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    STOLEN MASTERPIECES RECOVERED FROM NAPLES MAFIA

    Friday, September 30th, 2016

    Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam museum in December, 2002. They were in the possession of   the Naples mafia.  The theft from the walls in the main exhibition hall was baffling because guards were on patrol and infra red security systems were in operation.  This led to criticism of security at the world’s most important art museums.The two works had been on loan to the museum from the Dutch government.  Neither was insured.  They are valued at around $100 million.

    Vincent van Gogh - View of the Sea at Scheveningen.

    Vincent van Gogh – View of the Sea at Scheveningen.

    Vincent van Gogh - Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884

    Vincent van Gogh – Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884

    A MAJOR HOCKNEY AT SOTHEBY’S, NEW YORK

    Friday, September 30th, 2016
    David Hockney Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006

    David Hockney
    Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006

    Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October 2006, the first work from David Hockney’s famed Woldgate Woods series to appear at auction will come up at Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 17. Measuring over three and half meters in diameter it is estimated at $9-12 million.  With a retrospective at Tate Britain opening in February 2017 Sotheby’s reckon this could establish a record for Hockney at auction.  The work captivated audiences in London at the Royal Academy blockbuster 2012 exhibition David Hockney: A Bigger Picture.

    Throughout 2006, Hockney executed a limited series of paintings of the Woldgate Woods in his native Yorkshire, charting the changes in light and colour as the seasons passed. Limited by the size of the canvas he was able to fit through the staircase at his Bridlington studio, he devised a method of using multiple canvases in order to achieve the desired scale. Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October 2006capturing the autumnal colors of East Yorkshire, is composed using six of these canvases. The huge public and critical success of this body of work has led to this quiet corner in the north east of England becoming known as ‘Hockney Country’, with the local tourist board even creating a Hockney Trail inspired by the locations immortalized in the series.

    MUCH TO BRING COLLECTORS TO KILFANE HOUSE SALE AT THOMASTOWN

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016

    With everything from a fine Killarney wood table to a bronzed caryatid after Garnier Mealy’s antique and fine art sale at Kilfane House, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny at 11 a.m. on October 4 holds much to excite a cross section of collectors.  This fascinating house contents sale will include some lots from the private collection of Sir Anthony O’Reilly at Castlemartin, Co. Kildare.  Viewing gets underway at Kilfane  on Saturday and there will be a shuttle bus service from The Longman of Kilfane, where the auction is to be held on Tuesday.  There is a great selection of fine Irish furniture, gilt wood mirrors, art, bronzes, ceramics, glass, silver, rare books, rugs and garden furniture in an auction of over 600 lots.  Both the sale and the catalogue are online.  Here is a selection:

    MID-18TH CENTURY IRISH SIDE TABLE (20,000-30,000)

    MID-18TH CENTURY IRISH SIDE TABLE (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    FTER GARNIER a bronzed cast iron and parcel gilt caryatid, holding a cornucopia (5,800-6,500)

    AFTER GARNIER
    a bronzed cast iron and parcel gilt caryatid, holding a cornucopia (5,800-6,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    18TH CENTURY CARVED IRISH GILTWOOD WALL MIRROR, the rococo crest with C-scrolls (8,000-12,000)

    18TH CENTURY CARVED IRISH GILTWOOD WALL MIRROR,
    the rococo crest with C-scrolls (8,000-12,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 5,400 AT HAMMER

     PIERRE LOUIS DÉTRIER (1822-1897), after Giambologna (c. 1880), Nessus Abducting Deianara (5,000-6,000)

    PIERRE LOUIS DÉTRIER (1822-1897),
    after Giambologna (c. 1880), Nessus Abducting Deianara (5,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,200 AT HAMMER

    20TH CENTURY COPY OF THE GILT METAL MOUNTED WALNUT CYPHON TUBE BAROMETER, after the original by Thomas Thompkin, in the Royal collection at Hampton Court Palace (3,000-4,000)

    20TH CENTURY COPY OF THE GILT METAL MOUNTED WALNUT CYPHON TUBE BAROMETER,
    after the original by Thomas Thompkin, in the Royal collection at Hampton Court Palace (3,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    A Killarney centre table (8,500-10,500)

    A Killarney centre table (8,500-10,500)  UPDATE:  THIS SOLD FOR 7,000

    SLEEPER LOT MAKES 60,000 OVER 1,200 ESTIMATE

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
    After Jean Baptiste Greuze - Portrait of a young scribe

    After Jean Baptiste Greuze – Portrait of a young scribe

    An artwork described in the catalogue as an engraving of a young scribe after Jean-Baptise Greuze (1725-1805) sold for a hammer price of 60,000 over an estimate of 800-1,200 at Sheppards sale at Loughton House, Co. Offaly this afternoon.

     

    In an 18th century carved frame and measuring 26.5 cm by 32.5 cm it was the sleeper lot in the afternoon session.  The sale of contents from Loughton House is ongoing over four days and this was the fourth sale session.  It will continue with two sessions tomorrow and again on September 30.

    WHYTE’S IRISH ART SALE BRINGS A TOTAL OF 1.2 MILLION

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
    F. E. McWilliam - Woman Kneeling (100,000-150,000)

    F. E. McWilliam – Woman Kneeling sold for 90,000

    The sale of Irish and International art at Whyte’s in Dublin last night brought in a total of 1.2 million.   Matriach, a cherrywood carving by F.E. McWilliam, was the top lot. It sold for 90,000 at hammer and went to a collector in London.  There were some interesting results in an auction where  83% of lots on offer found buyers from among 100 bidders in the room, 50 telephone bidders and 150 internet buyers.  About 15% of lots, totalling 125,000, were sold on the internet.

    Other top prices were achieved for work by Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven, 1950, (85,000); Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) Travellers, 1948, (58,000); Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a landscape, (45,000); Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) Morning Light II, Paradise Island, Bahamas,1982, (30,000); Dame Lucie Rie (Austrian/British 1902-1995) Footed Bowl, c.1980, (30,000); Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983) Children at Play, 1939, (29,000); William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968) Bowl of Fruit c.1944, (22,000); Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005) A hot day in Rush, County Dublin, (18,000).

    WATER COLOUR SOCIETY OF IRELAND AT DUN LAOGHAIRE

    Sunday, September 25th, 2016

    The Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 162nd exhibition opens on Monday 26 September at the Concourse Gallery, Dun Laoghaire County Hall and runs for one week.  Over 300 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastels, drawings and limited edition signed prints, will be on sale in a wide ranging and diverse exhibition.  Well-known artists showing include Jayne Barry, Brid Clarke, Patrick Cahill, Ivor Coburn RUA, John Coyle RHA, Chris Dearden RUA, Pauline Doyle ANCA, Joe Dunne RHA, Edward Freeney, Olivia Hayes, Les Jones ARUA, John Keating, Margaret Kent, Vincent Lambe, Grania Langrishe, Anthony Loughran, Brett McEntagart RHA, Oisin Roche, Tom Roche, Tom Ryan PPRHA, Susan Sex, and Neil Shawcross RHA RUA.  The president of the Australian Watercolour Institute David Van Nunen will show two works as an invited guest artist.   Here is a small selection from the show:

    ‘Gulls in Slade Harbour, Co. Wexford’,  by John Short

    ‘Gulls in Slade Harbour, Co. Wexford’, by John Short

    ‘Poppy Fantasia’,  by Kate Befell

    ‘Poppy Fantasia’, by Kate Befell

    ‘Henry Street 1916’,  by Liam O’Herlihy

    ‘Henry Street 1916’, by Liam O’Herlihy

    ‘Miss Mauve’  by Nicola Morrin

    ‘Miss Mauve’ by Nicola Morrin

    ‘Flame Trees after John Russell 2015’ by David Van Nunen

    ‘Flame Trees after John Russell 2015’ by David Van Nunen

     

    FULL ARRAY OF IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, September 25th, 2016

    A full array of Irish art and artists will come under the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on September 28.   A total of 194 lots will come under the hammer including work by Yeats, Paul Henry, Nathaniel Hone, Grace Henry, Estella Solomons, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Derek Hill and Sean Keating.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE SALE

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963) Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963)
    Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958)
    In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917) Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)
    Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977) Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)

    Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977)
    Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER

    SINGING UNDER THE CANOPY OF HEAVEN BY YEATS AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
    Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven (90,000-120,000)

    Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) – Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven (90,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 85,000

    A striking oil by Jack B. Yeats entitled Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven is among the many highlights at Whyte’s sale of Irish and international art sale at the RDS in Dublin on September 26. The work, which dates from 1950, is estimated at 90,000-120,000. It is one of a number of late Yeats paintings which focusses on strolling players and performers in the Irish countryside.   There are from the McClelland Collection in this auction but the Yeats is not one of them. The catalogue lists 180 lots. Here is a small selection.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 6 and August 25, 2016)

    Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003) THE NIGHT PAINTER, 1981 - (12,000-15,000)

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) THE NIGHT PAINTER, 1981 – (12,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000

    Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) PORCELAIN BOTTLE, c.1960 (10,000-15,000)

    Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) PORCELAIN BOTTLE, c.1960 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    Jean Lurçat (French, 1892-1966) LE TAURERGOT, 1949 (4,000-6,000)

    Jean Lurçat (French, 1892-1966) LE TAURERGOT, 1949 (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a Landscape (30,000-40,000)

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a Landscape (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 45,000 AT HAMMER

    GRAPHICS BY MUNCH AT SOTHEBY’S PRINTS SALE

    Monday, September 19th, 2016

    Graphic works by Edvard Munch Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones and Self-Portrait, both acquired directly from the artist, come up at Sotheby’s sale of Prints and Multiples in London on September 27.  Self-Portrait is from a private Norwegian collection and was originally owned by Olaf Schou, the Norwegian industrialist and art patron; Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones was purchased directly from Munch in 1942 by Harald Holst Halvorsen. They are never been at auction before and are estimated respectively at £50,000-70,000 and £400,000-600,000.

    Lucy Rosenburgh, Sotheby’s Prints Specialist, said: Schou and Halvorsen were two of Munch’s most important patrons, with whom he enjoyed an equally strong friendship. The notable provenance of these prints makes their appearance on the market all the more appealing to collectors.”

    Edvard Munch - The Lonely Ones (£400,000-600,000)

    Edvard Munch – The Lonely Ones (£400,000-600,000)

    Edvard Munch - Self-Portrait (£50,000-70,000)

    Edvard Munch – Self-Portrait (£50,000-70,000)

    FRIEZE WEEK SALES ANTICIPATE AUTUMN EXHIBITIONS

    Monday, September 19th, 2016
    Thomas Schütte, Bronzefrau Nr. 13 (2003) Bronze figure on steel table (£1,200,000-1,800,000)

    Thomas Schütte, Bronzefrau Nr. 13 (2003) Bronze figure on steel table (£1,200,000-1,800,000)

    Christie’s Frieze Week auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art in London on October 6 will bring together over 200 of the foremost names in the contemporary art world today. The sale focuses on artists who are the subjects of the most anticipated exhibitions this autumn, including Glenn Brown, David Hockney, Per Kirkeby, Gerald Laing, Thomas Schütte, Henry Taylor, Günther Uecker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.  The sale will be followed on the the same evening by the Italian Sale.  Together with the Leslie Waddington Collection on October 4 and the Post War and Contemporary Day Auction on October 7 it adds up to what Christie’s say is one of the most important weeks in the contemporary art-world calendar.

    Cristian Albu, Specialist, Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction: ‘This October my aim was to put an emphasis on names that are fresh and relevant to the current art landscape and it is remarkable in the selection the number of artists who are currently the subject of major solo or participating in important group shows across the world. Alongside the Waddington Collection and the Italian Sale we are looking forward to seeing another season at Christie’s of the highest quality works alongside new talent that promises major results.’