September 27th, 2016
F. E. McWilliam – Woman Kneeling sold for 90,000
The sale of Irish and International art at Whyte’s in Dublin last night brought in a total of 1.2 million. Matriach, a cherrywood carving by F.E. McWilliam, was the top lot. It sold for 90,000 at hammer and went to a collector in London. There were some interesting results in an auction where 83% of lots on offer found buyers from among 100 bidders in the room, 50 telephone bidders and 150 internet buyers. About 15% of lots, totalling 125,000, were sold on the internet.
Other top prices were achieved for work by Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven, 1950, (85,000); Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) Travellers, 1948, (58,000); Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a landscape, (45,000); Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) Morning Light II, Paradise Island, Bahamas,1982, (30,000); Dame Lucie Rie (Austrian/British 1902-1995) Footed Bowl, c.1980, (30,000); Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983) Children at Play, 1939, (29,000); William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968) Bowl of Fruit c.1944, (22,000); Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005) A hot day in Rush, County Dublin, (18,000).
September 25th, 2016
The Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 162nd exhibition opens on Monday 26 September at the Concourse Gallery, Dun Laoghaire County Hall and runs for one week. Over 300 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastels, drawings and limited edition signed prints, will be on sale in a wide ranging and diverse exhibition. Well-known artists showing include Jayne Barry, Brid Clarke, Patrick Cahill, Ivor Coburn RUA, John Coyle RHA, Chris Dearden RUA, Pauline Doyle ANCA, Joe Dunne RHA, Edward Freeney, Olivia Hayes, Les Jones ARUA, John Keating, Margaret Kent, Vincent Lambe, Grania Langrishe, Anthony Loughran, Brett McEntagart RHA, Oisin Roche, Tom Roche, Tom Ryan PPRHA, Susan Sex, and Neil Shawcross RHA RUA. The president of the Australian Watercolour Institute David Van Nunen will show two works as an invited guest artist. Here is a small selection from the show:
‘Gulls in Slade Harbour, Co. Wexford’, by John Short
‘Poppy Fantasia’, by Kate Befell
‘Henry Street 1916’, by Liam O’Herlihy
‘Miss Mauve’ by Nicola Morrin
‘Flame Trees after John Russell 2015’ by David Van Nunen
September 25th, 2016
A full array of Irish art and artists will come under the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on September 28. A total of 194 lots will come under the hammer including work by Yeats, Paul Henry, Nathaniel Hone, Grace Henry, Estella Solomons, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Derek Hill and Sean Keating. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)
Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963)
Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)
Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958)
In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)
Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)
Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)
Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977)
Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)
September 24th, 2016
An unpublished sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto
A previously undocumented and unpublished sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto comes up at Sotheby’s in London on October 20. Offered on the open market for the first time in a sale entitled “The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VI”, this sketch-leaf is one of the earliest for this great work, possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes. Most of the surviving drafts for the Fifth Piano Concerto are in two sketch-books in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin.
Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), the brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s great friend, patron and pupil. The Archduke began taking lessons from Beethoven aged 15 or 16 and he was the only pupil that Beethoven taught composition to. It is estimated at £150,000-200,000.
September 23rd, 2016
First editions, literature, Republican and political items, sporting medals and all sorts of memorabilia will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors’s sale at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny on September 28. More than 800 lots will come under the hammer. Lot 733 is a head and shoulders portrait of Archbishop Thomas William Croke (1824-1902), after whom Croke Park in Dublin is named. He was the second catholic bishop of the Diocese of Auckland in New Zealand and later Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland. The portrait, by P. MacEgan, is estimated at 800-1,200. A limited edition of The Playboy of the Western World with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy is estimated at 180-260 and a Marrowbone Lane combatants medal from 1916 is estimated at 2,000-3,000. There is an estimate of 300-400 on a selection of Irish political postcards and a programme for the 1978 rugby match at Thomond Park where Munster conquered the All-Blacks is estimated at 400-600. There is everything from signed first editions by Seamus Heaney to the Military Cross awarded to Tipperary chaplain Edmund Canon after an action at Ypres in 1917 (1,000-1,500) in a sale that is brimful of interest.
P. Mac Egan, 20th Century Irish School “Archbishop Th. William Croke,”
Tipperary Chaplain’s Military Cross Medal: World War One (1914 – 1918)
The Day Munster Conquered the All-Blacks Programme: Rugby: Munster R.F.C.
Postcards: Irish Political, 1916 – 22
1916 Marrowbone Lane Combatants Medal 1916 Medal: An original 1916 Rising Combatants Service Medal
September 23rd, 2016
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN’S COWBOY BOOTS, BY TONY LAMA BOOTS, CIRCA 1980
With strong participation from across Europe and Asia bidders from 34 countries took part in the sale of the private collection of President Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Nancy Reagan at Christie’s. Part I of the sale totalled $5,740,625. There were 1,200 registered bidders and the auction was 100% sold by lot. The top lot was a diamond, sapphire and ruby ring by Bulgari which sold for $319,500. President Reagan’s cowboy boots, which had been estimated at $10,000-20,000 – sold for $199,500.
A signed fragment of the Berlin Wall made $277,500, a painting by Frank Sinatra – Fourth of July Fireworks – made $233,500 and a series of pencil sketches signed Ronald Reagan on White House stationary sold for $100,000.
An online auction continues until September 27-28. The sale will benefit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 2, 2016)
September 22nd, 2016
The 51st annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair previews tonight at the RDS in Dublin. The best of antique furniture, silver, glass, silver, contemporary Irish art and design will be on display in a weekend fair which is expected to draw up to 15,000 people between now and closing on Sunday evening. Legendary US interior designer Carleton Varney, who has designed for five US first ladies in a row from Jackie Kennedy to Barbara Bush and this year received four nominations in the international hotel awards, is among the speakers at the event.
Julian Radcliffe of the Art Loss Register will host a talk on Protecting Irish Heritage, Recovering Stolen Art and Antiques in Ireland. Antiques dealer Niall Mullen predicts a bumper year for the fair with an increase in demand for antique furniture driven by a strong domestic property market. Here is a small selection from the very large offering available at the fair.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 17, 2016)
An Irish William IV rosewood tea caddy at Treasures
An antique lock at The Store Yard
Harp brooch by Waterhouse of Dublin c1850 at The Silver Shop.
A c1870 Archaeological Revival hinged bangle at Cobwebs.
A Victorian Louis XVI style French Kingwood bureau-de-dame at Adam Antiques.
September 21st, 2016
Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) – Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven (90,000-120,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 85,000
A striking oil by Jack B. Yeats entitled Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven is among the many highlights at Whyte’s sale of Irish and international art sale at the RDS in Dublin on September 26. The work, which dates from 1950, is estimated at 90,000-120,000. It is one of a number of late Yeats paintings which focusses on strolling players and performers in the Irish countryside. There are from the McClelland Collection in this auction but the Yeats is not one of them. The catalogue lists 180 lots. Here is a small selection.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 6 and August 25, 2016)
Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) THE NIGHT PAINTER, 1981 – (12,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000
Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) PORCELAIN BOTTLE, c.1960 (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER
Jean Lurçat (French, 1892-1966) LE TAURERGOT, 1949 (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000
Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a Landscape (30,000-40,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 45,000 AT HAMMER
September 21st, 2016
The Borghese Windsor cabinet.
The Borghese-Windsor Cabinet – the most important Roman cabinet ever to have come onto the market – sold for 2,499,000 euro at Sotheby’s in Paris last night. It was bought by the J. Paul Getty Museum in what was a world auction record price for a piece of Roman furniture. Made in Rome circa 1620, this exceptional gilt-bronze mounted silver, ebony and hard stone cabinet boasts exceptional provenance. It belonged to Pope Paul V Borghese (1605-1621), before being acquired in 1824 by King George IV who displayed it in Windsor Castle. The cabinet remained in the Royal Collection until 1959, when it was bought by Aladar de Balkany, on the advice of his son who was passionate about architecture.
International collectors were out in force to testify the extraordinary eye and taste of the great French collector Robert de Balkany (1931-2015). In the first of three sales at Sotheby’s in Paris, collectors, art dealers and institutions from across the globe (including the US, Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East) registered their intention to bid on masterpieces of Decorative Arts and Old Masters paintings from Robert de Balkany’s Paris residence, the Hôtel de Feuquières in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The sale had been preceded by an exhibition which attracted over 3,000 visitors. Among the top ten lots sold was night was George Stubbs portrait of Viscount Gormanston’s White Dog, which made 459,000.
Mario Tavella, Président-Directeur Général, Sotheby’s France and Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe said: “The two top lots of this evening – the Borghese-Windsor Cabinet and Charles Clay’s organ clock – are testament to Robert de Balkany’s eye and passion for hardstone furniture and exceptional timepieces – the most important categories of his collection. Both of these exceptional pieces went to major art institutions the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement, Utrecht and for me, this is the best tribute to my friend Robert. It was an honour to have been entrusted with the sale of the masterpieces in his collection which he jealously kept in Paris. ”
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 12, 2010)
September 20th, 2016
Irish furniture and silver, portraits, an historic library and vintage and classic cars will come under the hammer at four days of sales by Sheppards at Loughton House, Moneygall, Co. Offaly from September 27-30. Here are some examples from the furniture on offer:
Pair of 19th century satinwood and painted and parcel gilt commodes (14,000-18,000)
One of a pair of Irish Walnut console tables (6,000-8,000)
18th/19th Ottoman mother of pearl veneered wooden chest (3,000-5,000)
One of a pair of carved gilt wood Louis XV style settees (1,500-2,500) UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS UNSOLD
c1900 large mahogany Hepplewhite style serving table (2,500-3,500) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600
19th century carved pedestal desk (500-700) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
A William IV four poster bed (2,500-3,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER