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    CARVED OAK ST. CATHERINE ONCE OWNED BY WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST

    Friday, August 14th, 2015

    A carved oak St. Catherine formerly in the collection of William Randolph Hearst is among the lots from the estate of German American actress Luise Rainer (1910-2014) to be offered by Juliens Auctions in Beverly Hills on October 1.  It is estimated at $3,000-5,000.  Once known as the new Garbo, Luise Rainer was the first actress to win back-to-back Academy Awards, the first in 1936 for her performance as Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld and the second in 1937 for her performance as O-Lan in The Good Earth.  Her collection features European antiques, Old Master and Contemporary art, career memorabilia, furniture and personal effects from her longtime home in London’s Eaton Square.

    Carved oak statue of St. Catherine ($3,000-5,000).

    Carved oak statue of St. Catherine ($3,000-5,000).

     Embellished evening bags ($100-200)

    Embellished evening bags ($100-200)

    Sculpture - George Kolbe (German 1877-1947) ($30.000-40,000)

    Sculpture – George Kolbe (German 1877-1947) ($30.000-40,000)

    Icon, Russian School, 17th century ($4,000-6,000).

    Icon, Russian School, 17th century ($4,000-6,000).

    An 18th century bureau secretary bookcase  ($6,000-8,000).

    An 18th century bureau secretary bookcase ($6,000-8,000).

    EILEEN GRAY: THE FIRST UK EXHIBITION IN OCTOBER

    Thursday, August 13th, 2015
    Eileen Gray in a 1926 photo.

    Eileen Gray in a 1926 photo.

    The first UK exhibition of Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878-1976) will be held at the Osborne Samuel Gallery in Mayfair, London from October 13 to November 7. It will feature over 60 paintings and photographs from the 1920’s to the 1960’s, personal effects and furniture and it will include some of her personal ephemera and letters.  Among these are her architect’s work table and a plan chest she designed in 1926.

    Eileen Gray is widely regarded as one of the most influential architects and designers of the 20th century.   The exhibition will coincide with the publication of Eileen Gray:  The Private Painter written by Andrew Lambirth. The exhibition is timely in that it coincides with the reopening of her E1027 villa in the south of France.  An upcoming film on Gray, The Price of Desire, is based on her relationship with Le Corbuser.  There is a permanent exhibition of Grey’s work at the Decorative Arts and History Museum at Collins Barracks in Dublin.

    A c1925 architectural plan chest by Eileen Gray

    A c1925 architectural plan chest by Eileen Gray

    Eileen Gray's Art Noir, Study for a Rug from 1922

    Eileen Gray’s Art Noir, Study for a Rug from 1922

    BLOCKBUSTER ASIAN TREASURES SHOW TO OPEN AT RIJKSMUSEUM

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

    The excitement created by Asian treasures shipped to Holland during the Golden Age is the subject of an upcoming blockbuster show at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  Asia in Amsterdam Exotic luxury in the Golden Age runs from October 17 to January 17, 2016.  Lacquer work, ivory, silver, silk, ebony, jewellery and enormous quantities of porcelain poured into Amsterdam, the then bustling ‘capital of the world’, to enrich the interiors of the increasingly prosperous Dutch bourgeoisie.

    Chinese blue-and-white porcelain was especially popular. It was much thinner, smoother and lighter than the earthenware made in Holland. The making of earthenware was soon refined in Delft, leading to the famous ‘Delft Blue’, with Chinese origins. Coloured Japanese porcelain first appeared around 1660, imported by Dutch East India Company officials returning from the Far East. This created another sensation and, 20 years later, the exclusive and therefore expensive Kakiemon porcelain was the big favourite among the Dutch elite.  Dutch interiors changed enormously under the influence of the treasures from Asia. Porcelain was displayed on specially designed shelves and consoles. Imported silk and cotton introduced much more colour and variation in the shape of bedspreads, curtains and wall tapestries.

    With 170 objects from China, Japan, India and Batavia the exhibition presents many 17th century paintings: still-lifes and portraits of citizens who had themselves painted among their newly acquired items of Asian luxury. It is being organised in cooperation with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, USA. The loan items originate in Moscow, St Petersburg, Versailles, London, Oxford, Madrid and Stockholm.

    Kendi, anonymous, 1580 - 1620

    Kendi, anonymous, 1580 – 1620

    Majolica, anonymous c1630-1650.

    Majolica, anonymous c1630-1650.

    Cat. 40b Chest. Japan, 1635–1645. Wood covered in black and red lacquer, with gold and silver hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquer, gold and silver foil, mother-of-pearl, crystal, and silver and copper fittings. 28 1/8 × 56 1/4 × 26 5/8 inches (71.5 × 143 × 67.5 cm). State Historical Museum, Moscow.

    Cat. 40b Chest. Japan, 1635–1645. Wood covered in black and red
    lacquer, with gold and silver hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquer,
    gold and silver foil, mother-of-pearl, crystal, and silver and
    copper fittings.
    State Historical Museum, Moscow.

    Cabinet on stand. Cabinet, Japan, 1600–1630; stand, Japan, incorporating elements from a Dutch table, 1625–1650. Oak and Chinese arborvitae covered in black lacquer, with gold and silver hiramaki-e, ray-skin denticles, mother-of-pearl, and gilt copper mounts. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,

    Cabinet on stand. Cabinet, Japan, 1600–1630; stand, Japan,
    incorporating elements from a Dutch table, 1625–1650. Oak
    and Chinese arborvitae covered in black lacquer, with gold
    and silver hiramaki-e, ray-skin denticles, mother-of-pearl, and
    gilt copper mounts. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,

    Bedcover:  Palampore. Deccan, India, 1710–1750. Cotton embroidered  with silk and metal-wrapped threads. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,

    Bedcover: Palampore. Deccan, India, 1710–1750. Cotton embroidered
    with silk and metal-wrapped threads. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,

     

    AN AUCTION OF MODERN AND VINTAGE SPORTING GUNS

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
    A pair of 20-bore Holland & Holland sporting model over and under ejector guns.

    A pair of 20-bore Holland & Holland sporting model over and under ejector guns.

    A pair of 20 bore Holland and Holland sporting model over and under ejector guns will be among the highlights at Gavin Gardiner’s annual auction of fine modern and vintage sporting guns at the Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland on August 24.  This prestigious sale attracts buyers from the US to Europe and Australia to acquire pieces by the greatest makers.  Built in 2000 the Holland and Holland guns are estimated at £60,000-80,000.  If ordered new today they would cost £160,000.

    The sale features a pair of 16 bore pin fire hammer guns built by Alfred Staehle for Prince Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover and 3rd Duke of Cumberland (1845-1923). He was the last Hanoverian Prince to hold a British royal title.  Although the senior male line great grandson of George III the Duke of Cumberland was deprived of his British peerages and honours for having sided with Germany in World War I.  The guns are estimated at £2,000-3,000.

    The sale will include over 200 lots of fine sporting guns, rifles and shooting accessories dating from 1860 to the present by makers including Purdey,  Holland and Holland, Boss and Company and Westley Richards.

    A GREAT HOUSE RE-AWAKENED IN DORSET

    Monday, August 10th, 2015

    The re-awakening of one of Britain’s great houses, St Giles House in Dorset ancestral seat of the Earls of Shaftesburyhas emerged as the winner of the 2015 Historic Houses Association (HHA) & Sotheby’s Restoration Award. St. Giles, which has remained in the family since the 14th-century, had been abandoned and derelict for over 50 years. It was transformed over the past four and a half years through a restoration project undertaken by the 12th Earl and Countess of Shaftsbury. Lord Shaftesbury inherited the house and 5,000 acre estate in 2005, aged only 25, following the tragic death of his father and, only a few months later, of his elder brother.  With the help of grants from Natural England and the Country House Foundation, the grounds and grand interiors of St Giles House have now been returned to their former glory.

    Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftsbury (1621-1683), a founder of the Whig party, built the nucleus of the house. The estate continued to be developed over successive generations.  It was uninhabited for the latter part of the 20th century.  Only a few years ago snow was blowing into the library and sections of the house were at risk of collapse.

    Lord Shaftesbury said: “It is a huge honour to receive this award after four and a half years of hard work. It’s amazing now to look back at the project and think where we’ve come – it’s safe to say we’ve achieved far more than any of us imagined possible. Hopefully it will inspire others to do the same.”

    Library (copyright Marcus Peel)

    Library (copyright Marcus Peel)

    North Drawing Room (copyright Marcus Peel)

    North Drawing Room (copyright Marcus Peel)

    St Giles House 1862 (copyright St Giles House Archives)

    St Giles House 1862 (copyright St Giles House Archives)

    Great Dining Room (copyright Marcus Peel)

    Great Dining Room (copyright Marcus Peel)

    St Giles House from Great Avenue (copyright Philip Hughes)

    St Giles House from Great Avenue (copyright Philip Hughes)

    Tapestry Room (copyright Justin Barton)

    Tapestry Room (copyright Justin Barton)

    ECHOES OF ADARE MANOR AUCTION AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Sunday, August 9th, 2015
    An Irish George III stool with cabriole legs and a George II circular wine table with birdcage movement originally purchased at the Adare Manor auction in June 1982 will come up at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon on August 11.  Hegarty’s have not put an estimate on lots 329 and 330 on their online catalogue.  The sale features a coin, jewellery and silver collection.  The highlight here is a proof 22 carat gold medal commemorating the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings by Spink and Sons, London, 1966.  The medal weighs six ounces and is estimated at 5,000-7,000.

    A 1966 proof gold medal by Spink, London commemorating the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings  (5,000-7,000).

    A 1966 proof gold medal by Spink, London commemorating the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings (5,000-7,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,100 AT HAMMER

    Irish mahogany footstool, purchased from the Adare Manor collection auction.

    Irish mahogany footstool, purchased from the Adare Manor collection auction.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    An 18th century Irish mahogany bird cage wine table, 1760, with one-piece top, of exceptional quality, purchased from the Adare Manor collection auction

    An 18th century Irish mahogany bird cage wine table, 1760, with one-piece top, of exceptional quality, purchased from the Adare Manor collection auction  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    PAVILION OF ART AND DESIGN IN LONDON

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    A collection of small-scale European sculptures from antiquity to the modern period will be shown by Tomasso Brothers Fine Art at the Pavilion of Art & Design in Berkeley Square, London, from October 14-18 October.  Carefully chosen to appeal to the collectors and enthusiasts of 20th century design and arts that PAD attracts, the works in bronze, marble, wood and a variety of media will be exhibited as a contemporary collector’s cabinet in a modernist-style room setting.

    Highlights include a fine pair of 18th century ivory statuettes of Flemish Baroque painters Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), by James Francis Verskovis (d.1768); an exquisite pair of bronze figures of Mars and Venus by the French sculptor Sebastien Slodtz (1655-1726) and a striking modern work of a female figure by Peter King (1928-1957), a prolific artist, peer of Caro and Frink, exceptional sculptor and assistant to Henry Moore.

    “We are excited to be exhibiting at PAD London for the first time. We believe it is important to reach out to new collectors by presenting Master sculpture in an environment with which they are more familiar,”said Dino Tomasso, gallery Director. “We’ve designed a modernist-style collector’s cabinet, very different to our classically-inspired stands at fairs such as TEFAF and Masterpiece.”

    James Francis Verskovis -  Rubens and Van Dyck (Ivory)

    James Francis Verskovis – Rubens and Van Dyck (Ivory)

    Peter King - Female Figure, elm wood

    Peter King – Female Figure, elm wood

    YEATS’S HOBBY HORSES SOAR ABOVE ESTIMATE AT DOLAN’S

    Thursday, August 6th, 2015
    Sean Keating - Na fir an Oilean.

    Sean Keating – Na fir an Oilean sold for 10,500.

    Hobby Horses by Jack B Yeats sold for an above estimate 121,000 at hammer to become the top lot at Dolan’s two day sale in Clifden in Connemara. The howling gales that blew around the marquee for this high season summer auction failed to deter buyers.  The Yeats, with a top estimate of 85,000, was one of a number of lots which exceeded to high estimate. Among them was Sean Keating’s Na fir an Oilean which sold for 10,500 (7,000-8,000); Kenneth Webb’s Moonlight, Galway which made 9,500 (4,000-6,000), Tony O’Malley’s Sea Studio which made 9,000 (6,000-8,000), Gerard Dillon’s Blue Jug and Easel which made 11,000 over an estimate of 5,000-10,000 and Donald Hamilton Fraser’s Orange and Blue Headland which made 9,900 over an estimate of 3,000-5,000).

    A limited edition copy of Anna Livia Plurabelle signed by James Joyce and published in New York in 1928 sold for 2,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 27, 2015).

    MADERSON LEADS AT IRISH ART ONLINE AUCTION

    Thursday, August 6th, 2015

    Arthur Maderson’s Le Marche de Nuit (The Night Market) was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auction of Irish art this week. It made 4,200 in an auction that was 90% sold.  John Behan’s Summer Birds, a unique bronze sculpture, sold for 3,000 and Coral Strand, Connemara by Kenneth Webb made 2,800.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 25, 2015).

    Le March de Nuit by Arthur Maderson.

    Le March de Nuit by Arthur Maderson.

    Summer Birds by John Behan

    Summer Birds by John Behan

    THE WALLACE COLLECTION AND THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

    THE 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt will be marked at the Wallace Collection in London this autumn with a display of  weapons and armour from the early 15th century.   The exhibition – The Sinews of War – goes on display from September 1 and will include rare books from the archive of the collection, which  encompasses old master oil paintings from the 14th to the late 19th century including works by Titian, Velazquez, Rubens and Van Dyck, princely arms and armour, and one of the finest collections of French 18th century art.

    Agincourt has been celebrated as a great victory for the common man over haughty aristocrats, for the heroic King Henry V, and as and the culmination of Shakespeare’s famous play Henry V. All of the most popular interpretations of this event resonate with the image of the plucky and vastly outnumbered English defeating their apparently insurmountable French enemies. Sources in this exhibition show that Henry’s campaign and subsequent battle was more complicated than the myth. Here are some of the objects to be displayed.

    Pair of gauntlets, Italian c1390. Copyright, Wallace Collection.

    Pair of gauntlets, Italian c1390. Copyright, Wallace Collection.

    St. George and the Dragon (French or German), copyright Wallace Collection.

    St. George and the Dragon (French or German), copyright Wallace Collection.

    Visored bascinet, late 14th-early 15th century. Copyright The Wallace Collection.

    Visored bascinet, late 14th-early 15th century. Copyright The Wallace Collection.