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LICHTENSTEIN, WARHOL AMONG WORKS FROM TWOMBLY FOUNDATION AT CHRISTIE’S

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Art by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol is included among eleven works from the Cy Twombly Foundation to be sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in New York on November 12-13. Acquired by Twombly in the 1960s the works are all by artists represented by the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery.  The sale represents two generations of artists who became established in the 1960’s.  Highlighting the group are three drawings by Roy Lichtenstein – all quintessentially Pop – using imagery of everyday objects and advertising from the 1960s. They are Hot Dog, 1964, the bold 10?, 1961 – 1962, and Like New, 1962Also included is Andy Warhol’s Little Electric Chair, 1964, a painting that Twombly traded directly with the artist. There are two early works by Bruce Naumanincluding one of only three Light Trap photographs, William T. Wiley or Ray Johnson Trap, 1967 and the sly and conceptual resin sculpture, Device to Hold a Box at a Slight Angle, 1966. Both were included in artist’s first debut solo exhibition in New York at Leo Castelli Gallery, curated by David Whitney.

Laura Paulson, Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art, declared: “This extraordinary group of works by Lichtenstein, Nauman, Warhol and Oldenburg represents one of the most creative and rich periods in Post-War American art which emerged in the 1960’s.” 

ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) Hot Dog ($1.5-2 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)
Hot Dog ($1.5-2 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) Brillo Soap Pads Box ($300,000-400,000). Courtesy, Christie;s Images Ltd., 2014

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Brillo Soap Pads Box ($300,000-400,000). Courtesy, Christie;s Images Ltd., 2014

ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) 10 ¢ ($800,000-1.2 million)

ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)
10 ¢ ($800,000-1.2 million) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

A BYGONE ERA RECALLED AT DE VERES ART AND DESIGN SALE

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

An image redolent of an era long gone is a feature lot at de Veres Irish art and design auction in Dublin on September 30.  Sir John Lavery’s painting of Viscountess Castlerosse at Palm Springs in 1938, with all its connotations of the rich at play in the years between the First and Second World Wars, is estimated at 50,000-70,000.  Doris Delavigne married the 6th Earl of Kenmare in 1928. He established Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and is likely to have met Lavery in 1913 when the artist stayed at Kenmare House at the invitation of the 5th Earl. According to her husband’s first biographer Delavigne had “regal beauty with a viper’s tongue”. The sale features important works by Mainie Jellett and Paul Henry among 120 lots of art.  There is as well 35 lots of classic 20th century design furniture.  The catalogue is online.   UPDATE:  About 75% of lots sold and all the designer lots found eager buyers.

Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs, 1938 (50,000-70,000).

Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs, 1938 (50,000-70,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 50,000

Mainie Jellett (1897-1944) - Peace (20,000-30,000).

Mainie Jellett (1897-1944) – Peace (20,000-30,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD, BUT UNDER NEGOTIATION AFTERWARDS.

A 1970's chrome rocking chair by Renato Zevi (400-600).

A 1970’s chrome rocking chair by Renato Zevi (400-600).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100

A pair of Danish armchairs, 1960's (800-1,200).

A pair of Danish armchairs, 1960’s (800-1,200).  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 850

UNRECORDED BUST OF HOMER BY HARWOOD FOUND IN IRELAND

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Bust of Homer by Francis Harwood.

Bust of Homer by Francis Harwood.  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £242,500

A previously unrecorded marble bust of Homer discovered in Ireland will be offered at Sotheby’s in London on December 3 with an estimate of £70,000-100.000.  It is by Francis Harwood, one of the most celebrated British sculptors of the 18th century. Dated 1757 the sculpture is unrecorded and the earliest known Harwood depiction of the ancient Greek poet.  It has been in a private collection in Ireland since the 1950’s.

There are only two other extant versions of Harwood’s Homer. One dated 1764 is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The other, dated 1760 is at Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire.  Francis Harwood (1726/7-1783) was mostly active in Florence where he was highly favoured by British visitors on the Grand Tour.  Harwood forged a successful career in Italy, where he remained for 30 years. The young Antonio Canova visited his studio in October 1779 and made a detailed note in his diary about what he saw there.

The Bust of Homer was housed in Dublin and then in Co. Louth. It was purchased by Canon Joseph Furlong, known as Kilcullen’s only flying priest, from Powerscourt.  Fr. Furlong came to Kilcullen in 1952 as parish priest and regularly took the skies in his monoplane. He died in 1971 and the sculptor passed by descent to the present owner. Sotheby’s European sculpture and works of art specialist Christopher Mason will provide free appraisals in Dublin and countrywide by appointment on September 23-24 and November 11-12.

AUCTION OF OCEANIC ART BREAKS RECORDS

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

THERE was a world record for a sale of Oceanic Art at Sotheby’s in Paris this week. The auction of the collection of 49 works from Canadian Murray Frum achieved 7.53 million. There were world records for an Uli memorial figure from New Ireland and a Maori statue from New Zealand.  They sold for 1.6 million and 1.4 million respectively. Three works made over one million and 14 sold for over 100,000 in a auction that ws 100 per cent sold.

The ancestral carving of a powerful clan leader from New Ireland includes a rare secondary character and once belonged to the Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor Serge Brignoni. The head of a staff god from Raratonga in the Cook Islands made 1.2 million.

Ancestor figure, uli Northern New Ireland SOLD: 1,609,500€

Ancestor figure, uli
Northern New Ireland
SOLD: 1,609,500€

Figure Pou whakairo Maori, New Zealand SOLD: 1,441,500€

Figure Pou whakairo
Maori, New Zealand SOLD: 1,441,500€

ICONIC GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AT SOTHEBY’S AMERICAN ART SALE

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Georgia O'Keeffe - Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1

Georgia O’Keeffe – Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 : UPDATE: IT MADE $44.4 MILLION.

One of the most iconic works by Georgia O’Keeffe ever to appear at auction will come up at Sotheby’s sale of American Art in New York on November 20. Jimson Weed/White Flower No. I is estimated to make $10-15 million.  It  is one of the most well-known examples of O’Keeffe’s celebrated flower paintings, which stand among the most recognizable images in both art history and popular culture. The painting is one of three works by the American artist that are on offer from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund. Also on offer from the Museum’s collection is On the Old Santa Fe Road ($2-3 million) and Untitled (Skunk Cabbage) ($500,ooo-750,000).

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 was owned originally by the artist’s sister Anita O’Keeffe Young, whose estate was sold at Sotheby’s in December 1987. It was subsequently included in two private collections before being donated to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum by The Burnett Foundation in 1996. The work hung in the White House for 6 years at the request of First Lady Laura Bush, and has been featured in nearly every major retrospective on the artist, including those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

UPDATE: IT MADE $44.4 MILLION, A NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY FEMALE ARTIST.

SUNDAY INTERIORS AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

Monday, September 15th, 2014

More than 500 lots will come under the hammer  at the James Adam Sunday Interiors sale in Dublin on  September 21.  The auction offer furniture, silver, jewellery, art, rugs and a variety of collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

AN EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY TUB BACK LIBRARY ARMCHAIR c.1840 (2,000-3,000)

AN EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY TUB BACK LIBRARY ARMCHAIR c.1840 (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

A JAPANESE CARVED IVORY GROUP, 19th Century (600-1,000)

A JAPANESE CARVED IVORY GROUP, 19th Century (600-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000 AT HAMMER

A LATE 19TH CENTURY DAPPLED GREY ROCKING HORSE (1,000-1,500)

A LATE 19TH CENTURY DAPPLED GREY ROCKING HORSE (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,300 AT HAMMER

IVAN SUTTON (b.1944) Launching the Currach, Inisheer Aran Islands (1,000-1,500)

IVAN SUTTON (b.1944) Launching the Currach, Inisheer Aran Islands
(1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

A FINE SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD AND ROSEWOOD CROSS BANDED SEMI ELLIPTICAL COMMODE, in George III style (2,000-4,000)

A FINE SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD AND ROSEWOOD CROSS BANDED SEMI ELLIPTICAL COMMODE, in George III style (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

A VICTORIAN COALBROOKDALE CAST IRON HALL STAND (500-700)

A VICTORIAN COALBROOKDALE CAST IRON HALL STAND (500-700) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

THE COLLECTION OF RACHEL LAMBERT MELLON AT SOTHEBY’S

Friday, September 12th, 2014

A Rothko and a spectacular Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond are among the highlights of the November sales series at Sotheby’s in New York of the extraordinary collection of the late Rachel Lambert Mellow.  Details of the sales, whcih are expected to realise more than $100 million, were announced by Sotheby’s today.  The auctions will kick off on November 10 with an evening sale dedicated to a curated selection of Mrs Mellon’s fine art, which encapsulates her sophisticated eye and approach to collecting. The pieces on offer in the Masterworks auction span four centuries.  They are led by two incredible paintings by Mark Rothko estimated respectively at $20-30 million and $15-20 million. Sotheby’s will present Mrs. Mellon’s collection of Jewels & Objects of Vertu in a dedicated auction beginning on the evening of November 20 and featuring a spectacular Fancy Vivid Blue diamond estimated at $10-15 million. This sale is to continue the following morning. The series will culminate in a three-day Interiors sale from November 21-23,  with fine art, furniture, porcelain, silver, glassware, and decoration from the Mellons’ residences.  The more than 2,000 lots are drawn from the Mellons’ residences in the United States and abroad, and were acquired over a lifetime.

Proceeds from the sales will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, a charitable entity established by Mrs. Mellon in memory of her father. The Foundation supports horticultural and educational endeavours.  UPDATE:  THE white glove auction of a curated section of fine art from the collection totalled $158,757,250 on November 10.

Mark Rothko Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange) 1955 ($20-30 million).

Mark Rothko
Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange)
1955 ($20-30 million).  UPDATE: THIS MADE $35,565,000

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 1, 2014).

A Magnificent and Rare Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Pendant The pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 9.75 carats, mounted in platinum. ($10.15 million).

A Magnificent and Rare Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Pendant
The pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing 9.75 carats, mounted in
platinum. ($10.15 million).

A Pair of Chelsea Asparagus Tureens and Covers ($20,000-30,000).

A Pair of Chelsea Asparagus Tureens and Covers ($20,000-30,000).

An interior shot of a Mellon residence.

An interior shot of a Mellon residence.

MOST VALUABLE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT CHRISTIE’S

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The most valuable auction of a private collection of contemporary art ever staged in London comes up at Christie’s next month when 44 works from the Essl Museum come under the hammer on October 13. They are expected to realise around £40-60 million.  The collection was formed by DIY magnate Karlheinz Essl and his wife Agnes.  The Essl Museum houses Austria’s largest private collection of Post-War and Contemporary Art, numbering around 7,000 pieces.  They began collecting in the 1980’a and expanded into international art in the 1990’s with works by  Gerhard Richter, Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor and Alighiero Boetti.

The Essls opened their museum in Klosterneuburg near Vienna in 1999. The sale will comprise of masterpieces by the giants of German Post-War and Contemporary Art including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke and Neo Rauch, as well as major works by international artists such as Cindy Sherman, Frank Stella, Louise Bourgeois and Morris Louis. The selection for sale has been carefully made from the Museum’s holding  and will reflect the quality and breadth of the collection. Two works by the leading Austrian artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Maria Lassnig, which reflect the Essl Museum’s reputation as the home of the greatest collection of Austrian Contemporary Art in the world, will be included.   The sale of these 44 works from The Essl Collection carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000,000-60,000,000.  UPDATE:  The sale totalled £46,861,500

Georg Baselitz - Fingermalerei Akt (Fingerpainting - Nude) (£800,000-1.2 million)  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Georg Baselitz – Fingermalerei Akt (Fingerpainting – Nude) (£800,000-1.2 million) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £1,538,500

Sigmar Polke - Indianer mit Adler (Indian with Eagle) (£1.5-2 million).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Sigmar Polke – Indianer mit Adler (Indian with Eagle) (£1.5-2 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £5,122,500

 

TURNER MASTERPIECE ROME FROM MOUNT AVENTINE AT SOTHEBY’S

Monday, September 8th, 2014
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) - Rome from Mount Aventine (£15-20 million)

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) – Rome from Mount Aventine (£15-20 million)  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR A NEW WORLD RECORD OF £30.3 MILLION.

One of the last great Turner masterpieces in private hands – Rome from Mount Aventine – comes up at Sotheby’s in London in December.  In immaculate condition it has been in the Roseberry Collection for the last 136 years. It is described as one of Turner’s most subtle and atmospheric depictions of the eternal city.  The large scale oil is distinguished by its exceptional preservation.   An expert from Sotheby’s  said that there are hairs from Turner’s own paintbrush still trapped on the canvas, with drips of paint visible down its side.

It is one of less than ten major Turner’s known to be in private hands.  Alex Bell  of Sotheby’s said: “This painting, which is nearly 200 years old, looks today as if it had come straight from the easel of the artist: never re-lined and never subject to restoration the picture retains the freshness of the moment it was painted:.

The auction next December 3 will coincide with the exhibition “Late Turner” at the Tate.  The painting is estimated at £15-20 million.  The current auction record for Turner is £29,721,250 for Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino.  This was bought by the J.Paul Getty Museum at Sotheby’s in London in 2010.

 

HENRY MOORE AT BONHAMS BRITISH AND IRISH ART SALE

Monday, September 1st, 2014
Henry Moore (1898-1986) - Reclining Figure on a Pedestal.

Henry Moore (1898-1986) – Reclining Figure on a Pedestal.

A monumental work by Henry Moore will be a feature at Bonhams auction of British and Irish art in London on November 17-18. Figure on pedestal, which belongs to a UK Corporation and was acquired directly from the artist in the  early 1960’s, is estimated at £1-2 million.  Since its conception in 1959-60 casts of this bronze have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. The theme of the reclining nude obsessed Moore and played a central role in the development of his sculpture throughout his career as an artist. He defined his own persona as an artist not so much by endless variety as by his ability to return to a familiar motif and make it new. In so doing, he renewed himself.

Moore commented on his fascination with the recumbent form: ‘I want to be quite free of having to find a ‘reason’ for doing the Reclining Figures, and freer still of having to find a ‘meaning’ for them. The vital thing for an artist is to have a subject that allows [him] to try out all kinds of formal ideas, things that he doesn’t yet know about for certain but wants to experiment with, as Cézanne did in his ‘Bathers’ series. In my case the reclining figure provides chances of that sort. The subject-matter is given. It’s settled for you, and you know it and like it, so that within it, within the subject that you’ve done a dozen times before, you are free to invent a completely new form-idea.’   He once pointed to the maternal element of his Reclining Figures, referring to both womanhood and mother earth.  The configuration of Reclining Figure on a Pedestal identified the female form with the undulating landscape and natural forms.  The work will be exhibited in New York in October.