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.


Famous Georgian beauty depicted on numerous occasions emerges again

03 July 2023

Signed and dated 'T Beach Pinxt 1793', this portrait depicts the famous Georgian beauty Anne Templar, Lady de la Pole (1758-1832).

The Burning of London Bridge

Painting of London Bridge burning is among five lots to watch

26 June 2023

With estimates from £100, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


Highest Mayer auction sum since 1989

19 June 2023

Enthusiastic bidding emerged for two paintings included in an Old Masters sale at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).


People power: portraits become focus of dealer events

19 June 2023

With the National Portrait Gallery about to reopen, ATG takes a look at exhibition and auctions on the theme

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Top stories this week including news of a rediscovered 16th century portrait making a record

18 June 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a previously unrecorded version of portrait of a famous hirsute woman emerging in France.

Enigma by John Bernard Munns

Dealers launch special celebration of portraits to honour the National Portrait Gallery

12 June 2023

Art dealers across the UK are unveiling portrait exhibitions to mark the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) this month.

The Burning of London Bridge

Painting of a fire of London – but not the great one – comes to auction

12 June 2023

A sale of Old Masters, British & European Art at Chorley’s in Gloucestershire on June 27 includes this 17th century English School painting depicting the burning of London Bridge.

Lavinia Fontana’s portrait of Antonietta Gonsalvus

Second Gonsalvus portrait now emerges

12 June 2023

A previously unrecorded second version of Lavinia Fontana’s Mannerist portrait of Antonietta Gonsalvus has sold in France for a record €1.25m (£1.1m).


Surprise in the saleroom as 'manner of' Old Master makes over 50 times estimate

12 June 2023

Among a number of works at the latest Old Master, British and European Art sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) sparking keen interest were a couple of contrasting paintings selling well above predictions.


Floral still life by Vallayer-Coster on offer at Christie's

12 June 2023

The paintings of Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818), an artist often compared to Chardin whose painting was a major source of inspiration to her, were recognised and well regarded during her lifetime in the 18th century art world.


Dealer news in brief including the first-ever exhibition on the Flemish Old Master Cornelis Schut

12 June 2023

A summary of news and events from around the trade including an Antwerp dealer's upcoming show focusing on the Flemish artist Cornelis Schut (1597-1655).


Painting of the flower that caused Tulipmania at auction

12 June 2023

This 17th century floral still-life features in the sale of Old Master paintings and drawings to be held by Tajan on June 21.

Constable drawing

Constable drawing returns to Colchester

08 June 2023

A John Constable drawing of St Botolph’s Priory is to return ‘home’ after Friends of Colchester Museums purchased it from a client of auction house Roseberys.

Fra Angelico painting

Rare Fra Angelico panel comes to auction in London in July

07 June 2023

A rare opportunity has come up to bid for a Fra Angelico work, a c.1419-24 panel rediscovered in 1996.


Galizia heads a selection of ‘Old Mistresses’ on offer at Vienna auction

29 May 2023

A previously undocumented painting, bought from an English dealer by a European collector in 1995, shines at Vienna sale.


Fuseli study takes six-figure sum in Paris

08 May 2023

This work by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) is a study for the figure of a kneeling figure of Caractacus’ daughter in the artist’s painting 'Caractacus’ speech before Claudius'.


London as seen before the big blaze

01 May 2023

View of the city ahead of the Great Fire was attributed to a Dutch artist who produced several panoramas

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A Lawyer Writes: Why ‘Studio of’ needs a qualified response

17 April 2023

Do your forensic investigation before bidding to avoid nasty surprises

Pieter Brueghel the Younger painting

Brueghel found behind door in French home takes six-figure sum at auction

06 April 2023

A large painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (c.1564-1638) discovered in a home in France took a six-figure sum at a Paris sale.


Millennials and museums flock to TEFAF Maastricht

03 April 2023

Dealers at the Dutch art and antiques fair noticed a welcome trend of more eclectic tastes among younger buyers