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    AN 1864 WATERCOLOUR IS IRELAND’S FAVOURITE PAINTING

    Thursday, May 24th, 2012

    Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs is Ireland's favourite painting.

    THIS 1864 watercolour by Frederick William Burton – Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs –  in the collection of the National Gallery has just been voted Ireland’s favourite painting. It is based on a medieval Danish ballad.  Hellelil fell in love with Hildebrand, one of her personal guards.  Her father orders his seven sons to kill him. Hildebrand kills her father and six brothers before Hellelil intervenes to save the youngest. Hildebrand dies from his wounds and Hellelil dies shortly afterwards.  The artist’s interpretation of the story is centred on their parting on the turret stairs.  It leaves the reason to the imagination of the viewer.

    Since the competition began five weeks ago the National Gallery recorded an increase in visitor figures, up 20,000 on the same period last year.  The other works on the shortlist were:  Communicating with Prisoners, Jack B. Yeats (The Model, Sligo); A Family , Louis Le Brocquy (National Gallery); Lady Writing a Letter Johannes Vermeer (National Gallery); The Eve of Saint Agnes Harry Clarke (Hugh Lane/Crawford); The Artist’s Studio Sir John Lavery (National Gallery, Ulster Museum); A Convent Garden, Brittany , William John Leech (National Gallery); Wall of Light Orange Yellow,  Sean Scully (Hugh Lane); A Connemara Village, Paul Henry (National Gallery/Connemara) and The Taking of Christ,  Caravaggio (National Gallery).

    EPERGNE THE TOP LOT AT MOUNT CONGREVE SALE

    Thursday, May 24th, 2012

    This silver epergne was the top lot at the Mount Congreve sale in London.

    The Hampden Epergne, A George III Silver Epergne, mark of Thomas Pitts, London, 1763 was the top lot at the sale of 116 lots from Mount Congreve at Christie’s on May 23.  It sold for £343,250. The sale brought in £3,447,275, selling 91% and 78% by lot.  It had been estimated to bring in around £2.5 million.

    A second sale of contents from Mount Congreve by Christie’s and Mealy’s takes place at Mount Congreve on July 10-11.  Another 900 lots will be auctioned, including fine furniture, mirrors, chandeliers and even a Rolls Royce.

    After the auction Charles Cator, deputy chairman, Christie’s International and Amelia Elborne, Private Collections & Country House Sales department issued the following statement: “The strong results achieved for the auction of ‘Mount Congreve: The London Sale’ are a testament to the discerning taste, connoisseurship and care with which the collection at Mount Congreve was formed over six decades. The collection attracted interest from around the world and there was fierce bidding on the internet, on the phones and in the room for the best pieces. We are extremely pleased with the prices realised for the wonderful Hampden Epergne – £343,250 – over three times the low estimate, the beautiful George II overmantel mirror made by William Linnell for the Earl of Coventry, and the pair of George III pier-tables designed by Robert Adam for Robert Child, which each realised £313,250, all demonstrating the importance of quality, provenance, and design to today’s collector market. We look forward to ‘Mount Congreve: The House Sale’ to be held on the premises in Ireland on 10-11 July by Mealy’s of Kilkenny, in association with Christie’s.”

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for Monday April 16, 2012.

    WARHOL SELF-PORTAIT MAKES £5.3 MILLION AT RECORD BREAKING SACHS SALE

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    Andy Warhol's portrait of Brigitte Bardot made £3,009,250. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Andy Warhol's Pink Fright Wig made £5,361,250. (Click on image to enlarge).

    One of Andy Warhol’s last self-portraits almost doubled its estimate to sell for £5,361,250 at Sotheby’s in London on May 22. It was the top lot in the evening auction of the Gunter Sachs Collection which also doubled its pre-sale estimate and brought in a whopping £35,628,250. Warhol’s Self Portrait (Fright Wig) dates from 1986.

    There was a record for a work on paper by Warhol when The Kiss (Bela Lugosi) from 1964 sold for £3,177,250. An icon of the Sach’s collection, a Warhol portrait of Brigitte Bardot made £3,009,250. Three hallmark Pop Art works of 1960’s mannequin furniture by Allen Jones (a table, chair and hat-stand) made £2,587,750 against a combined estimate of £90,000-£120,000. Buyers from Asia, Europe, Russia and the US competed in an auction where ten lots sold for over £1 million and 16 lots made over $1 million.

    The Gunter Sachs Collection continued with a day sale on May 23 and the combined total for the two days of sale amounted to £41,445,313.

    See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 14 and March 12, 2012.

    CAST IRON CANNONS IN CORK AUCTION

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    Two large cast iron cannon guns, measuring 3’6″ and 4′ respectively, will be offered at the Lynes and Lynes auction at Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 26.  Dating to c1760 they are estimated at 1,000-2,000 each.  The sale features antique furniture, rare books of Cork interest and collectibles including Belleek and Waterford Glass.  Here is a small selection.  The catalogue is on-line:

    Rare cast iron cannons c1760. (1,000-2,000 each). UPDATE: ONE MADE 1,650, THE OTHER SOLD FOR 2,100

    Antique french mahogany and brass mounted cylinder desk (3,500-4,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A set of ten mahogany Cork eleven bar dining chairs (4,000-5,000). UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,000.

    RARE PAINTING OF LE BROCQUY AT HIS EASEL

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    Robert Ballagh's portrait of Louis le Brocquy. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 17,500.

    The sale at Matthews Auction Rooms on Capel St., Dublin  on May 27 features a rare painting of  Louis le Brocquy working at his easel.  It was painted from life by artist Robert Ballagh to commemorate le Brocquy’s 90th birthday.  It is estimated at 20,000-30,000. Louis le Brocquy died last April aged 95. The auction features more than 350 lots including antique furniture and art.

     

    UPDATE: IT MADE 17,500

    LE BROCQUY TAIN TAPESTRIES MAKE 294,000

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    The Tain, Army Massing (1969). (Click on image to enlarge).

    A complete set of 20 Aubusson tapestries of Louis le Brocquy’s images from Ireland’s epic saga  An Táin Bo Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) made 294,000 including fees at Whyte’s Irish art auction in Dublin on May 21.    An anonymous Irish collector bid 245,000 for the set.  The estimate was 250,000-300,000.

    Each one from the set is signed by maitre-lissier Rene Duche and signed, numbered, titled and dated by le Brocquy and Duche.  They were exhibited at Agnew’s in London in May 2001, and purchased there by the vendor from last night’s sale.

    The sale grossed over 1.3 million. See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 15, 2012.

    MEALY’S TWO DAY FINE AND DECORATIVE ARTS SALE

    Monday, May 21st, 2012

    THE fine and decorative arts sale at Mealy’s, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 29 and May 30 features antique furniture, silver, jewellery, porcelain, art, glass and a variety of collectible items among nearly 1,200 lots.  Here is a small selection, the catalogue is on-line (click on any image to enlarge):  UPDATE: The sale was 70% sold and brought in 310,000 on the hammer.  There were 800 registered bidders.

    First day cover Irish horse racing stamps (March 12, 1996) with views and coloured prints (400-600). UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER.

    An oak longcase clock, 19th century, the circular painted dial signed Seale of Tipperary (500-700). UPDATE: THIS MADE 550.

    A George IV horse drawn carriage-Victoria, built c.1916 (1,500-2,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER.

    A walnut card table by David Linley, signed and dated 1993 (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A Judaica Kiddush Cup, Dublin 1906 by West and Son (800-1,200). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A pair of Irish silver sauce boats W.H. Townsend Dublin c. 1752 (1,500-2,000). UPDATE: THIS LOT SOLD FOR 2,000 AT HAMMER.

    QUALITY ANTIQUE FURNITURE FROM AN IRISH COUNTRY HOUSE

    Sunday, May 20th, 2012

    A LOUIS XV AND LATER ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, OLIVEWOOD, AMARANTH AND MARQUETRY SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT SOLD FOR A HAMMER PRICE OF £13,000. (Click on image to enlarge).

    This c1770 Secrétaire à Abbatant, stamped Joseph sold for £385,250 on May 3.

    ANTIQUE furniture from an Irish country house to be sold at Christie’s in association with Mealy’s  in London on May 23 is of rare quality and provenance. A c1765 Louis XV ormolu mounted tulipwood, olivewood, amaranth and marquetry Secrétaire à Abbatant from Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford is estimated at £30,000-50,000. It is attributed to Nicolas Petit, one of the great eighteenth century Parisian furniture makers.  A note added to the catalogue explained that the secretaire had been restored and it was now described as 18th century and later.  The estimate was revised downards to £10,000-20,000 and it sold for a hammer price of £13,000.

    A 1770 gilt-bronze mounted amaranth and tulip wood Secrétaire à Abbatant with the stamp of Joseph Baumhauer, another prominent Parisian ébéniste, made £385,250 at Sotheby’s on May 3.   It was from the collection of Prince and Princess Henry de La Tour d’Auvergne Lauraguais.

    Now on view at Christie’s on King St., London the 116 lots in the Mount Congreve sale are estimated to bring in £2.5 million.

    UPDATE: THE SALE REALISED £3,438,150

    See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 22 and April 16, 2012.

    JEWELS AT AUCTION AT TWO SALES IN DUBLIN

    Friday, May 18th, 2012

    THERE is much to choose from in two jewellery sales in Dublin on Wednesday, May 23.  At O’Reilly’s on Francis St. there is a sale of 405 lots of jewellery silver and paintings at 1 p.m.  Over at St. Stephen’s Green James Adam will conduct a sale of jewellery and watches at 6 p.m. Both catalogues are on line.  Here are a few lots to whet the appetite.

    An antique diamond and sapphire panel bracelet at O'Reilly's is estimated at 8,000-9,000.

    An early 20th century gold bracelet with chased foliate quatrefoil motifs estimated at 4,000-6,000 at Adams. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800.

    This early 20th century emerald and diamond ring at O'Reilly's is estimated at 4,500-5,000.

    Adams will offer this 8.53 carat certified J colour diamond ring estimated at 85,000-100,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 85,000.

    A c1910 Ard Deco diamond plaque ring at O'Reilly's is estimated at 12,000-15,000.

    This dress ring with emeralds and sapphires at Adams is estimated at 300-500. UPDATE: THIS MADE 400.

    MAJOR NAMES IN IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Thursday, May 17th, 2012

    The Irish art auction at de Veres in Dublin on May 22 offers a range of quality with major names in Irish art like Yeats, Henry, Keating and O’Conor.  Around 250 lots will come under the hammer at the sale at the Berkeley Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road including a small selection of English works by artists like Peter Lanyon, Graham Sutherland and Stanley Royle.  There is a selection from the studio of George Campbell descended through his family which includes six oils, 40 watercolours and numerous sketches.  The catalogue is on-line. Here is a small selection:

    Muriel Brandt RHA 1909-1981, The Spirit Grocery (600-900).UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500.

    George Campbell RHA 1917-1974, Evolving Forms (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200.

    Jack B. Yeats RHA (1871-1957), The Hobby Horses (1927). (60,000-90,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 55,000.

    Peter Lanyon 1918-1964, The Market, Bruges, (4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000.

    Graham Sutherland 1903-1980, Study for Apple Tree IV (1955). (12,000-16,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    Paul Henry RHA 1876-1958, Spring in Wicklow (40,000-60,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000.