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    A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    The James Adam sale of the Christmas Collection Parts I and II will take place in Dublin on December 12 at 11 am and 6 pm respectively.  The first sale, with 381 lots, will feature vintage ports and wines, silver, jewellery and watches.  The most expensively estimated lot is an 18 carat gold Birmingham cigarette case dating from 1871 (4,000-6,000).  The evening sale of 215 lots features art.  The top lot is Howth Harbour, Evening by Harry Kernoff estimated at 2,000-4,000.  Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Sackville Street (litho) 1,000-1,500

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Howth Harbour, Evening (2,000-4,000)

    A LARGE GEORGE I IRISH SILVER GILT TWO HANDLED PRESENTATION CUP AND COVER, Dublin 1715, mark of Anthony Stanley (2,000-3,000)

    A GREAT YEAR FOR CHRISTIE’S IN FRANCE

    Sunday, December 10th, 2017

    Jean-Paul Riopelle, Untitled (1953).

    Christie’s French Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales achieved a combined annual total of 96,553,150 this year, the highest realised to date. Led by Jean-Paul Riopelle’s monumental 1953 painting Untitled, December auctions brought in 21,447,000.  The Riopelle made 4,882,500,, a new world record at auction for the artist. There were records too for Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Ville vue d’au-delà du soleil (523,500) and Pierrette Bloch’s Sans titre (12,50 ).

    Paul Nyzam, Head of Evening Auction, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s, Paris said: “The outstanding totals for the December season follow the success of our October FIAC auctions, which underlined continued growth with a 110% increase on the equivalent sales from 2016.”

    EL GRECO TOPS CHRISTIE’S OLD MASTERS AUCTION

    Friday, December 8th, 2017

    El Greco – Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation

    El Greco’s Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation was the top lot at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in London on December 7.  From the Collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr. it sold for £6,871,250.  This is the second highest price for the artist at auction.

    The sale totalled £21,772,000.  There was a new world record for Bartholomäus Spranger with Mercury carrying Psyche to Mount Olympus, which  made £3,368,750.  The sale saw registered bidders from 30 countries, across five continents.

    Henry Pettifer, Head of Christie’s Old Master Paintings EMERI: “2017 is the second consecutive record year for Old Masters at Christie’s. With 78% of lots selling above estimate, tonight’s sale was 93% sold by value, the second highest sell-through rate by value for Old Masters, Christie’s London. The sale proved the healthy demand for 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, demonstrated by the highly competitive bidding for the works by Spranger, Rembrandt, Ruisdael and Teniers, among others. We were pleased to see El Greco’s superb Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation set the second highest price for the artist at auction, and for the new record for the Spranger which is one of the finest mannerist pictures to come to the market in recent memory.”

    ART AND COLLECTIBLES AT WHYTE’S CHRISTMAS SALE

    Thursday, December 7th, 2017

    Original works by many well-known names in the art world along with a range of collectibles at affordable prices will all feature at Whyte’s annual Christmas auction in Dublin at 6 p.m.  on December 11.  The sale will include 100 works by the renowned Donegal artist, Robert Taylor Carson, offered by his estate.

    There is some rare and interesting wine and whiskey, jewellery and silver from the early 1800s to the 1920s. Other attractive lots include rare limited edition books,  entertainment and sporting memorabilia and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Chateau D’ Yquem Sur Saluces 1962. Two bottles. (150-200)  UPDATE; THIS SOLD FOR 220 AT HAMMER

    Locke’s Kilbeggan Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 1946, one bottle. (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 750

    Cinema poster – Carry on Cowboy (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Chinese blue and white porcelain garlic-mouth bottle vase. (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,900

    Markey Robinson (1918-1999) STILL LIFE WITH JUG AND FRUIT (700-900) UPDATE:THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) CONNEMARA WOMAN ADMIRING THE PONIES, 1999 (600-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    NEW £7.2 MILLION RECORD FOR JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY

    Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

    Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A. An Academy by Lampligh

    One of Joseph Wright of Derby’s most important candlelit pictures, and one of the last major works by the artist remaining in private hands, made a £7,263,700 record for the artist at Sotheby’s in London tonight.

    An Academy by Lamplight, painted in 1769, is a supreme example of Wright’s dramatic rendering of light, which in itself is a kind of metaphor for the Enlightenment movement with which he was so closely associated: the introduction of light into darkness acting as a metaphor for the transition from religious faith to scientific understanding and enlightened rationalism. Almost certainly the picture that Wright exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1769, this rare painting was first securely recorded in the collection of Sir Savile Crossley, 1st Baron Somerleyton (1857-1935), the scion of a great carpet manufacturing dynasty from Halifax, and has remained in the possession of his family ever since. It had been estimated at £2.5-3.5 million.

    The previous record for the artist was set in 2007 when Portrait of Robert Shore Milnes, with his horse and groom beyond sold for £3,647,830 at Sotheby’s New York.

    Two recently rediscovered landscapes by John Constable attracted competitive bidding: a first sketch for The Opening of Waterloo Bridge, c. 1819–20  made £2,289,000:  Dedham Vale with the River Stour in Flood, c. 1814-17 made £1,809,000.

    STUBBS COMMISSIONED BY AN IRISH PEER IN 1789

    Monday, December 4th, 2017

    George Stubbs, A.R.A. LIVERPOOL 1724 – 1806 LONDON TWO BAY HUNTERS IN A PADDOCK  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Irish interest in Sotheby’s Old Masters evening sale in London on December 6 will centre on a 1789 work by George Stubbs (1724-1806). Two Bay Hunters in a Paddock was commissioned by the Irish peer Arthur Annesley, 8th Viscount Valentia.  It is estimated at £1.5-2 million.  Highlights of the sale include one of the last and most important candlelight pictures by Joseph Wright of Derby left in private hands, a luminous 18th-century view of Venice by Bellotto, two recently rediscovered landscapes by Constable, and a gallery of portraits covering 300 years, from Cranach and Titian to Van Dyck.

    Alex Bell, Worldwide Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Department: “Strong imagery, luminous works and great names have long been driving the Old Masters market but in the last couple of years, we have witnessed a surge of interest in Early Renaissance and high Renaissance paintings among international collectors. With their simple and striking imagery, these works often find their way in very eclectic collections. We are therefore delighted that nearly half of the works in the sale consist of Renaissance pictures. We are also privileged to present rare works by three of the greatest and most influential British artists of the 18th century whose work transcends national boundaries and speaks to a wider global sensibility: Constable, Wright of Derby and Stubbs.”

    AN ORIGINAL BOOK OF PLATES BY JAMES MALTON AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

    Leinster House looks positively serene in this 1791 view by James Malton. It is part of an original coloured copy of a book of plates – colourfully described by the auctioneers as Ireland’s greatest plate book – which comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Tara Towers Hotel, Dublin on December 5.

    Malton, who had been employed as a draughtsman by James Gandon during the building of the Custom House – he was dismissed for breaches of confidence and other irregularities – completed a series of drawings of Dublin buildings from which the famous set of views was engraved.

    His work offers what is undoubtedly the most important pictorial record of Dublin life in the late 18th century. The book, estimated at 7,000-9,000, is part of a sale of rare books, manuscripts, maps and fine wines.

    UPDATE:  THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT RHA AUCTION

    Friday, December 1st, 2017

    Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction, now on view at the RHA Gallery, takes place at 6 pm on December 4.  The catalogue, which is online, features 159 lots.  Here is a small selection:

    SEAN SCULLY (B.1945)9.2.89 (70,000-100,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 66,000 AT HAMMER

    CHARLES J. MCAULEY (1900-1999)Unloading the Catch (7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    JOAN MIRO (1893-1983) SPANISH Silencio 7/25 (From Mai-Ku) (1967) (1,200-1,600)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000

    Rory Breslin – Le Petit Mort (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800

    Anna Linnane – Horse (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400

    ROBERT TAYLOR CARSON STUDIO AT WHYTE’S

    Thursday, November 30th, 2017

    Paintings from the studio of Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) will comprise the opening section of Whyte’s Christmas auction in Dublin on Monday, December 11.  The artist is synonymous with the Donegal landscape.  Offered on behalf of his estate the paintings in oil and watercolour date from 1947 to 2004.  Reserves are low.  Here is a small selection:

    Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) VACANT COTTAGE, CARRIGART, COUNTY DONEGAL, 1962 (1,000-1,500)

    Lot 6: Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) BEACH AT DOWNINGS, COUNTY DONEGAL (1,500-2,000)

    Lot 6: Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) BEACH AT DOWNINGS, COUNTY DONEGAL (1,500-2,000)

    HORN HEAD AND SHEEPHAVEN BAY, COUNTY DONEGAL, 2004 (1,200-1,500)

    A HOUSE SALE BY DE VERES AT KILLINEY

    Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

    Around 350 lots will come under the hammer when de Veres auction the contents of Ballybrack House, Killiney, Co. Dublin on December 3 at 3 p.m. Racing art in the auction include a selection of paintings by Peter Curling, hunting and Snaffles prints and a bronze bust of Lester Piggott by Gary Trimble. There is a selection of 18th and 19th century furniture.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    A PAIR OF STONE ARMORIAL LIONS (1,000-1,500)

    Peter Curling FACING IN TO THEM (15,000-20,000)

    A MAHOGANY SERVING TABLE, MID 19th CENTURY (1,500-2,000)

    A LARGE BRASS BOUND MAHOGANY PEAT BUCKET (1,500-2,000)