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    INTERIORS AND ART AUCTION BY DE VERES AT LEOPARDSTOWN

    Friday, November 21st, 2014

    Nearly 400 lots will come under the hammer at de Veres interiors and art auction at The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin on November 23. The sale features art, antique and modern furniture, sculpture and fittings. Estimates are very reasonable. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    William John Leech (1881-1968) - The Church at Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire (3,000-5,000).

    William John Leech (1881-1968) – The Church at Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire (3,000-5,000).

    Felim Egan - Untitled (1,000-1,500).

    Felim Egan – Untitled (1,000-1,500).

    A vintage Phillips radiogram (300-500).

    A vintage Phillips radiogram (300-500).

    An Art Deco mantle clock (100-200).

    An Art Deco mantle clock (100-200).

    A Tom Dixon mirror globe light (200-300).

    A Tom Dixon mirror globe light (200-300).

    An Italian extending dining table (600-900).

    An Italian extending dining table (600-900).

    NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A FEMALE ARTIST

    Thursday, November 20th, 2014
    Georgia O'Keeffe - Jimson Weed, White Flower No. I, 1932.

    Georgia O’Keeffe – Jimson Weed, White Flower No. I, 1932.

    There was a new world record price of $44.4 million dollars for a female artist in New York today. Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, achieved a remarkable $44,405,000, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist at Sotheby’s auction of American Art.

    Seven bidders took part in a contest that became a prolonged battle between two determined potential buyers.  They drove the work to a record price.  It eventually sold on the phone to Lisa Dennison, Chairman, Sotheby’s North and South America.

    Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is a well-known example of O’Keeffe’s celebrated flower paintings, which in turn stand among the most recognisable images in both art history and popular culture. The painting is one of three works by the artist that are on offer today from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 14, 2014)

    ONLINE SALE OF THE ART OF SAM FRANCIS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, November 20th, 2014

    AN online sale of work by Sam Francis runs at Christie’s until December 2.  The sale comprises 76 lots by the celebrated abstract painter and printmaker. It represents three decades of the distinctive West Coast abstraction of this Californian born artist, from 1960-90. It includes exceptional prints, rare colour trial proofs and monotypes and a selection of acrylics on paper and canvas. Estimates range from £1,000 to £60,000.

    Sam Francis - La Primavera Fredda (Cold Spring) courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014 (£5,000-7,000).

    Sam Francis – La Primavera Fredda (Cold Spring) courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014 (£5,000-7,000).

    Sam Francis - Untitled 1986 (£45,000-60,000).

    Sam Francis – Untitled 1986 (£45,000-60,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

    Sam Francis - Yunan State IV, 1971 courtesy Christie's  Images Ltd., 2014

    Sam Francis – Yunan State IV, 1971 courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014 (£2,000-3,000).

    ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING AT JAMES ADAM INTERIORS SALE

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

    MORE than six hundred lots, all kinds of everything, will come under the hammer at the Sunday Interiors auction at James Adam in Dublin on November 23. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A set of 10 Irish George III style dining chairs by James Hicks (2,000-4,000).

    A set of 10 Irish George III style dining chairs by James Hicks (2,000-4,000). UPDATE: THESE MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    A Kingwood Vitrine (2,000-3,000).

    A Kingwood Vitrine (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    A French 19th century carved oak centre table with marble top (4,000-6,000).

    A French 19th century carved oak centre table with marble top (4,000-6,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,200

    A large Japanese satsuma earthenware baluster vase (400-600).

    A large Japanese satsuma earthenware baluster vase (400-600).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 340

    A floral design diamond brooch (500-800).

    A floral design diamond brooch (500-800). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A matched Irish silver three piece tea set, the teapot Dublin 1814 (800-1,200).

    A matched Irish silver three piece tea set, the teapot Dublin 1814 (800-1,200).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    WHYTE’S SALE OF IMPORTANT IRISH ART IN DUBLIN

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

    The winter Irish art selling season kicks off  at Whyte’s in Dublin on November 24.  Their  auction of Important Irish Art with 194 lots encompasses a broad cross section of Irish visual creativity.  The venue for the sale is the RDS and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Markey Robinson (1918-1999) - Entering the Old City (5,000-7,000).

    Markey Robinson (1918-1999) – Entering the Old City (5,000-7,000).

    Colin Middleton (1910-1983) - The Witch of Mullaghderg (20,000-30,000).

    Colin Middleton (1910-1983) – The Witch of Mullaghderg (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) - Little Boy playing at God (15,000-20,000).

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) – Little Boy playing at God (15,000-20,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 24,000

    Letitia Marion Hamilton (1878-1964) - Cottage (2,000-3,000).

    Letitia Marion Hamilton (1878-1964) – Cottage (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600

    Aloysius O'Kelly (1853-1936) The Desert Charge ( 6,000-8,000).

    Aloysius O’Kelly (1853-1936) The Desert Charge ( 6,000-8,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,500

    IRISH PAINTINGS FROM 18TH TO 21ST CENTURIES AT GORRY GALLERY

    Sunday, November 16th, 2014

    There are landscapes and coastal scene by artists as diverse as James Arthur O’Connor, George Barret, Thomas Walmsley and George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson at the exhibition of 18th to 21st century Irish paintings which opens at the Gorry Gallery in Dublin today.  Sir Walter Osborne’s Tea in the Garden (c1902) and a portrait of Sarah Cecilia Harrison of Mrs. Hartley Withers (the artist’s mother) are shown with interior cabin views by William Magrath, pastel portraits by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, a c1783 pencil and watercolour of Donnybrook Fair by Francis Wheatley and a surreal example by Neville Johnson entitled Kilkeel.  There is a collection of Modern European Pictures including work by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Cezanne and Vuillard.  The exhibition kicks off today at the Molesworth St. Gallery and runs to November 29.  Here is a small selection:

    George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884) - Brig Entering Cork Harbour.

    George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884) – Brig Entering Cork Harbour.

    James Arthur O'Connor (c1792-1841) - A Coastal Scene.

    James Arthur O’Connor (c1792-1841) – A Coastal Scene.

    George Barre (1728-1784) - A river landscape with a rainbow and anglers and a rustic cottage by a waterfall.

    George Barret (1728-1784) – A river landscape with a rainbow and anglers and a rustic cottage by a waterfall.

    OLD MASTER AUCTION LED BY VAN DYCK PORTRAIT

    Sunday, November 16th, 2014

    A portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck of the musician Hendrick Liberti – in the collection of King Charles I at Whitehall by 1639 – highlights Christie’s Old Master and British paintings sale in London on December 2.  Unseen for almost a century it was lat sold at auction at Christie’s by the 8th Duke of Grafton in 1923.  The estimate is £2.5-3.5 million. The auction of 36 fresh to the market works includes a beautifully preserved and little known masterpiece of Willem van de Velde the Younger’s early maturity, A kaag and other vessels off an inlet on the Dutch coast, 1661 (£1.2-1.8 million); a view of  Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi on the Grand Canal by Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto (£800,000-1.2 million); two rarely treated subjects by Pieter Brueghel the Younger: A country brawl, 1610 and The Good Shepherd (£700,000-1 million and £800,000-1.2 million respectively); a classic view of The Molo, Venice by Michele Giovanni Marieschi  (£500,000-800,000) and a selection of early Flemish works including a Portrait of a young nobleman by Joos van Cleve (£400,000-600,000) and a Holy Family by Jan Provoost  (£250,000-350,000).

    Sir Anthony van Dyck - Portrait of Henry Liberti.

    Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Hendrick Liberti.  UPDATE: THIS SO.D FOR £2,882,500

    Pieter Breughel the Younger - The Good Shepherd

    Pieter Breughel the Younger – The Good Shepherd

    ONLY KNOWN ORPEN PORTRAIT OF HIS DAUGHTER VIVIEN AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    The only known portrait by William Orpen of the daughter that resulted from his love affair with Mrs. Evelyn St. George comes up at Sotheby’s sale of British and Irish art in London on December 10. The  1918 portrait of shows  Vivien St. George depicted, aged six, in a green bridesmaid dress for the wedding of her sister Gardenia. The portrait has remained within the family since it was painted and is estimated at £60,000-80,000.  Orpen’s portrait of Gardenia with Riding Crop sold for £1.9 million at Sotheby’s in 2001. The auction features five works by Louis le Brocquy as well as art by Paul Henry, William Orpen, Jack Butler Yeats, Gerard Dillon, Mainie Jellett and Basil Blackshaw.  Paul Henry’s The Fishing Fleet comes to the market for the first time and is estimated at £80,000-120,000.
    The Fishing Fleet, Co. Galway by Paul Henry.

    The Fishing Fleet, Co. Galway by Paul Henry (£80,000-120,000). UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £98,500

    Portrait of Vivien St. George by Sir William Orpen (£60,000-80,000)

    Portrait of Vivien St. George by Sir William Orpen (£60,000-80,000)  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £134,500

    CHRISTIE’S DOES IT AGAIN WITH $852.8 MILLION WORLD RECORD SALE

    Thursday, November 13th, 2014
    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Triple Elvis

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    Triple Elvis

    Christie’s has once again secured the highest total in auction history with a sales total of $852,887,000 at the Post War and Contemporary Art auction in New York last night. Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis and Four Marlons led the sale at $81.9 and $69.6 million. There were eleven new world auction records in a sale which attracted registered buyers from 43 countries. Three works sold for over $50 million,  23 for over $10 million and 69 for over $1 million.  Cy Twombly’s Untitled sold for $69.6 million, a world auction record for the artist.  Francis Bacon’s Seated Figure made $44.9 million. The other artists in the top ten were, in order, Gerhard Richter,  Ed Ruscha, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jeff Koons and Martin Kippenberger.

    “This was a sale of extraordinary quality and range, with every major artist represented by at least one masterwork,” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. “The landmark sale result achieved tonight is a reflection of both growing global enthusiasm and demand in this category and a virtuous cycle of confidence in the art market that brings a fresh supply of exciting, high-quality works into the market with each new season.”

    Steven Murphy, Christie’s Chief Executive Officer stated: “This is truly a moment in art history. Tonight’s result is a testimony to the depth of interest in art across the globe, and to the talent of the Christie’s team.  This sale may have produced an eye catching number, but record museum attendance and record art sales at Christie’s on every continent in all areas and price levels proves that enjoying works of art has become a universal pursuit in our time.”

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 2, 16 and 30, 2014).

    RUNNING TOTAL OF $460.3 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK SALES

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    Property from The Schlumberger Collection Mark Rothko No. 21 (Red, Brown, Black and Orange) signed and dated 1953 on the reverse oil on canvas 241.5 by 162.5 cm; 95 by 64 in. Executed in 1951.

    Mark Rothko
    No. 21 (Red, Brown, Black and Orange)
    signed and dated 1953 on the reverse

    A sales total of $343,677,000 million was achieved at Sotheby’s sale of Contemporary Art in New York last night. This brings the sales total of November evening sales to $460.3 million including works from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon on the previous evening. Last night Mark Rothko’s No. 21 (Red, Brown, Black and Orange) from the Schulmberger collection sold for $45 million and Jasper Johns Flag sold for $36 million, a new auction record for the artist.  The sell through rate was 85.9% with buyers from 38 countries with participation from Latin America and Asia.

    Other Schlumberger Collection works that performed well included Jean Dubuffet’s Cité Fantoche which set a record for the artist when it sold for $7,445,000.  Top prices for Andy Warhol portraits included Liz #3 (Early Colored Liz) which sold for $31,525,000, Brigitte Bardot from the Gunter Sachs Collection sold for $11,645,000, and Self-Portrait (Fright Wig) fetched $11,365,000.  There were strong prices for abstraction.   Untitled by Robert Ryman made $15,005,000, doubling the previous record for the artist, Richter’s Abstraktes Bild from 1991 made $21,445,000, Halloween Fell on a Weekend by Christopher Wool made $8,005,000 and an Untitled Cy Twombly work on paper attracted competition from six bidders before  selling for $5,205,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 6, 2014)