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Old Master Paintings

An Old Master is an artist who worked in Europe anytime between roughly the 14th through the early 19th century. For people who want their art to be a strong store of value, Old Master paintings provide stability over time. The Old Masters category is not a good place for art speculation, though, unless the collector has achieved personal mastery of connoisseurship in a particular subject area.

The famous dealer, Richard Feigen, spotted a painting by Fra Angelico at a Sotheby’s sale preview that was misattributed to a lesser artist. Still not quite sure what it was at the time, Feigen bought the painting. It is worth many times what he paid.

Connoisseurs use their familiarity with Old Masters artists’ gestures and techniques to identify them. They also research works and their documentation over time. However, it is not unusual for scholars to change artist attributions for these classic works as research reveals more about a painting.

Quick Facts

  • On July 8, 2015, Sotheby’s London sold a "The Mouth of Truth," c. 1525-28, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, for £9.3 million
  • In the same sale, a view of the grand canal by Bernardo Bellotto, painted in 1738-39, sold for £2.6 million
  • In a sale at Christie’s London on July 9, 2015, "The Outdoor Wedding Dance," 1621, by Pieter Breughel the Younger, sold for £1.2 million

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Est: $200,000- $600,000
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MONOGRAMMISTA RM
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Est: €1,500- €2,500
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TOMASO POMBIOLI (attr. a)
Mar 05, 2:45 PM CET
TOMASO POMBIOLI (attr. a)
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Est: €1,000- €2,000
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18th Century Italian Old Master Painting Madonna
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
18th Century Italian Old Master Painting Madonna
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Europese School (18e eeuw) - Vrouw in een nis
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Hollandse School (17de eeuw, mogelijk later) - Portret van man met baret
Feb 28, 8:00 PM CET
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PHILIP PETER ROOS detto ROSA DA TIVOLI (cerchia di). Pair of paintings "ARMENTI"
Feb 29, 10:00 AM CET
PHILIP PETER ROOS detto ROSA DA TIVOLI (cerchia di). Pair of paintings "ARMENTI"
by Viscontea Casa d'Aste s.r.l.
Est: €2,000- €2,500
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Oil on canvas Flemish school of Cornelis de Vos from the 17th century
Feb 28, 4:30 PM CET
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Est: €12,000- €14,000
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Italian Old Master Genre Scene Oil on Canvas
Mar 01, 10:00 AM EST
Italian Old Master Genre Scene Oil on Canvas
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Est: $500- $1,500
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PITTORE DEL XVIII-XIX SECOLO
Mar 05, 2:45 PM CET
PITTORE DEL XVIII-XIX SECOLO
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Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids
ANTONIO FRANCESCO PERUZZINI (attr. a) - ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO (attr. a)
Mar 05, 2:45 PM CET
ANTONIO FRANCESCO PERUZZINI (attr. a) - ALESSANDRO MAGNASCO (attr. a)
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Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
R. T. Coppinger, 18th century or later,
Mar 09, 10:00 AM GMT
R. T. Coppinger, 18th century or later,
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Est: £400- £800
£2000 Bids
FINE ANTIQUE OLD MASTER FRENCH PAINTING FRAME
Feb 28, 3:00 PM EST
FINE ANTIQUE OLD MASTER FRENCH PAINTING FRAME
by Austin York LLC
Est: $120- $200
$500 Bids
Jan van Thielen, 1618-1667
Feb 27, 5:00 PM GMT
Jan van Thielen, 1618-1667
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Est: £20,000- £40,000
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Scuola siciliana del secolo XVIII "Annunciazione" - Sicilian school of the 18th century "Annunciation"
Mar 16, 6:30 PM CET
Scuola siciliana del secolo XVIII "Annunciazione" - Sicilian school of the 18th century "Annunciation"
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Est: €800- €1,000
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Attributed to Peter Lely (Soest, Germany 1618 - London 1680)
Mar 07, 7:00 PM CET
Attributed to Peter Lely (Soest, Germany 1618 - London 1680)
by La Suite Subastas
Est: €2,400- €4,000
€2,2500 Bids
After Lucas Cranach the Elder (17th Century), Ador…
Feb 27, 7:00 PM CET
After Lucas Cranach the Elder (17th Century), Ador…
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Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids
ANTONIO FRANCESCO PERUZZINI
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ANTONIO FRANCESCO PERUZZINI
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids

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