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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Valuable consignment delivered on foot

16 January 2023

One of the most local consignments provided arguably the most notable lot at a Busby (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Bridport, Dorset, on November 17.

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Sleepers woken up via the internet

16 January 2023

Demonstrating how the internet has transformed the market for potential sleepers, three portraits that drew strong interest recently at different auctions in the UK and Europe all sold to online buyers.

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Old Masters: Still lifes take centre stage at sale of purchasing pioneer's collection

16 January 2023

Juan Manuel Grasset became part of a new generation who bought directly at auction from the 1960s

Strawberry Hill House

Old Master paintings go on long term loan to boost Strawberry Hill House collection

11 January 2023

Strawberry Hill House has recreated the look of Horace Walpole’s art collection with loans of fifty Old Masters pictures.

Portrait by Ary de Vois

Dealer Van Haeften sells Dutch Golden Age portrait to museum

09 January 2023

A museum in the Netherlands has bought a Dutch Golden Age portrait from dealer Johnny Van Haeften.

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Strong London presence at NY event

09 January 2023

An event that started back in 2006 as a casual gallery tour held during the New York Old Masters auctions has grown this year to 25 exhibitors.

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US spotlight: Bumper line-up of Old Masters

09 January 2023

News of a busy month in New York including major fairs and a bigger auctions schedule

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Two Turners offered at Christie's Old Master series

09 January 2023

Two works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), an early oil on canvas of the Thames and a watercolour of Switzerland, feature in Christie’s Old Masters series in New York.

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Officer’s first-rank taste in artworks

09 January 2023

Another slice of the collection which brought a Christopher Wood record comes up in Gloucestershire saleroom

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Nude reveals the Cubist talents of Cissie Kean

09 January 2023

Cissie Kean (1871-1961) dedicated her life to painting after sustaining a severe injury during a riding accident as a young adult.

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Restituted work at Sotheby's revealed as an early Bronzino

09 January 2023

The highlight of Sotheby’s January 26 part one Old Masters auction will be this newly discovered and recently restituted portrait of a man with a quill pen and a sheet of paper by Bronzino (1503-72).

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Noble resident of County Wicklow for around 150 years

09 January 2023

A portrait of a noblewoman catalogued as by a follower of Frans Pourbus the Younger, dated 1615, emerged as one of the highlights at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge.

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Baroque Old Masters lead group of works from the Fisch Davidson collection

09 January 2023

Assembled over three decades, the Fisch Davidson collection on sale at Sotheby’s on January 26 focuses on paintings by Baroque Old Masters.

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Old Master and commander offered at Doyle's auction

09 January 2023

This portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) will be included in the sale of English and Continental Furniture, Decorative Arts and Old Master Paintings at Doyle in New York on January 25.

Ian Davenport’s Lift 2021

Lyon & Turnbull to hold House of St Barnabas charity auction

07 January 2023

Lyon & Turnbull is hosting a charity sale of Contemporary art to raise funds for The House of St Barnabas.

The Nativity

Ulster Museum acquires 16th century Nativity scene

05 January 2023

An Italian Nativity scene has been saved for the nation after it was blocked from export by the government.

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Ceri Richards shows his personal side

02 January 2023

Despite a few surprises among the lots at Rogers Jones’ (24% buyer’s premium) third and final Welsh Sale of 2022, the solid performance of at least one of the leading pictures was probably more expected.

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Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.

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London Art Fair returns to its regular slot of January

02 January 2023

Thomas Spencer Fine Art brings two Henry Moore bronzes to London Art Fair, which kicks off the capital’s art fair schedule with a rich selection of Modern and Contemporary works.

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5 Questions: Picture dealer John Robertson

02 January 2023

John Robertson deals in paintings and is among the exhibitors at the Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair in January.

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