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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Auerbach etchings draw interest at Roseberys

16 November 2020

A group of three etchings by Frank Auerbach (b.1931), all head studies of fellow artists, were among the lots receiving interest at Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary prints.

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James Dodds prices buoyant in the saleroom

16 November 2020

James Dodds (b.1957) has been described as both ‘East Anglia’s most famous Contemporary artist after Dame Maggi Hambling’ and as ‘boatbuilding’s artist laureate’.

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A new chapter of Simcock’s career

16 November 2020

As Keith Chapman of Modern Art Auctions in Scarborough says, he rarely prints catalogues but coming up in his next auction is “such a good collection of a very underrated artist, we have made an exception”.

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Miniature depicting key figure in colonial Australia draws demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

16 November 2020

This 4 x 3in (10 x 8cm) oil on ivory miniature, offered by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley, is attributed to the English miniature painter William Mineard Bennett (1778-1858).

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Early Banksy spray painting makes waves at Bonhams

16 November 2020

The irrepressible Banksy (b.1975) led the day at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/13.9%) latest auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art in London.

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Sales pitch perfect at Pangolin London

16 November 2020

David Mach’s collage 'Pitch Perfect' (2015) is among the works on offer at Sculptors’ Works on Paper, one of two extra exhibitions taking place at Pangolin London alongside 'Murmur'.

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Calder gets mobile to create a saleroom record

16 November 2020

Works by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) proved to be the toast of a recent Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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Contemporary exhibitions offering therapeutic works created in the lockdown

16 November 2020

A series of Contemporary exhibitions taking place in the UK this autumn feature works created by artists in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the first lockdown in the spring.

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Francis Bacon lithograph triptych among highlights at Tennants

16 November 2020

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary art generated some confident bidding both online and in the room, taking in limited-edition prints by famous names.

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Corporate collection on offer to public

16 November 2020

Jackson’s is holding an auction on December 1-2 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, which will include more than 100 lots by Modern and Contemporary masters in a variety of media comprising primarily works that have been deaccessioned from a corporate collection.

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Trademark grid work by Otto Piene

16 November 2020

Koller is holding a sale of Post-War and Contemporary art on December 5 in Zurich.

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De Chirico’s mysterious squares emerge in two countries

16 November 2020

Throughout his long career, Giorgio de Chirico often returned to the subject ‘Piazza d’Italia’, one of the most familiar images among his metaphysical paintings.

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Estève in the round at Aguttes

16 November 2020

Bula, a 1970 painting by Maurice Estève, will be one of the works on offer in Aguttes’ sale of Contemporary Art in Neuilly on December 14.

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Christo had a surprise in store

16 November 2020

In 1964, the Bulgarian artist Christo Javacheff and his wife Jeanne-Claude made a first visit to New York. Soon afterwards they worked on their projects titled Store Fronts, Show Cases and Show Windows.

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Balthus inspired by Burgundy

16 November 2020

On December 8 Artcurial will hold a sale titled Balthus à Chassy devoted to around 150 drawings, watercolours and paintings by Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, known as Balthus.

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Marshall M Fredericks bronze sets the spirit free at New York sale

16 November 2020

Included in Stair Galleries’ December 3 sale of Modern and Contemporary Art, Furniture and Objects in Hudson, New York, is this 2ft x 14in x 10in (62 x 35 x 25cm) green-patinated bronze by Marshall M Fredericks.

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Hammershøi interior stars among sales at first virtual TEFAF

11 November 2020

A painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) was among the highlights at the inaugural staging of TEFAF Online.

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Stanley Spencer Gallery acquires the artist's last known self-portrait drawing

09 November 2020

The last known drawn self-portrait of Modern British artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) has been acquired by the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

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Stand-alone topographical picture auctions at Christie’s come to an end after 52 years

09 November 2020

Christie’s has axed its stand-alone sales of topographical pictures and will incorporate the specialist department into the 19th century picture department based in London. Consignments in this area will now be offered in auctions in the wider category.

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Irish and Scottish Art: Border forces at work in the market

09 November 2020

Shifting Covid-19 regulations have complicated the Irish and Scottish art markets but online and phone bidding has helped to keep results relatively robust

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