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  • TREASURES FROM CASTLE HOWARD AT SOTHEBY’S IN JULY

    March 29th, 2015
    Castle Howard with Atlas Fountain  Copyright ® Mike Kipling

    Castle Howard with Atlas Fountain
    Copyright ® Mike Kipling

    TREASURES from the collections of Castle Howard, one of Britain’s greatest and most beautiful country houses, will be offered at Sotheby’s in London this summer.  Familiar the world over as the backdrop to the TV drama Brideshead Revisited and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, the grandeur of the house is echoed by the magnificent collections of antiquities, paintings, furniture and works of art that have graced its interiors for nearly three centuries.  A range of periods and media, from Roman antiquities to Old Master paintings and 17th-century Italian furniture, will be offered at the Old Masters and Treasures sales in London on July 8.  The combined estimate is more than £10 million.

    The Hon. Nicholas Howard said: I am privileged to be able to say that Castle Howard is my family’s heritage and has been since it was built over 300 years ago. With that privilege comes the responsibility of ownership, and the Trustees’ unanimous decision to hold this sale is the exercise of that responsibility. If the sale helps to secure that heritage as the house moves into its fourth century then it will have achieved its goal. To this end, we have selected for sale at Sotheby’s a small number of works which, while of great intrinsic interest, have been carefully chosen so as not to detract from the overall integrity of the collection.”

    The Hon. Simon Howard added: “Running Castle Howard for the last 30 years has been an immense privilege. Now, as a new chapter in its history opens, the sales that we are planning at Sotheby’s will make an important contribution to the long term future of the Castle Howard estate and collections.”

    Henry Wyndham, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe commented: “The collections at Castle Howard chart two millennia of history and 300 years of collecting, and rank among the finest private art collections in the world. The carefully selected group of works to be auctioned this summer is testament to the taste of a series of enlightened art patrons, starting with the visionary 3rd Earl of Carlisle, and continuing through his Romanophile son, Henry, collector of antiquities and Venetian vedute, to his diplomat grandson Frederick, 5th Earl of Carlisle, who is thought by many to have been the most refined English collector of the period around 1800.”

    A pair of Italian pietre dure and ormolu-mounted ebony cabinets, roman, early 17th century, on a pair of regency rosewood and parcel gilt stands  (£700,000-1,000,000).

    A pair of Italian pietre dure and ormolu-mounted ebony cabinets, roman, early 17th century, on a pair of regency rosewood and parcel gilt stands (£700,000-1,000,000).

    A monumental granite vase with graceful leaf-shaped handle terminals, from Roman Egypt, circa 1st Century B.C., said to have been found in the Baths of Augustus in Rome and acquired by Frederick Howard in 1801 at the sale of the Bessborough Collection (£400,000 - 600,000)

    A monumental granite vase with graceful leaf-shaped handle terminals, from Roman Egypt, circa 1st Century B.C., said to have been found in the Baths of Augustus in Rome and acquired by Frederick Howard in 1801 at the sale of the Bessborough Collection
    (£400,000 – 600,000)

    BERNARDO BELLOTTO (Venice 1722–1780 Warsaw) Venice, a view of the Grand Canal looking south from the Palazzo Foscari and Palazzo Morolin towards the Church of Santa Maria Della Carita, with numerous gondolas and barges (£2.5-3.5 MILLION).

    BERNARDO BELLOTTO
    (Venice 1722–1780 Warsaw)
    Venice, a view of the Grand Canal looking south from the Palazzo Foscari and Palazzo Morolin towards the
    Church of Santa Maria Della Carita, with numerous gondolas and barges (£2.5-3.5 MILLION).

    Studio of Hans Holbein Portrait of Henry VIII Three quarter length , wearing a wide velvet surcoat, holding a stick Bears initials and dated 1542 (£800,000-1,200,000)

    Studio of Hans Holbein
    Portrait of Henry VIII
    Three quarter length , wearing a wide velvet surcoat, holding a stick
    Bears initials and dated 1542
    (£800,000-1,200,000)

    THE AVANT GARDE ART OF ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION FOUNDER

    March 29th, 2015

    THE avant garde art collection of the international Alzheimer’s Association founder and Chicago businessman Jerome H. Stone will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York this spring.  There are modern works by artists including Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Marc Chagall.  Assembled with his wife Evelyn in the 1950’s and ’60’s the collection is drawn exclusively from leading dealers of the day, including Pierre Matisse and Sidney Janis.  It has been unseen in public for more than 40 years. The works, estimated at more than $40 million, will be offered across a series of sales. Highlights will be at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale on May 5.

    Following the diagnosis of his wife Evelyn in 1970 Jerome Stone brought visibility to a disease that was virtually undiscussed at the time. This commitment led to the creation of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1979.

    Alberto Giacometti Pommes Dans L'atelier 1950 ($3.5-5 million).

    Alberto Giacometti
    Pommes Dans L’atelier
    1950 ($3.5-5 million).

    Juan Gris Guitare et compotier 1919 ($2-3 million)

    Juan Gris Guitare et compotier 1919 ($2-3 million)

    Fernand Léger La Roue Bleue, État Définitif ($6-8 million).

    Fernand Léger
    La Roue Bleue, État Définitif ($8-12 million).

    Alberto Giacometti Buste de Diego (Aménophis) ($6-8 million

    Alberto Giacometti
    Buste de Diego (Aménophis) ($6-8 million

    Marc Chagall La Maison Rouge 1948 ($2.5-3.5 million).

    Marc Chagall La Maison Rouge 1948 ($2.5-3.5 million).

    SCULPTURE AT THE LAVIT GALLERY IN CORK

    March 27th, 2015

    Stone, sculpted glass, bronze, clay and glazes all feature  in Sculpture – an exhibition at Cork Arts Society at the Lavit Gallery until April 11.  Those taking part are Cormac Boydell, Anna Campbell, Leo Higgins, Sonia Landweer, Fidelma Massey, Michael Quane, Martha Quinn and Killian Schurmann.  Everything on show is domestic in scale.  Here are a couple of examples.

    Martha Quinn - Sun Seeds (Marble).

    Martha Quinn – Sun Seeds (Marble).

    Killian Schurmann - hot sculpted glass.

    Killian Schurmann – hot sculpted glass.

    LISSADELL SOFAS MAKE 12,000 AT MEALY’S

    March 26th, 2015

    A  pair of George IV period Irish mahogany sofas once at Lissadell House sold for 12,000 at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 25.  It was the second day of a three day auction which concludes today. Results are good. A Chinese sang de boeuf Qianlong dish with a top estimate of 3,000 sold for 6,500; a nest of four 19th century satinwood and mahogany tables made 5,000 over a top estimate of 1,200; The Lion Hunt attributed to  Willem van Herp made 4,000 over a top estimate of 3,000; a c1750 Staffordshire teapot and cover made 3,400 over a top estimate of 1,100; a Meiji Period bronze urn and cover made 3,000 over a top estimate of 1,200 and 106 volumes of Thom’s Irish Directory made 2,800 over a top estimate of 1,200.

    UPDATE:  The three day sale brought in about 360,000 at hammer.  No less than 40% of buyers on the telephone and the internet were from outside the country.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 18 and March 13, 2015).

    One of a pair of Irish George IV sofas once at Lissadell. The pair sold for 12,000.

    One of a pair of Irish George IV sofas once at Lissadell. The pair sold for 12,000.

    A Qianlong sang de boeuf dish

    A Qianlong sang de boeuf dish sold for 6,500

    A large Japanese Meiji Period bronze urn and cover.

    A large Japanese Meiji Period bronze urn and cover.sold for 3,000.

    YEATS MAKES 95,000 AT DE VERES IRISH ART SALE

    March 25th, 2015
    Nevill Johnson RHA, 1911-1999 THE WINDOW

    Nevill Johnson RHA, 1911-1999 THE WINDOW

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944)

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
    THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944)

    A 1944 oil on canvas by Jack B. Yeats was the top lot at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on March 24.  It sold for a hammer price of 95,000 over an estimate of 60,000-80,000.  Waves Breaking on the Shore at Sunset by Roderic O’Conor sold for 40,000 at hammer, at the top of the estimate. The Window by Neville Johnson made 10,000 over a top estimate of 5,000 and Brian Bourke’s Late Summer, Knockalough made 8,000 over an estimate of 4,000-6,000. Peace by Mainie Jellett sold for a within estimate 18,500.

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

    ICONIC PICASSO TO CREATE GLOBAL ART MARKET SENSATION

    March 25th, 2015
    PABLO PICASSO Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O") © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    PABLO PICASSO
    Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    An iconic Picasso masterpiece – Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) – leads Christie’s curated evening sale in New York on May 11.  Guiding at $140 million it promises to be a sensation on the global art market. Christie’s describe it as one of his most famous masterpieces together with Les demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937).

    It is the culmination of a series started after the death of Matisse in November 1954. Picasso painted 15 variations on Delacroix’s Les Femmes d’Alger between December 1954 and February 1955, designated as versions A to O.  “With its packed composition, play on cubism and perspective, its violent colours and its brilliant synthesis of Picasso’s lifelong obsessions it is a milestone in Picasso’s oeuvre and one of his most famous masterpieces” said Olivier Camu, Christie’s deputy chairman, impressionist and modern art.

    The theme of the curated Looking Forward to the Past auction –  an addition to the May calendar – is how artists used inspiration from the past to create something entirely innovative and new.  The 25 lot sale will feature work by masters from Monet to Kippenberger and focusses on the growing trend of cross category collecting among Christie’s most powerful clients.  There will be paintings, drawings and sculpture by Mondrian, Schiele, Duchamp,Magritte, Dubuffet, Rothko, Calder and John Currin among others.

    SUCCESSFUL ONLINE IRISH ART SESSION

    March 24th, 2015

    Kenneth Webb’s Connemara Landscape was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s successful online Irish art auction which concluded last night. It made a hammer price of 3,400 in a sale where 90% of lots on offer found buyers and a number of lots went above the high estimate.  Here is a small selection.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 10, 2015).

    Eddie Mooney HRHA (b.1940)  Old Dog Lady (2006) sold for 1,500 over a top estimate of 1,000.

    Eddie Mooney HRHA (b.1940) Old Dog Lady (2006) sold for 1,500 over a top estimate of 1,000.

    Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) Woman in Red Skirt (2010)  sold for 1,400

    Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943)
    Woman in Red Skirt (2010) sold for 1,400

    Sean McSweeney HRHA (b.1935) Summer Pool (1996) made 2,200

    Sean McSweeney HRHA (b.1935) Summer Pool (1996) made 2,200

    Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942) Fish and Chips Alfresco made 1,100 over a top estimate of 750.

    Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942)
    Fish and Chips Alfresco made 1,100 over a top estimate of 750.

    A STRAP WORN BY JIMI HENDRIX AT WHYTE’S AUCTION

    March 23rd, 2015

    With everyone from Jimi Hendrix toThe Edge of U2, The Beatles to Sean Connery the sale of Rock, Pop and Movie memorabilia at Whyte’s in Dublin on March 28 has attracted interest from around the world.  Here is a small selection.  The catalogue is on-line.

    Jimi Hendrix, painted leather strap  A pale blue leather band decorated in emerald green and silver with stars and clouds and centred with a stylised woman's face. Accompanied by a letter, dated November 7, 2013, from Bob Levin, Jimi Hendrix's U.S. manager, stating that the strap was given to Jimi Hendrix by a fan and that he wore it "frequently around his thigh when he played". The letter also certifies that the item belonged to Jimi Hendrix. Also a photograph of Jimi Hendrix with Bob Levine and Steven Angel taken in New York, 8 November, 1968. 91,800-2,200)

    Jimi Hendrix, painted leather strap
    A pale blue leather band decorated in emerald green and silver with stars and clouds and centred with a stylised woman’s face. Accompanied by a letter, dated November 7, 2013, from Bob Levin, Jimi Hendrix’s U.S. manager, stating that the strap was given to Jimi Hendrix by a fan and that he wore it “frequently around his thigh when he played”. The letter also certifies that the item belonged to Jimi Hendrix. Also a photograph of Jimi Hendrix with Bob Levine and Steven Angel taken in New York, 8 November, 1968. (1,800-2,200)

    Hozier - Signed guitar (150-250)

    Hozier – Signed guitar (150-250)

    Rory Gallagher - tour progamme, c1972 (signed) (350-400)

    Rory Gallagher – tour progamme, c1972 (signed) (350-400)

    The Beatles - Love me Do, signed Parlophone single (2,500-3,000).

    The Beatles – Love me Do, signed Parlophone single (2,500-3,000).

    A VIDEO ON WHYTE’S ROCK, POP AND MEMORABILIA SALE

    March 22nd, 2015

    HERE is a video in which Stuart Purcell from Whyte’s talks about three upcoming lots – Elvis Presley first pressing discs, a Dr. No Film Poster and the student guitar owned by The Edge of U2 – at the Rock Pop and Movie Memorabilia sale in Dublin on March 28.

    IRISH c1840 SIDE CABINETS AT LYNES AND LYNES

    March 22nd, 2015
    A pair of c1840 Irish side cabinets is the top lot at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 28.  The auction offers a good selection of realistically estimated antique furniture, including mirrors and seven chests of drawers, along with collectibles including old Cork Opera House programmes and old rugby match programmes. There is a Georgian stone plaque with the Hibernia harp dated to 1802 and a Georgian mahogany satinwood banded Irish side table estimated at just 300-500.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    A pair of Irish 19th century mahogany side cabinets c1840 (4,000-6,000).

    A pair of Irish 19th century mahogany side cabinets c1840 (4,000-6,000).

    A Georgian stone plaque with the Hibernia harp, London 1802

    A Georgian stone plaque with the Hibernia harp, London 1802

    Seven earthenware jars (60-100).

    Seven earthenware jars (60-100).

    A military chest by Ross and Co., Ellis Quay, Dublin (1,000-1,500).

    A military chest by Ross and Co., Ellis Quay, Dublin (1,000-1,500).

    An Edwards and Roberts chest on chest with swan neck pediment (1,200-1,500)

    An Edwards and Roberts chest on chest with swan neck pediment (1,200-1,500)

    A Georgian satinwood banded Irish side table (300-500).

    A Georgian satinwood banded Irish side table (300-500).