What to Expect from London’s Summer of Art 2018

[caption id="attachment_12324" align="alignnone" width="1772"] Bonhams’ Old Master paintings sale on July 4 will include this 67 x 97cm harvest scene, dated 1785 by celebrated equestrian artist George Stubbs (1724-1806). It carries an estimate of £350,000-450,000. Source: Bonhams[/caption] London’s summer of art 2018 will have the traditional cluster of June and July auctions and fairs providing... Read More

Chinese Works Shine During Asia Week Art Sales

The strengths of the Chinese works of art market were much to the fore at the recent round of Asia Week art sales in New York. That meant mark and period porcelain, classical Chinese hardwood furniture and well-provenanced bronzes. Christie’s seven catalogues offered across September 12-15 dominated the series. The firm’s running total was close... Read More

London Art Market 2017 – First Half Trends

[caption id="attachment_10808" align="alignnone" width="640"] A pair of addorsed lions from the funerary monument of Charles V of France sold for £8.2m at Christie’s Exceptional sale in London on July 6 - a record for medieval art at auction. The 18in (46cm) marble lions were part of a tomb made by André Beauneveu (c.1335-1402) and his... Read More

Fewer Offerings but More Variety as London’s Summer Fairs Scene Evolves

[caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignnone" width="482"] Source: Masterpiece London. A pair of Chinese Export Qianlong period Cantonese enamel wall sconces c.1750 from London dealer Ronald Phillips at Masterpiece London.[/caption] The Shrinking of London’s Summer Fair Season [caption id="attachment_10623" align="alignnone" width="505"] Source:The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia. Tulips by Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) is priced at £250,000 from... Read More

A Collector’s Guide to the Tribal Art Market

[caption id="attachment_10222" align="alignnone" width="516"] Estimated to sell for just £60-100, this rare 19th century necklace or tabua from Mangaia in the southern Cook Islands sold to a French dealer at £99,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at Ewbank’s of Send in Surrey on December 1. It is fashioned from marine ivory (sperm whale teeth) suspended from woven... Read More

Flagship London Art Sales Move with the Times

Effect of Geopolitical Climate on Flagship London Art Sales It speaks volumes as to the changing buying audience that this year the flagship London art sales have been pushed back by nearly a month to early March to accommodate clients and employees distracted by Chinese New Year festivities. At a finely poised moment in the... Read More

Discoveries Fire the Old Master Market

It has become the accepted wisdom that the returns are better and the risks smaller when purchasing modern and contemporary rather than traditional art. But just how accurate is this? Spectacular Rewards at Old Master New York Sales Results at the recent round of Old Master painting and drawing sales in New York suggest that... Read More

Sotheby’s Spread the Ziggy Stardust at Bowie Sale

Beautiful, hallo, space-boy, a spin painting which David Bowie created with Damien Hirst in 1995. As a general rule, these have fallen in value since pre-crash 2007 but it tripled its estimate to bring £785,000 at Sotheby’s. Delivering the Sizzle They call it ‘the sizzle’ - the dramatic music, moving pictures and dimmed lights that... Read More