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PETER DOIG’S COUNTRY ROCK (WING MIRROR) AT SOTHEBY’S

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Peter Doig - Country-rock (rear window).

Peter Doig (born 1959) – Country-rock (wing mirror) – estimate in the region of £9 million.  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £8,482,500, A NEW RECORD FOR THE ARTIST.

Peter Doig’s Country-rock (wing mirror) will come up at Sotheby’s sale on Contemporary Art in London on June 30.  Painted in London it depicts a much loved landmark near Toronto, the rainbow tunnel which appeared above an underpass alongside the Don Valley Parkway in 1972. Sotheby’s say it is one of the most important works by the artist ever to appear on the market. It belongs to a series of three works which rank among the most celebrated of the artists oeuvre.  The Country Rock trio all centre on the same vista of the Don Valley Parkway. This is the only one ever to have come to auction and it is estimated at in the region of £9 million.

Cheyenne Westphal, Co-Global Head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, said: “The rainbow tunnel is one of the most prominent and resonant motifs in Doig’s oeuvre. For lovers of Doig, it has a supreme status – akin only perhaps to that of the canoe – and of all the works in which the motif appears, the Country-Rock series is the apogee. Doig is a giant in the current market, and this particular work is fabled. Its appearance at auction represents an all-time first – and hugely exciting – opportunity for collectors.”

 

A VERMEER AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON IN JULY

Monday, June 9th, 2014
Vermeer - Saint Praxedis - © Christie’s Images Limited 2014

Vermeer – Saint Praxedis – © Christie’s Images Limited 2014  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £6,242,500

A Vermeer at auction is possibly even rarer than hens teeth, so Christie’s is understandably thrilled to offer Saint Praxedis in London on July 8.  One of only two known works by Vermeer in private hands it is estimated at £6-8 million at auction for the first time in its brief documented history.   It was first considered to be by Johannes Vermeer  of Delft (1632-1675) in 1969 and has been the subject of scholarly discussion ever since. The subject matter is unusual both in the context of Vermeer and of Dutch painting.  In 1985 this work featured in the seminal monographic exhibition by Vermeer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and The Mauritshuis, The Hague, as his earliest known painting, painted when he was 22-23.  Since then the ex-Beit/Rolin Lady at the Virginals – long considered to be by a follower – has been re-accepted into his oeuvre and is now in private ownership.  Only 36 paintings by Vermeer are known and his formative years as  a painter are shrouded in mystery.

The results of a recent material technical analysis by the Rijksmuseum in association with the Free University, Amsterdam, endorses Vermeer’s authorship of Saint Praxedis.  The lead white in the paint is consistent with Dutch painting, not Italian.  They also found a precise match with another established early work by Vermeer – Diana and her Companions – at The Mauritshuis.  The match suggests that the exact same batch of paint was used.   Christ in the house of Mary and Martha by Vermeer at the National Gallery, Edinburgh, dates to the same period. Saint Praxedis is from the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection.

RARE WORKS BY CHARLES HENRY COOK AT CORK AUCTION

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Rarities at Marshs 500 lot sale in Cork on June 14 include two paintings by the Victorian artist Charles Henry Cook.  Born in Bandon in 1830  he first exhibited at the RHA in 1846, moved to Bath in 1870 and died at Scarborough in 1906.  The paintings coming up now, from the collection of late Cork solicitor Charlie Hennessy, are The Cork Fiddle Player and The Musician.  Each one is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The auction features art by Lady Kate Dobbin, Sylvia Cooke-Collis, Fergal O’Ryan, Maurice Desmond and Michael Gemmell as well as furniture and collectibles.  More information is available on Marshs website.

Charles Henry Cook - The Musician (2,000-3,000).

Charles Henry Cook – The Musician (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS SOLD AFTER THE AUCTION.

 

Pair of 19th century gilt wood console tables, one with marble top.

Pair of 19th century gilt wood console tables, one with marble top.  UPDATE: THE TABLES MADE 1,600

 

Charles Henry Cook - Cork Fiddle Player (2,000-3,000).

Charles Henry Cook – Cork Fiddle Player (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,650

 

A pair of 19th century gilt wood wall mirrors (4,000-6,000).

A pair of 19th century gilt wood wall mirrors (4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 3,100

 

A DREAM COME TRUE AT THE RIJKSMUSEUM

Friday, June 6th, 2014

 

Meindert Hobbema - Wooded Landscape with Merrymakers in a Cart.

Meindert Hobbema – Wooded Landscape with Merrymakers in a Cart.

A dream has come true at the Rijksmuseum which has received its biggest donation for the past 50 years – Hobbema’s Wooded Landscape with Merrymakers in a Cart.  Dating from 1655 the masterpiece is part of Willem baron Van Dedem’s collection.  The Baron, who lives in England, is chair of TEFAF Maastricht and has been collecting 17th century Dutch paintings for over 50 years.

Meindert Hobbema was a student of Jacob van Ruisdael, but his landscapes are lighter and more cheerful. In this painting the artist illuminates the trees from behind, giving extra depth.  The work goes on display from today in the Gallery of Honour.

The general director of the Amsterdam Museum Wim Pijbes said: “A long tradition of important Rijksmuseum donations is honoured at the highest level. To date there has been no other masterpiece by Hobbema in the Rijksmuseum.  It’s a dream come true for every director”.

MATISSE, MONDRIAN, GIACOMETTI AND SCHWITTERS AT CHRISTIE’S

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Matisse, Mondrian, Giacometti and Schwitters are among the artists who will come up  at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in London on June 24.  A group of four masterworks by Alberto Giacometti from an important private collection is headed by the artist’s iconic Le Main, conceived and cast in 1947.  This work was in the New York exhibition that launched Giacometti’s post war international career. It is estimated at £10-15 million. Other works by Giacometti are  Femme de Venise II (£8-12 million), Portrait de Femme (Annette) (£3.5-5.5 million) and Annette IV (£1.5-2 million).

Masterworks from other collections include Composition A, with Double Line and Yellow, 1935 by Piet Mondrian (£5-8 million), L’artiste et le modele nu, 1921 by Henri Matisse (£7-10 million) and Ja – Was? – Bild? (Yes – What? – Picture?) by Kurt Schwitters dated 1920 (£4-6 million).  The pre-sale estimate for this auction is £96.3-141.4 million and estimates range from £200,000 to £15 million.

L’artiste et le modèle nu, 1921, by Henri Matisse courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

L’artiste et le modèle nu, 1921, by Henri Matisse courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £6,802,500

Composition A, with Double Line and Yellow, 1935, by Piet Mondrian courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Composition A, with Double Line and Yellow, 1935, by Piet Mondrian courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

Kurt Schwitters  Ja – Was? – Bild

Kurt Schwitters Ja – Was? – Bild courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014  UPDATE: THIS MADE £13,970,500

 

 

UNLOADING THE CATCH AT IRISH ART AUCTION

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Sean Keating’s Unloading the Catch at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on June 10 is redolent of an era not that long gone.  It is a west of Ireland scene from the Aran Islands featuring three currachs being unloaded after a nights fishing by fishermen in typical island gear.  The painting is estimated at 40,000-60,000.  There is traditional, modern and contemporary art in this sale of 168 lots.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

Unloading the Catch by Sean Keating (1889-1977) (40,000-60,000).

Unloading the Catch by Sean Keating (1889-1977) (40,000-60,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 52,000 at hammer

Low Tide by Walter Osborne (1859-1903) (10,000-15,000).

Low Tide by Walter Osborne (1859-1903) (10,000-15,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 at hammer

Portrait of Mrs. George Russell by Frances Baker (1873-1944) (3,000-5,000).

Portrait of Mrs. George Russell by Frances Baker (1873-1944) (3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 at hammer

Umbrella, Beach and Kite by John Shinnors (12,000-16,000).

Umbrella, Beach and Kite by John Shinnors (12,000-16,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,500 at hammer

Palometta by Barrie Cooke (1931-2014) (20,000-30,000).

Palometta by Barrie Cooke (1931-2014) (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 at hammer

DIVERSITY A FEATURE OF SCULPTURE AUCTION AT RDS

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The sculpture auction by Morgan O’Driscoll at the  RDS Minerva Suite in Dublin on June 9 features 96 lots.  The collection on offer is notable for its diversity and features work by Irish, UK and French artists. No less than 82 lots are to be sold entirely without reserve.  The catalogue is online. Here is  a small selection.

John Behan (b1932)  Ghost Famine Ship (unique) (15,000-20,000)

John Behan (b1932) Ghost Famine Ship (unique) (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 13,000

Sea Horse by Helen Walsh (unique) (1,000-1,500).

Sea Horse by Helen Walsh (unique) (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,600

A Slice of Dublin (unique) by John Cohen (b1932) (2,000-2,500).

A Slice of Dublin (unique) by John Cohen (b1932) (2,000-2,500).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,700

Goldfish by Peter Killeen (edition 2/6) (900-1,200)

Goldfish by Peter Killeen (edition 2/6) (900-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,300

THE BUFFALO BILLS AND CLAUDE MONET

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A group of four works from the collection of Ralph C. Wilson jnr., founder of the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise, will lead Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in London on June 23.  The collection is highlighted by two paintings by Claude Monet.  Ralph Wilson was best known as the longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills. He was also a passionate collection of art.  Seeking out the finest examples he acquired these four examples in the 1990’s. Monet’s La Seine a Argenteuil is estimated at £7-10 million while his 1888 view of Antibes has an estimate of £6-8 million; Jeunes Femme dan les Fleurs by Edouard Manet is estimated at £4-6 million and Les Bords du Loing by Alfred Sisley is estimated at £1-1.5 million.

CLAUDE MONET (1840 – 1926) LA SEINE À ARGENTEUIL

CLAUDE MONET (1840 – 1926)
LA SEINE À ARGENTEUIL  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £8,358,500

ALFRED SISLEY (1839 – 1899) LES BORDS DU LOING

ALFRED SISLEY (1839 – 1899)
LES BORDS DU LOING  UPDATE: THIS MADE £1,082,500

 

BACON PORTRAIT OF GEORGE DYER AT SOTHEBY’S

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Francis Bacon Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on Light Ground)

Francis Bacon
Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on Light Ground)  (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE)  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £26,682,500

An outstanding example by Francis Bacon – Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground) - will come up at Sotheby’s in London on  June 30.  The small scale triptych dates from 1964 and is estimated at £15-20 million. It is one of only five known depictions of Dyer in this intimate format reserved by the artist for what are widely regarded as the most profoundly personal and  intense portraits of the 20th century.  The record for a small scale triptych by Bacon is £23 million set at Sotheby’s in London in 2011 for his portrait of Lucian Freud.

The rare lifetime depiction of Dyer, the man who was the love of Bacon’s life at the moment when they were most deeply involved, is full of the painterly exuberance that marks out Bacon as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century.  The work is a counterpoint to the black portraits of Dyer painted in the early 1970’s.  Their affair began in 1963. In the autumn of 1971 they travelled to Paris for the major Bacon retrospective at the Grand Palais. Barely 36 hours before the opening George Dyer was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills in their hotel suite.   Grief stricken and haunted, Bacon continued to paint Dyer for a number of years.

This museum quality work is in all likelihood the first painting for which Bacon used the legendary photographs by his friend John Deakin as the source material.  In early 1964 Bacon commissioned Deakin, a former Vogue photographer and a drinking pal,  to take photos of Dyer and other regulars at Soho’s Colony Room. These photographs had a huge influence on his portraits from then on. The painting, which has been in the same collection since 1970, comes to auction for the first time ever. 

VAN DYCK SALE TO BENEFIT ECUMENICAL RETREAT HOUSE

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

 

The portrait study by van Dyck.

The portrait study by van Dyck.  UPDATE: THIS FAILED TO SELL.

A portrait study by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), recently re-discovered on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will be offered at Christie’s Old Master & British Paintings sale on July 8.  Bought by Fr. James MacLeod at an antiques shop in Cheshire for just £400 twelve years ago the work is estimated at £300,000-500,000.  It is a preparatory sketch for van Dyck’s full-length group portrait of The Magistrates of Brussels painted in 1634-35. 

The proceeds of the sale will go towards the acquisition of new church bells for Whaley Hall Ecumenical Retreat House in Derbyshire to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

 

UPDATE: THE WORK FAILED TO SELL