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    ALBERTO AND DIEGO GIACOMETTI – MASTERS OF DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, October 18th, 2018

    Diego Giacometti, ‘En Souvenir de la Levrette Bucky’ Table. ($250,000-350,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

    A sale of 27 lots created by both Giacometti brothers will take place at Christie’s in New York on November 12 as part of their marquee 20th century week.  Lots on offer represent their crucial contribution to the field of decorative objects, lighting, and furniture.

    Highlights include an ‘Arbre Au Hibou’ table, circa 1980 ($200,000-300,000), and a ‘Grecque’ table, circa 1965 ($250,000-350,000) by Diego Giacometti.

    There is a sculpture of Giovanni Giacometti, ‘Tête du Père Ronde II’ ($300,000-500,000) and a drawing of Diego, ‘Tête’ ($30,000-50,000) both by Alberto Giacometti.

    In the Post-War and Contemporary evening sale Christie’s will be auctioning an Alberto Giacometti Cat estimated at$14-18 million

    Highlights will be on view in Paris from October 19-21 and at the Rockefeller galleries in New York from November 4-11.

    THE NIGHT WATCH TO BE RESTORED IN PUBLIC

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

    Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch is to be restored in public at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam beginning in July 2019.  The 1642 work will be restored in a painstaking process likely to take years, and all on public display.  The varnish on the painting has darkened over the years, dimming the original colours.  Here is a video about the the project from the Rijksmuseum.

    REPUBLICAN SILVER CUP AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Sunday, October 14th, 2018
    Not least of the remarkable selection of lots at the Country House Collections sale of 730 lots by James Adam at Townley Hall near Drogheda on October 16 is a Republican silver two handled cup made by Egans of Cork at the height of the Civil War in 1922.
    Republican silver is prized by collectors. Only about 80 objects were made by the renowned Cork silversmiths in the period to September 1922 when war conditions made it impossible to send silver to the Assay Office in Dublin. The Dublin writer and surgeon Oliver St. John Gogarty suggested a special hallmark to distinguish this particular period. So Egan’s made a punch based on the Arms of Cork showing a ship between two castles with two masts instead of three.  The punch was destroyed when normal conditions resumed. The loving cup is estimated 10,000-15,000.
    The highlight of the auction is the Armada table made from wood salvaged more than 400 years ago. As many as 27 Spanish ships were lost off the Irish coast in 1588.  The catalogue cover is a 1760’s uniformed portrait of Capt. Edward O’Brien of Dromoland Castle by Robert Hunter (1715-1780).  The estimate is 30,000-40,000.  Two other lots of note from Dromoland are a set of Giant Irish Deer antlers and skull (30,000-50,000) and an iron bound 15th/16th century muniments chest (used for storing documents) at 8,000-12,000. A collection of nearly 50 lots of old Irish glass formed by Mrs. Noel Guinness of the banking family in the early part of the last century is highlighted by a late 18th century Waterford or  Cork fruit bowl (1,500-2,500).  There are decanters, preserve jars, serving dishes, milk jugs with estimates from 100 upwards.

    An exceptional irish George II mahogany drop leaf table is estimated at 30,000-50,000, as is a pair of Irish George I walnut console tables. Among many other furniture lots of note are an Irish George II side table, a Louis Seize style ormolu and marquetry commode, a pair of Georgian style giltwood pier tables and mirrors in the manner of William Kent and a George IV pedestal sideboard.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15 and October 11, 2018)

    Republican silver loving cup UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    18th century Waterford or Cork fruit bowl. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    A NEW BANKSY EMERGES FROM THE SHREDDER

    Thursday, October 11th, 2018

    Banksy – Love is in the Bin 2018

    Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the shredder the sale of Banksy’s Girl with Balloon was confirmed by Sotheby’s with the new title Love is in the Bin.

    “Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one. Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist’s newly-titled Love is in the Bin, the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Europe.

    The buyer, a female European collector, commented:  “When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realise that I would end up with my own piece of art history”.  She has confirmed her decision to acquire the new work at the same price of £860,000 at hammer and a final sale price of £1,042,000 with Sotheby’s commission.

    Banksy has a history with pranking art establishments, having previously pulled stunts in the Louvre, Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum.

    (See post and video on antiquesandartireland.com for October 7, 2018)

    COUNTRY HOUSE COLLECTIONS SALE AT TOWNLEY HALL

    Thursday, October 11th, 2018

    The annual James Adam Country House Collection sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda features 730 highly collectible lots with items from Dromoland headed by the Armada Table estimated at 100,000-200,000. There is antique Irish furniture, art, silver, glass and a variety of collectibles,  The catalogue is online and viewing gets underway on October 13. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15, 2018)

    THE DROMOLAND CASTLE MEGALOCEROS GIGANTEUS. Giant Irish Deer antlers and skull, c. 12,000 – 8,000 BC (30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 47,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY CARVED GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A FINE GOTHIC REVIVAL MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND TURF BUCKET (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY GOTHIC REVIVAL STONE WELL-HEAD (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 10,000

    DESIGN AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT DE VERES

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

    An auction of modern design furniture and contemporary art takes place at de Veres in Dublin on October 14.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Gwen O’Dowd
    CLADACH SERIES (2005) (1,000-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    A CHROME BAUHAUS DRINKS TROLLEY,
    BY OLIVER BERNARD FOR PEL (300-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    Patrick Scott HRHA, 1921-2014 TABLE FOR MEDITATION (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    A ROSEWOOD OVAL DINING TABLE, DANISH, 1970s (600-900)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN TUB CHAIRS ATTRIBUTED TO GIORGETTI, MILAN (800-1,200)   UPDATE: THESE MADE 1400 AT HAMMER

    VICTORIAN SUIT OF ARMOUR AT WOODWARDS

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

    Something you don’t happen across every day – a Victorian suit of armour – comes up at Woodwards in Cork on October 13 with an estimate of 400-800.  Prime lots at the auction include a pair of garden benches by Pierce of Wexford (1,500-2,000), a Victorian dining table (1,000-1,500), a set of ten Regency design dining chairs (600-1,000) and a pair of Art Deco chandeliers (500-1,000).  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    Victorian suit of armour

    Early evening, France by Arthur Maderson

    BANKSY UPLOADS VIDEO ON SHREDDED PAINTING

    Sunday, October 7th, 2018

    Girl With Balloon, a well-known Banksy artwork, was the last lot in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on October 5. Shortly after selling for £1.04m, the canvas went through a secret shredder embedded in the frame.  Sotheby’s says it is in discussion with the purchaser.

    “Balloon Girl,” depicts a young girl reaching for a red heart-shaped balloon that has blown away and first  appeared in London in 2002.  Since then  Bansky has reimagined it for several political causes including support for Syrian refugees and against the Conservative party in the UK’s 2017 election. It was voted the UK’s best-loved work of art in 2017.

    For another Banksy video see post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 28, 2015.

    19th CENTURY CHAIRS WITH O’BRIEN FAMILY CREST AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, October 7th, 2018
    A rare set of 19th century mahogany side chairs at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer at 10.30 am on October 10 is billed by the auctioneer as the most important seated furniture to come to market in recent times.   The 10 chairs bear the crest of the O’Brien family of Dromoland Castle and are estimated at 10,000-15,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s 800 lot sale includes a number of items from Dromoland but the highlight from that collection – a 430 year old table made from wood from the Spanish Armada – will come up as lot 101 at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall, Drogheda on October 16 with an estimate of 100,000-200,000.
    At Fonsie Mealy’s an over sized Killarney wood davenport from the Great  Exhibition of Manufacturers, Machinery and Fine Arts at the RDS in 1864 from the Corcoran family is estimated at 7,000-9,000. Among the artists whose work will feature are Louis le Brocquy, Gerard Dillon, William Crozier, Mildred Anne Butler, Kenneth Webb, George Campbell and Hughie O’Donoghue.
    A full length portrait of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1610-1688) from Peter Lely and the studio of Peter Lely is estimated at 25,000-35,000. It was formerly in the collection of the Earls of Shrewsbury. A full length oortrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by John Jackson (1778-1831) is estimated at 15,000-20,000. Among the pieces from Dromoland are an 18th century sundial (4,000-6,000) complete with its original receipt from T. Crowther and Son, London issued to Lady Inchiquin.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15 and October 5, 2018)

    UPDATE: The auction totalled more than 350,000 on the hammer and was 80% sold.

    19th century chairs with the crest of the O’Brien family of Dromoland Castle  UPDATE: THESE MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    An oversized exhibition Killarney davenport  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    18th century sundial  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR A LIVING FEMALE ARTIST

    Friday, October 5th, 2018

    Propped – Jenny Saville

    There was a new auction record for a living female artist when Propped by Jenny Saville sold for £9.5 million at Sotheby’s in London tonight. The self-portrait that shatters canonised representations of female beauty propelled a young Jenny Saville to renown.  Eight bidders vied for the the remarkable painting in a bidding battle lasting more than 10 minutes.

    It is from the collection of visionary collector, patron and museum trustee, the late David Teiger. Proceeds will benefit Teiger Foundation – soon to be one of the world’s largest and most significant contemporary art foundations.

    Painted in 1992, Propped compelled collector Charles Saatchi to acquire every work by the artist that he possibly could, and subsequently included it in the pivotal 1997 exhibition, Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Gallery at the Royal Academy of Art. Sensation truly introduced Saville to the British public and the provocative nature of the exhibition sparked record queues and a media frenzy.

    The auction debut of Saville’s Propped follows the successful sale of the artist’s monumental Shift in June 2016 (est. £1.5-2 million), which tripled the auction record for the artist when it sold for £6.8 million to The Long Museum, Shanghai.