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    SURTOUT DE TABLE FROM KILKENNY CASTLE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
     This surtout de table, or table decoration, from Kilkenny Castle sold for a hammer price of £18,750 at Sotheby's Of Royal and Noble Descent auction in London on February 24.  It was most probably made for Walter Butler (1770-1820), 1st Marquess of Ormonde, 18th Earl of Ormonde, and his wife Anna Maria Catherine Clarke. Ormonde was an important patron of Royal Goldsmiths Rundell Bridge and Rundell, to whom this piece dating from 1805 is attributed.

    This surtout de table, or table decoration, from Kilkenny Castle sold for a hammer price of £18,750 at Sotheby’s Of Royal and Noble Descent auction in London on February 24. It was most probably made for Walter Butler (1770-1820), 1st Marquess of Ormonde, 18th Earl of Ormonde, and his wife Anna Maria Catherine Clarke. Ormonde was an important patron of Royal Goldsmiths Rundell Bridge and Rundell, to whom this piece dating from 1805 is attributed.  It had been estimated at £8,000-12,000.

    SOME ANTIQUE FURNITURE FROM SHEPPARDS AUCTION

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Nearly 1,400 lots will come under the hammer at three days of sales at Sheppards in Durrow on March 3, 4 and 5.   Here is a selection from some of the antique furniture that is due to come up. The catalogue is online.

    Walnut and inlaid bureau bookcase c1740 (10,000-15,000).

    Walnut and inlaid bureau bookcase c1740 (10,000-15,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS SOLD FOR 11,500

    Walnut and cross banded chest, 18th century (2,500-3,500).

    Walnut and cross banded chest, 18th century (2,500-3,500).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,800

    One of a pair of Chippendale style hump back settees (6,000-9,000).

    One of a pair of Chippendale style hump back settees (6,000-9,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 12,500

    Regency rosewood library bookcase c1820 (4,000-6,000).

    Regency rosewood library bookcase c1820 (4,000-6,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pair of Hepplewhite style carved gilt wood console tables with green marble tops (4,000-6,000).

    Pair of Hepplewhite style carved gilt wood console tables with green marble tops (4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS PASSED AT 3,20

    George II walnut and cross banded games table (2,500-3,500).

    George II walnut and cross banded games table (2,500-3,500).  UPDATE: THIS WAS PASSED AT 1,700

    PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ANCESTOR AT IRISH AUCTION

    Friday, February 20th, 2015
    After William Cuming - late 18th early 19th century Irish School - Half length  portrait of  Rev. John Kearney,

    After William Cuming – late 18th early 19th century Irish School – Half length portrait of Rev. John Kearney. UPDATE: THIS FAILED TO SELL at auction and was sold the following day for 1,750 to a private Irish collector.

    An early 19th century Irish School portrait of a member of the Kearney family – President Obama’s direct Irish ancestors – comes up as lot 621 at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer on February 25.  The half length portrait of the Rev John Kearney, Provost of TCD and Bishop of Ossory, is in its original gilt frame and is estimated at 1,750-2,500.  Born of relatively humble origins in Dublin in 1741, John Kearney entered TCD at the age of 15 and was appointed Provost in 1799. He was a founder of the Royal Irish Academy in 1785. One of his daughters, Rose,married Hervey Pratt. He  inherited Castle Morres in 1831 on the death of his mother, a sister of the 2nd Viscount Mountmorres, and changed his name to de Montmorency.

    At the same sale there is a set of early George II forks, property of Dean Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) (2,000-3,000) and engraved JS on each green ivory handle.

    At the same sale there is a set of early George II forks, property of Dean Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) (2,000-3,000) and engraved JS on each green ivory handle.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,800 AT HAMMER.

    President Barack Obama’s roots in Ireland go back to 1850, when Falmouth Kearney, the 19-year-old son of a local shoemaker, left Moneygall in Co. Offaly to begin a new life in the United States. The Kearney family probably originated in Tipperary before settling in County Offaly in the Irish midlands, then known as King’s County, in the 1700s. One branch of the family moved to Dublin and entered the very profitable business of making wigs. By helping out with the wig-making business, the midlands relatives were able to buy property rights in Moneygall and Shinrone around 1800. By the time wigs fell out of fashion, the Dublin Kearneys had moved into more established professions.  John Kearney’s father was a barber surgeon.

    UPDATE: The painting was sold to a private collector in Ireland on the day after the auction for 1,750.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 17, 2015 for a note on the de Montmorency’s).

    ALL THINGS IRISH AT CHICAGO’S ART INSTITUTE

    Friday, February 20th, 2015

    What promises to be a fascinating exhibition of all things Irish opens at the Art Institute of Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day. Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 – billed as the first exhibition to explore the rich and complex art and culture of Ireland during the 18th century – runs from March 17 to June 7.  The show will bring together an Irish selection drawn from right across North America.

    The programme of events and lectures around the exhibition will include a concert at Fullerton Hall on March 22 where musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform chamber music works by composers who found inspiration in Irish folk tunes and travel in Ireland. Here is a tiny flavour of what is to come. (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 11, 2015).

    Unknown maker. Armchair, c. 1750. Ireland. Private collection. Photo: Dara McGrath.

    Unknown maker. Armchair, c. 1750. Ireland. Private collection. Photo: Dara McGrath.

    John Kirkhoffer. Secretary Cabinet, 1732. Dublin, Ireland. Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Robert Allerton.

    John Kirkhoffer. Secretary Cabinet, 1732. Dublin, Ireland. Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Robert Allerton.

    Probably made by the Downshire Pottery,Belfast, Ireland. “Stag” Plate with Harp and Shamrock Border, c. 1800–06. Private collection. Photo: jamesfennell.com.

    Probably made by the Downshire Pottery,Belfast, Ireland. “Stag” Plate with Harp and Shamrock Border, c. 1800–06. Private collection. Photo: jamesfennell.com.

    Adam Buck. The Artist and his Family, 1813. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

    Adam Buck. The Artist and his Family, 1813. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

    Robert Woffington (movement). William Moore (probably, casework). Upright Piano, c. 1790. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music.

    Robert Woffington (movement). William Moore (probably, casework). Upright Piano, c. 1790. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music.

    Thomas Roberts. The Sheet of Water at Carton, with the Duke and Duchess of Leinster about to Board a Rowing Boat, 1775–76. Private collection.

    Thomas Roberts. The Sheet of Water at Carton, with the Duke and Duchess of Leinster about to Board a Rowing Boat, 1775–76. Private collection.

    SOTHEBY’S AT LISMORE CASTLE FOR ART VALUATIONS

    Friday, February 20th, 2015
    Lismore Castle on the banks of the River Blackwater.

    Lismore Castle on the banks of the River Blackwater.

    The stunning surroundings of the Banqueting Hall at Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford will be the venue for an Irish art valuation session on February 26.  Charlie Minter, British & Irish art specialist from Sotheby’s, will appraise and value works by British and Irish artists from the 19th and 20th Century.

    Valuations will take place in the castle – the Irish seat of the Dukes of Devonshire – from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. In the evening, Minter will give a lecture on the market for Irish Art and the opportunities for collectors today.  Further information about the day is available from Lismore Castle Arts.  Lismore Castle Arts is committed to the presentation and promotion of contemporary visual art in southern Ireland.  The west wing of the castle is a state of the art contemporary gallery.

    AN IRISH GEORGE III OVAL WALL MIRROR AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, February 19th, 2015

    A large Irish George III period oval wall mirror estimated to make 3,000-4,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on February 25 could make more. Enriched with a rim of blue and  gilt milk glass studs inside a carved gilt frame it is complete with the original mirror plate.  The mirror is 32 inches high.

    An exhibition quality satinwood display cabinet by James Hicks is estimated at 7,000-10,000 and a stained glass panel from Kildimo Church in Co. Limerick by the Harry Clarke studio is estimated at 7,000-10,000.  The catalogue for the sale is online.

    A large Irish George III oval wal mirror with blue and gilt enriched glass studs (3,000-4,000)

    A large Irish George III oval wall mirror with blue and gilt enriched glass studs (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,500

    An exhibition quality inlaid satinwood breakfront display cabinet by James Hicks (7,000-10,000)

    An exhibition quality inlaid satinwood breakfront display cabinet by James Hicks (7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A stained glass Harry Clarke Studios panel, Kildimo Church, Co. Limerick (7,000-10,000).

    A stained glass Harry Clarke Studios panel, Kildimo Church, Co. Limerick (7,000-10,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 12,500

    SOTHEBY’S TAKES 25% STAKE IN RM AUCTIONS

    Thursday, February 19th, 2015
    This 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan with coachwork by the Walter M. Murphy Co. made $792,000 at Hersey in Pennsylvania in 2012. Photo Credit Darin Schnabel Courtesy of RM Auctions.

    This 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan with coachwork by the Walter M. Murphy Co. made $792,000 at Hersey in Pennsylvania in 2012. Photo Credit Darin Schnabel Courtesy of RM Auctions.

    Sotheby’s has taken a 25% stake in RM Auctions, the world’s foremost collector car auctioneer. It will be known as RM Sotheby’s. The investment comes as the more than $2 billion market for the finest automobiles continues to grow.  The two companies have collaborated on a number of successful sales in both the United States and Europe.

    The first RM Sotheby’s sale will take place in Amelia Island, Florida on March 14, and sales in Fort Worth, Texas, Lake Como, Italy, Monterey, California, London and New York among others scheduled this year.

    “Sotheby’s is thrilled to join the clear market leader in this field,” commented Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby’s President, Chairman, and CEO. “RM has established a formidable position that will only be strengthened by this new phase in our relationship. Just last year, RM set a new benchmark for a collector car auction with their flagship Monterey sale totaling more than $140 million”. Rob Myers, chairman and founder of RM Auctions said: “The partnership that has been formed between RM Auctions and Sotheby’s is undoubtedly the most effective way for us to reach the ever-growing worldwide audience of collectors who take a keen interest in the collector car asset class”.

    AN ACQUISITION OF JAMES BARRY PRINTS

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
    James Barry (Irish, 1741–1806), The Phoenix or The Resurrection of Freedom,

    James Barry (Irish, 1741–1806), The Phoenix or The Resurrection of Freedom,

    A total of 28 prints by the Irish artist James Barry has been acquired by the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame near  South Bend, Indiana. The acquisition will enhance the university’s position as a centre for Irish 18th century, art historical and transatlantic studies.

    The collection was built over four decades by William and Nancy Pressly.  William Pressly is Professor Emeritus of 18th and 19th century  European art at the University of Maryland. Born in Cork James Barry (1741-1806) produced over 40 prints during his career. He was an activist artist whose historical, mythological and biblical subjects were thinly veiled critiques of the British government.  He became a professor at the Royal Academy but was eventually expelled.

    Included in the portfolio are King Lear and CordeliaThe Temptation of Adam from Milton’s Paradise Lost, two different states of the Birth of Venus, a unique impression of Blessed Exegesis, and the monumental Resurrection of Freedom, celebrating the birth of a new democratic republic in North America. Chief among the cache is Lear (1803), which was included in the first portfolio of artists’ lithographs published in England.

    KIERAN O’BOYLE BECOMES ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AT ADAMS

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
    Kieran O'Boyle.

    Kieran O’Boyle.

    Kieran O’Boyle has been appointed an associate director at Adams, the Irish art auctioneers and valuers. A graduate of UCD he holds an honours degree in History of Art and Information Studies and a graduate diploma in Business and Information Technology.  He joined Adams in 2002 and has been involved in all aspects of the business.  He oversees the annual History Sale and the Country House Collections sale at Slane Castle.

    He has been Fine Art Department manager at James Adam since 2007 and is an associate member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland.

    A NATIVE AMERICAN OUTFIT AT IRISH AUCTION

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
    The late 19th century Native American outfit.

    The late 19th century Native American outfit.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 320,000 AT HAMMER

    A native American outfit complete with feathered head dress is one of the more unusual lots at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on February 25.  The late 19th century rig out comprises a very good hide poncho war shirt, matching hide leggings, head dress and purse.  Open at the sides the poncho has original hand painted designed, front and back quilted rosettes, quilled strips on the sleeves and red cloth neck trimming.   The leggings are similarly decorated. It is estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    The sale of more than 700 lots from various estates includes items being sold by the executors of the late Mrs Jane Avril de Montmorency Wright of Burnchurch House and Castle Morres, Co. Kilkenny.  It is suggested by tradition that this lot may have come to Castle Morres through the family of the Hon. Reymond Hervey de Montmorency (1835-1902).

    He was a major general in the British Army who fought in the Indian Mutiny, commanded in the Sudan in 1886-87, and eventually succeeded his father to a Viscountcy in the Irish Peerage. In 1866 he married Rachel Mary Lumley Godolphin Michel, daughter of Field Marshall Sir John Michel at Montreal in Canada.