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.


Trade hub painting itself intended for export

15 January 2024

The 438-lot Winter Fine & Decorative Art online-only sale at Bruneau & Co in Cranston, Rhode Island, on January 22 includes this Chinese export oil on canvas depicting the 13 Hongs of Canton (estimate $3000-5000).


Lost poignant wartime painting by Matania lives on in the form of a copy

15 January 2024

A copy of a lost painting that has been described as one of the most haunting and poignant depictions of Irish involvement in the First World War attracted a flurry of bids at Clevedon Salerooms (22% buyer’s premium) in Bristol.


How George Romney was riled by prison hardship

15 January 2024

Some of the artist’s most modern and dramatic works were derived from his social concerns


Fresh start for Master Drawings New York fair

15 January 2024

This month Master Drawings New York (MDNY) has its first run under new ownership.


Fragonard the fashionable choice at Paris auction

15 January 2024

In one of the last auctions to take place at Drouot in 2023, a newly discovered portrait by Jean-Honoré Fragonard was pursued to €2.5m (£2.17m) at Boisgirard-Antonini (30% buyer’s premium).


Intriguing picture of Second World War female ambulance volunteers emerges

15 January 2024

The helmets and uniforms depicted in this oil study are clues to its strong performance at Cirencester saleroom Moore Allen & Innocent (21% buyer’s premium) on December 6.


Single owner collection of football pictures pitch up in the saleroom

15 January 2024

The magic of the cup helped to sell a sizeable scene showing a Corinthians v Manchester City game offered as part of an extensive selection of works on a football theme which featured at Bonhams (28% buyer’s premium).


Famous framemaker's stock offered without reserve auction

15 January 2024

On January 28 in Sarasota, Florida, Helmuth Stone Gallery will conduct a sale of antique picture frames from the Eli Wilner Frame Gallery.

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Dealer news in brief including honours for medieval specialist

13 January 2024

The latest round up of dealer news includes honours awarded to the founder of Les Enluminures, the return of the US Ephemera Fair and a robust sales sheet for a Modern British art dealer.


Rediscovered Spanish drawing among the highlights at MDNY

12 January 2024

A 16th century drawing would have been brought to "full technicolor" by women makers.

Paul Martin

TV’s Paul Martin celebrates first consignment in new role at Wiltshire auction house

11 January 2024

Paul Martin’s first consignment in his new role as head of valuations at Henry Aldridge & Son came via a meeting with a family member of artist Frank Budgen (1882-1971).


Charleston searches for 50 of the best Bloomsbury Group works still in private collections to include in a special anniversary exhibition

11 January 2024

A Sussex museum is launching a campaign at London Art Fair to find elusive works by Bloomsbury Group artists not currently on public display.

Regency side cabinet

Six highlights selling at Dreweatts’ auction of artist’s collection

09 January 2024

Items from the private collection of contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein (b.1977) formed a 289-lot dedicated sale at Dreweatts in Newbury.

Fra Angelico panel

Export block on Fra Angelico panel and museums compete for 12th-century walrus ivory carving

09 January 2024

Two rare artworks sold through auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s have been temporarily blocked from export to give UK museums a chance to buy the multi-million-pound treasures.

Viper by Ben Nicholson

Police investigate collapsed Cotswold art gallery

08 January 2024

Cotswold art gallery Trinity House Paintings, which went into administration in June 2023, is being investigated by West Mercia Police.

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Early Kodak camera discovery leads to unexpected development

08 January 2024

The story of how a camera collector made an intriguing discovery after buying a very early Kodak camera


Belgian sculptor Minne much in demand at German auctions

08 January 2024

The work of Belgian artist celebrated in his day is coveted by modern collectors judging by latest sales.


Faces of crime: mugshots reveal minor offenders

08 January 2024

These days you have to pay for the privilege of spending the night at the former House of Correction in Folkingham, Lincolnshire.


Five questions with art dealer Nick Skipp

08 January 2024

Nick Skipp launched Nick Skipp Fine Art in 2022. He specialises in Modern European and British abstract art and studio ceramics alongside selected antiquities such as sculpture and pottery. Skipp exhibits at this week’s Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.


Art collector loved the excitement of bidding battles

08 January 2024

One of the most eyecatching collections of Impressionist and Modern art sold at a provincial auction at the end of last year comprised 17 lots from the late Ralph Bateman.