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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Three of the first British female artists on show at Lyon & Turnbull's London exhibition

08 June 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is hosting an exhibition spotlighting the work of three of the first British female artists this summer.

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Hogarth painting saved for the nation and can stay at its Leicester museum home

31 May 2019

A William Hogarth (1697-1764) painting that has been on loan to the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester since 1943 has been purchased for the gallery.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Speculation mounts over whether Louvre in Paris will label Salvator Mundi as a ‘workshop’ picture

30 May 2019

The question regarding the authorship of Leonardo's ‘Salvator Mundi’, the world’s most expensive painting, has again been the subject of media attention this week after it was claimed that experts at the Louvre in Paris are reluctant to exhibit it as a fully autograph work.

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Three John Constable pictures come to auction at Chiswick including portrait of his uncle

29 May 2019

Following the sale of two vibrant ink on paper sketches by John Constable in March, Chiswick Auctions is to offer three more works by the Suffolk-born painter in its British & European Fine Art sale next month.

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Five places to see and buy art in London next week including a Cedric Morris flower exhibition in Mayfair

24 May 2019

A look at the top quality works on view at commercial galleries and major institutions in the run-up to London’s busy summer schedule of art fairs and events.

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Old Master still-life brings £300,000 in Wiltshire sale

20 May 2019

A major price for an Old Master in the English regions came in Wiltshire last week when a still-life by Flemish painter Frans Snyders (1579-1657) caught the eye of multiple bidders.

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Family collection based on imports for fertiliser produces a healthy farmhouse dispersal

20 May 2019

Inherited Dutch Old Masters offered alongside recently acquired modern works by artists such as Walter Sickert, Edward Seago and Gerald Kelly proved a winning formula at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) country house dispersal held on May 1 at Donnington Priory.

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Pair of Sir Peter Lily portraits emerge in Maine

20 May 2019

This pair of half-length portraits by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) features in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ next sale to be held in Maine from May 31-June 2.

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Standards fly high in New York Old Master sales

13 May 2019

Among the top lots at Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) trio of Old Master sales during ‘Classic Week’ was a rediscovered oil sketch by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) for 'The Distribution of the Eagle Standards'.

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Rembrandt stands out at print event

13 May 2019

An etching by Rembrandt (1606-69) offered by CG Boerner for a five-figure sum was among the stand-out Old Master sales during the recent London Original Print Fair.

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Lisson Gallery’s Ossian Ward recommends approaching Old Master paintings with a blank slate in new “self-help” book

09 May 2019

Ossian Ward of Lisson Gallery spoke last night on how to approach Old Master paintings in an event promoting his new book Look Again.

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Magnificent results for Suleyman portrait and two Safavid carpets in latest Islamic art auction series

06 May 2019

One of the few images of a 16th century Eastern potentate by a Western artist emerged from a ‘royal collection’ to sell for a multi-estimate sum at Sotheby’s.

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Strong selling rates across New York’s Classic Week auctions

06 May 2019

Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ sales series put in a robust performance with sales of Old Master and 19th century pictures, sculpture and antiquities generating a premium-inclusive total of $79.5m (£61.16m).

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Bidders suspect an Italian hand at work

29 April 2019

As a rule, Lempertz (24/20% buyer’s premium) in Cologne always opens its spring season with a sale of moderately priced Old Master and 19th century paintings.

‘Landscape with Walton Bridges’ by JMW Turner

Japanese vendor consigns JMW Turner landscape to Sotheby’s auction in London

25 April 2019

A late work by JMW Turner (1775-1851) depicting a Surrey landscape that was once owned by the banker JP Morgan will be offered at Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London this summer.

Zucchi's portrait of architect James Adam.

New York Old Master dealer helps UK museums buy Zucchi portrait of Scottish architect and designer James Adam

22 April 2019

The National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum have bought Italian artist Antonio Zucchi’s (1726-95) portrait of architect James Adam (1732-94).

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An Old Master jigsaw puzzler

19 April 2019

Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.

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Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work

19 April 2019

A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).

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Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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