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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International fairs on the rise again as the shadow of the pandemic fades

14 March 2022

Old Masters dealers on the international fairs circuit have a robust range of exhibiting options ahead, despite nearly two years of pandemic-related disruption.

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Rediscovered Galizia still-life bears fruit for Colnaghi

14 March 2022

A rediscovered still-life by mannerist artist Fede Galizia (1578-1630) is among the highlights at Colnaghi’s exhibition 'Forbidden Fruit: Female Still Life'.

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Old Masters: Young auctioneers touched by a 16th century angel

14 March 2022

French rediscovery of a German artist’s work leads a look at the Old Masters market

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Ulmann collection: Drawings amassed by doctor duo go under the hammer

14 March 2022

More than 1000 Old Master drawings offered in around 500 lots over two days went under the hammer of Beaussant Lefèvre (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) at Drouot on February 10-11 when the auction firm dispersed the collection of Jacques and Colette Ulmann.

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Unfinished ‘van Dyck’ stars in Sloane St debut

14 March 2022

An unfinished portrait attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) led the inaugural sale held by Sloane Street Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Angelica Kauffman portrait reassessed as a George Romney attracts bidding at West Sussex sale

14 March 2022

A portrait of a young woman which was previously attributed to Angelica Kauffman drew bidding at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) after being reattributed to George Romney (1734-1802).

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Lewis couple consignments guided in the millions at Christie’s

14 March 2022

Christie’s was first off the mark in terms of releasing details of upcoming lots at this summer’s Old Masters auction series in London. Last week it announced two important consignments from the collection of Cecil and Hilda Lewis.

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Young at art: Meet the dealers under 30 who specialise in Old Masters

14 March 2022

Buy low, sell high: one of the most basic rules of dealing. For young dealers breaking into the Old Masters market, however, it can be a challenge, writes Frances Allitt.

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Flemish flourish as lively Old Master emerges at Bellmans

14 March 2022

A lively 17th century painting showing people in a Flemish tavern, drinking, smoking and playing cards with a man playing the bagpipes will be among the lots at Bellmans’ Old Master & 19th Century Paintings auction in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, on March 29.

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Grand design from a Venetian artist abroad

14 March 2022

Among the Old Masters in Roseberys’ sale on March 22 is this painting depicting a view of Venice by Jacopo Fabris (1689-1761). It shows the Fondaco dei Turchi, a palazzo on the Grand Canal.

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National Trust seeks missing portrait of Catholic saint from Oxfordshire home

05 March 2022

The National Trust is hoping to find a missing picture that was on display at Chastleton House in Oxfordshire.

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Rare Wright of Derby portrait reflects a tragic loss

14 February 2022

Among a flurry of historical portraits coming to the regional market at the start of this year, arguably the most notable appeared at Oxfordshire saleroom JS Fine Art (20% buyer’s premium).

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Old Masters two for one deal

07 February 2022

Intriguing lot offered paintings as central element and elaborate border section combined

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Botticelli top at Sotheby’s for second year

31 January 2022

The January series of Old Master auctions at Sotheby’s New York was led by a Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510) painting for the second year running.

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Chardin set for a sweet €12m-15m at Artcurial

31 January 2022

Artcurial will offer a painting by the French artist Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), 'Le panier de fraises des bois' (The Basket of Wild Strawberries), at its auction of Old Master and 19th century paintings in Paris on March 23.

Willem Wissing portrait

Dealer uncovers Countess of Carnarvon in Portugal

24 January 2022

Found covered in grime in a Portuguese auction house, a three quarter-length portrait of a dark-haired lady by Dutch artist Willem Wissing (1655-1709) has been restored to its former glory by a Belgian dealership and the identity of its sitter revealed as a British aristocrat.

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17th century Dutch print of a beached whale emerges at Surrey auction

17 January 2022

In 1602 the Dutch painter and printmaker Jan Saenredam made an engraving of a whale that had been washed ashore near the town of Beverwijk.

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Highlights from central Europe including a British dealer bidding 85-times estimate for a portrait copy

17 January 2022

ATG picks out 16 recent stand-out items making waves in German, Austrian and Swiss salerooms

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Ribera’s portrayal of repentance

10 January 2022

A 17th century Old Master painting of the repentant St Peter by the Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) was the highlight of a sale held by Gros & Delettrez (30% buyer’s premium) in Paris when it sold for €1.1m (£940,070).

‘Poppies’ by John William Godward

Five top paintings sold at auctions outside London this year

28 December 2021

Despite the lockdowns, the last 12 months has been a busy time for the art market with plenty of activity witnessed around the country. Here we pick out five of the top picture results at auctions outside London in 2021.

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