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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Portuguese works pop into Chichester saleroom

19 October 2020

A pair of late oil landscapes by Silva Porto (1850-93), a pioneer of naturalism in Portugal whose works appear rarely outside his home country, drew multiple bids at Chichester saleroom Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1700 including a Sylvia Gosse street scene

19 October 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Sylvia Gosse street scene.

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Actress portrayed in pastel

19 October 2020

At Ivoire Nantes’ (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) auction in the French city on September 29, this 2ft 1in x 3ft (64 x 91cm) signed pastel by Louise Abbemé (1858-1927), showing the actress Sarah Bernhardt seated, sold for €8200 (£7455).

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Humbert Craig’s Irish outlook brings benefit to Locke & England

19 October 2020

Irish artist James Humbert Craig’s (1877-1944) passion for the outdoors and landscape painting took him frequently to Donegal, Connemara and the glens of Antrim.

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Female artists under London Art Week spotlight

19 October 2020

This month, London Art Week (LAW) uses the digital platform it launched over the summer to run Art History in Focus. The event combines online discourse with exhibitions and objects on offer in galleries (and on gallery websites), putting the spotlight on two major themes: women artists and framing.

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Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector

15 October 2020

A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Pick of the week: King George I in the running at £125,000

12 October 2020

Paintings by leading British sporting artists went under the hammer for the first time in over 100 years at Cheffins in Cambridge on October 1.

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Dod and Gluck stand out in Penzance

12 October 2020

Works by two Modern British female artists whose stars have been rising commercially over recent years topped the bill at the latest fine art sale held at David Lay (18% buyer’s premium).

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Bawden works with personal touch consigned to Sworders

12 October 2020

A group of works by Edward Bawden (1903-89) will be offered at Sworders’ Modern British & 20th Century Art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 20.

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Eight Modern British artists in the spotlight from dealers this month

12 October 2020

A selection of Modern British works on offer from UK dealers.

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New way to display? Fine art and high fashion come together at Mayfair gallery

12 October 2020

Mayfair gallery fashions an innovative method of exhibiting works from the 1950s-80s.

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Wildlife sculptures burst into sale life

12 October 2020

A number of wildlife sculptures, a niche sub-set of the Mod Brit art market, have performed well recently – perhaps as a result of the increased love of the natural world experienced by many during the lockdown crossing over into the art market.

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William Ratcliffe's Camden Town painting comes to Lyon & Turnbull

12 October 2020

A fine example of a work by a member of the Camden Town group will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made sale in London on October 23.

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Collection of restorer and friend to artists Gigi Richter sells in Cambridge

12 October 2020

A collection of pictures and letters by Modern British artists drew solid interest at the latest Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in Cambridge.

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Modern British Art: a market benefitting from changing tastes

12 October 2020

The Modern British art sector is now one of the most vibrant in the market and represent a good slice of business for both auction houses and dealers

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Hybrid print fair set to bloom in-person and online

12 October 2020

This 1930 white-line colour woodcut, Amarylis, by US artist Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956) is among the works on offer at the first hybrid fair staged by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).

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Photos commissioned by Queen Victoria come to auction

10 October 2020

An archive of works by photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson ((1838-1907), including those commissioned by Queen Victoria, will be offered at auction next week.

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Marquess heads back to ancestral home from US

05 October 2020

A portrait of George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Huntly, catalogued as in the ‘manner of Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)’ was offered as the opening lot of a sale held by Sarasota Estate Auction (20% buyer’s premium) in the US.

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Hard yards measure up for success

05 October 2020

Challenging times mean lots of extra legwork – but London sale shows how it can be rewarded.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a Tom Scott watercolour

05 October 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Tom Scott watercolour.

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