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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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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Modern British female artists: the auction scene

11 March 2019

Women artists – historically overlooked in scholarship and undervalued on the market – have emerged more and more at auction over the last few years.

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John Armstrong wartime painting to be offered at Dreweatts' spring sale

11 March 2019

Dreweatts’ Modern and Contemporary art sale in Newbury on April 3 will offer a range of Modern British pictures, including a selection of St Ives School group works. However, one of the main highlights in this category is a wartime painting by John Armstrong (1893-1973) which carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

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LS Lowry teenage group takes £65,000 in Welsh auction

11 March 2019

A Cardiff estate has provided a highly useful consignment to Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones (18% buyer’s premium inc VAT) with around 45 modern British paintings in all.

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Sheila Robinson – an artist tutored by Bawden – doubles estimate at Cheffins

11 March 2019

A 16 x 15in (42 x 38cm) linocut by Great Bardfield artist Sheila Robinson (1925-88) more than doubled its estimate to sell for £1000 at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Cambridge.

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Catching the Gosse in Ipswich auction

11 March 2019

Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968) was perhaps the best known of the women artists who worked closely with Camden Town Group luminary Walter Sickert.

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Price is far from the end of the world for Durer Apocalypse

11 March 2019

Conducted by Christie’s Paris (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in collaboration with Bertrand Meaudre of Paris dealer Librairie Landarchet, a February 20 sale featured the dispersal of the library of Marc Litzler for a premium-inclusive total of €4.4m (£3.82m).

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Pat Douthwaite and Mary Fedden come to the fore in Edinburgh sale

11 March 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is holding an auction of Modern & Contemporary art, sculpture and design at The Mall Galleries in London on March 27 under the title Modern Made.

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Anne Redpath still life among leading lots at auction of works from Hertfordshire County Council

11 March 2019

An impressive collection of 20th century British pictures will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on March 21 after Hertfordshire County Council took the decision to offload them.

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Burmese scene by royal artist Gerald Kelly draws interest at Sworders

11 March 2019

Among the lots drawing keen interest at Sworders’ Modern British and 20th century sale in Essex on February 26 was a privately consigned 2ft x 2ft 8in (61 x 83cm) oil on canvas of Burmese women collecting water by Royal portraitist Gerald Kelly (1879-1972).

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Edward Seago captures East Anglian atmosphere

11 March 2019

Edward Seago (1910-74), perhaps the best-known 20th century artist who lived and worked almost exclusively in Norfolk, captured the atmosphere of his beloved East Anglia with sweeping compositions and a delicate palette.

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International Women's Day: five women who made their mark on art and antiques history

08 March 2019

To celebrate International Women’s Day, ATG brings you its choice of women who centuries ago, were trailblazers for the female artists who flourished amid the greater freedoms of the 20th century.

‘Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott’ by David Hockney

David Hockney double portrait at Christie’s tops London’s Contemporary art auction series

07 March 2019

A large David Hockney (b.1937) double portrait led Christie’s latest evening sale of post-war and contemporary art in London.

‘Juncture’ by Jenny Saville

Huge Jenny Saville painting at Sotheby’s auction makes 1000% increase over 10 years

06 March 2019

It was a case of little and large at Sotheby’s last night as an enormous work by Jenny Saville (b.1970) and a small portrait by Lucian Freud both sold at the firm’s latest Contemporary art evening sale in London.

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Solid competition but slimmer sales for London’s Impressionist and Modern art auctions

04 March 2019

The latest Impressionist & Modern art auction series in London generated decent competition on a few key lots but the overall total was the lowest for a February series in this category since 2016.

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Rubens oil sketch discovered in northern France offered in Lille auction

04 March 2019

A rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has been discovered in a house in northern France and will come up for auction in Lille on March 31.

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Orientalist collection back in saleroom for first time in three decades

04 March 2019

Helped by conservatively pitched estimates, a clutch of middle-market Orientalist pictures achieved some modest growth in value on their first return to auction in three decades.

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Rediscovered Jean-Antoine Houdon busts offered in New York State

04 March 2019

Two rediscovered marble busts by the French 18th century sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) are to be offered in Cottone Auctions’ next sale in Geneseo on March 23.

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Mayfair gallery hosts first solo Mulas exhibition

04 March 2019

This 1962 photograph of artist Lucio Fontana, below, is included in the UK’s first solo show of works by Ugo Mulas (1928-73).

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £800 in regional auctions including an 18th century portrait with an heraldic crest

04 March 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £800, including an 18th century oil on canvas

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