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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National Gallery acquires trio of 18th century pictures from late art patron via tax scheme

22 May 2020

The National Gallery has taken ownership of three pictures by 18th century greats Jean-Etienne Liotard, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Daisy Fellowes by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton sketches turn heads at Bonhams auction

19 May 2020

The latest sale of Modern British art held by Bonhams in Knightsbridge was its first live event held ‘behind closed doors’ in the UK. It included 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) which formed part of the famous photographer’s ‘The Book of Beauty’ published in 1930.

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Versailles auction to feature portrait of royal architect

18 May 2020

This late-18th century French school portrait of Michel Louis Melan, architect to Louis XVI, will be offered for sale in Osenat’s auction titled La Royauté à Versailles to be held in the town on May 24.

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John Ruskin's sketch of French cathedral emerges at Skinner

18 May 2020

Both American and European works are on offer in Skinner’s wide-ranging sale of paintings and sculpture to be held live online in its Marlborough rooms on May 31.

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Take a look at the bigger picture

18 May 2020

Auctions may be down in number but pre-lockdown sales provided some positive market signs

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Bidders back a local artist in Cumbria

18 May 2020

Seven lots by celebrated local artist Percy Kelly (1918-93) put in a decent performance at the most recent Antiques & Fine Art sale held by Cumbrian saleroom Mitchells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a Vladimir Polunin stage design

18 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a pencil and watercolour by Russian artist Vladimir Polunin.

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Sir Oswald Birley's sensitive not stern portrait of father

18 May 2020

Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952) is among the artists most represented in UK public collections. Art UK records 173 works in national museums and institutions, National Trust properties and local museums.

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Schneider brothers take a peek into royal palaces

18 May 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists.

‘Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F')

Christie’s launches major cross-continental Modern art sale using live streaming with bidders in the room where permitted

15 May 2020

Christie’s is launching a new sale-format for a major 20th century art auction in July.

Greek bronze Corinthian helmet

Christie’s to stage ‘Classic Week’ as series of online auctions

14 May 2020

Christie’s has announced that its ‘Classic Week’ of sales in New York will now take place as a series of online auctions.

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Artist of reverse still life painting revealed in Munich sale

11 May 2020

Among the interesting lots sold at Scheublein (26% buyer’s premium), in Munich on April 24 (a sale originally scheduled for March 20), was a 'Still Life with Basket of Fruit and Flowers'.

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From Roman fragments to jigsaws: dealers sell for charity

11 May 2020

Dealers might not be on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis but many are trying to do their bit through charity sales. Here is a quick look at some of the businesses pledging proceeds to good causes.

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Chiswick Auctions’ art sale lifted by two consignments from artists' estates

11 May 2020

Two consignments of works directly from artists' estates added a distinctive flavour to Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern & Post-War British Art sale.

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Canaletto influence lifts William James' Venetian scene

11 May 2020

Work thought to be by studio assistant is regarded as accessible alternative to famous master

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Bronze group purchaser could be rewarded if research confirms Giambologna link

11 May 2020

At Keys (20% buyer’s premium) in Aylsham a lot catalogued as ‘a patinated bronze group of a lion attacking a horse’ drew – and to an extent commanded – much attention.

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Supreme pair of wartime printmakers featured at Osborne Samuel

11 May 2020

Two of the most sought-after British artists of the First World War, Paul Nash and CRW Nevinson, are celebrated in an online exhibition at Osborne Samuel this month.

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ATG letter: Searching for Seymour

11 May 2020

MADAM – I hope you are all keeping well in these challenging times. The reason for my writing is I am wondering whether ATG readers can assist me in searching for works by the 18th century racing artist James Seymour (c.1700-52).

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ATG letter: Please broaden my horizon

11 May 2020

MADAM – I wonder if the collective, wonderful wisdom of the ATG community might be able to shed any light on this watercolour below, or the artist whose name seems to be ‘Jacopo’ or some variant – the vowels are not entirely clear. I suspect it is not the 15th century one!

Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus by Francis Bacon

Major auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s remain scheduled as live events

09 May 2020

The flagship art auctions due to take place at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in June and July remain on the calendar as live events.

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