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    RE-DISCOVERED PORTRAIT BY FRIDA KAHLO

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

    redis-kahloA rediscovered portrait by Frida Kahlo portrait comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on November 22. In the summer of 2016 Niña Con Collar  surfaced when Sotheby’s was approached by a former personal assistant of Kahlo’s who had been given the work as a keepsake by Diego Rivera the year after Kahlo’s death in 1954.  It will be offered as part of the Latin America: Modern Art sale with an estimate of $1.5 / 2 million.

    The only record of Niña Con Collar had been a black-and-white photograph taken by the artist’s friend Lola Álvarez Bravo who documented her early works. That picture was used as the work’s catalogue raisonné entry and has been the only documentation of the painting until now.

    Axel Stein, Sotheby’s head of Latin American art, commented: “I have known Niña Con Collar since 1988 when I saw the black and white photograph in the newly published catalogue raisonné. I never imagined it would surface and turn out to be such a beautiful and warm painting.” With the subject’s direct stare from under her spreading eyebrow and the rigid symmetry of a frontal pose, Niña Con Collar immediately recalls some of the artist’s most celebrated paintings.

    UPDATE:  THIS WORK SOLD FOR $1,812,500

    MORE FROM LESLIE WADDINGTON’S COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

    The sale of Part II of the Leslie Waddington takes place at Christie’s in London on November 22.  Part one of the collection of the pioneering Dublin born art dealer was a sellout in London last month, with 80% of lots offered selling above estimate and bidders from 37 countries. Here is a selection of what is coming up:

    Patrick Caulfield, R.A. (1936-2005) Clasped hands (£10,000-15,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    Patrick Caulfield, R.A. (1936-2005) Clasped hands (£10,000-15,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 19 and October 4, 2016)  UPDATE:  Part II of the collection made £1,219,615.

    Sir Anthony Caro, O.M., R.A. (1924-2013) Writing Piece "Blue Moon" (£20,000-30,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    Sir Anthony Caro, O.M., R.A. (1924-2013)
    Writing Piece “Blue Moon” (£20,000-30,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    LE CORBUSIER (1887-1965) PAIR OF ‘UNITE D’HABITATION’ STOOLS, DESIGNED CIRCA 1955 (£7,000-10,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    LE CORBUSIER (1887-1965)
    PAIRS OF ‘UNITE D’HABITATION’ STOOLS, DESIGNED CIRCA 1955 (£7,000-10,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    JOSEF ALBERS (1888-1976) A RECEPTION TABLE, ORIGINALLY DESIGNED 1926 (£3,000-5,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    JOSEF ALBERS (1888-1976)
    A RECEPTION TABLE, ORIGINALLY DESIGNED 1926 (£3,000-5,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    Sir Michael Craig-Martin, R.A. (b. 1941) Untitled (£25,000-35,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    Sir Michael Craig-Martin, R.A. (b. 1941)
    Untitled (£25,000-35,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

    MUNCH STARS AT SOTHEBY’S IN NEW YORK

    Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
    Edvard Munch - Girls on the Bridge.

    Edvard Munch – Girls on the Bridge.

    Led by Munch’s Girls on the Bridge which sold for $54.5 million the Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York last night brought in $157.7 million.

    Pablo Picasso’s large-scale late work Le Peintre et son modèle brought $12.9 million; Auguste Rodin’s Penseur, petit modèle sold to an Asian private collector for $1.8; Picasso’s Tête de femme sold for $8.5 million; Maurice de Vlaminck’s Fauve landscape Le Verger  made $7.6 million; László Moholy-Nagy’s EM 1 Telephonbilda masterwork of early conceptual art, achieved $6.1 million and František Kupka’s La Forme du bleu from 1924 sold above the high estimate for $2.2 million.

    Tonight’s solid results, coupled with those in London this June, demonstrate there is strong demand for top-quality works at every price level,” said Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department. “We were pleased to offer for the third time Edvard Munch’s Girls on the Bridge, which achieved $54.5 million – a price that is second only to his iconic The Scream, sold at Sotheby’s for $120 million. Munch has only recently been recognized for his tremendous impact on both 20th and 21st century art, and our team has worked to build his appreciation in the market as well.”

    FONSIE MEALY’S TWO DAY SALE IN CASTLECOMER

    Monday, November 14th, 2016

    Viewing is now underway at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny for Fonsie Mealy’s two day sale on November 15 and 16. The catalogue lists 982 lots and includes collections from Renville House, Oranmore, Co. Galway, the Coghill family, Drumcondra House, Dublin, Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, two private collections of Old Master paintings, horse drawn carriages and vintage cars.  There are stained glass windows from the Clarke studios, an engraving of the Old Countess of Desmond, a 1914 Talbot Invincible car, an Irish provincial silver cream jug, fine portrait miniatures and two Roman oil scenes

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 6 and October 28, 2016)

    Attributed to Ozias Humphrey (1742-1810) -Hester Countess of Charleville (2,000-3,000)

    Attributed to Ozias Humphrey (1742-1810) -Hester Countess of Charleville (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    A George III writing table (Cork) c1800 (800-1,200)

    A George III writing table (Cork) c1800 (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    The Clarke Studios gothic design landscape panel of The Four Provinces of Ireland (1,000-1,500)

    The Clarke Studios gothic design landscape panel of The Four Provinces of Ireland (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,700 AT HAMMER

    A three quarter length portrait of Sir Marmaduke Coghill (1673-1739) sitting in his robes (3,000-4,000)

    A three quarter length portrait of Sir Marmaduke Coghill (1673-1739) sitting in his robes (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,700 AT HAMMER

    A RECORD BREAKING NIGHT FOR BRITISH ART

    Friday, November 11th, 2016
    Frank Auerbach’s Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m

    Frank Auerbach’s Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m

    With participants from 46 countries there were records for 11 British artists at Part 1 of the sale of the David Bowie Collection at Sotheby’s.  The first session, a white glove sale in which every lot found a buyer in a record breaking night for British art,  doubled the high estimate and totalled  £24.3 million.

    There were artists records for Frank Auerbach, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Winifred Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Henry Lamb, Harold Gilman, Ivon Hitchens, Kenneth Armitage, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Caulfield and Meret Oppenheim.  Over the course of the 10-day pre-sale exhibition in London, more than 37,000 people came to Sotheby’s to view the collection, making for the best attended pre-sale exhibition London has ever witnessed.  The top lot of the evening was Air Power 1984 by Jean Michel Basquiat which made £7.1 million.

    Bowie famously said of the Frank Auerbach painting illustrated left: “My God, yeah!  I want to sound like that looks”. 

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000 over a top estimate of £180,000 and Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750 over a top estimate of £15,000.

    Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction: £24.3m

    Part II: Modern and Contemporary Art, Day Sale: £7.2m

    Part III: Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group: £1.4m

     

    “David Bowie’s personal art collection captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who visited our exhibitions and the thousands who took part in the sales. Sotheby’s is truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share this collection with the world and, in doing so, offer a fresh insight into the creative mind of one of the greatest cultural figures of our time.”– Oliver Barker, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe

    Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750.

    Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000.

    BOWIE COLLECTION IS INSTRUCTIVE

    Monday, November 7th, 2016
    David Bowie‘s collection of a wide variety of contemporary art and design is instructive insofar as it shows that in order to get it you must engage with it. An avid and genuine collector he was deeply involved with and sustained by art and design.  “I use it”  he explained once. “It can change the way I feel in the mornings”.
    His collection spans post-war British avant grade painting centred on St. Ives to German Expressionism and works created in the aftermath of the first democratic elections in South Africa..  It includes a “spin” painting he made in collaboration with Damien Hirst, an altarpiece by the Renaissance master Tintoretto and works by 20th century Modern British masters like David Bomberg, Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.  There is a painting by Jack B. Yeats entitled Sleep Sound.
    Bowie/Collector is a sale in three parts. It will begin with an evening sale of modern and contemporary art on November 10.  There  will be a day auction of art the following morning and a design sale that afternoon.  All the catalogues are online.
    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14 and August 23, 2016)

    Willie Bester (born 1956) - What happened in the Western Cape? (£2,000-3,000)

    Willie Bester (born 1956) – What happened in the Western Cape? (£2,000-3,000)

    Damien Hirst with David Bowie  Beautiful, hallo, space boy painting 1995  (£250,000-350,000)

    Damien Hirst with David Bowie Beautiful, hallo, space boy painting 1995 (£250,000-350,000)

    Jacopo Robusti known as Jacopo Tintoretto and Studio - The Angel foretelling St. Catherine of Alexandria  of her martyrdom (£100,000-150,000)

    Jacopo Robusti known as Jacopo Tintoretto and Studio – The Angel foretelling St. Catherine of Alexandria of her martyrdom (£100,000-150,000)

    SOME LOTS TO CREATE INTERNATIONAL INTEREST AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, November 6th, 2016
    A pair of Roman scenes of The Coliseum and the Pantheon are among a number of lots likely to create international interest at Fonsie Mealy’s two day Chatsworth fine art sale in Castlecomer on November 15 and 16.  The oils on canvas, in carved gilt wood frames, are estimated at 20,000-30,000. There are two stained glass panels from the Clarke Studios commissioned around 1900 by the Pierce family of Wexford for the portico of their home – King David and the Creation is estimated at 5,000-7,000 and a panel depicting the four provinces of Ireland is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    Vintage barn finds include a 1914 Talbot Invincible (17,000-22,000) and a 1939 Vauxhall (3,500-5,000).  Both are in need of extensive restoration.  A brougham by Robson of Belfast is estimated at 4,000-5,000.

    The Coliseum - one of a pair of Roman oils on canvas (20,000-30,000)

    The Coliseum – one of a pair of Roman oils on canvas (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS  MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    A Brougham by Robsons of Belfast (4,000-5,000)

    A Brougham by Robsons of Belfast (4,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,250 AT HAMMER

    THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, November 6th, 2016
    Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A. (London 1802-1873) The Monarch of the Glen. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A. (London 1802-1873)
    The Monarch of the Glen. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    The Monarch of the Glen  by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A. (1802-1873) will lead the Christie’s Old Master evening sale on  December 8.  This major highlight of Classic Week comes at the culmination of Christie’s 250th anniversary year.  The c1849-51 work will feature alongside important works by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Bernardo Bellotto and Edward Lear. The auction will mark the fourth occasion that The Monarch of the Glen has commanded Christie’s saleroom, having last been offered precisely a century ago, in 1916. The painting is one of the most celebrated works of British art. It was originally commissioned in 1849 for the Refreshment Room in the House of Lords.

    John Stainton, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Old Master and British Paintings Department said: “Following this year’s record-breaking Old Master sales which include Rubens’s ‘Lot and his Daughters’ and, via private treaty, two Rembrandt Portraits and the iconic ‘Armada Portrait’, there is perhaps no more fitting a conclusion to our 250th anniversary than the return of Sir Edwin Landseer’s ‘The Monarch of the Glen’ to Christie’s King Street. The sales in 1884 and 1892, prompted Landseer to become known as the ‘king of the salerooms’ and in 2016 Landseer’s masterpiece will lead Christie’s December Classic Week.”

    UPDATE: THE PAINTING HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION. It is now the subject of a fundraising campaign by the National Galleries of Scotland. Diageo, which owns the work, has agreed to gift half the £8 million value, the NGS has until mid March to raise the remaining £4 million

    CHINA IN PRINT AND ON PAPER AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

    Rare Chinese and European books, maps, photographs and manuscripts will come up at Sotheby’s in London on November 7, during the annual Asian Art in London from November 3-12.  China in Print and on Paper reveals the rich history of cartography, exploration, trade and diplomacy between China and the West for over half a millennium.  At the heart of the auction are two magnificent single-owner collections formed over many years by private collectors Bernard Hanotiau in Belgium, and Floyd Sully in Canada.  The Hanotiau library reveals the rich history of exploration and cultural and political exchange between China and the West from the fifteenth to twentieth century in over 180 lots of books, atlases and early photographs. The Sully collection comprises over fifty lots of rare maps, photographs, illustrated texts, drawings and watercolours. Star lots include the  “Blue Map” created during the Qing dynast which is estimated at £80,000-120,000.

    The Blue Map (£80,000-120,000.

    The Blue Map (£80,000-120,000.

    One of the first European maps of Beijing made in 1765 by Joseph Nicholas de L'Isle (£2,500-3,500)

    One of the first European maps of Beijing made in 1765 by Joseph Nicholas de L’Isle (£2,500-3,500)

    MONET, PICASSO AND KANDINSKY TO LEAD CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK SALE

    Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

    Monet, Picasso and Kandinsky will lead Christie’s auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on November 16.   The evening sale of 49 works by the major artists of the era is expected to achieve more than $200 million.

    Brooke Lampley, Christie’s Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, New York, remarked: “This sale constitutes an exceptional line-up of masterpieces and fresh to market gems perfectly suited to collectors’ taste. From Monet to Kandinsky, Cézanne to Matisse, and a great range of works by Picasso, all of the sought after artists of the period are well represented in this sale, with offerings at every price level.”

    Chaim Soutine - Le garçon d'etage ($6-9 million. Courtesy Christie's Images Lt.d, 2016.

    Chaim Soutine – Le garçon d’etage ($6-9 million. Courtesy Christie’s Images Lt.d, 2016.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $6,519,500

    Claude Monet - Meule (Grainstack) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    Claude Monet – Meule (Grainstack) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $81,447,500