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.

Bryony Cohen

An inspirational guide by Bryony Cohen

07 November 2022

“I couldn’t have started collecting without the help and guidance of Robert Bayne-Powell (1910-94).

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Portland Gallery stages Fedden exhibition for new and old collectors

07 November 2022

The works of Modern British artist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) are accessible and have a wide appeal. Despite a spike in her prices following her death, these days they are relatively affordable too.

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Goya’s most celebrated printed work offered in US auction

07 November 2022

A newly discovered first edition copy of Francisco Goya’s most celebrated printed work, 'Los Caprichos' (The Caprices), is up for auction at Butterscotch in Bedford, New York, on December 4 with an estimate on request.

Portrait miniatures

Portrait miniatures: a brief guide

07 November 2022

When collecting portrait miniatures it is important to know what materials have been used.

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Portrait miniatures: The ‘indomitable spirit’ of Sarah Biffin

07 November 2022

The market presence of Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), a portrait miniaturist born without hands, arms and legs, has been rising over the past few years.

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Top stories this week – including news of a rediscovered Rubens emerging at Sotheby’s

06 November 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ ‘Salome presented with the severed head of Saint John the Baptist’ being offered at Sotheby's New York.

Design for a cenotaph

Dealer makes a Canova cenotaph design find

31 October 2022

A dealer has identified a design for a cenotaph to Antonio Canova (1757-1822) in time for the 200th anniversary of the Italian sculptor’s death.

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5 Questions: Duncan Phillips

31 October 2022

As well as working in marketing for various major fairs and dealers, Duncan Phillips of Somerset deals in his own right, specialising in 19th and 20th century watercolours and studio ceramics

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Jackson’s northern exposure

31 October 2022

Highest price in five years is achieved for Manchester School and Staithes Group artist

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Thatcher depictions tick the box for bidders

31 October 2022

Judging by recent events, members of the Conservative Party might well look back longingly to the days of Margaret Thatcher when Britain’s first female prime minister brought a comparative measure of stability to government.

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Chelsea Pensioner portrait offered at Perth exhibition

31 October 2022

This English watercolour of a Chelsea Pensioner c.1900, priced at £500, is among the offerings at the Christmas 2022 exhibition held jointly by former business partners Malcolm Innes and Anthony Woodd.

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Montmartre landmark building reaches to the sky

31 October 2022

'Paris Photo', the French capital’s annual fair dedicated to photography, holds its 25th edition at the Grand Palais Ephémère from November 10-13.

Rubens

Rediscovered Rubens painting to be auctioned following divorce by US collectors

26 October 2022

A rediscovered Rubens and nine other Baroque paintings will be offered at Sotheby’s New York in January.

Going to the Match by LS Lowry

LS Lowry match view nets a record result

24 October 2022

Despite wider economic uncertainty, prices for LS Lowry (1887-1976) seem to keep on rising.

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David Hockney printed works are among five lots to watch

24 October 2022

With estimates from £1000-25,000, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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Check out Whitney’s spontaneous design

24 October 2022

According to Munich saleroom Ketterer, the 3ft 4in (1.02m) square painting N. O. 9th . Ward, which is part of the sale on December 9, is the first work by the American artist Stanley Whitney (b.1946) ever to be offered at a German auction.

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Take a seat and have a discussion

24 October 2022

The central motif of Antoni Tàpies’ (1923- 2012) Personnage assis (Variation XI) has been the subject of many discussions among art historians.

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Vietnamese artists make their mark at French auction houses

24 October 2022

The growing interest in inter- and post-war works by Vietnamese artists - particularly those alumni of the Ecole des Beaux Arts d’Indo-Chine - means that France, as a former colonial power in the region, is well supplied with examples.

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Soulages from 1981 on offer

24 October 2022

Among the potential highlights in Aguttes’ Contemporary Art auction in Neuilly on November 2 will be this work by Pierre Soulages (b.1919), 30 mai 1981.

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Keep an eye out for Sanyu paintings

24 October 2022

Auction firm Art Research Paris will be offering two paintings by the Paris school Chinese-French artist Sanyu (1895-1966).

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