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  • A MINIATURE FROM THE COURT OF EMPEROR AKBAR

    August 28th, 2016
    mughal minThis miniature oil on ivory represents the Court of the Mughal Emperor Aldwar (Akbar) Shah II at Delhi around 1820. A long haired prince is on trial for discharging a pistol at the British resident at Delhi.  He was imprisoned and died in 1821.  There is some doubt about who the resident was, but it is thought to be Sir Charles Metcalfe.
    The Metcalfe’s were Anglo Irish gentry and central to Indian affairs for four generations.  Metcalfe’s mission as Resident in Delhi was to neutralise the authority of the Mughal emperor and get a grip on civil administration.  He afterwards became Governor General of Canada. The miniature is from the collection of the late Dr. Bryan Alton and is to be auctioned by James Adam in Dublin on September 6. It is estimated at 6,000-8,000.

    AN INNOCENT CHILD CAUGHT UP IN WAR

    August 27th, 2016
    The Disasters of War  47 by Gottfried Helnwein  (£30,000-50,000)

    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)

    An innocent child caught up in war is the peculiarly appropriate focus of a work by the artist Gottfried Helnwein entitled The Disasters of War at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13.  The painting is not about Syria, it is about humankind. The work of Helnwein, who lives and works at Gurteen Castle in Co. Tipperary, is informed by his upbringing in post war Austria where World War 2 cast a horrifying shadow.  This innocent child in this photo realist work bears the scars of adulthood’s violence and corruptibility.  Helnwein, whose works are in major public collections, moved to Ireland in 1997. His work was exhibited in Kilkenny (2001), at the Crawford in Cork (2004) and in Waterford (2008)

    An international platform like Sotheby’s  is an important springboard for Irish art.  Over the years and through booms and busts the auction house has found new buyers from countries around the world for our artists.  Modern and contemporary Irish art is to take centre stage again in London on September 13.  The roll call of artists in the sale includes Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, F.E. MacWilliam, Rowan Gillespie and Gottfried Helnwein.
    Highlights from the auction, which features important work by stalwarts like Lavery, Yeats and O’Conor as well as more contemporary artists like Elizabeth Magill, Melita Denaro, Eilis O’Connell, John Doherty and Rita Duffy, will be on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin next week.  Viewing at the RHA is from 10 am to 5 pm on September 1, 2 and 3  and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday September 4. The Irish viewing will include four Irish art works from David Bowie’s collection to be sold in November, Sleep Sound by Yeats, a watercolour entitled James Joyce by le Brocquy and two works by William Scott, Girl Seated at a Table and Winter Still Life No. 2.

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)

     Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery  (£150,000-250,000)

    Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)

    THE McCLELLAND’S PRIVATE COLLECTION AT WHYTE’S

    August 25th, 2016

    The private collection of the late George and Maura McClelland is to be sold through a series of auctions at Whyte’s in Dublin in 2016-17. George McClelland was an art dealer of renown in Ireland and Britain for over fifty years. He sold most of his stock to a private collector in 2006, who in turn donated a large part to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. George and his wife Maura retained about 200 works which they especially treasured. These are now offered at Whyte’s. Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy - Travellers, 1948 (60,000-80,000)

    Louis le Brocquy – Travellers, 1948 (60,000-80,000)

    William John Leech - Bowl of Fruit (12,000-15,000)

    William John Leech – Bowl of Fruit (12,000-15,000)

    F. E. McWilliam - Woman Kneeling (100,000-150,000)

    F. E. McWilliam – Woman Kneeling (100,000-150,000)

    Morning Light, Paradise Islands, Bahamas, 1980 by Tony O'Malley (15,000-20,000)

    Morning Light, Paradise Islands, Bahamas, 1980 by Tony O’Malley (15,000-20,000)

    CARPEAUX SCULPTURE FOR GARNIER FACADE AT CHRISTIE’S, PARIS

    August 25th, 2016

    A sculpture by Carpeaux for the facade of the Opera Garnier in a interior by Emilio Terry will feature at the sale of An Exceptional Collection by Christie’s in Paris on September 15.   Set to take place during the Biennale des Antiquaires the auction is an opportunity to view an exquisite collection in a beautiful interior.  The décor of this hôtel particulier was created by Emilio Terry. It includes several masterpieces assembled across three generations.  Le Génie de la Danse was executed by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux to highlight the Opéra Garnier’s façade and  Terry designed the setting in which it fits.

    Simon de Monicault, Head of the Furniture and Works of Art department, Christie’s France, adds: “Collections that were laid out by Emilio Terry, major decorator of the 20th century, rarely come to the market. This beautiful hotel particulier has remained intact since Terry’s work in the 1960’s, and grandly brings together 17th and 18th century masterpieces and the neoclassic décor, so characteristic of his work. Pieces have continually been selected by the collectors to fit Terry’s setting, as shown by the works of Christian Bérard and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, acquired directly from the artists”.  Around 200 lots will come under the hammer in a sale estimated to bring in around four million euro.

    Génie de la Danse, executed circa 1865-75 by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)  (600,000-1,000,000).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016.

    Génie de la Danse, executed circa 1865-75 by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) (600,000-1,000,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.

    A pair of Famille Rose potiches couvertes c1740-50 Qing Dynasty (100,000-200,000). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    A pair of Famille Rose potiches couvertes c1740-50 Qing Dynasty (100,000-200,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    The living room, decorated in light grey panelling conceived by Emilio Terry,

    The living room, decorated in light grey panelling conceived by Emilio Terry,

    An important Louis XVI bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny. (400,000-600,000) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    An important Louis XVI bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny. (400,000-600,000) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    SLEEP SOUND BY YEATS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID BOWIE

    August 23rd, 2016
    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie.

    Sleep Sound, a 1955 painting by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie, comes up at Sotheby’s in November. It is one of about 400 lots from the Bowie collection to be sold. Now estimated at around £180,000 it was bought at Sotheby’s by Bowie in 1993 for £45,500. Sotheby’s will tour to Bowie Collection to New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.  It will be on display at New Bond St. in London form November 1-10.

    Yeats, who is Ireland’s best know artist on the international stage, was a modernist and expressionist whose art frequently expresses the essence of its subject.  Under these circumstances it is hardly surprising that the artistic Bowie was numbered among his fans.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14, 2016)

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES AT ADAMS, BLACKROCK

    August 23rd, 2016

    The interiors and fine art sale at Adams, Blackrock, Dublin on August 30 features Antique furniture, Irish art, chandeliers, porcelain, silver, jewellery and collectibles. More than 300 lots will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    An early q19th century twin pedestal dining table (6,000-8,000)

    An early 19th century twin pedestal dining table (6,000-8,000)

    A set of 14 early 19th century Hepplewhite style dining chairs (7,000-8,000)

    A set of 14 early 19th century Hepplewhite style dining chairs (7,000-8,000) Provenance, the Clarke family, Imperial Tobacco, Manchester.

    A Mason's Mandalay 42 piece dinner and tea service (200-300)

    A Mason’s Mandalay 42 piece dinner and tea service (200-300)

    A Victorian mahogany sofa (500-800)

    A Victorian mahogany sofa (500-800)

    This William IV rosewood side cabinet is estimated at 300-500.

    This William IV rosewood side cabinet is estimated at 300-500.

    THE LEICA FAMILY TREE OF CAMERAS AT CHRISTIE’S

    August 22nd, 2016
    The Leica family tree. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016.

    The Leica family tree. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.

    THE Leica Camera Family Tree comes up at Christie’s Out of the Ordinary sale in London on September 14.  This is a history of the Leica camera comprising 107 of the principal models.

    These show the evolution of the marque from pre-production models, the screw-fit Leica series, M-series, R-series, to digital models, from c1923 to 2006.  The display, formerly part of the Leica Sölms factory museum, is mounted as a family tree by model and date of production.

    The introduction of the Leica heralded a new type of photographer: the photojournalist, who made use of the camera’s small size and ability to work unobtrusively in low-light or fast-moving conditions with previously difficult subjects.

    Users like Robert Capa, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Leni Riefenstahl, Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson created some of the world’s best known images using a  Leica.

    PENNY DREADFUL PROPS AUCTION IN IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER

    August 21st, 2016
    Set in Victorian London, shot in Ireland and now to be sold here are all the props used in the award winning TV series Penny Dreadful.  They will come up at a three day sale at Punchestown Race Course on September 13, 14 and 15.  Ashgrove Auctioneers of Co. Laois will offer around 4,000 lots and in a live and online auction that is sure to draw global interest.
    Oscar winner Sam Mendes was one of the producers of Penny Dreadful which resurrected classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. No expense was spared in the making of the series filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. Much of what is on offer are genuine antique lots, some, like the outdoor Victorian street lighting, is reproduction.  There is Irish Georgian furniture, taxidermy including a life size gazelle and a bear cub, a horse drawn carriage, a rowing boat,a ceiling light in the form of a skull, life sized skeletons, hall lanterns, silver plate, brass, glass and carpets in a sale which is brimful of curiosity and interest. The cast of Penny Dreadful included Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Tim Dalton, Eva Greene and Reeve Carney.

    Billie Piper as Lily Frankenstein

    Billie Piper as Lily Frankenstein

    Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as Ethan and Vanessa

    Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as Ethan and Vanessa in the final episode.

    A pair of antique wine coolers

    A pair of antique wine coolers

    Victorian London as depicted in Penny Dreadful.

    Victorian London as depicted in Penny Dreadful.

    BECKETT AND JOYCE – AN EARLY CRITIQUE

    August 19th, 2016

    beckettA first edition of an early critique by Samuel Beckett with and about James Joyce is available with London rare booksellers Peter Harrington. Published by Shakespeare and Company in 1929 “Our Exagmination Round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress” comes with letters of protest by G. V. L. Slingsby and Vladimir Dixon. This is copy 45 of 96 large numbered copies printed on Verge d’Arches. This early critique of Joyce’s final work was published some 10 years prior to the publication of Finnegan’s Wake.  Part of the incentive to publish was apparently to raise funds for the perennially impecunious Joyce. A myth surrounding this work is that one or both of the two letters of protest were written by Joyce himself. However both authors existed – indeed Beach herself commissioned Slingsby. Dixon’s effort was an unsolicited one by a Russian émigré who was to die in Paris in 1929, just as the book was published.

    The critique is priced at £4,750 and is one of a number of plays, novels, essays and inscribed items spanning Beckett’s career now available at Peter Harrington on Dover St. in London.

    WATERFORD CRYSTAL AT KEIGHERY’S AUGUST AUCTION

    August 18th, 2016

    Waterford chandeliers, silver, rugs, antique furniture and art will come under the hammer at R.J. Keighery’s auction in Waterford on August 22.  There are 960 lots in total and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    TOM CULLEN (1934 - 2001) MERCHANTS ARCH, DUBLIN OLD DUBLIN SERIES 1977 (500-700)

    TOM CULLEN (1934 – 2001)
    MERCHANTS ARCH, DUBLIN
    OLD DUBLIN SERIES 1977 (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    PERSIAN SILK PRAYER RUG (400-600)

    PERSIAN SILK PRAYER RUG (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 580

    OVAL TIFFANY SILVER 925 TRAY (500-700)

    OVAL TIFFANY SILVER 925 TRAY (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 600

    LARGE WATERFORD CRYSTAL CHANDELIER "ETOILE" 41" HIGH (6,000-9,000)

    LARGE WATERFORD CRYSTAL CHANDELIER “ETOILE” 41″ HIGH (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,800