Medieval Art

This category comprises works from the medieval period including European and Byzantine art.


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Dealer news in brief including honours for medieval specialist

13 January 2024

The latest round up of dealer news includes honours awarded to the founder of Les Enluminures, the return of the US Ephemera Fair and a robust sales sheet for a Modern British art dealer.

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Gallery brings out the colourful side of the Middle Ages

04 December 2023

From 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' to 'The Last Duel', films nearly always depict the Middle Ages as dark, dingy and beset by bad weather.

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Stolen 15th century altar panel returned to York museum after 43 years

06 June 2023

A 15th century double-sided painted panel stolen from York Art Gallery in 1979 has been returned after it re-emerged at a Dorset auction.

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Exhibition of medieval and Renaissance treasures in Antwerp

13 February 2023

A large and highly decorated processional cross, 18 x 10in (45 x 25cm), from 13th century Limoges is among the highlights in Bernard Descheemaeker’s exhibition and latest catalogue.

Antique Prayer Nut

Rare 16th century ‘prayer nut’ stars in our pick of seven auction highlights sold this week

08 July 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a miniature boxwood carving with biblical scenes known as a ‘prayer nut’ that made over six-times estimate at Sotheby’s.

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Headless but not valueless

09 May 2022

Even though the head of the Christ Child was missing, numerous bidders joined in the action when a carved figure of the Madonna with Child came up for sale in Düsseldorf.

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Metal detectorist's medieval gold cross emerges at London auction

07 March 2022

This early medieval gold cross was discovered by a metal detectorist in a field in Sutton St Edmund, Lincolnshire, in April 2019. After two years, going through the Treasure process, the cross was returned to the finder, who is selling it at Dix Noonan Webb on March 15.

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Fledgling Brussels auction house sells €800,000 altarpiece

14 June 2021

A large 15th century altarpiece from a church in southern Belgium has been sold in Brussels for a six figure sum.

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Dealers stage joint show of early Italian art in Netherlands

24 May 2021

The Morsink Icon Gallery and Erik Bijzet Sculpture and Works of Art have joined forces to show 15 early Italian objects in the Netherlands.

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Archangel plaque at Swan Fine Art could be much older than catalogued

07 September 2020

It was catalogued as 18th or 19th century but this 2½ x 3½in (6 x 8.5cm) ivory plaque was more probably a product of medieval Christendom.

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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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Medieval chess figure believed to be a ‘missing’ piece from the Lewis chessmen set sells at £600,000 at Sotheby’s

02 July 2019

A chess figure bought in 1964 in Edinburgh for £5 by an antiques dealer and stored in a drawer for decades has sold at a hammer price of £600,000 at Sotheby’s in London.

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‘New addition’ to the Lewis chessmen

10 June 2019

Sotheby’s believes it has found a missing piece from the Lewis chessmen hoard – the cache of 12th or 13th century walrus ivory carvings that chiefly resides in the British Museum.

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Bought for £5 in 1964: 'Lewis Chessmen' piece comes to auction with estimate of up to £1m at Sotheby’s

03 June 2019

Dating from the 12th and early 13th centuries, the Lewis Chessmen collection was rediscovered on Lewis in 1831 and is among the most famous archaeological finds.

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'Nazi-loot' claim over $250m Guelph Treasure can go to trial in US federal court

13 July 2018

A Washington DC appeals court has upheld a decision to allow a ‘Nazi forced sale’ claim against a spectacular collection of medieval devotional art to go to trial in the US.

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Pick of the Week Saint’s head sets a gold standard

02 July 2018

A rare medieval gold head of a saint generated significant interest at a sale in Paris conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés at the Hôtel Drouot.

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Early works of art at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

BRAFA has long been a fair with a speciality in early (medieval and Renaissance) works of art, which is something that dates back to the years when it was a Belgian National fair in the city centre. It thus serves a venerable collecting tradition drawing in buyers from the local area and further afield.

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Pick of the Week: Roar power fuels medieval record

10 July 2017

A pair of lions from the funerary monument of Charles V of France was the toast of Christie’s Exceptional sale in London on July 6.

Marble lions from the tomb of Charles V of France

Sculptures at the double – Christie’s to offer medieval lions from French king’s tomb

01 March 2017

Christie’s is looking to repeat its success by making a bumper price for a piece of medieval tomb sculpture in London this summer.

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Alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia hits €2.3m top note in Paris auction

16 December 2016

A small Castilian mediaeval alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia playing a portable organ led a strong selection of traditional art and antiques in the Paris pre-Christmas auctions at Hotel Drouot.

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