Art Market


‘Portrait of Dorette’ by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Artist’s ‘piercing’ portrait of young lover and future wife turns heads at Roseberys

17 February 2022

One of the highest prices for a work on paper by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was set at South London saleroom Roseberys when a portrait of the model Kathleen Woodward, later the artist’s second wife, drew strong demand.

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Rare Wright of Derby portrait reflects a tragic loss

14 February 2022

Among a flurry of historical portraits coming to the regional market at the start of this year, arguably the most notable appeared at Oxfordshire saleroom JS Fine Art (20% buyer’s premium).

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Old Masters two for one deal

07 February 2022

Intriguing lot offered paintings as central element and elaborate border section combined

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Leggett market gets a leg up

31 January 2022

Response to trio of works indicates fresh interest in female artists is a factor at all price levels

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First of a series of Anna Airy works

31 January 2022

A versatile painter in a variety of mediums, Anna Airy (1882- 1964) was considered by some to be among the most gifted artists of her day.

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Macaw blimey: a Sarah Stone collection for sale

31 January 2022

Mallams is selling a collection of around 30 watercolours by the British natural history illustrator and painter, Sarah Stone (c.1760-1844).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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