What is the attraction of art and antiques?

PUBLISHED: 15:55 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:55 22 October 2015




Just why do we love art and antiques? REBECCA MAYHEW, from Durrants, discusses.


We are all attracted to people for different reasons, be it their physical appearance, their character, their personality, their appearance, their story and sometimes merely by the way others perceive them. When we buy art, antiques and in particular pictures, we are attracted in much the same way.

We consider what the image looks like, what it shows, its size, what reaction or emotion it creates to the viewer, its provenance, who has previously owned it and in the case of well-known artists how the picture or the artist’s work is generally considered by Art critics and writers. And for those of us looking to invest we also consider the pictures perceived value by looking at previous sale results and current trends in the market for that type of artist and work and whether or not it creates a reaction in the viewer which all good art tends to do, be it pleasure or disdain.

At our general Antiques and Fine Art and specialist Picture Sales, works by several artists have stood out in particular: Becker, Lowry, and Churchyard to name but a few and once again, record auction prices were achieved with multiple bids being left by telephone, commission and live bidding in the room and via the internet.

A watercolour of “Ladies Gleaning” by local artist Harry Becker of Wenhaston sold for £2,200 which is an extraordinary price for a watercolour bearing in mind that good oil paintings by the same artist achieve in the region of £2,900 at auction.

This pencil nude by L S Lowry sold for a staggering £12,400 – far exceeding the prices achieved for comparable pictures.

The popularity of Suffolk Artist Thomas Churchyard proved to be enormously strong this summer, when a local collection belonging to Sally Kibble went under the hammer. Several world records were achieved, and in particular for this watercolour of the path from Gun Hill to the beach at Southwold which made £3,100.

Antiques can be both a pleasure to own and to view and a good investment if bought carefully. The next opportunities to buy are at our Antiques sales on 23rd October, 13th November and 11th December.

If you are curious as to the value of your own art, antiques and collectables, there are several opportunities to talk to the experts at Durrants, who are doing a series of valuation roadshows this autumn at their offices throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. An up to date schedule of dates is available at our website www.durrants.com 

For further information please contact Mark Whistler on 01502 713490 or email auctionrooms@durrants.com

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