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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).

A Irish four poster bed

A Irish four poster bed c1820 (1,500-2,500).

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

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

A Regency sofa table.

A Regency sofa table (1.000-1,500)

Early Irish Georgian dining table

Early Irish Georgian dining table (2,000-2,500)

 

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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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18th CENTURY ITALIAN OIL IN STYLE OF GUARINO MAKES 7,600 AT MEALY’S

July 18th, 2014

An 18th century Italian oil on copper panel in the style of Domenico Guarino was the top lot at Mealy’s two day auction in Co. Kilkenny this week.   The Madonna and Child, with Three Saints and a Lion in an Interior had been estimated at 700-1,100 and sold for a hammer price of 7,600.  It was bought by an absentee bidder in France. The sale realised 300,000 and 70 per cent of lots on offer found buyers. A boulle bonheur du jour made 5,750, a landscape with cattle grazing by Thomas Sydney Cooper made 5,000, a pair of marquetry commodes sold for 4,400 and a Donegal carpet sold for 2,600.  There was a large private collection of African tribal art in the sale and about half of this was sold.  The unsold lots will be available to purchase from next week from Mealy’s online gallery. They can be viewed by appointment in Castlecomer.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 9 and July 7 2014).

IN THE STYLE OF DOMENICO GUARINO (1683-1750) - he Madonna and Child, with Three Saints and a Lion in an Interior, sold for 7,600

IN THE STYLE OF DOMENICO GUARINO (1683-1750) – The Madonna and Child, with Three Saints and a Lion in an Interior, sold for 7,600

 

A lime green Donegal hand knotted carpet sold for 2,600.

A lime green Donegal hand knotted carpet sold for 2,600.

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DIAMONDS, PENDANTS AND SAPPHIRES AT O’REILLY’S AUCTION

July 17th, 2014

Diamond solitaire rings, some beautifully set pendants and a diamond and sapphire cluster ring to covet are among the fine jewellery and silver pieces at an auction at O’Reilly’s of Francis St. in Dublin in Wednesday, July 23.  There is a good choice of watches too.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

A diamond and sapphire target cluster ring (12,000-14,000)

A diamond and sapphire target cluster ring (12,000-14,000)

A diamond, pearl and aquamarine pendant (800-1,200)

A diamond, pearl and aquamarine pendant (800-1,200)

A brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring.

A brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring (38,000-42,000)

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O’CONOR MORE THAN TRIPLES TOP ESTIMATE AT CHRISTIE’S

July 16th, 2014
Roderic O'Conor, R.H.A. (1860-1940) Seated female nude (£5,000-8,000)

Roderic O’Conor, R.H.A. (1860-1940)
Seated female nude (£5,000-8,000)

A Seated Female Nude by Roderic O’Conor more than tripled its top estimate at Christie’s sale of Modern British and Irish Art in London today.  It sold for £27,500 over an estimate of £5,000-8,000.  Early Away by Jack Butler Yeats made £50,000 and William Scott’s Blue Still Life sold for £74,500.  Both prices were within estimate.

The O’Conor painting is unusual in that it depicts only the upper torso. The upright pose calls to mind a conventional portrait.  A similar approach to painting the female model, combining finely delineated features and heavily textured drapes, is evident in O’Conor’s painting Repos of a fully clothed young woman asleep with a book in her hand. This work was exhibited in Paris in 1905 and purchased by the great Russian collector of modern art, Ivan Morosov, before it entered the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where it remains to this day. Seated female nude, or Étude as it was originally titled, can also be dated to this period on stylistic grounds and may even feature the same model. 

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 11, 2014)

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HIGHEST EVER AUCTION SALES AT SOTHEBY’S IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2014

July 16th, 2014
Claude Monet’s Nympheas, sold for £31.7m ($54.1m) at Sotheby’s London in June

Claude Monet’s Nympheas, sold for £31.7m ($54.1m) at Sotheby’s London in June

Sotheby’s announced today that auction sales for the first half of 2014 stand at $3.12bn – the highest in the company’s history. Full half year results and consolidated figures will be released in the coming weeks. Christie’s earlier announced record sales worth $4.47 billion in the first half of 2014.  Sotheby’s recorded a 47% growth in Asia and the just concluded London season of sales was the company’s strongest ever.

Earlier this week Sotheby’s announced a new partnership with eBay. Online bidders competed for 17% of lots offered in 2013.  Mobile traffic now accounts for 25% of Sotheby’s total website traffic.  In the first half of this year 26% of buyers were new to Sotheby’s and the company has sold 492 lots at over $1 million.

Mark Cornell, Sotheby’s Managing Director for Europe, said: ‘The critical selling categories in which Sotheby’s has led the market  this year are those we see attracting the fastest, strongest stream of new buyers, primarily from the new markets. Sotheby’s ability to attract, engage and excite these new players is evidenced both in the exceptional  growth we’ve seen in Asia, and in the record results we’ve seen in London this season, where record numbers of buyers fuelled total sales of £360m – some 13% ahead of those of our nearest competitor.’

Referring to this season’s London sales in particular, Mark Cornell continued: “The record successes we have enjoyed in London this summer are the fruit of the combination of old rules and new players. Old rules still apply:  quality, rarity, provenance and correct estimates are key, and new players care just as much about those criteria as established collectors. It is the confluence of rich offerings and ever-more global demand that has proved so powerful this season, and that will continue to power the market forward.”

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RECORD HALF YEAR AT CHRISTIE’S WITH ART SALES OF £2.7 BILLION

July 16th, 2014
Francis Bacon's Portrait of George Dyer Talking sold in February

Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer Talking sold in February for £42.2 million.

Record sales for the half year ended in June have been announced today by Christie’s.  Art sales of £2.7 billion are up 12%, there was a 71% increase in online activity and 24% of all buyers were new to Christie’s. No less than 51 works of art sold for over $10 million. Autumn expansion plans include a new Shanghai office due to open in October and a new gallery at the Rockefeller Center to open in November.

Christie’s say a successful strategy to connect with more collectors globally underpins the results, with the figures driven by an increase in the value of artworks sold across categories, geographies and price levels. Digital engagement and new buyers coming to the market have continued to drive growth; new clients represented 24% of all buyers and 15% of the sales total in the first half of 2014.  Post-War and Contemporary art had a record breaking six months with total sales of £799.9 million. The May evening sale in New York brought in $744.9 million, the highest total ever in the history of the art market.

Steven Murphy, Christie’s ceo said: “Christie’s continued position of leadership is evidenced again in our half year results. Yet more important is that we are meeting our goal of serving more clients than any other art business globally and at all levels of collecting. Our strategy to engage this growing audience for art through auction, private sales and digitally has been validated and again welcomed many new buyers. We continue to lead the top levels of the art market, particularly in the Post-War & Contemporary Art area, while also successfully serving the broad variety of interests through all our categories and online sales. It is a new era of excitement and engagement about art and for art. By putting the art first, Christie’s has captured the imagination of our clients and served them in their quest to connect with the art itself.”

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