Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Frink family collection creates thrill at Woolley & Wallis auction26 October 2020
While Old Masters were dominating proceedings at Woolley & Wallis’ early September sale, a fortnight earlier it was Modern British art that was turning heads in Salisbury.
Rothschilds – a rich source of works26 October 2020
Latest group of Exbury House paintings from ‘the great collectors’ lives up to the billing
Auction record for Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ as book dealer bids $8.4m at Christie’s16 October 2020
An ‘original and complete’ copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio of plays set an auction record at Christie's latest 'Exceptional' sale in New York.
Dod and Gluck stand out in Penzance12 October 2020
Works by two Modern British female artists whose stars have been rising commercially over recent years topped the bill at the latest fine art sale held at David Lay (18% buyer’s premium).
Bawden works with personal touch consigned to Sworders12 October 2020
A group of works by Edward Bawden (1903-89) will be offered at Sworders’ Modern British & 20th Century Art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 20.
Wildlife sculptures burst into sale life12 October 2020
A number of wildlife sculptures, a niche sub-set of the Mod Brit art market, have performed well recently – perhaps as a result of the increased love of the natural world experienced by many during the lockdown crossing over into the art market.
William Ratcliffe's Camden Town painting comes to Lyon & Turnbull12 October 2020
A fine example of a work by a member of the Camden Town group will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made sale in London on October 23.
Collection of restorer and friend to artists Gigi Richter sells in Cambridge12 October 2020
A collection of pictures and letters by Modern British artists drew solid interest at the latest Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in Cambridge.
Modern British Art: a market benefitting from changing tastes12 October 2020
The Modern British art sector is now one of the most vibrant in the market and represent a good slice of business for both auction houses and dealers
Marquess heads back to ancestral home from US05 October 2020
A portrait of George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Huntly, catalogued as in the ‘manner of Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)’ was offered as the opening lot of a sale held by Sarasota Estate Auction (20% buyer’s premium) in the US.
Hard yards measure up for success05 October 2020
Challenging times mean lots of extra legwork – but London sale shows how it can be rewarded.
Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a Tom Scott watercolour05 October 2020
Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Tom Scott watercolour.
Mystery man in pastel makes bidding lively05 October 2020
On the same day as Chiswick Auctions’ British & European Fine Art auction (see main report), a sale of Old Master Paintings & Drawings took place immediately beforehand. Comprising nearly 50 lots, it totalled £102,500 including buyer’s premium.
Austrian apples bloom in UK05 October 2020
A painting of apple blossom by the Austrian Impressionist Olga Wisinger-Florian (1844-1926) drew a five-way online bidding battle at Canterbury Auction Galleries (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) on August 1.
Christie’s offers dedicated sale of works from Italian dealer Giuseppe Rossi’s collection02 October 2020
Items from the collection of the late Italian dealer Giuseppe Rossi (1914-89) are to be offered at Christie’s this month.
Russell Drysdale outback scene heads to Australian auction01 October 2020
One of the most important works by modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) has been consigned to auction by descendants of the well-known art critic Clive Turnbull.
Sketch of Captain Oates walking to his death makes £23,000 in Essex29 September 2020
A sketch for the painting ‘A Very Gallant Gentleman’ by John Charles Dollman (1851-1934) sold for £23,000 at Sworders last week.
Coincidence reunites Messel brothers after 99 years as watercolour portraits emerge at two separate auctions28 September 2020
Separated for many years, portraits of two brothers by WBE Ranken (1881-1941) came up at auction at different London salerooms last week. The fact that they emerged on the market simultaneously was seemingly pure coincidence.
Lord Snowdon sale at Christie’s led by Prince of Wales investiture chairs28 September 2020
Christie’s sale of items formerly owned by Lord Snowdon (1930-2017) was led by a pair of chairs he designed himself for the investiture of the Prince of Wales in July 1969.
Sandro Botticelli portrait comes to Sotheby’s with $80m estimate24 September 2020
Sotheby’s will offer a portrait by Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510) with an estimate in excess of $80m in New York next year.