April 24th, 2015
More than 300 lots of art, antiques and collectibles will come under the hammer at Dolan’s Bank Holiday Sunday sale at Kelly’s Hotel in Rosslare, Co. Wexford on May 3. The catalogue is on-line. Here is a small selection from the art on offer:
David ffrench le Roy
SPRING FLOWERS (700-850)
Brian Ballard RUA
YELLOW ROSES (950-1,250)
James le Jeune RHA
1910 – 1983
THE BEACH (3,500-4,500)
1897 – 1944
THE WAVE (4,500-5,000)
1918 – 1999
WATCHING THE BOATS (!,200-1,400).
April 24th, 2015
Amrita Sher-Gil – Self portrait at the age of 18 (1931).
A 1931 self-portrait by Amrita Sher-Gil, depicting one of India’s most important modern artists at the age of 18, comes up at Christie’s in London on June 10. Recognized today as pioneer of Indian modernism works by the artist are defined as ‘National Art Treasures’ by the Indian Government and deemed of such national importance to Indian culture that they are non-exportable if sourced in India. When sold in India, must remain in the country.
This is the first painting by the artist ever to be offered in London, and one of only eight canvases by Sher-Gil to be offered at auction. It is the only known profile self portrait by the artist. It is estimated at £1-1.8 million.
Born in Budapest in 1913 to a Hungarian mother and an India father Sher-Gil was a tour de force in the landscape of modernism in British India. In her brief 28 years she lived between India, Hungary and France. She painted the life of people and her surroundings with an intensity that remains unparalleled in modern Indian art. In Paris she was elected as an associate of the Grand Salon, a rare honor at the time for a young, foreign artist, as a result of the power of her portraits. Most of her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. This self portrait is one of her undiscovered paintings and it has remained in France since the time it was painted.
April 23rd, 2015
Italian, 1812 – 1887
The Carbisdale Castle, Scotland collection of Victorian sculptures – not seen on the market for over a century – will come up at Sotheby’s in London on May 20. “Encompassing the elegant Neoclassicism of the early part of the century to the fantastical Romanticism of the Belle Époque years, the works on offer shine a light not only on collecting tastes at the height of the British Empire, but also on how sculptors of the period created works of astonishing beauty and grace through their masterful handling of marble” Christopher Mason, Sotheby’s European Sculpture specialist, commented.
Carbisdale Castle is a magnificent Scots Baronial residence in the heart of the Highlands. The works are offered by the current custodians of the castle, the Scottish Youth Hostels Association . Together with an array of 36 Italian and Scottish nineteenth-century paintings, most of which are quality copies of Old Masters, the 17 sculptures will be presented for sale as part of Sotheby’s 19th and 20th century sculpture auction. The group also includes a nineteenth-century textile, and is estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £500,000.
Keith Legge Scottish Youth Hostels Associations ceo said: “It has been a privilege for SYHA to have been the custodian of Carbisdale Castle and its contents for the past 70 years enabling our members and guests to experience living in a castle”. The proceeds will be used to sustain SYHA’s diverse youth hostel network of affordable fit-for-purpose accommodation.
April 22nd, 2015
An impressive Irish Gillingtons style c1820 mahogany dining table sold for two times its top estimate at the James Adam
sale of contents from Courtown House, Kilcock, Co. Kildare today It made a hammer price of 70,000 over an estimate of 25,000-35,000. Attributed to Gillingtons of Dublin the table is designed to be used either as a single piece or as three separate tables. It can be traced back to the original Courtown House contents auction in 1963. The table is on quadruped pillar supports. Gillingtons were a Dublin firm of cabinet makers in the early years of the 19th century. The table had been estimated at 25,000-35,000.
Also from the dining room at Courtown House is a rare pair of George III mahogany dining room pedestals after a design by Gillows. sold for 20,300 and a pair of gilt torcheres by del Vecchio of Dublin sold for 28,000. A gilt wood table attributed to the English maker Matthias Locke sold for 20,000. The table was originally at Crton House.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 18 and April 8, 2015).
The dining table sold for 70,000 at hammer.
These giltwood torcheres by del Vecchio of Dublin sold for 28,000 at hammer
April 22nd, 2015
Masterworks by Martin Kippenberger and Jeff Koons from the collection of renowned publisher and art collector, Benedikt Taschen come up at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale in New York on May 13. Leaders of the New York and Cologne art scenes the controversial and ambitious artists first met in Cologne in 1986, where Taschen’s publishing empire was founded a few years earlier. Through Untitled and Louis XIV, Kippenberger and Koons, who possessed strong mutual respect for one another, were both taking the guise of art history to portray themselves, the first one as the greatest of all 20th century painters, Pablo Picasso; the second, as the royal figure of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV.
Jeff Koons (born 1955) – Louis XIV ($10-15 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015
Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) Untitled ($15-20 million) – © Christie’s Images Limited 2015
April 22nd, 2015
The design and art auction at de Veres at Kildare St. in Dublin on April 28 offers a mix of 20th century design furniture including a number of Danish pieces. The sale will also include about 40 lots of Irish art, among them several larger canvasses such as Brian Bourke’s diptych entitled East Manhattan and John Shinnors’ Black Skirt Still Life. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.
Sir Norman Foster
THE NOMOS TABLE
FOR TECNO, ITALY, (1,500-2,000)
THE SIESTA CHAIR AND STOOL,
BY INGMAR RELLING FOR WESTNOFA (500-700)
An elliptical coffee table by Cini Boeri (600-900).
A c1965 Danish rosewood sideboard by Bernard Pedersen and Sons, Copenhagen (2,000-3,000).
April 22nd, 2015
The perfect stone.
An extraordinary 100.20-carat ‘Perfect Diamond’ in a classic Emerald-cut sold for $22.1 million at Sotheby’s NewYork headquarters. Diamonds of this exceptional quality – D color and Internally Flawless clarity – are incredibly rare, and are considered ‘perfect’. What distinguishes the present example within this rarefied league is its beautiful shape: it is the largest perfect diamond with a classic Emerald-cut ever to be sold at auction.
Only six perfect diamonds weighing over 100 carats have sold at auction in the last 25 years. The sale of magnificent jewels totaled $65.1 million. Ten jewels sold for more than $1 million, including four sold to online bidders.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 13, 2015).
April 22nd, 2015
A series of rare photographs and maps of China will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s sale of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History in London on April 30. Created nearly 150 years ago, they include some of the earliest images of the country, bringing to light a historic China and illuminating a landscape now changed beyond recognition. Highlights include: a rare large-scale historic Chinese woodcut map of Beijing; 60 photographs of 1870s Xiamen; 100 of 1870’s Ningbo and over 100 of 1860’s Beijing.
Photographs of historic China are highly desired by collectors around the globe. The auction record for any historic photographs of the region currently stands at £349,250 for a rare album of photographs by John Thomson titled Foochow and the River Min which sold at Sotheby’s on 15 November 2012. One of an edition of only 46, this album was offered for sale by descendants of the original tea-merchant owner, Oliver Latham, who won the album in a pigeon match in Foochow in April 1873.
One of 60 photographs of 1870’s Xiamen (£40,000-60,000).
A rare historic map of Beijing (£40,000-60,000)..
April 21st, 2015
One of the greatest collections of Tiffany and prewar design to appear at auction will come up at Sotheby’s in New York on May 19. The sale of the Warshawsky collection, assembled by the Chicago based Ray Warshawsky from the late 1960’s to the early 1990’s, features works of rich quality and luminosity of colour. He assembled an encyclopedic collection of Tiffany which spans every artistic discipline of the firms production.
Tiffany Studios – Elaborate Peony Lamp c1910 ($600,000-900,000).
Tiffany Studios River of Life Window, (1915) ($200,000-300,000).
April 20th, 2015
The Power by Michael Flatley sold for 77,500 at hammer.
Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley became the Lord of the Art Auction Salesroom in Dublin tonight when two of his artworks – created by tap dancing on canvas – sold for 77,500 and 44,000 respectively.
The artworks attracted competitive bidding on the phone, over the internet and in the room at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International Art Auction at the RDS.
The Power, just under six feet square, made 77,500 over an estimate of 70,000-90,000 and was bought by an international buyer. An Irish purchaser acquired Flight of the Quetzal, which sold for 44,000 over an estimate of 40,000-50,000. These are hammer prices.
The decision to hold a viewing in London for this sale proved wise, as UK bidders competed in numbers for the Irish and international art on offer.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 14, April 6 and April 1).