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    IRISH ART FOR NEW AND ESTABLISHED COLLECTORS AT WHYTE’S

    Saturday, July 16th, 2016

    There should be much to interest both new and established collectors at Whyte’s summer art auction on July 25.  Whyte’s say it offers art lovers a fantastic opportunity to acquire quality artwork from Ireland’s best known artists at a more modest price point. This is an online only sale of 150 lots with estimates from 100 to 3,000. The list of artists whose work is included reads higher than this.  There is work by Jack B Yeats, Sir John Lavery, Paul Henry, Mainie Jellett, Harry Kernoff, Estella Solomons, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, Tony O’Malley, Sean McSweeney, Brian Bourke and Maurice Wilks.

    Among the other artists whose work will feature are Alice Maher, Richard Gorman, John Kindness, Michael Mulcahy, Markey Robinson, Eileen Meagher, Graham Knuttel, Martin Mooney, Neil Shawcross, Frank Egginton, Carey Clarke, Robert Taylor Carson and Patrick Leonard.    The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection;
    Scraping the Surface 1994 by John Kindness

    Scraping the Surface 1994 by John Kindness. Artist’s proof etching (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 320 AT HAMMER

    Bantry Bay by Eileen Meagher

    Bantry Bay by Eileen Meagher (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    Near Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry by Liam O'Neill

    Near Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry by Liam O’Neill (1,500-1,800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400

    Wet Day Near Skibbereen, Co. Cork 1985 by Frank Egginton.

    Wet Day Near Skibbereen, Co. Cork 1985 by Frank Egginton. (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    CLASSIC WEEK AT CHRISTIE’S SCORES HIGHLY

    Friday, July 15th, 2016

    christiesThere were over 19,000 visitors to the various displays and auctions spanning  Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Master & British Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Books and Manuscripts and the Exceptional sale at Classic Week at Christie’s.  The week achieved a total of £109,038,888. There was a strong average sell-through rate of 87% by value across the 14 sales, with over 1,000 registered bidders from 50 countries, 695 registered online bidders and substantial cross-category buying.  The auctions were highlighted by Rubens’s masterpiece Lot and his Daughters, which at £44.8 million achieved the highest price for a work of art at auction this year.

    BOWIE/COLLECTOR – HIS PERSONAL ART COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, July 14th, 2016
    Gavin Evans, Bowie (c) Gavin Evans

    Gavin Evans, Bowie (c) Gavin Evans

    David Bowie’s personal art collection, unveiled in public for the first time, will come up at Sotheby’s in London in November.  “Bowie/Collector” is to be a three-part sale of around 400 items. At its heart will be Bowie’s collection of Modern and Contemporary British art – a richly stimulating group of over 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th-century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie’s famously inquisitive mind also led him to Outsider Art, Surrealism, Contemporary African art and, not least, to the work of the eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group. This is a collection put together with great thoughtfulness on the basis not of reputation but of Bowie’s highly personal, intellectual response to the individual vision and individual works of particular artists.

    Before being exhibited at Sotheby’s, New Bond St. from November 1-10 there will be a series of previews around the world, starting with a three-week exhibition of selected works in London this summer, running from July 20 to August 9. Further exhibitions will follow in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong.

    “Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.”

    – David Bowie, quoted in The New York Times, 1998 –

    Ettore Sottsass, Casablanca Sideboard (1981)

    Ettore Sottsass, Casablanca Sideboard (1981)

    Peter Lanyon - Witness

    Peter Lanyon – Witness

    David Bowie - Beautiful, shattering, slashing (1995)

    David Bowie – Beautiful, shattering, slashing (1995)

    Basquiat - Air Power (1984)

    Basquiat – Air Power (1984)

    Auerbach - Head of Gerda Boehm (1965)

    Auerbach – Head of Gerda Boehm (1965)

    ADVENTURE CAPITAL BY SEAN LYNCH AT THE RHA

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
    Pictured at the RHA launch are artist Sean Lynch and Curator of Adventure: Capital and Director of EVA International, Woodrow Kernohan. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

    Pictured at the RHA launch are artist Sean Lynch and Curator of Adventure: Capital and Director of EVA International, Woodrow Kernohan. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

    The official tour of Ireland’s entry into the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 Adventure: Capital by artist Sean Lynch is at the RHA Gallery in Dublin until August 21. Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment – through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.

    Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016)that investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following controversy around the unearthing of a medieval treasure trove,  the Derrynaflan Hoard, in the 1980s, the Irish state placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of promotional videos, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws. Ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.

    SUCCESSFUL SUMMER SALE AT MEALY’S, CASTLECOMER

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

    A painting attributed to Franz Snyders (1579-1657) made a hammer price of 37,000 at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer today. It had been estimated at 35,000-55,000.  The auction included paintings, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics and decorative objects from the collection of art history Professor Anne Crookshank, now living in retirement in Donegal.  The Francis Johnston (PRHA) gold medal presented to Anne Crookshank in 2004 sold for 750 and a large Regency period Irish circular dining table made a hammer price of 5,000 in a successful sale where most lots found buyers.

    The sale realised 240,000 with 77% of lots sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 9, 2016)

    THE FRANCIS JOHNSTON (PRHA) 9K GOLD MEDALLION, presented to Anne Crookshank made 750 at hammer.

    THE FRANCIS JOHNSTON (PRHA) 9K GOLD MEDALLION, presented to Anne Crookshank made 750 at hammer.

    An Irish regency mahogany circular table made 5,000 at hammer.

    An Irish regency mahogany circular table made 5,000 at hammer.

    This unusual 19th century flip top occasional table sold for 375 at hammer

    This unusual 19th century flip top occasional table sold for 375 at hammer

    This French provincial walnut commode sold for 900 at hammer.

    This French provincial walnut commode sold for 900 at hammer.

    A MEISSEN EWER AND AN ARTWORK ATTRIBUTED TO FRANZ SNYDERS

    Saturday, July 9th, 2016

    The 660 lot summer sale by Mealy’s in Castlecomer on July 12 offers treasures including a Meissen porcelain ewer emblematic of the element fire (7,000-11,000), a painting of a Wild Boar attacked by a pack of dogs attributed to Franz Snyders (35,000-55,000) and a heavy large Georgian carved white mantle piece. This most interesting auction will include Oriental and European porcelain, antique furniture, portraits, silver and paintings.  The catalogue is online and live internet bidding is available.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 6, 2016)

    A Chinese porcelain butterfly vase

    A Chinese porcelain butterfly vase  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    A HEAVY LATE GEORGIAN CARVED WHITE MARBLE MANTEL PIECE

    A HEAVY LATE GEORGIAN CARVED WHITE MARBLE MANTEL PIECE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    A FACSIMILE REPRODUCTION OF A MASTERPIECE, Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry,edited by Franco Cosimo Panini, copy 508/550,

    A FACSIMILE REPRODUCTION OF A MASTERPIECE, Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry,edited by Franco Cosimo Panini, copy 508/550, UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A wild boar attacked by a pack of dogs attributed to Franz Snyders

    A wild boar attacked by a pack of dogs attributed to Franz Snyders  UPDATE: THIS MADE 37,000 ON THE HAMMER

    A Meissen ewer representing the element fire.

    A Meissen ewer representing the element fire.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 12,000 AT HAMMER

    RUSSBOROUGH ARTWORKS SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, July 8th, 2016

    Three works of art from the Alfred Beit Foundation at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow, originally due to have been sold at Christie’s in London a year ago, were sold this week.  Venus Supplicating Jupiter by Sir Peter Paul Rubens sold for £1,314,500.  Two Views of Venice by Francesco Guardi each sold for  £164,500.  There was controversy over the sale by the Foundation, a charitable trust at runs Russborough, which led to its postponement.  The Trust said they needed the money for necessary repairs and maintenance.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1, 2015)

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN, WESTPHALIA 1577-1640 ANTWERP) VENUS SUPPLICATING JUPITER sold for £1,314,500

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN, WESTPHALIA 1577-1640 ANTWERP)
    VENUS SUPPLICATING JUPITER sold for £1,314,500

    Francesco Guardi - Piazza San Marco, Venice sold for £164,500

    Francesco Guardi – Piazza San Marco, Venice sold for £164,500

    THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER ACHIEVED BY AN OLD MASTER AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016
    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (Seigen 1577-1640 Antwerp), Lot and his Daughters, circa 1613-1614. Courtesy CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (Seigen 1577-1640 Antwerp), Lot and his Daughters, circa 1613-1614. Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    Peter Paul Rubens’s Lot and his Daughters) achieved £44,882,500, the highest price ever achieved for an Old Master painting at Christie’s in London this evening. Painted c1613-14 it was sold to a collector on the phone in Christie’s Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, part of Classic Week in London. The hammer came down after a bidding battle lasting fourteen minutes.  There were four bidders involved. One of the most important paintings by the artist to have remained in private hands, it is an outstanding example of Rubens’s early maturity.

    “The sale of this significant painting demonstrates that Christie’s continues to lead the masterpiece market at auction and in this field. A stunning work of psychological complexity, Lot and his Daughters was created at a time when Rubens’s reputation as the most renowned artists in Antwerp had already placed him firmly at the centre of the European artistic stage.” said Paul Raison, Deputy Chairman, Old Master Pictures. Lot and his Daughters boasts a distinguished provenance, once forming part of the collections of wealthy Antwerp merchants; a Governor-General of the Spanish Netherlands; Joseph I Holy Roman Emperor; and the Dukes of Marlborough where it hung in Blenheim Palace and was sold in its original Blenheim frame. This biblical canvas illustrates the events after Lot and his family have fled the immoral city of Sodom having escaped to the desolate mountain town of Zoar.

    It was the second highest price ever paid for an Old Master painting at auction. The record is also held by Rubens whose The Massacre of the Innocents sold for £49,506,648 at auction in 2002.  The Old Master and British Evening Sale totalled  £65,390,100 achieving sell through rates of 93% by value and 77% by lot.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 11, 2016)

    WORLD AUCTION RECORDS FOR MASTERPIECES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016

    There was world auction records for Jean Etienne Leotard, Jan Brueghel the Elder and a work on paper by Sir Peter Lely at two days of sales of masterpieces from the past at Sotheby’s in London this week.  The auctions attracted collectors from over 50 countries and a participation at sales of Old Master paintings, sculpture, works of art and drawings that was up by 40%.  The four sales brought a combined total of £31,831,191.   A Dutch Girl at Breakfast by Jean Etienne Leotard made £4,405,000: Still Life of flowers in a stoneware vase by Jan Brueghel the Elder made £3,845,000 and a self portrait by Sir Peter Lely sold for £869,000.  The Orpheus Cup sold for £1.06 million.

    Jean Etienne Liotard - A Dutch Girl at Breakfast

    Jean Etienne Liotard – A Dutch Girl at Breakfast

    Jan Brueghel the Elder - A still life with flowers in a  stoneware vase

    Jan Brueghel the Elder – A still life with flowers in a stoneware vase

    Sir Peter Lely's self portrait.

    Sir Peter Lely’s self portrait.

    SOUTH GERMAN, AUGSBURG, AROUND 1600 THE ROTHSCHILD ORPHEUS CUP

    SOUTH GERMAN, AUGSBURG, AROUND 1600
    THE ROTHSCHILD ORPHEUS CUP

    A PORTRAIT ATTRIBUTED TO MARTIN CREGAN AT MEALY’S

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
    Attributed to Martin Cregan (1788-1870) - Portrait of a Lady

    Attributed to Martin Cregan (1788-1870) – Portrait of a Lady (700-1,100) UPDATE:  THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    This portrait of a lady, by repute Lady Mary Stewart, by Martin Cregan comes up at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on July 12.  A noted portrait painter Martin Cregan (1788-1870) was one of the founders of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1823. Subsequently as president of the RHA Cregan, who was very involved with artistic circles in London, became anxious about the quality and standards in the annual RHA exhibition in Ireland. So he wrote to his friend John Constable for assistance.  Constable replied by sending two pictures for inclusion in the Irish annual exhibition.

    Mealy’s sale includes paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, rare books, works of art, and other decorative arts, from the collection of Professor Anne Crookshank, one of Ireland’s most distinguished art historians. Formerly Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Professor Crookshank founded the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin and has played a leading role in the establishing of Irish art history.  She now lives in retirement in Donegal.