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    SOTHEBY’S SCULPTURE SPECIALIST VISITING IRELAND

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
    THIS Spanish or South French Corpus Christi from a collection in Dublin sold for £278,500.

    THIS Spanish or South French Corpus Christi from a collection in Dublin sold for £278,500.

    In Ireland things tend to crop up.  “That is an experience that I had personally and Sotheby’s has had over the last few decades” said Sotheby’s specialist Christopher Mason who will be in Dublin on  February 4 and 5 to appraise European sculptures and works of art.  Sculptures sourced in Ireland achieved strong results at Sotheby’s last year.  A life sized masterpiece of a mother and child in terracotta by 19th century French artist Aime-Jules Dalou from Westport House sold for £362,500 and went to the National Gallery in Ottowa; a previously unrecorded marble bust of Homer by Francis Harwood from a private collection here made £242,500 and a late 12th/early 13th century Spanish-South French Corpus Christi from a Dublin private collection sold for £278,500 over a top estimate of £15,000.

    Mr. Mason notes a growing eclecticism in the taste of collectors. “Nowadays some of the most exciting collections are  formed by a diverse range of objects, with everything from European bronzes to Tribal art.   People are drawn to interesting and unusual things in the market, objects of quality and age.  Sculpture offers something for everyone”.

    ARTWORKS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION OF NOEL COWARD

    Monday, February 2nd, 2015

    A selection of artworks formerly in the private collection of playwright, composer, director, actor and singer Sir Noël Coward come up at Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art sale on March 19 at South Kensington. Paintings by Coward include portraits and scenes of Jamaica, his Caribbean home. In addition there is paintings he acquired as gifts from friends such as the actress Elizabeth Taylor, the actor David Niven, and the composer, actor and entertainer Ivor Novello. It comprises works by revered British artists such as Christopher Wood, John Nash, Edward Seago and Derek Hill. Estimates range from £300 up to £100,000.

    Christopher Wood (1901-1930) Fishing Village, Cornwall (£70,000-100,000).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2015.

    Christopher Wood (1901-1930)
    Fishing Village, Cornwall (£70,000-100,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.

    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973) View from Firefly Hill, Jamaica, painted in 1955 (£10,000-15,000).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2015

    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973) View from Firefly Hill, Jamaica, painted in 1955 (£10,000-15,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015

    BACON PORTRAIT OF POPE PIUS II AT CHRISTIE’S

    Saturday, January 31st, 2015
    Francis Bacon - Study for a Head .Courtesy, Christie's Images Ltd., 2015.

    Francis Bacon – Study for a Head .Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10,050,500

    One of only a handful of works depicting Pope Pius XII by Francis Bacon in private hands comes up at Christie’s in London on February 11.  Study for a Head is dated 1955, a time when Pius XII reigned as Supreme Pontiff. Fascinated by men of power and authority, Bacon was attracted to the combination of violence and vulnerability latent in their status. The oil on canvas is at the Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale in London on February 11.  The auction has a pre-sale estimate of £95 million for 64 lots.

    This painting was exhibited at Tate London in 1962 and then remained unseen by the public until it resurfaced in retrospectives at Valencia d’Art Modern in 2003 and the Fondation Beyeler, Basel in 2004.  The other portraits by Bacon of Pius II are at Kunsthalle Mannheim,  Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent and at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.

    Christie’s is one of the sponsors of the exhibition Francis Bacon and the Art of the Past now on at the State Hermitage Museum in Russia. This exhibition will travel to the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich next April.

    NEW RECORD FOR WILLEM VAN DE VELDE THE ELDER

    Thursday, January 29th, 2015
    John Constable, R.A. Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

    John Constable, R.A.
    Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

    There was a new record for Willem van de Velde the Elder at Sotheby’s sale of Master Paintings in New York today. Dutch Harbour in a calm with Small Vessels sold for $5.4 million.

    A rediscovered preparatory work for John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows sold for $5.2 million over a top estimate of $3 million.  The work changed hands last year for £3,500 as painted by a follower of Constable.  It was subsequently re-attributed as a preparatory sketch by the artist. Experts say it is one of several preparatory works for Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows bought by the Tate Gallery last year for £23.1 million.

    The opening session of Sotheby’s Old Master Week sales was 72% sold by lot. No less than 97% of works sold brought in prices at or above their estimates and 12 lots sold for more than  $1 million.  The session brought in $57 million.

    AN ATTIC SALE AT JAMES ADAM, DUBLIN

    Thursday, January 29th, 2015

    There will be an Attic Sale at James Adam, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin with something for all collectors on February 3.  The catalogue, which lists 472 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    An 18th century Chinese Export porcelain soup tureen (500-700)

    An 18th century Chinese Export porcelain soup tureen (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 300 AT HAMMER

    A Victorian table telescope by Dollond of London (500-700).

    A Victorian table telescope by Dollond of London (500-700).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 250 AT HAMMER

    Peter Gottlandt (German, 16th century) The three Dukes of Saxony, woodcut.

    Peter Gottlandt (German, 16th century) The three Dukes of Saxony, woodcut (200-300).  UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS WITHDRAWN

    A George II walnut framed elbow chair (1,000-2,000).

    A George II walnut framed elbow chair (1,000-2,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    A 19th century ebony breakfront side cabinet (1,500-2,500).

    A 19th century ebony breakfront side cabinet (1,500-2,500).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A 19th century French kingwood and parquetry bombe commode (1,000-1,500).

    A 19th century French kingwood and parquetry bombe commode (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,150

    CEZANNE AT CHRISTIE’S ON FEBRUARY 4

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

    February’s sales of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s in London feature masterpieces from the greatest artists of the late 19th and 20th century, led by Paul Cézanne’s exquisite landscape Vue sur L’Estaque et le Château d’If. It has not been seen on the market since 1936, when it was purchased by Samuel Courtauld, founder of London’s Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art. It is estimated at £8-12 million.

     

    Here is a video from Christie’s about the sale next week.

    MONET’S LES PEUPLIERS A GIVERNY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

    Here is a video from Sotheby’s about Monet’s Les Peupliers a Giverny.  Philip Hook of Sotheby’s and Ann Dumas, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts  in London introduce the masterwork which comes up at the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on February 3. It is from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    It is followed by an video about sculpture in the sales that evening. Simon Stock introduces highlights which include three Auguste Rodin bronzes, three sculptures by Pablo Picasso, as well as works by Aristide Maillol, Julio González and Henry Moore.

    MEET BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE AT MAASTRICHT

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
    Left: Prince Henry Benedict Stuart 1725-1807 and Right: Prince Charles Edward Stuart 1720-1788 by Jean-Etienne Liotard c.1736-8.

    Left: Prince Henry Benedict Stuart 1725-1807 and Right: Prince Charles Edward Stuart 1720-1788
    by Jean-Etienne Liotard c.1736-8.

    A pair of portrait miniatures of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and Prince Henry Benedict Stuart will highlight Tomasso Brothers stand at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at Maastricht from March 13-22.  Last in line as Stuart kings of Scotland Bonnie Prince Charlie (on the right in the image)  led  the final Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 that was to end in defeat at Culloden.

    The miniatures of the brothers are by Jean Etienne Liotard, a highly esteemed portrait miniaturist. When in Rome between 1736-38 he was commissioned by the “Old Pretender” James Edward Stuart (1688-1766) to paint portraits of his young sons, Princes Charles and Henry.  Powerful imagery of the Stuart royal family in the form of portrait miniatures, engravings and prints was despatched throughout Europe to raise funds for the Jacobite cause to reclaim the throne of England. These may have been part of a group sent to Vienna to Empress Elizabeth, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. A miniature of Prince Charles is also recorded as having been sent to Dorotea, Dowager Duchess of Parma and mother of the Queen of Spain.

    Tomasso Brothers Fine Art is based at Bardon Hall in Leeds. A second gallery was opened at St. James’s, London in 2013.  Significant sales have been made to museums including The Bode Museum, Berlin; the Liechtenstein Collection; the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Yale Centre for British Art and the Art Institute, Chicago. The miniatures are priced at 275,000 euro.

    FEBRUARY CONTEMPORARY ART SEASON LOOKING GOOD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, January 23rd, 2015
    Gerhard Richter (B. 1932) Vierwaldstätter See (In the region of £10 million). Courtesy, Christie's Images Ltd., 2015.

    Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)
    Vierwaldstätter See (In the region of £10 million). Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £15,762,500

    The February London art sale season is fast approaching and it is looking good.  At Christie’s the pre-sale low estimate for a sale of 64 lots at the Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale on February 11 is £95 million. This is the second highest total for any such sale ever in  Europe.  Gerhard Richter’s photo-painting Vierwaldstätter See (Lake Lucerne), 1969, will lead the sale.  It has been in the same private collection since 1973.

    Following the world record price of $69.6 million achieved for Cy Twombly’s Untitled in November, the sale includes Untitled (New York City), 1970, a  large-scale work from the same series of ‘blackboard’ paintings. The record Post War and Contemporary Art Evening auction in Europe was held by Christie’s in June 2012, and realised £132 million against a low pre-sale estimate of £102 million. Last year’s equivalent February season at Christies broke the record for any Post War and Contemporary Art week in Europe when it realised £176 million, including the benchmark sale of Arte Povera and Post-War Italian art, Eyes Wide Open: an Italian Vision, which brought in £38 million.

    A DUTCH LANDSCAPE BY MONET AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, January 23rd, 2015
    Claude Monet - L'Embarcadere 1871.

    Claude Monet – L’Embarcadere 1871. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10,229,000

    A Dutch landscape by Claude Monet comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on February 3. L’Embarcadere is appearing on the market for the first time in a quarter of a century, and it is estimated at £7.5-10 million. It was painted in Zaandam, Holland, where the artist lived with his family for four months over the summer of 1871. His use of colour and the areas of  lively brushwork represent his gradual development of ideas and attempts to evoke the atmosphere of a scene.

    On June 2 he wrote to his friend Camille Pisarro saying:  “Zaandam is particularly remarkable and there is enough to paint there for a lifetime”. Monet produced 25 pictures that explored several areas surrounding Zaandam, focussing his attention on the  architectural motifs of the Dutch landscape, canals, mills and boats.