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  • EL LISSITZKY AT IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

    August 3rd, 2015

    El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State brings to Ireland for the first time an extraordinary body of works by the Russian avant garde artist. They have been lent to Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) by the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. These are shown alongside archival material related to Alice Milligan and Maud Gonne’s theatrical tableaux, and newly commissioned and recent works by Rossella Biscotti (Italy 1978), Núria Güell (Spain 1981), Sarah Pierce (USA 1968) and Hito Steyerl (Germany 1966). El Lizzitsky (1890 – 1941) was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The exhibition is at IMMA until October 18.

    El Lissitzky - Proof for a Proun, 1923

    El Lissitzky – Proof for a Proun, 1923

    El Lissitzky - Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

    El Lissitzky – Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

     

    WORKS FROM YOSHIHARA JIRO COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    July 31st, 2015
    Yoshihara Jiro’s Work (1971) (US$129,000-258,000).

    Yoshihara Jiro’s Work (1971) (US$129,000-258,000).

    The first dedicated sale of works from the Yoshihara Jiro collection ever to appear on the market will come up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art sale in Hong Kong on October 5. It will feature works both created and coveted by Yoshihara, the celebrated founder of Japan’s 20th-century avant-garde Gutai movement.  There are more than 20 original Yoshihara canvas, paper and ceramic works, many from his iconic Circle series.

    Evelyn Lin, Head of Contemporary Asian Art, Sotheby’s, said: “Dating from the mid-1930s to the early-1970s, Full Circle encompasses a comprehensive array of works rarely seen on the market, showcasing Yoshihara’s immaculate art, vision and taste, as well as his exploration on the circle motif in the later stage of his artistic career.  At a time when Gutai has received much international acclaim on its art-historical contributions, we look forward to presenting the collection this autumn, as a much deserved tribute to the contemporary master.”

    A FRENCH ROYAL FAMILY SALE AT SOTHEBY’S PARIS

    July 29th, 2015

    Paintings, drawings, furniture and historical memorabilia from the French royal family will come up at Sotheby’s in Paris on September 29.  The sale  from the collections of the late Comte de Paris (1909-1999) and Comtesse de Paris (1911-2003)  is from the dynasty that reigned over France for nearly a thousand years.  There are 200 lots from various residences of the Orléans family, the cadet branch, which later became the eldest branch of the Royal House of France.  In 1848, during the July Revolution which ended the reign of Louis-Philippe, they went with the royal family into exile, firstly to Claremont House in England, then to the Manoir d’Anjou in Belgium, and then to Portugal.  They returned to France in the 1950s when the exile act barring pretenders to the French throne from French territory was repealed.  They have always remained the private property of the descendants of King Louis-Philippe.  The works have been housed since 1974 by the Fondation Saint-Louis and were restored to the heirs of the Comte and Comtesse de Paris by a district court ruling in 2013.

    Louis-Phillippe, duc de Valois au Berceau by Nicolas Bernard Lepicie (150,000-200,000).

    Louis-Phillippe, duc de Valois au Berceau by Nicolas Bernard Lepicie (150,000-200,000).

    an 1821 portrait by Horace Vernet of the Duc de Chartres (50,000-70,000).

    an 1821 portrait by Horace Vernet of the Duc de Chartres (50,000-70,000).

    YEATS HORSES IN WEST OF IRELAND AUCTION AT CLIFDEN

    July 27th, 2015

    Hobby Horses, a 1927 oil by Jack B. Yeats, will be one of a number of highlights at the August Bank Holiday summer art and collectibles auction by Dolans in Clifden on August 3 and 4.  It is estimated at 78,000-85,000. The 540 lot auction includes a limited edition copy of Anna Livia Plurabelle signed by James Joyce and published in New York in 1928 estimated at 1,800-2,200.

    Photographs from the Lawrence Collection make up the opening lots on Monday, August 3.  The three 19th century albums focus on Counties Kildare, Donegal and Kilkenny. Each one is estimated at 350-450. There is art by Harry Kernoff, Norah McGuinness, Kenneth Webb, Sean Keating and a wide selection of artists like Frank Egginton whose work is closely associated with the west of Ireland.  European painting is represented by Lazlo Neogrady’s Winter Sunlight, a snow scene of quality estimated at 6,000-8,000.  Collectibles include an exceptionally large copper preserving pan and a miniature chest of drawers.  The second day of the sale kicks off with some advertising metal posters, signs and lithographs by Shell and Guinness. The auction features paintings, silver, books, furniture, antiques, collectibles and rugs.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Hobby Horses (1927) by Jack B. Yeats (78,000-85,000).

    Hobby Horses (1927) by Jack B. Yeats (78,000-85,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE A HAMMER PRICE OF 121,000

     Donald Hamilton Fraser's Seascape - Headland Orange and Blue (3,000-5,000).

    Donald Hamilton Fraser’s Seascape – Headland Orange and Blue (3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000 AT HAMMER

    A Victorian style rocking horse with horse hair mane (600-800).

    A Victorian style rocking horse with horse hair mane (600-800).

    Sir William Russell Flint's red chalk drawing, Study of a Seated Nude (4,000-5,000)

    Sir William Russell Flint’s red chalk drawing, Study of a Seated Nude (4,000-5,000)   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000 AT HAMMER.

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    July 25th, 2015

    An online auction of Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll continues until August 4 at 6.30 pm.  The sale of 320 lots, including sculpture, includes 29 lots donated by artists to raise funds for the newly opened West Cork Arts Centre.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Mark O'Neill (b.1963) The Balcony  (1,500-2,000).

    Mark O’Neill (b.1963)
    The Balcony (1,500-2,000).

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Coral Strand, Connemara  (2,500-3,500).

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    Coral Strand, Connemara (2,500-3,500).

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Aran Island Character  (1,500-2,500).

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)
    Aran Island Character (1,500-2,500).

    Naked Woman - limited edition litho by Louis le Brocquy (1,750-2,500)

    Naked Woman – limited edition litho by Louis le Brocquy (1,750-2,500)

    FRENCH WALNUT SIDE TABLES AT CORK AUCTION

    July 25th, 2015

    A pair of French demi-lune tables from the estate of Rathcormac, Co. Cork collector Tim Arnold will highlight Woodwards summer sale on July 29.  The late Mr. Arnold had taken ownership of a disused church in the village last year with the intention of creating a heritage centre. Furniture and effects from the church are included in the auction.  The tables are estimated at 2,500-4,000.  The catalogue is online and the auction will be broadcast live on the internet.

    Georgian long case clock.

    A Georgian long case clock. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700

    A pair of Louis XV walnut demi-lune side tables with ribbon inlay

    A pair of Louis XV walnut demi-lune side tables with ribbon inlay UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

     

    KINSALE IS A HIGH SUMMER ANTIQUE FAIR VENUE

    July 23rd, 2015

    As we move towards the high summer season Hibernian Antique Fairs will be at Acton’s Hotel in Kinsale on Sunday, July 26 from 1 am to 6 pm.  This is a popular and always successful fair on the annual Hibernian calendar. It will showcase antique furniture, silver, jewellery, art, glass, porcelain, vintage fashion, old toys and a big selection of collectibles.  Here is a small selection:

    An emerald cut eternity ring by Bulgari at Weldons (6,500).

    An emerald cut eternity ring by Bulgari at Weldons (6,500).

    A sapphire and diamond triple cluster ring from the 1890's at Welcons

    A sapphire and diamond triple cluster ring from the 1890’s at Welcons

    A Victorian hand painted dessert service at Brian Hurley (395).

    A Victorian hand painted dessert service at Brian Hurley (395).

    A c1880 satsuma vase  at Brian Hurley, priced 395.

    A c1880 satsuma vase at Brian Hurley, priced 395.

    HARRY CLARKE STUDIO STAINED GLASS MAKES TEN TIMES LOW ESTIMATE

    July 22nd, 2015

    Stained glass from the Harry Clarke Studios formerly on display at All Hallows College in Dublin sold exceptionally well at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer.  A stained glass panel by Richard King depicting St. Francis Xavier preaching in the Orient made more than ten times the low estimate. Estimated at 2,500-3,500 it sold for 31,000 at hammer.  A wind in three panels of St. Francis Xavier estimated at 7,000-9,000 sold for 21,000.  There were seven lots in total from  the studios, which closed in 1973. The director David Clarke was left with a small collection of panels that for one reason or another had not gone to the church or institution   for which they had been commissioned.  He made a list and the last remaining pieces on that list were in this auction.  The artist Richard King was a protege of Harry Clarke and continued to design for the studios for a decade after  Harry Clarke’s death in 1931 before leaving to pursue a successful career as an artist and stained glass designer. The other five stained glass lots all sold for far above the estimate at sums of 8,500, 4,000, 8,000, 9,500 and 6,500 respectively.

    This three panel image of St. Francis Xavier sold for 21,000 at hammer.

    This three panel image of St. Francis Xavier sold for 21,000 at hammer.

    This stained glass panel of St. Francis Xavier preaching in the Orient sold for a hammer price of 31,000.

    This stained glass panel of St. Francis Xavier preaching in the Orient sold for a hammer price of 31,000.

    KILLARNEY COLLECTORS CABINET MAKES 34,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    July 21st, 2015
    An exhibition piece of Killarney furniture surmounted by an ebonised cabinet.

    An exhibition piece of Killarney furniture surmounted by an ebonised cabinet.

    A rare Killarney collectors cabinet sold for a hammer price of 34,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today.  The cabinet, in arbutus, yew and bog oak with an ebonised rectangular top, had been estimated at 10,000-15,000.  Surmounted by a lying stag the piece is rare, and was almost certainly made as an exhibition piece for an important show or fair in Victorian times.  The side panels are carved in relief with a design of round towers, high crosses and harps.  The cupboard doors are decorated with views of Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle.  The top opens to reveal a set of 12 short drawers with shamrock handles, the lower piece opens to four long drawers each inlaid with views of Killarney.

    This was the top lot in an auction which brought in 610,000 on the hammer.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 4 and July 19).

    This 19th century carved oak surprise armchair in the Tudor style sold for 5,200 over a top estimate of 1,750.

    This 19th century carved oak surprise armchair in the Tudor style sold for 5,200 over a top estimate of 1,750.

    This half length portrait of Lady Gregory by Sir Gerald Festus Kelly sold for  15,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 12,000

    This half length portrait of Lady Gregory by Sir Gerald Festus Kelly sold for 15,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 12,000

    RECORD HALF YEAR SALES OF £2.9 BILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    July 20th, 2015
    PABLO PICASSO Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O") © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    PABLO PICASSO
    Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York sold in May for a world record of $179.4 million.

    Record half year sales of £2.9 billion, up 8% on the same period for 2014, were announced by Christie’s today.  The auction house said that results were underpinned by strong results across numerous categories including Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art and Asian Art. Curatorial innovation and a revised sales calendar have attracted collectors at all levels and Christie’s continues to invest in online platforms as well as traditional salerooms and private sales.  New clients represented 24% of buyers. The number of middle market buyers grew by 14%.

    Patricia Barbizet, Christie’s Chief Executive Officer, said: During the first half of 2015 Christie’s clients spanned 99 countries, demonstrating how truly international sales activity is at all levels and reflecting the expanse of the art market. We are meeting new demands while continuing to show strength in core categories and maintaining market share. Buyer activity of lots between £100,000 and £1,000,000 continues to grow, with the number of buyers up 14%.  Our early investment in online and E-commerce platforms continues to add value across the business. We look forward to more innovative collaboration across categories and regions during the second half and remain fluid as we challenge traditional models of auction for new models of selling art.”