19th Century European Art

This sector covers the full range of continental European painting during the 19th century and includes Neoclassicism, French Academic painting, German Romantic art and Realist works.


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Accomplished still-life painter

07 October 2019

Emilie Preyer (1849-1930) obviously learnt a lot from her father Johann Wilhelm Preyer, one of the most famous still-life painters in the Düsseldorf School in the late 19th century.

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Dealer sells Gell portrait to British Museum

30 September 2019

London and Petworth dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques has sold a portrait of the Regency period antiquarian Sir William Gell (1777-1836) to the British Museum.

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Orientalist scene sets new auction high for Turkish painter at Bonhams

27 September 2019

A record price for Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was set at Bonhams when a painting ‘Young Woman Reading’ surpassed a £600,000-800,000 estimate and was knocked down at £5.7m.

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Mengelberg’s Last Supper appears at Stuttgart auction

23 September 2019

Traditionally, many 19th century painters copied famous works by the Old Masters as part of their artistic training.

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Movements in the market – for property and art

16 September 2019

A busier than usual summer for the local housing market appeared to boost both vendor consignments and bidding at Market Harborough auctioneers Gildings (18% buyer’s premium).

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5 Questions: Gavin Claxton of Academy Fine Paintings

02 September 2019

Gavin Claxton of Academy Fine Paintings specialises in 19th century British and European oil paintings and is among the exhibitors at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.

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Last gasp of Romantic style before Realist

19 August 2019

Drawing keen interest at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Derbyshire last month was a work by Belgian painter Francois Joseph Navez (1787-1869), an artist who rarely appears in the UK salerooms.

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Flemish artist flourishes in Essex sale

22 July 2019

The Flemish post-Impressionist Emile Claus (1849-1924) embraced the prevailing taste for plein-air painting when he moved to the village of Astene by the river Lys in 1883.

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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Russian collectors likely to keep an eye on Roubaud

29 April 2019

The painter Franz Roubaud (1856-1928) was born in Odessa of French parents and studied painting at the local academy and for several years in Munich. He made a name for himself with huge panoramic paintings and battle scenes.

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19th century French genre interior scene doubles estimate in Paris auction

19 April 2019

An early 19th century painting by the artist Martin Drölling (1752-1817), which came to auction with a preparatory drawing and its companion pendant work has sold in Paris for €235,000 (£200,855), more than double the estimate.

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Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction

11 April 2019

Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

01 April 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

‘La Jeunesse de Bacchus’ (Youth of Bacchus) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Bouguereau’s 20ft painting – Masterly example of French Academic painting to be offered at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale

13 March 2019

Sotheby’s is to offer what it deems “the most important work of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s celebrated career” as part of the Impressionist & Modern art evening sale in New York on May 14.

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Orientalist collection back in saleroom for first time in three decades

04 March 2019

Helped by conservatively pitched estimates, a clutch of middle-market Orientalist pictures achieved some modest growth in value on their first return to auction in three decades.

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Select offering in London covers wide-ranging scope

04 March 2019

Bonhams’ (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) latest sale of 19th century pictures in London may have been small – running to just over 100 lots – but what it lacked in size it made up with the broad scope of its contents.

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Romantic landscape painter at the heart of a sale series

21 January 2019

Much of the pre-sale interest in the 19th century paintings offered at the major London rooms centred on two landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

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Getty Museum buys classic Danish interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi

19 December 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has bought a painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) barely months after it fetched a major sum at a Christie’s auction.

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Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.

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Sorolla portrait emerges in Madrid auction

24 September 2018

Portraiture was not the preferred genre of the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), but early in his career he recognised its value as a reliable source of income and persisted with it throughout his lifetime.

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