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.


Servant portrait shows respect

18 December 2023

When it was last on public view, at a Berlin exhibition in 1981, the Portrait of a Black Courtier was attributed to the early 18th century Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne.


Leonardo copy rocks up in Vienna

18 December 2023

Plenty of potential takers emerged for an early copy of Leonardo’s 'Madonna of the Rocks' at the Dorotheum (25/20.84% buyer’s premium) sale of Old Masters.


Story behind mother of Salome once attributed to Rubens

18 December 2023

Once believed to be by Rubens, work hidden away during the war is now thought to be a copy by a pupil


The Sale sells at shock €70,000

18 December 2023

The biggest surprise of Wendl’s (21% buyer’s premium) extensive general sale in Rudolstadt on October 25-28 was the seemingly never-ending exchange of bids for an early 18th century Old Master which had a starting price of €900.


Early Rembrandt heads London Old Master sales

11 December 2023

A couple of headline lots, a scattering of rare and unusual pictures and one of the most valuable consignments of prints ever offered lifted the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.

Rembrandt's Adoration of Kings

Bumper return for vendor as ‘rediscovered Rembrandt’ sells at Sotheby’s

07 December 2023

A small panel painting previously sold two years ago at Christie’s as ‘circle of Rembrandt’ made more than 12 times that level when it reappeared at Sotheby’s with a full attribution.

The Holy Family by Gerard David

Getty Museum buys three Old Masters to ‘bolster the collection’

06 December 2023

The Getty Museum has announced the acquisition of three Old Masters which were all bought this year from separate European sources.


Fragonard in serious mood or with a lighter touch

04 December 2023

Pictured here are two paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) appearing on the French auction scene this season within the space of a month - one sold, the other upcoming.


Newly identified Mary Beale portrait sold to Boston museum

04 December 2023

Dealer Peter Harrison has sold a recently reidentified portrait by 17th century painter Mary Beale (1633-99) to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


Old Masters suit you down to a D

04 December 2023

Collection from unnamed vendor supplies some of the highest prices in a sale at the Drouot centre

Diego Velázquez portrait

Major Old Master emerges as Velázquez portrait of Spanish queen comes to Sotheby’s

30 November 2023

A large full-length portrait of Isabel de Borbón, Queen of Spain, by the great Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) will be offered at Sotheby’s New York in February.


Elizabethan gent ready to research

13 November 2023

This three-quarter-length portrait of an Elizabethan gentleman, attributed to the circle of the court painter George Gower (c.1540-96), hammered for $32,000 (£26,500) on October 15.

Cimabue picture

Louvre buys medieval panel discovered in a French kitchen

08 November 2023

A medieval panel discovered above a stove in a kitchen in France has been bought by The Louvre Museum.

Portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds

Mini Reynolds comes to auction in Chicago

06 November 2023

A small autograph version of the famous portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) in the permanent collection of the Royal Academy of Arts comes for sale at Hindman in Chicago on November 16.


Frieze Masters racks up the sales

06 November 2023

Eleventh edition of the London event now widened in scope includes an impressive array of big results


Mystery painting unites two nobles

06 November 2023

Doyle’s (26% buyer’s premium) sale of Old Master and 19th century Paintings & Drawings in New York on October 19 was topped by a 15th or 16th century Flemish School oil on panel portrait of a soldier.

Ombersley Court

Historic collection from grand Worcestershire home comes to auction at Christie’s

31 October 2023

A £2m collection from Ombersley Court, a Grade I-listed country house near Droitwich Spa, will be offered at Christie’s next month.


Pen and wash works marked for Hans Bols make waves

23 October 2023

Old Master drawings inscribed for Flemish artist Hans Bols blow away the estimates in Chartres


Lauterer landscape returns to home turf

23 October 2023

Art Recovery International has assisted in the return of a painting missing from Germany since the Second World War.


Bidder contemplation of Mai-Thu brings five figures

23 October 2023

An example of 20th century French-influenced painting by the Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu (1906-80) proved to be atop-selling lot.