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.


Jacob Ochtervelt's The Oyster Meal

Dutch Old Master looted at Arnhem sells for £1.6m at Sotheby’s auction

05 July 2018

A Dutch Old Master painting looted by the Nazis after the Battle of Arnhem but now returned to its rightful owners after 73 years has sold at Sotheby’s for £1.6m.

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Old Masters fly high in Paris

02 July 2018

The Paris high season is a time when classic sales of traditional fare are as much to the fore as buoyant sectors such as Asian, contemporary and modern and tribal art.

Giotto

Art dealer in court over export of Giotto painting

29 June 2018

A London art dealer is in a high court battle with the Arts Council over the export of a Giotto di Bondone painting valued at £10m.

Victoria Beckham

See the Old Masters hanging out in Mayfair with Victoria Beckham

25 June 2018

Pop star-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham is displaying 16 Old Master paintings at her Dover Street store in Mayfair as part of a tie-up with auction house Sotheby’s.

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Rediscovered: Canova’s ‘Giorgione’ hoax for sale at London Art Week

18 June 2018

A painting created by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) as an 18th century art world prank has been rediscovered after more than 200 years.

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A traditional British picture show that is Taylor made

18 June 2018

Karen Taylor Fine Art returns to Illustrationcupboard Gallery for a second summer show, bringing a selection of British 18th and 19th century paintings and drawings this month.

Stephan Welz auction

Rubens portrait emerges at South African auction house

16 June 2018

A portrait of an old man attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) has emerged at South African saleroom Stephan Welz & Co.

Canova

Rediscovered Canova ‘self-portrait’ of Giorgione which tricked art experts goes on offer in London for nearly £1m

14 June 2018

A painting at the centre of a legendary art world hoax has been rediscovered after hundreds of years.

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Mattia Preti painting of St Sebastian emerges at Madrid sale

04 June 2018

This canvas of the martyrdom of St Sebastian by the Italian Baroque artist Mattia Preti (1613-99) is closely related to one of his most famous works of the same subject, in the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.

Bonhams' Old Master portrait

Sir Francis Drake shown 'warts and all' at Bonhams’ Old Master auction

01 June 2018

Bonhams is offering a portrait at its upcoming Old Master sale in London which is being billed as one of the earliest paintings of Sir Francis Drake.

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Dutch art dealer announces major Rembrandt portrait discovery

21 May 2018

A work bought by a dealer at a Christie’s Old Master day sale in London in December 2016, where it was catalogued as ‘circle of Rembrandt (1606-1669)’, has now been attributed to the hand of the master.

Rembrandt portrait

“You’re looking at a human being instead of an image of a person” – art dealer on how he made a spectacular Rembrandt discovery

18 May 2018

When art dealer Jan Six viewed a portrait at Christie’s catalogued as ‘circle of Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669)’ in 2016, he was convinced it was by the hand of the master. Two years on, it has now gone on view in Amsterdam with its attribution fully confirmed by scholars.

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Pietro Liberi's Allegory of Spring unveiled in Rome auction

14 May 2018

This Allegory of Spring by the 17th century Italian artist Pietro Liberi (Padua 1605-Venice 1687) is one of the works in the May 21 auction of Old Master paintings and furnishings that opens Babuino’s next auction series in Rome.

Peter Paul Rubens, ‘Portrait of Clara Serena, the Artist's Daughter’

‘Copy’ of Rubens sold by Met Museum now offered at Christie’s after attribution upgraded

02 May 2018

A painting thought to be a copy of a Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) portrait when it was deaccessioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now be offered at Christie’s in London with a full attribution. It will carry an estimate of £3m-5m.

Juan de Zurbaran still life

Sotheby’s brokers sale of rare Juan de Zurbarán still life to National Gallery

27 April 2018

Sotheby’s has negotiated the private sale of a still life by Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649) to the National Gallery, London.

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Restituted Cranach shines in New York at Christie's auction

23 April 2018

A restituted portrait of a German electoral prince by Lucas Cranach the Elder, missing for nearly 80 years, has sold for $6.6m (£4.7m).

Tapestry

Sumptuous tapestries help country house auction to total a hefty £1.75m for Sworders

19 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century - have sold at auction for close to £2m.

Rubens

Export bar placed on Rubens’ rare 17th century painting of an African man

10 April 2018

A rare 17th century depiction of an African man in Europe by Peter Paul Rubens has been placed under a temporary export bar in an attempt to keep it in the country.

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Dutch auction house plans regular London sales

09 April 2018

A Dutch auction house is planning to launch regular sales in London as, it says, the art and antiques market in Holland has contracted.

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Gandolfi rediscovery sets house record in Leominster

02 April 2018

An oil on copper painting depicting Saint Joseph by the Bolognese artist Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802) was the highlight of Brightwells’ spring fine art sale in Leominster on March 21-22.

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