Fine Art

Fine art is a staple of the dealing and auctioneering industry, featuring works ranging from Medieval art to traditional Old Masters, and right through to cutting-edge Contemporary art.

While oil paintings represent a large part of the sector, other mediums adopted by artists across the ages include drawings, watercolours, prints and photographs.

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Pick of the Week: Trinidad painting sails into Cumbrian auction

20 August 2018

A ship painting by the artist regarded as the first great Trinidadian painter, Michel-Jean Cazabon (1813-88), surfaced for sale at Cumbrian auction house PFK earlier this month.

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Simeon Solomon turns from tragedy to triumph

20 August 2018

Pre-Raphaelite artist shunned and persecuted in his time is now a popular auction choice.

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Faed feeds into genre theme

20 August 2018

This small scene by Scottish genre painter Thomas Faed (1826-1900) shown below sold for a quadruple-estimate £8500 at Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Rudolf Ernst takes precise view

20 August 2018

Spurred on by Middle Eastern demand, Orientalist art came out top at Christie’s 19th century European & Orientalist Art auction in London.

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John William Waterhouse makes siren call

20 August 2018

Works by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers continued to outperform the rest of the Victorian art market during the latest round of sales in London. Topping the auctions at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s were two ‘jeune fille fatale’ creations by Pre-Raphaelite latecomer, John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).

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Welsh artist Wilf Roberts drives demand

20 August 2018

In his later years, Welsh painter Wilf Roberts spent time going on drives, his wife Sue at the wheel, out to the Anglesey countryside. He would set off with pencils or watercolours to sketch landscapes while she waited for him in the car, reading.

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London dealer showcases powerful works by Frank Avray Wilson

20 August 2018

London dealer showcases powerful works of an artist fascinated by the human condition

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Note shows light-hearted Laura Knight

20 August 2018

A cartoon by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) offers a rare and light-hearted look at her married life.

Aaron Dean of Trevanion & Dean

Rossetti the salesman – unrecorded letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection discovered in house clearance

17 August 2018

A large cache of letters from Victorian artists including founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) have been consigned to Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

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John Spencer-Churchill’s eyewitness painting of Dunkirk evacuation comes to British Art Fair – VIDEO

16 August 2018

John Spencer-Churchill’s (1909-92) depiction of the evacuation of Dunkirk is one of the highlights at the British Art Fair.

Pierre Prevost’s panorama

London as the Duke of Wellington knew it: Museum of London acquires huge panorama from Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

A large 19th century panorama of London, completed towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, has entered the Museum of London’s permanent collection after the institution acquired it at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

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Hosts of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? left ‘genuinely shocked’ as supposed William Nicholson painting is dismissed by expert

13 August 2018

Art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to screens last night, arguing that a still-life painting was the work of Modern British artist William Nicholson (1872-1949).

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Sculpture in the spotlight at Dreweatts auction

13 August 2018

The first stand-alone British and European sculpture sale to be held by Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) was a solid-enough affair to justify department head Cristian Beadman’s belief that there is an exploitable gap in the market.

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Modern business model for 1793 Gallery

13 August 2018

Kate Moss – or at least an arresting image of her by Los Angeles street artist Mr Brainwash – is coming to a Cotswolds exhibition to launch 1793 Gallery.

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Bronze statue of French 'boy king' comes to Pennsylvania

13 August 2018

A two-day sale devoted to works of American and international interest is scheduled for September 14-15 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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Serious story from the Scilly season

13 August 2018

From 1936-45, St Ives artist John Wells (1907-2000) embarked on a series of labour-intensive creations while working as a GP on the Isles of Scilly.

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Fairies emerge at auction out of dealer’s estate

13 August 2018

A sale of books, maps and ephemera at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) included more than £17,000 worth of 19th and 20th century watercolours and drawings from the stock of a dealer.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

13 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Madonna viewed across centuries

13 August 2018

Two depictions of the Madonna painted some 400 years apart were among the highlights of a dedicated sale of pictures at Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium) in Donnington Priory in Berkshire.

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Priestman river flows to new high

13 August 2018

Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn claimed a new auction record for Bertram Priestman (1868-1951) when it sold a painting of an extensive river landscape by the local artist.

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