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  • FRANCIS BACON TOPS CHRISTIE’S £95.6 MILLION SALE IN LONDON

    July 1st, 2015
    Bidding in progress for Bacon's Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer.

    Bidding in progress for Bacon’s Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer.

    Francis Bacon’s Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer  was the top lot at Christie’s post war and contemporary art evening sale in London last night. It made £12,178,500 in an auction that achieved £95,646,500.  Bidding was particularly active for collections from the Museum of Old and New Art (£4,630,000) and The Jacobs Collection (£6,993,000).  There was enthusiasm for artists including Jean Dubuffet, Richard Hamilton and Morris Louis.

    Bidders from 34 countries across three continents competed for works by exciting contemporary artists alongside classics of the category. Records included Chris Ofili’s Holy Virgin Mary (£2,882,500), Malcolm Morley (£1,202,500), R.H Quaytman (£578,500), Jeff Elrod (£218,500), Brent Wadden (£122,500) and The Chapman Brothers (£422,500). Christie’s said the auction showed further evidence of the momentum in market that has been witnessed over a record-breaking season of sales for Christie’s across Europe and the US, with strong results not only in New York but also Amsterdam, Milan and Paris.

    AN ABUNDANT SELECTION AT SHEPPARDS

    June 29th, 2015
    Fine furniture, Oriental porcelain, carpets and rugs, art, silver, jewellery and collectibles come up in abundance at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on June 30 and July 1. A c1780 carved gilt wood Chippendale pier mirror is estimated at 8,000-12,000 while an Arts and Craft silver serving spoon is estimated at just 50-80. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 19, 2015).

    Irish eighteenth-century period silver table, circa 1760 (6,000-9,000)

    Irish eighteenth-century period silver table, circa 1760 (6,000-9,000)

    Irish nineteenth-century carved gilt wood centre table (14,000-18,000)

    Irish nineteenth-century carved gilt wood centre table (14,000-18,000)

    John Singleton Copley (1737-1813) Portrait of a gentleman (15,000-25,000).

    John Singleton Copley (1737-1813) Portrait of a gentleman (15,000-25,000).

    A Coalbrookedale garden seat (1,400-1,800).

    A Coalbrookedale garden seat (1,400-1,800).

    SHELL BACK DESIGN CHAIRS AT DREWEATTS

    June 28th, 2015

    A pair of George II c1735 shell back chairs estimated at £20,000-30,000 at the Dreweatts and Bloomsbury auction of fine furniture, works of art, clocks and carpets at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire on June 30 could go higher.  The highly decorative chairs are attributed to Giles Grendey. He became an apprentice in 1709. By 1716 he had a workshop in Clerkenwell, London, from where he ran a successful export business.  The distinct shell back design relates to a number of sets attributed to Grendey.

    A George II carved gilt wood centre table in the same auction is possibly Irish c1735.  The marble top table has a decorated frieze with each side centred with carved native American mask and scrolling foliage surround.  The legs are headed by similar masks.

    A pair of chairs

    A pair of chairs with distinct shell back design. UPDATE: THE CHAIRS DID NOT SELL

    This c1735 gilt table is estimated at

    This c1735 gilt centre table is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

     

    THE FIRST MILITARY CROSS AWARDED TO A CHAPLAIN AT CORK AUCTION

    June 27th, 2015
    World War II medals awarded to Archdeacon Tom Duggan – the first chaplain to be awarded a Military Cross in the Second World War – come up at Woodwards in Cork on July 1 at 6 pm. A chaplain in Flanders during the First World War – where he was taken prisoner in 1918 – Tom Duggan joined up again at the outbreak of the Secord World War in 1939.  His Military Cross, OBE breast badge and war medals from 1939-45 are at Woodwards. He taught at St. Finbarr’s seminary in Cork between the wars and ended up as a missionary in Peru .  He died in 1961 at the age of 71 and his funeral was attended by Bishop Lucey of Cork and Cardinal Cushing of Boston.
    A book about Archdeacon Duggan by Dr. Carthach McCarthy was published by Blackwater Press in 1994.  The auction is on the internet and Woodwards reckon the set could make up to 5,000.

    The medal set including the Military Cross  awarded to Tom Duggan.

    The medal set including the Military Cross awarded to Tom Duggan.

    The OBE awarded to the catholic chaplain.

    The OBE awarded to the catholic chaplain.

    A CONTEMPORARY ART SALE SET TO BE MOST VALUABLE EVER IN EUROPE

    June 26th, 2015

    The Contemporary art evening auction at Sotheby’s on July 1 is set to be the most valuable sale of its kind ever staged in Europe.  The sale features masterpieces by the greatest names in contemporary art including Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Lucien Freud, Gerhard Richter and David Hockney.  The pre-sale estimate if £143.2-204.6 million.

    Sotheby’s announced today that the Impressionist and Modern art sales series at Sotheby’s in London this week achieved a combined total of £207.8 million, an increase of almost 40%  on last years equivalent sales. There was a 10% increase in participation and global reach went up by almost 20%. Here are some of the upcoming contemporary lots.

    David Hockney ARRANGED FELLED TREES Estimate: £1,500,000 — 2,000,000

    David Hockney
    ARRANGED FELLED TREES
    Estimate: £1,500,000 — 2,000,000

    Gerhard Richter A B, BRICK TOWER signed, dated 1987  (£12-16 million)

    Gerhard Richter
    A B, BRICK TOWER
    signed, dated 1987 (£12-16 million)

    IRISH ART AND SCULPTURE AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    June 26th, 2015

    The catalogue for Morgan O’Driscoll’s latest off the wall online auction of Irish art is now live.  It features a variety of affordable artworks including sculpture.  The sale runs until July 6 at 6.30 pm.  Here is a small selection:

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) Ruined Cottage, Rathmullen (8,000-12,000)

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Ruined Cottage, Rathmullen (8,000-12,000)

    Jan Sweeney (b.1939) Harry the Hare  bronze sculpture edition 1/12 (2,000-3,000)

    Jan Sweeney (b.1939)
    Harry the Hare
    bronze sculpture edition 1/12 (2,000-3,000)

    ohn Behan RHA (b.1938) Famine Ship  bronze sculpture edition 1/9 (2,500-3,500)

    John Behan RHA (b.1938)
    Famine Ship
    bronze sculpture edition 1/9 (2,500-3,500)

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Bringing Home The Turf  (3,000-4,000)

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    Bringing Home The Turf (3,000-4,000)

    George Gillespie RUA (1924-1996) River Derg  (2,000-3,000)

    George Gillespie RUA (1924-1996)
    River Derg (2,000-3,000)

    A RARE SET OF 12 IRISH CHAIRS AT LONDON’S OLYMPIA FAIR

    June 25th, 2015

    A rare set of 12 Irish George II mahogany chairs is among many feature items at the John Carroll Antiques stand at the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair which continues in London until June 28.  It is highly unusual to find twelve chairs from the same set and this one is priced at £75,000.  Mr. Carroll, who is maintaining an important Irish presence at this prestigious international fair with some fine antique furniture, is offering other noteworthy items such as an Irish 18th century carved gilt wood pier glass.  The top has opposing squirrels above a central mask of Diana.    There is a George II breakfront library bookcase and a marvellous George IV circular extending dining table.  Here is a small sample:

    An Irish mirror with squirrel mounts.

    An Irish 18th century mirror with squirrel mounts.

    A rare set of 12 Irish chairs

    A rare set of 12 Irish George II chairs.

    A fine library bookcase.

    A fineGeorge II breakfront library bookcase.

    A George IV circular extending dining table.

    A George IV circular extending dining table.

    JOHN CRAXTON’S SEATED FIGURE THE TOP LOT AT ADAMS

    June 25th, 2015

    John Craxton’s Seated Figure was the top lot at the James Adam sale of the collection of Conor Fallon and Nancy Wynne-Jones in Dublin last night. It made 40,000 at hammer.  Craxton, who died in 2009, once shared a studio with Lucian Freud and was the subject of a retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1967.  Composition in Blue by Peter Kinley sold for a hammer price of 15,000, Trout by Conor Fallon made 8,000, Interior with Figure, St. Ives by Tony O’Malley made 6,400, Church Town, Zennor by Peter Lanyon made 4,800, Kinsale Harbour by Nancy Wynne Jones made 2,600 and La Rencontre by Michael Farrell made 7,500.

    Seated Figure by John Craxton made 40,000.

    Seated Figure by John Craxton made 40,000.

    Trout by Conor Fallon made 8,000 at hammer

    Trout by Conor Fallon made 8,000 at hammer

    SEVEN WORKS SELL FOR MORE THAN £10 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S

    June 24th, 2015
    Klimt's portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.

    Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.

    Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.

    Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.

    No less than seven works sold for more than £10 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale in London this evening. Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew made £39.1 million;  Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism, 18th construction sold for £21.4 million; Manet’s Le Bar aux Folies Bergere made £16.9 million and there was a record for a sculpture by Edgar Degas when Petite Danseuse a quatorze ans sold for £15.8 million.

    The sale realized £178.6 million.  This is the second highest total for any sale ever held in London.  Melanie Clore, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe & Co-Chairman Worldwide, Impressionist & Modern Art, said: “Tonight’s result is testament to the truly outstanding quality of the works on offer.  To follow our highest totals for Impressionist and Modern art sales in New York, with another sensational sale in London, emphasises the strength of what is undoubtedly a truly global market. Our worldwide network of specialists are working with a broader collector base than ever before, so whether it’s New York, London, or any of our worldwide selling locations, we are seeing incredibly strong results across the board.”

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 10, June 4, June 2, May 22 and May 13, 2015)

    SOME IRISH TREASURES AT MASTERPIECE IN LONDON

    June 24th, 2015

    THERE is Irish treasure to be found at Masterpiece in London.  As well as the Picasso’s, Turner’s and Lowry’s in abundance, the Chippendale pieces, the rarest of timepieces, the Sevres, bronzes and antiquities worth millions, the sixth  edition of this prestigious fair offers a selection of antique Irish furniture, art, collectibles and silver to discriminating collectors with deep pockets.  Masterpiece previews today at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Apter Fredericks are displaying the Leinster House cabinets in their current spring catalogue, priced at £325,000 (see post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 3). A first 1922 edition of Ulysses is priced at £250,000 at Peter Harrington.  Signed by James Joyce it is from the first hundred copies printed which are always the most valuable.  The Earl of Drogheda’s silver epergne centerpiece by Robert Calderwood is priced at £85,000 at Koopman Rare Art. Philip Mould has a recently discovered works by Sir John Lavery at £275,000. A thick varnish was removed and the artist had painted out his own signature when he returned at a later date to enhance it. It has now been authenticated.  Masterpiece continues until July 1.  Here are some Irish pieces in the fair:

    Lady Lavery on Horseback - a recently discovered work by Sir John Lavery at Philip Mould priced £275,000.

    Lady Lavery on Horseback – a recently discovered work by Sir John Lavery at Philip Mould priced £275,000. Copyright Philip Mould and Company.

    The Earl of Drogheda's silver eperge by Robert Calderwood at Koopman Rare Art (£85,000).

    The Earl of Drogheda’s silver eperge by Robert Calderwood at Koopman Rare Art (£85,000).

    A c1745 Irish side table at Rolleston (£90,000).

    A c1745 Irish side table at Rolleston (£90,000).

    An Irish George II side table at Frank Patridge (£65,000).

    An Irish George II tea table or silver table at Frank Patridge (£65,000).

    A George II Irish side table at Apter Fredericks (£225,000).

    A George II Irish side table at Apter Fredericks (£225,000).

    An Irish George II oval mirror chandelier at Ronald Phillips.

    An Irish George II oval mirror chandelier at Ronald Phillips.