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  • THE KEYS OF THE GPO AT FONSIE MEALY’S CENTENARY SALE

    February 8th, 2016
    The GPO keys.

    The GPO keys.

    The 1916 GPO keys is one of the most unusual lots in the plethora of upcoming sales relating to the centenary of the Irish Rising.  The GPO was the centre of activities os these are a truly historic memento.  They will come up at the centenary sale at Fonsie Mealy in Castlecomer on April 23.  The Rising, on Easter Monday 1916, fell on April 24.

    LYNES AUCTION TO FEATURE LOTS FROM CASHEL PALACE

    February 7th, 2016
    The racing painting from the bar at Cashel Palace Hotel.

    The racing painting from the bar at Cashel Palace Hotel.

    A number of lots from the Cashel Palace Hotel, which has been sold, will come up at the Lynes and Lynes auction in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on February 20. Included is the racing painting that has been hanging in the bar for the last 45 years. By the artist Waldron West it features Irish and English characters at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day in 1950.  The estimate for the piece is 5,000-10,000.

    The auction includes and Irish Georgian mahogany long case clock by Fleming of Dublin.  It was located in the hallway of Cashel Palace, subsequently the fine well proportioned and welcoming lobby of the hotel.  It is estimated at 3,000-5,000.

    FIRST WORLD WAR RECRUITMENT POSTERS AT THE HUNT

    February 7th, 2016
    Answer the Call is the title of an exhibition of powerful First World War recruitment posters at the Hunt Museum in Limerick until March 11. On loan from the National Museums of Northern Ireland these posters illustrate various aspects of the drive for recruitment between 1914-1918.  In the year of the centenary of The Rising this is a particularly timely show which is well worth going to see.hunt 3hunt 2hunt poster

    A VIDEO ON FREUD’S PREGNANT GIRL

    February 6th, 2016

    Here is a video from Sotheby’s on Lucian Freud’s Pregnant Girl – capturing 17 year old Bernadine Coverly pregnant with Bella Freud – which comes up for auction on February 10.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 17, 2016)

    ADAM BUCK AT THE CRAWFORD GALLERY

    February 6th, 2016
    The work of Cork born Regency period portraitist Adam Buck (1759-1833) is celebrated in an exhibition now on at the Crawford Gallery. One of Regency England’s most sought after portrait painters he worked in Cork and Dublin for 20 years before moving to London in 1795.  There he immediately gained a roster of star clients including the Duke of York and his scandalous mistress Mary Anne Clarke.

    The second of four surviving children Adam was born to a family of silversmiths in Cork. His younger brother Frederick (1765-1840) became an established miniature painter who worked in Cork.  The Adam Buck exhibition is a distilled version of the exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford last year entitled: An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, an artist in the age of Jane Austen. It contains works from the National Gallery of Ireland, the Royal Collections Trust and the Crawford Permanent Collection.  A monograph publication written by Peter Darvall will accompany the exhibition which is at the Crawford until April 9.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 17, 2015).

    Adam Buck - Mary Anne Clarke by statue ©Private Collection.

    Adam Buck – Mary Anne Clarke by statue ©Private Collection.

    Adam Buck - First Steps ©Private Collection

    Adam Buck – First Steps ©Private Collection

    THE MOST EXPENSIVE CAR EVER SOLD AT AUCTION

    February 6th, 2016
    The most expensive car ever sold at auction

    The most expensive car ever sold at auction

    There was a world record for a car sold at auction when a Ferrari Scaglietti made 32 million euro at Artcurial in Paris last night. An international bidder acquired the iconic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti, from the Pierre Bardinon Collection.  It was sold with considerable theatricality.  The lights were dimmed, the room became silent, as the car, positioned in front of the podium, was brought in. Bidding began at 20 million euros and had reached 26 million within minutes as bidders on the telephone and in the room joined in battle.  It took another ten minutes before a bidder in the room triumphed over the only remaining telephone bidder.

    As the car left the managing director of Artcurial Motorcars Matthieu Lamoure declared:  “This exceptional Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti #0674 has achieved the highest auction price in international history, here in France, the home of the automobile, and in Paris, the world’s capital for collectors’ cars during the winter season”.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 21, 2015)

    AN ASSURED START TO 2016 AT CHRISTIE’S

    February 6th, 2016
    Max Ernst - The Stolen Mirror - was the top lot of the week at Christie's.

    Max Ernst – The Stolen Mirror – was the top lot of the week at Christie’s.

    RESULTS from the February auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Surreal art offer an assured start to 2016 according to  Christie’s.  The sales in London this week brought in £117.8 million.  The top lot of the week was The Stolen Mirror by Max Ernst which made £7.6 million.

    Christie’s report that demand continues across price levels, styles, media and periods. There were buyers from 35 countries across five continents for the week of sales.  There were new and established buyers at all price levels at King St. and South Kensington.  The Impressionist & Modern Art and Picasso Ceramics Sale realised the highest ever total for a various owner sale in the category at South Kensington.  No less than 46% of lots were either sold or directly underbid online.

    ENDURING COLLECTORS IN RESILIENT GLOBAL MARKET

    February 5th, 2016
    Paul Delvaux - Le Miroir - sold for £7.3 million, an auction record.

    Paul Delvaux – Le Miroir – sold for £7.3 million, an auction record.

    Collectors were out in force as Sotheby’s recorded sales of £126.8 million in London this week.  The enduring appetite of collectors in a resilient global market was noted by Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department.

    She said: The outstanding result of today’s ‘Picasso in Private’ auction drew the week of sales to a close on a high note, with prices soaring above high estimate. Looking at the results across our first sale series of 2016, we have seen solid demand and activity at each level of the market across as broad an international spectrum of participants as ever. We saw 5 works selling for over £7 million / $10 million through to 19 works that sold over £1 million / 26 over $1million, and extraordinary strength in sculpture and Surrealist art this week. With a remarkable 543 lots offered over the course of the week at a sell-through rate of 78%, the sale results reflect the enduring appetite of collectors in a resilient global market.”

    PICASSO’S PALETTE SELLS FOR £45,000

    February 5th, 2016
    Picasso's palette sold for £45,000.

    Picasso’s palette sold for £45,000.

    The first of Picasso’s paint palette’s ever to appear at auction sold for £45,000 at Sotheby’s in London today. Prices soared at the Picasso in Private sale of work from the collection of the artist’s grand daughter Marina.

    A glazed vase – Trois Visages – sold for £305,000 over a top estimate of £70,000 and Femme Debut – with the same high estimate – made £173,000. A bronze sculpture inspired by Marie Therese Walter sold for £425,000 over a top estimate of £180,000.  A pencil on paper work,   Études pour femme au chapeau, made £250,000 over a top estimate of £70,000.  The sale totalled £12 million.

    Visage

    Visage

     Étude d’un buste de femme, bras levé, sold for £221,000

    Étude d’un buste de femme, bras levé, sold for £221,000

    AN ATTIC SALE AT JAMES ADAM ON MONDAY

    February 5th, 2016

    The Attic Sale at James Adam in Dublin on February 8 offers a variety of lots.  These range from an oil study of a man in a bowler hat estimated at just 50-100 to an Edwardian oak cased canteen of cutlery (80-120). An Edwardian inlaid chiffonier has an estimate of 300-400 and an Irish 19th century lowboy has an estimate of 400-600.  The catalogue lists 443 lots and is online.  Here is a small selection:

    AN EDWARDIAN ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY INLAID CHIFFONEER (300-400)

    AN EDWARDIAN ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY INLAID CHIFFONEER (300-400)

    A VICTORIAN JACOBETHAN CARVED AND STAINED OAK UPRIGHT CABINET  (300-500)

    A VICTORIAN JACOBETHAN CARVED AND STAINED OAK UPRIGHT CABINET (300-500)

    AN EDWARDIAN OAK CASED CANTEEN CHEST (80-120)

    AN EDWARDIAN OAK CASED CANTEEN CHEST (80-120)

    Study of a man in bowler hat (20th Century English School) (50-100).

    Study of a man in bowler hat (20th Century English School) (50-100).