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.

LS Lowry painting

Looking to a Leyburn Lowry double in lockdown

15 March 2021

A late work by LS Lowry (1887-1976), which had never appeared on the open market before, overshot a £60,000- 90,000 estimate at Tennants’ latest Modern & Contemporary art sale.

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Alfred Wainwright strides ever onward

15 March 2021

Drawings by the great fell-walking guidebook author catch the mood of escapism

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William Hazlitt portrayed at his ‘great hope’ stage

15 March 2021

This rediscovered portrait depicts a youthful-looking William Hazlitt (1778-1830).

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The web shop window: Pablo Picasso doodle

15 March 2021

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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Liverpool theme grips Atkinson Grimshaw

15 March 2021

The city of Liverpool holds a special place in the oeuvre of John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93).

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Howzat for an intriguing portrait

15 March 2021

Young cricket player stars among the varied lots from estate of journalist and author

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Delacroix work owned by Degas offered at Christie’s Paris

15 March 2021

The work of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) will feature prominently in the dedicated sale of Old Master and 19th century drawings at Christie’s Paris.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque by Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill enjoys finest hour in the saleroom

08 March 2021

Sir Winston Churchill’s towering presence in the art market was on full display last week as his auction record was broken four-and-a-half times over.

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Dealer hails artist Hennell as a genius

08 March 2021

Dealer Sim rates this little-known painter so highly he calls him ‘the English Van Gogh’

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Beyond Beale to Bratby and Irish scenery

08 March 2021

The first fine art sale of 2021 at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) will be remembered for the spectacular £100,000 bid for a Mary Beale (1633-99) work.

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Loir on the beach

08 March 2021

This oil on board by the French artist Luigi Loir (1845-1916) depicting a beach scene, is one of the lots that will feature in Crescent City Auction Galleries’ three-day spring sale to be held from March 12-14 in New Orleans.

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William James joins the 'fifty' line-up at Richard Green

08 March 2021

Little is known about the life of British artist William James (f.1754-71) other than he painted topographical views and may have been one of Canaletto’s studio assistants while the Venetian was visiting England.

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5 Questions: sculpture and works of art dealer Matthew Holder

08 March 2021

A specialist in early European sculpture and works of art, Matthew Holder established his eponymous gallery in 2011 on London’s Portobello Road.

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Trade tastes a virtual slice of the Big Apple

08 March 2021

Without the usual January influx of collectors, curators and dealers to the Big Apple, two significant art-buying dealer events decided to go virtual. For some exhibitors, the results were better than expected.

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Talmage catches bidders’ attention

08 March 2021

Algernon Mayow Talmage (1871-1939) is probably not the most familiar name in the canon of Modern British artists, but some believe he is undervalued.

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Birley moves past the formalities

08 March 2021

Traditional high-society portrait by Sir Oswald Birley finds modern-day auction fans including an overseas buyer

The Library at Strawberry Hill

London Art Week starts spring online events with Strawberry Hill House lecture

06 March 2021

The female artists, actresses, and playwrights of Strawberry Hill Theatricals will be in focus at an upcoming London Art Week (LAW) webinar.

Portrait of a Gentleman by Isaac Oliver

Portrait miniatures head to Compton Verney from the estate of the late Lady Grantchester

04 March 2021

A group of rare portrait miniatures has been gifted to the Warwickshire art gallery and country house Compton Verney.

Intellectual Property Office

Euro will remain the currency for Artist’s Resale Right, says UK government

01 March 2021

The UK government has confirmed to ATG that it has “no plans to make changes to either the rates of Artist’s Resale Right that are applied or how the levy operates” following the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the EU.

White Interior picture by Carl Moll

The $4m house record for Vienna Secession picture

01 March 2021

An evocative interior scene by one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession movement set a landmark price at Freeman’s of Philadelphia.

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