Art Market


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Parisian scene by Aussie artist is top in Cheltenham

27 November 2017

This painting of a flower market in Paris (below) by the Australian artist Ethel Carrick-Fox (1872-1952) took top honours at The Cotswold Auction Company (20% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham on November 14.

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Rogue bidder causes second Singapore artist sale

27 November 2017

In September, eight works by two of Singapore’s most celebrated 20th century artists sold for multi-estimate sums at Andrew Smith & Son (20% buyer’s premium).

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Marine market shows buoyancy in London sale

20 November 2017

For many years, marine art sales were used by the big auction houses to tap into the wealth of the world’s yachting and sailing community.

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Sheep and snow flow away in favour of flood scene

20 November 2017

A rather unconventional painting by the Victorian artist Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) featured in Catherine Southon’s (18% buyer’s premium) sale in Surrey.

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Artist Midge bites back at auction

20 November 2017

Just a clutch of canvases by the Cornish artist Marjorie Frances ‘Midge’ Bruford (1902-58) have gone under the auctioneer’s gavel.

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Dutch artist’s Indonesian work emerges in Taunton

20 November 2017

A market-fresh drawing of a Balinese lady by the Dutch artist Willem Gerard Hofker (1902-81) soared to £8500 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19% buyer’s premium) in Taunton.

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An ice price in Yorkshire auction

13 November 2017

British and Irish watercolours piqued the interest of bidders at Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) Country House sale in Leyburn on October 14.

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Keeping it Surreal in Dorset

13 November 2017

A collection of market-fresh pictures with a distinctive Surrealist streak found favour with buyers at Charterhouse (21% buyer’s premium) in Dorset.

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Early Brits Fitz the bill at 25 Blythe Road auction

13 November 2017

Fitzroy Square to the north of central London was a key location in early 20th century British art. Virginia Woolf lived here for several years, a few doors down from Bloomsbury Group artist Duncan Grant, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler also had a studio.

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Cecil Kennedy shows petal power

13 November 2017

This archetypal still-life by Cecil Kennedy (1905-97) topped Halls’ (20% buyer’s premium) £300,000 auction on October 18.

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Outsider art starts to find acceptance

06 November 2017

The value of ‘Outsider’ art continues to grow following the dispersal of one of the UK’s largest collections at Anderson & Garland (25% buyer’s premium).

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Peploe hair pin pic secured by his grandson at auction

06 November 2017

A brace of unrecorded pastels by celebrated Scottish Colourist SJ Peploe (1871-1935) sold strongly at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne.

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The elusive Gordon Maule

06 November 2017

Figuring why a specific lot did unexpectedly well is part and parcel of reviewing auctions but this oil on board lunette of a pastoral idyll below is more of a challenge than most.

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Landscape painter Hamilton Hay reaps sale reward

06 November 2017

This evening village scene by the landscape painter James Hamilton Hay (1874- 1916) drew multiple bids at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) in Exeter on October 3.

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Double portrait has Masses appeal

30 October 2017

A double portrait by Federico Beltran Masses (1885-1949) attracted a flurry of bids at Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist art auction on September 27.

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Signature is lost in a snowdrift

30 October 2017

Winter landscape. Early 20th century, possibly Russian or Scandinavian school, and ‘indistinctly signed’. That was lot 222, summed up in the catalogue at Chiswick Auctions (23% buyer’s premium) in London on October 3.

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Time warp reveals a Girtin Windsor watercolour

30 October 2017

The clearance of a neglected local property by Lincolnshire auction house Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) unearthed several treasures including two watercolours by the 18th century British painter Thomas Girtin (1775-1802).

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Exotic Oz musician is in tune at Canterbury sale

30 October 2017

A near-monochrome watercolour by the Australian artist and stage designer Loudon Sainthill (1918-69) sold for five times its top estimate at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) on October 3-4.

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Irish art scene hit by shortage of top works

23 October 2017

Since the Celtic Tiger’s demise a decade ago and the tailspin that ensued, the Irish art market has evolved into a more cautious and less speculative beast. The latest round of sales held towards the end of September and into October showed steady (if not spectacular) demand, especially for the big, bankable names.

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Barret makes rare appearance at Irish hall

23 October 2017

Adam’s mammoth annual Country House Collections auction is designed to cater to those with spacious, preferably period, abodes.

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