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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Banksy prints sell out at Forum Auctions’ latest London sale

29 November 2018

An ‘unshredded’ version of a print of Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ was the highlight of Forum Auctions' latest Banksy Editions sale totalling 25 lots.

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Reports: Renoir stolen from Viennese auction house Dorotheum

28 November 2018

It has been reported that a man and two accomplices walked into auction house Dorotheum in Vienna earlier this week and walked out with a Renoir that was due to be auctioned.

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Preview: from Old Master to modern, marine pictures from £70 to £40,000 for sale in Sussex this week

27 November 2018

For their depiction of military dramas, trade wars and man’s battle with the lethal power of the sea, marine paintings are a highly distinctive genre, as a selection from John Nicholson's monthly picture sale tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28) shows.

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Colnaghi owners Coll and Cortés split company but stay in partnership

26 November 2018

Old Master dealers Jorge Coll and Nicolas Cortés are to restructure their business from January next year to focus on different regions.

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What to see: Six offerings from auctioneers and dealers to look out for during Russian week

26 November 2018

The annual series of Russian art sales kicks off in London this week.

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Art Fair East – Norwich sets world view

26 November 2018

For its fourth year, Art Fair East comes to Norwich.

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Evelyn takes De Morgan spotlight

26 November 2018

Artist often overshadowed by husband William now comes into her own at auction.

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Raise your cap to Kapo’s Jamaican art

26 November 2018

Since Jamaica declared independence in 1962, art on the Caribbean island has swung between two major styles: ‘mainstream’ and ‘intuitive’.

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Lucio Fontana bronze is a force of nature

26 November 2018

This limited-edition bronze, below, by Italian artist Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) made £24,000 at West Sussex saleroom Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Andrew Singleton to offer portrait of Uncle Tom Cobley from Widecombe Fair song

26 November 2018

A portrait of Thomas Cobley Gent of Buttsford, Colebrooke (d.1844), is believed to portray ‘Old Uncle Tom Cobley’, from the tradition song Widecombe Fair, as a young boy.

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LS Lowry leads Modern British art sales as rare racecourse scene sells at £4.5m

24 November 2018

The latest series of Modern British art auctions in London generated a £47.2m total including premium which was significantly up on the equivalent sales last year.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Six auction highlights including a rare Old Master landscape and pair of royal Russian shoes

23 November 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights that sold at auction in the last week, including a 16th century landscape by the artist known as ‘The Master of the Female Half-Lengths’, and a pair of children’s shoes with connections to Russian royalty.

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Art dealer and Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould rediscovers Charles Dickens miniature

22 November 2018

Dealer and Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould has rediscovered a portrait miniature of Charles Dickens which will now go on public display.

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Affordable art: Six works sold or offered for under £1000 including a Marion Saumarez self portrait

22 November 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1000 and three upcoming lots, including a self portrait by a young Marion Saumarez showing her playing the violin.

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Rembrandt fingerprints discovered on painting ahead of Sotheby’s Old Masters auction

21 November 2018

The fingerprints of Old Master artist Rembrandt van Rijn have been discovered on a 17th century oil sketch by auction house Sotheby’s.

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London Art Week showcases the fascinating living history behind dealers‘ selections

19 November 2018

London Art Week, the festival of art and antiques that runs from November 29-December 7, showcases 5000 years of art in galleries across Mayfair and St James’s. For this edition, many dealers are focusing on stories to bring their stock to life and immerse visitors in its history.

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Portrait sitter in saleroom as ‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ hits £1.7m

19 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 10th £1m-plus lot last week, selling a portrait by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) for £1.7m (plus premium). The sitter – the artist’s wife pictured in the early days of their marriage – was in Salisbury to watch the sale.

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Glorious art partnership provides inspiration for Messum’s exhibition

19 November 2018

An exhibition at Messum’s this month celebrates the ‘glorious and most extraordinary partnership’ of the artists Lionel Bulmer (1919-92) and Margaret Green (1925-2003).

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Berlin auction offers Lyonel Feininger view of Paris

19 November 2018

The year 1907 was a decisive one in the artistic development of Lyonel Feininger (1871- 1956). In the previous year he had left his wife and family and moved with his new partner Julia Berg to Paris, where their son Andreas was born.

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ART MARKET: Make your escape to the country

19 November 2018

Spotlight on art offered at Bishton Hall on-site auction underlines appeal of a grand home.

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