August 27th, 2016
The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)
An innocent child caught up in war is the peculiarly appropriate focus of a work by the artist Gottfried Helnwein entitled The Disasters of War at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13. The painting is not about Syria, it is about humankind. The work of Helnwein, who lives and works at Gurteen Castle in Co. Tipperary, is informed by his upbringing in post war Austria where World War 2 cast a horrifying shadow. This innocent child in this photo realist work bears the scars of adulthood’s violence and corruptibility. Helnwein, whose works are in major public collections, moved to Ireland in 1997. His work was exhibited in Kilkenny (2001), at the Crawford in Cork (2004) and in Waterford (2008)
An international platform like Sotheby’s is an important springboard for Irish art. Over the years and through booms and busts the auction house has found new buyers from countries around the world for our artists. Modern and contemporary Irish art is to take centre stage again in London on September 13. The roll call of artists in the sale includes Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, F.E. MacWilliam, Rowan Gillespie and Gottfried Helnwein.
Highlights from the auction, which features important work by stalwarts like Lavery, Yeats and O’Conor as well as more contemporary artists like Elizabeth Magill, Melita Denaro, Eilis O’Connell, John Doherty and Rita Duffy, will be on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin next week. Viewing at the RHA is from 10 am to 5 pm on September 1, 2 and 3 and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday September 4. The Irish viewing will include four Irish art works from David Bowie’s collection to be sold in November, Sleep Sound by Yeats, a watercolour entitled James Joyce by le Brocquy and two works by William Scott, Girl Seated at a Table and Winter Still Life No. 2.
Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)
Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)
August 25th, 2016
The private collection of the late George and Maura McClelland is to be sold through a series of auctions at Whyte’s in Dublin in 2016-17. George McClelland was an art dealer of renown in Ireland and Britain for over fifty years. He sold most of his stock to a private collector in 2006, who in turn donated a large part to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. George and his wife Maura retained about 200 works which they especially treasured. These are now offered at Whyte’s. Here is a small selection:
Louis le Brocquy – Travellers, 1948 (60,000-80,000)
William John Leech – Bowl of Fruit (12,000-15,000)
F. E. McWilliam – Woman Kneeling (100,000-150,000)
Morning Light, Paradise Islands, Bahamas, 1980 by Tony O’Malley (15,000-20,000)
August 25th, 2016
A sculpture by Carpeaux for the facade of the Opera Garnier in a interior by Emilio Terry will feature at the sale of An Exceptional Collection by Christie’s in Paris on September 15. Set to take place during the Biennale des Antiquaires the auction is an opportunity to view an exquisite collection in a beautiful interior. The décor of this hôtel particulier was created by Emilio Terry. It includes several masterpieces assembled across three generations. Le Génie de la Danse was executed by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux to highlight the Opéra Garnier’s façade and Terry designed the setting in which it fits.
Simon de Monicault, Head of the Furniture and Works of Art department, Christie’s France, adds: “Collections that were laid out by Emilio Terry, major decorator of the 20th century, rarely come to the market. This beautiful hotel particulier has remained intact since Terry’s work in the 1960’s, and grandly brings together 17th and 18th century masterpieces and the neoclassic décor, so characteristic of his work. Pieces have continually been selected by the collectors to fit Terry’s setting, as shown by the works of Christian Bérard and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, acquired directly from the artists”. Around 200 lots will come under the hammer in a sale estimated to bring in around four million euro.
Génie de la Danse, executed circa 1865-75 by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) (600,000-1,000,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.
A pair of Famille Rose potiches couvertes c1740-50 Qing Dynasty (100,000-200,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016
The living room, decorated in light grey panelling conceived by Emilio Terry,
An important Louis XVI bureau plat stamped by Philippe-Claude Montigny. (400,000-600,000) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016
August 23rd, 2016
Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie.
Sleep Sound, a 1955 painting by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie, comes up at Sotheby’s in November. It is one of about 400 lots from the Bowie collection to be sold. Now estimated at around £180,000 it was bought at Sotheby’s by Bowie in 1993 for £45,500. Sotheby’s will tour to Bowie Collection to New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. It will be on display at New Bond St. in London form November 1-10.
Yeats, who is Ireland’s best know artist on the international stage, was a modernist and expressionist whose art frequently expresses the essence of its subject. Under these circumstances it is hardly surprising that the artistic Bowie was numbered among his fans.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14, 2016)
August 22nd, 2016
The Leica family tree. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016.
THE Leica Camera Family Tree comes up at Christie’s Out of the Ordinary sale in London on September 14. This is a history of the Leica camera comprising 107 of the principal models.
These show the evolution of the marque from pre-production models, the screw-fit Leica series, M-series, R-series, to digital models, from c1923 to 2006. The display, formerly part of the Leica Sölms factory museum, is mounted as a family tree by model and date of production.
The introduction of the Leica heralded a new type of photographer: the photojournalist, who made use of the camera’s small size and ability to work unobtrusively in low-light or fast-moving conditions with previously difficult subjects.
Users like Robert Capa, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Leni Riefenstahl, Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson created some of the world’s best known images using a Leica.
August 18th, 2016
Waterford chandeliers, silver, rugs, antique furniture and art will come under the hammer at R.J. Keighery’s auction in Waterford on August 22. There are 960 lots in total and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
TOM CULLEN (1934 – 2001)
MERCHANTS ARCH, DUBLIN
OLD DUBLIN SERIES 1977 (500-700) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
PERSIAN SILK PRAYER RUG (400-600) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 580
OVAL TIFFANY SILVER 925 TRAY (500-700) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 600
LARGE WATERFORD CRYSTAL CHANDELIER “ETOILE” 41″ HIGH (6,000-9,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,800