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.


Edward Bawden: Printmaker at the cutting edge

08 May 2023

A lively market has emerged for the linocuts of Great Bardfield artist Edward Bawden


West Sussex event benefits from the ‘triangle’ location

08 May 2023

Fair in Petworth benefits from its setting near to a famous National Trust’s property and an 'antiques destination' town


A rural Essex man who loved the city

08 May 2023

'Cattle Market, Braintree' from 1937 is a trademark Edward Bawden image. But it is also the artist’s only pre-war editioned print.


Interview: 'Bawden prints are a bit of fun'

08 May 2023

Amy Scanlon, head of Modern and Contemporary art at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, discusses her affection for Bawden prints


Kean kept a low profile but is now in the spotlight

08 May 2023

The stand-free fair, 'Eye of the Collector', returns to London this May for its third physical edition.


The web shop window: recent discovery of a work by artist Georgette Rondel

08 May 2023

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

Getty's Temple of Wings

Christie’s to offer second auction series of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection

05 May 2023

A second tranche of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection is coming to Christie’s in June.

Bindu by Syed Haider Raza

Indian artist’s ‘Bindu’ picture brings hefty demand at Roseberys’ auction

05 May 2023

A large acrylic on canvas by Indian artist Syed Haider Raza (1922-2016) drew strong interest at Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium), surpassing a £50,000-70,000 estimate and selling at £240,000 to a private collector.


Bannermen set to fly high at auction

01 May 2023

Bonhams’ flagship sale of Fine Chinese Art in Bond Street on May 18 includes a rare Qianlong period ink on silk court painting.


Norman Hartnell designs for a princess emerge at Richard Winterton

01 May 2023

A group of signed drawings by royal fashion designer Norman Hartnell (1901-79) was offered at Richard Winterton (22% buyer’s premium) on February 15.


London as seen before the big blaze

01 May 2023

View of the city ahead of the Great Fire was attributed to a Dutch artist who produced several panoramas


Coral from the coast of Sicily

01 May 2023

Since the 12th century the Sicilian town of Trapani has been closely connected to the art of coral carving. Thanks to the invention of a particular tool, ideally suited to the material, in the 16th century, the industry thrived.


Webb depicts majesty of Greenwich Palace in smaller form

01 May 2023

Born into a family of artists, James Webb (c.1825-95) became a prolific painter primarily of landscapes, seascapes and river scenes depicting locations around England and Wales as well as the Netherlands, France, Italy and southern Spain.


Leafy branch with chestnuts left Tokyo in 1968

01 May 2023

This lacquer painting on lacquered paper, a study of a leafy branch with chestnuts, is signed by Shibata Zeshin (1807-91).


Oils by Queen Victoria sell in London auction

01 May 2023

Two oil paintings by Queen Victoria believed to date to the second half of the 19th century were found among family heirlooms in a Surrey cottage.


Queen Victoria watercolours snapped up by royal trust

01 May 2023

A sketch book filled with drawings by Queen Victoria will be joining more than 4000 pieces of her art at the Royal Collection Trust.


Turner and Wilkie turn up at auction

01 May 2023

Drawing four phone bidders plus online, a rediscovered early watercolour of Chepstow Castle by JMW Turner (1775-1851) led Cheffins’ latest fine art sale.


Wilding portraits on offer in west London

01 May 2023

Two signed royal portrait photographs by Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) will be offered at Chiswick Auctions.


Famous tiger burns bright – despite being a copy

01 May 2023

A later but good copy of George Stubbs’ (1724-1806) famous painting Portrait of The Royal Tiger earned its stripes when it emerged at auction.


Guanyin on hand thanks to a noted collector

01 May 2023

This rare 2ft 7in (78cm) high white marble stele depicting the Buddhist goddess Guanyin predates was carved in the Northern Qi dynasty, (550-577AD), around the time of the Sutton Hoo hoard.