Medieval Art

This category comprises works from the medieval period including European and Byzantine art.


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Medieval chess figure believed to be a ‘missing’ piece from the Lewis chessmen set sells at £600,000 at Sotheby’s

02 July 2019

A chess figure bought in 1964 in Edinburgh for £5 by an antiques dealer and stored in a drawer for decades has sold at a hammer price of £600,000 at Sotheby’s in London.

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‘New addition’ to the Lewis chessmen

10 June 2019

Sotheby’s believes it has found a missing piece from the Lewis chessmen hoard – the cache of 12th or 13th century walrus ivory carvings that chiefly resides in the British Museum.

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Bought for £5 in 1964: 'Lewis Chessmen' piece comes to auction with estimate of up to £1m at Sotheby’s

03 June 2019

Dating from the 12th and early 13th centuries, the Lewis Chessmen collection was rediscovered on Lewis in 1831 and is among the most famous archaeological finds.

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'Nazi-loot' claim over $250m Guelph Treasure can go to trial in US federal court

13 July 2018

A Washington DC appeals court has upheld a decision to allow a ‘Nazi forced sale’ claim against a spectacular collection of medieval devotional art to go to trial in the US.

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Pick of the Week Saint’s head sets a gold standard

02 July 2018

A rare medieval gold head of a saint generated significant interest at a sale in Paris conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés at the Hôtel Drouot.

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Early works of art at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

BRAFA has long been a fair with a speciality in early (medieval and Renaissance) works of art, which is something that dates back to the years when it was a Belgian National fair in the city centre. It thus serves a venerable collecting tradition drawing in buyers from the local area and further afield.

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Pick of the Week: Roar power fuels medieval record

10 July 2017

A pair of lions from the funerary monument of Charles V of France was the toast of Christie’s Exceptional sale in London on July 6.

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Sculptures at the double – Christie’s to offer medieval lions from French king’s tomb

01 March 2017

Christie’s is looking to repeat its success by making a bumper price for a piece of medieval tomb sculpture in London this summer.

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Alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia hits €2.3m top note in Paris auction

16 December 2016

A small Castilian mediaeval alabaster statue of Saint Cecilia playing a portable organ led a strong selection of traditional art and antiques in the Paris pre-Christmas auctions at Hotel Drouot.

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Illuminated manuscript takes $12m at Christie’s

03 February 2014

The book of hours known as The Rothschild Prayerbook sold for $12m (£7.55m) at Christie’s in New York.

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More carvings taken in spate of church thefts

29 May 2012

Two more churches have been hit by thieves in the latest of a series of break-ins targeting medieval monuments and carvings.

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Record for medieval work of art

29 November 2011

A new auction record for a medieval work of art was established at Christie's Paris

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British Library wins unique key to medieval English heraldry

15 September 2008

The British Library has secured the oldest surviving roll of arms in English history after a successful fundraising effort to keep it in the UK. The Dering Roll dates from the last quarter of the 13th century and depicts 324 coats of arms, approximately a quarter of the English baronage during the time of Edward I, making it a vital record for the study of heraldry in medieval England.

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Canterbury Quadrant finds new home at BM

30 June 2008

AN historic and important medieval scientific instrument, known as the Canterbury Quadrant, has been saved for the nation. St James’s specialist dealers Trevor Philip and Sons have sold the quadrant to the British Museum for £411,250.

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The story behind a Bible in a box

21 April 2008

A BATTERED old Bible in a strongbox with a woodcut pasted on the inside of the lid was sold with a boxed rosary for £6200 by auctioneer Paul Beighton of Thurcroft, near Rotherham on March 9. Behind it there was quite a story.

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Medieval masterpiece on view

09 January 2008

The extraordinarily elaborate diptych from c.1350-75, shown here, will be on show at The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House from January 10 to March 9.

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Tacca’s Pasquino is a six-figure Dorchester sleeper

16 July 2007

When the Dorchester Fine Art saleroom Duke’s sold two rediscovered panels of Dominican saints by Fra Angelico for £1.7m, it was one of the best documented events outside the London rooms accompanied by months of pre-sale media coverage.

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Revealed: the buyer of the Fra Angelico panels

01 May 2007

There’s been plenty of speculation about who might have paid £1.7m plus 17.5 per cent premium for the two recently-rediscovered Fra Angelico (c.1395-1455) panels of Dominican saints at Duke’s of Dorchester on April 19.

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Rescued from obscurity – the miracle of St Anthony

10 April 2007

The subject matter of this mid-14th century gold ground may be unfamiliar to many, but that is no surprise – the treatment is thought to be unique in early Italian painting.

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Luton take on the Met in £750,000 prize fight over jug

20 February 2006

This medieval bronze jug was the talking point of Sotheby’s sale of the contents of Easton Neston last year when it was bought by London dealer Daniel Katz for a premium-inclusive £568,000 against expectations of £60,00-80,000. The rare jug is cast with a slew of insignia including the Royal arms as used between 1340 and 1405, a maker’s mark and the inscription To My Lord Wenlok.

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