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Portrait miniature buyers make Smart choices

22 November 2021

In demand at home and abroad during his lifetime, the eminent miniaturist John Smart was an international draw at a trio of sales.

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5 Questions: Old Master portraiture dealer Elizabeth Fitzsimmons

05 July 2021

A third-generation dealer, Elizabeth Fitzsimmons specialises in Old Master portraiture and has recently launched her first website selling portraits from the 16th-20th centuries.

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Collector's guests at Georgian-themed dinners turn out for dispersal at Suffolk auction

28 June 2021

Richard Miller (1947-2018) was a man with many interests and a good eye.

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The web shop window: portrait miniature of artist's sister

07 June 2021

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

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John Smart miniature proves big attraction at Kinghams

17 May 2021

A week after Kinghams’ (23% buyer’s premium) inaugural Moreton-in-Marsh sale of British art pottery, the new Cotswolds rooms enjoyed a big hit in miniature – more specifically this portrait by one of Britain’s greatest miniaturists: John Smart (1743-1811).

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Mould loves a fresh discovery

26 April 2021

Show focuses on how latest technology and techniques can reassess portraits and paintings.

Portrait of a Gentleman by Isaac Oliver

Portrait miniatures head to Compton Verney from the estate of the late Lady Grantchester

04 March 2021

A group of rare portrait miniatures has been gifted to the Warwickshire art gallery and country house Compton Verney.

Portrait of Henry III by court artist Jean Decourt

'Lockdown locket' of Henry III could go home to France

30 January 2021

A ‘lockdown locket’ discovered at a regional auction house has been identified as depicting Henri III, King of France (1551-89) by portrait miniature consultant Emma Rutherford at dealership Philip Mould.

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Miniature of Benjamin West by Henry Bone sells to US buyer

18 January 2021

A miniature by Henry Bone (1755-1834) depicting the American artist Benjamin West (1738-1820) was among the notable lots at the recent Hansons sale.

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Miniature depicting key figure in colonial Australia draws demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

16 November 2020

This 4 x 3in (10 x 8cm) oil on ivory miniature, offered by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley, is attributed to the English miniature painter William Mineard Bennett (1778-1858).

Miniature of Vice Admiral John Hunter

Portrait miniature, Lalique jewellery and Chelsea dish – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

30 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare portrait miniature of an Australian governor and a Lalique jewellery suite formerly belonging to a ‘scandalous’ Edwardian socialite.

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Female artists under London Art Week spotlight

19 October 2020

This month, London Art Week (LAW) uses the digital platform it launched over the summer to run Art History in Focus. The event combines online discourse with exhibitions and objects on offer in galleries (and on gallery websites), putting the spotlight on two major themes: women artists and framing.

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Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.

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Politician and peer in portrait form brings strong interest at Surrey auction

08 June 2020

A group of portrait miniatures sold recently by John Nicholson’s (30/25% buyer’s premium) in Haslemere, Surrey included this English school image, c.1700, of William Fermor, 1st Baron Leominster.

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‘The dust and mud of humanity’

26 May 2020

In 2017, this lost portrait miniature of a young Dickens emerged at an auction in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa where it sold together with some household goods for the equivalent of £27.

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Philip Mould sells “Pride and Prejudice” portrait miniature to Jane Austen’s House museum

15 April 2020

Dealer Philip Mould has sold a portrait miniature of the woman who inspired a classic Pride and Prejudice character to the Jane Austen’s House museum in Chawton.

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Comerford miniatures bought by single bidder

13 April 2020

The Comerford collection of portrait miniatures, offered for sale by Chiswick Auctions last month, was acquired almost in its entirety by a single bidder.

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Holman Hunt depicted by studio assistant

13 April 2020

The sale of portrait miniatures held online by Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) included a watercolour on ivory of the artist William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

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Portrait miniature marking naval battle bravery sold in Yorkshire

03 February 2020

This early 19th century portrait miniature offered for sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn is widely believed to depict the Irish naval officer Sir Henry D’Esterre Darby (1749-1823). To the reverse is a crystal retaining a lock of hair.