“Long winter for Old Masters” headlined the Financial Times’ Collecting section this past weekend, referring to the bad performances of London Old Master auctions the previous week. Although Georgina Adam is right in making this statement, what isn’t mentioned is the serious lack of good quality paintings on offer, the ridiculously high estimates given by […]

Frieze Masters 2014

With the Frieze Week in London around the corner, here are some highlights for the two major fairs selected by Christie’s team of experts. Carmen Herrera It is quite something to be able to celebrate five decades of work by a living artist, but that is exactly what the Lisson Gallery will be doing at Frieze Masters […]

Detail of Smell by Rembrandt

After a calm August, the art world frenzy is starting to pick up and this week’s auction at Nye & Co in New Jersey caused great excitement among the Old Master dealers. This small work on board catalogued as Continental School, 19th century with an estimate of $500-800 sold for $870,000 believed to be a […]

"Self Portrait at the Age of 63" 1669
Oil on canvas, 86 x 70.5 cm
The National Gallery, London

London has two great Old Master exhibitions closing this week, the Moroni exhibition at the Royal Academy and the Rembrandt late works at the National Gallery. With Moroni we have the great portraitist of the Renaissance anticipating the realistic style of Caravaggio and later Manet; and Rembrandt, the undisputed star of the 17th century Dutch […]

Street art by Mehdi Ghanyanloo - Old Memories of Tehran 2009

This is not really a new story, but it feels fitting to start of a Monday, beginning of a week, a month and the summer. Mehdi Ghadyanloo has been decorating Tehran’s high-rises and office buildings for eight years now, and reportedly painted over one hundred walls! His surrealist dream-like scenes beautifully complements the minimalistic architectural […]

Attributed to Vicente Alban, "Yndia en trage de gala" and "Sra Prinsipal con su negra esclava"
Oil on canvas, 81.3 by 106 cm each
Sold for $641,000 at Sotheby's New York, 28 May 2014, Lot 60
Estimate $80,000-120,000

Look at this pair of Casta paintings (see below for info on Castas) that fetched $641,000 at Sotheby’s Latin Art Modern & Contemporary Sale! They were estimated at $80,000-120,000, which was very modest but to reach this level is really remarkable. Various museums and private collectors have focused on Colonial art, and good Casta paintings […]

Sandro Botticelli, "Study for a Seated St. Joseph"
Sotheby's London, 9th July 2014
Estimate £1-1.5million

Sotheby’s secures an impressive group of works for their July Old Master Paintings sale in London; one that was put together by Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013) wife of the late John Seward Johnson, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson firm. On sale this summer will be 9 masterworks from this collection, sold to benefit the […]


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