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.


Peter Paul Rubens, ‘Portrait of Clara Serena, the Artist's Daughter’

‘Copy’ of Rubens sold by Met Museum now offered at Christie’s after attribution upgraded

02 May 2018

A painting thought to be a copy of a Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) portrait when it was deaccessioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now be offered at Christie’s in London with a full attribution. It will carry an estimate of £3m-5m.

Juan de Zurbaran still life

Sotheby’s brokers sale of rare Juan de Zurbarán still life to National Gallery

27 April 2018

Sotheby’s has negotiated the private sale of a still life by Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649) to the National Gallery, London.

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Restituted Cranach shines in New York at Christie's auction

23 April 2018

A restituted portrait of a German electoral prince by Lucas Cranach the Elder, missing for nearly 80 years, has sold for $6.6m (£4.7m).

Tapestry

Sumptuous tapestries help country house auction to total a hefty £1.75m for Sworders

19 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century - have sold at auction for close to £2m.

Rubens

Export bar placed on Rubens’ rare 17th century painting of an African man

10 April 2018

A rare 17th century depiction of an African man in Europe by Peter Paul Rubens has been placed under a temporary export bar in an attempt to keep it in the country.

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Dutch auction house plans regular London sales

09 April 2018

A Dutch auction house is planning to launch regular sales in London as, it says, the art and antiques market in Holland has contracted.

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Gandolfi rediscovery sets house record in Leominster

02 April 2018

An oil on copper painting depicting Saint Joseph by the Bolognese artist Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802) was the highlight of Brightwells’ spring fine art sale in Leominster on March 21-22.

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UK buyer wins as €1.8m Meynier resurfaces

02 April 2018

A rediscovered neoclassical painting by Charles Meynier somersaulted nine times over its estimate to sell for €1.8m (£1.57m) at a sale in Nantes.

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Domenico Tintoretto's 'Supper at Emmaus' emerges in Madrid

02 April 2018

Domenico Tintoretto (1560-1635), trained in Venice in the workshop of his renowned father, Jacopo.

Cranach

Nazi-looted Cranach painting returned to rightful heirs to be sold at Christie’s Old Masters auction

27 March 2018

An Old Master portrait missing for nearly 80 years has been returned to the heirs of Dutch banker and art collector Fritz Gutmann. They now plan to auction the picture with an estimate of $1m-2m.

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‘Bigger and better’ Liotard portrait sold to German museum

26 March 2018

A private museum in south-west Germany has bought a portrait by Swiss artist Jean- Etienne Liotard (1702-89) from London Old Master dealer Derek Johns.

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Pick of the Week: John Constable sketch reaches for the sky

26 March 2018

A previously unpublished John Constable sketch drew prolonged bidding at south London saleroom Roseberys.

Head of John the Baptist by Cesare da Sesto

Buyers pack the aisles at Salon du Dessin opening

23 March 2018

The Salon du Dessin opened this week for its 27th edition at the Palais Brongniart in the Bourse district of Paris. There was the usual mix of languages at this international event that draws collectors, dealers and curators to Paris from far afield to see what new discoveries the 39 exhibitors have bought to the specialist works on paper fair.

John Constable Hampstead sketch

Spectacular bidding at Roseberys as John Constable’s Hampstead sketch sells at 10-times estimate

21 March 2018

A previously unpublished sketch of the back of a Hampstead terrace by John Constable (1776-1837) drew prolonged bidding at Roseberys' latest picture sale.

Rubens

Rubens portrait begins world tour in Dubai as auctioneer hopes to tap into Middle Eastern Old Master demand

19 March 2018

Sotheby’s has chosen Dubai to unveil a Rubens painting it plans to offer later this summer in a bid to tap into the hoped-for demand for Old Master paintings in the Middle East.

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Inscription adds to status

19 March 2018

The sale-topper at Wilkinson’s Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) of Doncaster in South Yorkshire was a16th century English portrait of an aristocratic lady.

Abel Grimmer's Flemish Proverbs

Flemish Proverbs – Abel Grimmer painting with a tale to tell at Madrid auction

15 March 2018

Alongside his series of months and seasons, and his representations of evangelical parables, the Flemish painter Abel Grimmer (c.1570-1618/9) created many works depicting proverbs, which were popular in an era shaken by the Counter-Reformation.

Jorge Welsh at TEFAF

Connections at TEFAF: the story of the 17th century salt cellar showing the flow of ideas between East and West – Video

14 March 2018

Highlighting the breadth of art and antiques across different categories at the TEFAF Maastricht fair, two pieces on separate stands helped tell the story of the development of the salt cellar in the 17th century.

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Roseberys uncovers John Constable sketch

12 March 2018

London auctioneer Roseberys is to offer a previously unpublished sketch by John Constable on March 21.

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Dealer wins case over Old Master Portugal had ‘exported in error’

12 March 2018

A long-running dispute over the export of an important Old Master painting from Portugal has finally been settled after authorities ended an attempt to have the work repatriated.

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