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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Cedric Morris picture achieves auction record and helps fund centre for artistic and horticultural education

22 October 2019

A fresh auction record for artist plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) has been set at Sworders’ Modern British and 20th century art auction today.

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Pick of the week: An artwork of great propaganda value

21 October 2019

“Germany calling, Germany calling” were the chilling opening words spoken by the upper-class British accent of William Joyce – Lord Haw Haw – and other presenters in propaganda radio broadcasts from Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

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Unknown portrait of British naval hero Nelson is discovered by auctioneer Charles Miller

21 October 2019

A hitherto unknown portrait of Nelson has been discovered and will be offered at auction on November 5.

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Tahitian-period Paul Gauguin painting emerges at Paris auction

21 October 2019

Paris auction house Artcurial is to offer a painting by Paul Gauguin from his Tahitian period. It will be offered at a sale in December estimated at €5m-7m.

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Guinness is toast of Irish sales

21 October 2019

Cubist work by often-overlooked artist fuels keen bidding before heading to California.

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Ornithological auction flyers from renowned masters

21 October 2019

Two modestly estimated watercolours by the Victorian ornithological painter Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) emerged as the star sellers in an auction in South Yorkshire.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £3000 or under including a Francis Bacon lithograph

21 October 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales for £3000 or under, including a Francis Bacon lithograph.

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Rare Rousseau portrait goes under the hammer at Lyon & Turnbull in London

19 October 2019

A rediscovered portrait of Enlightenment thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) is offered at a Lyon & Turnbull auction in London this month.

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Rare Dante Gabriel Rossetti drawings of a father and son emerge at Oxford auction

18 October 2019

Two crayon portraits of a father and son by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) have emerged for sale at Mallams of Oxford. They date from the last decade of the artist’s life and depict his doctor Thomas Gordon Hake and the latter’s son George Gordon Hake.

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Export block for £3.5m Wright of Derby picture bought by Getty museum

17 October 2019

The government is hoping to find a buyer to pay £3.5m to keep an 18th century picture by Joseph Wright of Derby in the UK.

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Auction of Suffolk artists’ pictures to support the East Anglian Art Fund

16 October 2019

Pictures and sculptures by two Suffolk artists will be auctioned to raise funds for a local artistic community.

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Russian porcelain rarity sells for £50,000 online

14 October 2019

A State Porcelain Factory figure by Natalina Danko (1892-1943) emerged at auction in Grantham earlier this month.

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100 years of Australian auction history – Leonard Joel celebrates its centenary

14 October 2019

Australian auction house Leonard Joel is releasing a book and hosting an exhibition this month to mark its centenary this year.

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Paula Rego prints bring success stories

14 October 2019

Much of Paula Rego’s (b.1935) work is concerned with narrative, as seen in this limited-edition lithograph of a girl reading a book.

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View of Indian procession marches onwards at auction

14 October 2019

Views of processions, pageants and parades tend to attract special interest at auction, such as this view of an Indian procession bid to £6800 in Gloucestershire.

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TEFAF New York Fall widens timeline for fourth edition

14 October 2019

Booth collaborations at TEFAF New York Fall encourage cross-collecting by visitors

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Two Mod Brit works back on market in Dorset saleroom

14 October 2019

Oil paintings by two significant names in Modern British art made their first appearances on the market in decades at an auction in Dorset.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £1250 or under including an Agnes Miller Parker woodcut

14 October 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales for £1250 or under, including an Agnes Miller Parker woodcut.

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Arctic expedition group bears up well at Forum Auctions

14 October 2019

A small but very successful section of a recent London sale offered a group of just eight lots related to the British Arctic Expedition of 1875-76.

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Patrick Procktor works prove popular at auctions thanks to Redfern provenance

14 October 2019

A near sell-out show at The Redfern Gallery in London in 1963 immediately established Patrick Procktor (1936-2003), the Dublin-born painter, as a star of the London art scene at the age of just 27.

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