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    LESLIE WADDINGTON’S COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
    Leslie Waddington

    Leslie Waddington

    The Collection of Leslie Waddington will be offered for sale as a single-owner auction at Christie’s in London during Frieze week next October.  The sale will feature works from his personal collection including Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Milton Avery, Agnes Martin, Francis Picabia, and Jean Dubuffet, as well as works by many of the contemporary artists he represented. Assembled over several decades, Waddington’s personal collection is testament to his pioneering spirit as an art dealer who presented a groundbreaking exhibition programme and fostered creative relationships with artists: he brought a range of Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary names to the attention of international audiences and defined the London art landscape long before the rise in popularity of the contemporary art world today.

    Born in Dublin Leslie Waddington, who died last year aged 81, was son the art dealer Victor Waddington and his wife Zelda (nee Levine).  In 1927 Victor had founded a pioneering gallery in Dublin that represented contemporary Irish artists including Jack Yeats. Leslie Waddington received a classical education at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, whose old boys included Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.  He revered the Irish literary tradition and later on, in Paris, befriended Beckett, with whom he played chess.   In 1958 he joined his father’s new gallery at Cork St. in London and in 1966 set up on his own. He was to become a leading British art dealer.  In 2003 he was one of the first dealers to participate in Frieze.  A Part II day auction will be held in November to coincide with Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art auctions.

    JANE FONDA COLLECTION AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, July 18th, 2016

    You Bowie, me Jane.  Hard on the heels of Sotheby’s announcement of the sale of David Bowie’s Collection in London next November (see post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14) comes the news that Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood will offer the Jane Fonda Collection in a live and online sale on September 23.  Property from the collection of the Oscar winning actress, author, fitness guru, philanthropist and producer will cover  items from both her career and her personal life. Highlights include an Andy Warhold 1982 pop lithograph of Fonda as Barbarella, her red and black striped leotard from the cover of the Jane Fonda Workout book, her collection of bespoke Atelier Versace garments and the Yves St. Laurent Oscar acceptance speech suit for Klute. Here is a small selection:

    A necklace and earring Georgian amethyst set circa 1830, mounted in Pinchbeck ($3,000-5,000)

    A necklace and earring Georgian amethyst set circa 1830, mounted in Pinchbeck ($3,000-5,000)

    CAST SIGNED ON GOLDEN POND SCRIPT An {On Golden Pond} (Universal, 1981) - $800-1.200

    CAST SIGNED ON GOLDEN POND SCRIPT (Universal, 1981) – $800-1.200

    PAIR OF TIBETAN POLYCHROME CABINETS ($4,000-6,000)

    PAIR OF TIBETAN POLYCHROME CABINETS ($4,000-6,000)

    ALFRED MITCHELL (AMERICAN, 1888-1972)          - Sunset Glow ($10,000-15,000)

    ALFRED MITCHELL (AMERICAN, 1888-1972) – Sunset Glow ($10,000-15,000)

    A canary yellow Gianni Versace Couture gown worn by Jane Fonda to the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 ($3,000-5,000).

    A canary yellow Gianni Versace Couture gown worn by Jane Fonda to the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 ($3,000-5,000).

    GARDEN STATUARY AT WOODWARDS SUMMER SALE

    Monday, July 18th, 2016

    The summer auction at Woodwards in Cork on July 23 features garden statues and benches as well as furniture.  Included is a pair of lions on plinths from Underhill House in Dunmanway (5,000-7,000), a pair of Georgian style cast iron seats (3,000-4,000), large garden vases (700-1,200) and a pair of reclining lions (700-1,200). Furniture includes a Victorian sofa table (1,200-1,500), a Victorian chest of drawers (300-400) and a large gilt framed wall mirror (500-1,000).

    A pair of stone lions on plinths.

    A pair of stone lions on plinths.

    A pair of Coalbrookdale style garden seats.

    A pair of Coalbrookdale style garden seats.

    IRISH ART FOR NEW AND ESTABLISHED COLLECTORS AT WHYTE’S

    Saturday, July 16th, 2016

    There should be much to interest both new and established collectors at Whyte’s summer art auction on July 25.  Whyte’s say it offers art lovers a fantastic opportunity to acquire quality artwork from Ireland’s best known artists at a more modest price point. This is an online only sale of 150 lots with estimates from 100 to 3,000. The list of artists whose work is included reads higher than this.  There is work by Jack B Yeats, Sir John Lavery, Paul Henry, Mainie Jellett, Harry Kernoff, Estella Solomons, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, Tony O’Malley, Sean McSweeney, Brian Bourke and Maurice Wilks.

    Among the other artists whose work will feature are Alice Maher, Richard Gorman, John Kindness, Michael Mulcahy, Markey Robinson, Eileen Meagher, Graham Knuttel, Martin Mooney, Neil Shawcross, Frank Egginton, Carey Clarke, Robert Taylor Carson and Patrick Leonard.    The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection;
    Scraping the Surface 1994 by John Kindness

    Scraping the Surface 1994 by John Kindness. Artist’s proof etching (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 320 AT HAMMER

    Bantry Bay by Eileen Meagher

    Bantry Bay by Eileen Meagher (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    Near Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry by Liam O'Neill

    Near Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry by Liam O’Neill (1,500-1,800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400

    Wet Day Near Skibbereen, Co. Cork 1985 by Frank Egginton.

    Wet Day Near Skibbereen, Co. Cork 1985 by Frank Egginton. (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    CLASSIC WEEK AT CHRISTIE’S SCORES HIGHLY

    Friday, July 15th, 2016

    christiesThere were over 19,000 visitors to the various displays and auctions spanning  Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Master & British Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Books and Manuscripts and the Exceptional sale at Classic Week at Christie’s.  The week achieved a total of £109,038,888. There was a strong average sell-through rate of 87% by value across the 14 sales, with over 1,000 registered bidders from 50 countries, 695 registered online bidders and substantial cross-category buying.  The auctions were highlighted by Rubens’s masterpiece Lot and his Daughters, which at £44.8 million achieved the highest price for a work of art at auction this year.

    BOWIE/COLLECTOR – HIS PERSONAL ART COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, July 14th, 2016
    Gavin Evans, Bowie (c) Gavin Evans

    Gavin Evans, Bowie (c) Gavin Evans

    David Bowie’s personal art collection, unveiled in public for the first time, will come up at Sotheby’s in London in November.  “Bowie/Collector” is to be a three-part sale of around 400 items. At its heart will be Bowie’s collection of Modern and Contemporary British art – a richly stimulating group of over 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th-century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie’s famously inquisitive mind also led him to Outsider Art, Surrealism, Contemporary African art and, not least, to the work of the eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group. This is a collection put together with great thoughtfulness on the basis not of reputation but of Bowie’s highly personal, intellectual response to the individual vision and individual works of particular artists.

    Before being exhibited at Sotheby’s, New Bond St. from November 1-10 there will be a series of previews around the world, starting with a three-week exhibition of selected works in London this summer, running from July 20 to August 9. Further exhibitions will follow in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong.

    “Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.”

    – David Bowie, quoted in The New York Times, 1998 –

    Ettore Sottsass, Casablanca Sideboard (1981)

    Ettore Sottsass, Casablanca Sideboard (1981)

    Peter Lanyon - Witness

    Peter Lanyon – Witness

    David Bowie - Beautiful, shattering, slashing (1995)

    David Bowie – Beautiful, shattering, slashing (1995)

    Basquiat - Air Power (1984)

    Basquiat – Air Power (1984)

    Auerbach - Head of Gerda Boehm (1965)

    Auerbach – Head of Gerda Boehm (1965)

    A BACH MANUSCRIPT AND EINSTEIN’S LEATHER JACKET

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

    A Bach manuscript sold for £2.518 million at Christie’s in London today.  Dating from the mid to late 1730’s it is one of only three complete autograph manuscripts to have come to market in the last 30 years. No more than ten of Bach’s complete autograph manuscripts are thought to survive in private hands.

    At the same sale a leather Cossack jacket by Levi Strauss once owned by Albert Einstein made £110,500.  Einstein wore the jacket all the time.  It was acquired by Levi Strauss and Company for their archives. Both objects came up as part of an auction of Valuable Books and Manuscripts.

    The Bach autograph music manuscript.

    The Bach autograph music manuscript.

    Einstein's jacket.

    Einstein’s jacket.

    ADVENTURE CAPITAL BY SEAN LYNCH AT THE RHA

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
    Pictured at the RHA launch are artist Sean Lynch and Curator of Adventure: Capital and Director of EVA International, Woodrow Kernohan. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

    Pictured at the RHA launch are artist Sean Lynch and Curator of Adventure: Capital and Director of EVA International, Woodrow Kernohan. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

    The official tour of Ireland’s entry into the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 Adventure: Capital by artist Sean Lynch is at the RHA Gallery in Dublin until August 21. Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment – through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.

    Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016)that investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following controversy around the unearthing of a medieval treasure trove,  the Derrynaflan Hoard, in the 1980s, the Irish state placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of promotional videos, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws. Ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.

    A FIRST EDITION OF ULYSSES BY JAMES JOYCE SELLS FOR 9,500

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
    This first edition of Ulysses made 9,500 at hammer.

    This first edition of Ulysses made 9,500 at hammer.

    A rare first edition of Ulysses by James Joyce sold for a hammer price of 9,500 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of the Dr. Phillip Murray collection of first editions in Dublin today.  Lot 383 was no 533 of 750 copies of the limited first edition of the edition published in Paris by Shakespeare and Co. in 1922.  It had been estimated at 6,000-8,000. A complete set of Broadsides with hand coloured illustrations published by Dun Emer and Cuala Press by Jack B Yeats and others made a hammer of 8,200. A first edition of A Clockwork Orange signed by Anthony Burgess made 5,000, a collection of short stories by George Moore extensively corrected in his own hand made 6,700 and lot 408, a limited edition of poems by Oscar Wilde signed by Wilde made 3,600.  A rare signed copy of the first UK edition of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee made 4,800 at hammer.

    The auction made 275,000 on the hammer with 85% of lots on offer sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 10, 2016)

    SUCCESSFUL SUMMER SALE AT MEALY’S, CASTLECOMER

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

    A painting attributed to Franz Snyders (1579-1657) made a hammer price of 37,000 at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer today. It had been estimated at 35,000-55,000.  The auction included paintings, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics and decorative objects from the collection of art history Professor Anne Crookshank, now living in retirement in Donegal.  The Francis Johnston (PRHA) gold medal presented to Anne Crookshank in 2004 sold for 750 and a large Regency period Irish circular dining table made a hammer price of 5,000 in a successful sale where most lots found buyers.

    The sale realised 240,000 with 77% of lots sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 9, 2016)

    THE FRANCIS JOHNSTON (PRHA) 9K GOLD MEDALLION, presented to Anne Crookshank made 750 at hammer.

    THE FRANCIS JOHNSTON (PRHA) 9K GOLD MEDALLION, presented to Anne Crookshank made 750 at hammer.

    An Irish regency mahogany circular table made 5,000 at hammer.

    An Irish regency mahogany circular table made 5,000 at hammer.

    This unusual 19th century flip top occasional table sold for 375 at hammer

    This unusual 19th century flip top occasional table sold for 375 at hammer

    This French provincial walnut commode sold for 900 at hammer.

    This French provincial walnut commode sold for 900 at hammer.