Fine Art

Fine art is a staple of the dealing and auctioneering industry, featuring works ranging from Medieval art to traditional Old Masters, and right through to cutting-edge Contemporary art.

While oil paintings represent a large part of the sector, other mediums adopted by artists across the ages include drawings, watercolours, prints and photographs.

Poynter panels reunited after selling at Christie's and through dealer Rupert Maas

26 July 2021

Separated for over a century, a trio of small panels by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) have been reunited thanks to a dealer, an auction and two Australian Victorian art collectors.

Ethel Walker portrait is much-admired at Essex auction

26 July 2021

A high price for Scottish painter Ethel Walker (1861-1951) came at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of the Sally Hunter and Ian Posgate collection.

Camille Corot marsh scene offered in Cannes

26 July 2021

Besch Cannes Auction is holding a sale series in Cannes from August 13-16.

Napoleon portrait sold to Swiss collection at Masterpiece

26 July 2021

Among the sales at the latest edition of Masterpiece, which ran in a digital format for the second year running from June 24-27, was this Neoclassical portrait of the Emperor Napoleon in his coronation robe.

5 Questions: Old Master dealer Maurizio Canesso

26 July 2021

Maurizio Canesso founded Galerie Canesso in Paris in 1994 and specialises in Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting.

Raeburn at the height of his powers

26 July 2021

Rare market appearance by a Sir Henry Raeburn work heads a special report on recent Scottish highlights

Ramsey resemblance draws in the bidders

26 July 2021

Found in the garden room of a local property among a stack of other pictures, this unsigned oil on canvas had a distinct resemblance to portraits by Allan Ramsay (1713-84).

London Art Week's hybrid event proves 'worthwhile exercise'

26 July 2021

Despite a quiet capital and diminished footfall for the second summer in a row, the latest edition of London Art Week proved to be a satisfactory outing for many participating dealers.

Flowery fields bloom at auctions

26 July 2021

Two views of children in flowery fields, both by Scottish artists, were among the works drawing competition at Woolley & Wallis’ (25/12% buyer’s premium).

Hat trick: ‘Hunter at his best’

26 July 2021

Vibrant colours, good subject and intriguing composition helped to spark a bidding competition for a painting by George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931).

Whone tram trundles to record at McTear’s

26 July 2021

Growing collector interest in the work of musician-artist Herbert Whone (1925-2011) has meant his auction record price has been beaten on an almost annual basis in recent years.

Alexander Mann gets away at last

26 July 2021

It was third time lucky for a painting by Scottish artist Alexander Mann (1853-1908) at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) fine art sale in Cambridge.

Lawrence’s ‘The Red Boy’ bought by The National Gallery in deal via Christie’s

24 July 2021

The National Gallery is to acquire a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) with the help of charitable donations and advice from Christie’s.

A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years

19 July 2021

Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.

Capturing the arts and minds at Colnaghi's latest show

19 July 2021

Showcase of viceregal works produced by local artists under Spanish colonisation

Forge and Lynch sell eyewitness watercolour of an Indian siege

19 July 2021

This late 18th century Indian watercolour view was painted in 1796 by Thomas Daniell (1769-1837).

Australian pioneer artist John Glover's sketchbook emerges at Ewbank’s

19 July 2021

The British artist John Glover (1767- 1849) would doubtless have faded into relative obscurity had he not chosen, in 1831, to make a new life in colonial Australia. He ended up being dubbed ‘the father of Australian landscape painting’.

French sales feature Indo-Chinese works with Hanoi link

19 July 2021

What is known as Indo-Chinese art frequently comes up for auction in France, in part because this area of south-east Asia was formerly a French colony.

Not just any old ironworks

19 July 2021

Two rare and evocative paintings depicting a 19th century ironworks in South Wales were hotly contested at a recent Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) sale.

Salon du Dessin back in play at long last

19 July 2021

The Salon du Dessin, the Paris fair dedicated to works on paper, finally staged its 30th edition this month.

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