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    JEWELLERY, PAINTINGS AND CERAMICS FROM PROMINENT CHINESE FAMILY

    Friday, April 3rd, 2015

    A magnificent selection of jewellery, Chinese paintings and Chinese works of art from the family collection of K’ung Hsiang-Hsi is due to come up at Christie’s Spring sales in Hong Kong at the end of May and early June.

    From one of Asia’s most prominent families in history and a 75th generation descendant of Confucius, K’ung Hsiang-Hsi was a passionate advocate for education. In the 1910s, the U.S. Oberlin College and Yale University graduate helped to set up schools in his hometown of Taigu to fulfill his vision of strengthening China through education. K’ung also engaged in business, trading internationally in kerosene and other natural resources through his Xiang Ji Company. Serving in critical government posts in his later years, K’ung enacted important economic reforms and was among the key architects of China’s modern financial and industrial systems as the country’s central bank governor.

    K’ung Hsiang-Hsi married Soong Ai-ling (1890-1973), the eldest of the three famed Soong sisters and was brother-in-law to Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. The couple came to assemble one of the most important collections of jewellery, jadeite, Chinese paintings and works of art in modern Chinese history.

    A rare doucai Sanduo bowl, Youngzheng

    Important Chinese Ceramics. A rare doucai Sanduo bowl, Youngzheng  (US$62,500-87,500).

     

    A jade group.

    Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels: A jade group including old mine jadeite and signed pieces.

    A jade group.

    A jade group.

    Zhang Daqian

    Chinese Paintings.  Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) – Lotus (US$193,000-322,0000).

    (1899–1983) Lotus,

    A rare doucai Sanduo bowl, Youngzheng

    A rare doucai Sanduo bowl, Youngzheng

    CRUCIFIXION BY ONE OF IRELAND’S MOST IMPORTANT SCULPTORS

    Friday, April 3rd, 2015
    Jesus Crucified by Edward Delaney.

    Jesus Crucified by Edward Delaney.

    Jesus Crucified by the Irish sculptor Edward Delaney (1930-2009) sold for 2,800 at James Adams in Dublin this week.  It is a work in silvered alloy.  Delaney is considered one of Ireland’s most important sculptors.  Best known for public work like The Family and Wolfe Tone in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Edward Delaney was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo and studied at the National College of Art and Design and received funding from the Art Council of Ireland to study casting in Germany.

    Being by Louis le Brocquy.

    Being by Louis le Brocquy.

    At the same sale  a work entitled Being by Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) sold for 30,000 over a top estimate of 12,000.  Signed, inscribed and dated 1957 Being forms part of a series of paintings began in 1957, under the umbrella title, Presences. The series is characterized by the dominant use of white, applied thickly, broken only by small, carefully considered areas of brilliant colour, and enriched by their own impastoed textures. Most, like Being, represent a single, haunting figurative presence. Le Brocquy, like many post-war artists was fearful of the destructiveness of nuclear weapons and his work revealed that sense of human fragility.

     

    NIGHTINGALE SINGS AT JAMES ADAM IRISH ART SALE

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
    Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) - Hearing the Nightingale.

    Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) – Hearing the Nightingale.

    The top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on April 1 was a 1936 oil on board by Jack Butler Yeats entitled Hearing the Nightingale.  Estimated at 25,000-35,000 the small oil on board sold for a hammer price of 42,000.

    The auction of 180 lots was 85 per cent sold and brought in a little over 550,000 at hammer, which when fees are added amounts to around 660,000. There was a good viewing and a crowded salesroom for this auction.

     

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 30, 2015).

    EXHIBITION OF 17TH CENTURY DUTCH DRAWINGS IN CHINA

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
    Rembrandt’s Seated Man.

    Rembrandt’s Seated Man.

    Rembrandt and His Time is the title of the first comprehensive exhibition of 17th century Dutch drawings in China. Presented by Sotheby’s and Long Museum it runs at the Long Museum, West Bund, Shanghai from April 16-May 10. The private collection of 81 drawings was formed over four decades and is one of the finest of its type anywhere in the world.  There are prime examples of every type of drawing produced in Holland in the 17th century.  Divided into seven sections, it chroniclesThe Early Years, The Dutch Landscape: Places and Seasons, The Dutch Abroad, Rembrandt and His Circle, Images of Daily Life, The Natural World and The Essence of Holland.  Leading the exhibition are a moving figure study by Rembrandt, a rare winter scene by Hendrick Avercamp, and a landscape by Jacob van Ruisdael.

    Kevin Ching, ceo, Sotheby’s Asia, said: “The Dutch Golden Age was one of the great high points in the whole history of European Art and drawings play a vital part in this artistic flowering. Works on paper have been central to Chinese art and aesthetics and we are increasingly aware of a growing Chinese interest in works on paper from other cultures”.

    SOME GREAT ITALIAN MODERN MASTERS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

    A wide array of museum quality works by some of the great Italian modern masters comes up at Christie’s annual Milan Modern and Contemporary sales at Palazzo Clerici on April 28 and 29.  There is an ever growing appetite for Italian works and the sales feature modern masters like Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi and Paolo Scheggi through to Arte Povera artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Michelangelo Pistoletto as well as by some Modern classics including Giorgio Morandi and Gino Severini. Last year’s auction realised 9.8 million.

    PAOLO SCHEGGI (1940-1971) Intersuperficie curva dal rosso (300,000-500,000).

    PAOLO SCHEGGI (1940-1971)
    Intersuperficie curva dal rosso
    (300,000-500,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 820,200

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) Concetto spaziale, Attesa (600,000-900,000).

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale, Attesa (600,000-900,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,690,950

    Enrico Castellani Superficie argento acrylic on canvas (150,000-200,000).

    Enrico Castellani
    Superficie argento
    acrylic on canvas (150,000-200,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 303,600

    ACTION PACKED WARHOL SCREENPRINT AT DUBLIN AUCTION

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Martha Graham:  Letter to the World (The Kick).

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 34,000 AT HAMMER.

    An action packed 1986 screen print by Andy Warhol comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale of Irish and International Art at the RDS in Dublin on April 20.  Martha Graham, Letter to the World (The Kick) is a unique screen print in colours on Lenox Museum Board.  It is a unique colour variant aside from the edition of 100 published by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance  Inc., New York with the artist’s estate stamp.  There was as well 25 artist’s proofs.

    The provenance for this work lists the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Taylor Gallery, Belfast from where it was purchased by the present owner.  It is estimated at 25,000-35,000.

    For the first time Morgan O’Driscoll will hold a London viewing of highlights from his Irish sale.  The venue is La Galleria, Pall Mall and viewing takes place there on April 13, 14 and 15.  The auction is on view in Skibbereen over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and viewing at the RDS begins on April 17.

    WIDE RANGING IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, March 30th, 2015

    The catalogue for the wide ranging  James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on April 1 features 180 lots and is online. Here is a small selection.

    John Doherty (b.1949) Sheeps Head Light, Co. Cork (6,000-8,000).

    John Doherty (b.1949) Sheeps Head Light, Co. Cork (6,000-8,000). UPDATE:THIS SOLD FOR 10,000 AT HAMMER

    Gerard Dillon (1916 - 1971) Aran Woman and Child (6,000-8,000).

    Gerard Dillon (1916 – 1971) Aran Woman and Child (6,000-8,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 14,000 AT HAMMER

    James Arthur O'Connor (1792-1841) River Landscape with Figures in a Boat and Couple Walking  (3,000-5,000).

    James Arthur O’Connor (1792-1841) River Landscape with Figures in a Boat and Couple Walking (3,000-5,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871 - 1957)Hearing the Nightingale (1936) (25,000-35,000).

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871 – 1957) Hearing the Nightingale (1936) (25,000-35,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 42,000 AT HAMMER

    Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974) Woman and Child Feeding Hens  (10,000-15,000).

    Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974) Woman and Child Feeding Hens (10,000-15,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,000 AT HAMMER

    Colin Middleton RHA RUA MBE (1910-1983) Here and There (1,000-1,500).

    Colin Middleton RHA RUA MBE (1910-1983) Here and There (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    TREASURES FROM CASTLE HOWARD AT SOTHEBY’S IN JULY

    Sunday, March 29th, 2015
    Castle Howard with Atlas Fountain  Copyright ® Mike Kipling

    Castle Howard with Atlas Fountain
    Copyright ® Mike Kipling

    TREASURES from the collections of Castle Howard, one of Britain’s greatest and most beautiful country houses, will be offered at Sotheby’s in London this summer.  Familiar the world over as the backdrop to the TV drama Brideshead Revisited and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, the grandeur of the house is echoed by the magnificent collections of antiquities, paintings, furniture and works of art that have graced its interiors for nearly three centuries.  A range of periods and media, from Roman antiquities to Old Master paintings and 17th-century Italian furniture, will be offered at the Old Masters and Treasures sales in London on July 8.  The combined estimate is more than £10 million.

    The Hon. Nicholas Howard said: I am privileged to be able to say that Castle Howard is my family’s heritage and has been since it was built over 300 years ago. With that privilege comes the responsibility of ownership, and the Trustees’ unanimous decision to hold this sale is the exercise of that responsibility. If the sale helps to secure that heritage as the house moves into its fourth century then it will have achieved its goal. To this end, we have selected for sale at Sotheby’s a small number of works which, while of great intrinsic interest, have been carefully chosen so as not to detract from the overall integrity of the collection.”

    The Hon. Simon Howard added: “Running Castle Howard for the last 30 years has been an immense privilege. Now, as a new chapter in its history opens, the sales that we are planning at Sotheby’s will make an important contribution to the long term future of the Castle Howard estate and collections.”

    Henry Wyndham, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe commented: “The collections at Castle Howard chart two millennia of history and 300 years of collecting, and rank among the finest private art collections in the world. The carefully selected group of works to be auctioned this summer is testament to the taste of a series of enlightened art patrons, starting with the visionary 3rd Earl of Carlisle, and continuing through his Romanophile son, Henry, collector of antiquities and Venetian vedute, to his diplomat grandson Frederick, 5th Earl of Carlisle, who is thought by many to have been the most refined English collector of the period around 1800.”

    A pair of Italian pietre dure and ormolu-mounted ebony cabinets, roman, early 17th century, on a pair of regency rosewood and parcel gilt stands  (£700,000-1,000,000).

    A pair of Italian pietre dure and ormolu-mounted ebony cabinets, roman, early 17th century, on a pair of regency rosewood and parcel gilt stands (£700,000-1,000,000).

    A monumental granite vase with graceful leaf-shaped handle terminals, from Roman Egypt, circa 1st Century B.C., said to have been found in the Baths of Augustus in Rome and acquired by Frederick Howard in 1801 at the sale of the Bessborough Collection (£400,000 - 600,000)

    A monumental granite vase with graceful leaf-shaped handle terminals, from Roman Egypt, circa 1st Century B.C., said to have been found in the Baths of Augustus in Rome and acquired by Frederick Howard in 1801 at the sale of the Bessborough Collection
    (£400,000 – 600,000)

    BERNARDO BELLOTTO (Venice 1722–1780 Warsaw) Venice, a view of the Grand Canal looking south from the Palazzo Foscari and Palazzo Morolin towards the Church of Santa Maria Della Carita, with numerous gondolas and barges (£2.5-3.5 MILLION).

    BERNARDO BELLOTTO
    (Venice 1722–1780 Warsaw)
    Venice, a view of the Grand Canal looking south from the Palazzo Foscari and Palazzo Morolin towards the
    Church of Santa Maria Della Carita, with numerous gondolas and barges (£2.5-3.5 MILLION).

    Studio of Hans Holbein Portrait of Henry VIII Three quarter length , wearing a wide velvet surcoat, holding a stick Bears initials and dated 1542 (£800,000-1,200,000)

    Studio of Hans Holbein
    Portrait of Henry VIII
    Three quarter length , wearing a wide velvet surcoat, holding a stick
    Bears initials and dated 1542
    (£800,000-1,200,000)

    THE AVANT GARDE ART OF ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION FOUNDER

    Sunday, March 29th, 2015

    THE avant garde art collection of the international Alzheimer’s Association founder and Chicago businessman Jerome H. Stone will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York this spring.  There are modern works by artists including Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Marc Chagall.  Assembled with his wife Evelyn in the 1950’s and ’60’s the collection is drawn exclusively from leading dealers of the day, including Pierre Matisse and Sidney Janis.  It has been unseen in public for more than 40 years. The works, estimated at more than $40 million, will be offered across a series of sales. Highlights will be at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale on May 5.

    Following the diagnosis of his wife Evelyn in 1970 Jerome Stone brought visibility to a disease that was virtually undiscussed at the time. This commitment led to the creation of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1979.

    Alberto Giacometti Pommes Dans L'atelier 1950 ($3.5-5 million).

    Alberto Giacometti
    Pommes Dans L’atelier
    1950 ($3.5-5 million).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $7,082,000

    Juan Gris Guitare et compotier 1919 ($2-3 million)

    Juan Gris Guitare et compotier 1919 ($2-3 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $2,170,000

    Fernand Léger La Roue Bleue, État Définitif ($6-8 million).

    Fernand Léger
    La Roue Bleue, État Définitif ($8-12 million). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $10,554,000

    Alberto Giacometti Buste de Diego (Aménophis) ($6-8 million

    Alberto Giacometti
    Buste de Diego (Aménophis) ($6-8 million) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $12,794,000

    Marc Chagall La Maison Rouge 1948 ($2.5-3.5 million).

    Marc Chagall La Maison Rouge 1948 ($2.5-3.5 million).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $5,066,000

    SCULPTURE AT THE LAVIT GALLERY IN CORK

    Friday, March 27th, 2015

    Stone, sculpted glass, bronze, clay and glazes all feature  in Sculpture – an exhibition at Cork Arts Society at the Lavit Gallery until April 11.  Those taking part are Cormac Boydell, Anna Campbell, Leo Higgins, Sonia Landweer, Fidelma Massey, Michael Quane, Martha Quinn and Killian Schurmann.  Everything on show is domestic in scale.  Here are a couple of examples.

    Martha Quinn - Sun Seeds (Marble).

    Martha Quinn – Sun Seeds (Marble).

    Killian Schurmann - hot sculpted glass.

    Killian Schurmann – hot sculpted glass.