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.

Claude Monet's Le Palais Ducal

Claude Monet view of the Doge’s Palace in Venice sells for £24m at Sotheby’s

26 February 2019

A painting of the Doge’s Palace in Venice made by Claude Monet (1840-1926) during his one and only trip to Venice was knocked down at £24m at Sotheby’s latest Impressionist & Modern art auction in London.

‘Venus and Cupid’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Trio of high-value Old Master paintings enter museums

25 February 2019

Three major Old Master acquisitions by museums have been announced over the last fortnight. They include two works that headlined London’s latest auction series in this category.

  Miniature by Laurence Hilliard

Miniatures in the mainstream as London show coincides with major exhibition

25 February 2019

A dealer's one-day London show comes hot on the heels of major exhibitions that are drumming up interest in miniatures.

Miniature by Isaac Oliver

Philip Mould holds miniature exhibition in London gallery

25 February 2019

Dealer Philip Mould stages 'Jewel in the Hand: Early Portrait Miniatures from Noble and Private Collections' at its Pall Mall gallery from March 12-April 18.

Gerry Cranham

Show under starter’s orders at Michael Hoppen Gallery

25 February 2019

An untitled photograph of a horse race is among the wide selection of photographs on offer from Michael Hoppen Gallery’s exhibition Simply the Best featuring works of 20th century sports photographer Gerry Cranham (b.1928).

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Sheffield’s Steel at the cutting edge

25 February 2019

The bullish Modern British art market fuelled the performance of three market-fresh paintings by George Hammond Steel (1900-60) which appeared at an Essex auction.

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Fiery laird and a more sedate Seago star in Surrey sale

25 February 2019

Drawing interest from the US was a portrait of a fierce-looking Scottish laird by John Pettie (1839-93).

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Henry Moore makes matters confusing

25 February 2019

An original drawing by Henry Moore (1898-1986) – which the artist labelled as a lithograph – was among the top-sellers of European art at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston.

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Extensive provenance gathers interest for a David Cox watercolour

25 February 2019

A lengthy provenance was key to the success of a large watercolour by the 19th century artist David Cox (1783-1859).

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £1700 in regional auctions including a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait

25 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1700, including a a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait.

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Newlyn School work travels north for auction

25 February 2019

A little-known work by a prolific Newlyn School artist became the top lot of Scottish saleroom Elgin Auction Centre’s (15% buyer’s premium) February 6 sale.

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New Spanish art fair puts focus on the avant-garde and surreal

23 February 2019

A new fair showcasing avant-garde and modern art, including works by Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall and Fernand Léger, opens in Madrid next week.

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New initiative makes the UK’s public sculpture available to the nation online

21 February 2019

A thousand of the UK’s public sculptures have been digitally catalogued with 150,000 to follow by the end of next year.

Anthony van Dyck portrait

Hungarian government helps Budapest museum purchase £5m Anthony van Dyck portrait of English princess at Christie’s auction

21 February 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has announced that it bought the Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, that sold for £5m at Christie’s in December.

Paul Gauguin view of Pissarro’s garden

Paul Gauguin garden scene with bonus of the artist’s ‘earliest’ self portraits on the back

21 February 2019

A three-in-one opportunity to purchase rare early works by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) comes up in Paris this month.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Salvator Mundi: Louvre museum asks owner to loan world’s most expensive painting for Paris exhibition

20 February 2019

The Louvre museum in Paris has requested the loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for its major exhibition dedicated to the artist opening in October.

William Powell Frith painting

A Victorian who’s who: Dealer offers 'last of Frith's panoramas in private hands'

18 February 2019

A 19th century masterpiece by William Powell Frith (1819- 1909) that serves as a who’s who of influential Victorians is on offer from a new St James’s gallery for £10m.

Rembrandt’s ‘Head of a Young Man’

Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed as buyer of £8.2m Rembrandt portrait at Sotheby’s

18 February 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been revealed as the buyer of the small Rembrandt oil painting that led Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London at the end of last year after it went on view at the museum in the United Arab Emirates.

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Paris sale to offer range of animalier bronzes

18 February 2019

Animalier bronzes will be on offer at Drouot in the coming weeks.

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Lots linked to Lord Byron boost single-owner sale at Mellors & Kirk

18 February 2019

That rare beast – a good old-fashioned single-owner sale – is a format that seldom fails to produce decent results.

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