Art Market

No. 695 Abraaj (2016) by Rana Begum, installed at Art Dubai 2017

How sustainable is the art scene in Dubai?

And does the city really have what it takes to become a global commercial hub?

10 Jul 2017

A token of love from a besotted prince

A portrait jewel commissioned by the future George IV for his secret wife, Maria Fitzherbert, is up for auction

30 Jun 2017

The European art fairs worth visiting this summer

A quick guide to the upcoming events in London, Bamberg, Edinburgh, and Knocke

30 Jun 2017
Ehrenbreitstein, or The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau, from Byron's Childe Harold (1835), J.M.W. Turner. Sotheby's London: estimate £15–£25m

Turner’s golden landscape and other auction highlights

Venetian vedute, Tuscan cassone panels, and a masterpiece of British painting all feature in London’s upcoming Old Master sales

29 Jun 2017
Mount Street Gardens in Mayfair. Photo: Benjamin McMahon, courtesy Mayfair Art Weekend

Dance of the London art dealers

Mayfair and St James’s are still at the centre of London’s art market, but the galleries themselves are constantly on the move

28 Jun 2017
Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César and Fait des Romains (c. 1370–80), Paris, Master of the Coronation of Charles VI and a collaborator. Les Enluminures, $4.5m

The best of Masterpiece 2017

There’s something for all tastes at this year’s art fair, from ancient statuary to bright abstract paintings

24 Jun 2017
A 'Hen and Chickens' tureen and cover (illustrated) with stand, c. 1755–56, width 35.5cm (tureen). Christie's London, £223,650

Now is the time to buy English porcelain…

English porcelain may not attract the same high prices of the past, but it could still be a lucrative opportunity for new collectors

23 Jun 2017
Deux bêtes affrontées, (1925), Gustave Miklos, image courtesy Sotheby's

These French firedogs have an impeccable pedigree

The firedogs made for the French couturier and collector Jacques Doucet are the epitome of art deco style

16 Jun 2017
St Louis of France (1620s), Juan de Mesa. Colnaghi at London Art Week

Summer season kicks off in London and Brussels

London Art Week returns to St James’s and Mayfair, while Old Master fair Paris Tableau is revived – in Brussels

9 Jun 2017
The Martyrdom of Saint Victoria (1737), Nicolas-Sébastien Adam. Sotheby's Paris: estimate €200,000–€300,000

In London’s salerooms, bigger is no longer better

Auction highlights this month include a dramatic plaster relief in Paris, and a diminutive but vibrant Van Gogh in London

6 Jun 2017
Bird's Hell (1938), Max Beckmann. © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

As visceral a painting as you will ever encounter…

Max Beckmann’s ‘Bird’s Hell’, a terrifying vision of cruelty painted after he fled Nazi Germany, is to be sold at auction for the first time

2 Jun 2017

The contemporary art market regains its swagger

Plus: Major lots unveiled for London | Art Informel in Vienna | PAD expands to Geneva

28 May 2017
Eight Panels from 'The Birth of Aphrodite' mural from the Grand Salon of the S.S. Normandie (c. 1934), Jean Dupas. Estimate in the region of $1 million. Image courtesy Sotheby's

Gilded glass from the world’s most glamorous ship

The legendary S.S. Normandie was lost to fire in the 1940s, but relics from its luxury interior survive – including these verre églomisé panels

19 May 2017
Jpeg pt01 (detail; 2006), Thomas Ruff. © 2017 Christie's Images Limited

The record-breaking rise of the Düsseldorf School

Prices are rocketing for photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher and their students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

18 May 2017

TEFAF makes its mark on New York

Plus: Dreweatts and Mallett sold | From mantelpiece to marketplace | Dealers on the move in London

14 May 2017
Femme assise, robe bleue (detail;1939), Pablo Picasso. Christie's New York, estimate: $35–$50m

Modern masters lead the way in New York

Auction highlights this month include a Twombly masterpiece that has never appeared at auction before and a striking portrait by Picasso

11 May 2017
Marsh Lane Diversion by Rob Chavasse, installed at Frieze London in 2016

When artists take on the art market

Many artists are uncomfortable about the perceived excesses of the market. But can they actually do anything about it?

6 May 2017
Inkstand with figures of the Virtues (c. 1480–90), probably Faenza. Courtesy Sam Fogg

Early maiolica has it all – even humour

These supposedly ‘primitive’ ceramics from late medieval and early Renaissance Italy are fresh, inventive and fun

5 May 2017
Detail of a female figure, 19th century, Lobi, Burkina Faso. Serge Schoffel at Cultures: The Worlds Arts Fair

This month’s unmissable international art events

Antiques in Hong Kong, tribal art in France, and London’s first quattrocento maiolica show in 100 years

3 May 2017
Olla, (c. 600 BC), Italy, Faliscan. Charles Ede

TEFAF takes a contemporary turn in New York

Modern and contemporary art and design take centre stage at the first ever TEFAF New York Spring

2 May 2017
La Muse Endormie (cast by 1913), Constantin Brancusi.

May madness gets underway in New York

Plus: Art fair shake-ups in Germany | An Ottoman art record in London | An early Velázquez in Madrid?

28 Apr 2017

How UK institutions are benefitting from a quiet tax break

Many acquisitions at UK museums are made possible by a tax break that benefits both buyer and seller

26 Apr 2017
'Mementos. Artists Souvenirs, Artefacts and other Curiosities' (2017), Art Brussels.

Highlights of Art Brussels

Like the city itself, the strength of this fair is in its variety

23 Apr 2017
Carved cinnabar lacquer dish (Lat Yuan/early Ming dynasty), China. Sotheby's.

The unsung beauty of Chinese cinnabar lacquer

Lacquer is an extemely difficult material to work with, but the results can be extraordinary

21 Apr 2017