June 30th, 2016
The salesroom shot taken last night.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Pork (1981) was the top lot at Christie’s post war and contemporary sale in London last night. From the collection of the actor Johnny Depp it made £5,122,500. Basquiat’s Self Portrait (1981) also from the Depp collection made £3,554,500. Christie’s said that Depp’s focused collecting eye met with keen approval in the sale room.
Sean Scully’s Eve (1992) achieved a record £902,500 and Manolo Millares’ Untitled (Composition) Painting no. 4 made £842,500. A total of 10 works sold for over £1 million, with 16 for over $1,000,000 and 17 for over €1,000,000. Registered bidders from 39 countries across four continents demonstrated the continued demand in the global contemporary market, as well as a proven strength of the domestic market with 10 lots selling to UK-based collectors.
Edmond Francey, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, London: “Tonight’s results offer real assurance and continued strength to the globalised art market, with a particularly energetic response to Adrian Ghenie, Andy Warhol, Nicolas de Staël, Georg Baselitz and Manolo Millares. The response to Johnny Depp’s Basquiats electrified the sale room and we continue to see that for the top works collectors will stretch themselves to the highest levels. Christie’s has been able to read the market and offer our consignors and buyers the quality that can continue to attract top collectors to the market. This evening’s total contributes to Christie’s successful 250th anniversary with a Bacon, two Freuds, two Rileys and two Auerbachs to come tomorrow as part of a stellar cast of artists, which we estimate will contribute a further £40-60 million to Post-War and Contemporary Art totals this week as part of the Defining British Art Evening Sale.”
June 30th, 2016
A c1790 Italian chimney piece from a collection in Ireland was one of a number of Irish pieces spotted at Masterpiece, the pre-eminent London fair now running at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. At the stand of leading London dealer Ronald Phillips, where it is priced at a cool £850,000, the chimney piece is thought to have been commissioned by the Earl Bishop of Derry. There are rosso antico plaques and micro-mosaic panels. The last time such a fireplace came up at auction, at Sotheby’s around five years ago, it sold for £550,000.
The bucket to the right of the chimney piece is one of a pair c1800 of Irish log buckets with brass handles and later brass liners. They are unusually tall and priced at £205,000.
ONE OF A PAIR OF IRISH LOG BUCKETS
The c1790 Italian chimney piece from a private Irish collection.
June 29th, 2016
Jenny Saville – Shift
Financial markets may be fluctuating in the wake of the Brexit vote, but the art market showed its durability at Sotheby’s June 28 Contemporary Art Evening sale. Two artist records led the auction – Jenny Saville’s monumental Shift brought £6.8 million and Keith Haring’s The Last Rainforest realised £4.2 million. Bidding was strong and competitive from the sale’s opening lots, notably Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Nets (£677,000) and a buoyant Alexander Calder mobile (£1.7 million). A trio of works by Jean Dubuffet and two canvases by the sought-after painter Adrian Ghenie also contributed to the £52.2 million total.
Last exhibited at the epoch-defining exhibition “Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection”, Shift merits its revered place in art history as the standout work of Saville’s prodigious career. Offered at auction for the first time the painting tripled the artist’s previous auction record of £2.1m set in 2014.
June 29th, 2016
THE Polar Medal awarded to Timothy McCarthy from Kinsale who sailed to South Georgia in the Antarctic with Shackleton comes up at auction in London on July 22. The unique bronze medal awarded to the Royal Naval Reserve Able Seaman for the epic 800 mile journey across the sub Antarctic Ocean is expected to make between £15,000 and £20,000 at Dix Noonan Webb
, the international coin, medal and jewellery specialists.
McCarthy sailed with Sir Ernest Shackleton in the 20 foot long boat James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia in 1916. The 16 day journey to get help for their shipmates from the Polar exploration ship Endurance became one of the greatest maritime stories in history. Shackleton paid tribute to his shipmate: “McCarthy, the best and most efficient of sailors, always cheerful under the most trying circumstances and who for these reasons I choose to accompany me on the boat journey to South Georgia”.
The Kinsale man was one of just 26 selected to crew Endurance, whose aim was to cross the Antarctic continent, a journey of 1,800 miles. They set sail in August 1914. The following January Endurance was held up by pack ice in the Weddell Sea and later that year, damaged by the pressure of ice, was abandoned and later sank. The crew established base camp on an ice flow but as supplies dwindled it was clear that help would have to be sought. Six men set out on the James Caird for South Georgia, where there were whaling stations.
After their rescue McCarthy was sent back to Britain with Shackleton’s warm gratitude. He was almost immediately thrust into service aboard the armed oil tanker SS Narrangansett. This ship was torpedoed and sunk off the south west coast of Ireland on March 16, 1917 and McCarthy was one of 46 sailors who lost their lives.
The Polar Medal.
The James Caird being launched from the shore of Elephant Island in April 1916.
June 29th, 2016
An online sale of Irish art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until July 4. There are mre than 230 lots. Here is a small selection:
MARIE CARROLL – SUNNY DAY (400-600)
MARKEY ROBINSON – TOWARDS ACHILL ISLAND (300-500)
MAT GROGAN – GUINNESS AND TAYTO (300-500)
Arthur Maderson – Autumnal Evening (4,000-6,000)
June 28th, 2016
Aligheiro Boetti – Mappa 1984
Making its first appearance at Masterpiece – which previews in London tomorrow and runs from June 30 to July 6 – Tornabuoni Art will present a selection of work by modern and contemporary artists. From Giorgio De Chirico’s early surrealist paintings to Turi Simeti’s latest works, the booth will reflect the 20th century Italian artistic panorama.
Artists on show will include Alberto Biasi, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Giorgio De Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Marino Marini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Paolo Scheggi and Turi Simeti. Here is a selection:
Arnaldo Pomodoro – Cuneo con Frecce 2006
Francesca Pasquali, Red Strawl 2016
ALBERTO BURRI – AI 1953
June 27th, 2016
A pair of fossilized Great Irish Elk horns and skull will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Fine Art sale in Castlecomer on June 28 and 29. The horns with 12 points are approximately six feet eight inches across. There is some chipping loss and repairs. From Dartrey House, Co. Monaghan they are estimated at 10,000-15,000.
Another animal lot is a large late 19th Century tiger skin with snarling head and teeth. This is estimated at 1,000-1,500.
The specimen of “Cervus Giganteus Hibernicus Gigantic Irish Deer”
A 19th century tiger skin.
June 26th, 2016
Paintings by Yeats, Lavery and Henry are to be offered at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13. The three works were stolen from a house in Co. Wicklow in 2015 and are now being offered for sale by insurance company Chubb. The combined estimate for the works is £47,000-70,000.
The painting are Jack Butler Yeats’ The Fern in the Area, Paul Henry’s Landscape with Cottage, and Sir John Lavery’s Portrait de femme au chapeau.
Charlie Minter, Sotheby’s Irish Art Specialist, said: “The remarkable recovery of these paintings has ensured that their fate looks immeasurably brighter and we look forward to finding new homes for them. The Lavery and Henry passed through our doors fifteen years ago and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them at auction again.”
June 24th, 2016
Giovanni Paolo Panini
Rome, a view of the Forum looking towards the Capitol, 1751
Masterworks by Panini and Vernet which shed light on Rome’s extraordinary effervescence of the 1750’s are among the lots on offer at Sotheby’s Old Masters evening sale in London on July 6. With its glorious monuments from Antiquity, masterpieces of the Renaissance and the Baroque, and a rarefied and international contemporary art scene, artists travelled from far and wide to be stimulated by this magnetic cauldron of art. The most successful of them were commissioned to record the favourite places of grand tourists and other foreign visitors. Such was the case for Claude Joseph Vernet who arrived in Rome in 1734 and who, with the leading local Roman painter of the time Giovanni Paolo Panini, would harness the city’s past and present, and together propel the art of landscape painting into a new era.
Panini’s magnificent view of Rome from 1751 shows the artist at the height of his powers (estimate £1-1.5 million) and Vernet’s impressive Mediterranean views – Le Soir and Clair de lune – were painted in 1752, (estimate £3-5 million).
June 23rd, 2016
THERE is a selection of antique furniture from Ireland and abroad at Sheppards two day sale at Coolattin House in Co. Wicklow on June 28 and 29. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
Pair of Chinese Qing period lacquered cabinets on stand (5,000-7,000)
One of a pair of 18th century French ormolu mounted commodes (15,000-20,000)
A 19th century ormolu mounted satinwood, marquetry and painted side cabinet (12,000-18,000)
One of a pair of late 19th century Dublin cabinets (8,000-12,000)
A 19th century Chinese lacquered jardiniere (!,200-1,800)