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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Promotional feature: Picture perfect for Maastricht – exhibitor interview with Mark Weiss

04 March 2019

Old Master art dealer Mark Weiss began exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht in 1988. But for all the important 16th and 17th century portraits Weiss has sold at the Dutch fair since then, few are likely to have made a local connection quite like his gallery’s star object for 2019.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

04 March 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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5 Questions: Karen Taylor

04 March 2019

Art dealer Karen Taylor is among the exhibitors at this month’s BADA 2019 (March 20-26).

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Select offering in London covers wide-ranging scope

04 March 2019

Bonhams’ (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) latest sale of 19th century pictures in London may have been small – running to just over 100 lots – but what it lacked in size it made up with the broad scope of its contents.

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Hit and hiss: Triqueti Cleopatra in ivory takes £22,000

04 March 2019

Following the fall of Louis-Philippe in the 1848 revolution, the French royal sculptor Henri Joseph Francois, Baron de Triqueti (1804-74) was obliged to cast his net further afield for new patrons.

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Connect fair organisation praised as shipshape

04 March 2019

William Wyllie’s 1917 watercolour HMS New Zealand – The Sixteen Point Turn at Jutland was among the stand-out sales at the inaugural Connect Art Fair where it was offered for a price in the region of £20,000.

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Burne-Jones drawing heads to four-times estimate

04 March 2019

This study (below) was one of 10 drawings by Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) consigned by an unidentified charitable trust to Bonhams’ 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale on February 20.

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Singer Sargent painting blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer

02 March 2019

The owner of a £5.75m John Singer Sargent oil painting has been temporarily prevented from exporting the picture by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Rare Flemish Old Master sells for more than $2m at auction in Philadelphia as Freeman's confirm premises move

01 March 2019

A total of 18 phones competed for a rare devotional painting offered by a New York institution at Freeman’s in Philadelphia this week.

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ – painting found in French attic valued at £100m to be offered without reserve at auction

28 February 2019

A marketing drive has begun for the sale of a painting touted as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’. The picture was unveiled in London today ahead of its auction in France in June.

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Major selection of German Expressionist works come to auction in New York

28 February 2019

Swann Auction Galleries is to sell a major selection of German Expressionist works from one of the movement’s most important collections next week.

‘Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez)’ by Paul Signac

Pointillist painting of Saint Tropez by Paul Signac sets artist’s record at Christie’s auction

27 February 2019

A quintessential pointillist painting of the sun setting over the port of Saint Tropez made an auction record for Paul Signac (1863-1935) at Christie’s latest Impressionist & Modern art auction in London.

Claude Monet's Le Palais Ducal

Claude Monet view of the Doge’s Palace in Venice sells for £24m at Sotheby’s

26 February 2019

A painting of the Doge’s Palace in Venice made by Claude Monet (1840-1926) during his one and only trip to Venice was knocked down at £24m at Sotheby’s latest Impressionist & Modern art auction in London.

‘Venus and Cupid’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Trio of high-value Old Master paintings enter museums

25 February 2019

Three major Old Master acquisitions by museums have been announced over the last fortnight. They include two works that headlined London’s latest auction series in this category.

  Miniature by Laurence Hilliard

Miniatures in the mainstream as London show coincides with major exhibition

25 February 2019

A dealer's one-day London show comes hot on the heels of major exhibitions that are drumming up interest in miniatures.

Miniature by Isaac Oliver

Philip Mould holds miniature exhibition in London gallery

25 February 2019

Dealer Philip Mould stages 'Jewel in the Hand: Early Portrait Miniatures from Noble and Private Collections' at its Pall Mall gallery from March 12-April 18.

Gerry Cranham

Show under starter’s orders at Michael Hoppen Gallery

25 February 2019

An untitled photograph of a horse race is among the wide selection of photographs on offer from Michael Hoppen Gallery’s exhibition Simply the Best featuring works of 20th century sports photographer Gerry Cranham (b.1928).

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Sheffield’s Steel at the cutting edge

25 February 2019

The bullish Modern British art market fuelled the performance of three market-fresh paintings by George Hammond Steel (1900-60) which appeared at an Essex auction.

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Fiery laird and a more sedate Seago star in Surrey sale

25 February 2019

Drawing interest from the US was a portrait of a fierce-looking Scottish laird by John Pettie (1839-93).

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Henry Moore makes matters confusing

25 February 2019

An original drawing by Henry Moore (1898-1986) – which the artist labelled as a lithograph – was among the top-sellers of European art at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston.

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