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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Gwen John drawing from Sir Jack Baer collection takes a new high price

17 October 2022

Modern British pictures featured prominently among the works dispersed by Sworders this autumn from the collection of Sir Jack Baer.

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Munich 'Highlights' fair means high life

17 October 2022

Since its inception, the focus of the 'Highlights' fair on Modern and Contemporary art has increased and in recent years photography dealers have also been given more space.

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London gallery Connaught Brown stages exhibition focusing on the human figure

17 October 2022

The human figure has been continually re-imagined by artists, whether they have followed tradition or rebelled against it.

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The web shop window: Francis Bacon poster for Tate 1962 exhibition

17 October 2022

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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Three to look out for from Fine Art Society

17 October 2022

Studio potter Waistel Cooper (1921-2003) is back in the spotlight at The Fine Art Society and leads a busy autumn programme at the gallery.

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Terracotta figures set for €240 taken to €62,200

17 October 2022

There was obviously much more to a pair of 14 and 15in (35 and 37cm) terracotta figures offered at auction than the starting price of €240 suggested.

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Rich harvest nine years later

17 October 2022

The private collector who consigned a painting he had bought at Sotheby’s in London in 2013 to Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich for the auction on September 23 will have been most agreeably surprised by the result.

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Zoffany stages an unexpected return to auction

10 October 2022

A little-known theatrical portrait painted by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) towards the end of his career sold for £330,000 at auction in Dorset.

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Brush up on French sculpture

10 October 2022

This bronze sculpture depicting a woman painting with a palette and brush was among the many sales at The Northern Antiques Fair.

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Art Market: Pryse guide – artist’s estate bonanza

10 October 2022

Largest group of artist’s works to be offered was consigned to Essex auction house by daughter.

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A mystery Scottish family portrait is among five lots to watch

10 October 2022

With estimates from £1000-40,000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Pick of the week: Honey seller from as early as 1620 marks a sweet success

10 October 2022

Depictions of north Africa and the Middle East became commonplace in Western art as the Orientalist art movement reached its height in the 19th century.

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Benois steps up in the saleroom

10 October 2022

A couple of ballet-related lots danced away for high prices over the summer.

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Portrait of much portrayed Qajar monarch offered at Roseberys

10 October 2022

More images survive depicting Fath ‘Ali Shah (r.1797-1834) than of any other Qajar monarch, the result of an enormous effort to replicate images of the ruler for display throughout his realm.

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First of two single-owner selections coming up at Artcurial

10 October 2022

Titled 'De Watteau à Vuillard Une Collection Parisienne', paintings, works on paper, furniture and objects from a Parisian collection were the object of the first of two single-owner classic contents sales marking the start of the new auction season for the Old Master, furniture and objects departments at Artcurial (26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium).

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Pilgrimage painting makes its way to Sotheby's auction

10 October 2022

Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World & India auction on October 26 includes 15 Indian paintings from the collection of Betsy Salinger.

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König goes big on the small-scale detail

10 October 2022

An early 17th century gouache by the German artist Johann König (1586-1642) was a highlight of the Ivoire Troyes (24% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Eugène Girardet makes his move

10 October 2022

Sotheby’s conducts The Orientalist Sale on October 25.

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Le Gray was also a painter

10 October 2022

Gustave le Gray is well known today as a pioneering French photographer but not as a painter.

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Show underlines role that Slade played

10 October 2022

A portrait in profile of Winifred Knights (1899-1947) by her husband and fellow artist Thomas Monnington (1902-76) is among the offerings at a major double exhibition of drawing in London this month.

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