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.


Paris drawings auctions: French 17th century works take centre stage

12 March 2018

Artcurial has a large number of works on paper as part of its March 21 auction of Old Master and 19th century paintings and drawings at its Paris rooms, accounting for around 40% of the 195 lots.


Hessel collection among highlights at Christie’s

12 March 2018

Christie’s has two dedicated drawings sales, one devoted to Old Master and 19th century works on March 21, the other to modern works on paper on March 22.


Sotheby’s Adrien collection includes big-name drawings

12 March 2018

Sotheby’s has something special to offer for the Paris drawings fest – a single-owner collection formed by a dedicated couple that, say the auctioneers, is the fruit of a life dedicated to a passion for painting and drawings.


Wide range of drawings feature at Drouot sales

12 March 2018

There is, of course, no shortage of works on paper to be found on sale at the Drouot auction centre either in the form of dedicated auctions or as sections within mixed-discipline sales.


Case study: Germany's online auction record

12 March 2018

An auction house in a small Bavarian town sold a Dutch Golden Age painting for more than 50 times its estimate back in November 2017 – setting a record for an artwork auctioned online in Germany.

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“I wanted to enhance the atmosphere you get from this picture” – Old Master dealer explains using a ‘multimedia’ frame at TEFAF Maastricht

09 March 2018

Toby Campbell of London art dealership Rafael Valls speaks to ATG about TEFAF Maastricht’s opening day and explains why he chose to display an Old Master marine painting in a multimedia frame.

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Old Master dog portrait knocked down for £570,000 at Cambridge auction – video

08 March 2018

A previously unrecorded canine portrait by the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666) drew a dramatic bidding contest at Cheffins of Cambridge today.


Old Master sleeper wakes in Oxfordshire bidding battle

05 March 2018

An Old Master painting hung in the spare bedroom of a family home in Oxfordshire sold for a surprise £440,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Holloway’s of Banbury.


“His eyes shine, his nose is wet, he’s about to move”… Guercino’s canine portrait set to lead Old Master offering at Cambridge auction – video

28 February 2018

A group of intriguing Old Masters being offered at Cheffins next month was the catalyst for the auction house holding its first London viewing. With the works including a rare, striking and potentially very valuable Guercino (1591-1666) dog portrait, ATG spoke to head of the Cambridge saleroom’s head of pictures Sarah Flynn about the upcoming sale.


The importance of TEFAF Maastricht and my star item this year – images and video

26 February 2018

Here we ask the dealers who participated in ATG's Round Table discussion the reasons why they choose to stand at the fair and ask them to pick out a star item they are taking this year.


Old Masters debut at Chiswick Auctions

19 February 2018

Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) has held its first dedicated Old Masters sale, capitalising on the void left by Christie’s South Kensington’s closure last year.


Murillo painting emerges at Madrid sale

19 February 2018

An oil on canvas by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville, 1617-82) which has recently been examined and published by Dr Benito Navarrate Prieto, and incorporated into the body of Murillo’s work, is a highlight of the next paintings auction at Ansorena, Madrid, on March 6-8.


5 Questions: Derek Johns

12 February 2018

Old Master specialist Derek Johns became a director of Sotheby’s in 1968 and head of its Old Master paintings department in 1974. He became an independent art dealer in 1981. He now deals from Bury Street after many years on Duke Street.

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6 highlights from New York’s Old Master series – including star lots from the Barnet collection of drawings

08 February 2018

Now billed as ‘Master’ week, as opposed to ‘Old Master’ week, the traditional winter auction series in New York posted a solid performance whatever its title.


Fresh Old Master mastiff discovery bounds into auction

05 February 2018

A previously unrecorded painting attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666), has been consigned to Cambridge auction house Cheffins.

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7 reasons why this portrait of a dog looks set to get tails wagging at Cambridge auction

01 February 2018

A previously unrecorded painting attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666), has been consigned to Cambridge auction house Cheffins. It will be offered its sale on March 7-8 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.


Government issues export bar for JMW Turner landscape in hope of finding UK buyer

29 January 2018

One of the few large-scale oil paintings by JMW Turner (1775-1851) left in private hands has been barred from export in the hope of finding a buyer in the UK.

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Unfinished business – Eight works testing the market for ‘incomplete’ Old Masters

25 January 2018

Do unfinished pictures appeal to connoisseurs? On the one hand you can argue that they show the working methods and creative process of the artist. On the other, they could be considered scraps left over by a painter or a remnant of a long-abandoned project that surely few collectors could want?


The plumber’s Old Master: Three reasons the survival of this Titian coming to auction is remarkable

22 January 2018

Tiziano Vecellio, known as Titian, painted ‘Saint Margaret’ with the help of this workshop in around mid-1560s. It depicts Margaret of Antioch, the virgin martyr who escapes from Satan, pictured as a dragon. It is now being offered at Sotheby’s in New York on February 1 with an estimate $2-3m.


Twenty-eight works to wow the drawings world

22 January 2018

An auction series devoted to Old Master paintings, drawings and works of art has long been a feature of the first month of the year in New York for Sotheby’s and Christie’s.