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

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.”