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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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by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
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Jul 23, 3:30 PM CEST
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by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
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VENETIAN OIL PAINTING 18TH CENTURY
Jul 23, 3:30 PM CEST
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by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
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NEAPOLITAN OIL PAINTING, 18TH CENTURY
Jul 23, 3:30 PM CEST
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by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
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DUTCH OLD MASTER PAINTING CRUCIFIXION
Jul 30, 9:00 AM CDT
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by Jackson's International
Est: $200- $400
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Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1,000- $10,000
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Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Quiringh Gerritsz. Van Brekelenkam (Zwammerdam circa 1622/30 - after 1669 Leiden)
by Hidden Treasures Antiques & Fine Arts
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0000 Bids
Michiel Jansz. Van Mierevelt (Delft, 1567 - 1641) (Attributed)
Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Michiel Jansz. Van Mierevelt (Delft, 1567 - 1641) (Attributed)
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Est: $7,500- $10,000
$4,0000 Bids
Ridolfo Manzoni (Castelfranco 1675-1743) - The Sick Visi
Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Ridolfo Manzoni (Castelfranco 1675-1743) - The Sick Visi
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$3,5000 Bids
Dutch 17 Century Trompe l'oeil Circle of Gerard Dou Painting
Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Dutch 17 Century Trompe l'oeil Circle of Gerard Dou Painting
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Circle of Pieter Jansz. Quast (Amsterdam 1606-1647)
Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
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Circle of David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610-1690 Brussels)
Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
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18 Century Trompe l'Oeil Netherlands Painting
Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
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Jul 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Giacomo Guardi (Italian, 1764-1835) (Attributed) - View of San Giorgio Maggiore
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ESCUELA ESPAÑOLA, S.XVII. ARCANGEL SAN RAFAEL.
Jul 23, 5:00 PM CEST
ESCUELA ESPAÑOLA, S.XVII. ARCANGEL SAN RAFAEL.
by Aletheia Subastas
Est: €2,000- €2,500
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NORTHERN ITALY OIL PAINTING, 17TH CENTURY
Jul 23, 3:30 PM CEST
NORTHERN ITALY OIL PAINTING, 17TH CENTURY
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
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Jul 26, 1:00 PM CEST
Taufe Christi im Jordan durch Johannes den Täufer, Niederländischer Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts
by Kunstauktionshaus Schlosser
Est: €1,700- €3,400
€1,7000 Bids
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Jul 26, 1:00 PM CEST
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Est: €3,800- €7,600
€3,8000 Bids
ESCUELA ANDALUZA, S.XVIII. SAN JOSÉ CON EL NIÑO.
Jul 23, 5:00 PM CEST
ESCUELA ANDALUZA, S.XVIII. SAN JOSÉ CON EL NIÑO.
by Aletheia Subastas
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€6000 Bids
ESCUELA VALENCIANA, S.XVII. SAN MAMÉS.
Jul 23, 5:00 PM CEST
ESCUELA VALENCIANA, S.XVII. SAN MAMÉS.
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ESCUELA ESPAÑOLA O ITALIANA, S.XVIII. BATALLA.
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ESCUELA ESPAÑOLA O ITALIANA, S.XVIII. BATALLA.
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Est: €1,200- €1,500
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Sellers Who Sell Old Master Paintings


Casa d'Aste Babuino

Casa d'Aste Babuino

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Aletheia Subastas

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Hidden Treasures Antiques & Fine Arts

Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House