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    THE LIVES AND LOVES OF THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, August 19th, 2017

    The lives and loves of the Yeats family will be illuminated in letters, works of art and personal effects to be sold at Sotheby’s in London on September 27.  The sale of over 220 lots from one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century comprises the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack. Highlighting the collection is an archive of 133 letters from WB Yeats to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936.  They offer drafts of his poems, advice on her novels, his work, life and reading and changes in Irish society in a total of about 350 pages.  The estimate is £250,000-350,000.

    The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack Yeats in the sale. It is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  The auction  contains the largest ever offering of works by John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) whose eleven sketchbooks depict his family, the Irish countryside and celebrated contemporaries and friends such as John O’Leary, Hugh Lane, Sarah Purser and Mary Walker.  His final self portrait commissioned by the New York lawyer, collector and patron of the arts John Quinn in 1911 is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

    The property is from the three children of Michael Yeats (WB’s son) from the family home near Dublin.  The family have made many generous donations to the National Library over the years including the WB Yeats medal for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Series of 133 letters signed by WB Yeats to his friend and early lover Olivia Shakespear (250,000-350,000)

    John Butler Yeats – Jack in a straw hat £10,000-15,000

    John Butler Yeats – Self Portrait, New York (30,000-50,000)

    MAN RAY PHOTOGRAPH OF JAMES JOYCE

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    James Joyce by Man Ray

    This 1922 photograph of James Joyce by Man Ray comes up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  The framed photogravure print is estimated at 700-1,000.

    In other Joyce related material the auction includes a first signed American edition of Ulysses estimated at 1,500-2,000.

    There is a wide range of collectibles on offer.  The sale features historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia including The Fergus Reid Collection of Irish Football Programmes, medals and militaria, edged weapons and firearms, a range of gold and silver coinage and banknotes.

    There are rare books including first editions by Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce and Flann Ó Briain; early printed maps of Ireland and America; Polar Exploration books and collectibles, antique silverware, vertu and curios.

    JOHN LUKE CONSIDERED THIS HIS BEST WORK

    Thursday, August 17th, 2017

    NORTHERN RHYTHM BY JOHN LUKE

    A painting by John Luke considered by the artist to be his best work comes up at Sotheby’s Irish art auction in London on September 27. Luke remarked of the work, titled Northern Rhythm: “No painting has so much or so deeply expressed my own particular type or state of mind as Northern Rhythm”.

    Now estimated at £100,000-150,000 it was originally purchased from the artist in 1965.  Sotheby’s say that their sale on September 27 includes many examples of works that are either making their first appearance at auction or were last seen many years ago.  Other highlands include Sir John Lavery’s The Summit of the Jungfrau, Railway Refreshment Room by Jack B. Yeats and a newly discovered Yeats entitled A Fortune,  Mary Swanzy’s Sun on the Sails and Colin Middletons The Life Everlasting.

    THIRD SALE OF ASHFORD CASTLE CONTENTS

    Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

    The remaining contents left over from the refurbishment by new owners of luxurious Ashford Castle Hotel are to be auctioned by Aidan Foley at the Old Sawmills in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 21 and 22.  Around 900 lots set aside for use in the re-vamped hotel are to be sold.  This is the third sale of contents from Ashford by Mr. Foley, who had huge interest in auctions in 2015 and 2016.  There will be antique Imari chargers, 50 pairs of curtains, Persian rugs, pants, bathroom accoutrements, collectibles and antique furniture in this sale.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    A selection of lots to be offered

    A large Imari charger  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000

    A GATHERING OF TRIBAL ART IN LONDON

    Monday, August 14th, 2017

    Tribal Art London runs from September 6-9 with 23 exhibitors, the biggest in its ten year history.  There will be a diverse range of works with prices from the low hundreds to over £20,000.  Taking place a week prior to Parcours des Mondes Paris,  the biggest tribal art event in the world which runs this year from September 12-17 the event attracts many international specialist dealers and museum curators.

    Well-known tribal art collectors who attend the fair include Mark Blackburn (based in Hawaii, focusing on Oceanic art), collectors of Aboriginal and Oceanic art Sam and Sharon Singer (U.S.A.), Antonio Lunari (Italy), and African art collector Jonathan Lowen (UK). Institutions are always in attendance, such as Quai Branly, the British Museum and the Royal Academy.  Here is a small selection:

    An early Douala chief’s stool, Cameroon at Adam Prout

    Male statuette attributed to the Tabwa at David Malik

    Highlands Shield, Papua New Guinea at Bryan Reeves/Tribal Gathering

    A SALE OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MoMA at CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

    MAN RAY (1890–1976)
    Rayograph, 1928 ($150,000-250,000)

    More than 400 photographs from the Museum of Modern Art in New York are to be sold at Christie’s to benefit the acquisitions fund for the Department of Photography.Works offered include iconic photographs by many of the most well-known names from the early 20th century to the post-war period, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans. The selection is led by two unique Rayograph works by Man Ray from 1923 and 1928 which are to be offered on October 10.

    The sale will start with four highlights on October 10.  A subsequent series of online auctions will be held in October, December and in January and April 2018.  The online sales are curated to encompass important themes including Pictorialism into Modernism, Women in Photography and several sales on individual photographers. Highlights will be previewed during exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York starting in September 2017. Cataloguing and complete details of the sales will be available on Christies.com in September.

    Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s said: “Christie’s is honored to offer for sale a selection of photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1940, the Museum became the first in the country to form a Department of Photography. Many of the artists represented in this series of live and online auctions will be deeply familiar to any student of photography, and are beloved on an international scale. These auctions represent a unique opportunity to support the Museum and own a piece of photographic history.”

    YEATS, BEWICK AND BALLARD AT AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AUCTION

    Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

    Jack Yeats, Pauline Bewick, Brian Ballard, John Kingerlee and Arthur Maderson are among those who feature in an online art auction of affordable Irish art at Morgan O’Driscoll until Monday August 14.  The catalogue, which features 337 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    MAURICE HENDERSON – WINTER TREE (500-750)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 380 AT HAMMER

    BRIAN BALLARD (B.1943)Tulips in a Blue Jug (2017) (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    PAULINE BEWICK (B.1935)Exercising (1974) (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    THE VOLUNTEER BY JACK B. YEATS (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    STUDY FOR PORTRAIT OF GRAHAM NORTON AT O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Saturday, August 5th, 2017
    A study by artist Gareth Reid for his portrait of Graham Norton now on display at the National Gallery of Ireland comes up as Lot 4 in Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until next Tuesday at 6.30 pm.  The Belfast artist – winner of the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year 2017 –  was commissioned by the programme to paint the portrait.  Afterwards he and Norton discovered that their great grandparents were siblings.  The chalk on canvas study resembles the portrait in the National Gallery and is estimated at 1,500-2,500.

    Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale, on view in Skibbereen throughout this Bank Holiday weekend, features work by Basil Blackshaw, George Campbell, Gladys McCabe, Mark O’Neill, Brian Maguire,Kenneth Webb, Charles Tyrrell, Peter Curling, John Kingerlee,  Peter Blake and photographer John Minihan among 189 lots.  The catalogue is online.

    Gareth Reid – Study for a portrait of Graham Norton (2017)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Gladys McCabe – Church Goers, Kerry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    A RANGE OF WORK AT DOLANS BANK HOLIDAY SALE IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, August 5th, 2017
    With work from artists as diverse as Sean Keating and John Shinnors, sculpture by John Behan as well antique furniture, collectibles and fashion, Dolan’s main summer sale at Balyconneely village in Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday and on Tuesday, is of interest to a wide range of collectors.
    Viewing is now underway for this auction of 550 lots to be spread over two days.   Along with Keating and Shinnors there is art by George Russell, Donald Teskey, Charles Harrper, Patrick Hennessy, Sir William Orpen, Mark O’Neill, Cecil Maguire and Norah McGuinness.
    Among the more contemporary art are paintings by Sean McSweeney, Henry Morgan and Carina Scott.  The sale includes work by Kenneth Webb, who is 90 this year and whose view of The Fish Market, Roundstone, was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s sale last week. It made 15,000 at hammer.  There is work by Arthur Maderson, George Campbell, Gerard Dillon, Arthur Armstrong and Robert Egginton.
    Lot 112, The 12 Bens from Inishnee, is by Sian Maguire whose work art features alongside that of her father Cecil. There is a collection of Connemara paintings by Rosemary Carr and a flower study by Philippe Grisel (1930-1998).

    A long case clock with brass dial and a French tortoiseshell and pewter mantle clock will be included as well as some 19th century Irish silver. Outdoor pieces include a pair of garden lions, a griffin, a pair of ornamental cannon and a ships anchor.  There are designer handbags by Chanel, Cartier, Fendi and Dior and a Rolex watch in its original case. Here is a small selection:

    A 19th century inlaid French mantle clock

    Na Fir on Oilean by Sean Keating (1889-1977)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000

    Child in interior by John Shiners  UPDATE: THIS MADE 21,500

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

    With work by Basil Blackshaw, George Campbell, Peter Blake and Mark O’Neill the current sale of Irish art online at Morgan O’Driscoll runs until Tuesday, August 8.   There are 189 lots on offer, including 15 pieces of sculpture.   The sale is on view throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend at Morgan O’Driscoll’s headquarters in Skibbereen in scenic west Cork.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Mark O’Neill (b.1963)
    Vintage Red (2,000-3,0000  UPDATE: THIS AMDE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    Peter Blake (b.1932) British
    Paul Weller’s Stanley Road (2003)
    limited edition silkscreen print, numbered 65 from an edition of 250 with 20 AP
    signed by both Peter Blake & Paul Weller (4,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    John Minihan (b.1946)
    Lady Diana Spencer, photographed with children at London Kindergarten, September 1980
    silver gelatin print no 7 from an edition of 25 (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    The Grey Van (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)
    Azcelt Vertical Complex (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD