March 6th, 2015
Lot 31: Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944). )60,000-80,000).
In Dublin de Veres has opened a new auction room and gallery space at 35 Kildare St. This intimate and contemporary environment will show selected artworks and 20th century design furniture.
Their upcoming Irish art auction on March 24 will showcase this new space. It includes 92 lots of Irish art in a carefully selected sale with works by artists including Walter Osborne, Jack Yeats, William Conor, Colin Middleton and Roderic O’Conor. The catalogue for this sale is now available at de Veres.
March 5th, 2015
The vetting process for The European Fine Art Fair TEFAF takes place about one week in advance. Here is a tiny selection from the vast array of treasures which visitors to TEFAF – which runs from March 13 to March 22 at Maastricht in The Netherlands – can expect to find.
Thomas Pitts – Pagoda Epergne centrepiece at Koopman Rare Art.
A pair of Regency convex mirrors by Thomas Fentham (1771-1801) at Carlton Hobbs.
Pablo Picasso – Deux Nus Couches – at Thomas Gibson Fine Art.
Sofa – Vilhelm Lauritzen ( 1894-1984) at Galerie Dansk Mobelkunst
Pair of six fold paper screens, Japan 17th century Edo Period at Gregg Baker Asian Art.
Songye Figure – Galerie Bacquart.
Alberto Giacometti – L’Albatros – at l’Arc en Seine.
Two Famille Verte Phoenix Tail vases, China, Kangxi Period (1662-1722) from exhibitor Luis Alegria. They were previously in the collections of both J. Pierpont Morgan and Nelson Rockefeller.
March 4th, 2015
Is this painting the earliest known depiction of Irish road bowling?
What is billed as the earliest known painting of Irish road bowling will be offered at the Chelsea Antiques Fair in London. Bagshawe Fine Art will display the work at the fair at Chelsea Town Hall from March 18 to March 22. Art dealer Nicholas Bagshawe said: “It is not yet totally certain who the artist of this picture is, but we are becoming increasingly convinced that it is the work of Nathanial Grogan junior (c1765-1820). The work is dateable from the style of painting and the costumes worn to 1790-1800. Bowling, which is possibly of Dutch origin, has been played in Ireland since the 17th century and is still played today on the country roads of counties Cork and Armagh.
According to Dr. Fintan Lane, the author of “Long Bullets – A History of Irish Road Bowling”, this is the earliest known depiction of the sport. Up to now the earliest known painting of bowling was Daniel MacDonald’s Bowling Match at Castlemary which dates to 1842 and is in the collection of the Crawford Gallery in Cork. Nicholas Bagshawe believes the Grogans, both senior and junior, are the most likely candidates for this work. “As art historians start to differentiate their work more accurately it seems that Nathanial Grogan senior, while a better known and seemingly more prolific artist, might not have been capable of painting a large front of stage figure with quite the fluency shown here. It is more likely that we are looking at the work of his son”. Grogan junior is also known to have exhibited a painting during his lifetime called The Bowl Players.
March 4th, 2015
Antique furniture, art, bronzes, chandeliers and gilt antique over mantle mirrors will come under the hammer at an auction at Wanderers RFC, Merrion Road, Dublin on March 8. The Ashgrove Group of auctioneers in association with Drums Auctioneers will offer contents from St. Peters, Ailesbury Road, Dublin, a family home for most of the last 40 years. Furniture includes a Bergere suite in the style of Anjelica Kaufman, a regency tradition dining table and a set of ten Chippendale style dining chairs. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
A Chippendale tradition carved wood cartouche shaped mirror with exotic bird mounts.
A set of 10 Chippendale tradition dining chairs (1,000-1,200).
Percy French – West of Ireland cottage in a landscape (watercolour) (3,000-4,000).
A Regency Irish mahogany card table (600-800).
A Georgian fold over card table on platform base with lyre support (1,000-1,500).
March 4th, 2015
An outstanding Southern Song ‘Guan’ Vase from a Japanese Collection (Expected to fetch in excess of HK$60 million / US$7.7 million)
An outstanding southern Song ‘Guan’ Vase from a Japanese collection – unseen on the market for four decades – will lead Sotheby’s Chinese works of art spring sales in Hong Kong on April 7. A total of six sales will offer more than 250 lots with a total estimate of around US$76 million. They will include two theme sales respectively dedicated to the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors of the Qing dynasty, two of the greatest art patrons and collectors in Chinese history.
Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s Asia Deputy Chairman and International Head of Chinese Works of Art, said, “We are privileged to offer this season some of the most outstanding Chinese works of art to come to the market in recent history. The Southern Song Guan vase, a masterpiece of ceramic art, and the jade seal that the Yongzheng Emperor used to impress on his own calligraphy are worthy of the finest public or private collections.”
March 3rd, 2015
An 1825 Cork silver freedom box with considerable history behind it comes up at the James Adam Sunday Interiors sale in Dublin on March 8. It was awarded with the freedom of the city of Cork to Vice-Admiral Robert Plampin (1762-1834), who served in the American and French Revolutionary Wars, guarded Napoleon on St. Helena and commanded the Irish Squardron in Cork. Made by Richard Garde it is estimated at 8,000-12,000. An Irish George III c1770 silver centrepiece with the marks of George Mullin is estimated at 12,000-16,000. Around 450 lots with estimated values from 50 to 16,000 will come under the hammer. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
A CORK FREEDOM BOX, mark of Richard Garde of Cork, bearing Dublin hallmarks for 1825 (8,000-12,000).
PAIR OF WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY FRAMED SIDE CHAIRS (2,000-3,000).
LATE 19TH CENTURY GILTWOOD AND GESSO PIER MIRROR (2,000-3,000).
ADOLF SCHREYER (1828-1899) Loading firewood in a Snowy Forest (3,000-5,000).
A GEORGE III WALNUT SECRÉTAIRE CHEST-ON-CHEST (5,000-7,000).
AN IMPORTANT IRISH GEORGE III FOUR-BRANCH CENTREPIECE EPERGNE, Dublin 1770, mark of Charles Mullen (Mullin) (12,000-16,000).
March 2nd, 2015
Venice, Le Grand Canal by Monet sold for £23.7 million.
Worldwide auction sales at Sotheby’s reached $6.1 billion dollars in 2014, the highest total ever. One third of buyers were new to Sotheby’s and accounted for almost one fifth of sales according to results released today. Greater Chinese clients purchased more than $1 billion across sales rooms. There were record totals in 14 categories including Contemporary art ($1.7 billion, up 20.3%); Impressionist and Modern art ($1.4 billion, up 26.7%); jewellery ($602.5 million, up13.8%) and watches ($107.2 million, up 10.9%).
Dramatic growth in online bidding and buying is reported. Last year there were nearly 25% more online bidders than in 2013 and ten lots sold for $500,000 to online bidders. There was an increase of nearly 20% in new bidders online.
In 2015 so far there has been a 20% increase year on year of lots sold for over $10 million, a 12% increase in global participation, a 19% increase in Chinese buyers and one million hits on Sotheby’s digital productions in February. The top art lot of the February London auctions was Claude Monet’s Venice, Le Grand Canal which sold for £23.7 million.
March 2nd, 2015
Asian art will come under the hammer on the final day of Sheppards three day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on Thursday, March 5. Lots 1201 to 1394 comprise a variety of vases, bowls, dishes, censors, cups and carvings. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection: (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 23, 2015).
Chinese Republican Period polychrome brush pot (2,500-3,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600
Qing period famille verte vase (3,000-5,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000
Qing period blue and white vase (1,500-2,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600
18th century Qianlong jade duck and lotus (1.500-2,500) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
Large Chinese famille verte urn and cover (5,000-8,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,500
Large 19th century Cantonese famille rose bowl (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 850
March 2nd, 2015
A complete set of The Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on April 1. In what is considered to be one of the most remarkable continuing photographic series of the 20th and 21st centuries Nixon shot the first portrait of his wife Bebe, then 25, Heather 23, Laurie 21, and Mimi 15 in 1975, and has subsequently recreated a version of the portrait every year since using an 8 x 10-inch view camera. The result is a highly detailed and captivating work of conceptual art documenting the four sisters’ evolution through the years. This body of work comes directly from the collection of Mrs. Mary Robinson who, along with her late husband David, is known not only as one of the West Coast’s most important art collectors but also benefactors, having donated a significant collection of 150 early photographs to the National Gallery of Art in 1995. The set of 40 photographs offered as a single lot is estimated at $200,000-300,000.
The Brown sisters in 2010.
The Brown sisters in 1975.