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.


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Unattributed work now ascribed to one of da Vinci’s closest pupils sets €1.4m record

30 November 2020

A painting by the artist known as Salai, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s closest pupils, proved to be the toast of the latest sale of Old Master and 19th century paintings and sculpture at Artcurial (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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High hopes for aviation fan’s de la Tour

23 November 2020

Lempertz in Cologne is selling 23 paintings from the collection put together by the aviation entrepreneur Hinrich Bischoff and his wife, Ingrid.

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Old Masters: ‘The Spinola Rubens’ makes return to Vienna

23 November 2020

A painting from the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens making its second appearance at Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) in the space of a decade was the best-seller in the November 10 Old Masters auction in Vienna.

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Work attributed to the circle of Patinir offered at Ivoire Angers

23 November 2020

One of the highlights at Ivoire Angers on December 10 will be this small 9 x 13in (23 x 32cm) Flemish school oil on cradled panel.

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Vernet adds drama to Tivoli

23 November 2020

A painting by the celebrated landscape painter Joseph Vernet (1714-89) depicting Tivoli near Rome which has not been seen since the 19th century is making an appearance in Sotheby’s Paris rooms on December 3.

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Rediscovered 15th century Virgin and Child reflects Bastiani’s broader style

23 November 2020

This 15th century painting of the Virgin and Child was discovered by Léonard Pomez of the Hôtel des Ventes de Troyes during the course of a valuation at a property near Troyes and comes up for auction in the city on November 27.

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The web shop window: 18th century leopard painting

23 November 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

‘Dedham Vale’ by John Constable

John Constable landscape emerges at Sworders after being dismissed as a copy by another London auctioneer

17 November 2020

Sworders is offering an oil sketch of the Suffolk countryside by John Constable (1776-1837). It will be offered for sale on December 8-9, estimated at £100,000-150,000.

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Millet returns to his native Normandy

09 November 2020

Artcurial’s latest staging of its biannual sales of Old Master and 19th century paintings, drawings and sculpture will take place on November 18 as a live, behind-closed-doors auction at the firm’s Paris rooms.

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Sebastian Vrancx conflict scene emerges at Munich auction

02 November 2020

In the 1620s, Sebastian Vrancx was among the most prominent painters working in Antwerp. He was famed for his landscapes and village scenes, but was also renowned for his often drastically detailed depictions of battles.

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Karen Taylor offers view of 18th century Putney house

02 November 2020

Swiss-born artist Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-94) completed his watercolour of The Berkshire House in Putney in 1772 after arriving in London four years earlier.

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Garden Party: Rare objects blossom in Rouillac's 32nd sale held under the same branding

26 October 2020

A number of six-figure prices for rare and interesting items were achieved when French auction house Rouillac (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) staged its 32nd Garden Party sale.

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Rothschilds – a rich source of works

26 October 2020

Latest group of Exbury House paintings from ‘the great collectors’ lives up to the billing

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Venetian abbey buys northern Renaissance devotional oil

19 October 2020

Turin dealership Caretto & Occhinegro Gallery has sold a previously unpublished oil by Jan Matsys (c.1510-75) to the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

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Old Master oils: vive la différence

19 October 2020

Two Old Master oil on panel paintings by 17th century Dutch artists featuring very different subjects were best-sellers in large mixed-discipline sales held in Paris and Monaco.

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Venetian works by ‘follower of’ Canaletto make big sums in their own right

19 October 2020

A high-quality veduta of Venice by one of Canaletto’s followers was the runaway star at Chorley’s (22.5/15/12.5/10% buyer’s premium) two-day auction in Gloucestershire.

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Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector

15 October 2020

A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Pick of the week: King George I in the running at £125,000

12 October 2020

Paintings by leading British sporting artists went under the hammer for the first time in over 100 years at Cheffins in Cambridge on October 1.

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Sumptuous Desportes still life brings £1.5m at Bordeaux sale

28 September 2020

A newly-discovered work by François Desportes (1661- 1743) sold for a sensational €1.65m (£1.5m) at auction in Bordeaux.

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Old Pretender in Scotland at last

28 September 2020

August is traditionally a busy month for Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) and this year was no exception – despite the exceptional circumstances.

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