied career, working as a designer for Royal Doulton but also in a wide range of roles.


Funny felines stand up and deliver Louis Wain record

15 May 2023

Has the film 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' raised demand for the artist?


Victoria and Albert royal wedding procession depicted on a 19ft folding strip

15 May 2023

Shown here are pages from an extremely long, hand-coloured aquatint record on one continuous folding strip just a little over 4in tall, but a work that would extend to around 19ft (5.8m) if fully opened.


Focus on female artists still at the forefront

15 May 2023

Welcome focus on women painters in recent years shows no sign of slowing down amid great interest and demand

John Smart miniature

Portrait miniature sleeper stars in our pick of five auction highlights

12 May 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a portrait miniature that sold for 160-times estimate after bidders identified it as an Indian prince by the great John Smart.


Flora proved to be a triumph approved by the French emperor

08 May 2023

Disputed sculpture was given the thumbs-up by the French emperor and then greatly admired


The polar market explored

08 May 2023

Now hugely popular, this collecting field actually took many years to get going


Mum’s the work for artist Nam Son

08 May 2023

Colonial French-influenced Vietnamese painting continues to be a strong market performer with examples regularly turning up in French auctions and making significant sums.


Picabia combined Fang and females

08 May 2023

This drawing by the Surrealist artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) had several interesting associations in its provenance.


Fuseli study takes six-figure sum in Paris

08 May 2023

This work by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) is a study for the figure of a kneeling figure of Caractacus’ daughter in the artist’s painting 'Caractacus’ speech before Claudius'.


Edward Bawden: Printmaker at the cutting edge

08 May 2023

A lively market has emerged for the linocuts of Great Bardfield artist Edward Bawden


West Sussex event benefits from the ‘triangle’ location

08 May 2023

Fair in Petworth benefits from its setting near to a famous National Trust’s property and an 'antiques destination' town


A rural Essex man who loved the city

08 May 2023

'Cattle Market, Braintree' from 1937 is a trademark Edward Bawden image. But it is also the artist’s only pre-war editioned print.