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    PICASSO CERAMICS AT SOTHEBY’S AUCTION

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
    Chouette vase -1968 (250/500) (£7,000-9,000).

    Chouette vase -1968 (250/500) (£7,000-9,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £16,250

    Unique platter, 1954 (£35,000-45,000).

    Unique platter, 1954 (£35,000-45,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £40,000

    Picasso’s playful side is showcased in a sale of ceramics at Sotheby’s in London on March 18.  The sale, Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso, features vases, pitchers, plates, bowls objects. Unique as well as editioned, these ceramics made possible the artist’s dream that anyone could own a Picasso. The approximately 150 works range in estimate from £800 to £55,000.

    Séverine Nackers, Head of Prints, Sotheby’s Europe, commented: “The sale gives a great overview of the last 25 years of Picasso’s life. Every kind of ceramic he produced is represented here.”

    UPDATE:  THE SALE REALISED £1,726,625

    ALDANITI AND THE GRAND NATIONAL AT IRISH ART AUCTION

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    The Irish have descended on Cheltenham in droves this week but for exciting racing imagery there is no need to look further than Morgan O’Driscoll’s online art auction which runs to March 23.  The auction offers a great racing image by Peter Curling, the Tipperary based artist whose images of horses and horse racing are very widely appreciated. On offer is a limited edition lithograph, signed and numbered 317/500 of Aldaniti at the 1981 Grand National.  The work shows Aldaniti tearing through a fence and it is signed by Peter Curling (Artist), Bob Campion (Jockey), John Gilford (Trainor), Nick Embiricos (Owner) and is estimated at 200-400.  Aldaniti went on the win the Grand National all of 34 years ago.  There are 342 lots on the catalogue. Here is a small selection.

    Peter Curling (b.1955) Aldaniti, Grand National, Aintree 1981  limited edition lithograph signed & numbered 317/500 signed by Peter Curling (Artist), Bob Campion (Jockey), John Gilford (Trainor), Nick Embiricos (Owner) (200-400).

    Peter Curling (b.1955)
    Aldaniti, Grand National, Aintree 1981
    limited edition lithograph signed & numbered 317/500
    signed by Peter Curling (Artist), Bob Campion (Jockey), John Gilford (Trainor), Nick Embiricos (Owner) (200-400). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 160

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944) Coastal Landscape (2,000-3,000).

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944)
    Coastal Landscape (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Anthony Robert Klitz (1917-2000) British St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork (1,000-1,500).

    Anthony Robert Klitz (1917-2000) British
    St. Patrick’s Bridge, Cork (1,000-1,500).   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,800

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Connemara Landscape  (2,500-3,500)

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    Connemara Landscape (2,500-3,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,400

    CANALETTO IN BRTAIN AT COMPTON VERNEY

    Monday, March 9th, 2015

    Canaletto, Celebrating Britain at the award winning Compton Verney Gallery in Warwickshire from March 14 to June 7 brings together for the first time works created by the Italian artist in Britain.  During a nine year stay between 1746 and 1755 he documented traditional views and landmarks and his patrons latest achievements in architecture and engineering. It was an important time.   By 1750 the first generation of Palladian architects and patrons (Burlington, Campbell and Kent) were dead, and the nation was ready for a more liberal attitude to architectural design. Britain itself was a more stable and confident place than it had been even thirty years before. The paintings and drawings depict works in Palladian, Baroque or Gothic styles and celebrate a new-found wealth and assurance.  Here is a selection:

    Canaletto, London  The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards Westminster

    Canaletto, London The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards Westminster copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    Canaletto, London: The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the City c.1750-51 Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

    Canaletto, London: The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the City c.1750-51
    Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

    Canaletto, A View of Walton Bridge Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Canaletto, A View of Walton Bridge Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Canaletto, The Interior of the Rotunda, Ranelagh © Compton Verney

    Canaletto, The Interior of the Rotunda, Ranelagh © Compton Verney

    A View of Greenwich from the River. Lent from a private collection 1997

    A View of Greenwich from the River. Lent from a private collection 1997

    Canaletto (attrib.), A Self-Portrait with Saint Paul's in the background, 1746 Anglesey Abbey The Fairhaven Collection (The National Trust) © NTPL/Chris Titmus

    Canaletto (attrib.), A Self-Portrait with Saint Paul’s in the background, 1746 Anglesey Abbey
    The Fairhaven Collection (The National Trust) © NTPL/Chris Titmus

    A ROTHKO TO LEAD CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK SALE IN MAY

    Monday, March 9th, 2015

    rothko stripeMark Rothko’s N0. 36 (Black Stripe) will lead Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale in New York on May 13.  The 1958 work is from the collection of the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden – one of Europe’s most important and prestigious private museums for Modernism and Contemporary art. With a signature concordance of three shimmering rectangles of directly contrasting color asserting themselves against a luminescent red ground, No. 36 (Black Stripe) is a classic example of Rothko’s mature style of painting.

    It was painted when he was engaged with the series of murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram building in Manhattan (now known as The Rothko Room at Tate Modern in London).  No. 36 (Black Stripe) exemplifies this extraordinary moment in the artist’s life and career. Acquired by Frieder Burda over thirty years ago it has never appeared at auction, but featured prominently in every major museum exhibitions devoted to the artist.  These includes exhibitions at the Tate Gallery in London, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sidney and the seminal retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler, in 2001. It is stimated $30-50 million.

     

    PROVOCATIVE FOOTBALL ART BY MAURIZIO CATALAN

    Sunday, March 8th, 2015
    Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 1999

    Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 1999  UPDATE: IT MADE £425,000

    A provocative work by Italian artist Maurizio Catalan listing every time the England team has lost comes up as part of Sotheby’s Bear Witness sale in London on March 10. The artist said it talks about pride, missed opportunities and death. Etched into black granite, like an epitaph on a memorial, is every occasion the England football team has lost a game.  Stretching from Scotland’s 2-1 defeat of England in Glasgow in 1874 to Romania’s 2-1 victory at the 1998 World Cup, this monumental work of art charts the many ignominious moments the national team has suffered over the years. Cattelan’s other well-known works include La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) which depicts Pope John Paul II being struck down by a meteorite.

    The football monument was first exhibited in London in 1999 and its sale at Sotheby’s follows England’s worst ever performance at a football World Cup in 2014 (including losses to Italy and Uruguay). It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

    NEW KILDARE ST. GALLERY SPACE FOR DE VERES

    Friday, March 6th, 2015
    Lot 31:Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944). )60,000-80,000).

    Lot 31: Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944). )60,000-80,000).

    In Dublin de Veres has opened a new auction room and gallery space at 35 Kildare St. This intimate and contemporary environment will show selected artworks and 20th century design furniture.

    Their upcoming Irish art auction on March 24 will showcase this new space.  It includes 92 lots of Irish art in a carefully selected sale with works by artists including Walter Osborne, Jack Yeats, William Conor, Colin Middleton and Roderic O’Conor.  The catalogue for this sale is now available at de Veres.

    THE EARLIEST KNOWN DEPICTION OF IRISH ROAD BOWLING?

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
    Is this painting the earliest known depiction of Irish road bowling?

    Is this painting the earliest known depiction of Irish road bowling?

    What is billed as the earliest known painting of Irish road bowling will be offered at the Chelsea Antiques Fair in London.  Bagshawe Fine Art will display the work at the fair at Chelsea Town Hall from March 18 to March 22. Art dealer Nicholas Bagshawe said: “It is not yet totally certain who the artist of this picture is, but we are becoming increasingly convinced that it is the work of Nathanial Grogan  junior (c1765-1820). The work is dateable from the style of painting and the costumes worn to 1790-1800.  Bowling, which is possibly of Dutch origin, has been played in Ireland since the 17th century and is still played today on the country roads of counties Cork and Armagh.

    According to Dr. Fintan Lane, the author of “Long Bullets – A History of Irish Road Bowling”, this is the earliest known depiction of the sport.  Up to now the earliest known painting of bowling was Daniel MacDonald’s Bowling Match at Castlemary which dates to 1842 and is in the collection of the Crawford Gallery in Cork.  Nicholas Bagshawe believes the Grogans, both senior and junior, are the most likely candidates for this work. “As art historians start to differentiate their work more accurately it seems that Nathanial Grogan senior, while a better known and seemingly more prolific artist, might not have been capable of painting a large front of stage figure with quite the fluency shown here. It is more likely that we are looking at the work of his son”.  Grogan junior is also known to have exhibited a painting during his lifetime called The Bowl Players.

    CONTENTS FROM AILESBURY ROAD HOUSE IN DUBLIN AUCTION

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

    Antique furniture, art, bronzes, chandeliers and gilt antique over mantle mirrors will come under the hammer at an auction at Wanderers RFC, Merrion Road, Dublin on March 8.  The Ashgrove Group of auctioneers in association with Drums Auctioneers will offer contents from St. Peters, Ailesbury Road, Dublin, a family home for most of the last 40 years.  Furniture includes a Bergere suite in the style of Anjelica Kaufman, a regency tradition dining table and a set of ten Chippendale style dining chairs.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A Chippendale tradition carved wood cartouche shaped mirror with exotic bird mounts.

    A Chippendale tradition carved wood cartouche shaped mirror with exotic bird mounts.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,050

    A set of 10 Chippendale tradition dining chairs (1,000-1,200).

    A set of 10 Chippendale tradition dining chairs (1,000-1,200).UPDATE – SOLD FOR 1,000

    Percy French - West of Ireland cottage in a landscape (watercolour) (3,000-4,000).

    Percy French – West of Ireland cottage in a landscape (watercolour) (3,000-4,000).  UPDATE: SOLD FOR 2,300

    A Regency Irish mahogany card table (600-800).

    A Regency Irish mahogany card table (600-800).  UPDATE – SOLD FOR 400

    A Georgian fold over card table on platform base with lyre support (1,000-1,500).

    A Georgian fold over card table on platform base with lyre support (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE – SOLD FOR 800

     

    AN IRISH SILVER FREEDOM BOX WITH HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

    An 1825 Cork silver freedom box with considerable history behind it comes up at the James Adam Sunday Interiors sale in Dublin on March 8. It was awarded with the freedom of the city of Cork to Vice-Admiral Robert Plampin (1762-1834), who served in the American and French Revolutionary Wars, guarded Napoleon on St. Helena and commanded the Irish Squardron in Cork. Made by Richard Garde it is estimated at 8,000-12,000. An Irish George III c1770 silver centrepiece with the marks of George Mullin is estimated at 12,000-16,000. Around 450 lots with estimated values from 50 to 16,000 will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A CORK FREEDOM BOX, mark of Richard Garde of Cork, bearing Dublin hallmarks for 1825 (8,000-12,000).

    A CORK FREEDOM BOX, mark of Richard Garde of Cork, bearing Dublin hallmarks for 1825 (8,000-12,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    PAIR OF WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY FRAMED SIDE CHAIRS (2,000-3,000).

    PAIR OF WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY FRAMED SIDE CHAIRS (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    LATE 19TH CENTURY GILTWOOD AND GESSO PIER MIRROR (2,000-3,000).

    LATE 19TH CENTURY GILTWOOD AND GESSO PIER MIRROR (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000 AT HAMMER

    ADOLF SCHREYER (1828-1899) Loading firewood in a Snowy Forest (3,000-5,000).

    ADOLF SCHREYER (1828-1899) Loading firewood in a Snowy Forest (3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A GEORGE III WALNUT SECRÉTAIRE CHEST-ON-CHEST (5,000-7,000).

    A GEORGE III WALNUT SECRÉTAIRE CHEST-ON-CHEST (5,000-7,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNOLD

    AN IMPORTANT IRISH GEORGE III FOUR-BRANCH CENTREPIECE EPERGNE, Dublin 1770, mark of Charles Mullen (Mullin) (12,000-16,000).

    AN IMPORTANT IRISH GEORGE III FOUR-BRANCH CENTREPIECE EPERGNE, Dublin 1770, mark of Charles Mullen (Mullin) (12,000-16,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADD 12,000 AT HAMMER

    WORLDWIDE AUCTION SALES AT SOTHEBY’S REACHED $6.1 BILLION IN 2014

    Monday, March 2nd, 2015
    Venice, Le Grand Canal by Monet sold for £23.7 million.

    Venice, Le Grand Canal by Monet sold for £23.7 million.

    Worldwide auction sales at Sotheby’s reached $6.1 billion dollars in 2014, the highest total ever.  One third of buyers were new to Sotheby’s and accounted for almost one fifth of sales according to results released today.  Greater Chinese clients purchased more than $1 billion across sales rooms. There were record totals in 14 categories including Contemporary art ($1.7 billion, up 20.3%); Impressionist and Modern art ($1.4 billion, up 26.7%); jewellery ($602.5 million, up13.8%) and watches ($107.2 million, up 10.9%).

    Dramatic growth in online bidding and buying is reported. Last year there were nearly 25% more online bidders than in 2013 and ten lots sold for $500,000 to online bidders.  There was an increase of nearly 20% in new bidders online.

    In 2015 so far there has been a 20% increase year on year of lots sold for over $10 million, a 12% increase in global participation, a 19% increase in Chinese buyers and one million hits on Sotheby’s digital productions in February. The top art lot of the February London auctions was Claude Monet’s Venice, Le Grand Canal which sold for £23.7 million.