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.

Johan Zoffany’s Beggar’s Ballad

London Art Week puts on winter show with a Zoffany performance

28 November 2022

London Art Week (LAW) has decided it will go ahead with a winter edition this season, contrary to initial reports.

Vanessa Bell by Duncan Grant

New Duncan Grant record for a ‘divisionist’ portrait of Vanessa Bell

28 November 2022

Setting a major record for Duncan Grant (1885-1978) and equalling the highest price for any Bloomsbury Group picture, a painting depicting his fellow artist and close friend (and one-time lover) Vanessa Bell sold for £260,000 at Bonhams.

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Is Small now hitting the big time?

28 November 2022

When coming across a female artist who was once quite recognised but now is rather little known, buyers today automatically ask the question: ‘Is she undervalued?’

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A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt

28 November 2022

Among a number of sporting pictures generating decent interest at recent sales, this autumn Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) posted the highest auction price for the hunting specialist Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) in over 12 years.

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5 Questions: Andy Shield of Brave Fine Art

28 November 2022

Andy Shield is co-founder of Brave Fine Art which focuses on European artworks, researching the stories behind their creation.

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Compton climbs well above guide

28 November 2022

Mountainous scenes by Edward Theodore Compton (1849-1921) make regular appearances at auctions in Germany and Austria, where he tended to paint and retains a strong collecting base, as well as in the UK.

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Georghiou watercolour emerges at Chiswick Auctions

28 November 2022

George Pol Georghiou (1901-72) is a well-known name in his native Cyprus where his work can be found in many public collections.

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ATG letter: Barking up the wrong tree

28 November 2022

I believe the Bugatti sculpture pictured in ATG No 2569 (Sculpture special report) is a dachshund.

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Timing was picture perfect for Paris photograph auction

28 November 2022

Staging a photo collection sale just as a specialist fair opened proved a great choice.

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Auction benefits from constructive thinking

28 November 2022

Paris auction Ader (28% buyer’s premium) was busy on the photographic front during Paris Photo.

Bronzino portrait

News in Brief – including the auction of a returned Bronzino

28 November 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a Bronzino portrait restituted earlier this year to be offered at Sotheby’s.

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Previews: issue 2570

28 November 2022

A selection of 14 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

Madonna and Child drawing

Bidders battle to take tondo to 208-times top estimate

21 November 2022

A small round drawing of the Madonna and Child created a stir at Ryedale Auctioneers in North Yorkshire.

Portrait by Robert Peake

To be or not to be a portrait of the Bard, that is the question surrounding this £10m work

21 November 2022

A 1608 portrait by Robert Peake (c.1551-1619) long believed to depict William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has gone on the market for £10m.

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Bugatti for better and Wurst

21 November 2022

Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) is well known as an animalier sculptor creating studies of exotic animals that he observed in the zoos at Antwerp and the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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British wartime pictures: Tragic times brought inspiration

21 November 2022

Ahead of home front exhibition dealer says the war transformed often mundane art styles

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Madonna makes second-highest Bellini sum

21 November 2022

A Madonna and Child by the Venetian Renaissance Master Giovanni Bellini (c.1430-1516) and assistant sold in Vienna for a hammer price of €1.13m (£982,610).

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Pomodoro in the round

21 November 2022

This 1966 work by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (b.1926) will feature in Koller’s Post War and Contemporary sale on December 1 in Zurich.

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Life revealed in terracotta and wood forms

21 November 2022

This terracotta sculpture from 1941 by Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) featured in the Fine Art sale held by Shapiro (25% buyer’s premium) on October 15.

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Chadwick proved his mettle

21 November 2022

A welding course was to have a lasting effect on the artistic development of the British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003).

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