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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Banksy print once owned by the former Christie’s auctioneer who is depicted in it comes for sale at Forum

23 January 2021

A print by street artist Banksy (b.1974) called Morons depicting an art auction is coming for sale at Forum.

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Rowlandson view of Cornwall comes to Doyle in New York

18 January 2021

Doyle of New York is selling property from the estate of Mrs Henry Ford II on January 25. The auction will include furniture and decorative objects, art, books and fashion jewellery.

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Marie Antoinette portrait appears at Skinner

18 January 2021

This large 19th century portrait of Marie Antoinette and her children from the studio of the French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun (1755-1842) is one of the highlights of Skinner’s Fine Paintings and Sculpture sale in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on January 22.

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Miniature of Benjamin West by Henry Bone sells to US buyer

18 January 2021

A miniature by Henry Bone (1755-1834) depicting the American artist Benjamin West (1738-1820) was among the notable lots at the recent Hansons sale.

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Rear admiral sails into Doyle

18 January 2021

Doyle is offering a selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings as the opening 78 lots of its January 21 sale of English and Continental Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts and Old Masters.

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Pontormo provides bright spark in a grey world

18 January 2021

This recently discovered grisaille painting of Adam and Eve by the Florentine Mannerist artist Jacopo Carucci (1494-1557), known as Pontormo, is the centrepiece of a new exhibition of monochromatic works at New York gallery Nicholas Hall.

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Diamond collection includes Bernini

18 January 2021

The collection of Hester Diamond, a New York art dealer, interior designer and art collector, is one of the designated single-owner offerings in Sotheby’s Masters Week series.

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Striking a pose for nearly 50 years

18 January 2021

Life model depicted by Freud, Auerbach and even Lennon amassed her own art collection

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Major early van Dyck among highlights at Sotheby’s Master Week sales

18 January 2021

Two auctions devoted to drawings and works on paper, one single-owner, one mixed-owner, form part of Sotheby’s Master Week sales, both staged on January 27.

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Swedish painter’s alpine view brings a sense of place to Master Drawings New York

18 January 2021

“It was the first time I found myself in front of a glacier, alone in the infinite silence and solitude of the snow mountain, surrounded by the overwhelming majesty of nature…”

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Hugs and kisses, Christopher Robin

18 January 2021

Mounted in an autograph book that was compiled from 1937 onwards by Miss Joyce Cartmell, a sketch of Christopher Robin was a highlight of a Yorkshire sale.

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Wimperis returns after six years

18 January 2021

Reappearing in the same saleroom after a six-year interval, a landscape by Edmund Morison Wimperis (1835-1900) attracted attention at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury.

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'Christmas gift' Fragonard on offer at Christie’s

18 January 2021

Christie’s Old Master and British drawings sale will take place as an online auction from January 14-28.

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Van der Goes alongside Botticelli and Rembrandt at Sotheby's

18 January 2021

The flagship event of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series is the January 28 Master Paintings and Sculpture auction. Its highlight entries are Botticelli’s 'Portrait of a young man holding a roundel' (estimate in excess of $80m) and Rembrandt’s 'Abraham and the Angels' guided at $20m-30m.

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Moll’s interior scene consigned to Freeman’s

18 January 2021

Carl Moll (1861-1945) was one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession movement. On February 23 in its sale of European Art and Old Masters, Freeman’s of Philadelphia will offer a painting by him that has been in the same family since it was acquired in Germany in the early 1920s.

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Jewellery: Demand for quality antique and vintage pieces remains high in 2021

18 January 2021

Covid-19 has played havoc with the jewellery fairs and auction calendar but it has done little to dull the appetite for quality antique and vintage pieces.

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Brit vendor trio boost for Sotheby’s

11 January 2021

Three works from British vendors were among the most notable lots at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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Soviets on the rise: Bolshevik propaganda plate bring demand at UK auctions

11 January 2021

When the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory following the October Revolution of 1917, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Marine scene at Bonhams was ‘owned by a Christie’

11 January 2021

A marine battle scene believed to have once been owned by auctioneer James Christie (1730-1803) topped Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale in London.

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Old Masters face greater challenges on the supply side due to Covid

11 January 2021

London salerooms hope for increased consignments after a difficult year for Old Masters

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