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.


Le melon entamé by Jean-Siméon Chardin

Rare oval Chardin still life comes to auction in Paris this summer

16 April 2024

A still life by the 18th century French artist Jean-Siméon Chardin with a notable provenance is to go under the hammer at Christie’s in Paris this summer.

Benjamin Franklin portrait

Rediscovered Benjamin Franklin portrait emerges in Italy and comes to US auction

15 April 2024

A previously unrecorded portrait of Benjamin Franklin comes for sale at Freeman’s Hindman with a guide of $50,000-80,000 this month.

Lavinia Fontana portrait

Art dealer rediscovers 16th century portrait miniature by Lavinia Fontana in Texas

15 April 2024

A ‘lost’ late 16th century portrait miniature by Italian painter Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) has been rediscovered by an art dealer.

The Fall of King Nebuchadnezzar

Bidding battle for Old Testament painting despite condition issues

08 April 2024

A monumental painting of an Old Testament subject, which came to auction in a gloomy state, drew a remarkable bidding battle at a West Sussex sale.

Joshua Reynolds’ portrait

Art collection of film director comes up for auction in London

08 April 2024

The personal art collection of film director and intellectual Pierre Rouve (1915-98), kept in his Chelsea house until he died, will be offered at auction.

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Hey Presto – speedy painter’s work offered in the US

08 April 2024

A recent Brunk’s (23% buyer’s premium) auction in Asheville, North Carolina, included a group of six small oil-on-copper mythological scenes by Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano (1634-1705).

Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Famous Titian comes to auction at Christie’s this summer

04 April 2024

The ‘Longleat’ Titian is coming to auction at Christie’s with a £15m-25m price tag.

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How a sensible pitch yields rewards for traditional pictures

01 April 2024

It’s wise to keep a lid on estimates for traditional pictures where condition and market freshness is lacking

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Single-owner collections at the double in Newbury

01 April 2024

Two prominent single-owner collections put together into a single Town & Country sale at Dreweatts generated some decent if selective bidding when it came to the pictures on offer.

Eucharist

Poussin’s Last Supper painting purchased by The National Gallery via Acceptance in Lieu deal

26 March 2024

The National Gallery has acquired 'Eucharist' (c.1637-40), a depiction of the Last Supper, by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1664).

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Panoramas pick up six-figure sums in Italy

25 March 2024

Two titled topographical views by a journeyman 18th century Venetian artist excelled at the Old Masters and 19th Century Paintings sale at Wannenes (35% buyer’s premium) in Genoa.

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18th century friar portrait painted by female artist flies over estimate

25 March 2024

This 18th century pastel on paper portrait showing a young friar has many hallmarks of the work of the Venetian painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).

The Weavers by Arthur William Devis

Weavers work their auction magic for 18th century picture

18 March 2024

A rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) depicting a group of Bengali weavers was the subject of dramatic competition at Gorringe’s (25% buyer’s premium) spring fine art and antiques sale.

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Regency beauties: New York auction offers pair of Lawrence portraits

11 March 2024

Two portraits of Regency beauties by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) come for sale at Cottone Auctions in Geneso, New York, on March 20. Both come by descent from by the Buffalo industrialist Colonel Charles Clifton (1853-1928) who paid huge sums for them in the early 1920s.

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Dealer 'Dick' Turpin's fine art exemplifies his eclectic taste

11 March 2024

Although the late antiques dealer Maurice ‘Dick’ Turpin (1928-2005) may have been better known for his expertise in furniture and works of art, he also had an eye for a painting.

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Eye on an object: a portrait by Michael Dahl

11 March 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Five questions: Old Master dealer Flavio Gianassi

04 March 2024

Flavio Gianassi of FG Fine Art specialises in Italian Old Master paintings and is among the dealers standing at the TEFAF Maastricht Showcase this year

The Adoration of the Magi panel

Early 16th century Flemish triptych emerges at Guernsey auction

28 February 2024

A religious painting believed to date from the first half of the 16th century will be offered at Guernsey saleroom Martel Maides Auctions next month.

Thomas Daniell picture

Pick of the week: Daniells artwork is the Shore thing

26 February 2024

It is a good time to be selling works by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840).

London Art Week

Drawing foundation Trois Crayons links up with London Art Week

24 February 2024

New partnership aims to boost London as a centre for Old Master drawings

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