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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Teniers ham dinner brings home the bacon

05 August 2019

Christie’s highest price for an Old Master this summer came in the stand-alone Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection sale on July 4.

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Son of a slave paints saintly image

05 August 2019

While the vast majority of works at Old Master sales are by European artists, an unusual offering at Bonhams’ sale on July 3 was a Latin American work by a painter with Afro-Caribbean ancestry.

Portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Portrait of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge raises £51,000 at Gloucestershire auction

05 August 2019

It was a case of sitter rather than artist determining the value of an otherwise unassuming portrait that came up at Wotton Auction Rooms’ latest sale.

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ATG letter: The charming man who taught me at art college

05 August 2019

MADAM – I have just read the article on the painting by Richard Lin sold recently in the McCartneys Ludlow auction for £84,000 (Art Market, ATG No 2401).

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ATG letter: More likely to be Constance than Glyn

05 August 2019

MADAM – I’m sure I’m not the first to write about this but could the inscription on the mount of the picture attributed to Glyn Philpot (Art Market, ATG No 2399) have read or was meant to be C Phillott?

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Call for fundraising to keep £10m Turner painting in the UK

02 August 2019

A JMW Turner landscape valued at £10m will be exported overseas unless funding can be raised to keep it in the UK.

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Lost portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence discovered by dealer Philip Mould in latest episode of Fake or Fortune?

01 August 2019

A lost portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) has been uncovered in the latest episode of the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’.

Venice watercolour by William Wyld

Rare watercolour of Venice brought into charity shop sells for £2400 at Somerset auction

01 August 2019

One consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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Fake or Fortune? art sleuths investigate whether Sir Thomas Lawrence or Maria Cosway painted mystery portrait

01 August 2019

Art programme Fake or Fortune? is returning tonight (August 1) for the second episode of its eighth series with a mystery portrait that art dealer Philip Mould believes could be by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).

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Pictures by St Ives artist Peter Lanyon head to Tate, Birmingham and Liverpool museums

31 July 2019

The estate of Cornish artist Peter Lanyon’s (1918-64) widow, Sheila Lanyon, has agreed a tax deal allowing three pictures by the artist to be acquired by the nation for museums across the country.

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Glyn Philpot painting of ballet dancer Nijinsky barred from export in hope of finding UK buyer

30 July 2019

A rare portrait of the dancer Vaslav Nijinsky has been temporarily stopped from export from the UK in the hope a museum can raise the funds to keep it in the country.

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Fake or Fortune? Gainsborough mystery revealed as Philip Mould’s TV show returns to screens

26 July 2019

Art programme ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to TV screens last night for its eighth series with a mystery surrounding a possible Thomas Gainsborough painting.

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Lost to the nation: Newbattle Abbey casket and John Singer Sargent painting are among latest treasures cleared for export

26 July 2019

The Newbattle Abbey Kunstkammer is the latest work of art to be granted an export licence this year, despite the arts minister’s attempts to retain them for the nation.

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Fake or Fortune? returns to TV screens with Gainsborough mystery

25 July 2019

Art programme 'Fake or Fortune?' is returning tonight for its eighth series with the first episode dedicated to a Thomas Gainsborough painting.

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Apollo 11 footage tops Sotheby’s space auction on 50th anniversary of moon landing

24 July 2019

NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 mission topped Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale held on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

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Charles Dickens 'lost portrait' saved for the nation

23 July 2019

A fundraising campaign has helped save a portrait of Charles Dickens (1812-70) rediscovered by dealer Philip Mould.

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Italian sculptures stand out in summer

22 July 2019

Italian sculptors were the hottest property as garden statuary flourished at summer sales in the Home Counties.

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Local scenes on offer at Brittany auction

22 July 2019

Alongside traditional examples of furniture, pictures, jewellery and works of art, Jack-Philippe Ruellan’s July 27 Summertime à Vannes auction will feature plenty of items associated with the local area: paintings showing views of Brittany and examples of its well-known Quimper pottery.

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US artist Eanger Irving Couse makes London auction debut

22 July 2019

Eanger Irving Couse oil painting of Native American is his first work to be offered in a British saleroom.

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Flemish artist flourishes in Essex sale

22 July 2019

The Flemish post-Impressionist Emile Claus (1849-1924) embraced the prevailing taste for plein-air painting when he moved to the village of Astene by the river Lys in 1883.

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