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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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Italienischer Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Italienischer Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€9005 Bids
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)-circle
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)-circle
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €300- €0
€7505 Bids
Rubens, Peter Paul
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Rubens, Peter Paul
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€5504 Bids
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)-circle
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)-circle
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €300- €0
€4504 Bids
Großes Tafelbild 16. Jhdt.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Großes Tafelbild 16. Jhdt.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€7504 Bids
Unbekannter Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannter Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€4603 Bids
flämischer Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
flämischer Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€9503 Bids
Niederländische Schule
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Niederländische Schule
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3303 Bids
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) – follower
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) – follower
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €900- €0
€5503 Bids
Unbekannter Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannter Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€4602 Bids
Französischer Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Französischer Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3602 Bids
Italien
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Italien
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1702 Bids
Ostade, Adriaen van
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Ostade, Adriaen van
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3302 Bids
JUSTUS O GIUSTO SUSTERMANS (ANVERSA 1597 - FIRENZE 1681) BOTTEGA/SEGUACE DI
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
JUSTUS O GIUSTO SUSTERMANS (ANVERSA 1597 - FIRENZE 1681) BOTTEGA/SEGUACE DI
by Lucas Aste
Est: €250- €350
€2401 Bid
ADAM VAN NOORT (ANVERSA 1561 - 1641) BOTTEGA/CERCHIA DI
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
ADAM VAN NOORT (ANVERSA 1561 - 1641) BOTTEGA/CERCHIA DI
by Lucas Aste
Est: €700- €1,000
€7001 Bid
FRANS HALS (ANVERSA 1580 - HAARLEM 1666) BOTTEGA/CERCHIA DI
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
FRANS HALS (ANVERSA 1580 - HAARLEM 1666) BOTTEGA/CERCHIA DI
by Lucas Aste
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5001 Bid
PIETER VAN BLOEMEN DETTO STENDARDO (ANVERSA 1657 - 1720)
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
PIETER VAN BLOEMEN DETTO STENDARDO (ANVERSA 1657 - 1720)
by Lucas Aste
Est: €700- €1,200
€7001 Bid
KAREL DUJARDIN (AMSTERDAM 1622 - VENEZIA 1678)
Nov 29, 3:00 PM CET
KAREL DUJARDIN (AMSTERDAM 1622 - VENEZIA 1678)
by Lucas Aste
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0001 Bid
Unbekannter Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannter Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3001 Bid
ANONIEM / ANONYME CIRCA 1700
Dec 05, 2:00 PM CET
ANONIEM / ANONYME CIRCA 1700
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €600- €800
€3501 Bid
Unbekannter Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannter Meister
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Sammlung von acht Gemälden
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Sammlung von acht Gemälden
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2001 Bid
Egbert van Heemskerck (1634-1704) – attributed
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Egbert van Heemskerck (1634-1704) – attributed
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €150- €0
€751 Bid
Österreich oder Deutsch
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Österreich oder Deutsch
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Old Master Paintings


Lucas Aste

Lucas Aste

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus

Bonhams

Bonhams

Tajan

Tajan