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  • CORK SOLDIER’S ZULU MEDAL SELLS FOR £70,000 AT HAMMER

    December 8th, 2016
    The South Africa medal awarded to Michael Minihan.

    The South Africa medal awarded to Michael Minihan.

    The Zulu War Medal awarded to Cork born Michael Minihan – one of the defenders of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War – sold for a remarkable £70,000 hammer price (£84,000 when auctioneers commission is added) at Dix Noonan Webb in London today. The pre-sale estimate was £26,000 to £30,000. Bidding quickly soared past the estimate and eventually it was a contest between a telephone bidder and a bidder in the room.

    “The defence of Rorke’s Drift, immortalized in the film Zulu, remains one of the most epic actions in military history,” said Will Bennett, spokesman for Dix Noonan Webb. “Medals to the 150 strong garrison do not come onto the market all that often and so bidders competed strongly to own this important reminder of the bravery shown by Minihan and his comrades.”

    The medal was bought by a British private collector bidding in the room. It was a record price for a medal to a Rorke’s Drift defender who was not awarded the VC.  Michael Minihan was one of 16 Irishmen known to be among the 150 strong British garrison which fought off an attack by up to 4,000 Zulu warriors.  No less than eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for the defence of the mission station – the former trading post of Irish merchant James Rorke. The 1964 film Zulu starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine was based on this battle.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 30, 2016)

    ANTIQUE AND INTERIORS SALE AT HEGARTY’S, BANDON

    December 8th, 2016

    More than 360 lots – including antique furniture, art, silver and collectibles – will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s antique and interiors sale in Bandon on December 11.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    MARK O'NEILL, b. 1963, "A SIMPLE ARRANGEMENT"

    MARK O’NEILL, b. 1963, “A SIMPLE ARRANGEMENT”

    LATE 19TH CENTURY TIP-UP WINE TABLE

    LATE 19TH CENTURY TIP-UP WINE TABLE

     ROSEWOOD & SATINWOOD INLAID, DAVENPORT

    ROSEWOOD & SATINWOOD INLAID, DAVENPORT

    AN IRISH SILVER TANKARD

    AN IRISH SILVER TANKARD

    ARTHUR K. MADERSON, "Crossing the Cunnigar, Low Tide, Evening, Dungarvan".

    ARTHUR K. MADERSON,
    “Crossing the Cunnigar, Low Tide, Evening, Dungarvan”.

    A RECORD FOR SEAN KEATING AT MEALY’S

    December 7th, 2016
    Sean Keating (1889-1977) - Portrait of an Aran woman and her children.

    Sean Keating (1889-1977) – Portrait of an Aran woman and her children.

    There was a record for a work by Sean Keating at Mealy’s today.  His  c1946 Portrait of an Aran Woman and Her Children has just sold for a hammer price of 130,000 at Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer. This large scale work – 49″ x 58″ – has not been seen in public since the 1940’s and was not on the open market before. According to the art historian Dr. Eimear O’Connor this is no ordinary Aran scene. The models are Sean Keating’s wife, May (née Walshe) (1895-1965), and the couple’s two sons, Justin (1930-2009) in the centre, and Michael (1927-2001), who all sat for him at various intervals throughout 1944. The cat, whose name is now lost to time, was a family pet. Keating’s plan was to exhibit the painting with the RHA, the Oireachtas, or with Victor Waddington that year. However, in spite of his good intentions, he put the canvas to one side and did not get back to complete it until 1946.

    Their eldest son, Michael, pictured in a youthful day dream, was to become a highly respected civil and mechanical engineer, while Justin, also deep in thought, qualified as a vet, and went on to become a politician of note.  The work had been estimated at 40,000-50,000.  The top price for a Keating was 190,000 and there has not been a six figure sum paid for a Keating since 2008.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 1, 2016)

    RARE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IMPRINT AT DUBLIN AUCTION

    December 7th, 2016
    A rare volume with the imprint of Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia 1744 and the first printing of the works of Shakespeare outside London are among the lots at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on December 13.  The Benjamin Franklin imprint is a real rarity with only six copies known and held in institutional libraries worldwide.  It is a first edition of a work by John Estaugh entitled  A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.  The last one known was sold at auction over 70 years ago.  This one is estimated at 7,000-10,000.  A second edition was printed in London in 1745 and the first Dublin edition was published the same year.

    The first printing of Shakespeare outside England was published in Dublin in 1726.  The Works of Shakespeare in eight volumes was printed by and for George Grierson and George Ewing, collated and corrected by former editions by Mr. Pope, is one of a number of sale highlights.  This lot too has an estimate of 7,000-10,000.  This auction of more than 800 lots will create national and international interest.  There is a signed volume from the library of Dean Swift and an atlas folio of Lt. Cresswell’s “North West Passage” voyage complete with eight plates.  Among the other lots are some original drawings by Edith Somerville for the Irish RM series and some typescripts and manuscripts by Brendan Behan.

    Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.

    Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.

    The 1726 first printing of Shakespeare outside England.

    The 1726 first printing of Shakespeare outside England.

    MORGAN O’DRISCOLL IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART SALE GROSSES OVER ONE MILLION

    December 5th, 2016
    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    The final figures are not yet in but Morgan O’Driscoll Irish and International art auction grossed over one million euro at the RHA in Dublin this evening.  Characterised by spirited bidding in the room and on the internet this was his most successful sale ever and his best result since March 2008.  There were a number of bidders from the UK, when Mr. O’Driscoll held viewings last week.

    The three Paul Henry’s in the sale all attracted spirited bidding. The top Henry, Evening in Achill, made a hammer price of 135,0o0. The Palladian Bridge at Wilton by Sir John Lavery made 42,000 at hammer, Louis le Brocquy’s Study towards an image of William Shakespeare made a hammer of 26,000, The Hurdy Gurdy player by Sir Walter Osborne made 36,000 at hammer, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps, 1990 made a hammer of 37,000, Festival 2006 by Banksy made 23,000 and Andy Warhol’s Martha Graham Lamentation made 15,000 at hammer.  Three Boatmen by Dan O’Neill made 23,000 and The Sage by Michael Flatley sold for 27,000. Bronze Famine Ship, a unique piece by John Behan from 2014, sold for 19,000 at hammer and Nude on a Couch by Roderic O’Conor made 17,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 29, 2018)

    WHYTE’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SALE IN DUBLIN

    December 5th, 2016

    With everything from an Irish rugby jersey signed by the 2004 Triple Crown winning team to an 183o’s Irish silver tea service Whyte’s annual Christmas auction in Dublin on December 10 spans a wide range of collectible items.  A new feature of this festive auction is some rare and interesting wine and whiskey. Jewellery includes a ladies Rolex Cellini 18 carat gold watch and there is a range of silver from the early 1700’s to the 1920’s. First edition books, a range of entertainment and sporting memorabilia and a small collection of antique die cast toys are included. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    2004 Rubgy jersey signed by Irish Triple Crown team Andy Farrell testimonial  (200-300)

    2004 Rubgy jersey signed by Irish Triple Crown team Andy Farrell testimonial (200-300)

    A bottle of Christmas cheer.

    A bottle of Christmas cheer.

    Mid 20th century Dunhill Aquarium table lighter ?(2,000-5,000)

    Mid 20th century Dunhill Aquarium table lighter ?(2,000-5,000)

    Chiparus Art Deco bronze and ivory figure of a dancer (!,000-1,500)

    Chiparus Art Deco bronze and ivory figure of a dancer (!,000-1,500)

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    FINE JEWELLERY AND WATCHES AT JAMES ADAM

    December 2nd, 2016

    Fine jewellery and watches will come under  the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on November 6 at 6 p.m.  There are diamond rings, bracelets, brooches, clips, earrings and a selection of lots, many with affordable estimates.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A FINE DIAMOND BRACELET, BY GRAFF (45,000-50,000)

    A FINE DIAMOND BRACELET, BY GRAFF (45,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A RUBY, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE BRACELET, CIRCA 1965 (9,000-11,000)

    A RUBY, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE BRACELET, CIRCA 1965 (9,000-11,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    AN EMERALD, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)

    AN EMERALD, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING (3,000-4,000)

    A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING (3,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF AMETHYST AND DIAMOND PENDENT EARRINGS (1,200-1,400)

    A PAIR OF AMETHYST AND DIAMOND PENDENT EARRINGS (1,200-1,400)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1.500 AT HAMMER

    A diamond single stone rings (19,000-24,000)

    A diamond single stone ring (19,000-24,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    EVOCATIVE NORWEGIAN LANDSCAPE MASTERPIECE AT SOTHEBY’S

    December 1st, 2016
    Harald Sohlberg - From Værvågen, The Fisherman’s Cottage.

    Harald Sohlberg – From Værvågen, The Fisherman’s Cottage.

    One of the most evocative landscapes by Norwegian artist Harald Sohlberg ever at auction comes up at Sotheby’s sale of 19th century European paintings in London on December 14. From Værvågen, The Fisherman’s Cottage marks the culmination on a grand scale of Sohlberg’s aim to capture on canvas the reaction he experienced standing before the sublime scale of nature. The artist is known and loved in Norway but rarely features at international auctions.

    Painted in 1921, the landscape – measuring 94 by 121 cm – was acquired from Sohlberg by Alfred W.G. Larsen, manager of a leading company in the import of wine and spirits in Norway. His sister Tulla had a tempestuous relationship with Edvard Munch culminating in an infamous shooting accident in which Munch injured two fingers. Throughout his career Sohlberg repeatedly denied any claims that he was under the influence of Munch, six years his senior. The younger artist’s ‘mood-painting’ had less of a psychological component that Munch’s, but a comparison with the titan of Norwegian art has proven irresistible. An exhibition exploring their relationship was held in New York in 1995, titled Munch/Sohlberg: Landscapes of the Mind.

    Claude Piening, Head of 19th Century European Paintings, Sotheby’s London, said: “From Værvågen is a powerful fusion of Romanticism and Expressionism, exuding a sense of awe in the face of the vastness of nature but also an intense feeling of longing and belonging. Large-scale landscapes by Sohlberg appear on the market only very rarely. As well as its rarity, the painting is also distinguished by its impeccable provenance and untouched original condition, having remained until today in the possession of the family of its first owner.” It is estimated at £600,000-800,000 and looks set to establish a new auction record for Sohlberg.

    A LARGE FRESH TO MARKET KEATING PORTRAIT AT MEALY’S

    December 1st, 2016
    Sean Keating - Portrait of an Aran Woman and her children.

    Sean Keating – Portrait of an Aran Woman and her children.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130,000 AT HAMMER

    A c1946 Portrait of an Aran Woman and Her Children at Mealy’s is a large work by Sean Keating that has not been on the open market before.  According to Dr. Eimear O’Connor the sitters in the portrait – lot 780 at Mealy’s Winter Sale in Castlecomer on December 6-7 – are the artist’s wife, two sons and pet cat.  The estimate is 40,000-50,000.  The auction will feature lots from the Gore-Booth family of Lissadell, the collection of Sir Anthony O’Reilly at Castlemartin and from the estate of Professor Anne Crookshank among others.  One of the more unusual lots is the Mountainstown House elk antlers. Around 11,000 years old the antlers of this Great Irish Elk were found on the estate by members of the Pollock family. The lot is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    An early 20th century Rolex silver and cobalt blue enamel ball pendant watch is believed to have belonged to Countess Constance Markievicz and is estimated at 700-1,100. An exceptional Regency rosewood breakfast table is estimated at 7,000-11,000, a 1st UK edition of The Lord of the Rings with all final impressions has a similar estimate and A Mountain Landscape by Paul Henry is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  There are 1,100 lots in total and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A Regency rosewood breakfast table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    A Regency rosewood breakfast table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    The ist UK edition of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.

    The ist UK edition of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    A Porsche diesel tractor (16,500-20,000)

    A Porsche diesel tractor (16,500-20,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    An Errard double action harp (1,500-2,500)

    An Errard double action harp (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    A French brass sonnerie repeater clock by Grohe.

    A 19th century French brass sonnerie repeater clock by Grohe.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A Rolex pendant ball watch.

    A Rolex pendant ball watch.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A set of Great Irish Elk antlers.

    A set of Great Irish Elk antlers. UPDATE: THESE MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    A GREAT LATE YEATS AT ADAMS

    November 30th, 2016
    Jack B. Yeats - Glory to the Brave Singer (250,000-350,000)

    Jack B. Yeats – Glory to the Brave Singer (250,000-350,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS PASSED AT 230,000

    A great late Yeats work will highlight the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art and Irish historical documents in Dublin on December 7.  Glory to the Brave Singer, which depicts a woman reclining in a landscape pointing towards a songbird, was exhibited at the RHA in 1951, at Victor Waddington’s in Dublin in October 1953 and at the Munster Fine Art Club annual exhibition in Cork in 1956. It was shown several times at Victor Waddington’s gallery in London in the late 1950’s and ’60’s but has rarely been seen in public since becoming part of a private collection in 1971. It is estimated at 250,000-350,000. It is one of four Yeats’ oils in what Adams describe as one of their finest sales in some years.

    There is a small section on Irish historical documents which includes the most expensively estimated lot, the final order of surrender written  by Padraig Pearse at Easter 1916 (1-1.5 million) and two original copies of the Irish Proclamation (each estimated at 250,000-350,000).

    The art sale features lots from the Smurfit Kappa Collection, which includes a self portrait by Sir William Orpen (the catalogue cover lot) and Paul Henry’s Connemara Landscape.  There are important works by traditional Northern painters like Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig and Maurice Wilks.  The back cover of the catalogue features one of Roderic O’Conor’s biggest and most ambitious paintings of the female nude. Etude du nu dates to 1914 and is estimated at 50,000-70,000. The sale features work by artists like Sir John Lavery, Joseph Malachy Kavanagh, Aloysius O’Kelly and Nathaniel Hill as well as four paintings by Patrick Hennessy who was the subject of an exhibition at IMMA during the summer.

    There is work by Mildred Anne Butler, Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Letitia and Eva Hamilton and Norah McGuinness.  Contemporary artists include Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Mark Francis, Donald Teskey and John Doherty.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE:   The Pearse surrender letter was unsold.  The sale grossed 1.35 million with 76% of lots sold.

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) Human Image (Woman) (1997) (40,000-60,000)

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Human Image (Woman) (1997) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) Etude de Nu (50,000-70,000)

    Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940)
    Etude de Nu (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980) The Bronze Horses of Saint Marks (1953) (15,000-20,000)

    Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)
    The Bronze Horses of Saint Marks (1953) (15,000-20,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER

    Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Waterweeds on the Nore (4,000-6,000)

    Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
    Waterweeds on the Nore (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER