Art Market

Bulls and a china shop – New York’s Asia Week sales, reviewed

An enthralling painting by M.F. Husain and the collection of retired dealers J.J. Lally & Co both played a star turn this week

24 Mar 2023

Art Dubai comes into its own

With a focus on artists from the Global South, there were unexpected discoveries to be made at this year’s edition

8 Mar 2023
Wassily Kandinsky painting

Kandinsky reaches new heights in London

A new record was set for the Russian painter this week while Van Gogh’s portrait of a farmworker fetched twice its estimate

3 Mar 2023

The market for Italian maiolica

These vivid, tin-glazed ceramics were considered fit for the pope to eat off – and can fetch princely prices today

27 Feb 2023

What to see at TEFAF Maastricht 2023

Highlights at this year’s edition include the marble head of a young Roman man and a bejewelled reliquary that was once owned by Charles II’s queen

27 Feb 2023

What does the future hold for the antiquities trade?

A new drive to ensure that ancient objects were obtained legally is transforming the market

27 Feb 2023

Beyond TEFAF – the shows to see in and around Maastricht this month

There’s plenty to see beyond the walls of the MECC, including Flemish Caravaggism in Ghent, Swedish mysticism in Brussels and a once-in-a-lifetime Vermeer show in Amsterdam

24 Feb 2023

Around the Galleries – Salon Du Dessin makes a comeback

The Parisian art fair returns to its spring slot, plus our pick of gallery shows coming up

23 Feb 2023
Meredith Etherington-Smith

Auction highlights – Meredith Etherington-Smith’s personal hoard

The art journalist’s prized collection of handbags and eclectic furniture is up for sale at Bellmans later this month

17 Feb 2023

Does the Old Masters market need to learn some new tricks?

Are collectors less interested than they used to be, or is the trade showing a lack of imagination? Five experts weigh in.

31 Jan 2023

How healthy is the market for Old Masters?

Blockbuster shows and occasional auction records can seem at odds with the lukewarm interest from collectors

30 Jan 2023

Auction highlights – how André Leon Talley made his mark

The collection of the influential fashion journalist with a penchant for voluminous caftans is up for sale at Christie’s in February

30 Jan 2023

The sophisticated Japanese paintings that have never gone out of style

Works by the true masters of the Rinpa style are rare – which makes prices rather high

27 Jan 2023

Around the galleries – New York falls head over heels for Asian art

What not to miss at Asia Week New York, plus our pick of gallery shows coming up

27 Jan 2023
Vase (c. 1896–97), Alfred William Finch

The art nouveau potters who broke the mould

The fin-de-siècle movement fired up the imaginations of avant-garde ceramicists across Europe

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Pieter Huys

BRAFA reclaims its rightful place in the calendar

Northern Renaissance paintings and art nouveau designs are among the highlights of the Brussels fair when it returns at the end of January

1 Jan 2023
Visitors at Art Basel Miami Beach in November 2022

What will happen to the art market in 2023?

After the uncertainty of the pandemic, the art market bounced back in 2022, but what challenges will the new year bring?

29 Dec 2022

Auction highlights – is there life in the Old Masters yet?

New York’s January sales boast an impressive line-up, including a gruesome painting by Rubens and a lost portrait by Bronzino

16 Dec 2022
Venus and Adonis (detail; 1555–57), Titian and workshop. Sotheby's London (est. £8m–£12m)

Auction highlights – what makes a Titian a Titian?

London’s Old Master sales this month include a version of a great ‘poesie’ painting – though questions have been raised about its attribution

2 Dec 2022
Ursula Endlicher's Input Field Reversal #2 (2022)

NFTs after the crypto crash – what happens now?

Are NFTs a revolutionary approach to new media art or simply a fleeting trend? Jane Morris explores the role of non-fungible tokens today

28 Nov 2022
The Mocking of Christ (c. 1280), Cimabue (Actéon, €24.2m)

Uncommon grounds – the market for paintings on gold

When it comes to gold-ground paintings from Italy, condition is everything and the older the work, the better

28 Nov 2022
Trestle-leg table (17th century), China. Christie's Hong Kong ($1m–$1.5m)

Auction highlights – what Hong Kong is bringing to the table this month

As New York takes stock of a whirlwind season, attention turns to marquee sales in Asia

18 Nov 2022

Auction highlights – Christie’s first billion-dollar sale

The collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is set to be the first to break the $1bn barrier next week – though it is unlikely to be the last

4 Nov 2022
Tiger, Edo Period (1600–1700), Japan. Jorge Welsh Works of Art at Asian Art in London

Around the galleries – Asian Art in London, plus other highlights

This bumper edition of the annual event continues to demonstrate the capital’s strength in this field

24 Oct 2022