Old Masters

Traditionally this sector is defined as works by master painters working in Europe from before 1800. It includes Renaissance artists and Dutch Golden Age painters for example. Today Old Master auctions in London and New York will include works by British artists as well as some 19th century works.


Johan Zoffany’s Beggar’s Ballad

London Art Week puts on winter show with a Zoffany performance

28 November 2022

London Art Week (LAW) has decided it will go ahead with a winter edition this season, contrary to initial reports.

Bronzino portrait

News in Brief – including the auction of a returned Bronzino

28 November 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a Bronzino portrait restituted earlier this year to be offered at Sotheby’s.

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Previews: issue 2570

28 November 2022

A selection of 14 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

Madonna and Child drawing

Bidders battle to take tondo to 208-times top estimate

21 November 2022

A small round drawing of the Madonna and Child created a stir at Ryedale Auctioneers in North Yorkshire.

Portrait by Robert Peake

To be or not to be a portrait of the Bard, that is the question surrounding this £10m work

21 November 2022

A 1608 portrait by Robert Peake (c.1551-1619) long believed to depict William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has gone on the market for £10m.

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Madonna makes second-highest Bellini sum

21 November 2022

A Madonna and Child by the Venetian Renaissance Master Giovanni Bellini (c.1430-1516) and assistant sold in Vienna for a hammer price of €1.13m (£982,610).

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Dealer's London buying trip led to Venice

21 November 2022

Expecting to collect a bureau advertised on marketplace Gumtree, a dealer spotted two 18th century Venetian scenes leaning against a wall in the home he visited.

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In a new era for the art market Masters star at Frieze

07 November 2022

Old Master and a string of heavy hitters boost an encouraging event despite challenging times

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Wilson copy ‘at an early date’

07 November 2022

Among the works attracting interest at a recent Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) sale were two pictures formerly in the collection at Shakenhurst Hall.

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Goya’s most celebrated printed work offered in US auction

07 November 2022

A newly discovered first edition copy of Francisco Goya’s most celebrated printed work, 'Los Caprichos' (The Caprices), is up for auction at Butterscotch in Bedford, New York, on December 4 with an estimate on request.

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Top stories this week – including news of a rediscovered Rubens emerging at Sotheby’s

06 November 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ ‘Salome presented with the severed head of Saint John the Baptist’ being offered at Sotheby's New York.

Design for a cenotaph

Dealer makes a Canova cenotaph design find

31 October 2022

A dealer has identified a design for a cenotaph to Antonio Canova (1757-1822) in time for the 200th anniversary of the Italian sculptor’s death.

Rubens

Rediscovered Rubens painting to be auctioned following divorce by US collectors

26 October 2022

A rediscovered Rubens and nine other Baroque paintings will be offered at Sotheby’s New York in January.

Arent DePeyster

Pick of the week: American who fought against independence

17 October 2022

While many US museums display portraits of famous Patriots from the War of Independence, especially the likes of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Nathanael Greene, pictures of Loyalists are less common in their collections.

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Munich 'Highlights' fair means high life

17 October 2022

Since its inception, the focus of the 'Highlights' fair on Modern and Contemporary art has increased and in recent years photography dealers have also been given more space.

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Rich harvest nine years later

17 October 2022

The private collector who consigned a painting he had bought at Sotheby’s in London in 2013 to Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich for the auction on September 23 will have been most agreeably surprised by the result.

Zoffany picture

Zoffany stages an unexpected return to auction

10 October 2022

A little-known theatrical portrait painted by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) towards the end of his career sold for £330,000 at auction in Dorset.

Venetian school picture

Pick of the week: Honey seller from as early as 1620 marks a sweet success

10 October 2022

Depictions of north Africa and the Middle East became commonplace in Western art as the Orientalist art movement reached its height in the 19th century.

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First of two single-owner selections coming up at Artcurial

10 October 2022

Titled 'De Watteau à Vuillard Une Collection Parisienne', paintings, works on paper, furniture and objects from a Parisian collection were the object of the first of two single-owner classic contents sales marking the start of the new auction season for the Old Master, furniture and objects departments at Artcurial (26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium).

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König goes big on the small-scale detail

10 October 2022

An early 17th century gouache by the German artist Johann König (1586-1642) was a highlight of the Ivoire Troyes (24% buyer’s premium) auction.

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