Old Master & 19th Century Pictures


The Old Master & 19th Century Picture department holds tri-annual auctions dedicated to over 500 years of art history, from the early Renaissance to the late 19th Century.

The sales include a rich variety of artists, schools, and genres: from the 14th and 15th-century Italian gold ground artists; to the early Netherlandish, Italian Renaissance and Mannerist painters; the Northern and Southern Baroque; the Rococo; the Grand Tour artists; biblical, historical and mythological painting; portraiture; landscapes; still-life painting; topographical pictures; and the Victorian, pre-Raphaelite, 19th-century European, and Orientalist artists. Such works are in a variety of medium including oils, watercolours, drawings, and engravings.

Our sales feature single consignments as well as entire collections. Attracting an extensive range of local and international clients, demand remains strong for the quality, refinement, and rarity that these works have to offer. A picture’s attribution, subject matter, quality and condition, as well as its size and provenance, continue to be critical to establishing its value and importance, and our team of specialists devote much time to research and attribution.

Notable auction results include a small and previously unidentified oil on board by John Constable RA which was researched and correctly attributed, achieving £375,000; an exquisite oil on slate of Venus punishing Cupid from the Circle of Felice Rizzo, fetching £54,000; and a superb portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter which realised £35,000.

With a wealth of in-house experience, our specialists possess a comprehensive understanding of the current market and its evolving nature whilst maintaining exceptional relationships with collectors old and new. Please contact pictures@roseberys.co.uk for a free and confidential valuation or to discuss buying and selling in this category.


Next Auction : Wednesday 17 November

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Marcus Grey 
Head of Picture Department 
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+44 (0) 20 8761 2522

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Sophie Hetherton

Sophie Hetherton 
Junior Specialist & Sale

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+44 (0) 20 8761 2522

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Highlights & Results


Franz Xaver Winterhalter, German 1805-1873- Portrait of a lady

Price Realised: £35,000

Thomas Matthews Rooke RWS, British 1842-1942- 'Phyllis Deserted - Become the Spirit of the Almond Tree', 1900; watercolours

Price Realised: £16,875

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