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.

Professor David Starkey at Hever Castle unveiling a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots discovered by dealer Philip Mould

Prof David Starkey: ‘Flair more important than great art scholarship to be a highly successful art dealer’

12 February 2019

Prof David Starkey has said the most successful art dealers, such as his friend Philip Mould, do not necessarily have the greatest knowledge of art history but rather possess 'a flair for discoveries'.

Pure Evil and Mark Hill

Street artist Pure Evil to host Berkshire auction house Dawson’s next design sale in east London gallery

12 February 2019

The Welsh artist, whose real name is Charles Uzzell-Edwards, runs his Pure Evil Galleries on Leonard Street in Hoxton, east London, and Dawson’s will hold its third Design At Home auction at the venue on April 7.

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Spoilum portrait sells at 19-times estimate in Nottingham

11 February 2019

An oval oil portrait painted by the Chinese artist Spoilum (fl.1785-1805) depicting Captain George Delanoe, a 1st Lieutenant and Commander of HMS Repulse, drew fervent interest at Mellors & Kirk's latest sale in Nottingham.

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De Wint depicts the city of York

11 February 2019

Rare work by artist best known for his Lincolnshire views is a highlight of Dorset sale.

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Sigmund Freud portrait to be analysed by Vienna auction bidders

11 February 2019

Among the prominent sitters for the Austrian artist Wilhelm Viktor Krausz (1878-1959) was Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.

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Miniatures make their impact at Gloucestershire sale

11 February 2019

Portrait miniatures and sporting pictures were chief among the solid sellers in a traditional assemblage of paintings at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) Country House sale in Gloucestershire on January 29.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

11 February 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Bidders answer the call of the sea

11 February 2019

Works by two artists who made the ocean their muse were the focus of a small collection at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) on January 29.

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ATG letter: Bid Barometer mystery sitter identified

11 February 2019

MADAM – Regarding Bid Barometer, ATG No 2377, your readers might be interested to know that the portrait painting featured is in fact a self-portrait of Helen Lessore (of Beaux Arts Gallery fame).

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Obituaries: David Lavender and Judith Howard

11 February 2019

Obituaries for a portrait miniatures expert and a renowned Sevres expert.

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The CADA face of the fair

11 February 2019

Every year, a female portrait is chosen as the ‘Face of the Fair’ at CADA (see main story for fair details).

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‘Lost’ large Victor Pasmore mural looms back into view

11 February 2019

A huge linen mural by Victor Pasmore (1908-88) which until recently was believed to be lost serves as the centrepiece of Marlborough Fine Art’s next exhibition.

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George Michael’s art collection to be auctioned for charity at Christie’s

08 February 2019

The art collection of the late singer George Michael is coming to auction in March at Christie’s in London.

Master of the Embroidered Foliage painting

Rare Old Master draws admirers ahead of Philadelphia auction

08 February 2019

A New York institution has consigned an intriguing Netherlandish devotional painting to Freeman’s sale in Philadelphia on February 27.

Cast of Eros by Alfred Gilbert

Eros sculpture is highpoint of The Fine Art Society sale at Sotheby’s

07 February 2019

Casts of two key works from the New Sculpture movement topped Sotheby’s sale titled The Fine Art Society: 142 years on New Bond Street.

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Drawing conclusions from NY Old Master sales as women artists emerge triumphant

04 February 2019

A record for a female Old Master and a Rubens with a royal connection was not quite enough to heat up bidding across the latest Old Master auction series in New York this winter.

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Julian Trevelyan’s final work provides lift to new Connect fair

04 February 2019

Julian Trevelyan’s (1910-88) final oil painting, depicting Strawberry Hill against a pink sky, sold in the first hours of Connect – The Independent Art Fair’s inaugural staging on January 29.

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Bright white house buy in Edinburgh sale

04 February 2019

A painting by Scottish artist Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980), executed near the peak of her career in 1921 made £3250 at Edinburgh saleroom Franklin Browns (15% buyer’s premium).

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Mystery sitter in a bow tie

04 February 2019

This inter-war ‘English school’ portrait of a seated gentleman wearing a bow tie, bought for around £150 three decades ago, sold for an unexpected £7600 at Charterhouse (21% buyer’s premium) on January 17. The unfinished 4ft 2in x 3ft 4in (1.27 x 1.01m) oil was dated 1922 but unsigned.

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