The Old Masters Department is internationally respected for its wide-ranging expertise in British and European paintings and drawings from the early Renaissance to the early 19th century. Despite a busy schedule of traveling widely - in the UK, Europe and the US in particular - our specialists are known for their approachability, efficiency and ability to respond to enquiries promptly.

The department has achieved some spectacular results in recent years. We have seen a dramatic increase in demand from buyers, encouraged by the exceptional quality and provenance we guarantee in our sales, the sector's solid and established track record, and the ability to share their passion for these works with our specialists.
Highlights include:
£17,106,500 for Jean Honoré Fragonard's Portrait of the Duc d'Harcourt (a global world record for an Old Master in 2013).
£2,953,250 for Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez's Portrait of a Gentleman.
£2,421,500 for Jean-François de Troy's Retour du Bal.
£2,210 for Lucas Cranach the Elder's Venus with Cupid stealing honey.
£2,057,250 for Adriaen Coorte's Three peaches on a stone ledge.
£1,688,750 for Lorenzo Veneziano's Crucifixion (a world auction record).
£1,106,500 for William Dobson's Self-portrait (a world auction record).
£338,500 for John Sell Cotman's watercolor of Walsingham Abbey (a world auction record)

We are particularly proud of our role in identifying lost works, most famously Velázquez's Portrait of a Gentleman and an early altarpiece of the Renaissance master Lorenzo Veneziano. We also boast a great number of world auction records, including William Dobson's Self-portrait, which has since been on loan to both the National Portrait Gallery in London and Tate Britain.

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