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.


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.

Il Guercino dog portrait at  Cheffins auction

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.

View of Venice by Canaletto

Sailing into the saleroom – Canaletto’s journey to auction aided by new video technology

11 January 2018

Among the highlights of the upcoming Old Master auction series in New York is a pair of vedute by Canaletto (1697-1768) for which Sotheby’s have produced a promotional video using CGI animation.


Record Leonardo sale ‘leads to new buyers’

08 January 2018

The traditional Christmas Old Master series in London provided the first test of the market since the spectacular sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in New York three weeks before.

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Francesco Guardi’s Grand Canal painting sold at Christie’s is now barred from export

05 January 2018

A classic vedute by Francesco Guardi (1712-93) that sold at Christie’s in London this summer has been blocked from export.

Eric Turquin and Christophe Joron-Derem

“A museum-worthy piece and a powerful painting”: auctioneer and expert discuss the virtues of record-breaking Artemesia Gentileschi painting - VIDEO

03 January 2018

Establishing an auction record for Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1652), a rediscovered self-portrait that sold for €1.85m (£1.63m) in Paris was described as “a museum-worthy piece and a powerful painting” by Eric Turquin, appraiser and expert in Old Master paintings.


Hairy portrait bought by institution

02 January 2018

A 17th century portrait of a woman who suffered from a rare congenital condition resulting in excessive hair growth on the body has been acquired by the Wellcome Collection.

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Dealers sell rare portrait of bearded woman to Wellcome Collection

31 December 2017

London dealers Agnews and Rafael Valls have jointly sold a 17th century portrait of a woman who suffered from a rare congenital condition to the Wellcome Collection.

Artemesia Gentileschi painting at auction

Auction record set for Artemesia Gentileschi as painting of St Catherine of Alexandria sells in Paris auction

22 December 2017

A 17th century Old Master by Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1652) depicting St Catherine of Alexandria has set a new auction record for the artist in Paris.