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HENRY MOORE AT BONHAMS BRITISH AND IRISH ART SALE

September 1st, 2014
Henry Moore (1898-1986) - Reclining Figure on a Pedestal.

Henry Moore (1898-1986) – Reclining Figure on a Pedestal.

A monumental work by Henry Moore will be a feature at Bonhams auction of British and Irish art in London on November 17-18. Figure on pedestal, which belongs to a UK Corporation and was acquired directly from the artist in the  early 1960′s, is estimated at £1-2 million.  Since its conception in 1959-60 casts of this bronze have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. The theme of the reclining nude obsessed Moore and played a central role in the development of his sculpture throughout his career as an artist. He defined his own persona as an artist not so much by endless variety as by his ability to return to a familiar motif and make it new. In so doing, he renewed himself.

Moore commented on his fascination with the recumbent form: ‘I want to be quite free of having to find a ‘reason’ for doing the Reclining Figures, and freer still of having to find a ‘meaning’ for them. The vital thing for an artist is to have a subject that allows [him] to try out all kinds of formal ideas, things that he doesn’t yet know about for certain but wants to experiment with, as Cézanne did in his ‘Bathers’ series. In my case the reclining figure provides chances of that sort. The subject-matter is given. It’s settled for you, and you know it and like it, so that within it, within the subject that you’ve done a dozen times before, you are free to invent a completely new form-idea.’   He once pointed to the maternal element of his Reclining Figures, referring to both womanhood and mother earth.  The configuration of Reclining Figure on a Pedestal identified the female form with the undulating landscape and natural forms.  The work will be exhibited in New York in October.

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PATRICK COLLINS AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL RDS AUCTION

September 1st, 2014
Patrick Collins (1911-1994) - Islands

Patrick Collins (1911-1994) – Islands

Islands, a magnificent oil on board by Patrick Collins (1911-1994) is a feature lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction at the RDS on September 15 at 6 p.m..  According to catalogue notes by art historian Niamh O’Sullivan: “Collins played a significant part in the radicalization and internationalization of Irish art. In many respects, Ireland skipped the evolving ‘isms of European and American twentieth century art until the 1960s. This sudden recognition of modernism resulted in a unique form, typified by Collins, a bringing together an art that acknowledges its Celtic past, but is distinctly modern”.  Islands, which was once in the collection of Sir Basil Goulding, is estimated at 17,500-25,000.

Other pieces in the 114 lot auction on offer include Paper Crane by the Beijing based artist Li Wentao (50,000-70,000) and Still Life with Flowers by Roderick O’Conor (12,000-18,000).  There is an exceptional example by Sean McSweeney entitled Bogland (6,000-8,000) and work by artists including Jack B. Yeats, Evie Hone, Hector McDonnell, Basil Blackshaw, Frank Egginton, Arthur Maderson, William Conor, Norah McGuinness, Elizabeth Cope and Gladys MacCabe.

Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) - Still Life with Flowers (12,000-18,000).

Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) – Still Life with Flowers (12,000-18,000).

William Sadler II (1782-1839 View of the Great Sugar Loaf and the Little Sugar Loaf, Co. Wicklow (3,000-5,000).

William Sadler II (1782-1839 View of the Great Sugar Loaf and the Little Sugar Loaf, Co. Wicklow (3,000-5,000).

Sean McSweeney - Bogland (6,000-8,000)

Sean McSweeney – Bogland (6,000-8,000)

 

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PUGIN SPECIMEN WOOD TABLE AT FONSIE MEALY

September 1st, 2014

 

This table, attributed to Pugin, is at Fonsie Mealy's on October 7.

This table, attributed to Pugin, is at Fonsie Mealy’s on October 7.

A specimen wood table attributed to the pioneer of the Gothic Revival style A.N.W. Pugin (1812-1852) comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Fine Art sale in Castlecomer on October 7.

There is a selection of specimen woods, an unusual mechanism and a variety of secret drawers.

Pugin designed a number of buildings in Ireland including Maynooth College and churches and cathedrals in Killarney, Enniscorthy and Tralee.  This table  comes from the collection of  a religious order and is estimated at 4,000-6,00

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THE MOST VALUABLE WINE AUCTION LOT EVER OFFERED

August 29th, 2014
The 114-Bottle Romanée-Conti Superlot 1992 – 2010

The 114-Bottle Romanée-Conti Superlot 1992 – 2010

The most valuable wine auction lot ever offered – the Romanée-Conti Superlot – comes up at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on October 4.  Sotheby’s one day sale features a wealth of top notch Burgundies, led by an historic Henri Jayer collection and the Romanée-Conti Superlot.  The auction gets underway with a selection of Henri Jayer magnums from the cellar of James H. Clark, founder of Netscape Communications Corporation.  The collection of 66 magnums in 19 lots is estimated at US$750,000-1.2 million.  Of the 66 magnums 19 are the extremely rare Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux, 1990.  Additional lots from Mr. Clark will be available at a Sotheby’s single owner sale in New York next November 15.

The 114 bottle Romanée-Conti Superlot of 19 consecutive vintages (six bottles per vintage of 1992-2010) is estimated at US$1.5-2.5 million, making it the most valuable wine lot ever offered. Romanée-Conti is regarded as one of the greatest wines in the world, with a miniscule average annual production of 5,500 bottles.  Given their small productions, Burgundies have been in ever-growing demand globally.  The Burgundy lots make up over 40% of the total number of 778 lots available in this sale.  The auction is expected to bring in US$4.5-6.7 million. 

The most valuable wine lot ever sold at auction was a single case lot of 50 cases of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1982 which made US$1,051,600 at Sotheby’s, New York in 2006

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A PAUL HENRY AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON IN DECEMBER

August 28th, 2014
Paul Henry - The Fishing Fleet, Co. Galway - 16" x 20" (£80,000-120,000).

Paul Henry – The Fishing Fleet, Co. Galway – 16″ x 20″ (£80,000-120,000).

A Paul Henry painting discovered in Ireland will come up  at Sotheby’s British and Irish art auction in London on December 10. The Fishing Fleet, Co. Galway by Henry is estimated at £80,000-120,000.  Charlie Minter, Sotheby’s British and Irish art specialist, will be offering free appraisals in Belfast and Dublin in the coming weeks by appointment only.  He will be carrying out appraisals in Belfast and Northern Ireland on September 8 and 9 and in Dublin and countrywide on September 10 and 11.  Sotheby’s next British and Irish art auction in London on December 10 will close for consignments from Ireland in the first week of October. Highlights from the sale will be exhibited in Dublin on November 28, 29 and 30.

Charlie Minter commented:  “In the past couple of  years Sotheby’s has achieved a number of impressive results for Irish artists many of which have been sourced in Ireland. It has been encouraging to see renewed attention for Irish art as a whole”.  He added that global attention for Irish art continues to grow, with competition driven by works that are fresh to the market and attractively priced.

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YETI FOOTPRINTS AND VINTAGE POSTERS AT CHRISTIE’S ONLINE AUCTION

August 28th, 2014

With everything from photographs of Yeti footprints to vintage film posters, an elephant bird egg and a fossilised giant palm frond Christie’s online auction Out of the Ordinary: The Online Edit runs from now until September 10.  The sale offers collectors of all things extraordinary the chance to acquire unusual objects from around the world at any time. A group of photographs showing Yeti footprints in the Memluk Basin (£3,000 – 5,000) were taken by Eric Earle Shipton (1907-1977) during the 1951 Everest expedition. Shipton’s photographs ignited speculation about the existence of a Yeti which had been growing since N.A. Tombazi made the first European sighting during an expedition to the Sikkim Himalaya in 1925. Edmund Hillary  had a strange experience at 19,000 feet in the Himalayas in 1952. In his book High Adventure (1955) he reported:  “We were climbing quite a steep pitch when Pemba stopped and picked something off the rock. Obviously greatly excited he showed it to Angpemba. Feeling somewhat curious I asked them what it was all about. They placed in my hand a tuft of long black hairs – thick and coarse they looked more like bristles than anything else.  “Yeti, Sahib, Yeti”. I couldn’t help being impressed by their conviction and it did seem a strange place to find some hair. We were well over 19,000 feet and the Abominable Snowman was obviously no mean rock climber”.

Eric Earle Shipton (1907-1977), Photographer Yeti footprints in the Menlung Basin Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Eric Earle Shipton (1907-1977), Photographer
Yeti footprints in the Menlung Basin Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE Reynold Brown (1917-1991) 1958, Paramount, U.S.

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE
Reynold Brown (1917-1991) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014
1958, Paramount, U.S.

 

 

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THE OPULENT EYE AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON

August 27th, 2014

Furniture, sculpture and works of art from the 19th century feature at Christie’s sale The Opulent Eye in London on September 18,  The sale is led by an exceptional coffre à bijoux, jewellery cabinet-on-stand, by Henri Fourdinois (£70,000-100,000). Recently rediscovered in a private Portuguese collection this unique cabinet captures the grand ambition and subtle sophistication of the great exhibitions of 19th century Europe. The mahogany veneers are finely inlaid with silvered-bronze mounts, and the angles cornered by lapis lazuli veneered columns supporting ivory angels by the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.

Representing many of the best makers and sculptors of the period, the sale presents palatial furnishings drawn from an eclectic mixture of styles and countries, united by their opulence, fine craftsmanship and use of precious materials. Featuring furniture, lighting, marble and bronze sculpture, garden statuary, clocks, carpets and porcelain, the sale totals 328 lots and is expected to realise in the region of £3.5 million. 

A French gilt and silvered bronze enamel and ivory mounted Coffre a bijoux (£80,000-120,000).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

A French gilt and silvered bronze enamel and ivory mounted Coffre a bijoux (£80,000-120,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

A French ormolu mounted American walnut credence by Edouard Lievre, Paris c1870 (£150,000-250,000).

A French ormolu mounted American walnut credence by Edouard Lievre, Paris c1870 (£150,000-250,000).  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

One of a pair of over life size cast iron models of a lion and tiger, the models by Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart (£80,000-120,000).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

One of a pair of over life size cast iron models of a lion and tiger, the models by Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart (£80,000-120,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

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COLOURED STONES AT O’REILLY’S IN SEPTEMBER

August 26th, 2014

Certified coloured stones will be a feature of the auction at O’Reilly’s, Francis St., Dublin on September 3. The catalogue for this auction of over 300 lots is online. Here is a small selection:

A FINE QUALITY DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE THREE STONE RING, the oval sapphire to two brilliant cut diamonds, mounted in white gold. Together with coloured gemstone report stating the sapphire to be; 3.90 ct, of Burmese origin with no evidence of heat treatment  (18,000-22,000)

A FINE QUALITY DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE THREE STONE RING, the oval sapphire to two brilliant cut diamonds, mounted in white gold. Together with coloured gemstone report stating the sapphire to be; 3.90 ct, of Burmese origin with no evidence of heat treatment (18,000-22,000)

A FINE QUALITY JADEITE CARVED PENDANT, in the form of an ampoule with foliage, tourmaline detail, on a silver chain. Together with a coloured gemstone report stating the jadiete to be of natural origin with no treatment (5,000-6,000)

A FINE QUALITY JADEITE CARVED PENDANT, in the form of an ampoule with foliage, tourmaline detail, on a silver chain. Together with a coloured gemstone report stating the jadiete to be of natural origin with no treatment (5,000-6,000)

A DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, the rectangular brilliant fancy yellow diamond, to a brilliant cut diamond surround. Together with EGL coloured diamond report stating the diamond to be; 2.01 ct, Fancy Vivid yellow, VS2 cl  (20,000-22,000)

A DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, the rectangular brilliant fancy yellow diamond, to a brilliant cut diamond surround. Together with EGL coloured diamond report stating the diamond to be; 2.01 ct, Fancy Vivid yellow, VS2 cl (20,000-22,000)

 

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LI WENTAO AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S DUBLIN AUCTION

August 25th, 2014

 

Wentao Li (b.1967) Chinese Paper Crane  oil on canvas

Wentao Li (b.1967) Chinese
Paper Crane
oil on canvas

A painting by Li Wentao comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction at the RDS in Dublin on September 15.  Paper Crane, signed and dated ’05 on the reverse, was bought directly from the artist at the  Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain de Bastille 2005, in Paris. Framed by Olivier Dyan, Art Club, Paris prior to the artists solo exhibition at the gallery in 2006 the work is illustrated on the catalogue cover of Review Wentao Art Studio.

Li, who is known for the theatricality of his art, holds a bachelors degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. A letter from the artist, who lives and works in Beijing, accompanies the lot.  It is estimated at 50,000-70,000.

Morgan O’Driscoll’s auction of 112 lots of predominantly Irish art takes place on the evening of September 15 at the Minerva Suite in the RDS.

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FROM AMULET TO ZODIAC AT CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY

August 24th, 2014

From Amulet to Zodiac the A-Z exhibition now underway at Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library takes the visitor on a journey through a selection of highlights.  The curators’ choice show highlights the breadth and quality of the wonderful collection, a rare opportunity to explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds.

A is for Amulet and the exhibition displays exquisite examples of these seventeenth- to nineteenth- century protective charms from the Christian, Hebrew, Islamic and Hindu faiths. E is for Embroidery and the objects on view include European sixteenth- to eighteenth-century covers for almanacs and devotional works, as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century embroidered badges worn to indicate status in the Chinese imperial court. T is for Travel and among the early printed travel books is a rare 1576 guide to the ‘most famous islands of the world’ with a chapter devoted to Ireland.  B is for Beatty and M is for Mining, and rarely seen material from the Library’s Archives offer a glimpse into Chester Beatty’s family and professional life.  The show continues until February 1, 2015.  Here are some examples.

N is for Noh © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

N is for Noh © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

A is for Amulet (Phylactery) © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

A is for Amulet (Phylactery) © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

G is for Garden

G is for Garden  Copyright Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library.

J is for Jade.

J is for Jade.  Copyright Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library.

 

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