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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Racehorse miniatures from museum founder come to Yorkshire auction

14 November 2022

Two miniatures of Derby winners belonging to John Bowes (1811-85), founder of the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, come for sale at Elstob & Elstob’s Ripon saleroom on November 30.

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Hambling on red alert to take an auction record

14 November 2022

The major talking point of Tennants’ (22/20% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary Art sale was the £840,000 seascape by LS Lowry which was the highest total for a picture at the auction house and the second-highest price for any lot ever sold at the saleroom (see ATG No 2565).

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Augustus John exhibition follows sister Gwen's at Cardiff gallery

14 November 2022

Welsh gallery holds exhibition on the Welsh artist hot on the heels of a show about his sister

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First Giacometti man strides out

14 November 2022

Two closely related bronze sculptures by Alberto Giacometti are among the highlights of the Modern and Contemporary sales on December 2 at Lempertz in Cologne.

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Abbott and Holder holds show dedicated to artist Gerald Marks

14 November 2022

Though largely unknown on the market today, British artist Gerald Marks (1921-2018), the subject of a show at Abbott and Holder, had a colourful life. For a long time that colour was red.

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5 Questions: Petworth dealer Brijitte Dreyfus

14 November 2022

Brijitte Dreyfus runs Mandrake Petworth, offering art, books and furniture.

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ATG letter: Is this the first ever depiction of an art fair?

14 November 2022

One of the masterpieces of printmaking in Prague during the reign of the Emperor Rudolf II (1576- 1612), and a highlight of the important exhibition 'Printmaking in Prague' held in the British Museum this summer, is the famous etching of the interior of the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle by Aegidius Sadeler II.

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East Anglian works feature at Suffolk dealer's winter exhibition

14 November 2022

This snowy scene by Suffolk artist Thomas Smythe (1825-1907) features in English and Continental Antiques’ winter exhibition in Eye.

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Goodwin buyer ahead of the game

14 November 2022

Tory politician acquired the artist’s watercolours before London dealer raised the profile

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Sheila Fell is ‘on the crest of a wave’, says auctioneer

14 November 2022

Outside the John Patten collection at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12 were several other good-quality pictures boosting the bottom line.

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Venus sculpture triples estimate in Munich

14 November 2022

The sculptor Prosper d’Épinay (1836-1914) was a true cosmopolitan. Born in Mauritius, he later became a British subject, but is still often considered to be a French artist.

2022 Sale Selection

Dealer roundup: 300 frames on offer in West London, attendance up at IFPDA Print Fair plus other recent news from the trade

12 November 2022

More than 300 antique and modern frames are on offer from Charles Daggett Gallery this month. This is an annual event and comes with the territory of Daggett’s job.

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Paul Allen collection makes history as Christie’s hosts world’s first billion dollar auction

10 November 2022

Setting an all-time high for a single-owner collection, the auction of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s collection at Christie’s New York raised an extraordinary $1.62bn (£1.42bn) including premium.

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Sparrows flew their Essex nest

07 November 2022

Trio of paintings depict life at a long-disappeared family home

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Portrait miniatures: Hammer highlights and previews from auctions and dealers

07 November 2022

A round up of portrait miniatures appearing at auction and offered by dealers.

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Rare James Fitton work from the 1930s attracts artist record bid

07 November 2022

Works from the 1930s are arguably the most desirable pictures when it comes to Oldham-born artist James Fitton (1899-1982). They just do not appear very often.

Portrait miniatures

Portrait miniatures: It’s a small world

07 November 2022

Despite being buffeted by the vagaries of fashion and now the modern crusade against antique ivory, portrait miniatures have managed to keep a keen collecting base.

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In a new era for the art market Masters star at Frieze

07 November 2022

Old Master and a string of heavy hitters boost an encouraging event despite challenging times

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Wilson copy ‘at an early date’

07 November 2022

Among the works attracting interest at a recent Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) sale were two pictures formerly in the collection at Shakenhurst Hall.

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Portrait miniatures collecting can start small

07 November 2022

How can an enthusiast create a museum-quality collection without vast sums of money?

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