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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Brueghel Junior put in the picture

09 May 2022

After the death of his father from cholera in 1625, Jan Brueghel the Younger returned to his home town of Antwerp.

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Christie’s auction includes rediscovered chapel designs

02 May 2022

Among the salerooms in Paris holding auctions of drawings, or sales with a drawing section, around the time of the Salon du Dessin is Christie’s.

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Bloemaert all at sea

02 May 2022

Ader is holding a sale of Old Master drawings on May 20 at Drouot in Paris.

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Your starter for $10,000…

18 April 2022

New York dealer’s show includes an attribution challenge with a cash prize on offer

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Simple Strawberries come to life

11 April 2022

Paintings by Old Masters bear fruit as new artist auction highs are set in Parisian sales

Michelangelo drawing at Christies

Christie’s to offer Michelangelo drawing after French export block removed

07 April 2022

A Michelangelo (1475-1564) drawing previously declared a ‘National Treasure’ in France will be offered at Christie’s following the expiry of its export block.

Cezanne picture

UK buyers sought for £10m Cézanne and £11m Bernardo Bellotto which have been barred from export

05 April 2022

Two European pictures have been temporarily stopped from being exported from the UK in the hope buyers can be found to keep them in the country.

The Penitent Magdalen

'Lost Titian' painting now on offer in Vienna

04 April 2022

A work described as a ‘missing painting’ by the great Venetian master Titian (c.1485-1576), which was once owned by a succession of European royalty, has emerged for sale at Austrian auction house Dorotheum.

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Castle view comes to Atlanta

04 April 2022

This view of a Rheinish castle in a landscape is attributed to the 17th century Dutch landscape artist Herman Saftleven the Younger (1609-85).

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Rome gallery makes Bourbon drawing sale to Hamburg museum

04 April 2022

Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art of Rome has sold a pencil drawing depicting Maria Luisa de Bourbon to The Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Angelica Kauffman's May portrait

UK buyer needed for £1.5m pair of group portraits by artist Angelica Kauffman

02 April 2022

A pair of group portraits by artist Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope a UK buyer will pay the £1.5m needed.

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Chardin strawberries refresh auction record

28 March 2022

An auction record has been set for the French artist Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) with the sale of 'Le panier de fraises des bois' (The Basket of Wild Strawberries).

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Teniers painting emerges after 200-year wait

28 March 2022

The last time this painting by David Teniers the younger (before 1610-90), depicting an alchemist in his workshop, was mentioned in a publication was back in 1877 and it comes to the market after having been in a Swiss family collection for over 200 years.

Hogarth's Walpole

Public appeal for £25,000 to buy Hogarth’s Horace Walpole portrait for Strawberry Hill museum

24 March 2022

The Strawberry Hill Trust is appealing for public donations to buy a painting by William Hogarth (1697-1784) of Horace Walpole.

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Moillon’s still-life special talent

21 March 2022

One of the potential stars of the sale of Old Master paintings and drawings held by Aguttes at Drouot on March 25 is this still-life by Louyse Moillon (1609/10-1696), a 17th century Parisian artist who specialised in this particular genre.

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Marie Antoinette portrait and sketch now united

21 March 2022

A sale of Old Masters held by Aguttes (25/23% buyer’s premium) included this portrait of the youthful Marie Antoinette.

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Melling’s view of Constantinople offered in French sale

21 March 2022

This early 19th century watercolour drawing of Constantinople seen from the heights of Eyoub will be one of the attractions in a sale of furniture and works of art at Ivoire Troyes in the city on March 26.

Omai

Reynolds' portrait of Omai given £50m price tag and barred from export for a third time

15 March 2022

A buyer in the UK is sought to pay £50m for Sir Joshua Reynolds’ (1723-92) portrait of Pacific Islander Omai.

Flemish school portrait

Barcelona bidders on the trail of a ‘Bouts’ portrait

14 March 2022

A portrait of a 15th century Flemish man drew a protracted bidding battle in Barcelona this month after speculation it could be an elusive work by Dieric Bouts (c.1415-75).

Early Thomas Gainsborough picture

Portrait ‘by 16-year-old Thomas Gainsborough’ consigned to Cambridge sale

14 March 2022

An early work believed to have been painted by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) at the age of 16 has emerged at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins.

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