Old Masters

Traditionally this sector is defined as works by master painters working in Europe from before 1800. It includes Renaissance artists and Dutch Golden Age painters for example. Today Old Master auctions in London and New York will include works by British artists as well as some 19th century works.


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Old Master’s new look: Met Museum pays €5m after X-ray reveals the original work

09 December 2019

In the third multi-million-pound sale this year of a rediscovered Old Master at a provincial French auction house, a late Gothic panel offered at Cortot & Associés of Dijon brought a dramatic competition late last month.

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Miracles of Saint Clare lift Old Masters series

09 December 2019

Two recently restituted panels by Sienese artist Giovanni di Paolo (c.1399-1482) lifted the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.

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Warm reception for Mengs and Cantagalli on London’s winter stage

09 December 2019

An autograph painting by German artist Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-79) was one of the stand-out sales during London Art Week (LAW).

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Major Old Master sale in France as New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys late-Gothic painting for €5m

05 December 2019

An Old Master painting by a mid-14th century painter who was active in Bohemia drew dramatic competition at a small auction house in France last week. It was knocked down at €5m (£4.27m) to a dealer acting for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Portrait by talented Rembrandt pupil gives boost to Old Masters sales in Germany

02 December 2019

Pictured here is a selection of notable Old Master results from recent sales in Cologne and Munich where international bidders battled with German dealers and collectors.

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More accessible options at Paris Old Master sales

02 December 2019

Plenty of opportunities were available to purchase Old Master or 19th century works for more affordable prices across Paris last month. Pictured here are three works from recent auctions.

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Works by followers and pupils of Leonardo da Vinci highlight French Old Master sales

02 December 2019

Old Masters are much to the fore in the calendar across Europe at this time in the auction season.

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Flemish artist provides Drouot with winning touch

02 December 2019

The Bordoni and the Luini were not the only strong results achieved in the Drouot auction centre in the November sales.

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5 Questions: Peter Harrison and Simon van Oostende

25 November 2019

Peter Harrison and Simon van Oostende met during a Christie’s Education course in London and in June 2019 launched Harrison & van Oostende specialising in 16th-18th century works of art.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

25 November 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia takes record in Paris auction

18 November 2019

Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting 'Lucretia', which was in a private collection for more than 40 years, has made a new record for the artist at an auction in Paris.

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5 Questions: Carlo Milano of Callisto Fine Arts

18 November 2019

Carlo Milano runs Callisto Fine Arts, where he deals in Renaissance and Baroque works of art. He is among the participants in London Art Week (December 1-6).

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Dorotheum saleroom’s seven heaven

18 November 2019

Dorotheum (28/25/22/18% buyer’s premium) in Vienna could boast two seven-figure prices in as many days, including the highest Austrian auction price of this year so far.

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National Gallery appeals for £2m from public to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

12 November 2019

London’s National Gallery is asking for the public’s help to raise the final £2m required to buy 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) from its owner, entrepreneur and founder of the DFS furniture retailer, Graham Kirkham.

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Drummer from The Strokes and his Old Master dealer namesake Fabrizio Moretti team up for Sotheby’s auction

11 November 2019

Old Master picture dealer Fabrizio Moretti and his namesake Fabrizio (Fab) Moretti from the band The Strokes have teamed up to hold an Old Master pictures and sculptures auction at Sotheby’s in New York in December.

Cimabue's ‘The mocking of Christ’

Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen sells for over £20m at auction in France – watch video of auction

28 October 2019

A panel ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302) drew dramatic competition this weekend at French auction house Actéon, becoming the eighth most expensive Old Master ever sold.

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Major-name attractions in Paris as works by Artemesia Gentileschi and Jean-Baptiste Corot emerge at auction

28 October 2019

Gentileschi and Corot works headline Old Master and 19th century auction at Artcurial.

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Export block for £3.5m Wright of Derby picture bought by Getty museum

17 October 2019

The government is hoping to find a buyer to pay £3.5m to keep an 18th century picture by Joseph Wright of Derby in the UK.

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Rare Andrea Mantegna drawing estimated to make over $12m at Sotheby’s auction

11 October 2019

One of only around 20 known drawings by Andrea Mantegna (c.1431-1506) will be the highlight of Sotheby’s Old Master drawings auction in New York next year.

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Art dealers help discover original Anthony van Dyck portrait in Liverpool gallery

08 October 2019

A picture in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery has emerged as an original Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) portrait.

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