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.

funerary statue of a Roman poet

From Ancient to Renaissance: Five top sculptures from London’s auction series including an early Roman statue of a poet

12 December 2018

The London auction calendar in early December offered a busy schedule of antiquities, sculpture and works of art sales running side-by-side with the Old Master series. Overall the sales were relatively well-received with improved selling rates on previous years. Here we select five highlights from the series.

Victoria Beckham

Female focus for latest Old Masters tie-up between fashion designer Victoria Beckham and auction house Sotheby’s

10 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s teamed up with fashion designer Victoria Beckham on an Old Master art exhibition for the second time this year.

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Different faces of the Old Masters market

10 December 2018

A series of portraits by some of the biggest names in the Old Master market led the way at the latest sales in this category in London. Among them were two versions of a Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait – one fully ascribed to the artist.

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Fifty female artists in the frame: Gallery holds exhibition devoted to works by women in the first half of the 20th century

10 December 2018

“When I was putting this exhibition together, a lot of people thought I would not be able to find 50 different women British artists to show. In the end, I could have shown 500,” says Sacha Llewellyn of 20th century British art specialist Liss Llewellyn.

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Traditional festive feel warms sales

10 December 2018

The festive season is upon us. And as art market tradition dictates, this means a generous helping of Old Masters.

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Auctioneers put names to faces to boost value

10 December 2018

Identifying the sitters of the past is one of the biggest drivers of value when it comes to selling traditional portraits on the secondary market.

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Trade demand is encouraging at auction

10 December 2018

The Dutch animal painter Paulus Potter (1625-54) succeeded in producing about 100 paintings before he died at the tender age of 28 from tuberculosis.

Lucas van Leyden drawing

Lucas van Leyden drawing from Rugby School’s historic collection leads Old Master auction series in London

07 December 2018

The highlight of the latest series of Old Master auctions in London was not a painting this time round but a rare work on paper by an enigmatic draughtsman.

 Bernardino Luini

'Gilets jaunes' rioting in Paris caused mayhem but auction results remain solid this autumn

05 December 2018

With the Paris 'Temps Forts' high season now under way in the salerooms as riots rage in the streets, the temporary closure of some businesses did not put off bidders and buyers in the French capital.

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A giant toast to the Londongrad sales

03 December 2018

A monumental silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel kovsh by Feodor Rückert was among the highlights of the latest series of Russian art auctions in London

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Pre-Raphaelite watercolour tops sales at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham

03 December 2018

Among the works selling at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham was a watercolour by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908).

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Bowie and his Mod Brit stardust boosts auction prices

03 December 2018

Has Bowie made a difference? This question has been doing the rounds in Modern British circles since 2016 when Sotheby’s offered the highly publicised collection of Davie Bowie.

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Armistice commemorations in focus at Mod Brit auction series

03 December 2018

Few events shaped British art more in the 20th century than war. As commemorations reached a pinnacle during the centenary month of the First World War, the November Mod Brit series presented an opportune moment to sell art directly related to the conflict.

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Sensuality and the nude explored in Rafael Valls exhibition

03 December 2018

Nudity and sensuality are themes running through London gallery’s look at eroticism

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5 Questions: Anna Wakerley

03 December 2018

Anna Wakerley of Oriel Fine Art specialises in pre- and post-war Modern British painting.

Guadagnini cello

7 top lots at London’s Russian auctions including Rostropovich’s cello and a giant enamel drinking vessel

30 November 2018

The latest series of Russian art sales in London generated a total of £39.2m (including premium) – roughly on a par with the £38.03m total at the equivalent series last year.

Walton Bridges

UK issues export bar for £3.4m Turner masterpiece sold at Sotheby’s auction

30 November 2018

The UK government has issued an export bar for JMW Turner’s ‘Walton Bridges’, valued at £3.4m.

‘Allo ‘Allo’s 'Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies'

‘Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies’ from ‘Allo ‘Allo set for the big reveal at Bristol auction

30 November 2018

One of the UK’s most famous ‘Old Master’ paintings will be offered at auction tomorrow. Estimated at £5000-10,000, the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies from the sitcom Allo ‘Allo is to is appearing at East Bristol Auctions.

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Banksy prints sell out at Forum Auctions’ latest London sale

29 November 2018

An ‘unshredded’ version of a print of Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ was the highlight of Forum Auctions' latest Banksy Editions sale totalling 25 lots.

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Reports: Renoir stolen from Viennese auction house Dorotheum

28 November 2018

It has been reported that a man and two accomplices walked into auction house Dorotheum in Vienna earlier this week and walked out with a Renoir that was due to be auctioned.

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