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20 May 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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‘Cornish Wonder’ work sells at £12,000

20 May 2019

A portrait by John Opie (1761-1807) led nearly two dozen family portraits from the historic Penrose Estate in Porthleven, Cornwall, at local Penzance saleroom David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) on May 2.

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John Thomas Serres oil painting showing Plymouth was ‘early sat nav’ for sailors

20 May 2019

An oil in gilt frame by John Thomas Serres (1759-1825) of 'The Entrance to Plymouth Sound' offered at Charles Miller’s (24% buyer’s premium) April 30 auction represented a primitive but effective early sat nav for ships.

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Montague Dawson depicts a mystery race

20 May 2019

A classic oil on canvas of yacht racing by renowned British painter Montague Dawson (1890-1973) was top-seller of The Marine Sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) on May 1.

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Family portraits in Irish auction include one of a would-be aviation trailblazer Godwin Swifte

13 May 2019

Godwin Swifte, who styled himself as Lord Carlingford, was a member of one of Ireland’s notable families and a maverick of early flight.

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Sidney Nolan work found in a cupboard

13 May 2019

A monogram and faint signature to a botanical study sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) revealed it to be the work of celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan (1917-92).

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Dorotheum in Vienna play it safe with Saint Bartholomew attribution

19 April 2019

In the 1980s, the 3ft 7in x 2ft 9in (1.1m x 85cm) canvas of Saint Bartholomew being offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 30 was tentatively ascribed to Caravaggio. The treatment of light and shadow and the extreme naturalism in the portrayal certainly indicate a proximity to the revolutionary artist.

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‘Best example’ of artist David Fulton’s work

01 April 2019

David Fulton (1848-1930) was a Glasgow painter who, like his contemporaries Gemmell Hutchison and William Marshall Brown, specialised in painting children in sentimental settings.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

04 March 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Fiery laird and a more sedate Seago star in Surrey sale

25 February 2019

Drawing interest from the US was a portrait of a fierce-looking Scottish laird by John Pettie (1839-93).

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Picasso mistress shows her own art skills

18 February 2019

A painting by one of Picasso’s mistresses drew considerable interest at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury on February 6.

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881'

William Powell Frith’s painting of Oscar Wilde at the Royal Academy goes on offer for the first time in over a century at St James’s gallery

12 February 2019

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881', a scene of influential Victorians at an exhibition painted by William Powell Frith (1819-1909), is on offer from St James’s dealer Martin Beisly for a price in the region of £10m.

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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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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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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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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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Olwyn Bowey greenhouse gets warm reception at auction

04 February 2019

The £140,000 record-breaking Cedric Morris lower painting at Chichester saleroom Henry Adams (plus 20% buyer’s premium) was not the only work by an artist-plantsman to feature in the January 17 sale (see ATG No 2377 for more on that Morris result).

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Cricket painting shows some of the very earliest days at the crease

28 January 2019

An English School painting depicting one of the earliest venues in cricket was knocked down at £14,000 in a Winchester auction.

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Bidder nets Singaporean fishing scene in Taunton

21 January 2019

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) first sale of the year got off to a bright start with a Singaporean painting sailing to £19,000.