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.


Frieze Masters racks up the sales

06 November 2023

Eleventh edition of the London event now widened in scope includes an impressive array of big results


Mystery painting unites two nobles

06 November 2023

Doyle’s (26% buyer’s premium) sale of Old Master and 19th century Paintings & Drawings in New York on October 19 was topped by a 15th or 16th century Flemish School oil on panel portrait of a soldier.

Ombersley Court

Historic collection from grand Worcestershire home comes to auction at Christie’s

31 October 2023

A £2m collection from Ombersley Court, a Grade I-listed country house near Droitwich Spa, will be offered at Christie’s next month.


Pen and wash works marked for Hans Bols make waves

23 October 2023

Old Master drawings inscribed for Flemish artist Hans Bols blow away the estimates in Chartres


Lauterer landscape returns to home turf

23 October 2023

Art Recovery International has assisted in the return of a painting missing from Germany since the Second World War.


Bidder contemplation of Mai-Thu brings five figures

23 October 2023

An example of 20th century French-influenced painting by the Vietnamese artist Mai-Thu (1906-80) proved to be atop-selling lot.

Rembrandt picture

Reidentified Rembrandt emerges at Sotheby's auction

16 October 2023

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both announced major lots that will feature at the next series of Old Master auctions in London in December.

Jan Wijnants’ painting

English Heritage buys Dutch Golden Age picture

12 October 2023

English Heritage has bought a Dutch Golden Age painting that had previously been on loan to one of its properties in South Yorkshire.

Penelope and Euriclea

Angelica Kauffman picture returns to National Trust’s Stourhead after 140 years

10 October 2023

Angelica Kauffman’s Penelope and Euriclea has been bought at auction by Stourhead, the National Trust’s Wiltshire stately home, and will go back on display at the property for the first time since the mid-19th century.

English School portrait

Auction of Robert Kime collection takes more than £7m

09 October 2023

The sale of the collection of dealer and ‘titan of design’ Robert Kime drew a flurry of interest at Dreweatts last week, raising more than £7.6m hammer across three days.

Ann Forbes

Ann Forbes portraits show natural talent of an artist excluded from formal training

09 October 2023

While the Dundee-born painter Catherine Read (1723-78) is considered the first Scottish women to work as a professional artist, a close second was Ann Forbes (1745-1834).


Prints aplenty in the US

09 October 2023

A Rembrandt drypoint of 'Jan Uytenbogaert, The Goldweigher', 1639, is among the offerings at this year’s The IFPDA Fair (International Fine Print Dealers Association). Brought by Childs Gallery of Boston, it is offered for $36,000.


King Louis XV portrait copies became lucrative

09 October 2023

The French portrait painter Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745) received numerous commissions from European royal families and aristocrats.


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09 October 2023

Spotlight on three exhibitions taking place in New York – starting with 18th century art from Rome

Canaletto painting of Grand Canal

Unrecorded Canaletto pair to headline Christie’s Old Master series

06 October 2023

A pair of ‘prime location’ Venetian scenes by the great Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto (1697-1768), will lead Christie’s Old Master sale in London on December 7.

Study for the Battle of the Milvian Bridge

Preparatory sketch for Raphael’s ‘ambitious project’ emerges in Vienna

05 October 2023

A study of a horse and rider billed as a late work by Raphael (1483-1520) is being offered at auction in Austria.


Frans Hals portrait hailed as a Frieze Masters stand-out

02 October 2023

A portrait by the Dutch painter Frans Hals (1582-1666) is set to star at this year’s 'Frieze Masters'.


Banksy reimagines Warhol with value branding

02 October 2023

'Only Banksy' was the title of a 24-lot offering at Forum Auctions (30/24/15% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in London.

Willy Lott’s House by John Constable

John Constable sketch of Willy Lott’s House makes £200,000 in Guernsey

30 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch by John Constable (1776-1837) drew interest with eight telephone lines booked at Martel Maides (20% buyer’s premium) in St Peter Port, Guernsey on September 21.


Guercino’s Moses emerges at Moretti's new Paris gallery

18 September 2023

A rediscovered 17th century painting of Moses by Italian Baroque artist Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591– 1666), known as il Guercino, is being offered at Moretti Fine Art of Paris in its newly opened gallery.