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    LE BROCQUY’S SICK TINKER CHILD MAKES £266,500 AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    Louis le Brocquy - Sick Tinker Child.

    Louis le Brocquy – Sick Tinker Child.

    Louis le Brocquy’s Sick Tinker Child sold for £266,500 at Sotheby’s sale of British and Irish art in London today.  Le Brocquy’s Fantail Pigeons sold for £98,500 and his image of W.B. Yeats sold for £74,500. William Orpen’s Portrait of Vivien St. George made £134,500 and The Fishing Fleet, Co. Galway by Paul Henry sold for £98,500. The Silver Lake by Paul Henry sold for £27,500 and Girl at a Door by Gerard Dillon made £32,500. There’s Life in the Fire Yet by Jack Butler Yeats sold for £50,000.

    The top lot of the sale was Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Venus Verticordia, his most sensuous and only nude painting, which sold for £2,882,500.  This was the highest price for a watercolour by Rossetti at auction.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 10, November 15, October 9 and August 28, 2014).

    ESB ART COLLECTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

    A total of 148 works from the art collection of the ESB  will be sold at James Adam in Dublin on December 16.  Many of the works will be sold without reserve and estimates are reasonable. The sale is being held because of the reduction of buildings occupied by the ESB.  Proceeds will be used to continue the ESB’s archive and heritage activities.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Nancy Wynne Jones (1922-2006) - The Edge of the Mountains (700-1,000).

    Nancy Wynne Jones (1922-2006) – The Edge of the Mountains (700-1,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER.

    Fergus O'Ryan (1911-1989) - March Day near Laragh, Co. Wicklow (1,000-2,000).

    Fergus O’Ryan (1911-1989) – March Day near Laragh, Co. Wicklow (1,000-2,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,400 AT HAMMER

    Charles Tyrrell (b 1950) - Cross Flow (5,000-8,000).

    Charles Tyrrell (b 1950) – Cross Flow (5,000-8,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,500

    Liam Treacey (1934-2004) Misty Day, Recess, Connemara (600-800).

    Liam Treacey (1934-2004) Misty Day, Recess, Connemara (600-800).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    John Skelton (1924-2009) - Autumn Sunlight, The Green, Dublin (1,500-2,500).

    John Skelton (1924-2009) – Autumn Sunlight, The Green, Dublin (1,500-2,500).UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800

    JAPANESE ART AT THE ENGLISH COURT AT CHRISTIE’S ONLINE

    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

    There is auction history at Christie’s online-only sale Japanese Art at The English Court, ‘At the Candle’  open for bidding until December 19. Comprising 129 lots, the auction takes place almost exactly 400 years after what is believed to have been the first auction of Japanese works of art ever held in London, on December 20, 1614.  The sale comprised a group of lacquer wares brought back to England by the Clove, a ship of the English East India Company, the first British ship to trade with Japan. It arrived  in Japan in 1613 with gifts for the Japanese shogun. After 6 months the ship left Japan following a successful meeting with the country’s rulers, returning to England carrying cargo which included gifts from the Japanese shogun to King James I. The 1614 auction was conducted using a candle, with bids accepted while there was still an inch of candle alight.

    As a tribute to this historic sale the  online auction will focus on Japanese works of art relating to trade.  There is an array of export ceramics, lacquer, telescopes, illustrated books, screens and other works. Starting bids range from £300 to £65,000 for The Winckler Catalogue, a documentary trade catalogue from the Meiji Period.   Here is a small selection:

    A pair of Kakiemon Models of Karashishi, Edo Period (starting bid £50,000).

    A pair of Kakiemon Models of Karashishi, Edo Period (starting bid £50,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

    A lacquered plaque depicting the Battle of Dogger Bank (starting bid £12,000).

    A lacquered plaque depicting the Battle of Dogger Bank (starting bid £12,000).Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

    A woodblock print of Muyder Poort c1772-80 (starting at £8,000).

    A woodblock print of Muyder Poort c1772-80 (starting at £8,000).  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

    WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A BOOK ILLUSTRATION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    The Poohsticks drawing by E.H. Shepard made a world record price of £314,500.

    The Poohsticks drawing by E.H. Shepard made a world record price of £314,500.

    There was a new world record price for a book illustration at Sotheby’s this evening when a Winnie-the-Pooh Poohsticks drawing by E.H. Shepard sold for £314,500.  The original ink drawing of Christopher Robin, Piglet and Pooh on the famous ‘Poohsticks’ bridge had been estimated at  £100,000-150,000. It made a new world record price for any book illustration at auction.

    First published in A.A. Milne’s celebrated The House at Pooh Corner in 1928, and having formed the frontispiece for this (and many subsequent) editions, the drawing can be counted among the most famous book illustrations of the 20th century. It had been in the same private collection since being acquired at Sotheby’s nearly 40 years ago.

    The previous auction record for any book illustration was £289,250 set by Beatrix Potter’s “The rabbits’ Christmas party: The departure” at Sotheby’s in 2008. The previous auction record for any E.H. Shepard illustration was £139,250 set by “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump” at Sotheby’s in 2012.

    WAR WORKS BY LAVERY AND MUNNINGS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, December 5th, 2014

    Sir John Lavery’s celebrated depiction of the 1919 Victory Parade through Admiralty Arch in London is one of two First World War paintings at Sotheby’s sale of British and Irish art in London on December 10.  Lavery’s depiction of the celebrations in London on July 19, 1919 to mark the ending of the Great War is estimated at £300,000-500,000.  A painting by Sir Alfred Munnings’  records the activities of Canadian soldiers in France. Lavery captures the jubilant mood of the march, while Munnings captures a more solitary moment, a single Canadian soldier with two saddled horses. A patrol in France is estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    Sir John Lavery - Admiralty Arch, 19th July 1919

    Sir John Lavery – Admiralty Arch, 19th July 1919  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir Alfred Munnings - A Patrol in France.

    Sir Alfred Munnings – A Patrol in France. UPDATE: THIS MADE £158,500

    ORIENTALIST WORKS BY ITALIAN ARTISTS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, December 5th, 2014

    A strong selection Orientalist works by Italian Artists will feature at Christie’s sale of 19th Century European and Orientalist Art in London on December 9.  There are  works by Austrian, German, French, Italian and Scandinavian artists including the Barbizon group and a selection of African Wildlife paintings. Highlights include Madame Helleu à son bureau  by French painter Paul-César Helleu (£200,000 – 300,000) and Interior with the artist’s wife by Danish artist Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (£50,000 – 70,000).

    PROPERTY FROM THE FORBES COLLECTION Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Danish, 1863-1935) Interior with the artist’s wife.

    PROPERTY FROM THE FORBES COLLECTION
    Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Danish, 1863-1935)
    Interior with the artist’s wife.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £56,250

    Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927) Madame Helleu à son bureau

    Paul-César Helleu (French, 1859-1927)
    Madame Helleu à son bureau  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

     

    THE CHRISTMAS SALE AT MEALY’S CASTLECOMER

    Thursday, December 4th, 2014

    More than 650 lots will come under the hammer at the Christmas sale at Mealy’s, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on December 9.  With everything from a collection of silver snuff boxes to jewellery, porcelain, paintings and antique furniture the wall offers something to suit all tastes. Unusual lots include a fine chased snuff box by Nathaniel Hills, Birmingham 1838, the cover chased with a view of Windsor Castle, estimated at 1,500-2,200 and an Irish Regency secretaire sofa table (1,200-1,800).  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A snuff box chased with a view of Windsor Castle, Nathaniel Hills, Birmingham 1838 (1,500-2,200).

    A snuff box chased with a view of Windsor Castle, Nathaniel Hills, Birmingham 1838 (1,500-2,200).

    An Irish regency secretary sofa table (1,200-1,800).

    An Irish regency secretary sofa table (1,200-1,800).

    A diamond cluster ring (2,800-3,500).

    A diamond cluster ring (2,800-3,500).

    A Chinese 18th century blue and white vase (1,500-2,500)

    A Chinese 18th century blue and white vase (1,500-2,500)

    A Winter Wonderland after Janet and Anne Grahame Johnson (2) 200-400.

    A Winter Wonderland after Janet and Anne Grahame Johnson (2) 200-400.

    HENRY TOPS SUCCESSFUL IRISH ART SALE AT ADAMS

    Thursday, December 4th, 2014
    Paul Henry - Early Morning in Donegal.

    Paul Henry – Early Morning in Donegal.

    Paul Henry’s Early Morning in Donegal was the top lot at the highly successful James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It sold for a hammer price of 160,000 over a top estimate of 100,000 in an auction that realised 1.3 million at hammer, and 1.6 million with fees..  No less than 86 per cent of lots sold. Sleep by Falling Water, a 1948 oil by Jack Butler Yeats made 155,000.  A tapestry by Louis le Brocquy, Adam and Eve in the Garden, sold for 77,000 at hammer and Walter Osborne’s Portrait of Mrs. Meade sold for 80,000.  Tinkers in the Spring, a watercolour by le Brocquy, made 11,000 over a top estimate of 7,000 in a sale where prices were strong and most lots found buyers. A Cubist Landscape by Mary Swanzy made 15,500, a still life by Norah McGuinness made 20,000, a West of Ireland scene by Paul Henry made 60,000, Sunday Morning, Bloody Foreland by James Humbert Craig made 10,000, Gathering Seaweed, Mayo Coast by Jack Yeats made 30,000, a portrait of May Leech by William John Leech sold for 16,000 and Six Musicians by John Brian Vellely made 20,000 over a top estimate of 8,000.

    Jack Butler Yeats - Sleep by Falling Water.

    Jack Butler Yeats – Sleep by Falling Water.

    A delighted James O’Halloran, Adams managing director, commented:  “Good art, interesting art that has not been seen before, did very well. There were good prices across the board, and notably for contemporary works by artists like John Boyd and Ciaran Lennon, a very positive sign”.

    NEW RECORD FOR TURNER AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
    J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) - Rome from Mount Aventine

    J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) – Rome from Mount Aventine

    There was a new world record for Turner tonight when  his masterpiece Rome from Mount Aventine sold for £30.3 million at Sotheby’s. Painted in 1835 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1836, when Turner was 61 years old, Rome, from Mount Aventine is one of the artist’s supreme achievements and arguably the most important view of the Italian city ever painted. The large-scale oil painting is further distinguished by its exceptional state of preservation, as well as a prestigious and unbroken provenance. The work has changed hands only once, in 1878, when it was acquired by the 5th Earl of Rosebery, later Prime Minister of Great Britain. The painting, in its original frame, has since remained undisturbed in the Rosebery collection.

    This result represents the highest price for any pre-20thcentury British artist ever sold at auction and the most valuable Old Master and British Painting auctioned in 2014. Four bidders competed for the work. The sale coincided with a wider moment of Turner mania, with the groundbreaking exhibition of “Late Turner” at the Tate and Mike Leigh’s sensational film “Mr Turner”.

    The previous record for a Turner was Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino (1838-1839) acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum for £29,721,250 at Sotheby’s in 2010.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 8, 2014).

    BUST OF HOMER DISCOVERED IN IRELAND SELLS FOR £242,500

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
    Bust of Homer by Francis Harwood.

    Bust of Homer by Francis Harwood.

    A bust of Homer discovered in Ireland made £242,500 over an estimate of £70,000-100,000 at Sotheby’s Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art sale in London today.  The previously unrecorded marble bust by Francis Harwood is his earliest known depiction of the Greek poet and dates to 1757.

    Housed in Dublin and then in Co. Louth it was purchased by Canon Joseph Furlong from Powerscourt.  Canon Furlong, a keen airman, died in 1971 and the sculptor passed by descent to the present owner.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 19, 2014)