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AUTUMN SALES AT SOTHEBY’S, HONG KONG

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The autumn sales sales at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong will feature Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Contemporary Literati – Contemporary Ink Paintings, Contemporary Asian Art, 20th Century Chinese Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, Jewellery, Watches and Wines.  Highlights include a Xuande “Fish” Stemcup from the Chunzaiahai Collection and a 35.72 carat Colombian emerald ring.  The  Xuande stemcup is the only example of this particular type and size ever to come to the market. This abstract design of three fish testifies to both the innovative approach to painting at the Imperial kilns in Jingdezhen and the technical progress in the firing of the copper-red, a notoriously fickle pigment. This piece came to market for the first time at Sotheby’s in 1956 from the collection of Allen J. Mercher. It has since spent two decades in the Chang Foundation in Taipei.

The sales will be held from October 4-8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Here is a small sample.

An Important And Fine Copper-Red ‘Fish’ Stemcup Mark And Period Of Xuande 8.8 cm Expected to fetch in excess of US$5.1 million

An Important And Fine Copper-Red ‘Fish’ Stemcup
Mark And Period Of Xuande
8.8 cm Expected to fetch in excess of US$5.1 million

The Imperial Kashmir A 17.16-Carat Step-Cut Kashmir Sapphire And Diamond Ring (US$2.8 – 3.6 million)

The Imperial Kashmir
A 17.16-Carat Step-Cut Kashmir Sapphire And Diamond Ring
(US$2.8 – 3.6 million)

Zhang Daqian (1899 – 1983) La Beauté Antique 1953

Zhang Daqian (1899 – 1983)
La Beauté Antique
1953

 

O’CONOR’S PAYSAGE BRETON AT BONHAMS

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) - Paysage Breton.

Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) – Paysage Breton.

Paysage Breton by the Irish artist Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) comes up at Bonhams sale of Modern British and Irish Art in London next November 17.  The work, which has never before been at auction, marks a change in the O’Conor style.  It dates from 1894, the year when O’Conor met and befriended Paul Gauguin.  They went with an excursion of artists to the Breton fishing port of Concarneau.  There was a fight with local sailors and Gauguin’s ankle was broken. Laid up for two months he still managed to work on monotypes and woodcuts and hold court with fellow artists, including O’Conor, in nearby Pont-Aven.  All of O’Conor’s landscapes from that time until his move to Rochefort-en-terre in 1895, are devoted to trees in the open or in woodland settings.  The introduction of subtle colour harmonies, sweeping arabesques and painterly brushwork into Paysage Breton are sure signs of the influence of Gauguin.  Gauguin invited O’Conor on his second trip to Tahiti, but in the end he did not go, fearing a personality clash and financial concerns.  Paysage Breton is estimated at £150,000-200,000.

FROM CHICAGO WORLD FAIR 1933 TO CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY 2014

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Charles Lamb, RHA RUA (1893-1964) - Carraroe, Connemara.

Charles Lamb, RHA RUA (1893-1964) – Carraroe, Connemara.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

FROM the 1933 Chicago World Fair to Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway 2014 might seem a long journey but there is a sense in which an artwork by the Irish artist Charles Lamb (1893-1964) has come home.  Carraroe, Connemara  by Lamb, which was exhibited on the Ireland stand at the Chicago World Fair, comes up on the first day of Dolan’s two day sale at Clifden on Monday, August 4.  He was one of a group of artists who found inspiration in the west of Ireland in teh 1920’s and ’30’s.  He had a house built of local stone in Carraroe, Co. Galway in 1935, where he settled and started a summer school. In the 1930’s he exhibited in Dublin, London, Brussels, Los Angeles and Chicago in 1933.  His work was included in the Contemporary Irish Painting exhibition in North America in 1950 and he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1938.  Carraroe, Connemara, which has a Bell Gallery, Belfast label on the back, is estimated at 7,500-8,500.

LE PRINTEMPS BY MANET AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK IN NOVEMBER

Friday, August 1st, 2014

 

Edouard Manet - Le Printemps

Edouard Manet – Le Printemps  UPDATE: IT MADE $65 MILLION.

THE acclaimed Le Printemps by Edouard Manet will be a highlight of the Fall auction season at Christie’s, New York.  Estimated at $25-35 million, it will be included in the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art  November 5. This masterwork comes  fresh to the market. On loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. for the last two decades it has been in the same collection for over a century.  The proceeds from the sale of Le Printemps will benefit a private American foundation supporting environmental, public health and other charitable causes.

Le Printemps was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1882 alongside Un Bar aux Folies-Bergere – the supremene masterpiece of Manet’s oeuvre. The works were enthusiastically received and widely reproduced.  Christie’s international director Adrien Meyer said: “In this breathtaking painting Manet depicts a coquettish but self assured Jeanne Demarsy as Spring.  His distinguished use of black anchors the painting and emphasises Jeanne’s fragility. Manet projects in this masterpiece an idea of the modern woman, feminine and free, attracting yet deflecting the gaze of the viewer. Le Printemps is one of the last museum quality works by Manet to come to auction. When again will the market offer a painting that truly made Impressionist history”.

PHOTOGRAPHY FROM KRONN COLLECTION AT IMMA

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Second Siight is the title of an exhibition of the David Kronn Collection which goes on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from August 2 to November 9. It is drawn from an exceptional collection promised to IMMA.  The collection comprises more than 550 photographs ranging from 19th century daguerreotypes to icons of modern photography like Edward Weston and August Sander and contemporary photographers Trine Sondergaard and Simon Norfolk.  The first exhibition from this collection was staged at IMMA in 2011. Second Sight marks the donation of 50 works to IMMA.  It will be shown alongside a display by international photographers with a particular focus on Graciela Iturbide (Mexico), Doug Dubois (USA), Daido Moriyama (Japan), Evelyn Hofer (GermanyI and Pieter Hugo (South Africa).

Daido Moriyama, Back of Head 2009, Gelatin silver print, 23 x 34 cm, The David Kronn Collection

Daido Moriyama, Back of Head 2009, Gelatin silver print, 23 x 34 cm, The David Kronn Collection

Doug Dubois, My last day at seventeen, Kieran, Dylan and Cian at Cuskinny Bay, Cobh, 2011, 61 x 76 cm, Gazebo, The David Kronn Collection

Doug Dubois, My last day at seventeen, Kieran, Dylan and Cian at Cuskinny Bay, Cobh, 2011, 61 x 76 cm, Gazebo, The David Kronn Collection

IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL ONLINE AUCTION

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

THE  online auction of Irish art at Morgan O’Driscoll runs until August 5.  The catalogue for the sale is online and bidding is progressing.  Here is a small selection:  UPDATE: Technical problems halted the sale at lot 70.  Bidding on remaining lots will continue until August 6.

Louis le Brocquy - Flight.

Louis le Brocquy – Flight. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,200

Peter Collis - Dalkey Island and Vico Road.

Peter Collis – Dalkey Island and Vico Road.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,000

Ivan Sutton - Mullaghmore Harbour, Co. Sligo.

Ivan Sutton – Mullaghmore Harbour, Co. Sligo.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700

John Minihane - Tom Murphy outside the Royal Court Theatre.

John Minihane – Tom Murphy outside the Royal Court Theatre.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200

John Eagle - Eyeries.

John Eagle – Eyeries.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

John Desmond - Island Sheds with Red Door.

John Desmond – Island Sheds with Red Door.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 120

SOME ANTIQUE FURNITURE FROM DOLAN’S CLIFDEN AUCTION

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The emphasis is on art at Dolan’s two day summer auction in Clifden on August 4 and 5.  However, the sale will also feature some reasonably estimated antique furniture and collectibles.  The catalogue is on line.  Here is a small selection from the furniture on offer.

A Victorian walnut table (750-850)

A Victorian walnut table (750-850)   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 650

A 19th century walnut framed sofa (600-800).

A 19th century walnut framed sofa (600-800).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 700

A carved Oriental nest of four tables (400-600).

A carved Oriental nest of four tables (400-600).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

An oak mid 18th century lowboy, possibly Irish (300-600).

An oak mid 18th century lowboy, possibly Irish (300-600).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 425

A George IV rosewood davenport (500-800).

A George IV rosewood davenport (500-800). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,900

A mahogany secretaire bookcase (300-500)

A mahogany secretaire bookcase (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200

A 19th century serpentine fender in the Adams style (280-380).

A 19th century serpentine fender in the Adams style (280-380).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 190

ONLINE IRISH ART AUCTION AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

Monday, July 28th, 2014
This oil on aluminium by Charles Tyrrell will be sold in aid of the West Cork Arts Centre building fund (3,000-4,000).

This oil on aluminium by Charles Tyrrell will be sold in aid of the West Cork Arts Centre building fund (3,000-4,000).  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 2,200

A TOTAL of 71 paintings from Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online auction of Irish art are being sold to help fund the new West Cork Arts Centre building now nearing completion at  Skibbereen in west Cork.  The 299 lot sale runs to August 5.  The works to  help fund the new gallery are from artists as diverse as Charles Tyrrell, Majella O’Neill Collins, Tim Goulding, Bernadette Kiely, John Kingerlee, Ian Humphreys and Norman McCaig. These particular works, with lot numbers attached, are on display right now in shop windows throughout Skibbereen.  

The auction features work by Kenneth Webb, Daniel O’Neill, George Gillespie, William Crozier, Frank McKelvey, Sir Terry Frost, Norah McGuinness, Louis le Brocquy, Tony O’Malley, Graham Knuttel, Maurice Wilks, Michael Mulcahy,  Gladys McCabe, Arthur Maderson and Kevin Sanquest.  It will be on view at Morgan O’Driscoll’s offices in Skibbereen from July 31 and over the August Weekend – traditionally the busiest weekend of the year in Skibbereen – until August 5.  

 

 

ONLINE ONLY AUCTION OF JAPANESE PRINTS AT CHRISTIE’S

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

An online-only auction of Japanese woodblock prints opens at Christie’s today and runs until August 7.  The auction includes a private English collection of prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). It comprises 146 lots, with estimates starting at £600. Christie’s say that  this sale provides new and established collectors and enthusiasts with a rare opportunity to not only acquire some of Kuniyoshi’s best and rarest designs but also to choose from an array of dynamic works by many of the other most famous Japanese printmakers including Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1848) and Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). To see the full array of works featured and to start to bid please visit the department page http://www.christies.com/auctions/japanese-art

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)  Hairdresser, from the series Fujin Twelve Types of Women's Handicraft, circa 1798–99 (£7,000-9,000).  Courtesy, Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)
Hairdresser, from the series Fujin Twelve Types of Women’s Handicraft, circa 1798–99 (£7,000-9,000). Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)  Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places of Edo, 4th month 1857 (£1,800-2,200).

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858)
Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places of Edo, 4th month 1857 (£1,800-2,200).  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

 

INTIMATE DEGAS NUDE AT MONTE CARLO SALE

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Edgar Degas - Nu assis jambes croissees

Edgar Degas – Nu assis jambes croissees  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

Barberini an d Gunnell - Chained up table.

Barberini an d Gunnell – Chained up table.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 28,O72

An intimate nude by Edgar Degas is among the lots at Tajan’s summer sales in Monte Carlo on July 28, 29 and 30.  The sales feature important jewellery, watches, modern and contemporary art and design.  This Degas nude, set in a landscape, is uncommon in the  work of an artist who generally favoured views from behind and nudes painted in interiors. The work bears the studio stamp applied on the artist’s death in anticipation of the eight sales staged in 1918 and 1919. It then appeared in the collections of Sam Salz, a keen admirer of Impressionist works. It dates to 1880 and will be offered for sale on July 28 estimated at 350,000-500,000.

One of the more unusual design lots is Barberini and Gunnel’s chained up dining set from 2014 in steel.  It is estimated at 25,000-35,000.