November 26th, 2015
Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957) The Boat Builder
There was a good curtain raiser to the four upcoming sales of Important Irish art in Dublin at Christie’s in London last night. Works by Yeats, Lavery, Paul Henry and Roderic O’Conor all found buyers. Christie’s was confident that their Yeats – The Boat Builder – would find a buyer as works by the artist from this period are rare. It was painted in 1913. Estimated at £300,000-500,000 it sold for £422,500.
Sir John Lavery’s similarly estimated The Maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes sold for £338,500. The Village by the Lake by Paul Henry made £182,500 and O’Conor’s Baigneuse a la mer sold for £134,500.
There are upcoming sales of important Irish art at Whytes, de Veres, Adams and by Morgan O’Driscoll, starting with Whytes at the RDS on November 30.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 16, 2015)
November 25th, 2015
Yeats, le Brocquy, McWilliam, Leech are among the artists who feature at what de Veres describe as their highest quality art auction of 2015 in Dublin on December 1 After viewing a 35 Kildare St. de Veres will return to the RHA for the auction on Tuesday evening. This is the first time the auction is to be held at the RHA since 2007. The catalogue is on line. Here is a small selection:
Louis le Brocquy – Still Life, Lemons (15,000-20,000).
F.E. McWilliam – Box Four 1969 (14,000-18,000).
Colin Middleton – Red Landscape (15,000-20,000).
Peter Curling – The Open Ditch (6,000-9,000).
November 23rd, 2015
The ejector gun by J. Purdey and Sons (£6,000-8,000).
A 12 bore ejector gun by Purdey built for the Earl of Shannon comes up at Gavin Gardiner’s sale of modern and vintage sporting guns and rifles at Sotheby’s in London on December 1. J. Purdey and Sons have confirmed that the side lock gun No. 15503 was built in 1896 and replacement barrels were fitted in 1956. It is estimated at £6,000-8,000.
The first Earl of Shannon, a title created in 1756, was made Viscount Boyle of Bandon and Baron, Castle Martyr. He was succeeded by his son who was created Baron Carleton of York in 1786 which title gave him and later earls an automatic seat in the British House of Lords. The third earl served as Lord Lieutenant of County Cork and the fourth briefly represented Co. Cork in the House of Commons. The title is currently held by the ninth earl, a descendant both of the first Earl of Orrery and the first Earl of Cork.
November 20th, 2015
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) – Portrait of Dan O’Neill (20,000-30,000).
Gerard Dillon’s 1952 portrait of his fellow artist Dan O’Neill graces the catalogue cover for Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on November 30. Based on the quality of works on offer and a new confidence in the salesrooms of Ireland Whyte’s remain optimistic about this sale of 161 lots. The portrait, for instance, has been singled out twice for exhibitions at retrospectives in 1972 and 2003. It is from a key point in Dillon’s career. By 1952 he had established himself as a painter and was closely involved in many of the exhibitions and organisations promoting and supporting visual art in Ireland North and South. He would go on to represent Great Britain in the Pittsburgh International exhibition in 1958 and the Guggenheim International, where he represented Ireland in 1958 and 1960.
Dillon’s contemporaries also shine in this sale with works by Dan O’Neill, Nano Reid and Norah McGuinness. There is a strong selection of works by William Conor showing aspects of life in Belfast and an iconic West of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry. The sale will be held at the RDS and the catalogue is online.
November 19th, 2015
The 19th century natural coloured pearl necklace with Royal connections.
A rare, 19th century natural coloured pearl necklace that belonged to Queen Isabella II of Spain will come up at Christie’s important jewels auction in London on December 2. Estimated at £500,000-700,000 they were originally collected by King Ferdinand VII of Spain for his wife Marie Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (she was also his niece). Queen Isabella II of Spain was born in Madrid in 1830 and on the death of her father King Ferdinand VII was proclaimed sovereign at the age of three, with her mother acting as regent.
Against a backdrop of succession disputes and conspiracies, Isabella was finally declared to be of age at 13, where she reigned directly until the revolt of 1868, known as the Glorious Revolution, forced her into exile in France and ushered the First Spanish Republic into power. The necklace originally described as being formed from 46 pearls was later offered for sale at auction in Paris on July 1, 1878 consigned directly by Isabella II, along with other magnificent jewels in her collection. It came up again at Christie’s in London in April 1960 as ‘the property of Frank H. Hargrove, Esq.’ and has since remained in the same family.
November 19th, 2015
The first five lots at Dolan’s Limerick art and antiques auction on November 22 are 19th century Irish topographical photographs from the Lawrence Collection. Featuring counties Kerry, Down, Monaghan and various locations from Bray Head to the Corkscrew Road at Lisdoonvarna each volume is estimated at 350-450. There is work by a diverse range of artists from Kenneth Webb and Arthur Maderson to Mark O’Neill and Markey Robinson as well as some silver, furniture, comics and boxing memorabilia. The sale of 197 lots takes place at Castletroy Park Hotel. The catalogue is online. Here is a selection:
HEIGHTS OF VALPARAISO (650-900). UPDATE: THIS MADE 759
KELL’S BAY, CO KERRY (300-450). UPDATE: THIS MADE 275
MANNEQUINS (2,800-3,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800
Arthur K Maderson
TALLOW HORSE FAIR (900-1,200). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
Brian Ballard RUA
SPRING FLOWERS (900-1,200). UPDATE| THIS MADE 1,100
A 19th Century French St Helena Bronze
Medal, issued in 1857 by Napoleon III for
survivors of Napoleon 1st ‘Grand Armee’,
who had served 1792 – 1815 (120-160). UPDATE: THIS MADE 250
Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) v
Sonny (Ugly Bear) Liston, Miami Beach, 25th Febuary 1964 (400-600). UPDATE: THIS MADE 600
November 19th, 2015
The Sunday interiors sale at James Adam at St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin on November 22 offers much of interest to a wide cross section of collectors. The catalogue, which lists 496 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:
SAMUEL SPODE (1798-1872) ‘Gladiateur’ (1,000-2,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY BRASS HEXAGONAL HALL LANTERN (400-600) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 740
A PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN GILTWOOD, PLASTER AND GESSO RECTANGULAR OVERMANTLE MIRRORS (6,000-8,000). UPDATE: THIS LOT SOLD FOR 7,000 AT HAMMER
Alfred de Breanski Junior (1877 – 1957)
Early Morning, Derwentwater (3,000-4,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,800
A LOUIS QUINZE STYLE KINGWOOD VITRINE (1,500-2,500) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,600
AN ARTS AND CRAFTS WALNUT UPRIGHT SHEET MUSIC CABINET (400-600). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 400
November 18th, 2015
Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015
It looks as if the Rubens from Russborough and other artworks scheduled to auctioned at Christie’s last July have now been rescued for the relatively impecunious Irish state. Rubens Head of a Bearded Man was the main lot in a planned sale of works from Russborough in Co. Wicklow designed to raise funds to maintain the house and grounds. It is reported that the businessman Denis O’Brien has bought the Rubens for more than two million euro, though he has refused to confirm this.
The Russborough Foundation said the process of finding donors for the works is ongoing. Under the S1003 scheme designed to encourage donations to Irish cultural institutions a taxpayer can write off 80% of the purchase cost with a ceiling of six million in respect of any single year. It is also reported that businessman John Gallagher has paid just under one million for another one of the works, The Adoration of the Shepherds by Adriaen Van Ostade, with the intention that it goes on display at the National Gallery. The businessman Lochlann Quinn has already acquired A Village Kermesse near Antwerp by David Teniers the Younger from the Russborough collection for the National Gallery. All the works had been in storage and had not been seen in public for many years.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1, 2015).
November 18th, 2015
L.DS. Lowry – Father and Two Sons.
A 1950 work by one of Britain’s best loved artists – L.S. Lowry’s Father and Two Sons – sold for a record £1.6 million at Sotheby’s in London last evening. The work is considered to be his most important portrait and offers a timeless glimpse into street life. It sold for £1,625,000, a record price for a portrait by the artist. From the collection of Frank Cohen and was owned by Monty Bloom, a key Lowry patron in the later part of his career.
Frank Cohen commented: “I’ve always championed Modern British art and I passionately believe that Lowry ranks alongside other great painters like Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. I’m not alone in that opinion – I recall being in the Wolseley, London, when I spotted Lucian sitting at his usual corner table. We’d known each other over the years and got talking. One of the questions I posed was ‘who are your favourite artists?’ to which he replied, without hesitation, ‘Auerbach and Lowry’. And Freud knew a thing or two about painting as we all know…
I bought Father and Two Sons back in the late 90s as a present to myself after selling my DIY business. It was a lot of money at that time but I couldn’t resist as it had always reminded me of the very first job I had after leaving school at 15. I worked for Perring’s Furniture stores, which was run by Abi Stolberg and Louis Rosenblatt, as the ‘tea–boy’ in the offices, earning £2, 14 shillings and seven-pence a week. When the boss used to arrive at work – he was the clerk of the company – he’d walk in every morning with his bowler hat on, flanked on either side by two minders with winged collars. That image stayed with me forever until I found this Lowry”.
Sotheby’s sale of Modern and Post War British Art brought a record of £389,000 for Peter Lanyon for Dry Wind, an oil on canvas. There was also a record for a work on paper by Dame Barbara Hepworth, whose Forms in Movements (Circle) sold for £257,000.
November 16th, 2015
Works by Lavery and Yeats feature at Christie’s modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 25 and 26. The evening sale on November 25 features The Boat Builder by Jack B. Yeats and The Maid was in the garden hanging out clothes by Sir John Lavery. Each work is estimated at £300,000-500,000. The boat builder was for many years in the collection of Sir Peter Scott, who was credited with designing the North Atlantic Fleet camouflage scheme during the Second World War. He was a son of Scott of the Antarctic.
There is work by le Brocquy, Yeats, Paul Henry, Roderic O’Conor and William Scott at various estimates from £15,000-80,000.
Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
The Boat Builder UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £422,500
Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941)
The Maid was in the Garden Hanging out the Clothes UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £338,500