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BRUEGHEL’S CALVARY AT SOTHEBY’S THIS SUMMER

April 17th, 2014

 

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Calvary - 1615 (£3-4 million).

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Calvary – 1615 (£3-4 million). (Click on image to enlarge it).

An imposing landscape with the Crucifixion by  Pieter Brueghel the Younger is part of a remarkable group of Flemish Old Master paintings from the Coppée Collection to be sold at Sotheby’s in London this summer. Assembled by the Belgian industrialist Evence Coppée III (1882-1945) in the 1920′s  the collection is comprised almost exclusively of 16th and 17th century works.  There is an emphasis on the works of Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1637/8) and the Brueghel family. Of the paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Younger the sale will feature  the landscape with the Crucifixion (£3-4 million), an Outdoor Wedding Dance (£1.-1.5 million) and an evocative Winter Landscape (£1-1.5 million). The selection also encompasses impressive paintings resulting from a collaboration between Jan Brueghel the Younger and artists such as Frans Francken the Younger and Hendrik van Balen the Elder, as well as works from the North Netherlandish School and the School of Northern France.

Passed on by direct descent from Baron Coppée, these works have not appeared on the market for almost a century. They will be auctioned as part of a group of 19 paintings from the Coppée Collection at Sotheby’s Old Master sales on July 9 and 10, 2014.  The Calvary is one of only two signed works by Brueghel on the subject of the Crucifixion.  It ranks amongst the rarest of his compositions.

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ONLY SURVIVING AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF RACHMANINOV 2ND SYMPHONY

April 17th, 2014

rach 1rachTHE only surviving autograph manuscript for Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E Minor, OP.27  is to be sold at Sotheby’s in London on May 20.  Presumed lost since soon after the symphony’s premiere in St Petersburg in 1908, it was rediscovered nearly a century later in 2004 in the estate of a European private collector.  It is estimated at £1-1.5 million.

This is one of the few autograph manuscripts of a symphony, central to the international orchestral repertory, remaining in private hands. In its 320 pages, it contains a wealth of new information, revealing Rachmaninov’s compositional processes when he was at the height of his powers, in one of his greatest works. There is even new unpublished material, unknown to Rachmaninov scholars and absent in any edition of the symphony.

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SIR ALEX FERGUSON’S WINE COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

April 16th, 2014

Part of the impressive wine collection of Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, the most successful manager in British football history, is to be sold by Christie’s across three auctions in coming months. The collection includes fine and rare wines featuring Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundies and many finest First Growth Bordeaux ranging from the 1986 to 2011 vintages, during which time Sir Alex guided Manchester United through the most celebrated chapter in its history, winning two European Cups, 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cup victories, four League Cup victories, the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the Inter-Continental Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup.

Fine & Rare Wines from The Collection of Sir Alex Ferguson CBE will be offered in Hong Kong on May 24 with 257 lots, London on June 5 with 140 lots and at an online-only auction which will run from June 9 to 23 with 85 lots.  All  buyers in the online-only sale will receive a signed catalogue. Alongside some of the wines in the Hong Kong and London auctions, Christie’s will also be offering select pieces of signed footballing memorabilia. With estimates ranging from £350 to £65,000, the collection is expected to realise in excess of £3 million.

FROM THE ONLINE SALE: 12 bottles of Pétrus 1988 estimate: £12,000 – 15,000 Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

FROM THE ONLINE SALE: 12 bottles of Pétrus 1988
estimate: £12,000 – 15,000 Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

6 bottles of Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1999, which are offered with a Manchester United Retro Champions League shirt from 1999 signed “Best wishes Alex Ferguson” estimate: HK$650,000-850,000/ £50,000-65,000/ €60,000-80,000

6 bottles of Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1999, which are offered with a Manchester United Retro Champions League shirt from 1999 signed “Best wishes Alex Ferguson”
estimate: HK$650,000-850,000/ £50,000-65,000/ €60,000-80,000 Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

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AN IRISH PROCLAMATION THE TOP LOT AT ADAMS

April 15th, 2014

THE top lot at Adams history sale today was the Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic printed in Dublin on April 23 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic.  It made a hammer price of 90.000.  The Proclamation was read from the steps of the GPO, Dublin by Padraig Pearse on Easter Monday, thereby heralding the Easter Rising and Ireland’s advance towards self-determination.  Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding order to the Rising, source of much confusion, made  30,000 at hammer.  The gold medal won at Wimbledon by Harold Segersen Mahony in 1896, the last Irishman to win Wimbledon, sold for a hammer price of 24,000. An 1816 Dublin freedom box made 8,000 and  a tea service presented to Patrick  J. Smyth under the terms of the will of William Smith O’Brien sold for 5,700.  The sale brought in just under 310,000.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 10 and April 5, 2014).

A George III Irish freedom box from 1816 made 8,000.

A George III Irish freedom box from 1816 made 8,000.

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic
Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

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AN ULSTER BANK £5 NOTE FOR £3,000

April 15th, 2014
An Ulster Bank £5 note from 1906 estimated at £2,500-3,000.

An Ulster Bank £5 note from 1906 estimated at £2,500-3,000.

A number of rarities are included in a selection of Irish banknotes at a sale of paper money by Dix Noonan Webb in London on May 24.  A 1906 Ulster Bank £5 note bearing the signature R. Patton is estimated at £2,500-3,000.  A Central Bank of Ireland £100 note dated November 11, 1959 is estimated at  £1.500-2,000 and a National Bank Ltd. £10  note dated 1931 is estimated at £1.200-1,500.  They are among a remarkable total of 67 Irish notes in the auction.

Dix Noonan Webb is one of the world’s leading specialist auctioneers and valuers of coins, tokens, medals, militaria and paper money.
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OLDEST BIBLICAL MANUSCRIPTS ON-LINE AT CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY

April 15th, 2014

The Biblical Papyrus Collection  at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin – with some of the oldest and most important Biblical manuscripts in the world - is being digitised.  The oldest manuscript of Paul’s Letters is dated A.D. 200.  The oldest surviving copy of all four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in one Codex and portions of the Book of Revelation dating to the 3rd century are among the manuscripts on display.  The work involved partnership with the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) in Texas. It involved the digitisation of more than 5,000 images. The director of the library, Fionnuala Croke said the project was fostering new and exciting research on the papyrus collection.

Romans, Philippians, Colossians Pauline Epistles Greek text on papyrus c. AD 180-200, Egypt - the earliest book of St. Paul's letters in existence.

Romans, Philippians, Colossians
Pauline Epistles
Greek text on papyrus
c. AD 180-200, Egypt – the earliest book of St. Paul’s letters in existence.

Gospel of St John Greek text on papyrus c. AD 150-200, Egypt - this is among the oldest Gospel texts in the world.

Gospel of St John
Greek text on papyrus
c. AD 150-200, Egypt – this is among the oldest Gospel texts in the world.

Here is a video about the digitisation process:

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GARDENS OF PLEASURE: SEX IN ANCIENT CHINA AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

April 15th, 2014

Gardens of Pleasure:  Sex in Ancient China is the arresting title of an exhibition at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong from April 16 to May 3. The auction house will present part of the Ferdinand M. Bertholet Collection, the world’s largest collection of erotic art.  The exhibition features more than 100 pieces, with objects dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD).   These include works in silk, ivory, bronze, and are whispers and slivers of tantalising tales from days gone by.  Within these works, made up of alluring albums and provocative porcelains, an older, more mischievous China unfolds.  As a collection, such pieces offer an unparalleled view into an exceptional story of sex in the ancient Middle Kingdom.

Love games in a flowering garden, late 17th century, one from a set of eight.

Love games in a flowering garden, late 17th century, one from a set of eight.

Meiren at her bath, early 19th century scroll.

Meiren at her bath, early 19th century scroll.

A set of seven small porcelain figures (19th-20th century).

A set of seven small porcelain figures (19th-20th century).

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MARINE PAINTING BY VILHELM HAMMERSHOI AT SOTHEBY’S

April 15th, 2014
Sun over the Sea by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Sun over the Sea by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

One of the only known marine paintings by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi comes up at Sotheby’s sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London on May 22.  Sun Over the Sea is estiamted at £100,000-150,000. The auction will feature a second painting by Hammershøi with a maritime subject the Old Warehouse in Christianshavn (£80,000-100,000).  Both pictures are from Danish private collections and come to market for the first time.

Claude Piening of Sotheby’s said: Hammershøi’s timeless and quietly understated images continue to cast their spell on today’s collectors. For our upcoming sale in May, we are fortunate to be offering two exterior views painted in Copenhagen. Sun over the Sea is an especially exciting rediscovery, arguably the only painting by Hammershøi to depict not only the open ocean, but the glowing orb of the sun, the source of light in so many of his more familiar interior scenes.”

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NEW TO MARKET WORK BY YEATS AND HENRY AT BONHAMS

April 14th, 2014
ack Butler Yeats’ Island Men Returning.

ack Butler Yeats’ Island Men Returning.

Boats at Sea by Paul Henry.

Boats at Sea by Paul Henry.

New to market paintings by Jack Butler Yeats and Paul Henry will be offered by Bonhams in London on May 28.  Consigned from private collections in the UK and Canada each work is estimated at £60,000-80,000. Island Men Returning by Yeats dates from 1919 and depicts currachs pulling back into harbour.   Boats at Sea by Henry was finished in 1936.

Penny Day, Bonhams Head of Irish Art says “We are thrilled to be offering these two exceptional works by such stellar Irish names. Both featuring boats at sea and never before offered at auction, they present a golden opportunity to acquire a fresh and rare marine painting by two of Ireland’s most famous artists”.

Both works will be on public view at Bonhams Dublin Gallery on Molesworth Street from May 11-14.

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RICHTER AND POLKE AT CHRISTIE’S MAYFAIR

April 14th, 2014
Gerhard Richter Kerze, 1982 Oil on canvas, 83 x 62.2cm On loan from a private collection (Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014).

Gerhard Richter
Kerze, 1982
Oil on canvas, 83 x 62.2cm
On loan from a private collection (Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014).

Sigmar Polke Untitled, 1983 Acrylic, artificial resin, lacquer and dispersion Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Sigmar Polke
Untitled, 1983
Acrylic, artificial resin, lacquer and dispersion Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

Two giants of painting, Gerhard Richter (born 1932) and Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) will be celebrated at Christie’s in London over the coming months.  Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke brings together 65 works from 30 collections to create the artists’ first joint show in almost 50 years.  Their show at Gallerie h in Hanover in 1966 has assumed legendary status. This was a declaration of their intention to resurrect painting by deconstructing it and opening up new possibilities.

Francis Outred, Christie’s Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe, says: “Richter and Polke are the dynamic duo of German painting in the past 50 years. They became friends in the early ’60s, seeking to reinvent painting by deconstructing it, mixing all the pieces together and putting it back together again to open up new possibilities, as witnessed in their landmark 1966 two-man show, Richter/Polke. We take this 1966 exhibition as a starting point for charting their work in the ensuing decades. While their friendship waned and they developed in different directions - Richter stayed close to home in Cologne, Polke wandered the world – both remained true to their shared belief in painting as an essential medium. Despite their divergent paths, their art and ideas overlap in interesting ways. ”

The exhibition will be at Christie’s Mayfair, 103 New Bond St. from April 25 to July 7.

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