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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Accomplished still-life painter

07 October 2019

Emilie Preyer (1849-1930) obviously learnt a lot from her father Johann Wilhelm Preyer, one of the most famous still-life painters in the Düsseldorf School in the late 19th century.

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Avant-garde artist Dismorr at the forefront of demand

07 October 2019

In a sale of Modern and Contemporary British art in south London, this undated work House and Trees below sold for a multi-estimate £5800.

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Livestock painter Boultbee shows his natural attraction

07 October 2019

Many figures involved in the booming 19th century art industry of livestock portraiture had no formal training.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £3000 or under including Walter Shaw coastal scene

07 October 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales for £3000 or under, including a coastal view by Walter Shaw.

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Missing painting by John Lavery discovered by Dublin auctioneer Whyte's

04 October 2019

A painting by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) consigned to Irish auctioneer Whyte’s by a man in Lancashire, has been identified as having been stolen 25 years ago from a British public school.

‘Devolved Parliament by Banksy

Major record for Banksy as ‘Devolved Parliament’ brings lengthy bidding contest at Sotheby’s

04 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s latest Contemporary Art evening sale.

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Dealer sells Gell portrait to British Museum

30 September 2019

London and Petworth dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques has sold a portrait of the Regency period antiquarian Sir William Gell (1777-1836) to the British Museum.

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Sri Lankan scenes emerge in Essex saleroom

30 September 2019

Auction includes collection of Modernist works breaking away from south Asian tradition

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A sleeper spotted beneath the Neapolitan dirt

30 September 2019

Despite surface dirt and other condition issues, a painting of Naples drew a dramatic bidding competition at a recent auction in Rome.

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Ink Asia offers artwork food for thought

30 September 2019

'Le vol de pensée' (2010), shown right, is offered for $25,000 at Ink Asia on the stand of Singapore gallery iPreciation. The framed ink-on-paper composition, 2ft 7in x 2ft 2in (79 x 65cm), is by Gao Xingjian, a Chinese-born artist working in France.

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Becker price is a cut above

30 September 2019

Harry Becker (1865-1928) is not well known outside East Anglia but he is much admired both for a skilled grasp of Impressionism and his choice of subject matter.

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Take a trip to Scarborough

30 September 2019

Before he learnt to paint, Sheffield-born artist Joe Scarborough (b.1938) was a laboratory assistant at Batchelors, the processed food company, then a face worker at the Thorpe Hesley colliery.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2000 including Paul Sandby sketch

30 September 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £2000, including a pen and ink wash by Paul Sandby.

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Curtain call for Roy Oxlade

30 September 2019

Roy Oxlade (1929- 2014) emerged in the 1950s as one of a distinguished group of painters, including Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, who studied under David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic in London.

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Take Pryde: Daniel Katz Gallery hails Mod Brit artist

30 September 2019

Mayfair show features 12 ‘seminal masterpieces’ first collected by Scottish baroness

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The web shop window: Alabaster bust of Napoleon

30 September 2019

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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‘Brother in brush’ art gains global following

30 September 2019

This 21 x 15in (54 x 39cm) watercolour, below, probably depicting the New Julfa quarter of Isfahan, is by the Armenian-Iranian painter Sumbat Kiureghian (1913- 99).

Osman Hamdi Bey art

Orientalist scene sets new auction high for Turkish painter at Bonhams

27 September 2019

A record price for Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was set at Bonhams when a painting ‘Young Woman Reading’ surpassed a £600,000-800,000 estimate and was knocked down at £5.7m.

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Art advisor Nazy Vassegh launches new art fair

27 September 2019

Former Masterpiece London fair chief executive Nazy Vassegh is planning a new art fair in May next year.

Cobham Hall Hadrian

British fund manager consigns Roman statue of Emperor Hadrian to Christie’s

25 September 2019

A Roman sculpture of the Emperor Hadrian billed as “one of the finest ancient statues from the Grand Tour era of collecting” has been consigned to Christie’s by British investment manager Christian Levett.

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