The Best Deals In The Art Market May Be in Victorian Art

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James Tarmy makes the case for Victorian art on Bloomberg. His point is that there are precious few artists with secondary markets and market history. Add to that a large supply and some new dealers emerging in the space. That should present some great opportunities:

Next week, a 6-foot-wide landscape painted by Benjamin Williams Leader in 1874 is up for sale at Christie’s with an estimate of $22,000 to $30,000; a similar landscape sold 13 years ago at Sotheby’s for $293,400. […]

One thing in Victorian art’s favor is that it has institutional support, a polite term that means it still gets wall space in museums.[…] The Tate Britain has dozens of Victorian works on view, while New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a 2014 exhibition of paintings, textiles, and ceramics from the era. “If you’re going to start out collecting something, you have to substantiate why you like it,” [Polly] Sartori said. “The idea that these artists are housed in museums around the world is a check in the right column.”