Art Market


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Family portraits in Irish auction include one of a would-be aviation trailblazer Godwin Swifte

13 May 2019

Godwin Swifte, who styled himself as Lord Carlingford, was a member of one of Ireland’s notable families and a maverick of early flight.

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Standards fly high in New York Old Master sales

13 May 2019

Among the top lots at Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) trio of Old Master sales during ‘Classic Week’ was a rediscovered oil sketch by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) for 'The Distribution of the Eagle Standards'.

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Sidney Nolan work found in a cupboard

13 May 2019

A monogram and faint signature to a botanical study sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) revealed it to be the work of celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan (1917-92).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1001 including an oil by Paul Gauguin's son

13 May 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1001, including an oil by Paul Gauguin's son Pola.

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William Ratcliffe lays out the case for his talents

06 May 2019

An interior scene by one of the lesser-known members of the Camden Town Group shone in a Modern and Post War British Art sale at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) in west London on April 16.

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Bold buyers win the top prizes at auction

06 May 2019

At an uncertain time bidders are assertive when the best and not the rest comes up at auction.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £900 including a watercolour of Cliveden House

06 May 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900, including a watercolour view of Cliveden House.

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Biannual auctions centred on the local region bring good results for Colchester saleroom

29 April 2019

“Such is the wealth of East Anglian artists I don’t think there is another region in the UK that can compete. The Cornish tradition comes close, but it goes back only 100 years – the East Anglian tradition goes back way longer.”

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Seago trio takes £44,000 at Sussex auction

29 April 2019

Three oils by the popular East Anglian artist Edward Seago (1910-74) sold for £44,000 hammer at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in a mammoth four-day sale held at its Sussex saleroom.

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Glasgow Girl in Edinburgh sale

29 April 2019

An early illustration by the ‘Glasgow Girl’ Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) emerged as one of the high points of a Decorative Arts: Design from 1860 sale at Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) on April 3.

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Spiky Souza sparks bidding battle at Dreweatts

19 April 2019

A drawing by the Indian artist Francis Newton Souza (1924- 2004) which he created on the verge of finding international fame in the 1950s drew intense bidding at a recent Dreweatts (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Lindisfarne watercolour by Alfred Heaton Cooper sells at over 10-times estimate

19 April 2019

A watercolour of Lindisfarne Priory off the Northumberland coast sold for more than 12 times its guide at Taunton saleroom Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Cattle view is classic Cooper

19 April 2019

This Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803- 1902) cattle landscape resurfaced at an auction in Leominster after a century in the same collection.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1300 including a James Leakey portrait

19 April 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1300, including a child portrait by James Leakey (1775- 1865), an artist known best for his miniatures.

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Gorringe’s sale puts Modern British art to Old Masters in the mix

15 April 2019

Flemish Old Masters and Modern works combined to boost takings at two spring sales held north and south in England.

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Myles Birket Foster continental scenes bring demand at English auctions

15 April 2019

After abandoning his early career as a contributor to Punch and the Illustrated London News, Myles Birket Foster (1825-99) went on to establish his reputation as a painter of technically skilled and highly polished watercolours, depicting landscapes and rustic subjects from Scotland to the Mediterranean.

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Lyon & Turnbull’s new sale shows plenty of growth potential

15 April 2019

The financial highlight at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) inaugural Modern Made auction at the Mall Galleries in London was provided by an auction record for Malaysian Modernist painter and poet Abdul Latiff Mohidin (b.1938).

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Grave concerns over Eric Gill

08 April 2019

This headstone design of a female nude by the controversial sculptor Eric Gill (1882-1940) was deemed too risky to be realised when he designed it in 1933.

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Modern art on the curriculum

08 April 2019

British art historian Frances Spalding on how a post-war buying spree by councils aimed to bring the latest works to the classrooms.

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Collection of art bought by county council sells in a white-glove auction held in Cambridge

08 April 2019

Once enthusiastic buyers on the art market, today’s cash-strapped councils have taken on the role of vendor, pushed in an age of austerity to sell their collections and other assets to balance the books.

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