Art Market


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Dealer labels mark a sign of approval

24 January 2022

Francis Towne watercolour was one of his many works to have gone through Agnews

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Large George Bissill group provides mine of information

24 January 2022

A significant collection of works by George Bissill (1896-1973), the Derbyshire miner who enjoyed some fleeting success as an artist in the 1920s-30s but who later died largely forgotten, emerged recently at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford.

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A Rackham wonderland at Sotheby's online auction

24 January 2022

Offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in an online sale that ran until December 1 under the title of The Fantasy World of Arthur Rackham was a collection of 31 original ink and watercolour artworks by the artist from the collection of American photographer Shirley Carter Burden (1908-89).

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Alfred Cohen’s Commedia view attracts interest against a lowly pitch

17 January 2022

American artist Alfred Cohen (1920-2001) was inspired by the colour and handling of the Post-Impressionists and the imagery of the Commedia dell’arte.

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Strachey self-portrait underlines often overlooked talent

17 January 2022

Despite his famous name, the artist Henry Strachey (1863-1940) has never had much prominence at auction, with only around a dozen works having emerged.

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David Hockney’s reality check as unrecorded copy of etching emerges at Bonhams

17 January 2022

There are only three other known examples of this early David Hockney (b.1937) etching titled 'Self-Portrait (not in S.A.C. or Tokyo)'.

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Tagore shows artistic skills

17 January 2022

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the Nobel prize-winning poet, writer, composer, philosopher and social reformer, began to practise as an artist aged 60.

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17th century Dutch print of a beached whale emerges at Surrey auction

17 January 2022

In 1602 the Dutch painter and printmaker Jan Saenredam made an engraving of a whale that had been washed ashore near the town of Beverwijk.

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Chinnery in China after fleeing Calcutta money woes

10 January 2022

The sale at Thomas R Callan (20% buyer’s premium) in Ayr on December 3-4 included a sketchbook by George Chinnery (1774-1852) dated 1838.

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Sale reflects centuries of Sitwells

10 January 2022

Fresh generations of the famous family added to hall’s collections to create eclectic mix. Jonathan Franks reports.

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Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market

10 January 2022

Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.

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Greek shippers deliver further highlights to London

10 January 2022

While the Tiepolo drawing caused the biggest stir at the Roseberys (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) November 17 sale (see separate story in this edition), there were several other notable results, writes Jonathan Franks.

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Tiepolo at the double

10 January 2022

It is thought that Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) executed at least a hundred drawings featuring the Punchinelli, the hook-nosed, humpbacked clowns which were central to the commedia dell’arte. Jonathan Franks reports.

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Knight and Bomberg as war artists

03 January 2022

In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Park's portrait of wife Peggy impresses

03 January 2022

An artist’s painting of his wife turned heads at a recent David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Penzance, selling over 10 times above estimate.

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William Roberts work rings tubular bells

03 January 2022

Trademark colourful picture features people depicted with a distinctive style of limbs.

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Banksy prints bowl up at auction

20 December 2021

Two Banksy prints donated to charity set high prices for their respective individual editions at a Bristol auction.

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Bratbys on offer bought direct from the artist

20 December 2021

Two works by ‘kitchen sink’ realist John Bratby (1928-92) were offered in the latest picture sale at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Tantalising sketch gives glimpse ‘of a young Francis Bacon’

20 December 2021

Shepeard collection includes a drawing thought to be an unrecorded portrait of the artist

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Art rarity: the trade outbids private buyers

20 December 2021

A sight increasingly uncommon at auction – the trade outbidding private buyers on key lots of Modern art – occurred a number of times at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale in this category.

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