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  • ART, FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    June 23rd, 2017

    The country house auction at Hegarty’s in Bandon on June 25 features part two of the collection from The Glebe House in Skibbereen.  Collectibles include an early Worcester plate with the Arms of Cork and the auction will feature a selection of  antique furniture, silver, art, collectibles and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    One of the main rooms in the sale.

    A rosewood campaign secretaire

    A William IV rosewood side table

    A Cork Mansion House service plate at Hegarty’s

    THE £120,875 STRAWBERRY AND NIGHT OF FALLING RECORDS AT SOTHEBY’S

    June 22nd, 2017

    Lucian Freud Strawberries – oil on copper

    The record for Kandinsky was broken twice in one night, there was a new record for Miro and Lucian Freud’s actual size strawberries made £120,875 per strawberry at a sterling night at Sotheby’s in London last night.  Three works made over £20 million for the first time in any London auction. The Actual Size and Impressionist and Modern evening sales brought in a combined total of £148.9 million. Kandinsky’s Murnau – Landschaft kit grunem Haus made a new record for the artist of £21 million followed just six lots later by Bild kit weissen Linien which sold for £33 million. Femme et oiseau by Joan Miro from his Constellation series sold for £24.6 million. A unique cast by Giacometti made £17.9 million. A small group of strawberries by Lucian Freud made £1.2 million.

    Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department & Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said: “To have three landmarks in the development of 20th Century art by Kandinsky, Miró and Giacometti come to the market in a single sale tonight was momentous. These key works stand as turning points in the history of art, and tonight auction history was made when the record for Kandinsky broken not just once but twice and an unprecedented three works sold over £20m in a single London Evening Sale. The strength at the very highest level of the market was echoed across price points – and sizes. Collectors were out in force, participating from a record number of locations around the globe, with the level of Asian buyers as numerous as those from the US, underscoring the enduring importance of London as a key driver of the global art market.”

    Joan Miró’s Femme et oiseaux

    Helena Newman finds bids during the sale of Wassily Kandinsky’s Bild mit weissen Linien for £33 million.

    AN ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE IRISH ART

    June 21st, 2017

    An online sale of affordable Irish art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until June 26.

    GRETTA O’BRIEN – SUMMER REFLECTION (600-800)

    The catalogue, which is online, lists 330 lots. Here is a small selection:

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012 )Head of Strindberg 17/100 (600-900)

    BRIAN BALLARD (B.1943) Irises in a Blue Jug (900-1,200)

    Liam Belton – Vessels with Eggs (2008) litho 27/50 (300-500)

    WORLD AUCTION RECORD PER CARAT FOR AN EMERALD

    June 21st, 2017

    The Rockefeller Winston emerald

    There was a world auction record per carat at Christie’s in New York last night when The Rockefeller Emerald sold for $5,511,500.  This amounted to $305,000 per carat.  The octagonal step-cut emerald is approximately 18.04 carats.

    It was sold to jeweller Harry Winston. CFO Robert Scott was bidding in Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza saleroom with instructions from Harry Winston CEO Nayla Hayek to “bring this magnificent gem home at any price.” Following the sale, Nayla Hayek commented “Harry Winston is immensely proud to own the finest emerald in the world which once belonged to one of America’s most important dynasties.”

    The sale of magnificent jewels totalled $26.1 million and was 83% sold by lot and 89% by value. There was strong results for jewels from Louis Comfort Tiffany once part of The Garden Museum Collection in Japan.

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    June 20th, 2017
    An Irish Georgian long case clock by William Maddock of Waterford and a telescopic Georgian dining table are among the prime lots at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on June 24.  Each is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    The selection offer includes a seascape by Edwin Hayes (1,000-1,500), a c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (1,500-2,000), a large wing back armchair (1,000-1,500) and an antique cast iron garden seat (1,000-1,500).
    Auctioneer Denis Lynes reports that there is already interest in a Georgian sofa table (400-600).  Also typical of Cork furniture are lots 255 and 256, a pair of hall chairs and a cellarette on tripod base.  Each has a low estimate of 100-200.  Other lots include a pair of rare official standard brass pint measures (100-200), a neat Georgian window or hall seat (200-400), a 19th century couch (200-400), an Irish Georgian stool with needlework drop in seat (600-800) and a pair of old terracotta chimney pots (40-80).
    There are GAA programmes and medals, a Guy’s Munster Directory, an abstract polished steel sculpture, an oil on canvas by Anthony Ruby entitled The Jolly Gluttons and a silk screen limited edition Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven print.

    A c1860 Victorian ebonised and amboyna inlaid credenza (400-600)

    A Cork Regency cellarette on tripod (100-200)

    A 19th century couch (200-400)

    A c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000)

    SARAH GLENNIE TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF NCAD

    June 20th, 2017

    Sarah Glennie

    Sarah Glennie is to leave the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to take up a new position of Director of the NCAD (National College of Art and Design).  Glennie took up the post of Director of IMMA in 2012 and has overseen exhibitions by artists including Nan Goldin, Lucian Freud, Etel Adnan, Stan Douglas, Karla Black, Hito Steyerl and Helio Oiticia. She will begin her new directorship in January 2018.

    Irish Culture Minister Heather Humphreys thanked Glennie for years of service and said: “IMMA is in a very strong place as a result of her directorship, with significantly increased visitor numbers, greater opportunities for Irish artists, a strong international reputation.”

    Sarah Glennie said: “While I am very sad to be leaving IMMA I am excited by the great opportunity to contribute further to the development of creativity in Ireland as the director of such a significant institution as NCAD which is in a unique position to inspire and nurture creative talent in Ireland”. The search for a new director at the IMMA will begin in the coming weeks.

    A LARGE ASSEMBLY OF VERMEERS AT IRELAND’S NATIONAL GALLERY

    June 20th, 2017

    Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting at the newly refurbished National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin until September 17 includes as many as ten works by the artist. This represents almost one third of the surviving oeuvre of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675).  It is the third highest number of works by the artist ever assembled in the world.

    The National Gallery of Ireland’s Vermeer, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c.1670, which is regarded as one of the artist’s finest works, will be shown alongside other exquisite works including Woman with a Balance, c.1663–4 (National Gallery of Art, Washington); Woman with a Pearl Necklace, 1663-4 (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin); The Astronomer, 1668 (Musée du Louvre, Paris) and The Geographer, 1669 (Städel Museum, Frankfurt-am-Main). Paintings of daily life by contemporaries of Vermeer, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu, Pieter de Hooch and Frans van Mieris, will also feature.  The show brings together some 60 paintings from around the world.

    It is organised by the National Gallery of Ireland in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. An illustrated catalogue (published by Yale University Press) will accompany the exhibition.

    Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)
    Woman Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c.1670
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) Woman with a Balance, c. 1663–4
    Widener Collection. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

     

    THE SWORD CANE OF IRELAND’S LORD LIEUTENANT AT LONDON AUCTION

    June 20th, 2017

    THE SWORD CANE

    The sword cane of Sir Henry Paget (1768-1854), who became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1827, comes up at Thomas Del Mar’s auction of arms and armour in London on June 28. He was a comparatively popular Lord Lieutenant because of his evident sympathy for the cause of Catholic emancipation this was a role in which he was in constant personal danger. Initially he served in Ireland for one year and was re-appointed in 1830-33.

    It is possible the sword cane was purchased in Anglesea prior to his passage to Ireland. As Earl of Uxbridge he enjoyed the confidence of Wellington and commanded the Allied Cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.

    He lost his leg towards the end of that battle and walked thereafter with the aid of a bespoke prosthetic right leg. Immediately after the battle he was created Marquess of Anglesea.  The sword cane is estimated at £3,000-5,000.

    DOUBLE GOURD VASE MAKES 740,000 AT SHEPPARDS

    June 19th, 2017

    A Chinese Blue and White Shep Vase.

    A Chinese blue and white vase sold for 740,000 at Sheppards in Durrow on July 17.  It had been estimated at just 800-1,200.  It went to a Paris based buyer.

    The Qing double gourd vase had come from a Dublin based vendor. It was the top lot at Sheppards sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art. The sale had been on view at Kilkenny Castle.

    In 2010 a 12 inch high Ming style pear shaped Chinese vase with an asking price of just 150 made 110,000 at a sale in Sheppards.  It turned out to be an authentic vase from the Imperial House in the  Forbidden City.

    SELF PORTRAIT BY ANDY WARHOL AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    June 19th, 2017

    Andy Warhol – Self Portrait (1963-64).

    A work from Andy Warhol’s first series of self-portraits comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in London on June 28. In the early 1960s the Pop art pioneer achieved renown for his candid portrayals of luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Self-Portrait, 1963-64, represents the moment that Warhol stepped out from behind the camera and into the glare of its flashbulb – and the moment that Warhol the icon was born. This was a turning point that reverberated throughout his oeuvre. Created when Warhol was 35 years old, Self-Portrait will be offered at auction for the first time, 30 years after the artist’s death in 1987.

    Self-Portrait was created using images taken in a New York photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, fiercely innovative, and added to the aura of technical invention that already surrounded this artist, who had pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art only a couple of years previously. The work is estimated at £5-7 million.