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SOME ANTIQUE FURNITURE FROM DOLAN’S CLIFDEN AUCTION

July 30th, 2014

The emphasis is on art at Dolan’s two day summer auction in Clifden on August 4 and 5.  However, the sale will also feature some reasonably estimated antique furniture and collectibles.  The catalogue is on line.  Here is a small selection from the furniture on offer.

A Victorian walnut table (750-850)

A Victorian walnut table (750-850)

A 19th century walnut framed sofa (600-800).

A 19th century walnut framed sofa (600-800).

A carved Oriental nest of four tables (400-600).

A carved Oriental nest of four tables (400-600).

An oak mid 18th century lowboy, possibly Irish (300-600).

An oak mid 18th century lowboy, possibly Irish (300-600).

A George IV rosewood davenport (500-800).

A George IV rosewood davenport (500-800).

A mahogany secretaire bookcase (300-500)

A mahogany secretaire bookcase (300-500)

A 19th century serpentine fender in the Adams style (280-380).

A 19th century serpentine fender in the Adams style (280-380).

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ONLINE IRISH ART AUCTION AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

July 28th, 2014
This oil on aluminium by Charles Tyrrell will be sold in aid of the West Cork Arts Centre building fund (3,000-4,000).

This oil on aluminium by Charles Tyrrell will be sold in aid of the West Cork Arts Centre building fund (3,000-4,000).

A TOTAL of 71 paintings from Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online auction of Irish art are being sold to help fund the new West Cork Arts Centre building now nearing completion at  Skibbereen in west Cork.  The 299 lot sale runs to August 5.  The works to  help fund the new gallery are from artists as diverse as Charles Tyrrell, Majella O’Neill Collins, Tim Goulding, Bernadette Kiely, John Kingerlee, Ian Humphreys and Norman McCaig. These particular works, with lot numbers attached, are on display right now in shop windows throughout Skibbereen.  

The auction features work by Kenneth Webb, Daniel O’Neill, George Gillespie, William Crozier, Frank McKelvey, Sir Terry Frost, Norah McGuinness, Louis le Brocquy, Tony O’Malley, Graham Knuttel, Maurice Wilks, Michael Mulcahy,  Gladys McCabe, Arthur Maderson and Kevin Sanquest.  It will be on view at Morgan O’Driscoll’s offices in Skibbereen from July 31 and over the August Weekend – traditionally the busiest weekend of the year in Skibbereen – until August 5.  

 

 

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WWI ALBUM OF GATESHEAD ARMAMENTS MANUFACTURE AT GALWAY SALE

July 26th, 2014
Album of mounted photographs showing the daily progress of the building of a 54 ton trolley wagon for a rail gun at Gateshead Works dated September 13, 1914.

Album of mounted photographs showing the daily progress of the building of a 54 ton trolley wagon for a rail gun at Gateshead Works dated September 13, 1914.

One of the images.

One of the images.

One of the more collectible lot at Dolan’s August auction in Clifden is a century old album of mounted photographs relating to the manufacture of armaments for World War 1.   The on trend lot of 47 photographs depicts the manufacture of a 54 ton trolley for a rail gun at Gateshead Works.

Dated September 13, 1914 the photos cover the entire manufacturing process which got underway almost exactly a century ago on September 1, 1914.  The Great War officially started on June 28 1914 with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austria Hungary throne.  This album shows the building of the rail gun wagon at Gateshead just over two months later.  It shows the different crews employed and the finished carriage with canon and is estimated at 1,000-1,500. Silver, furniture, paintings, books and affordable Irish art will all come under the hammer at this two day auction in Connemara on August 4 and 5. Furniture, art and collectibles – including the World War album – will be offered on August Monday, with Irish art, rugs and outdoor effects on the following day. Both sales get underway at 12.30 p.m.  Included in the sale will be paintings and furniture from the collection of artist Kenneth Webb.

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MORE THAN THE SUN TO SPARKLE AT KINSALE ON SUNDAY

July 25th, 2014

IRELAND is enjoying some marvellous summer weather.  But more than the countryside will be sparking at Kinsale on Sunday where Hibernian Antique Fairs will be at Acton’s Hotel from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Dealers from around the country will head to Kinsale with a huge variety of antiques and collectibles. Among them are Weldons, with some eyecatching jewellery  to be found among the art, antique furniture, porcelain, silver, nautical antiques, vintage fashions and plenty of collectible items. Here is a small sample of what Weldons will have on offer:

Emerald and diamond ring set with 8.5 carat Colombian emerald c1960.

Emerald and diamond ring set with 8.5 carat Colombian emerald c1960.

Victorian sapphire and diamond bracelet (8,500),

Victorian sapphire and diamond bracelet (8,500),

Victorian opal and diamond bangle (4,500).

Victorian opal and diamond bangle (4,500).

Aquamarine and diamond ring  (5,950).

Aquamarine and diamond ring (5,950).

Opal and diamond cluster earrings, with harlequin opals (3,950).

Opal and diamond cluster earrings, with harlequin opals (3,950).

 

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ASHFORD CASTLE AUCTION A SELL OUT

July 25th, 2014
This specimen table was the top lot at the Ashford Castle sale. It made 5,000.

This specimen table was the top lot at the Ashford Castle sale. It made 5,000.

The auction of 1,000 lots of contents from Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels, was a sellout this week.  The sale, on location at Cong in Co. Mayo, was 100 per cent sold.  Auctioneer Aidan Foley reported that more than 4,000 people turned up for the one day viewing on Tuesday and there were 1,000 bidders at the auction on Wednesday.  On offer were contents from the castle, which is undergoing a major refurbishment.  There was everything from kitchen equipment to soft furnishings to porcelain, lamps, Imari chargers and some antique furniture lots.  Nearly everything sold for above estimate.  The top lot was a marble specimen table which sold for 5,000.

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14, 2014)

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ONLINE ONLY AUCTION OF JAPANESE PRINTS AT CHRISTIE’S

July 24th, 2014

An online-only auction of Japanese woodblock prints opens at Christie’s today and runs until August 7.  The auction includes a private English collection of prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). It comprises 146 lots, with estimates starting at £600. Christie’s say that  this sale provides new and established collectors and enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to not only acquire some of Kuniyoshi’s best and rarest designs but also to choose from an array of dynamic works by many of the other most famous Japanese printmakers including Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1848) and Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). To see the full array of works featured and to start to bid please visit the department page http://www.christies.com/auctions/japanese-art

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)  Hairdresser, from the series Fujin Twelve Types of Women's Handicraft, circa 1798–99 (£7,000-9,000).  Courtesy, Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)
Hairdresser, from the series Fujin Twelve Types of Women’s Handicraft, circa 1798–99 (£7,000-9,000). Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)  Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places of Edo, 4th month 1857 (£1,800-2,200).

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858)
Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places of Edo, 4th month 1857 (£1,800-2,200).  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

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INTIMATE DEGAS NUDE AT MONTE CARLO SALE

July 23rd, 2014
Edgar Degas - Nu assis jambes croissees

Edgar Degas – Nu assis jambes croissees

Barberini an d Gunnell - Chained up table.

Barberini an d Gunnell – Chained up table.

An intimate nude by Edgar Degas is among the lots at Tajan’s summer sales in Monte Carlo on July 28, 29 and 30.  The sales feature important jewellery, watches, modern and contemporary art and design.  This Degas nude, set in a landscape, is uncommon in the  work of an artist who generally favoured views from behind and nudes painted in interiors. The work bears the studio stamp applied on the artist’s death in anticipation of the eight sales staged in 1918 and 1919. It then appeared in the collections of Sam Salz, a keen admirer of Impressionist works. It dates to 1880 and will be offered for sale on July 28 estimated at 350,000-500,000.

One of the more unusual design lots is Barberini and Gunnel’s chained up dining set from 2014 in steel.  It is estimated at 25,000-35,000.

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XU BING AT CHATSWORTH IN THE AUTUMN

July 22nd, 2014
Artist Xu Bing at work at Chatsworth.

Artist Xu Bing at work at Chatsworth.

An installation entitled Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia  by Xu Bing – one of China’s best known and critically acclaimed artists – is to be unveiled at Chatsworth for the ninth annual Beyond Limits monumental sculpture exhibition this year.  The multi-media work incorporates both natural and man-made elements in the form of natural rock formations, ceramics, exotic plants in addition to mist effects. Organisers Sotheby’s describe it as one of the most impressive installations to date by Xu Bing.  It will be seen at the opening of this year’s exhibition on September 8 in and around the Seahorse fountain, a circular pond on the historic South lawn in the Chatsworth Garden.  This location is usually off limits. The Seahorse fountain is undergoing restoration.

The dream-like landscape of Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia was inspired by the classic Chinese fable “Tao Hua Yuan” (“Peach Blossom Spring”) written by the scholar Tao Qian in AD421, about a chance discovery of an ethereal utopia where people live in harmony with nature.  To reproduce Tao Qian’s utopia, Xu Bing has created hundreds of ceramic objects and collected mountain rocks from five different regions in China to reflect the specific characteristics of their regional identities.  The full extent of the sculpture, arranged concentrically around the pond, will be revealed at the opening of this year’s Beyond Limits.  This three-dimensional installation has been designed to bring Chinese ink painting to life.  As the visitors walk around the elements of the installation, the mountains, trees, figures, houses and reflections on the pool coalesce into new tableaux vivant, enabling the viewer to experience Chinese ink painting in a three-dimensional sensory experience.

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EARLY IRISH GEORGIAN DINING TABLE AT LYNES AND LYNES

July 20th, 2014
An early Irish Georgian section dining table comes up at the  Lynes and Lynes  auction in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on July 26.  It dates to around 1740-60 and is estimated at 2,000-2,500.  A pair of c1830 Irish side cabinets with marble tops carry an estimate of 4,000-6,000.  There is an Irish four poster bed by Williams and Gibton c1820 (1,500-2,000) and a seven foot long Irish hunt table (3,500-4,500).  Collectibles include a signed copy of The Music of Freedom by patriot, author and playwright Terence MacSwiney – who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in 1920 while Lord Mayor of Cork. Printed by The Risen Gaedhael Press in Cork it dates to 1907 and is estimated at just 60-80.  The catalogue for the auction is online. Here is a small selection:

A figured mahogany Irish hunt table (seven feet) (3,500-4,500).

A figured mahogany Irish hunt table (seven feet) (3,500-4,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,700

A Irish four poster bed

A Irish four poster bed c1820 (1,500-2,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,150

Terence MacSwiney. The Music of Freedom (60-80).

Terence MacSwiney. The Music of Freedom (60-80).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 640

A Regency sofa table.

A Regency sofa table (1.000-1,500) UPDATE: TIS SOLD FOR 1,000

Early Irish Georgian dining table

Early Irish Georgian dining table (2,000-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

 

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EARLY OILS OF THE CRIES OF LONDON AT HEGARTY’S

July 19th, 2014

The early oils after Francis Wheatley of The Cries of London to be offered at Hegarty’s in Bandon on the afternoon of July 20 have aroused significant interest.  The oils, from the collection of the late Peter Mosely who moved from England to  west Cork in the late 1940′s, were in his family for generations.  The Cries, described as after Francis Wheatley, are “Cherries”, “Peas” and “Birds”.  They are to be sold separately and are estimated at 4,000-6,000 each.  Here they are:

UPDATE: THE three were purchased by a private London collector.

Cries of London after Francis Wheatley - Peas.

Cries of London after Francis Wheatley – Cherries  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,400

 

Cries of London - Peas

Cries of London – Peas  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,500

 

Cries of London - Birds after Francis Wheatley.

Cries of London – Birds after Francis Wheatley.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,200

 

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