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.

Cimabue art

Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen to be auctioned in France estimated at €4m-6m

24 September 2019

A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.

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Artisan stories: Four cases of contemporary art and craft supported by the antiques trade

24 September 2019

Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.

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Rogers Jones to offer one of the best-known images in Welsh art in Cardiff auction

23 September 2019

A second version of one of the best-known images in Welsh art comes for sale in Cardiff next month.

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Soap star’s secret Mod Brit cache

23 September 2019

Emmerdale actor’s love of Ayrton and circle seen at Tetsworth estate sale

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Mengelberg’s Last Supper appears at Stuttgart auction

23 September 2019

Traditionally, many 19th century painters copied famous works by the Old Masters as part of their artistic training.

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Godchaux’s own Jungle Book

23 September 2019

The key influence on the work of the French sculptor Roger Godchaux (1878-1958) came from an unexpected source. He had trained at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and soon became passionate about animal figures, first exhibiting at the Salon in 1905.

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Cricket scenes pitch in

23 September 2019

A selection of Victorian cricket scenes (one shown below) by Lucien Davis (1860-1941) was offered at Roseberys London (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Drought and war – a Ravilious duo emerge at Bellmans

23 September 2019

Bellmans in Wisborough Green, West Sussex is to offer two watercolours by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) as part of a Fine Paintings sale on October 15. Both come from a local private collection.

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Pugilist pioneers bid to punchy price at Dorset saleroom

23 September 2019

Daniel Mendoza is considered one of the first ‘modern’ boxers – one who helped elevate boxing to a sport rather than just two blokes beating each other up.

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Modern British Art: Rediscovered Cedric Morris painting to be sold to benefit Benton End

23 September 2019

Proceeds of painting by artist-plantsman Cedric Morris will benefit Benton End – the house where it was painted and home of the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing

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Quartet of pastels depicting forgotten moment of war effort offered at British Art Fair

23 September 2019

A group of First World War pastels depicting members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps harvesting peat moss for use in field dressings are typical of the variety collectors will find at the 'British Art Fair' (BAF).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2200 including an oil by English Vorticist Frederick Etchells

23 September 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £2200, including an unsigned oil on board, attributed to the English Vorticist Frederick Etchells.

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Kelly now enjoying the Lakes limelight

23 September 2019

The prolific artist Percy Kelly (1918-93) was averse to the limelight and only a few of his paintings were shown publicly during his life. But a major retrospective at the Tullie House gallery Carlisle in 2015 and a birth centenary last year has helped raise the Cumbrian artist’s profile.

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A Northern School collection in Plymouth

23 September 2019

Inspired by LS Lowry, the self-taught Mancunian artist Fred Yates (1922-2008) set out to paint pictures about the lives of ordinary people. These canvases – ranging from the industrial architecture and street life of Manchester to the sunnier scenes he painted after his move to Cornwall in 1969 – attract a loyal following on the secondary market.

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Draw Art Fair sold to duo behind British Art Fair and Fair for Saatchi

17 September 2019

Robert and Johnny Sandelson, owners of British Art Fair and FairforSaatchi, have bought London’s Draw Art Fair.

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Going for bust with a £96,000 bid in Essex auction

16 September 2019

This Italian marble bust of an emperor, catalogued as 17th century after the antique, provided a moment of saleroom drama at Sworders’ Fine Interiors auction in Stansted on September 10.

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Pick of the week: Living up to the teapot with a punchline

16 September 2019

George du Maurier (1834-96) joined the staff at Punch magazine in 1865, drawing two ink cartoons a week until his eyesight deteriorated in 1891. His most common targets were the affected manners of Victorian society and Britain’s growing middle class in particular.

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Fabergé sedan chair sets house record for Cirencester firm

16 September 2019

A gold, jade and rock crystal model of a sedan chair by Fabergé was hammered down at £380,000 last week – a new house record for a Gloucestershire auctioneer.

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Movements in the market – for property and art

16 September 2019

A busier than usual summer for the local housing market appeared to boost both vendor consignments and bidding at Market Harborough auctioneers Gildings (18% buyer’s premium).

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Art dealer Bill Clark marks 20 years with Northern art

16 September 2019

Marking 20 years in business, Clark Art is holding a show featuring works by some of the key artists it has championed across two decades.

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