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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

O’CONOR MAKES 210,000 AT JAMES ADAM

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Roderic O’Conor’s Chemin Menant a Grez was the top lot at the highly successful James Adam sale of Imortant Irish Art in Dublin on May 28.  It made a hammer price of 210,000. O’Conor’s Landscape with Garden and Mountain made 36,000 and his Landscape with Trees made 25,000 at hammer.  The fourth, a nude, was unsold.

Beero by William Conor made 97,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 50,000 and was one of a good number of lots to sell above estimate.  Cuchulainn  IV, a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy, sold for 120,000 over a top estimate of 60,000.  Sean Scully’s Passenger Line, Black made 80,000 over a top estimate of 60,000.
The Bellman, a sculpture by Jerome Connor sold for 11,500,, Gerard Dillon’s Footing the Turf made 29,000, Mountain Village, Andalucia by George Campbell made 13,000 over a top estimate of 3,500 and Achill Woman by Grace Henry made 3,200 over a top estimate of 3,000. A Dusty Rose by Jack Butler Yeats made 62,000 at hammer and The Port Authority by Sean Keating sold for 80,000.  An oil on board by John Shinnors, The Bunny on the Bank, made 5,400 over a top estimate of 5,000 and a portrait of Thomas Moore attributed to Martin Archer Shee sold for 3,000 over  a top estimate of 1,500.
(SEE posts on antiquesandartireland,com for May 24 and May 16, 2014)
Cuchalainn IV, a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy sold for 120,000

Cuchalainn IV, a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy sold for 120,000

Jack Butler Yeats - A Dusty Rose sold for 62,000

Jack Butler Yeats – A Dusty Rose sold for 62,000

Beero by William Conor sold for 97,000

Beero by William Conor sold for 97,000

Sean Scully - Passenger Line, Black sold for 80,000

Sean Scully – Passenger Line, Black sold for 80,000

BOTTICELLI DRAWING AT SOTHEBY’S IN JULY

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Study for a seated St. Joseph, his head resting on his right hand Pen and brown ink heightened with white over black chalk, on beige-pink washed paper. Squared in black chalk for transfer (£1-1.5 million).

Study for a seated St. Joseph, his head resting on his right hand
Pen and brown ink heightened with white over black chalk, on beige-pink washed paper.
Squared in black chalk for transfer (£1-1.5 million).  UPDATE: IT MADE £1.3 MILLION

The only Botticelli drawing to appear on the market in over 100 years comes up at Sotheby’s in London on July 9.  Study for a Seated St. Joseph, his head resting on his right hand, is the only drawing by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) in private hands. This is the first sheet by the Renaissance master to come to auction since the 19th century and the only drawing which can be clearly linked with one of his painted compositions. The drawing is a study for the figure of St. Joseph to the left of The Nativity with adoring St. John the Baptist.

It is from the collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013), art connoisseur, philanthropist and wife of the late John Seward Johnson, co-founder of Johnson and Johnson. Sotheby’s sale of Old Master and British Paintings on July 9 will present nine works from her estate.  The proceeds are to the benefit the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, the primary focus of which is helping children with autism.
UPDATE: IT MADE £1.3 MILLION.  This was the highest price ever paid for a drawing by the artist at auction.

EMIN’S BED AT CHRISTIE’S IN JULY

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
TRACEY EMIN (B. 1963) My Bed mattress, linens, pillows and objects (£800,000-1.2 million).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

TRACEY EMIN (B. 1963)
My Bed
mattress, linens, pillows and objects (£800,000-1.2 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £2,546,500, A WORLD RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

My Bed by Tracey Emin, one of the most iconic and shocking self-portraits of the contemporary generation, will be offered at Christie’s in London on July 1.  Dating from 1998 it was shortlisted for the Turner Prize the following year, causing a furore.  Estimated at £800,000-1.2 million it is being sold to benefit the Saatchi Gallery’s Foundation.

It is a snapshot of a debauched period of the artist’s life after a period of suicidal depression brought on by the break up of a relationship. The bed is surrounded by personal effects including empty vodka bottles, cigarette packets, stained sheets,discarded condoms and soiled underwear.  The artist has said that she had a sort of mini-nervous breakdown and did not get out of bed for four days.   She had a drink of water, made her way back to the bedroom and was shocked by what she saw. Then in a sudden flash she saw the bed in a white space and saw that it looked brilliant.  When it was exhibited it was shocking to some people but Emin – in an interview with fellow artist Julian Schnabel – said she thought it looked like a damsel in distress, like a woman fainting or something and needing to be helped.
UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £2,546,500, A WORLD RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

GERARD DILLON AND ANDY WARHOL THE TOP SALES AT WHYTE’S

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) HOME WITH THE CATCH

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)
HOME WITH THE CATCH

Gerard Dillon’s Home with the Catch was the top lot at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish art in Dublin on May 26.   The  classic west of Ireland image made a hammer price of 60,000.  The work depicts a young family making their way home through the village with the daily catch of fish. The artist first visited the west in 1939 and became enchanted by the people and the scenery.  This was a major theme of his work throughout the 1940’s and ’50’s.  Colin Middleton’s Seated Figure made 25,000 and Trees by Mary Swanzy sold for 22,000.

Among the international artists in the sale Andy Warhol’s Be a Somebody with a Body sold for 50,000 and Love is in the Air by Banksy made 15,000.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland,com for May 22 and May 17, 2014)

Andy Warhol (USA, 1928-1987) BE A SOMEBODY WITH A BODY, 1985

Andy Warhol (USA, 1928-1987)
BE A SOMEBODY WITH A BODY, 1985

Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) TREES

Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)
TREES

Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983) SEATED FIGURE: 6.72 [1972]

Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)
SEATED FIGURE: 6.72 [1972]