19th Century European Art

This sector covers the full range of continental European painting during the 19th century and includes Neoclassicism, French Academic painting, German Romantic art and Realist works.


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UK dealers happy with ‘buzzy’ New York drawings fair

19 February 2024

Running for the first time under new ownership Master Drawings New York (MDNY) produced strong results for many of its exhibitors, including London dealer Guy Peppiatt.

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Charles X portrait at nearly 10 times the estimate

19 February 2024

Portrait of monarch impresses as château of the Comtes de Marcellus delivers treasures to auction

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Boilly link? That'll do the trick

01 January 2024

A lot in a recent Andrew Jones (25% buyer’s premium) auction that will doubtless merit further research was an early 19th century French self-portrait.

Caspar David Friedrich sketchbook

Romantic painter Friedrich’s sketchbook emerges in saleroom as a rare survivor

11 December 2023

Without doubt, the sensation of the German auction season was the emergence of a sketchbook belonging to the German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich at Grisebach (32/27% buyer’s premium) in Berlin.

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Napoleon portrait takes more than 10-times estimate at US auction

30 October 2023

On the third day of Austin Auction Gallery’s (22% buyer’s premium) September 22-24 sale this portrait of Napoleon hammered for $15,000 (£12,400) – a multiple of the estimate of $800-1200.

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Santi Corsi’s painting of paintings

09 October 2023

Long before the days of photo-realism, artists created remarkably accurate depictions of their subject matter.

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Corot still very popular in the States

21 August 2023

This unframed 8 x 11in (20½ x 28cm) oil sketch of the Swiss village of Dardagny is signed for Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

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Alain Delon: actor and art and antiques collector

14 August 2023

Famous Frenchman has amassed an impressive wide-ranging array of acquisitions over six decades

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Sower reaps benefit of a Millet likeness

07 August 2023

A drawing of Jean François Millet’s (1814-75) most famous image generated unexpected levels of bidding in Alameda, California.

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Romantic view of the sky – seen from behind bars in a prison

24 July 2023

A canvas by the Romantic painter Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) went for many times the guide at Kinsky (28% buyer’s premium) in Vienna.

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Art Market: International interest boosts London sale

17 July 2023

Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) reported some significant overseas interest at its latest Fine Paintings, Works on Paper & Sculpture auction with almost a third of buyers from outside the UK.

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Hungary's Munkácsy bid to more than three times estimate at Swiss auction

29 May 2023

Like many of his colleagues, the Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy (1844-1900) visited the major art centres of his day, such as Munich and Düsseldorf, before finally settling in Paris in 1871.

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Franco-Turkish artist Hamdi Bey's 'fashionable' picture takes €1m at auction

29 May 2023

Top lot of Dorotheum’s (25/20.84% buyer’s premium) Viennese sale of 19th century paintings on May 2 lived up to its expectations.

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Museum secures Ingres portrait from dealer’s sale

29 April 2023

The two-day sale of works from the French dealership Talabardon & Gautier was held at Drouot by Ader (28% buyer’s premium)

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European Art: Freshness and pitch combine to create market bright spots

24 April 2023

While demand for 19th century European art remains selective, recent sales have enjoyed good bidding on the ‘right’ material with appealing estimates

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Anker sketch with Renaissance undertones

24 April 2023

Works by Albert Anker (1881-1910) are as popular with today’s Swiss collectors as they were in the late 19th century

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View of the Acropolis is high point at Roseberys

24 April 2023

This oil depicting the Acropolis in Athens by Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844-1905) was taken to £13,000 at Roseberys (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Millet drawing part of Alain Delon sale

24 April 2023

This charcoal drawing of a Normandy milkmaid is one of four works by Jean-François Millet (1814-75) to be included in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s Paris sale of the collection of Alain Delon

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Tesson’s delicacies in line with bidders’ taste

24 April 2023

French artist Louis Tesson (1820-70) is best known for his genre paintings in the Middle East and north Africa.

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Italian attractions in Philadelphia

24 April 2023

This typical genre scene by Italian painter Alessandro Milesi (1856-1945) was taken to a multi-estimate $37,500 (£31,000) at a US auction

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