Image: Claude Gellée, called Claude Lorrain (1604/5 -1682), Wooded Landscape with Diana and Callisto (detail), pen and brown ink with brown and grey washes, heightened with white bodycolour, over preliminaries in black chalk © The Devonshire Collections. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

Join us for a fascinating talk with Andrew McKenzie, Head of Old Master Paintings at Bonhams, to learn insights into what may not be immediately obvious when it comes to valuing European paintings that date from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Andrew will share behind-the-scenes stories from his 30 years of experience and shed light on how collectors assess Old Master Paintings. From identifying lost works to providing hints and tips for current or prospective collectors, Andrew will draw from his extensive knowledge of a category that encompasses artists and movements in Europe from roughly 1300 to 1800.

Andrew joined Bonhams in 1987 shortly after receiving a degree in History from Cambridge University and was appointed Head of the Print Department two years later. In 1990, Andrew became Head of Old Master Paintings, taking responsibility for some of the company's most important sales.

In 1994, he moved to Phillips to work alongside Brian Koetser in the Old Master Paintings Department. One of the highlights of this period was the discovery of a hitherto-lost masterpiece by Jean-François de Troy, which fetched £2.4 million.

In January 2001, Andrew returned to Bonhams as Head of Old Master Paintings, just prior to the merger of the two auction houses. Successes since then have included the sale of Velázquez's newly discovered Portrait of a Gentleman for £3 million and the sale of Fragonard's Portrait of François-Henri, 5th duc d'Harcourt, which at £17.1 million was both a world record for a French Old Master and a world record price for an Old Master Painting at auction that year.

Wed 29 September 2021, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£15 Adults • £12 Lightbox Members