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    Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

    Brian Friel was a fan of the Cork artist Patrick Hennessy, one of whose paintings The Yew Walk was acquired by The National Gallery of Ireland at Sotheby’s in London last week for 9,794 euro. The playwright’s widow Anne Friel is donating the proceeds of the sale 23 paintings at James Adam in Dublin on September 26 to the Peter McVerry Trust which has been at the forefront of helping homeless people for many years.

    Among them are four Hennessy’s including two major works featuring horses, Herding the Horses and Ruin and Horsemen. Estimates are around 7,000 and 6,000 respectively. Another highlight of the Anne Friel donation is Basil Blackshaw’s Game Cock bought as a gift for her husband as she thought the bird had the look of a survivor about it.  Pictured here is Herding the Horses.

    LEGACY OF THE BIG HOUSE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    THE Legacy of the Big House is the title of the two day sale at Sheppards in Durrow on September 25-26.  There will be more than 1,000 lots and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    PAIR OF LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRONZE AND SIENNA MARBLE MEDICI URNS (4,000-6,000)

    Late 18th century Irish carved and painted gilt wood mirror (1,400-1,800)

    CARVED GILT WOOD CONSOLE TABLE, c1750 (1,500-2,500)

    THIS ENGLISH SCHOOL 17TH CENTURY PORTRAIT IS THE CATALOGUE COVER LOT (800-1,200)

    LADY BLUE EYES: PROPERTY OF BARBARA AND FRANK SINATRA AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, September 20th, 2018

    Fine art, decorative art and furniture collected by the Frank and Barbara Sinatra, as well as objects and memorabilia left to Barbara upon her husband’s passing, and her jewellery and accessories will come up at  series of auctions at Sotheby’s in New York in December.  The Lady Blue Eyes sale will offer a rare window into the personal lives of the famed couple, through hundreds of works that Barbara and Frank assembled and lived with together throughout their 22-year marriage.  It is drawn primarily from the Sinatras’ residences in Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Malibu.

    Highlights will include: film and entertainment memorabilia, including Frank Sinatra’s personal copies of scripts from movies and projects across his career; fine art including a Norman Rockwell portrait of Frank, works by Pablo Picasso and Childe Hassam, and a number of works painted by Frank.  There is jewellery collected by Barbara Sinatra from iconic houses including Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Marina B; a wealth of political and presidential memorabilia, including autographed books, awards and photographs related to presidents spanning from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton; a selection of personal effects including photographs with fellow Rat Pack members and other entertainment partners.

    There will be an auction of December 6 and a magnificent jewels sale on December 4 with a live online only sale from November 27-December 7.

    Childe Hassam, Bathers and Cloud Reflections, 1914

    Pair of Multi-Colored Sapphire and Diamond Earclips, Marina B, France

    Frank Sinatra, Abstract after Mondrian, 1991

    Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy at the 1961 Inaugural Gala

    IRISH ART AT DE VERES IN DUBLIN NEXT WEEK

    Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

    THE de Veres art auction on Tuesday, September 25 at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St., Dublin will feature work by Jack Butler Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Robert Ballagh, Norah McGuinness and art from the studios of George Campbell RHA and Desmond Carrick RHA.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE RETURN FROM THE PICNIC (60,000-90,000)

    Robert Ballagh b.1943
    IN THE HEART OF THE HIBERNIAN METROPOLIS (1988) (5,000-7,000)

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA, 1916-2012 STUDY OF OSCAR WILDE (15,000-20,000)

    Norah McGuinness HRHA, 1901-1980 THE UPPER LIFFEY (8,000-12,000)

    ARETHA FRANKLIN AUCTION BY JULIEN’S AT HARD ROCK CAFE, NEW YORK

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    Property from the career of Aretha Franklin will come up at Julien’s Auctions sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on November 10.  Over 30 stage worn dresses and accessories worn by the eighteen time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter and one of the best-selling musical artists of all time who sold more than 75 million records worldwide, will be included in the two-day music Icons and Idols Rock-n-Roll sale on November 9 and 10.

    ARETHA FRANKLIN BILL CLINTON INAUGURATION GOWN ($2,000-3,000)

    ARETHA FRANKLIN THE BLUES BROTHERS 2000 CREW JACKET ($300-500).

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    Kenneth Webb, John Butler Yeats, Cecil Maguire, Harry Kernoff, Dan O’Neill,  William Conor, Charles Brady and John Shinnors are among the artists whose work features at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online sale of Irish art.  Bidding runs to Monday, September 24 between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm and there is viewing in Skibbereen from September 20. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Figures in a Landscape (2,000-3,000)

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Men Fishing, West River Falls, Nova Scotia (1957) (2,000-4,000)

    Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) Envelopes (3,000-5,000)

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Men of Steel (3,000-5,000)

    FINEST EXAMPLE OF ASSYRIAN ART TO COME TO MARKET IN DECADES

    Monday, September 17th, 2018

    THE finest example of Assyrian art to come to the market in decades – a 3,000 year old relief of a winged genius from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II – will come up at Christie’s antiquities sale in New York on October 31.  The work will be sold on behalf of the Virginia Theological Seminary to underwrite a scholarship fund.

    G. Max Bernheimer, International Department Head of Antiquities said: This Assyrian relief is without question the most exquisite to come to the market in more than a generation, in terms of the style, condition and subject.  The last example, sold by Christie’s London, was the Canford School relief which depicted two figures that were only preserved from the waist up, while here we have a complete figure, perfectly-preserved from head to toe.  The Canford School relief set a world-record in 1994 when it sold for nearly $12 million.  The Virginia Theological Seminary acquired this relief through the American missionary Dr. Henri Byron Haskell (1781-1864) in 1859, who bought it directly from Sir Austen Henry Layard, the excavator of the royal palace at Nimrud. The relief arrived in Alexandria in 1860, making it one of the earliest-known examples of ancient art to reach American soil.”

    The large-scale gypsum relief is over seven feet tall. It once adorned the walls of the massive Northwest Palace commissioned by King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.) at Nimrud in modern-day Iraq.  It depicts a Winged Genius, a deity also known as an Apkallu, holding a bucket and a cone-shaped object, signifying fertility and protection for the king. The Apkallu has feathered wings and wears elaborately detailed robes, a horned headdress, an earring, a necklace and armlets, and has two daggers and a whetstone tucked into fabric folds at his waist.

    LYNES AND LYNES SALE IN CO. CORK ON SATURDAY

    Monday, September 17th, 2018

    Books, silver, furniture, chandeliers and mirrors, collectors items, garden furniture, rugs and items of Cork interest will come up at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on September 22.  There are 460 lots and the catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    164TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY OF IRELAND

    Monday, September 17th, 2018

    Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin is the venue for the 164th annual exhibition of the Water Colour Society of Ireland from today until September 30.   On show at the Cowshed Gallery are works by 120 contemporary Irish artists. The exhibition features more than 200 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastels as well as drawings and limited edition prints.  Here is a small selection:

    Western Seaboard by Michael Grogan

    Farrier, Smithfield by Patrick Cahill

    Island 11 by Holly Somerville

    Watchful by Joan Gleeson

    RARE PUB MIRROR WITH LISMORE CASTLE AT VICTOR MEE’S SALE

    Sunday, September 16th, 2018

    A rare Mitchell’s Old Irish Whiskey advertising mirror depicting Lismore Castle will come up at Victor Mee’s advertising and pub memorabilia sale in Co. Cavan on September 19.  It is from the Crotty family of Lismore who have held the piece for at least four generations.

    It remained for generations on the wall of the family bar until the pub’s closure in the 1960s. The mirror’s original owner, Thomas Crotty, passed away in July 1902.

    “This unique piece was the only item kept from the family’s original bar, so clearly it has been cherished by the family throughout the years,” said auctioneer Victor Mee.

    “It will be to their benefit that the piece was so well looked after and kept close to the family for these years.”  He has valued it at 5,000-7,000 and reckons that due to its age, good condition and rarity it could make more.