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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5 Questions: Old Master and British art dealer Lawrence Steigrad

15 February 2021

Lawrence Steigrad deals in Old Master and British paintings, drawings, and sculpture

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Old Masters star in first flurry of French auctions

15 February 2021

January proves to be a busy month in France including 37 sales at the Drouot in a fortnight

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Cooper Henderson: years of coaching pay off

15 February 2021

Typical Charles Cooper Henderson coach scene rolls into Cheffins' saleroom

Richard L Feigen

‘A great connoisseur of art’ – Richard L Feigen (1930-2021)

08 February 2021

The US art dealer Richard L Feigen has died at the age of 90. A notice in the New York Times stated he ‘died peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness with Covid-19 pneumonia’.

Richard L Feigen

Obituary: Richard L Feigen 1930-2021

08 February 2021

It is with profound sadness that we write to you about the passing of our founder and chairman, Richard L Feigen.

Young Man Holding a Roundel’ by Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli portrait takes $80m at Sotheby’s Old Master auction in New York

28 January 2021

A portrait by Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510) sold for $80m (£58.4m) at Sotheby’s in New York today. With fees the price was $92.2m.

Mary Beale portrait of her son Bartholomew

Mother’s portrait of her son proves £100,000 sleeper at Colchester sale

28 January 2021

A portrait of a young boy in profile drew spectacular bidding at the latest sale held by Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) of Colchester.

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Allan Ramsay portrait deemed ‘a Rolls-Royce of a painting’

25 January 2021

A rediscovered historical portrait by a major name can give a boost to any sale.

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German and Austrian sales: freshness counts in Old Master sector

25 January 2021

In a market challenged by a lack of fresh consignments, works new to the saleroom stand out

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Van der Goes alongside Botticelli and Rembrandt at Sotheby's

18 January 2021

The flagship event of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series is the January 28 Master Paintings and Sculpture auction. Its highlight entries are Botticelli’s 'Portrait of a young man holding a roundel' (estimate in excess of $80m) and Rembrandt’s 'Abraham and the Angels' guided at $20m-30m.

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Rear admiral sails into Doyle

18 January 2021

Doyle is offering a selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings as the opening 78 lots of its January 21 sale of English and Continental Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts and Old Masters.

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'Christmas gift' Fragonard on offer at Christie’s

18 January 2021

Christie’s Old Master and British drawings sale will take place as an online auction from January 14-28.

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Marie Antoinette portrait appears at Skinner

18 January 2021

This large 19th century portrait of Marie Antoinette and her children from the studio of the French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun (1755-1842) is one of the highlights of Skinner’s Fine Paintings and Sculpture sale in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on January 22.

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Major early van Dyck among highlights at Sotheby’s Master Week sales

18 January 2021

Two auctions devoted to drawings and works on paper, one single-owner, one mixed-owner, form part of Sotheby’s Master Week sales, both staged on January 27.

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Old Masters face greater challenges on the supply side due to Covid

11 January 2021

London salerooms hope for increased consignments after a difficult year for Old Masters

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Brit vendor trio boost for Sotheby’s

11 January 2021

Three works from British vendors were among the most notable lots at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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Marine scene at Bonhams was ‘owned by a Christie’

11 January 2021

A marine battle scene believed to have once been owned by auctioneer James Christie (1730-1803) topped Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale in London.

Bernardo Bellotto at Sotheby’s

Five top Old Masters sold at auction in 2020

28 December 2020

Despite the obvious challenges with coronavirus this year, some notable sales still occurred in the Old Master market. Here we pick out five highlights from across the year.

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Supply hits Old Masters auction series

21 December 2020

The traditional pre-Christmas Old Masters auctions in London were something of a mixed bag this year.

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De la Tour nocturne sets Lempertz auction house record

14 December 2020

One of the last Georges de la Tour (1593-1652) paintings in private hands was sold by Cologne auction house Lempertz on December 8.

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