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    AN HISTORIC DAILY MIRROR FRONT PAGE AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    ‘SINN FEINER’S EXECUTION – CORK HONOURS THE DEAD’  was the headline on The Daily Mirror on November 1, 1920.  The Sinn

    An historic copy of the Daily Mirror

    Feiner referred to was Kevin Barry, scheduled to be executed at 8 am on that morning, as Cork honoured its Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney, who had died in Brixton Prison on October 25 after 74 days on hunger strike.

    As a newspaper man it strikes me as an impressive and startling front page, dealing simultaneously with two major stories, composed almost entirely of photographs and captions and full of visual impact. We know the sorry history of these tragic deaths and their historical importance, here they are being played out in real time. A copy of the newspaper is lot 147 at the annual James Adam History Sale in Dublin on April 24 at 6 pm, estimated at just 80-120.
    There is a photo of 18 year old Dublin Medical student Kevin Barry on the top left of the page and a larger image of the coffin of Terence McSwiney at Cork City Hall on the top right.
    The picture on the lower left shows the Lord Mayor’s flower decked coffin on a tug guarded by the military.  The caption details how thousands paid their respects at Cork City Hall.  There are further photographs of an ambulance covered in flowers arriving at City Hall and Sinn Fein volunteers regulating queues of mourners.
    There are 287 lots in the auction including books, drawings, memorial cards, medals, photographs, letters, carvings, postcards, maps and militaria.  The catalogue is online.

    A LE BROCQUY HEAD AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S RDS AUCTION

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    Louis le Brocquy – Reconstructed Head of a Child

    This artwork by Louis le Brocquy is entitled Reconstructed Head of a Child. It comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS in Dublin on April 30. The catalogue note explains how an isolated human presence emerged from le Brocquy’s paintings in the 1950’s, until he felt he had exhausted the idea.  This feeling led to the destruction of a year’s worth of work.

    Then, inspired by a display of decorated Polynesian heads at the Musee de l’Homme in Paris, he found a new way of painting the human head, which is viewed by both Celts and Polynesians as a box that held the spirit prisoner. So he set out to paint the head in a new way, to paint it in pursuit of an archaeology of the spirit. Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) was one of Ireland’s  leading artists. He produced a celebrated series of heads including literary figures like Yeats, Joyce and Beckett.  This one is estimated at 80,000-120,000.
    The catalogue lists 147 lots.  Viewing at the RDS gets underway next Friday.

    TITANIC MENU MAKE £100,000 AT WILTSHIRE AUCTION

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    A menu of the first meal ever served aboard the Titanic made £100,000 at auction in Wiltshire on April 21. It went to a British collector at the auction at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes. On April 2, on Titanic’s first day of sea trials, officers and crew enjoyed their first meal served in the main dining saloon before being joined by the passengers.  The lunch included consommé mirrette, sweetbreads and spring lamb. The menu belonged to Second Officer Charles Lightoller, the most senior crew member to survive, who gave it to his wife as he left Southampton on 10 April 1912.

    There was global interest in the sale.  A key to the vessel’s chart room sold to a collector from Texas for £78,000.  The badge belonging to drowned steward Thomas Mullen, which was found with his body, sold for £57,000. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “We are delighted with the results of the auction and think the rarity of the objects is reflected in the prices which illustrates the ongoing fascination with the story of the Titanic.”

    A 1911 MALEVICH LANDSCAPE AT CHRISTIE’S IN JUNE

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    Kazimir Malevich, Landscape, 1911

    Kazimir Malevich’s Landscape (1911) will be a highlight of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 20.  This will be part of a series of auctions taking place from June 15 to 21 under the umbrella of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’.

    The monumental, square-format landscape is from ‘The Red Series’, a group of works characterised by gestural brush strokes and an expressive use of colour, referencing both Fauvism and Cubism, and anticipating Malevich’s move towards Suprematism. The red-hot gleam on the horizon is a direct depiction of the sun, one of the unique features of the painting that foretells the primacy of colour that would define Suprematism.

    Landscape was first exhibited in the ‘Moscow Salon’ in February / March 1911. It was shown the following year in St. Petersburg as part of ‘The Union of Youth’, where Malevich represented a radical collective known as ‘Donkey’s Tail’.  In 1927, he was invited to Germany to show his work for the first time outside Russia and brought with him the best works of his career to date. Landscape was one such work and remained in Berlin after Malevich returned to Russia. Due to the rise of totalitarianism in Germany and in his home country, the artist lost control of his works abroad before he died in 1935. Landscape resurfaced after the war and was acquired by the Kunstmuseum Basel, where it hung for over 50 years, before being restituted to the heirs of the artist.  It is estimated at £7-10 million.

    POSTER OF THE FIRST DAIL AT WHYTE’S ECLECTIC COLLECTOR SALE

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

    A poster of the sitting of the First Dail in 1919.

    A poster of the sitting of the First Dail in the Mansion House, Dublin in 1919 is among the lots at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on May 5.  Centred with a photograph of the sitting the poster is surrounded by oval photograph portraits of the elected members. In an oak frame it is estimated at 300-500.

    The auction will offer historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia, film posters, rock and pop collectibles, medals and militaria, coins and a collection of James II “Gunmoney”, banknotes, rare books, early printed maps of Ireland and elsewhere, antique silverware and curios including antique tribal masks from the Congo.  More than 500 lots will come under the hammer.

    AN IRISH SILVER GIFT FROM HENRY FORD TO THE ROCKEFELLERS

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    This two handled Irish silver cup was a 1940 wedding gift to David and Peggy Rockefeller from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford of Dearborn, Michigan.  It will come up at Christie’s in New York on May 10 as part of Christie’s auction of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. The sales of approximately 1,550 auction lots includes one of the largest and most important collections of decorative arts to come to market in decades. Around 900 lots will come up at the New York saleroom on May 8, 9 and 10 and there will be a companion online sale of 650 lots to open worldwide on May 1. A number of philanthropic causes are to benefit from the auction.

    The silver cup, with the mark of Robert Calderwood, Dublin c , is estimated at $2,000-3,000 dollars.  Banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died last year aged 101, was chairman of Chase Manhattan Corporation.  His wife, the former Peggy McGrath, died in 1996.  They had six children.

    BASEBALL BAT GIFT FROM BABE RUTH TO THE GAA AT FONSIE MEALY

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    A baseball bat given by Babe Ruth to the GAA comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors sale at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny on May 2.  The most famous of all players Babe Ruth’s career in major league baseball spanned 22 seasons from 1914 to 1935.  He gave this original Spalding B12 baseball bat to Frank McGrath, manager of the Tipperary team, on their visit to the US in 1926.

    The handle grip is stamped 35″.  Lot 812 also includes a gold shield shape stamped on an enamel inset medal to commorate Ireland v. America, Polo Grounds, May 30th, 1926. The lot comes complete with a manuscript provenance letter from the family and is estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    140th ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF DUBLIN PAINT CLUB

    Sunday, April 15th, 2018
    The 140th annual exhibition of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club  opens today at CHQ, Custom House Dock. This return to the city centre is celebrated in a River Liffey theme to this large national group show.  For the past 19 years the venue has been in Dun Laoghaire. Around 170 works by 100 artists will offer a broad range of styles to suit both traditional and contemporary taste. Along with the River Liffey them are landscapes, still lifes, portraits, floral studies, animal and life studies. The founders of the club in 1874 included Bram Stoker, Alfred Grey and Alexander Williams.  The show continues until April 29.

    Margo Banks – Liffey Source, Wicklow

    Aidan Hickey – River Spirit

    Patrick Cahill – The Luas in Abbey St., evening light.

    Darragh Treacy – Winter Light, the Liffey.

    VARIETY AT ADAMS AT HOME SUNDAY SALE

    Thursday, April 12th, 2018

    There is plenty of variety in the nearly 500 lots at the At Home sale at James Adam on Sunday April 15.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    A 1960S THREE PIECE “INDEPENDENCE” SOFA SUITE BY KARL WITTMANN, comprising two easy chairs and a sofa (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SENIOR (1795 – 1865) ‘Feeding time’ (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY LONGCASE CLOCK, by William Cartwright of Dublin (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A BURR WALNUT, EBONY AND IVORY INLAID SIDE CABINET IN THE AESTHETIC TASTE, C.1870, attributed to Lamb of Manchester (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    IRISH ART AT DE VERES SALE IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

    There will be a sale of Irish art by de Veres in Dublin on April 17. Artists represented include William Scott, Paul Henry, Roderic O’Conor, Gerard Dillon, Daniel O’Neill, Tony O’Malley, Mark Francis, Patrick Scott and Rowan Gillespie. The venue for the auction is the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  Viewing opens on April 13 at de Veres on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online.

    Patrick Scott HRHA
    FIRE ISLAND (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    Gerard Dillon
    CLOAK & CUPBOARD (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER