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    ALL ABOUT GARDENS AT SHEPPARDS

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Garden sculpture and architectural ornaments, sundials,  vases, fountains, benches, spheres, gates, tables and troughs will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale in Durrow on May 29.  Viewing is at Glantelwe Gardens, Mill Road, Durrow.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    PAIR OF LARGE ESTATE ITALIANATE STONE LIONS (3,000-5,000)

    PAIR OF CLASSICAL TERRACOTTA JARDINIERES (1,400-1,800)

    19TH CENTURY CAST-IRON BENCH (1,500-2,500)

    PAIR OF CAST IRON FRENCH JARDINIERES (400-600)

    YEATS, HENRY, CONOR, O’NEILL AT WHYTE’S

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, William Conor, Dan O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy and other leading artists feature at Whyte’s evening sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS in Dublin on May 28.  The lead lot is Morning Glory by Yeats, a 14′”x 18″  oil estimated at 80,000-100,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    MORNING GLORY, 1945 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)

    LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW, 1929 JOHN LUKE RUA (1906-1975) (4,000-6,000)

    WESTERN SKIES, c.1919 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (50,000-70,000)

    VIEWS OF THE SKELLIG ISLANDS (A PAIR) RICHARD BRYDGES BEECHEY ARHA (1808-1895) (2,000-3,000)

    IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S ONLINE SALE

    Sunday, May 20th, 2018

    The Winners by Dan O’Neill (1920-1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    The Winners, an oil on board by Dan O’Neill at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auction of Irish art on May 21  last came up at The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s in London in 2002.  It sold for 8,000 euro then.  This time around it is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    Highlights of the sale include works by James Humbert Craig, Henry Robertson Craig, John Butler Yeats, Kenneth Webb, Basil Blackshaw and Carey Clarke. There are 224 lots including sculpture and each can be viewed life-size in your own setting via the AR Marker with the Morgan ODriscoll app.  The catalogue for the sale is online. Here is a small selection:

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    July Profusion  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    The Horse Fair  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    Foxgloves by William Crozier (1930-2011)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    CHAIR BY JOSEPH WALSH AT DE VERES

    Sunday, May 20th, 2018
    The Figure of Six ash chair from 2006 by Joseph Walsh is, at 6,000-9,000, the most expensively estimated piece of furniture at de Veres evening Design Auction at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St. on May 22.  The work of this Cork based designer is at the Pompidou, Paris, Cooper Hewitt, New York, the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the National Museum of Ireland and many other prestige collections.
    The hammock like profile in a pedestal frame of the 1971 Falcon chair and stool by the Norwegian designer Sigurd Resell ensured its enduring popularity and a production lifeline that went on for more than 30 years. The one at de Veres is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    The auction of 200 lots features Danish sideboards, coffee tables, settees and easy chairs, Italian console tables, bars and lamps. wall mirrors, easy chairs, coffee tables and shelves.  Designers featured range from Eero Saarinen, Niels Otto Moller and Charles and Ray Eames to Sir Norman Foster and Philippe Starck.  There are shelves and lamps by sculptor Patrick O’Reilly and art by Patrick Scott, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Willie Doherty, Conor Fallon, Theo McNab and William Scott among 200 lots.  The catalogue is onlinel Here is a small selection.

    Figure of Six ash chair by Joseph Walsh  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    PATRICK SCOTT HRHA, 1921-2014 GOLD PAINTING  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    ROSEWOOD BUREAU, DANISH, 1960’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    Falcon chair by Sigurd Resel  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    CORK SILVER AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018
    Cork silver, Georgian and later furniture and a pocket sketchbook with 30 watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill dated 1884-96 all feature at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 19. A sauceboat by the Cork maker Carden Terry is estimated at 200-400 and the sale will include silver serving spoons by makers such as Timothy Conway, James Salter and Richard Garde with estimates of 100-200. A Newcastle silver teapot made in 1798 by John Robertson II is estimated at 200-300.

    A 19th century oil after Murillo, The Holy Children with a Shell, is estimated at 600-1,000.  There is a selection of Georgian and later furniture including pieces made by O’Connell’s of Lavitt’s Quay Cork.  Some period furniture is in need of restoration and this is reflected in the estimates.  More than 40 lots of books and a copy of the will of John Evan-Freke, 6th Baron Carbery (1765-1845) are included.  The catalogue is online.

    A pocket sketchbook with 30 late Victorian watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill .  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400

    A Cork silver sauceboat by Carden Terry.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950

    FOUR DAYS OF ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE AUCTIONS IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018

    A massive four day clearance auction of architectural salvage gets underway in Dublin on May 18. Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath will offer a collection which includes a full Edwardian court room, Georgian cut granite stones, cobbles, lintels, sash windows, antique, pub and related furniture and old pine.  The sale is on May 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 11.30 a.m. each day.  More than 4,000 lots, the contents of an architectural salvage yard at 326-28 South Circular Road,  will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online.

    An old English court room.

    Some intact architectural salvag

    A YEATS TO LEAD BONHAMS MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH SALE

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

    Jack B. Yeats – Donnelly’s Hollow.

    Donnelly’s Hollow by Jack B. Yeats will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on June 13.   The painting depicts the natural amphitheatre at the Curragh in County Kildare where, in 1815, the Irish boxer Dan Donnelly defeated the English champion, George Cooper. The victory assumed lasting political significance in Ireland as a symbol of resistance to the British occupation, and a commemorative monument was erected at the site.

    Donnelly was famous for the extent of his reach – he had unusually long arms – and for the ferocity of his punch which was delivered with bare knuckles (boxing gloves only became compulsory in 1867). He was, however, as wild out of the ring as in it. His prodigal lifestyle finally caught up with him, and he died penniless in 1820 at the age of 32. For many years, his right arm was displayed in a pub in Kilcullen.

    Boxing was a passion for the sports-mad Yeats, and Donnelly’s Hollow is one in a series of paintings that revisit in maturity the obsessions of the artist’s youth. The scene shows a group of visitors paying homage at the monument, and features Yeats himself standing on the hill looking down on it, meditatively. It is estimated at £300,000-500,000 (€340,000-570,000).

    RECORD PRICES AT CHRISTIE’S $415.8 MILLION SALE

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

    Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935)
    Suprematist Composition

    Suprematist Composition by Kazimir Malevich made a world record for the artist $85.8 million at Christie’s impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York last night. The sale realised $415,852,500 and was 85% sold by lot. Brancusi’s La Jeune Fille Sophistiquee (Portrait of Nancy Cunard) made $71 million and was also a world record for the artist.

    Van Gogh’s  Vue de l’asile de la chapelle Saint-Paul de Mausole (Saint Remy) made $39.6 million.  This was for decades a centrepiece of the collection of Elizabeth Taylor.  There were bidders from 35 countries across five continents.  There were 37 lots with just four left unsold.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 27 and April 2, 2018)

    MODIGLIANI SELLS FOR $157.2 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S, NEW YORK

    Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

    A view of the packed saleroom.

    Amadeo Modigliani’s Nu Couche (Sur le cote gauche) sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York last night.  This is the highest price in Sotheby’s auction history and nearly six times the price paid for the same painting when it was sold by casino mogul Steve Wynn in 2003.  The seller this time round is believed to be the Irish horse trainer John Magnier of Coolmore Stud.  Modigliani now belongs to a rarefied league of only three artists to break the US$150 million barrier at auction, along with Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci.

    A quarter of all sold works at the Impressionist  and Modern Art evening sale were acquired by Asian private collectors.  Those works were led by Pablo Picasso’s dreamy 1932 portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter, Le Repos, which made $36.9 million. A portion of the proceeds from the work will go to charity through The Sue J. Gross Foundation. The painting last sold at auction in 2000 for $7.9 million.  The evening sale achieved $318.3 million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 24, 2018)

    SRI LANKAN SAPPHIRE BRACELET AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, May 14th, 2018

    This Sri Lankan sapphire and diamond bracelet, designed in the 1950’s, epitomizes the style of its era. Following a period of austerity which accompanied the war, the 1950’s heralded a decade of welcome prosperity. From a private Irish collection and estimated at 60,000-80,000 it is the main highlight of the evening jewellery sale at James Adam in Dublin on May 15.

    Mounted in platinum and gold the bracelet is set with seven cushion-shaped sapphires weighing approximately 45 carats, joined by articulated segments of geometric design with old cushion, round and baguette-cut diamonds weighing around 25 carats.  Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is home to an abundance of gemstones of superior quality and is sometimes referred to as the island of jewels.  The auction offers 247 lots of  contemporary and period jewellery and the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 53,000 AT HAMMER