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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Picasso mistress shows her own art skills

18 February 2019

A painting by one of Picasso’s mistresses drew considerable interest at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury on February 6.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £900 in regional auctions including a David Bates view of the Wye

18 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900, including a David Bates view of the Wye.

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5 Questions: Mark Murray

18 February 2019

Mark Murray of Mark Murray Fine Paintings is currently holding his Winter Exhibition at his East 63rd Street gallery, New York.

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Scottish Colourist with a world view

18 February 2019

'Portrait of a Woman in a Hat' by the Scottish Colourist John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) is among the 71 drawings and watercolours currently on show at Mayfair art gallery Browse & Darby.

Hogarth's ‘The Wollaston Family’

Local artist to auction ‘Hogarth’ artwork to help Leicester trust keep original Hogarth painting

16 February 2019

The City of Leicester Museums Trust is hoping to raise £565,000 to keep a William Hogarth painting on the walls of a local gallery.

Richard Green gallery in New Bond Street

Richard Green gallery to defend High Court claim over €5m paintings sale

14 February 2019

London gallery Richard Green has said it will defend a claim made in the High Court by a client who purchased two Old Masters for €5m at TEFAF Maastricht last year.

Auction

UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881'

William Powell Frith’s painting of Oscar Wilde at the Royal Academy goes on offer for the first time in over a century at St James’s gallery

12 February 2019

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881', a scene of influential Victorians at an exhibition painted by William Powell Frith (1819-1909), is on offer from St James’s dealer Martin Beisly for a price in the region of £10m.

Professor David Starkey at Hever Castle unveiling a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots discovered by dealer Philip Mould

Prof David Starkey: ‘Flair more important than great art scholarship to be a highly successful art dealer’

12 February 2019

Prof David Starkey has said the most successful art dealers, such as his friend Philip Mould, do not necessarily have the greatest knowledge of art history but rather possess 'a flair for discoveries'.

Pure Evil and Mark Hill

Street artist Pure Evil to host Berkshire auction house Dawson’s next design sale in east London gallery

12 February 2019

The Welsh artist, whose real name is Charles Uzzell-Edwards, runs his Pure Evil Galleries on Leonard Street in Hoxton, east London, and Dawson’s will hold its third Design At Home auction at the venue on April 7.

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Spoilum portrait sells at 19-times estimate in Nottingham

11 February 2019

An oval oil portrait painted by the Chinese artist Spoilum (fl.1785-1805) depicting Captain George Delanoe, a 1st Lieutenant and Commander of HMS Repulse, drew fervent interest at Mellors & Kirk's latest sale in Nottingham.

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De Wint depicts the city of York

11 February 2019

Rare work by artist best known for his Lincolnshire views is a highlight of Dorset sale.

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Sigmund Freud portrait to be analysed by Vienna auction bidders

11 February 2019

Among the prominent sitters for the Austrian artist Wilhelm Viktor Krausz (1878-1959) was Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.

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Miniatures make their impact at Gloucestershire sale

11 February 2019

Portrait miniatures and sporting pictures were chief among the solid sellers in a traditional assemblage of paintings at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) Country House sale in Gloucestershire on January 29.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

11 February 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Bidders answer the call of the sea

11 February 2019

Works by two artists who made the ocean their muse were the focus of a small collection at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) on January 29.

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ATG letter: Bid Barometer mystery sitter identified

11 February 2019

MADAM – Regarding Bid Barometer, ATG No 2377, your readers might be interested to know that the portrait painting featured is in fact a self-portrait of Helen Lessore (of Beaux Arts Gallery fame).

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Obituaries: David Lavender and Judith Howard

11 February 2019

Obituaries for a portrait miniatures expert and a renowned Sevres expert.

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The CADA face of the fair

11 February 2019

Every year, a female portrait is chosen as the ‘Face of the Fair’ at CADA (see main story for fair details).

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