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    JEWELLERY AND SILVER AT O’REILLY’S, FRANCIS ST.

    Monday, March 19th, 2012

    In Dublin O’Reilly’s of Francis St. will offer more than 400 lots of antique and silver jewellery, watches, silverware and paintings on March 28.  Here is a small selection.  The catalogue is on-line.

    A SOLITAIRE DIAMOND RING, mounted in 18ct white gold. Estimated; weight of diamond; 2.10 carat - 9,000-10,000. UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS WITHDRAWN.

    AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING - 1,800-2,200. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000.

    A DIAMOND LINE BRACELET, the brilliant cut diamonds mounted in 18ct white gold. Estimated; weight of diamonds; 12.60 carat. 14,000-16,000. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 15,000.

    AN ANTIQUE BRACELET, set with carnelian and adventurine quartz, mounted in gold - 350-400. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 330.

    IRISH BANK NOTES; Lady Lavery series, £100 x 5 1ssued 4/4/77 - 1,000-1,200. THESE MADE 4,600

    A GEORGE III IRISH SILVER CIRCULAR SUGAR BOWL - 600-800. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 550.

    TREASURE AT THE NATIONAL ANTIQUES AND ART FAIR IN LIMERICK

    Sunday, March 18th, 2012

    The Cork Gold Freedom Box. (Click on image to enlarge).

    THIS Cork gold freedom box is just one of many treasures at the National Antiques  and Art Fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on March 18-19.  The George III box was made by Cork silversmiths Carden Terry and Jane Williams around 1795.  It was presented to William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam (1748-1833), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1794-1795. The oval box is designed with chased foliage and bright-cut borders and the cover is engraved with the Arms of the City of Cork.  It is just over three inches wide and weighs five ounces.  The base is engraved: ‘The Freedom of the Corporation of The City of Cork presented in this Box. To his Excellency Earle Fitzwilliam. Lord Lieut.. Genl.. & Genl.. Governor of Ireland this 24th.. day of January. 1795. John Thompson Mayor David Perrier Heny.. Bagnel Sheriffs’.

    The rarity of the piece is reflected in the asking price of 50,000.  It is on the Weldon’s stand at the fair.  The fair features antique furniture, art, jewelry, silver, lighting, porcelain, coins, watches, books and vintage items.

    IRISH SIDE TABLES SELL AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON

    Friday, March 16th, 2012

    THIS IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE CIRCA 1760 made £46,850.

    THIS IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE CIRCA 1760 made £39,650.

    Antique Irish side tables made prices ranging from £31,250 to £46,850 at Christie’s in London on March 16. At the same sale a late 19th century Irish ormolu hexagonal hall lantern once at Castle Hyde in Fermoy, Co. Cork sold for £9,375. Last sold at Christie’s in 1993 it was from the property of the late F.C. Quinn, Mount Kennedy House. Co. Wicklow and featured in a sale of three private collections.
    The most expensive table was a c1760 Irish George II table with lion mask frieze. It made £46,850. A table of similar vintage with scallop shell frieze made £39,250. Both had been estimated at £40,000-60,000. An Irish George II side table with later breccia marble top above a frieze once in the collection of Simon Sainsbury made £31,250 over an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

    THIS IRISH GEORGE II MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE CIRCA 1740-60 SOLD FOR £31,250.

    THIS IRISH ORMOLU HEXAGONAL HALL LANTERN LATE 19TH CENTURY made £9,375.

    DOLAN’S IRISH ART AUCTION IN LIMERICK

    Friday, March 16th, 2012

    The Dolan’s Irish art auction at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on March 25 at 3 p.m. offers a wide selection of affordable art for collectors at all levels. There is work by both established and up and coming Irish artists, and a good selection by the Limerick artist Henry Morgan who deserves to be better known. The catalogue is on-line. Here is a small selection (you can click on any image to enlarge):

    UPDATE: MORE than 80 per cent of the lots on offer were sold. The top lot, a landscape by Arthur Maderson, made 6,500.

    HAULING UP THE CURRACH, ACHILL BY IVAN SUTTON IS ESTIMATED AT 1,200-1,600. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    Burren Spring by Henry Morgan is estimated at 400-500. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 400.

    Blue Bottle and Flowers by Brian Ballard RUA estimated at 1,100-1,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 950.

    Japanese Anenomes by Geraldine O'Brien estimated at 500-700. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    Flotilla by Tom Greaney is estimated at 850-950. UPDATE: THIS MADE 850.

    WARHOL’S DOUBLE ELVIS COULD MAKE $50 MILLION

    Friday, March 16th, 2012

    Warhol's Double Elvis. UPDATE: IT sold for $37,042,500

    A Warhol portrait of Elvis Presley could make up to $50 million at Sotheby’s, New York, in May. According to the auction house Double Elvis (Ferus Type) epitomises Warhol’s obsessions with fame, stardom and the public image. The 1963 work is a seminal piece from the iconic series devoted to the singer and actor that was first seen at the Ferus gallery in Los Angeles that same year. It is estimated to fetch $30/50 million.

    Like the Campbell’s Soup Can exhibition at the same gallery the previous year the Double Elvis show was built around a single unified theme. The paintings were to be displayed as a continuous surround, rather like the flickering images of an early film. The serial imagery seen in the work adds a sense of motion and gives the paintings a cinematic quality.

    Coupled with his experimentation with film it marks a turning point in the artist’s career. He made the transition from a viewer of movies to a maker of them in his own right. The celebrities in Warhol’s portraits, Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis among others, were presented as glamourous and powerful icons whose image was imprinted on the public consciousness.

    ROCK ‘N’ ROLL VALUATIONS IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, March 15th, 2012

    Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia is to be valued by two Bonhams specialists at the Hard Rock Cafe, Temple Bar, Dublin on March 23.  Stephanie Connell and Stephen Maycock will be on hand at the cafe between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to value any genuine piece of music history.  Knowing that many iconic names have played in Dublin venues they are looking for items to include in the Entertainment Memorabilia Auction at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London on July 3, 2012.

    Bonhams sold the Eric Clapton guitar and amp collection for $2.1 million in March 2011 and achieved £72,000 for the original artwork forthe Clash album London Calling.  An autographed copy of The Beatles Sergeant Pepper album made £16,500.

    YEATS TOPS WHYTE’S IRISH ART SALE

    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

    On the Courthouse Steps by Jack B. Yeats.

    On the Courthouse Steps, a 1946 oil by Jack B. Yeats, was the top lot at Whyte’s art auction in Dublin on March 12.  It sold for 88,000 against an estimate of 90,000-120,000. The painting shows a vagrant resting on the steps of Naas courthouse in Co. Kildare, his casual appearance in marked contrast to the classical facade of the building. A strutting cockerel on the steps of the courthouse leaves the viewer free to make his own interpretation of the scene.

    Lovers in a Garden by Charles Edward Perugini.

    Lovers in a Garden by Charles Edward Perugini made 48,000.  It was estimated at 50,000-70,000.  Perugini married Charles Dickens’ daughter Kate in 1873.  An artist, she was muse to members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

    More than 70 per cent of the lots on offer were sold.  The sale total came to 650,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 2)

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT NATIONAL ANTIQUE AND ART FAIR IN LIMERICK

    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

    THERE is something for everyone at the National Antique and Art Fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on the St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend.  Opening times are form 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday March 18 and Monday, March 19.  Dealers from all over Ireland, North and South, will attend  the largest fair ever organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs.  It will feature thousands of items ranging from antique furniture through jewellery, art, silver, porcelian, rare books and vintage fashion. Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian has been organising Sunday fairs around Ireland for the past 22 years and has built up a keen following.  Here is a small selection from what will be on offer:

    Green Urn and Bottle by Mark O'Neill is at the Gallery Zozimus stand. It is priced at 3,500. (Click on image to enlarge).

    This Sapphire and Diamond ring is at the stand of Weldon Dublin and is priced atr 10,000. (Click to enlarge).

    Jos Van Riswick Aubergine & Tomatoes will be at the stand of Dublin based Gallery Zozimus. It is priced at 1,950. (Click on image to enlarge).

    ORPEN WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF MRS. ST. GEORGE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, March 12th, 2012

     

    A total of 13 works on paper by Sir William Orpen from the collection of Mrs. Evelyn St. George will be offered at Christie’s, South Kensington on March 22.  The works range in estimate from £1,000 to £6,000s and will be offered as part of the 20th Century British Art sale. Mrs. St. George, Orpen’s mistress and confidante, was the daughter of a wealthy New York banker. He painted her portrait in 1912.

    Orpen was appointed an official war artist and many of his paintings hang in the Imperial War Museum Collection in London. Christmas Day at Howth (Lot 32), was made by Orpen either on the Christmas just before the outbreak of the war, or on the day of the famous Christmas Day Truce in 1914. He writes I’m just looking away across the sea and thinking of you all. In Happy Easter Vivien from Woppy (Lot 39) he writes to their four year old daughter wishing her a Happy Easter and draws a portrait of Vivien hatching out of an Egg. Vivien later inherited the works on paper and donated over 200 of them to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. The 13 works on paper to be auctioned at Christie’s are the last of Vivien’s collection of her father’s letters.  The drawing on the left depicts Orpen and Augustus John in a pub in their student days. John is depicted with his distinctive dandyish dress sense and beard with his arm around Orpen.

    THE REMARKABLE GUNTER SACHS COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, March 12th, 2012

    Andy Warhol Flowers acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas (£3,000,000-4,000,000). Click on image to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,737,250.

    Artworks and objects from the remarkable collection of the late playboy, photographer and style icon Gunter Sachs will be offered by Sotheby’s in London on May 22-23 next. More than 300 lots are on offer in a sale expected to make over £20 million. Collecting categories from Surrealism and Nouveau Realism, to Pop Art, Art Deco, Furniture and Graffiti and estimates are from £50 up to £3 million.  In his capacity as a collector he was both passionate and a pioneer who accumulated a renowned avant-garde assemblage of art and furniture over 50 years. He believed that art should be lived with.

    Cheyenne Westphal, Chairman of Contemporary Art Sotheby’s Europe, said: “Sotheby’s is tremendously privileged to have been entrusted with the sale of this remarkable collection, which truly captures the essence of Gunter Sachs’ life in the 1960s and 1970s and reveals his little-known side as one of the most visionary and influential collectors of the 20th century. The confluence of zeitgeist, exceptional provenance and arresting images of style-icon Gunter Sachs and movie star Brigitte Bardot – his second wife – by the hottest artists and most accomplished photographers of their time, including Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon, makes this assemblage among the most desirable single owner collections ever to come to market.”

    At the core of the collection is an exceptional group of Pop Art masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman and Roy Lichtenstein acquired in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.  In 1972 Sachs presented Warhol’s first large exhibition in Europe in Hamburg. Not a single picture sold on the opening night so Sachs secretly purchased half the works to save the embarrassment of admitting this to his friend Andy. Years later Sachs thanked the people of Hamburg for their then still-dormant interest in Pop Art, enabling him to make one of the smartest collecting decisions of his life.  Warhol’s flower painting is one of the only six works in this format.  There are landmark pieces of 20th century design, including work by artisan furniture makers like Louis Marjorelle, Emille-Jacques Ruhlmann, Edgar Brandt and Diego Giacometti.

    UPDATE:  – The Evening Sale of the Gunter Sachs Collection brought IN £35,628,250 – well above the pre-sale high estimate of £25 million. Over 90% of lots were sold.

    Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann Secrétaire desk 1928 (£300,000-400,000), Click to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS MADE £361,250.

    Lucio Fontana Concetto Spaziale 1961 (£700,000-900,000). Click to enlarge. UPDATE: THS MADE £802,000