Auctioning Walter Sickert

A Sales History 1990-2011
Dr Louise Hughes, 2012
Sewn paperback, 36 pages
Publisher: Piano Nobile Publications
ISBN: 978-1-901192-34-6
Dimensions: 16 x 28 x 1 cm
£25

The Nobile Index is a series of monographic publications of art sales prices achieved at auction, for a selection of leading 20th-century British artists. They involve the collaboration of a commercial art dealership, Piano Nobile Works of Art and the University at Bristol's History of Art Department; bringing together academic and commercial expertise on the artists for the benefit of those with an interest in their work. They are funded by the generosity of a private benefactor.

 

The studies are confined to analyses of auction results over the last 21 years. Although largely from UK sales, data supplied by international salerooms are also included. Graphs and interpretations of these figures are analysed and significant trends and buying patterns revealed.

 

It is envisaged that this data will be of growing value to private and corporate clients, museums and fine art funds. Accurate commercial appraisal has always played an important role in the consideration of new acquisitions throughout the history of art. No more so than today is this seen with the fluctuating, but ever more significant rise in value commanded by the best of many 20th-century artists' work. 

 

Written by Dr Louise Hughes as part of her doctoral studies at the University of Bristol, this publication establishes the art market fortunes of one of Britain's foremost modern artists, Walter Sickert. Examining factors such as general and specific market trends, media, genres and biography, Dr Hughes' analysis of sales prices provides an invaluable research tool in assessing the commercial positioning of Sickert's work. The publication consists of two sections - biography, results and analysis and an insert with an appendices of works sold between 1990 and 2011. 

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