Art Market


Antwerp view tops last of the West Horsley Place lots at auction

29 January 2018

An 1894 pencil drawing of a street in Antwerp by Walter Frederick Osborne (1859-1903) was among the last contents offered at auction from West Horsley Place, the Grade I-listed mansion in Surrey owned by historian and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne.


Pre-Raphaelites on the crest of a second wave

22 January 2018

Paintings by lesser-known Pre-Raphaelites took the honours at the latest Victorian art sales held at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9%) and Christie’s (25/20/12.5%).


Sporting pictures back in the game

22 January 2018

An extensive collection with Astor family provenance offered at auction was billed as best of its type in more than 20 years.


Gross weighs in to make impact

15 January 2018

He was among the most prolific and longest serving official war artists of the Second World War, yet Anthony Gross (1905-84) remains an obscure name among 20th century British talents.


Colourists take top honours in Scottish sales north and south

15 January 2018

More than £730,000 worth of pictures changed hands at Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) recent sale of Scottish art.


Buyers take note of Algernon Newton

15 January 2018

Algernon Newton (1880-1968) is one of those British artists whose pictures went unnoticed for many years.


The ‘last’ Rex Whistler work

15 January 2018

A painting by Rex Whistler (1905-44) which was believed to be the last he painted before he was killed during the Second World War sold at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) in London.


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.


Sculpture makes its Mod Brit mark at Oxford auction

02 January 2018

“Modern British sculpture is making extremely good money at the moment – it is a market moving as quickly, if not slightly quicker, than paintings.” So said Philip Smith, department head of Mallams (20% buyer’s premium).


Picture captures the lonely feel of Lowry art

02 January 2018

A market-fresh figure study by Mod Brit giant LS Lowry (1887-1976), pictured below, topped the sale at Woolley & Wallis.


Great Bardfield proves fertile ground for local saleroom in Essex

02 January 2018

The so-called ‘Great Bardfield Artists’, named after the Essex village where a community of painters and designers lived from the 1930s onwards, has become fertile ground for local auction house Sworders (22% buyer’s premium).


ART MARKET: Political historian Peter Mangold's home became a Mod Brit treasure trove

02 January 2018

Art assembled by Peter Mangold, the late political historian, led a strong line-up of Modern British pictures at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury.


Stanley Spencer shines in Modern British art auctions

11 December 2017

Modern British art by blue-chip names drove demand during the week-long series of November sales in London.


Pavilion consignment provides pleasant surprise

04 December 2017

Selling the contents of historic estates, especially those in the same family for several generations, will often throw up surprises.


Pious and sombre portrait excites bidders

04 December 2017

An Old Master portrait of an elderly Stuart woman took £13,200 at Mander Auctioneers (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Suffolk on November 18.


Victorian interiors shine in the saleroom despite dull outlook

04 December 2017

The sluggish area of Victorian genre painting provided Brightwells (20% buyer’s premium) with one of its top-sellers at the November 8-9 sale in Leominster.


Hammer comes down on Mallett stock

27 November 2017

The last remnants of Mallett’s stock, including a clutch of 18th century pictures, were offered in a final sale in Berkshire on November 8.


Pawle still-life generates interest at auction

27 November 2017

Wright Marshall (21% buyer’s premium) featured a still-life by John Pawle (1915-2010) in its sale on October 28 in Knutsford, Cheshire.


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.


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).