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    A TWO DAY HOUSE CONTENTS AUCTION IN DUN LAOGHAIRE

    Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer at a two day house contents sale in Dun Laoghaire on July 22 and 23.  Auctioneer Damien Matthews of Oldcastle will conduct the sale at 15 Royal Terrace West.  It will include antique furniture and silver, antiquarian books, jewellery and collectibles from various estates.  The catalogue is online.

    An interior shot with some of the items to be auctioned.

    15 Royal Terrace West, Dun Laoghaire

    A PHOENIX FROM THE ROYAL DUBLIN IRON WORKS

    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    The Phoenix rises again at Fonsie Mealy’s.

    A Phoenix with strong Dublin connections comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth summer fine art sale in Castlecomer on July 25 and 26.  The Phoenix Rises Again  is described in the catalogue as an extremely rare and important 19th Century Irish cast iron model of The Phoenix rising from the flames.  It is from the Royal Phoenix Iron Works, Parkgate St., Dublin and purchased by the father of the present owner more than 80 years ago.  It was mounted on the wall of the company’s premises at 42b Parkage Street, (later Lucan Dairy) and was removed in 1963 when the wall was demolished to make way for a filling station which was built on the site.

    The present example bears a striking resemblance to the ‘Phoenix’ mounted on the column on the main road in the Phoenix Park. Two others similar were located at the side gate of The Phoenix Lodge, which are illustrated in Thomas Milton’s “Views of Seats and Demesnes of the Nobility and Gentry of Ireland,” printed in 1783. The Phoenix Lodge became known later as The Viceregal Lodge, and later Aras an Uachtarain, the residence of the President of Ireland.

    This one is in two parts, the flames approx. 41cms (16″) high, 72cms (28″) diameter, with the eagle, 52cms (20 1/2″) high, and wing spread 98cms (38 1/2″) wide, painted in silver and rust red. Lot 366 in an auction of over 1,000 lots is estimated at 2,000-3,000.

    A RECORD FOR SAMUEL HENRY BROCAS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, July 16th, 2017

    Samuel Frederick Brocas (Dublin 1792-1847)
    The General Post Office and Nelson’s Pillar, Sackville Street, with the Dublin Lying-in Hospital beyond

    There was a new auction record for Irish artist Samuel Frederick Brocas at Christie’s classic week sales. A pen and ink and watercolour of the GPO and Nelson’s Pillar, Sackville Street, with the Dublin Lying-in hospital beyond sold for £20,000.

    The General Post Office on Sackville Street, modern day O’Connell Street, is perhaps the most iconic of Dublin’s buildings, serving as the headquarters of the Irish Republicans during the Easter Rising of 1916. The adjacent Nelson’s Pillar survived the Rising but was destroyed by Republicans in 1966. The rotunda of the Dublin Lying-in Hospital, today the Rotunda Gate Theatre, is visible, as is the spire of the St George’s church.

    WILLIAM CROZIER RETROSPECTIVE AT UILINN

    Sunday, July 16th, 2017

    The River Boundary (Lough Hyne) 1988 by William Crozier

    A William Crozier retrospective has just opened at Uilinn in Skibbereen.  The show presents the west Cork landscapes he made close to his home from the mid 1980’s against a backdrop of his early work inspired by the Existentialist movement and the anxieties of the post war period.

    The exhibition will be shown across two venues with his later works at Uilinn until August 31 and his earlier works at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from October 12 until April 2018.  Both shows are curated by Sean Kissane, exhibitions curator at IMMA.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. REMBRANDT AND THANK YOU

    Saturday, July 15th, 2017

    The Rijksmuseum is celebrating Rembrandt’s anniversary today with the online publication Drawings by Rembrandt.  Born on July 15, 1606 he is regarded as one of the greatest artists in the history of art. The Rijksmuseum has the most important collection paintings, drawings and prints by Rembrandt in the world.

    All drawings by Rembrandt from the Rijksmuseum collection in Amsterdam will now be available to everyone in high resolution.  This is accompanied with the most up to date knowledge by Rembrandt specialist Peter Schatborn and Head of the Rijksmuseum Printroom Jane Turner. From now on, researchers, students and Rembrandt-lovers will gain new insights, knowledge and inspiration by the 64 landscapes, biblical scenes, portraits and everyday scenes of Rembrandt.

    Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn – Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene as a Gardener c1645 (detail)

    Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn – Saskia sitting by a window c1638 (detail)

    AN EXHIBITION ABOUT SHELTER AND REFUGE

    Friday, July 14th, 2017

    Eilis O’Connell – Capsule for Destinies Unknown

    Capsule for Destinies Unknown, a 14 metre long sculpture by Eilis O’Connell, features at ARK at Chester Cathedral until October 15. ARK is a group exhibition  based on the idea of shelter and refuge.  More than 90 works by  renowned artists like Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, David Mach and Sarah Lucas are in the show curated by Gallery Pangolin.

    O’Connell says she is haunted by stories of the desperate situation refugees find themselves in and a feeling of being unable to help.  “Often I make inviting hollowed out spaces as part of a sculpture, but this one is very different, it’s not that inviting being made of corrugated galvanised steel and polycarbonate sheeting.  These are humble, everyday materials, often used to make temporary living spaces”.  The exhibition at Chester runs until October 15.

    ONLINE ART AND DESIGN AT DE VERES

    Thursday, July 13th, 2017

    An online art and design auction will be held by Dublin based de Veres on July 18.  Emphasis is very much affordable.  It will include residual pictures from the collection of Michael Carroll, much of whose collection was sold in April.  All were acquired from Dublin galleries the The Dawson, Taylor and Oliver Dowling during the 1970’s and ’80’s. There will be 40 lots of design furniture.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A WALNUT AND CHROME ART DECO EXTENDING DINING TABLE, by La Metal Arredo, Milan (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 720 AT HAMMER.

    Barry Castle 1935-2006 THE KNITTING WOMAN (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Seamus O’Colmain, 1925-1990 GOSSIP (150-250) UPDATE: THIS MADE 135 AT HAMMER

    Micheal de Burca 1913-1985 WEST OF IRELAND (600-900)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 640 AT HAMMER

    AN ONLINE ART SALE AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    There will be an online sale of art by Irish and international artists at Whyte’s on July 17 at 6 p.m.  The emphasis is on the affordable and estimates for most lots are in the range of 100 to 1000.  The sale is on view this week at Whyte’s on Molesworth St. in Dublin and the venue for the auction is Buswell’s Hotel. All bidding is online, as is the catalogue, which lists 344 lots. Here is a small selection:

    William Conor – Riverscape (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER.

    Sir Terry Frost – Laced III 1994 (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    Tony O’Malley – Beach Music (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    Markey Robinson – Donegal landscape with cottages (300-400) UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    ZULU WAR MEDAL AWARDED TO DUBLIN SOLDIER AT DIX NOONAN WEBB

    Saturday, July 8th, 2017

    The Zulu War medal awarded to Corporal James Bushe.
    Photography Jan Starnes© Dix Noonan Webb Ltd  UPDATE: THIS MADE £72,000 INCLUDING COMMISSION

    The Zulu War medal awarded to Dublin Corporal James Bushe comes up at Dix Noonan Webb in London on July 20.  Cpl Bushe was one of 16 Irishmen known to have taken part in the defence of Rorke’s Drift – the former trading post of Irish merchant James Rorke – when a 150 strong garrison held off an advance by 4,000 Zulu’s in 1879. He suffered a nose wound from a bullet that killed one of his comrades, but later served in the Mediterranean, India and Burma.

    A tailor by trade he enlisted in 1870 at the age of 18.  He was discharged from the army in 1891 and his later history is unknown. His medal is estimated at £40,000-50,000.

    Anxiously seeking information. This lot is at Sotheby’s in London next week.

    This is the second campaign medal awarded to an Irish soldier who took part in one of the most epic defences in military history to come up at auction in a short space of time. Last December the Zulu War medal awarded to Corkman Michael Minihan made £84,000 at Dix Noonan Webb over a top estimate of £30,000. It went to a private British collector. Born in Castlehaven Michael Minihan  enlisted at Bandon in 1864.  After service in South Africa he was sent to India and contracted cholera there in 1884.  Michael Minihan returned to Ireland. He died in 1891 and is buried in Castletownshend. The 1964 film Zulu with Michael Caine and Stanley Baker was based on the battle.

    A poignant reminder from the other side of another war front comes up at Sotheby’s sale of English Literature,  History, Children’s books and Illustrations in London next Tuesday (july 11).  Among a number of lots of Irish interest including a half page of the original Procalamation is a quest for information on a British office missing in action in Dublin.  Under the heading “Brave Young Officer who is Missing” is a piece seeking information on Second Lieutenant D.K. Cooper, Northants Regiment,posted as missing since September 9. According to an explanation from his parents he was in Ireland with the South Staffs during the Rebellion and only went to the front on August 28.

    GUINNESS GUARDI MAKES £26.2 MILLION

    Friday, July 7th, 2017

    FRANCESCO GUARDI (Venice 1712–1793), The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi.

    A painting by Francesco Guardi handed down through generations of the Guinness family made £26.2 million at Christie’s Classic Week Old Masters evening sale in London last night. The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi achieved the highest price paid for an Old Master this year. It  is one of the celebrated pair of views of the Grand Canal at the Rialto, which are widely regarded as the most accomplished works of Guardi’s early maturity. Ambitious in scale and startlingly innovative both in design and pictorial mood, this work stands among the masterpieces of eighteenth-century European art. The picture is prominently signed and exceptionally well preserved, having been offered for sale only once in its history.

    The sale totalled £43,848,250.  The evening sale achieved 75% by lot and 78% by value and saw registered bidders from 23 countries, across 4 continents.

    Henry Pettifer, Head of Christie’s Old Master Paintings EMERI said: “’The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi’ by Francesco Guardi is the most expensive Old Master painting since the sale of Rubens’s ‘Lot and his Daughters’ this time last year. It continues the momentum in the Old Masters field at Christie’s and proves once again the global appetite for the very best works of art.”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 5, 2017)