Henri Fantin-Latour painting 'could fetch £500,000'

Bouquet of Roses painting by Henri Fantin-Latour
Image caption Henri Fantin-Latour's work was initially valued at £8,000 to £10,000

A painting by a 19th Century French artist could fetch £500,000 when sold on New Year's Day, a Lincoln auction house has said.

The work by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) was found during the house clearance of a former antiques dealer in Sturton-by-Stow.

The oil on canvas was initially valued at £8,000 to £10,000.

But Terry Dean, Unique Auctions' research consultant, said it may sell for much more, based on previous sales.

"I think it could get up to £250,000 to £500,000," he said.

Fantin-Latour is best known for his flower paintings. Christie's sold one of his paintings, Fleurs et Fruits, for $1,706,500 (£1,098,271) in November 2009.

Mr Dean said the artist's work did not come up for sale very often and he expected the auction to generate a lot of interest.

The artist counted many respected painters among his contemporaries, including Manet, Monet and Renoir.

His traditional approach showed a marked contrast to his fellow artists' impressionist style.

The 20 x 8 inch (51 x 20 cm) work has been independently authenticated, the auction house said.

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