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.

James Barry print

Online bidders snap up rare James Barry prints at Forum Auctions

26 March 2020

Two versions of a rare mezzotint self-portrait by the Irish artist James Barry (1741-1806) excelled when offered for sale at Forum Auctions. Both plates, one an unrecorded proof impression, the other possibly inscribed by the artist, took multi-estimate sums from online bidders.

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National Trust house in Cumbria buys portrait by Georgian society painter George Romney

25 March 2020

Sizergh Castle and Garden, a stately home and garden in Cumbria run by the National Trust, has bought a portrait by 18th century painter George Romney.

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Science Museum snaps up collection of works by Second World War artist Paul Drury

23 March 2020

Sim Fine Art has sold a 28-work collection of pictures by Second World War artist Paul Drury (1903-87) to the Science Museum in London.

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Rare photos of Alaskan ‘Gold Rush' bid to over 25-times estimate

23 March 2020

An album of 35 photographs relating to the Alaskan ‘Gold Rush’ of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries sold for £1900 rather than the estimate of £50-70 in a recent North Yorkshire sale.

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Egg tempera creates a Plummer cracker

23 March 2020

Although championed by Stanley Spencer and the poet and critic Herbert Read, Francis Plummer (1930-2019) is a name few will have heard of.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1500 including a Rosalie Emslie watercolour

23 March 2020

Three works selling at regional sales below £1500, including a Rosalie Emslie watercolour.

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Drawing on expertise of Fitzwilliam director

23 March 2020

Two Italian Mannerist chalk drawings emerged as the top sellers in a section of Old Master drawings and prints at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter.

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‘A crapshooter throwing dice’

23 March 2020

Paul Jenkins (1923-2012), an American Abstract artist and member of the New York School, was born in Kansas City. He worked at a ceramics factory in his youth, an experience that heavily influenced his tactile methods of painting.

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Portraits of mystery young women catch the eye in auctions

23 March 2020

Two alluring early-20th century British school portraits of attractive young women caught the eye in recent regional sales. Both modestly estimated, they brought similar four-figure sums.

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Cunning plan for Blackadder estate

23 March 2020

Houstoun-Boswall consignment includes Robert Adam’s proposal for Scottish country house

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Baroque ivory sleeper could be Schenck masterwork

23 March 2020

This stellar 17th century Baroque ivory plaque depicting the Pieta attended by angels and putti carries the name 'IC Storer' for the German artist Johann Christoph Storer (1621-71).

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Many ways to buy from annual St Ives show

23 March 2020

An exhibition of St Ives Modernism is to go ahead with all works available online.

VS Gaitonde abstract sold at Sothebys

Gaitonde abstract leads Sotheby’s South Asian Art sale in New York

22 March 2020

A painting by the pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo S Gaitonde (1924-2001) led Sotheby’s anniversary sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in New York when it sold for a hammer price of $1.5m (£1.25m) against a $1m-1.5m estimate.

‘Reclining Man’ by Nina Hamnett

Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

Terence Cuneo train painting

US buyer wins bidding battle for Terence Cuneo’s painting of British Rail’s last steam engine

17 March 2020

Terence Cuneo’s (1907-96) ‘Evening Star at Full Steam’, a painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail, sold to a US buyer at the latest picture sale held at Essex saleroom Sworders.

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Trio of high-value paintings stolen in raid on Oxford college collection

16 March 2020

Three Old Master paintings, including Annibale Carracci’s A Boy Drinking, have been stolen from a museum in Oxford.

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Collection assembled by descendant of circumnavigator Anson anchors travel selection

16 March 2020

Offered very early on in the books section of the Travel & Exploration sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium), a 24-lot collection relating to George Anson amassed by the late Colin Paul, a descendant of the admiral, attracted considerable interest.

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Release the Lock and get into Gear for Modernist art

16 March 2020

London became the training ground for many young South African artists during the inter-war years. Among them was Cape Town painter Freida Lock (1902-62) who attended Heatherley School of Art and the Central School of Art where she was introduced to the works of post-Impressionists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Braque.

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Top of the Lowry prints league

16 March 2020

Limited-edition work showing Salford artist’s famous football scene nets a new high

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3500 including a Harold Riley limited-edition print

16 March 2020

Three works selling at regional sales below £3500, including a print of 'Lowry Walking on Swinton Moss' by Harold Riley.

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