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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Drawings are streets ahead

13 January 2020

A view from the steps of the 42nd Street New York Public Library completed in 1915 by US artist Jules André Smith is among the highlights at Master Drawings New York.

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Versailles steps in for Sabine cast

13 January 2020

Palace uses power of pre-emption to buy cast of Giambologna’s seminal sculpture at auction.

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Previews: £3000 - £5000

13 January 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Old Master specialist hosts seminar on the art of connoisseurship

11 January 2020

An Old Master specialist previously at Sotheby’s is hosting a seminar on connoisseurship and its role in the art world at Olympia Auctions in west London later this month.

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Unseen Christine Keeler photos and letters come to market

10 January 2020

Previously unpublished letters and photos belonging to the late Christine Keeler, who was the centre of a political scandal in the early 1960s after having affairs with both a government minister and a Russian diplomat, have emerged at auction and at a dealership.

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Antiques dealer calls on trade to help recover stolen painting after break-in

09 January 2020

An art and antiques dealer in Hastings is hoping fellow members of the trade can help him recover items stolen from his shop during a break-in last month.

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Regent’s treat: Rediscovered Prince of Wales portrait sold for €325,000

06 January 2020

This rediscovered drawing of the future George IV (1762-1830) is believed to have been owned by his true love Maria Fitzherbert (1756-1837).

Sense of Taste by Michael Sweerts

Senses and sensibility – Trio of Michael Sweerts portraits emerge over two months

06 January 2020

Several portraits by the 17th century Flemish artist Michael Sweerts (1618-64) have been achieving six-figure sums at auctions in Europe recently.

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Boy pilot takes flight

06 January 2020

As implied by a plaque to the base titled 'Aeroplane Par Omertz' [sic], this gilt bronze and ivory figure of a boy in an aeroplane was by Georges Omerth (fl.1895-1925).

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Australian works? No worries

06 January 2020

Varied selection of Down Under images joins British art on offer in Salisbury saleroom.

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Pair of Hodgkins high sale prices

06 January 2020

Two Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) gouache watercolours painted during her artistic prime were taken to multi-estimate sums at separate UK salerooms in the same week.

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Mything in action: spirited Armstrong

06 January 2020

Rarely seen in public before, this signed 18in x 2ft (45 x 65cm) gouache is one of the earliest works by the British Modernist painter John Armstrong (1893-1973).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1650 including a William Henry Hunt self-portrait

06 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a William Henry Hunt self-portrait.

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Wyndham Lewis portrait sells in Exeter

06 January 2020

A bid of £5000 from a Contemporary art gallery in London secured this post-war portrait by the writer and Vorticist painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957).

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Mod Brit artworks gifted to nation will go on display at Hepworth Wakefield gallery

03 January 2020

Three works by Modern British artists will go on display at The Hepworth Wakefield gallery following a donation via the government’s Cultural Gifts Scheme.

‘The mocking of Christ’ by Cimabue

France blocks export of €19.5m Cimabue panel following sale to overseas buyer

03 January 2020

The French government has blocked the export of ‘The mocking of Christ’, a medieval panel by Cenni di Pepo (known as Cimabue) that sold in October for €19.5m plus premium at auction house Actéon.

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Government issues export bar for £8m Gainsborough landscape in hope of finding UK buyer

02 January 2020

The owner of a Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) painting has been temporarily prevented from exporting the picture by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

‘The mocking of Christ’ by Cimabue

Six top Old Masters sold at auction in 2019

30 December 2019

This year has seen some notable action in the Old Master market including some major rediscoveries which led to some extraordinary bidding at auction. Here ATG picks out six highlights sold across 2019.

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Sporting scenes tracked down by eager buyers

28 December 2019

Several 19th and 20th century sporting paintings from named estates provided a healthy boost at two regional salerooms.

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It’s Grimshaw down south

28 December 2019

Paintings by Leeds-born artist Louis H Grimshaw (1870-1943) are often overshadowed by his better-known father, John Atkinson Grimshaw (1863-93).

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