February’s sales of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s in London feature masterpieces from the greatest artists of the late 19th and 20th century, led by Paul Cézanne’s exquisite landscape Vue sur L’Estaque et le Château d’If. It has not been seen on the market since 1936, when it was purchased by Samuel Courtauld, founder of London’s Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art. It is estimated at £8-12 million.
Here is a video from Christie’s about the sale next week.
A pair of antique Irish George II mahogany side chairs sold for £4,375 including premium at Bonhams in London today. They came up at the Gentleman’s Library Sale in Knightsbridge. At the same sale a pair of Irish George IV mahogany open armchairs sold for £3,750.
This pair of Irish George IV mahogany open armchairs made £3,750
This pair of Irish George II side chairs sold for £4,375
Here is a video from Sotheby’s about Monet’s Les Peupliers a Giverny. Philip Hook of Sotheby’s and Ann Dumas, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London introduce the masterwork which comes up at the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on February 3. It is from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It is followed by an video about sculpture in the sales that evening. Simon Stock introduces highlights which include three Auguste Rodin bronzes, three sculptures by Pablo Picasso, as well as works by Aristide Maillol, Julio González and Henry Moore.
Left: Prince Henry Benedict Stuart 1725-1807 and Right: Prince Charles Edward Stuart 1720-1788 by Jean-Etienne Liotard c.1736-8.
A pair of portrait miniatures of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and Prince Henry Benedict Stuart will highlight Tomasso Brothers stand at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at Maastricht from March 13-22. Last in line as Stuart kings of Scotland Bonnie Prince Charlie (on the right in the image) led the final Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 that was to end in defeat at Culloden.
The miniatures of the brothers are by Jean Etienne Liotard, a highly esteemed portrait miniaturist. When in Rome between 1736-38 he was commissioned by the “Old Pretender” James Edward Stuart (1688-1766) to paint portraits of his young sons, Princes Charles and Henry. Powerful imagery of the Stuart royal family in the form of portrait miniatures, engravings and prints was despatched throughout Europe to raise funds for the Jacobite cause to reclaim the throne of England. These may have been part of a group sent to Vienna to Empress Elizabeth, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. A miniature of Prince Charles is also recorded as having been sent to Dorotea, Dowager Duchess of Parma and mother of the Queen of Spain.
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art is based at Bardon Hall in Leeds. A second gallery was opened at St. James’s, London in 2013. Significant sales have been made to museums including The Bode Museum, Berlin; the Liechtenstein Collection; the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Yale Centre for British Art and the Art Institute, Chicago. The miniatures are priced at 275,000 euro.
A bronze bust of John Wayne as The Quiet Man is to be sold as part of the Aidan Foley’s Ashford Castle contents auction in Co. Mayo on February 7 and 8. It was cast from the original mould for The Quiet Man statue in the village of Cong, setting in 1951 for the film starring Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.
John Ford won an Academy Award for Best Director of the film, which was in 2013 selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The unique life sized bust is the work of sculptor Mark Rode who has a studio and foundry in Co. Mayo. Money raised will go to the Cong Festival Committee. There is no estimate on the piece. It will be sold alongside one of eight scaled down replicas of the statue.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 24, 2015).
With everything from Coalbrookedale cast iron garden benches to single Edwardian chairs the opening auction of 2015 at Woodwards in Cork on January 28 offers much of interest to treasure trove hunters. The benches and a set of Cork inlaid 11-bar dining chairs are among the highlights of the auction which offers antique furniture, silver, art and collectibles. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
An Edwardian tub armchair (100-150).
A pair of Coalbrookedale cast iron garden benches (2,000-3,000).
A bedroom at Ashford Castle complete with contents typical the auction.
The final refurbishments at luxurious Ashford Castle at Cong in Co. Mayo have been completed. Auctioneer Aidan Foley will offer contents from 55 bedrooms and lots from other parts of the hotel at the old Sawmills on the Clonbur Road near Cong next February 7 and 8. More than 1,000 lots will be sold without reserve.
There are curtains, lamps, sofa’s, beds, dressing tables, towel radiators, pictures, prints, mirrors and antique furniture. There will be viewing on Friday, February 6. Many items sold for much more than had been anticipated at a similar sale of contents from the first part of the refurbishment of the castle – hotel last summer.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 24, 2014).
Gerhard Richter (B. 1932) Vierwaldstätter See (In the region of £10 million). Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.
The February London art sale season is fast approaching and it is looking good. At Christie’s the pre-sale low estimate for a sale of 64 lots at the Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale on February 11 is £95 million. This is the second highest total for any such sale ever in Europe. Gerhard Richter’s photo-painting Vierwaldstätter See (Lake Lucerne), 1969, will lead the sale. It has been in the same private collection since 1973.
Following the world record price of $69.6 million achieved for Cy Twombly’s Untitled in November, the sale includes Untitled (New York City), 1970, a large-scale work from the same series of ‘blackboard’ paintings. The record Post War and Contemporary Art Evening auction in Europe was held by Christie’s in June 2012, and realised £132 million against a low pre-sale estimate of £102 million. Last year’s equivalent February season at Christies broke the record for any Post War and Contemporary Art week in Europe when it realised £176 million, including the benchmark sale of Arte Povera and Post-War Italian art, Eyes Wide Open: an Italian Vision, which brought in £38 million.
A Dutch landscape by Claude Monet comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on February 3. L’Embarcadere is appearing on the market for the first time in a quarter of a century, and it is estimated at £7.5-10 million. It was painted in Zaandam, Holland, where the artist lived with his family for four months over the summer of 1871. His use of colour and the areas of lively brushwork represent his gradual development of ideas and attempts to evoke the atmosphere of a scene.
On June 2 he wrote to his friend Camille Pisarro saying: “Zaandam is particularly remarkable and there is enough to paint there for a lifetime”. Monet produced 25 pictures that explored several areas surrounding Zaandam, focussing his attention on the architectural motifs of the Dutch landscape, canals, mills and boats.
The opening sale of 2015 at O’Reilly’s of Francis St. in Dublin features a good selection of diamond solitaire rings and other jewellery, as well as silver and art. The auction will be held on January 28. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
An emerald and diamond cluster ring (5,500-6,500).
A Piaget diamond set bangle (2,400-2,800).
A 6.05 carat brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring (60,000-65,000).
An emerald cut 3.31 carat F colour diamond solitaire ring (65,000-75,000).