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    EARLY IRISH GEORGIAN DINING TABLE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Sunday, July 20th, 2014
    An early Irish Georgian section dining table comes up at the  Lynes and Lynes  auction in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on July 26.  It dates to around 1740-60 and is estimated at 2,000-2,500.  A pair of c1830 Irish side cabinets with marble tops carry an estimate of 4,000-6,000.  There is an Irish four poster bed by Williams and Gibton c1820 (1,500-2,000) and a seven foot long Irish hunt table (3,500-4,500).  Collectibles include a signed copy of The Music of Freedom by patriot, author and playwright Terence MacSwiney – who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in 1920 while Lord Mayor of Cork. Printed by The Risen Gaedhael Press in Cork it dates to 1907 and is estimated at just 60-80.  The catalogue for the auction is online. Here is a small selection:

    A figured mahogany Irish hunt table (seven feet) (3,500-4,500).

    A figured mahogany Irish hunt table (seven feet) (3,500-4,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,700

    A Irish four poster bed

    A Irish four poster bed c1820 (1,500-2,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,150

    Terence MacSwiney. The Music of Freedom (60-80).

    Terence MacSwiney. The Music of Freedom (60-80).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 640

    A Regency sofa table.

    A Regency sofa table (1.000-1,500) UPDATE: TIS SOLD FOR 1,000

    Early Irish Georgian dining table

    Early Irish Georgian dining table (2,000-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

     

    EARLY OILS OF THE CRIES OF LONDON AT HEGARTY’S

    Saturday, July 19th, 2014

    The early oils after Francis Wheatley of The Cries of London to be offered at Hegarty’s in Bandon on the afternoon of July 20 have aroused significant interest.  The oils, from the collection of the late Peter Mosely who moved from England to  west Cork in the late 1940’s, were in his family for generations.  The Cries, described as after Francis Wheatley, are “Cherries”, “Peas” and “Birds”.  They are to be sold separately and are estimated at 4,000-6,000 each.  Here they are:

    UPDATE: THE three were purchased by a private London collector.

    Cries of London after Francis Wheatley - Peas.

    Cries of London after Francis Wheatley – Cherries  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,400

     

    Cries of London - Peas

    Cries of London – Peas  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,500

     

    Cries of London - Birds after Francis Wheatley.

    Cries of London – Birds after Francis Wheatley.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,200

     

    18th CENTURY ITALIAN OIL IN STYLE OF GUARINO MAKES 7,600 AT MEALY’S

    Friday, July 18th, 2014

    An 18th century Italian oil on copper panel in the style of Domenico Guarino was the top lot at Mealy’s two day auction in Co. Kilkenny this week.   The Madonna and Child, with Three Saints and a Lion in an Interior had been estimated at 700-1,100 and sold for a hammer price of 7,600.  It was bought by an absentee bidder in France. The sale realised 300,000 and 70 per cent of lots on offer found buyers. A boulle bonheur du jour made 5,750, a landscape with cattle grazing by Thomas Sydney Cooper made 5,000, a pair of marquetry commodes sold for 4,400 and a Donegal carpet sold for 2,600.  There was a large private collection of African tribal art in the sale and about half of this was sold.  The unsold lots will be available to purchase from next week from Mealy’s online gallery. They can be viewed by appointment in Castlecomer.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 9 and July 7 2014).

    IN THE STYLE OF DOMENICO GUARINO (1683-1750) - he Madonna and Child, with Three Saints and a Lion in an Interior, sold for 7,600

    IN THE STYLE OF DOMENICO GUARINO (1683-1750) – The Madonna and Child, with Three Saints and a Lion in an Interior, sold for 7,600

     

    A lime green Donegal hand knotted carpet sold for 2,600.

    A lime green Donegal hand knotted carpet sold for 2,600.

    DIAMONDS, PENDANTS AND SAPPHIRES AT O’REILLY’S AUCTION

    Thursday, July 17th, 2014

    Diamond solitaire rings, some beautifully set pendants and a diamond and sapphire cluster ring to covet are among the fine jewellery and silver pieces at an auction at O’Reilly’s of Francis St. in Dublin in Wednesday, July 23.  There is a good choice of watches too.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A diamond and sapphire target cluster ring (12,000-14,000)

    A diamond and sapphire target cluster ring (12,000-14,000)

    A diamond, pearl and aquamarine pendant (800-1,200)

    A diamond, pearl and aquamarine pendant (800-1,200)

    A brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring.

    A brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring (38,000-42,000)

    O’CONOR MORE THAN TRIPLES TOP ESTIMATE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Roderic O'Conor, R.H.A. (1860-1940) Seated female nude (£5,000-8,000)

    Roderic O’Conor, R.H.A. (1860-1940)
    Seated female nude (£5,000-8,000)

    A Seated Female Nude by Roderic O’Conor more than tripled its top estimate at Christie’s sale of Modern British and Irish Art in London today.  It sold for £27,500 over an estimate of £5,000-8,000.  Early Away by Jack Butler Yeats made £50,000 and William Scott’s Blue Still Life sold for £74,500.  Both prices were within estimate.

    The O’Conor painting is unusual in that it depicts only the upper torso. The upright pose calls to mind a conventional portrait.  A similar approach to painting the female model, combining finely delineated features and heavily textured drapes, is evident in O’Conor’s painting Repos of a fully clothed young woman asleep with a book in her hand. This work was exhibited in Paris in 1905 and purchased by the great Russian collector of modern art, Ivan Morosov, before it entered the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where it remains to this day. Seated female nude, or Étude as it was originally titled, can also be dated to this period on stylistic grounds and may even feature the same model. 

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 11, 2014)

    HIGHEST EVER AUCTION SALES AT SOTHEBY’S IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2014

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Claude Monet’s Nympheas, sold for £31.7m ($54.1m) at Sotheby’s London in June

    Claude Monet’s Nympheas, sold for £31.7m ($54.1m) at Sotheby’s London in June

    Sotheby’s announced today that auction sales for the first half of 2014 stand at $3.12bn – the highest in the company’s history. Full half year results and consolidated figures will be released in the coming weeks. Christie’s earlier announced record sales worth $4.47 billion in the first half of 2014.  Sotheby’s recorded a 47% growth in Asia and the just concluded London season of sales was the company’s strongest ever.

    Earlier this week Sotheby’s announced a new partnership with eBay. Online bidders competed for 17% of lots offered in 2013.  Mobile traffic now accounts for 25% of Sotheby’s total website traffic.  In the first half of this year 26% of buyers were new to Sotheby’s and the company has sold 492 lots at over $1 million.

    Mark Cornell, Sotheby’s Managing Director for Europe, said: ‘The critical selling categories in which Sotheby’s has led the market  this year are those we see attracting the fastest, strongest stream of new buyers, primarily from the new markets. Sotheby’s ability to attract, engage and excite these new players is evidenced both in the exceptional  growth we’ve seen in Asia, and in the record results we’ve seen in London this season, where record numbers of buyers fuelled total sales of £360m – some 13% ahead of those of our nearest competitor.’

    Referring to this season’s London sales in particular, Mark Cornell continued: “The record successes we have enjoyed in London this summer are the fruit of the combination of old rules and new players. Old rules still apply:  quality, rarity, provenance and correct estimates are key, and new players care just as much about those criteria as established collectors. It is the confluence of rich offerings and ever-more global demand that has proved so powerful this season, and that will continue to power the market forward.”

    RECORD HALF YEAR AT CHRISTIE’S WITH ART SALES OF £2.7 BILLION

    Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    Francis Bacon's Portrait of George Dyer Talking sold in February

    Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer Talking sold in February for £42.2 million.

    Record sales for the half year ended in June have been announced today by Christie’s.  Art sales of £2.7 billion are up 12%, there was a 71% increase in online activity and 24% of all buyers were new to Christie’s. No less than 51 works of art sold for over $10 million. Autumn expansion plans include a new Shanghai office due to open in October and a new gallery at the Rockefeller Center to open in November.

    Christie’s say a successful strategy to connect with more collectors globally underpins the results, with the figures driven by an increase in the value of artworks sold across categories, geographies and price levels. Digital engagement and new buyers coming to the market have continued to drive growth; new clients represented 24% of all buyers and 15% of the sales total in the first half of 2014.  Post-War and Contemporary art had a record breaking six months with total sales of £799.9 million. The May evening sale in New York brought in $744.9 million, the highest total ever in the history of the art market.

    Steven Murphy, Christie’s ceo said: “Christie’s continued position of leadership is evidenced again in our half year results. Yet more important is that we are meeting our goal of serving more clients than any other art business globally and at all levels of collecting. Our strategy to engage this growing audience for art through auction, private sales and digitally has been validated and again welcomed many new buyers. We continue to lead the top levels of the art market, particularly in the Post-War & Contemporary Art area, while also successfully serving the broad variety of interests through all our categories and online sales. It is a new era of excitement and engagement about art and for art. By putting the art first, Christie’s has captured the imagination of our clients and served them in their quest to connect with the art itself.”

    SOTHEBY’S AND E-BAY TO EXPAND THE LIVE AUCTION MARKET

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    The American Flamingo by John James Audubon.

    The American Flamingo by John James Audubon.

    Sotheby’s and eBay are to join forces in an attempt to expand the live auction market. Art and collectibles from Sotheby’s live auctions in New York will be made available to eBay’s 145 million active buyers. The two companies announced today that they are exploring the development of an online platform to make it easier for people to discover, browse and acquire works of art, antiques and collectibles on the internet. eBay and Sotheby’s will start by offering a number of live auctions at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. eBay will shortly launch a newly designed experience tailored for collectors and new buyers.

    It will include a live auction feature and online bidding from anywhere in the world. Initially there will be 18 collecting categories. In the future the partnership will explore themed and time based sales. In 2013 online bidders competed for 17 per cent of lots offered at Sotheby’s. In April this year John James Audubon’s elephant folio The Birds of America sold for $3.5 million, a new record for an online purchase at Sotheby’s. Last year more than half of all lots sold online at Sotheby’s were in the $5,000-100,000 range. The average value of watches sold was $41,753, the average value of prints sold online was $27,575 and the average value of books and manuscripts was $18,484.

    NO RESERVE SALE OF CONTENTS FROM ASHFORD CASTLE

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    A selection of lots to be offered.

    A selection of lots to be offered.

    Around 1,000 lots from one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, Ashford Castle at Cong in Co. Mayo, will be offered for sale by Doneraile based auctioneer Aidan Foley in the grounds of the castle on July 23. The new owners of Ashford, the South African led Red Carnation Group of boutique hotels, are involved in a major refurbishment.  The no reserve auction will feature antique furniture, garden furniture, soft furnishings, mirrors, chairs,  stainless steel kitchen work tables and sanitary ware removed from the castle, which continues in operation.

    Ashford was sold last year for 20 million. It was  voted best resort in Ireland and third best hotel in Europe by Conde Nast Traveller in 2012 and was profitable even while in receivership. Viewing for the auction is on Tuesday, July 22 and the sale is on the following day at 10.30 a.m.

    MOSELY COLLECTION AT BANDON AUCTION

    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    The collection of the late silver dealer Peter Mosely, who operated out of Union Hall in west Cork, will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s in Bandon on July 20.  His collection of 18th and 19th century silver, paintings and furniture includes three high quality 19th century oils of the Cries of London after Francis Wheatley and a silver nutmeg grater from 1690.  More than 150 lots of silver will include miniature pieces, 18th century candlesticks, a 72 piece canteen, an 18th century coffee pot and a 1690 nutmeg grater.  There is a 20 piece Royal Worcester dinner service from 1916 all signed by James Stinton and collectibles in ivory, porcelain and glass. Antique furniture includes a Killarney davenport (8,000-10,000), a Regency Irish adjustable dumb waiter (3,000-5,000), a writing table almost certainly made by Gillows, a pair of serpentine cabinets and side tables.

    An 18th century Irish silver sugar bowl (800-1,200).

    An 18th century Irish silver sugar bowl (800-1,200).

    A c1690 silver nutmeg grater.

    A c1690 silver nutmeg grater.

    A 20 piece Worcester dinner service, all signed Stinton (4,000-6,000)

    A 20 piece Worcester dinner service, all signed Stinton (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THE PIECES WERE SOLD INDIVIDUALLY TO TWO SEPARATE BIDDERS FOR AN AGGREGATE TOTAL OF 7,000