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    COALBROOKEDALE GARDEN SEATS AT WOODWARDS

    Monday, September 21st, 2015
    A pair of Coalbrookdale cast iron garden seats and a carved rocking horse are among the lots of offer at Woodwards in Cork on September 23.  The evening sale will include a Regency card table (700-1,000), a Victorian fold over card table (600-800), a Victorian walnut games table (300-400) a Georgian lowboy (400-600), a George II walnut chest of drawers (400-600) and a George II oak chest (400-600).  Among the more unusual lots is a large carved Indonesian throne chair (1,000-1,600).  There is a selection of art, silver, glassware and a private collection of port and wine. 

    One from a pair of Victorian cast iron Coalbrookdale garden seats (1,500-2,500).

    One from a pair of Victorian cast iron Coalbrookdale garden seats (1,500-2,500).

    A carved rocking horse  (400-500).

    A carved rocking horse (400-500).

    THE UPCOMING 50TH IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR

    Monday, September 21st, 2015

    The 50th Irish Antique Dealers Fair (IADA) runs at the RDS, Dublin from September 24-27.  A celebratory preview night will be opened by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys on September 24 and the Fair proper runs from September 25-27.  BBC Antique Roadshow personalities Judith Miller and Mark Hill head a packed programme organised to celebrate the golden jubilee of a fair that combines contemporary design history with the best of Irish antiques. The Fair was founded by Dublin entrepreneur Louis O’Sullivan at a time when most antiques were being exported from the country.

    “For the past 50 years, people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home,” said George Stacpoole, IADA chairman. He has been present at every event so far. “We have a carefully selected blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them.”

    As usual there is a lecture series which covers topics such as Irish Country House Sales, changing trends in jewellery, Irish furniture, fakes and fences, what makes diamonds sparkle and the cult of mourning jewellery in the Georgian era. Ib Jorgenson will give a presentation on his life and times as a fashion designer and art dealer.  Here is a small selection:

    A Tara Brooch from the 1870’s by Waterhouse, Dublin (2,100 at Cobwebs)

    A Tara Brooch from the 1870’s by Waterhouse, Dublin (2,100 at Cobwebs)

    A  three-stone Victorian ring with an emerald flanked by .5ct diamonds on either side (7,500 at Cobwebs).

    A three-stone Victorian ring with an emerald flanked by .5ct diamonds on either side (7,500 at Cobwebs).

    Antique French turquoise glass silver topped scent bottle with gold overlay c1880 (495 at Courtville Antiques)

    Antique French turquoise glass silver topped scent bottle with gold overlay c1880 (495 at Courtville Antiques)

    Victorian reverse crystal painted Yorkshire Terrier c1890, (1,495 at Courtville Antiques).

    Victorian reverse crystal painted Yorkshire Terrier c1890, (1,495 at Courtville Antiques).

    AN EDWIN HAYES OIL LEADS ADAM’S SUNDAY INTERIORS AUCTION

    Sunday, September 20th, 2015

    A classical Edwin Hayes oil painting – Shipping off the coast at Genoa – was the top lot at the James Adam Sunday Interiors auction in Dublin today.  It sold for a hammer price of 8,200.  A 19th century telescopic dining table made a hammer price of 7,700. An oval portrait of Mary Preston by Hugh Douglas Hamilton sold for 4,800, an early 19th century Irish side table made 6,800, twelve panel back dining chairs in the Georgian style made 6,000 and a Victorian walnut and marquetry credenza sold for 5,000.  Adams reported strong bidding and 68% of lots on offer found buyers.  The sale realized 218,000.

    EDWIN HAYES RHA RI ROI (1819-1904) Shipping off the Coast at Genoa MADE 8,200

    EDWIN HAYES RHA RI ROI (1819-1904) Shipping off the Coast at Genoa MADE 8,200

    19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY TELESCOPIC EXTENDING DINING TABLE MADE 7,700

    19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY TELESCOPIC EXTENDING DINING TABLE MADE 7,700

    HISTORIC CORK PAINTING AT WHYTE’S ART AUCTION

    Saturday, September 19th, 2015
    THE CONSECRATION OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. MARY'S, POPE'S QUAY, CORK, c.1842 by James Mahony RHA (c.1815-c.1859)

    THE CONSECRATION OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. MARY’S, POPE’S QUAY, CORK, c.1842 by James Mahony RHA (c.1815-c.1859)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 19,000 AT HAMMER. IT WAS BOUGHT BY THE GREAT HUNGER MUSEUM, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, CONNECTICUT.

    AN historic Cork painting by James Mahony – The Consecration of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s, Pope’s Quay, Cork c1842 – comes up at Whyte’s Irish and International art auction in Dublin on September 28.  Estimated at 8,000-10,000 it has not been seen in public since it was shown at the RHA in 1842. It was presented to Kearns Deane, architect of St. Mary’s and brother of Sir Thomas Deane and has been passed down though the Deane family to the present owner. The historical significance of the work is that it shows an important public ceremony in a newly built catholic church shortly after Catholic emancipation.  It includes the figure of Daniel O’Connell in the congregation and is in its original frame.  The foundation stone of St. Mary’s was laid in 1832 and it opened in 1839. The interior depicted is now slightly different.  From 1868 to 1872 the rock behind the church was excavated and a larger apse constructed. The stained glass windows have been removed.

    In catalogue notes Dr. Julian Campbell recounts that James Mahony, born in Cork in either 1811 or 1817, is best known for his sparse and harrowing illustrations of the Great Famine for The Illustrated London News where he was an artist and a reporter for many years. He worked with oil and watercolour and his illustrations were admired by, among others, Vincent van Gogh.  In 1841 he helped to establish the Cork Art Union and exhibited paintings of Italian views, architectural subjects and scenes from Shakespeare. In 1846 one of his engravings was presented to Queen Victoria.
    The venue for Whyte’s art auction is the Minerva Suite of the RDS.  The sale includes work by Charles Jervas, Thomas Hickey, Aloysius O’Kelly, Sir William Orpen, Sir John Lavery, Percy French, Mainie Jellett,  Gerard Dillon, Norah McGuinness, John Shinnors, Rowan Gillespie and Edward Delaney.

    ONCE IN A BLUE MOON DIAMOND AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, September 17th, 2015
    THE BLUE MOON DIAMOND.

    THE BLUE MOON DIAMOND.

    The Blue Moon Diamond – among the largest fancy vivid blue diamonds known – will be the centrepiece at Sotheby’s auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on November 11.  It weighs 12.03 carats and has been graded Fancy Vivid Blue – the highest possible colour grading for blue diamonds — by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Internally flawless it comes to market with an estimate of $35-55 million.

    David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, commented: “The tremendous excitement last year over the discovery of a 29.62-carat blue rough diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa has now been proved to have been totally justified. Weighing in at 12.03 carats, the ‘Blue Moon’ diamond is a simply sensational stone of perfect colour and purity, combined with a superb cushion shape. Blue, for me, is the most mysterious and magical of all the colours of diamond, and the Blue Moon will now take its place among the most famous gems in the world.”

    A YEATS AT WOKINGHAM AUCTION

    Thursday, September 17th, 2015

    The Pound Street Band, a pencil, pen, ink and watercolour by Jack Butler Yeats comes up at Wokingham auctioneers Martin and Pole on September 23.  Estimated at £5,000-7,000, it was sold at Christie’s in 1998 for just under £10,000.  Executed around 1912 it was shown at the Theatre Exhibition, Birmingham in 1917.  It was purchased two years later from the gallery of Joseph Abernethy, Dunedin by a Colonel W. M. MacDonald.
    Hilary Pyle’s catalogue raisonne of Yeats records this as a compilation of drawings made by the artist referring to incidents and characters he saw on his return to the West from Devon every year. The picture, according to auctioneer Pascal McNamara at Martin & Pole, Wokingham, Berkshire has come from the estate of a retired Irish-born lady in the area.

    The auction will also feature a silver bread tongs by Cork silversmith Richard Garde with Dublin hallmarks for 1828. It is estimated at £200-300.

    Jack B Yeats - The Pound Street Band.

    Jack B Yeats – The Pound Street Band.  UDPATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    A bread tongs by Cork silversmith Richard Garde with Dublin marks for 1828.

    A bread tongs by Cork silversmith Richard Garde with Dublin marks for 1828.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £420

    A $60MILLION+ TWOMBLY AT SOTHEBY’S IN NEW YORK

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

    Cy Twombly - Untitled, 1968 [New York City]

    Cy Twombly – Untitled, 1968 [New York City]  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $70.5 MILLION

    Untitled, 1968 [New York City] – a seminal example of Cy Twombly’s  ‘Blackboard’ paintings  comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on November 11.  It is expected to realise more than $60 million.  The work is from the collection of Los Angeles philanthropist Audrey Irmas and sale proceeds will benefit The Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice. The foundation supports causes including Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which will receive $30 million from the sale. The funds will launch the campaign for the Temple’s new building, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) led by Rem Koolhaas, and to be named The Audrey Irmas Pavilion. The building will be OMA’s first commission from a religious institution, and the firm’s first cultural building in California.

    “It is always a pleasure to welcome spectacular works of art back to Sotheby’s” said  Anthony Grant, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Americas. “We last offered the painting in 1990 as part of the Saatchi Collection. The brilliance of the artist’s gestural genius is on full display as the written form dissolves into a nuanced grey background. All of us who know and care about the arts in Los Angeles have benefited from the extraordinary generosity of Audrey Irmas and her late husband Sydney, and so we are thrilled to be offering this Twombly masterpiece to benefit such a wonderful cause.”

    A SUNDAY INTERIORS AUCTION AT JAMES ADAM, DUBLIN

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

    The Sunday Interiors sale at James Adam in Dublin on September 20 offers everything from a portrait of Casimir Markievicz to a Victorian silver claret jug.  There are 400 lots of furniture, paintings, silver and decorative arts. Here is a small sample.  The catalogue is online.

    A VICTORIAN SILVER REPOUSSÉ CLARET JUG, London 1878 (2,000-3,000).

    A VICTORIAN SILVER REPOUSSÉ CLARET JUG, London 1878 (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON RHA (1734-1808) Viscountess Lifford (4,000-6,000)

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON RHA (1734-1808) Viscountess Lifford (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,500 AT HAMMER

    IRISH BREAKFRONT MAHOGANY BOOKCASE, c.1920 (2,000-3,000).

    IRISH BREAKFRONT MAHOGANY BOOKCASE, c.1920 (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000

    A portrait of Casimir Markievicz attributed to John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) (3,000-5,000)

    A portrait of Casimir Markievicz attributed to John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    ANDY WARHOL’S PRINTMAKING INNOVATIONS AT LONDON SALE

    Monday, September 14th, 2015

    The breadth of Andy Warhol’s work and his innovations in printmaking will be highlighted at Sotheby’s biannual prints and multiples sale in London on September 29.  The auction will feature more than 30 lots by the artist – 89 prints in total – comprising both single works and complete sets.  There are two private collections, one a private Slovakian collection, the other from the family of Hermann Wunsche, which offer insight into Warhol’s importance in Europe.   Wunsche co-ordinated the first catalogue raisonne of Warhol’s editions which was published in Germany in 1980.

    Goethe The complete portfolio, comprising four screenprints in colours, 1982 (£60,000-80,000).

    Goethe
    The complete portfolio, comprising four screenprints in colours, 1982 (£60,000-80,000).

    The Star Screenprint in a unique combination of colours, 1981, from Myths (£25,000-35,000)

    The Star
    Screenprint in a unique combination of colours, 1981, from Myths (£25,000-35,000)

    Cowboys and Indians The complete set, comprising ten screenprints in colours, 1986 (£130,000-180,000)

    Cowboys and Indians
    The complete set, comprising ten screenprints in colours, 1986 (£130,000-180,000)

    SHEPPARDS SALE AT CAPARD HOUSE, CO. LAOIS

    Friday, September 11th, 2015

    With more than 1,100 lots the sale of the John Farrington Collection by Sheppards on September 22 and 23 offers an across the board selection of furniture, art, garden furniture, jewellery and the range associated with the big house.  This is a two day on the premises house auction at Capard House, Rosenallis, Co. Laois. To avoid heavy traffic associated with Ireland’s National Ploughing Championships the advice for motorway drivers is to exit the M7 at Junction 18.  Here is a small selection:

    One of a pair of large powder blue Chinese vases, Qing Period (30,000-40,000).

    One of a pair of large powder blue Chinese vases, Qing Period (30,000-40,000).

    George III mahogany, satinwood and marquetry bureau (1,500-2,500).

    George III mahogany, satinwood and marquetry bureau (1,500-2,500).

    Large ebony and gilt wood console table (3,000-5,000).

    Large ebony and gilt wood console table (3,000-5,000).

     

    An Irish George III three pillar dining table (40,000-60,000).

    An Irish George III three pillar dining table (40,000-60,000).

    A monumental George III giltwood mirror (15,000-25,000).

    A monumental George III giltwood mirror (15,000-25,000).