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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Rembrandt stands out at print event

13 May 2019

An etching by Rembrandt (1606-69) offered by CG Boerner for a five-figure sum was among the stand-out Old Master sales during the recent London Original Print Fair.

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Lisson Gallery’s Ossian Ward recommends approaching Old Master paintings with a blank slate in new “self-help” book

09 May 2019

Ossian Ward of Lisson Gallery spoke last night on how to approach Old Master paintings in an event promoting his new book Look Again.

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Magnificent results for Suleyman portrait and two Safavid carpets in latest Islamic art auction series

06 May 2019

One of the few images of a 16th century Eastern potentate by a Western artist emerged from a ‘royal collection’ to sell for a multi-estimate sum at Sotheby’s.

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Strong selling rates across New York’s Classic Week auctions

06 May 2019

Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ sales series put in a robust performance with sales of Old Master and 19th century pictures, sculpture and antiquities generating a premium-inclusive total of $79.5m (£61.16m).

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Bidders suspect an Italian hand at work

29 April 2019

As a rule, Lempertz (24/20% buyer’s premium) in Cologne always opens its spring season with a sale of moderately priced Old Master and 19th century paintings.

‘Landscape with Walton Bridges’ by JMW Turner

Japanese vendor consigns JMW Turner landscape to Sotheby’s auction in London

25 April 2019

A late work by JMW Turner (1775-1851) depicting a Surrey landscape that was once owned by the banker JP Morgan will be offered at Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London this summer.

Zucchi's portrait of architect James Adam.

New York Old Master dealer helps UK museums buy Zucchi portrait of Scottish architect and designer James Adam

22 April 2019

The National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum have bought Italian artist Antonio Zucchi’s (1726-95) portrait of architect James Adam (1732-94).

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An Old Master jigsaw puzzler

19 April 2019

Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.

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Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work

19 April 2019

A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).

Lucas van Leyden

Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Liotard portrait of British ambassador offered by Derek Johns

19 April 2019

St James’s art dealer Derek Johns is offering a portrait of Sir Everard Fawkener, a former British ambassador to Constantinople, by Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-89).

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Paris gallery hosts ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ alongside contemporary art installation

19 April 2019

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ is currently on show at Paris Contemporary art dealership Galerie Kamel Mennour opposite a work more than 400 years its junior.

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Dorotheum in Vienna play it safe with Saint Bartholomew attribution

19 April 2019

In the 1980s, the 3ft 7in x 2ft 9in (1.1m x 85cm) canvas of Saint Bartholomew being offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 30 was tentatively ascribed to Caravaggio. The treatment of light and shadow and the extreme naturalism in the portrayal certainly indicate a proximity to the revolutionary artist.

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’

Catalogue released as ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ goes on show at Paris contemporary art gallery

17 April 2019

The catalogue for the painting billed as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’ has been published ahead of its auction in June.

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Two seven-figure French discoveries

08 April 2019

A Mannerist bronze after Giambologna and a rediscovered oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens posted seven-figure sums during the series of sales coinciding with the Salon du Dessin fair in Paris.

Rubens oil sketch of St Margaret

Rubens oil sketch for church ceiling in Antwerp takes €1.3m at auction

03 April 2019

Discovered in a house in northern France, a rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has sold for €1.3m (£1.12m).

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Sotheby’s and Old Master dealer reach out of court settlement over disputed Frans Hals painting

02 April 2019

Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss has agreed an out-of-court settlement with Sotheby’s in the case of a $10m painting the auction house believed to be a forgery.

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Early BADA 2019 sales augur well for London fair

25 March 2019

A pair of early George III carved walnut Gainsborough chairs, c.1765, were among the early highlight sales at BADA 2019. Offered from the stand of Richard Courtney in excellent original condition, they sold for a price in the region of £70,000.

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Constable cloud studies inspire Lindy Guinness exhibition at London gallery Browse & Darby

23 March 2019

Paintings by Lindy Guinness reinterpreting the cloud studies of John Constable (1776-1837) go on show at Browse & Darby next week.

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Rediscovered Joseph Wright of Derby painting sold to major institution in roundup of further TEFAF sales

22 March 2019

An unpublished work by Joseph Wright of Derby’s is among the further sales reported from this year’s TEFAF Maastricht.

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