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  • PIANO PLAYED BY STEVIE WONDER AT McILROY WEDDING AT AUCTION

    August 19th, 2017

    The Yamaha baby grand piano.

    The baby grand piano played by Stevie Wonder at Rory McIlroy’s wedding is among the lots at Aidan Foley’s two day sale of contents from Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 21 and 22.  The black Yamaha is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The sale of around 900 lots will feature residual contents from the hotel before it was refurbished by its new owners.  On offer is everything from sideboards to mirrors to wine racks, occasional tables and upholstered armchairs.

    Two previous auctions of contents from Ashford Castle by Aidan Foley were sold out in July 2014 and February 2015.  The sale next week is of contents put aside for possible use in the refurbishment which were in fact never used. An Irish 18th century architects table with a panel bookcase top is estimated at 3,000-5,000, a 19th century serpentine walnut cabinet is estimated at 1,200-1,500.
    (See post on antiquesndartireland.com for August 16, 2017)

    THE LIVES AND LOVES OF THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    August 19th, 2017

    The lives and loves of the Yeats family will be illuminated in letters, works of art and personal effects to be sold at Sotheby’s in London on September 27.  The sale of over 220 lots from one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century comprises the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack. Highlighting the collection is an archive of 133 letters from WB Yeats to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936.  They offer drafts of his poems, advice on her novels, his work, life and reading and changes in Irish society in a total of about 350 pages.  The estimate is £250,000-350,000.

    The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack Yeats in the sale. It is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  The auction  contains the largest ever offering of works by John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) whose eleven sketchbooks depict his family, the Irish countryside and celebrated contemporaries and friends such as John O’Leary, Hugh Lane, Sarah Purser and Mary Walker.  His final self portrait commissioned by the New York lawyer, collector and patron of the arts John Quinn in 1911 is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

    The property is from the three children of Michael Yeats (WB’s son) from the family home near Dublin.  The family have made many generous donations to the National Library over the years including the WB Yeats medal for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Series of 133 letters signed by WB Yeats to his friend and early lover Olivia Shakespear (250,000-350,000)

    John Butler Yeats – Jack in a straw hat £10,000-15,000

    John Butler Yeats – Self Portrait, New York (30,000-50,000)

    MAN RAY PHOTOGRAPH OF JAMES JOYCE

    August 18th, 2017

    James Joyce by Man Ray

    This 1922 photograph of James Joyce by Man Ray comes up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  The framed photogravure print is estimated at 700-1,000.

    In other Joyce related material the auction includes a first signed American edition of Ulysses estimated at 1,500-2,000.

    There is a wide range of collectibles on offer.  The sale features historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia including The Fergus Reid Collection of Irish Football Programmes, medals and militaria, edged weapons and firearms, a range of gold and silver coinage and banknotes.

    There are rare books including first editions by Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce and Flann Ó Briain; early printed maps of Ireland and America; Polar Exploration books and collectibles, antique silverware, vertu and curios.

    JOHN LUKE CONSIDERED THIS HIS BEST WORK

    August 17th, 2017

    NORTHERN RHYTHM BY JOHN LUKE

    A painting by John Luke considered by the artist to be his best work comes up at Sotheby’s Irish art auction in London on September 27. Luke remarked of the work, titled Northern Rhythm: “No painting has so much or so deeply expressed my own particular type or state of mind as Northern Rhythm”.

    Now estimated at £100,000-150,000 it was originally purchased from the artist in 1965.  Sotheby’s say that their sale on September 27 includes many examples of works that are either making their first appearance at auction or were last seen many years ago.  Other highlands include Sir John Lavery’s The Summit of the Jungfrau, Railway Refreshment Room by Jack B. Yeats and a newly discovered Yeats entitled A Fortune,  Mary Swanzy’s Sun on the Sails and Colin Middletons The Life Everlasting.

    THIRD SALE OF ASHFORD CASTLE CONTENTS

    August 16th, 2017

    The remaining contents left over from the refurbishment by new owners of luxurious Ashford Castle Hotel are to be auctioned by Aidan Foley at the Old Sawmills in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 21 and 22.  Around 900 lots set aside for use in the re-vamped hotel are to be sold.  This is the third sale of contents from Ashford by Mr. Foley, who had huge interest in auctions in 2015 and 2016.  There will be antique Imari chargers, 50 pairs of curtains, Persian rugs, pants, bathroom accoutrements, collectibles and antique furniture in this sale.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    A selection of lots to be offered

    A large Imari charger

    OLD IRISH RUGBY PROGRAMMES AT LIMERICK AUCTION

    August 15th, 2017

    Antique furniture and collectibles including Ireland rugby programmes will come under  the hammer at O’Donovan’s, Newcastlewest on August 26.  The sale includes contents from two houses in Limerick.   A large collection of Irish rugby match programmes from the 1950’s and ’60’s, many signed by team members, was found in one of these houses.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    International rugby match programmes

    A heavily signed programme

    A GATHERING OF TRIBAL ART IN LONDON

    August 14th, 2017

    Tribal Art London runs from September 6-9 with 23 exhibitors, the biggest in its ten year history.  There will be a diverse range of works with prices from the low hundreds to over £20,000.  Taking place a week prior to Parcours des Mondes Paris,  the biggest tribal art event in the world which runs this year from September 12-17 the event attracts many international specialist dealers and museum curators.

    Well-known tribal art collectors who attend the fair include Mark Blackburn (based in Hawaii, focusing on Oceanic art), collectors of Aboriginal and Oceanic art Sam and Sharon Singer (U.S.A.), Antonio Lunari (Italy), and African art collector Jonathan Lowen (UK). Institutions are always in attendance, such as Quai Branly, the British Museum and the Royal Academy.  Here is a small selection:

    An early Douala chief’s stool, Cameroon at Adam Prout

    Male statuette attributed to the Tabwa at David Malik

    Highlands Shield, Papua New Guinea at Bryan Reeves/Tribal Gathering

    SPORTING GUNS ONCE OWNED BY VINCENT O’BRIEN AT GLENEAGLES

    August 13th, 2017
    A pair of 12 bore sporting guns once owned by legendary racehorse trainer Vincent O’Brien (1917-2009) will be among the highlights at 50th annual sporting sale in the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland on August 28.  They are included in  Gavin Gardiner’s sale of around 200 lots of fine modern and vintage sporting guns, rifles and accessories from 1860 to the present day.
    In 2003 Vincent O’Brien was voted the greatest trainer in horse racing history in a worldwide poll hosted by The Racing Post.  His six Derby winners included Nijinsky and Sir Ivor and he trained three Grand National winners in succession.  “The Premier Quality” sidelock ejector guns by E.J. Churchill were built in 1928.  They were subsequently owned by Vincent O’Brien and the case bears his initials.  They are estimated at £8,000-12,000.

    The Premier Quality” sidelock ejector guns by E. J. Churchill once owned by Vincent O’Brien.

    A close up of the pair of 12 bore ejector guns

    A SALE OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MoMA at CHRISTIE’S

    August 9th, 2017

    MAN RAY (1890–1976)
    Rayograph, 1928 ($150,000-250,000)

    More than 400 photographs from the Museum of Modern Art in New York are to be sold at Christie’s to benefit the acquisitions fund for the Department of Photography.Works offered include iconic photographs by many of the most well-known names from the early 20th century to the post-war period, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans. The selection is led by two unique Rayograph works by Man Ray from 1923 and 1928 which are to be offered on October 10.

    The sale will start with four highlights on October 10.  A subsequent series of online auctions will be held in October, December and in January and April 2018.  The online sales are curated to encompass important themes including Pictorialism into Modernism, Women in Photography and several sales on individual photographers. Highlights will be previewed during exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York starting in September 2017. Cataloguing and complete details of the sales will be available on Christies.com in September.

    Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s said: “Christie’s is honored to offer for sale a selection of photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1940, the Museum became the first in the country to form a Department of Photography. Many of the artists represented in this series of live and online auctions will be deeply familiar to any student of photography, and are beloved on an international scale. These auctions represent a unique opportunity to support the Museum and own a piece of photographic history.”

    YEATS, BEWICK AND BALLARD AT AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AUCTION

    August 9th, 2017

    Jack Yeats, Pauline Bewick, Brian Ballard, John Kingerlee and Arthur Maderson are among those who feature in an online art auction of affordable Irish art at Morgan O’Driscoll until Monday August 14.  The catalogue, which features 337 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    MAURICE HENDERSON – WINTER TREE (500-750)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 380 AT HAMMER

    BRIAN BALLARD (B.1943)Tulips in a Blue Jug (2017) (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    PAULINE BEWICK (B.1935)Exercising (1974) (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    THE VOLUNTEER BY JACK B. YEATS (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER