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.


Domenichino’s St John saved for the nation

28 May 2010

CONSIDERED the finest work by the Italian Baroque master Domenico Zampieri, Il Domenichino (1581-1641), in private hands, this painting of St John the Evangelist has been saved for the nation. It has gone on display in the National Gallery's Baroque rooms.

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Christie’s sued over 'Leonardo'

27 May 2010

SWISS-based animal philanthropist Jeanne Marchig is suing Christie's over the female portrait sold as '19th century German' at Christie's New York in 1998 for $19,500 but now called La Bella Principessa and claimed as a £100m work by Leonardo da Vinci.


London dealer bids record sum for Francken in Austria

26 April 2010

SPEAKING to ATG at the end of last week, London Old Master dealer Johnny Van Haeften still had not actually seen the monumental painting by Frans Francken II (1581-1642) for which he paid 6.1m euros (£5.65m) at Dorotheum’s Old Master sale in Vienna on April 21.


Has Silverman found another Leonardo?

15 March 2010

Five months after ATG revealed the reattribution of La Bella Principessa to Leonardo da Vinci, the man who spotted it is ready to unveil another major find.


Cupid fires a £45,000 arrow

15 March 2010

DRAMATICALLY overshooting a £2000-3000 estimate, this small unsigned Mannerist oil on slate depicting Venus and Cupid attracted the attention of at least ten bidders at Rosebery's of West Norwood, South London on March 9.


Export ban for £26m Raphael drawing

08 March 2010

Culture minister Margaret Hodge has placed a temporary export ban on Raphael's Head of a Muse after ruling that an attempt should be made to keep the £26m drawing in the UK.


An English beauty proves a $165,000 star in America

01 March 2010

TAKE a beautiful sitter, a leading portraitist, add a touch of glamour and offer with an appetising estimate. Such is the recipe for a riotous bidding feast.


Museums active at Old Masters auctions in New York

01 February 2010

MAJOR American museums played an active role as both buyers and sellers in the latest Old Master sales in New York.


Trophy lots set new records at Old Master sales

14 December 2009

The latest Old Master sales in London underlined the importance for auctioneers of securing the best works by major names.

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‘Life with a Leonardo’ – buyer Peter Silverman talks to ATG

26 October 2009

THE dealer/collector who bought what is now widely thought to be a previously unrecognised work by Leonardo Da Vinci has given ATG details of the events leading up to the revelation.


Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as £100m work by Leonardo da Vinci

12 October 2009

ATG correspondent SIMON HEWITT gains exclusive access to the evidence used to unveil what the world's leading scholars say is the first major Leonardo Da Vinci find for 100 years.


Paintings Week in the Capital sees brisk trade in Old Masters

13 July 2009

THE busiest week of the year for Old Masters in London provided further signs that the top end of this market is surviving the downturn better than its modern counterparts.


Dealer unveils Gainsborough sleeper

06 July 2009

SLEEPER spotter Philip Mould has unveiled his latest discovery – an early Thomas Gainsborough landscape of Ipswich painted in the mid to late 1740s.


Love triumphs as Ashmolean acquire £1m Titian tondo

29 June 2009

WHILE £50m was finally raised in February to keep the Duke of Sutherland's Titian painting Diana and Actaeon in the UK, an attempt to raise a further £50m by 2012 for the Duke's Diana and Callisto is already underway.


English-period Ricci in Washington

20 May 2009

Washington, D.C. auctioneers Sloans & Kenyon found this English period work by the Italian Baroque painter Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734) in the basement of a local home.

Christie’s give picture sales a makeover

08 May 2009

CHRISTIE’S are to replace a wide range of specialist picture sales with a new sale category incorporating 600 years of traditional Western art. The change will be implemented worldwide from May across their salerooms in London, New York, Milan, Paris and Amsterdam.


Dealers enjoy a masterful Maastricht

30 March 2009

ST James's gallery Dickinson had one of the most impressive selections of paintings at TEFAF Maastricht and, like many other dealers in Old and Modern Masters, enjoyed a good fair.

Dealers launch landmark week for Old Masters

23 February 2009

TWENTY of London's top art dealers have joined forces with the auction houses to launch Master Paintings Week in London this summer.


Turner the toast of Old Master sales in New York

06 February 2009

IT doesn’t happen very often that either Sotheby’s or Christie’s can claim a major sales victory over their rivals, but at the latest Old Masters series in New York one side came out the clear winners.


Old Masters sales holding firm in the downturn

09 December 2008

Old Masters provided some solace for the London auction rooms last week, posting the solid totals and some eye-catching prices to suggest this most established of markets will ride the downturn better than its modern counterparts.