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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Whitby working life in focus at Swann sale

27 January 2020

An album dating to c.1887 containing 64 evocative albumen prints by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, documenting Whitby, England, is on offer at New York auction house Swann.

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Exhibition at London gallery showcases the free spirit of artist André Derain

27 January 2020

Exhibition showcases the compromising but also capricious artist André Derain

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Antique picture frames given prominence in Paris

27 January 2020

Artcurial holds a sale of Old Master and 19th century paintings in Paris on February 4. The opening 200 lots of this auction is given over to antique picture frames and two unusual entries are made from 18th century French faience rather than wood.

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Sporting art collectors take to the field again

27 January 2020

Hopes are high that the market for traditional British sporting paintings could experience a boost in demand after a single-owner collection racked up over £2m at auction in London.

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Career of Fred Yates in full focus at Mayfair show

27 January 2020

Among the oils on offer at the John Martin show on Fred Yates (1922-2008) is 'The Blizzard' (2007-8), a thickly painted scene of a street in Manchester.

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The dog found in an attic: Charterhouse sells Maud Earl painting

27 January 2020

Found in the roof space of a Devon cottage, an oil painting of a pointer dog in an open field sold for £3400 at Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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Dead pheasant study attributed to Turner draws interest at Perth auction house

27 January 2020

A watercolour study of a dead pheasant attributed to JMW Turner (1775-1851) was taken to £14,000 at a Scottish auction house.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £1500 or under including a John Cyril Harrison watercolour

27 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a John Cyril Harrison watercolour.

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The web shop window: Viktoria Gorynska self portrait

27 January 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Seago sea scene offered in latest Portland Gallery showcase

25 January 2020

Low Water on the Orwell by Edward Seago (1910-74) is among the highlights at the Portland Gallery’s exhibition on the British painter.

‘The Mill, Pendlebury’ by LS Lowry

Medical researcher’s mill scene by LS Lowry sells for £2.2m at Christie’s

24 January 2020

A painting by LS Lowry (1887-1976) that had never before been seen in public led Christie’s Modern British art evening sale in London on January 21.

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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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Artist Kit Williams' early clues on how to decipher the Masquerade

20 January 2020

The English artist, illustrator and author Christopher ‘Kit’ Williams (b.1946) is best known for the book 'Masquerade', the pictorial storybook which contained clues to the location of an 18ct gold jewelled hare buried somewhere in the British countryside. It created quite a sensation in 1979.

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Art Detective: About a boy

20 January 2020

Follow-up on the mystery covered in ATG No 2422:

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Bernadette bounds into London Art Fair

20 January 2020

A sculpture by Modern British artist Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), 'Bernadette Going to Wales', is among the works on offer at the 'London Art Fair'.

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Sensitive portrait of ‘quiet Ulsterman’ grabs the attention

20 January 2020

A sensitive portrait of a First World War soldier by the Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931) was among a series of valuable lots chased by bidders at art sales in Dublin.

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Gifford takes the Grand Tour

20 January 2020

A picture of a famous Italian Grand Tour view by one of the best-regarded artists of the American Hudson River school of painting is one of the highlights of a sale at Skinner in Boston on January 24.

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London Calling: Mall Galleries hosts second staging of the Connect fair

20 January 2020

A view of Tower Bridge from the Thames, commuters on the District Line, a 1970s punk and historical shopfronts are among the images of London offered at the second staging of 'Connect: The Independent Art Fair'.

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Art Detective: help identify a mystery portrait of Anne Clive

20 January 2020

In the latest feature on mystery works the Art UK charity is seeking help to identify, we focus on a portrait of Anne Clive, the honourable Mrs George Sempill.

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Mark Twain in the frame as carte de visite emerges in Philadelphia

20 January 2020

This carte de visite picturing the author Mark Twain (Samuel L Clemens) is signed and inscribed twice.

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