Old Master Paintings& Drawings

During the London art fairs, Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings London, Sphinx Fine Art will be temporarily expanding to fill two large galleries, in Mayfair and Notting Hill, to display some of their vast collection of early works. As Old Masters are proving to be the only safe port in the current turbulent seas of the art market the expectations for the summer season in London have never been higher. The Sphinx exhibition consists of an exceptional group of paintings and drawings from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. One of the highlights will be Michele Tosini, called Michele Di Ridolfo Del Ghirlandio Allegorical Figure (pictured above). Painted in the mid sixteenth century it stands out as one of the most accomplished and pleasing of all Tosini’s small scale works. This mannerist figure is reminiscent of Girolamo da Carpi’s work that sold at auction in December for £3.6m (ten times its estimate), confirming that Old Master’s are proving their pedigree in the current climate. Other works of museum quality to be exhibited are, John Constable’s large and rare oil of his home, View of East Bergholt House and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s drawing, Death of Seneca.

Sphinx Fine Art has produced a 400 page hard back catalogue to accompany the collection (available on request).

Notes to Editors:
Sphinx Fine Art was founded in 2007 by Edward Strachan and Roy Bolton. Edward’s history is in Russian paintings, with a fascination for all things Central Asian kindled at Eton and developed reading Slavonic Studies at UCL, he has lived throughout the former Soviet Union for almost 20 years. Roy has spent 12 years in the auction world, heading a Christie’s Old Master Department for 7 years. They joined forces to create an Old Master gallery in London that has one foot firmly in the Russian art market in order to re-kindle the historic love of collecting Old Master pictures, in the C21st, by Russian collectors. The gallery is named after the fourteenth century BC sphinxes that sit outside the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg and has its permanent base in a four story purpose-built gallery in Notting Hill.

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