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.


Emma Ward

Art specialist Emma Ward to create new dealership with Fabrizio Moretti

26 September 2022

Dickinson Gallery’s managing director Emma Ward and James Roundell have left to set up a firm with Old Master specialist Fabrizio Moretti.

Juan Manuel Grasset

Old Masters from the Grasset collection to be offered at Sotheby’s

10 September 2022

Sotheby’s has announced that it will offer a group of Old Master paintings from the collection of Juan Manuel Grasset later this year.

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Single-owner Parisian collection includes Louis XVI commode

05 September 2022

A single-owner sale of property from a Parisian collection will be on offer at Artcurial in Paris on September 21.

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Top stories this week – including news of an Old Master sleeper taking 2000-times top estimate

04 September 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a murky and unframed painting offered at a Norfolk auction selling for many multiples of its estimate after bidders detected the hand of an Italian Old Master.

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National Portrait Gallery leads call to raise £50m to keep Reynolds’ Omai portrait in the UK

03 September 2022

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of Omai has been blocked from export to give institutions time to raise the funds to keep it in the UK and the National Portrait Gallery is leading the efforts.

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‘Old Master’ sleeper takes 2000-times top estimate

29 August 2022

An unframed painting offered at a Norfolk auction was bid to 2000 times its high estimate when bidders detected in it the hand of an Italian Old Master.

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Christie’s auction of $1bn Paul Allen collection could be the largest in history

27 August 2022

An unprecedented collection of art belonging to the late Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, could break records as it goes under the hammer at Christie’s.

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Contents from Arkwright family home consigned to Bonhams

23 August 2022

The contents of Kinsham Court, the Herefordshire home of the Arkwright family, will be offered at Bonhams in October.

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Brueghel the Younger makes merry among just 20 lots

22 August 2022

Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London was the smallest in terms of the number of lots that anyone could remember at one of these flagship summer events.

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‘Manner of Solario’ work ready for restoration project

22 August 2022

A portrait of a young man once thought to be a self-portrait by the Milanese artist Andrea Solario (1460-1524) attracted keen enquiries ahead of sale.

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Gentleman now from ‘circle of de Critz’

22 August 2022

Among a number of Old Master portraits on offer in Cambridge is a depiction of a gentleman that has been consigned from a private collection in Suffolk.

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Mysterious master’s work last seen in 1934 brings strongest contest at Old Master series

22 August 2022

Arguably the most eyecatching bidding battle at the latest London Old Master series was for a painting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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Portraits from one of Gloucestershire’s oldest landowning families to be offered at Chorley’s

22 August 2022

A collection of portraits from a descendant of the Hicks Beach family of Witcombe Park will be offered at Chorley’s on September 21-22.

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Angelica Kauffman paintings to be offered at Sworders

22 August 2022

Essex saleroom Sworders will sell a group of works by Angelica Kauffman (1741- 1807) next month.

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Market struggles with short supply

22 August 2022

Consignments thin on the ground judging by the latest auctions series in London

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Elusive Rembrandt impression sets second highest price for an Old Master print

22 August 2022

Despite the issues of supply affecting the market, odd pockets of success were evident at the latest Old Master sales in London.

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UK buyer sought for £2m Lombardy portrait blocked from export

17 August 2022

A 17th century example of Lombard art has been blocked from leaving the UK in the hope an institution can raise the £2m to keep it here.

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National Gallery acquires two paintings via government tax scheme

09 August 2022

Two Italian pictures have joined the National Gallery’s collection via the government’s inheritance tax scheme.

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John Constable painting from Danny Katz's collection goes on show at Brighton's Royal Pavilion

25 July 2022

London art dealer Danny Katz is loaning a John Constable (1776-1837) painting which he bought at Sotheby’s last year to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.

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Murillo’s youthful good shepherd tops estimate in Paris sale

25 July 2022

The Aguttes (25/23% buyer’s premium) Old Masters auction on June 28 at Drouot was led by a Murillo oil on canvas depicting the Christ child as The Good Shepherd.

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