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.

Portrait of Algernon Moses Marsden

Tissot’s iconic portrait saved for the nation with funding from sitter’s descendants

08 December 2022

A portrait of art dealer Algernon Moses Marsden (1847–1920) by Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836–1902) has been purchased for the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery with funding from descendants of Marsden.

Max Beckmann self-portrait

Beckmann the German art auction record-breaker

05 December 2022

A Max Beckmann (1884-1950) self-portrait set a record for any artwork sold at a German auction when it was knocked down at €20m (£17.1m).

Harland Miller print

Dreweatts and Forum draw closer together with joint sale and combined departments

05 December 2022

Dreweatts and Forum Auctions are to hold their first joint sale this month.

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Watercolours: The picturesque appeals but reality bites

05 December 2022

British watercolours are reliant not just on subject matter but also on market freshness, condition and a good pitch

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

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Why provenance is so important when it comes to de Wint

05 December 2022

A group of five watercolours by Peter de Wint (1784-1849) that were previously kept at a Grade II-listed Oxfordshire country house caught the eye at a recent sale.

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Bidders wide awake to the opportunity to own a Richmond

05 December 2022

A small watercolour titled A Sleeping Wayfarer by George Richmond (1809-96) roused a few bidders into action when it was offered at auction.

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Frances Hodgkins highlights in New Zealand exhibition

05 December 2022

The latest catalogue from Jonathan Grant Gallery in New Zealand includes 'Pergola', a c.1936 gouache on paper by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947).

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Plan B sounds like a great option

05 December 2022

A gallery offering Old Masters and antiques as well as Contemporary art is opening in Brooklyn, New York City.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel photograph

Rare photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel stars in our pick of five auction highlights

02 December 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare print showing the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel that made 12 times estimate in Gloucestershire.

Johan Zoffany’s Beggar’s Ballad

London Art Week puts on winter show with a Zoffany performance

28 November 2022

London Art Week (LAW) has decided it will go ahead with a winter edition this season, contrary to initial reports.

Vanessa Bell by Duncan Grant

New Duncan Grant record for a ‘divisionist’ portrait of Vanessa Bell

28 November 2022

Setting a major record for Duncan Grant (1885-1978) and equalling the highest price for any Bloomsbury Group picture, a painting depicting his fellow artist and close friend (and one-time lover) Vanessa Bell sold for £260,000 at Bonhams.

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Is Small now hitting the big time?

28 November 2022

When coming across a female artist who was once quite recognised but now is rather little known, buyers today automatically ask the question: ‘Is she undervalued?’

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A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt

28 November 2022

Among a number of sporting pictures generating decent interest at recent sales, this autumn Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) posted the highest auction price for the hunting specialist Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) in over 12 years.

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5 Questions: Andy Shield of Brave Fine Art

28 November 2022

Andy Shield is co-founder of Brave Fine Art which focuses on European artworks, researching the stories behind their creation.

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Compton climbs well above guide

28 November 2022

Mountainous scenes by Edward Theodore Compton (1849-1921) make regular appearances at auctions in Germany and Austria, where he tended to paint and retains a strong collecting base, as well as in the UK.

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Georghiou watercolour emerges at Chiswick Auctions

28 November 2022

George Pol Georghiou (1901-72) is a well-known name in his native Cyprus where his work can be found in many public collections.

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ATG letter: Barking up the wrong tree

28 November 2022

I believe the Bugatti sculpture pictured in ATG No 2569 (Sculpture special report) is a dachshund.

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Timing was picture perfect for Paris photograph auction

28 November 2022

Staging a photo collection sale just as a specialist fair opened proved a great choice.

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Auction benefits from constructive thinking

28 November 2022

Paris auction Ader (28% buyer’s premium) was busy on the photographic front during Paris Photo.

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