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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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Barocke weite Küstenlandschaft.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Barocke weite Küstenlandschaft.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€3601 Bid
SORGH, Hendrik Martensz (1610 Rotterdam - 1670 Rotterdam). Stillleben mit diversen Gefäßen.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
SORGH, Hendrik Martensz (1610 Rotterdam - 1670 Rotterdam). Stillleben mit diversen Gefäßen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
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Schule von Cusco: Engel mit Gewehr.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Schule von Cusco: Engel mit Gewehr.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
Porträt Robert Field Stockton
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Porträt Robert Field Stockton
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €320- €400
€3201 Bid
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Oct 26, 2:30 PM CEST
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Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
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Oct 28, 2:30 PM CEST
JEAN FRÉDÉRIC SCHALL (STRASBOURG 1752-PARIS 1825)
by Tajan
Est: €2,000- €3,000
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Tableaux
Nov 02, 6:30 PM CET
Tableaux
by Vanderkindere
Est: €800- €1,200
€8001 Bid
VENETIAN-CRETAN SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY. Calvary.
Oct 28, 4:00 PM CEST
VENETIAN-CRETAN SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY. Calvary.
by Balclis
Est: €600- €700
€6001 Bid
Tableaux SION Peeter (1624 - 1695). (?).
Nov 02, 6:30 PM CET
Tableaux SION Peeter (1624 - 1695). (?).
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€4001 Bid
Fritz L’Allemand, Hanau 1812 - 1866 Vienna, The Battle of Mohacs
Nov 15, 5:00 PM CET
Fritz L’Allemand, Hanau 1812 - 1866 Vienna, The Battle of Mohacs
by Tiberius Auctions
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€2,0001 Bid
18th century painter
Oct 26, 2:30 PM CEST
18th century painter
by Bolli & Romiti s.r.l
Est: €150- €250
€1501 Bid
ÉCOLE FRANCAISE DU XVIIIe SIÈCLE, ENTOURAGE DE NICOLAS BERNARD LEPICIE
Oct 28, 2:30 PM CEST
ÉCOLE FRANCAISE DU XVIIIe SIÈCLE, ENTOURAGE DE NICOLAS BERNARD LEPICIE
by Tajan
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,8001 Bid
Adriaen Cornelisz. Beeldemaker – Zwei Jäger mit ihren Jagdhunden
Oct 27, 6:00 PM CEST
Adriaen Cornelisz. Beeldemaker – Zwei Jäger mit ihren Jagdhunden
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Est: €1,000- €1,100
€1,0001 Bid
Italian Schoolport and market in Italy18th centuryoil on relined canvasunsigned17 1/4 x 23 inches
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Italian Schoolport and market in Italy18th centuryoil on relined canvasunsigned17 1/4 x 23 inches
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Continental Oil on Canvas Old Master after Fragonard
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Continental Oil on Canvas Old Master after Fragonard
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
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Carmiencke - Baumstudie
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Carmiencke - Baumstudie
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €320- €400
€3200 Bids
Carmiencke - 3 Radierungen
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Carmiencke - 3 Radierungen
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €240- €300
€2400 Bids
Fritzsch - Stammbuchblatt Apoll
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Fritzsch - Stammbuchblatt Apoll
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €160- €200
€1600 Bids
Kornijenko - Küstenlandschaft Krim
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Kornijenko - Küstenlandschaft Krim
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids
Schenck - Schafhirte mit Herde
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Schenck - Schafhirte mit Herde
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €1,800- €2,000
€1,8000 Bids
Berninger - Küstenlandschaft
Nov 20, 9:30 AM CET
Berninger - Küstenlandschaft
by Auktionshaus Schramm
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Old Master Paintings


Tajan

Tajan

Aletheia Subastas

Aletheia Subastas

Vanderkindere

Vanderkindere

Auktionshaus Schramm

Auktionshaus Schramm