Art Market

Washing Day: Women washing linen by the ramparts of Christianshavn, Copenhagen (c. 1660), Wolfgang Heimbach. Rafael Valls, price on request

Pick of the fair: Rafael Valls

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Wolfgang Heimbach, once a court painter to Frederick III, captures the rich incidental detail of this rustic laundry scene

11 Mar 2017
Two music-making putti with a winged putto (c. 1520–30), Alonso Berruguete. Colnaghi, around €1.5m–€2m

Pick of the fair: Colnaghi

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | These 16th-century alabaster putti have been attributed to one the greatest Spanish Renaissance sculptors, Alonso Berruguete

11 Mar 2017
Virgin and Child with Saints (c. 1472), attributed to Hugo van der Goes

The Virgin and Child who went under cover

The bizarre story of how an altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes was transformed into a marriage portrait of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

10 Mar 2017
Woman sitting half-dressed beside a stove (detail) (1658), Rembrandt van Rijn. David Tunick Inc., price on application

Pick of the fair: David Tunick Inc.

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This etching of a woman beside a stove, part of a group made in the 1650s, may be Rembrandt’s finest print of a nude

10 Mar 2017
Egyptian arm tattoo (1341–1325 BC), sandstone with traces of polychromy. Rupert Wace Ancient Art, €120,000

Pick of the fair: Rupert Wace Ancient Art

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This carving was part of a colossal figure carved with the likeness of King Amenhotep IV that once adorned an 18th Dynasty temple

10 Mar 2017
Chagan Sambhar-a (late 17th–early 18th century), Mongolia. School of Zanabazar. Rossi & Rossi, $1.5m

Pick of the fair: Rossi & Rossi

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This Mongolian bronze features a benevolent Buddhist divinity embracing his consort symbolising the merging of wisdom and compassion

9 Mar 2017
In Sight in Blue (2016), Clare Belfrage. Adrian Sassoon, around £6,500

Pick of the fair: Adrian Sassoon

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | Clare Belfrage’s technique involves drawing with fine threads of cane glass across blown glass forms to produce dramatic works

9 Mar 2017
Portrait of an African woman holding a clock (detail) (c. 1585), Annibale Carracci. Tomasso Brothers, around £1m

Pick of the fair: Tomasso Brothers

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This unusual 16th-century portrait of a finely dressed black woman by Annibale Carracci comes with an impressive provenance

8 Mar 2017
Norwich Cathedral: the North aisle of the choir (detail) (c. 1807–11), John Sell Cotman. Lowell Libson, around £200,000

Pick of the fair: Lowell Libson

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This early watercolour study by John Sell Cotman of the interior of Norwich Cathedral comes to the market in exceptional condition

8 Mar 2017
Mother and Child on a Hammock (c. 1844), Gustave Courbet. Matthiesen Gallery, price on application

Pick of the fair: Matthiesen Gallery

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This hitherto unpublished Courbet painting of a familial scene may include a depiction of the artist’s mistress Virginie Binet

8 Mar 2017
St George and the Dragon (late 15th century), Jorge Inglés. Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, price on application

Pick of the fair: Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 | This impressive panel painting by Jorges Inglés was once part of an elaborate altarpiece commissioned by the Marqués de Santillana

8 Mar 2017
Eisberg (1982), Gerhard Richter. Courtesy Sotheby's (£8m–£12m)

Rothko, Richter and Rauschenberg star in London’s contemporary art auctions

Auction highlights this month include a surprisingly good group of American paintings at Christie’s London

6 Mar 2017
Photograph by Teddy Wolff | Courtesy of The Armory Show

Ten highlights from the Armory Show

A run-down of the most talked-about pieces at this year’s Armory Show in New York

4 Mar 2017
Bauerngarten (Blumengarten) (detail; 1907), Gustav Klimt. Sotheby's London, £48m

The London auction season kicks off with strong sales

Overseas buyers make the running in London | New directions for the Armory Show | End of the road for Auctionata

3 Mar 2017

The rise of art business courses is a mixed blessing for the art trade

There are more art business courses than ever, but does the discipline need to define itself more clearly?

28 Feb 2017
David Hockney's early lithograph, 'Fish and Chip Shop' (1954), goes on sale at Christie's in March.

David Hockney’s art used to be cheap as chips

In 1954, the young David Hockney made a lithograph of his local chippie and gave it to the owners. It hung above the fryer for years

25 Feb 2017
Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (founder of ANO) at ANO’s new space in Accra. Photo: Latifah Iddriss, courtesy of ANO

Exploring Ghana’s growing art scene

Public funding for the arts in Ghana is practically non-existent, but a thriving network of artists and arts professionals is emerging

16 Feb 2017
Lacquered hide shield (dhal), second half of the 18th century, India, probably Mysore, buffalo hide, gold and velvet, diam. 45cm. Peter Finer (£200,000)

The growing market for Indian arms and armour

Exquisite pieces of Indian arms and armour are capturing the interest of international collectors

16 Feb 2017

A swashbuckling tale of trade and trickery

In 1804, a fleet of English merchant vessels fooled the French navy into retreat. Each captain was presented with an exquisite sword for their troubles

10 Feb 2017
Le domaine d'Arnheim (1938), René Magritte. Christie's Images Ltd. 2016 (£6,500,000-9,500,000)

An epic Magritte is set to be the highlight of Christie’s ‘Art of the Surreal’ sale

Auction highlights this month include works by Morisot and Magritte at Christie’s, and Sotheby’s inaugural ‘Erotic: Passion and Desire’ sale

8 Feb 2017
Eucharistic Dove

Collectors remain enamoured with Limoges enamels

Vibrant and intricate Limoges enamels from the 12th century are increasingly hard to come by, but collectors are willing to spend

28 Jan 2017
North Italian olivewood and walnut commode en arbalète (late 18th century). The Pedestal; £3,000–£4,000

Could hipsters save the antique furniture trade?

Antique furniture has been unpopular for years – but tastes are changing

27 Jan 2017
The trade now wonders how many more sophisticated forgeries will emerge, after this painting of St Jerome, thought by many to be by Parmigianino, was declared a fake by Sotheby's

Old Masters, new scandal, as a ‘Parmigianino’ painting is deemed a fake

As New York gears up for its Old Master sales, Sotheby’s has declared a work it sold in 2012 a forgery after tests found modern pigments

20 Jan 2017
FAW786 – Thrusting Red (1959, Frank Avray Wilson

Highlights of BRAFA art fair

BRAFA pulls off the tricky task of subtly reinventing itself to suit changing tastes, while catering to every specialism

17 Jan 2017