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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Michelangelo discovery brings €20m at Christie’s in Paris

23 May 2022

One of only a small number of drawings by Michelangelo still remaining in private hands sold for €20m (£16.9m) at Christie’s Paris last week.

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Big firms keep wheels in motion

23 May 2022

Large firms have found it far easier to continue moving goods in the face of Brexit regulations.

Joseph Wright of Derby

Derby museum brings Wright of Derby painting ‘home’

16 May 2022

A Wright of Derby (1734-97) self-portrait, in private hands for 250 years, has been bought by Derby Museum and Art Gallery with the help of donations and a government tax scheme.

Titian's The Penitent Magdalen

Vienna sale sets third-highest Titian price

16 May 2022

A late version of the Penitent Magdalen by Titian (c.1485- 1576) that surfaced at Austrian saleroom Dorotheum has sold for €4.1m (£3.5m).

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Rembrandt prints: State of the art makes the biggest impression

16 May 2022

Negotiating the sometimes complex world of prints by the 17th century Dutch Master

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Brueghel Junior put in the picture

09 May 2022

After the death of his father from cholera in 1625, Jan Brueghel the Younger returned to his home town of Antwerp.

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Christie’s auction includes rediscovered chapel designs

02 May 2022

Among the salerooms in Paris holding auctions of drawings, or sales with a drawing section, around the time of the Salon du Dessin is Christie’s.

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Bloemaert all at sea

02 May 2022

Ader is holding a sale of Old Master drawings on May 20 at Drouot in Paris.

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Your starter for $10,000…

18 April 2022

New York dealer’s show includes an attribution challenge with a cash prize on offer

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Simple Strawberries come to life

11 April 2022

Paintings by Old Masters bear fruit as new artist auction highs are set in Parisian sales

Michelangelo drawing at Christies

Christie’s to offer Michelangelo drawing after French export block removed

07 April 2022

A Michelangelo (1475-1564) drawing previously declared a ‘National Treasure’ in France will be offered at Christie’s following the expiry of its export block.

Cezanne picture

UK buyers sought for £10m Cézanne and £11m Bernardo Bellotto which have been barred from export

05 April 2022

Two European pictures have been temporarily stopped from being exported from the UK in the hope buyers can be found to keep them in the country.

The Penitent Magdalen

'Lost Titian' painting now on offer in Vienna

04 April 2022

A work described as a ‘missing painting’ by the great Venetian master Titian (c.1485-1576), which was once owned by a succession of European royalty, has emerged for sale at Austrian auction house Dorotheum.

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Castle view comes to Atlanta

04 April 2022

This view of a Rheinish castle in a landscape is attributed to the 17th century Dutch landscape artist Herman Saftleven the Younger (1609-85).

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Rome gallery makes Bourbon drawing sale to Hamburg museum

04 April 2022

Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art of Rome has sold a pencil drawing depicting Maria Luisa de Bourbon to The Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Angelica Kauffman's May portrait

UK buyer needed for £1.5m pair of group portraits by artist Angelica Kauffman

02 April 2022

A pair of group portraits by artist Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope a UK buyer will pay the £1.5m needed.

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Chardin strawberries refresh auction record

28 March 2022

An auction record has been set for the French artist Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) with the sale of 'Le panier de fraises des bois' (The Basket of Wild Strawberries).

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Teniers painting emerges after 200-year wait

28 March 2022

The last time this painting by David Teniers the younger (before 1610-90), depicting an alchemist in his workshop, was mentioned in a publication was back in 1877 and it comes to the market after having been in a Swiss family collection for over 200 years.

Hogarth's Walpole

Public appeal for £25,000 to buy Hogarth’s Horace Walpole portrait for Strawberry Hill museum

24 March 2022

The Strawberry Hill Trust is appealing for public donations to buy a painting by William Hogarth (1697-1784) of Horace Walpole.

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Moillon’s still-life special talent

21 March 2022

One of the potential stars of the sale of Old Master paintings and drawings held by Aguttes at Drouot on March 25 is this still-life by Louyse Moillon (1609/10-1696), a 17th century Parisian artist who specialised in this particular genre.

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