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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Minorca port scenes buck today’s market

18 March 2017

Owing to today’s minimalist taste, Continental views of 19th century ports are not an easy sell. This pair of canvases proved otherwise when they topped Thomson Roddick’s (15% buyer’s premium) March 18 sale in Carlisle, Cumbria.

Peder Severin Kroyer's scene of Skagen Beach

Peder Severin Kroyer’s summer view at Skagen takes €580,000 at Bruun Rasmussen

07 March 2017

An oil study by the Danish artist Peder Severin Kroyer for one of his best known and final masterworks has sold for €580,000 (£495,725) at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen.

Bonfire on Skagen Beach by Peder Severin Kroyer

Bonfire on the beach: Danish artist’s last masterwork comes to auction

22 February 2017

This dramatic study for the last masterwork produced by the Danish artist Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909) will be one of the highlights of the paintings and drawings sale at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen later this month.

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Van Gogh Museum unveils new high-tech print series in London

09 February 2017

The Van Gogh Museum has unveiled a series of prints of nine works by the great artist recreated with three-dimensional technology.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld drawing

German drawing sells at auction for €1.7m following restitution

15 December 2016

A remarkable drawing by German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) that was recently restituted to the family of a Holocaust victim has sold for €1.7m (£1.44m) at an auction in Berlin.

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New folk art and furniture gallery for Bermondsey as dealers open first space

20 October 2016

A pair of folk art and furniture dealers aim to be Bermondsey’s “go-to” for furniture and interior décor with the opening of their first gallery.

Still life 'Roses' by Henri Fantin-Latour

Still life painting once owned by Chelsea Flower Show founding father up for auction

08 September 2016

A painting once owned by Sir Harry Veitch, founder of the Chelsea Flower Show, will be offered for sale at Bonhams’ in London later this month.

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Restituted German Romantic drawing for sale at Berlin auction in November

07 September 2016

A much-exhibited early 19th century drawing, restituted in August to the heirs of a Holocaust victim, has immediately appeared for sale in Germany.

At Handeck by Alexandre Calame

Leading collector of romantic landscapes donates two works to the National Gallery in London

18 May 2016

Two landscapes by 19th century European artists have been donated to the National Gallery by Asbjørn Lunde, an American of Norwegian extraction who is one of the world’s top collectors in the field.

Eugène Delacroix portrait of George Sand

Musée Delacroix buys portrait of George Sand at Fontainebleau auction

21 April 2016

A portrait by Eugène Delacroix redolent with associations to Nineteenth century French Romanticism has been secured by the Paris museum dedicated to his work.

Stolen Dutch paintings found in Swiss auction

22 February 2016

The Art Loss Register (ALR) has located two paintings stolen from a home in Amsterdam in 2010.

Christie’s return to 19th century European art sales

14 February 2011

CHRISTIE’S have decided to re-introduce dedicated 19th century European art sales, with the first taking place in London on June 15.

MacDougall’s launch Old Masters department

13 September 2010

LONDON-based Russian art specialists MacDougall’s have appointed three people to establish an Old Masters and 19th century European art department.

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Vendors of ‘Friedrich’ apply to have £300,000 sale annulled

28 May 2010

WHAT is thought to be a long-lost work by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) is at the centre of a legal imbroglio after being offered for auction in France with an estimate of 80-100 euros.

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Salander stock to be sold by Christie’s in New York

28 May 2010

A SPECIAL addition to Christie’s mid-season Old Masters and 19th century art sale in New York on June 9 is what the auctioneers describe as “an exceptional selection of European paintings and sculpture” from the former Salander-O’Reilly Galleries in Manhattan.

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Three nudes emerge after 70 years to make €900,000

01 June 2009

COLOGNE auctioneers Van Ham offered this oil painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), hidden from public view for over 70 years, at their latest sale.

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Winter landscapes skate away at Christie’s

29 September 2004

PICTURED right is one of Nicolaas Johannes Roosenboom’s (1805-1880) classic winter landscapes, The Pleasure Trip: Elegant figures on Ice, which made €9000 (£6000) at Christie’s Amsterdam (23.205/11.9% buyer’s premium) Pictures Watercolours and Drawings sale on September 1. The signed oil on panel was 23in x 2ft 4in (58 x72cm).

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‘£300’ Dutch pair pushed to £8000 by private rivals

22 September 2004

NOW that few dealers can any longer afford routinely to buy pictures for stock, auctioneers, particularly provincial auctioneers, have become increasingly reliant on private individuals to take take up the slack at their art sales.

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An American’s take on Venice proves to be the talking point of Aguttes sale

19 August 2004

THE June 11 Aguttes (20.33% buyer’s premium) sale was dominated by late 19th century pictures, including this 1891 Venetian Conversation, seen right, 2ft 5in x 3ft 4in (73 x 1.01m), by American artist Julius Leblanc Stewart (1855-1919), who often painted Venetian scenes – Kaiser Wilhelm II acquired his Sirocco Effects in 1895. The work here claimed a handsome €85,000 (£56,665).

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Chocolate box to Hungarian taste – for now

29 June 2004

THE 19th century European Paintings sales at Sotheby’s are divided into a number of regionally-themed sections which are enjoying varying degrees of health. Although they continue to have their occasional moments, the formerly booming markets for Orientalist, German and Scandinavian pictures continue to be pale reflections of their former selves.

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