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.

Le Palais Ducal by Claude Monet

Sotheby’s to auction Claude Monet view of Venice with £20m-30m estimate

03 January 2019

Paintings by the great Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) are not especially rare at auction. However, while depictions of waterlilies and scenes of Paris appear at most major sales series, the artist’s views of Venice emerge only occasionally.

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Bill Brandt's groundbreaking photography including newly discovered prints celebrated in London show

29 December 2018

British photographer Bill Brandt (1904-83) is remembered for his photojournalism and later pictures of distorted nudes, portraits of famous artists and landscapes.

Summer Landscape by John Minton

Six highlights from the Modern British art market in 2018

27 December 2018

ATG selects six stand-out lots of Modern British art that sold in London and across the UK in 2018.

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Banksy shredding stunt continues to inspire the art world around the globe

24 December 2018

Street artist Banksy stunned the art world when his picture 'Girl with Balloon' automatically shredded itself in its frame moments after it sold for £1.04m at Sotheby's.

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‘The first female Cubist painter’

21 December 2018

Early works from artist known as Marevna is key feature of family collection sold in London.

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Hartigan's art is on the rise

21 December 2018

More female talent emerged at Roseberys in the form of this fiery piece of Abstract Expressionism below by American painter Grace Hartigan (1922-2008).

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Buyer hunts down Charles Lutyens hounds

21 December 2018

The Victorian Conservative politician Lord Coventry is believed to have commissioned this portrait of favourite hounds Rambler and Marksman.

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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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5 Questions: Toby Campbell of Rafael Valls

21 December 2018

Toby Campbell of Rafael Valls specialises in Old Master paintings. The gallery, in London’s Duke Street, St James’s, stands annually at TEFAF Maastricht, which next runs from March 16-24, 2019.

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Affordable art: three works priced under £800 including a mini-sleeper at an Essex auction

21 December 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including a mini-sleeper at an Essex auction.

Vilhelm Hammershoi painting

Getty Museum buys classic Danish interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi

19 December 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has bought a painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) barely months after it fetched a major sum at a Christie’s auction.

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Government to gain more powers to keep art treasures in the UK

19 December 2018

The government is launching a consultation on the future of the export system for art, antiques and antiquities, with the aim of forcing owners to ‘honour their commitment’ to sell when a matching offer is made from a UK buyer.

Count Basie by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Mod Brit art from Cumbrian collector to be auctioned at Sworders in Essex

17 December 2018

A single-owner private collection, including significant works by artists from the Modern British canon, will be sold at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on January 15.

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Keen as mustard to buy paintings under £50,000?

17 December 2018

An Adventure with Colman’s Mustard by British painter Arthur Wardle (1864-1949), shown below, is among the pictures on offer at Richard Green gallery’s 50 Paintings Under £50,000.

Old Masters back in familiar auction house territory

17 December 2018

After a summer series remembered for its quirky ‘warts and all’ portraiture and an improbable list of celebrity endorsers, including former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham who hosted a series of Sotheby’s consignments at her London fashion showroom, Old Masters were back in familiar territory for the latest offerings in London.

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Making hay in Aldeburgh

17 December 2018

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh uses its annual Christmas exhibition to showcase works by historic artists such as John Maclauchlan Milne (1885-1957), whose oil on canvas The Hay Cole (1920), below, is offered for £6750.

How Old Masters fared in the early December sales series

17 December 2018

Results from the December 2018 auction series of Old Masters in London.

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Bonhams - still-life attributed to Claesz takes top spot

17 December 2018

Golden Age Dutch art topped the bill at Bonhams in the December 5 sale via a fresh-to-market still-life attributed to the 17th century painter Pieter Claesz (1597-1660), which sold for over four times the estimate at £130,000.

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Christie’s - stand-alone collection from Dutch entrepreneur gets auction off to good start

17 December 2018

Combining results from the Albada collection and its evening sale, Christie’s achieved its highest evening total for a December Old Masters sale in London for seven years.

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Sotheby’s - Dutch and Flemish art nets lion's share of the total

17 December 2018

Dutch and Flemish art also dominated takings at Sotheby's in New Bond Street on December 5. The category was 90% sold and netted the lion’s share of the sale at £24.6m (with premium), against hopes of £16.8m-23.7m.

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