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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‘Lost Bonnet Portrait of Emily Brontë’ for sale

03 May 2021

A portrait argued to be of author Emily Brontë is coming to auction this month.

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Old Masters impress in Berkshire

03 May 2021

The best competition at a recent mixed-category sale came for two Old Masters.

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Multi-discipline Drouot delights

26 April 2021

Paris auction hub best-sellers from March range across variety of collecting fields and eras.

Portrait of a Girl by Isaack Luttichuys

National Gallery acquires fourth picture from late art patron via tax scheme

20 April 2021

The National Gallery has taken ownership of a portrait by Isaack Luttichuys (1616-73), the first work by the artist to enter a British public collection.

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Van Dyck St Jerome painting now confirmed and sold in Zurich

19 April 2021

The highlight of the Koller spring series came from the Old Masters sale.

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ATG letter: The Old Master left next to my garage

12 April 2021

MADAM – In September 1989, a valuable painting was left by my garage in central Cambridge.

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ATG letter: Triptych ‘salvaged from a church’

12 April 2021

MADAM – Can your readers identify the workshop responsible for this ‘Last Supper’ triptych of glazed tiles, set on a slate and mortar matrix?

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Seasonal offering of fruit and flowers in Berne auction

12 April 2021

Still Life with Autumn Fruit and Bouquet of Flowers by the Swiss artist Johannes Dünz was probably conceived as one of four seasonal paintings.

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Collection comes to Munich auction after royal family avoided the Nazis then fled Soviets

12 April 2021

Sometimes there is no need for hyperbole: the story behind the auction on March 15 at Neumeister (27% buyer’s premium) in Munich was quite remarkable in itself.

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Tiepolo study motivated by motifs offered by London dealer

12 April 2021

Old Master sheets such as this lively example of satyr and Bacchus studies are believed to have served as a repertoire of motifs used in paintings or prints by the artist or their studio.

Artemisia Gentileschi Lucretia

Californian museum acquires Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘record’ Lucretia picture

08 April 2021

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired a work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593- c.1654) that had previously sold for a record auction price in 2019.

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Pick of the week: The 'earliest known portrait of an African in Persian art’

05 April 2021

Among the highlights of last week’s Islamic and Indian art sales in London was this late Safavid portrait of a mercenary in the Persian army painted in the cosmopolitan city of Isfahan c.1680-90.

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Mountbatten family collection raises £5.6m at Sotheby’s

05 April 2021

Sotheby’s reported 1400 bidders from 55 countries participating in the auction of the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017).

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Maria van Oosterwyck still life brings major international bidding in France

05 April 2021

Woman excluded from the guild of artists was nevertheless highly rated by kings and emperor

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Interview: Taking stock at Tomasso

05 April 2021

One year into lockdown and ahead of a select Sotheby’s sale of sculpture and bronzes, Dino Tomasso tells ATG how having the time to reflect has forged a new path – and name – for Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

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Artists uncertain but appeal clear to bidders

05 April 2021

Portraits boosted takings at Mallams’ (24% buyer’s premium) latest picture sale in Oxford.

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Philosopher painting rated as a rediscovered Fragonard

05 April 2021

A painting by the French 18th century artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was discovered last January hanging on the wall in a local home.

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Bernini drawing sets auction record

29 March 2021

An Old Master drawing by the Italian Baroque sculptor, architect and artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) sold for a hammer price of €1.55m (£1.34m) at an auction in Compiègne in France.

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Still life by Dutch golden age female artist emerges in French auction

22 March 2021

This elaborate still-life featuring a vase containing a rich variety of flowers including roses, peonies and tulips, is a work by Maria van Oosterwyck (1630-93), a 17th century Dutch golden age female artist who specialised in still-life subjects.

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William Hazlitt portrayed at his ‘great hope’ stage

15 March 2021

This rediscovered portrait depicts a youthful-looking William Hazlitt (1778-1830).

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