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    SCULPTURE AT THE LAVIT GALLERY IN CORK

    Friday, March 27th, 2015

    Stone, sculpted glass, bronze, clay and glazes all feature  in Sculpture – an exhibition at Cork Arts Society at the Lavit Gallery until April 11.  Those taking part are Cormac Boydell, Anna Campbell, Leo Higgins, Sonia Landweer, Fidelma Massey, Michael Quane, Martha Quinn and Killian Schurmann.  Everything on show is domestic in scale.  Here are a couple of examples.

    Martha Quinn - Sun Seeds (Marble).

    Martha Quinn – Sun Seeds (Marble).

    Killian Schurmann - hot sculpted glass.

    Killian Schurmann – hot sculpted glass.

    YEATS MAKES 95,000 AT DE VERES IRISH ART SALE

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
    Nevill Johnson RHA, 1911-1999 THE WINDOW

    Nevill Johnson RHA, 1911-1999 THE WINDOW

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957 THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944)

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
    THE BANG THE DOOR BOYS (1944)

    A 1944 oil on canvas by Jack B. Yeats was the top lot at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on March 24.  It sold for a hammer price of 95,000 over an estimate of 60,000-80,000.  Waves Breaking on the Shore at Sunset by Roderic O’Conor sold for 40,000 at hammer, at the top of the estimate. The Window by Neville Johnson made 10,000 over a top estimate of 5,000 and Brian Bourke’s Late Summer, Knockalough made 8,000 over an estimate of 4,000-6,000. Peace by Mainie Jellett sold for a within estimate 18,500.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 19, 2015).

    ICONIC PICASSO TO CREATE GLOBAL ART MARKET SENSATION

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
    PABLO PICASSO Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O") © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    PABLO PICASSO
    Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $179,365,000 TO BECOME THE MOST VALUABLE WORK OF ART EVER SOLD AT AUCTION

     

     

    An iconic Picasso masterpiece – Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) – leads Christie’s curated evening sale in New York on May 11.  Guiding at $140 million it promises to be a sensation on the global art market. Christie’s describe it as one of his most famous masterpieces together with Les demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937).

    It is the culmination of a series started after the death of Matisse in November 1954. Picasso painted 15 variations on Delacroix’s Les Femmes d’Alger between December 1954 and February 1955, designated as versions A to O.  “With its packed composition, play on cubism and perspective, its violent colours and its brilliant synthesis of Picasso’s lifelong obsessions it is a milestone in Picasso’s oeuvre and one of his most famous masterpieces” said Olivier Camu, Christie’s deputy chairman, impressionist and modern art.

    The theme of the curated Looking Forward to the Past auction –  an addition to the May calendar – is how artists used inspiration from the past to create something entirely innovative and new.  The 25 lot sale will feature work by masters from Monet to Kippenberger and focusses on the growing trend of cross category collecting among Christie’s most powerful clients.  There will be paintings, drawings and sculpture by Mondrian, Schiele, Duchamp,Magritte, Dubuffet, Rothko, Calder and John Currin among others.

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $179,365,000 TO BECOME THE MOST VALUABLE WORK OF ART EVER SOLD AT AUCTION

    SUCCESSFUL ONLINE IRISH ART SESSION

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

    Kenneth Webb’s Connemara Landscape was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s successful online Irish art auction which concluded last night. It made a hammer price of 3,400 in a sale where 90% of lots on offer found buyers and a number of lots went above the high estimate.  Here is a small selection.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 10, 2015).

    Eddie Mooney HRHA (b.1940)  Old Dog Lady (2006) sold for 1,500 over a top estimate of 1,000.

    Eddie Mooney HRHA (b.1940) Old Dog Lady (2006) sold for 1,500 over a top estimate of 1,000.

    Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) Woman in Red Skirt (2010)  sold for 1,400

    Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943)
    Woman in Red Skirt (2010) sold for 1,400

    Sean McSweeney HRHA (b.1935) Summer Pool (1996) made 2,200

    Sean McSweeney HRHA (b.1935) Summer Pool (1996) made 2,200

    Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942) Fish and Chips Alfresco made 1,100 over a top estimate of 750.

    Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942)
    Fish and Chips Alfresco made 1,100 over a top estimate of 750.

    PICASSO AND MATISSE FROM GOLDWYN COLLECTION IN HOLLYWOOD

    Thursday, March 19th, 2015

    Art collected by Hollywood legends Samuel Goldwyn senior and junior will be sold by Sotheby’s across a series of auctions this year. Samuel Goldwyn Senior (1879-1974) assembled a core group of works from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s with standout pieces by Picasso and Matisse. Samuel Goldwyn junior (1926-2015) added to the collection, with work by David Hockney, Milton Avery, Diego Rivera and others. More than 25 works from the collection, with a combined estimate of more than $25 million, will be offered starting in New York on May 5 at the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art. Work from the collection will also feature in sales of Contemporary Art in New York on May 12 and 13,  American Art on May 20, Latin American Art on May 26-27, Impressionist and Modern Art on May 28 and at the sale of Modern and Post War British Art in London on June 9 and 10.

    Pablo Picasso Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil Signed Picasso (upper right) and dated 1.11.48 on the reverse ($12-18 million)

    Pablo Picasso
    Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil
    Signed Picasso (upper right) and dated 1.11.48 on the reverse ($12-18 million) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $29,930,000

    Henri Matisse Anémones et grenades Signed H Matisse and dated '46  ($5-7 million).

    Henri Matisse
    Anémones et grenades
    Signed H Matisse and dated ’46 ($5-7 million).

    David Hockney Fruit in a Chinese Bowl 1988 ($800,000-1.2 million)

    David Hockney
    Fruit in a Chinese Bowl
    1988 ($800,000-1.2 million)

    Milton Avery Reclining Female 1963 ($600,000-800,000)

    Milton Avery
    Reclining Female
    1963 ($600,000-800,000)

    Diego Rivera - El balcón 1921 ($300,000-400,000).

    Diego Rivera – El balcón
    1921 ($300,000-400,000).

    Samuel Goldwyn senior and junior

    Samuel Goldwyn senior and junior

    DE VERES FIRST ART AUCTION AT NEW KILDARE ST. SPACE

    Thursday, March 19th, 2015

    The first auction at de Veres new space in Kildare St., Dublin takes place on March 24. It will feature 92 lots of Irish art.  The renovation at Kildare St. will enable de Veres to conduct more select auctions of Irish Art and Contemporary furniture. New auction areas are also being explored. A photography sale and a book auction will be held here later in the year.  The catalogue for the art auction on March 24 is online. Here is a small selection.

    Yvonne Moore - Dresser (1,400-1,800).

    Yvonne Moore – Dresser (1,400-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    Walter Frederick Osborne - A Pensive Moment (1894) (12,000-16,000).

    Walter Frederick Osborne – A Pensive Moment (1894) (12,000-16,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pauline Bewick RHA - Still life with artichokes (2,000-3,000).

    Pauline Bewick RHA – Still life with artichokes (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Roderic O'Conor - Waves Breaking on the shore at sunset (30,000-40,000).

    Roderic O’Conor – Waves Breaking on the shore at sunset (30,000-40,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    Colin Middleton - Red Landscape, 1962 (15,000-20,000).

    Colin Middleton – Red Landscape, 1962 (15,000-20,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MODERN CHINESE ARTISTS AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    Thursday, March 19th, 2015

    More than 300 paintings by modern Chinese artists estimated at more than US$23 million will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s Fine Chinese Paintings spring sale in Hong Kong on April 6.   Highlights include fresh-to-market works from the family collections of Zhang Daqian, Li Yanshan and Yuan Shikai.

    Zhang Daqian’s Ancient Temple in the Mist

    Zhang Daqian’s Ancient Temple in the Mist

    Wu Dacheng’s Calligraphy Couplet in Zhuanshu

    Wu Dacheng’s Calligraphy Couplet in Zhuanshu

    LARGEST AUCTION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART EVER AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, March 19th, 2015

    The largest Southeast Asian art auction ever held at Sotheby’s promises to be a highlight of the Spring 2015 sales series in Hong Kong. More than 250 lots of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian art will come under the hammer on April 4 and 5. The sale is led by modern Indonesian and Filipino masterpieces: Hendra Gunawan’s Pandawa Dadu (The Dice Game from the Mahabharata Epic), one of only two large-format works on the Hindu epic by the artist ever to appear in the market, and Muslim Betrothal by Carlos Villaluz Francisco.

    Hendra Gunawan’s Pandawa Dadu (The Dice Game from the Mahabharata Epic)

    Hendra Gunawan’s Pandawa Dadu (The Dice Game from the Mahabharata Epic)

    Carlos Villaluz Francisco’s Muslim Betrothal.

    Carlos Villaluz Francisco’s Muslim Betrothal.

    AROUND 1,600 LOTS AT MEALY’S IN CASTLECOMER

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

    Around  1,600 lots will come under the hammer at three days of sales at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 24, 25 and 26.  The largest sale by volume conducted by Mealy’s over many years will include 300 lots from Stranocum Hall, Co. Antrim.  There is everything from a William Sadler painting of shipping off Dublin to George IV Irish mahogany sofas, a large Victorian serving table and an Edison standard phonograph.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small sample.

    WILLIAM SADLER II (1782-1839), Shipping off Dublin, with Lighthouse and Figures (600-900).

    WILLIAM SADLER II (1782-1839),
    Shipping off Dublin, with Lighthouse and Figures (600-900). UPDATE: SOLD FOR 3,700

     LARGE VICTORIAN MAHOGANY SIDE OR SERVING TABLE

    LARGE VICTORIAN MAHOGANY SIDE OR SERVING TABLE (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: SOLD FOR 2,200

    One of a pair of Irish George IV sofas

    One of a pair of Irish George IV sofas probably by Mack Williams and Gibton (10,000-20,000).  UPDATE: SOLD FOR 12,000

    AN EDISON STANDARD PHONOGRAPH

    AN EDISON STANDARD PHONOGRAPH (200-300)  UPDATE: SOLD FOR 300

    The Dining Room at Stranocum Hall

    The Dining Room at Stranocum Hall

     

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 13, 2015).

    A HAND COLOURED ENGRAVING OF ST. PATRICK FROM 1603

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
    Adriaen Collaert (1560-1618) '‘St. Patrick’, 1603 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Adriaen Collaert (1560-1618) ‘‘St. Patrick’, 1603
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    This hand coloured engraving on paper of St. Patrick by Adriaen Collaert dates to 1603 and is from the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Images of St. Patrick in Art’ – a talk by Caoilte O Mahony on works of art depicting the national saint in art takes place at the gallery at 10.30 a.m. today.

    Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, opens at the Art Institute of Chicago with a special ribbon-cutting featuring bagpipes and local dignitaries today. This is the first major exhibition to showcase the decorative and fine arts of 18th century Ireland, bringing together more than 300 objects – many never before seen in public – lent by public and private collectors across North America. The exhibition continues through June 7, 2015, A temporary Irish pub will be created in the museum’s Café Moderno where guests can hoist a beer after they visit the exhibition. (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for January 11 and February 20, 2015).

    Meantime you can see St. Patrick’s Day celebrations anywhere and watch famous landmarks as they are bathed with green light with EarthCam

    A happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our readers in Ireland and around the world.