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A PORTRAIT OF 16th CENTURY QUEEN OF SPAIN IN WATERFORD

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Anna of Austria attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello.

Anna of Austria attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello.

A portrait of a 16th century Queen of Spain comes up at auction in Waterford on April 7.  Anna of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-1580) is at R.J. Keighery’s sale in Waterford.  The Queen is depicted in a heavily embroidered  dress with lace collar.  The portrait is attributed to the Portuguese artist Alonso Sanchez Coello (1531-1588), a pioneer of Spanish portrait painting, and is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

It was purchased at the estate sale at Mount Loftus, Powerscourt, Co. Kilkenny in 1965.  It is lot number 903 in a sale of 959 lots which includes antique furniture, jewellery and collectibles.

UPDATE:  The work was withdrawn at 7,000 and remained unsold.

IRELAND’S LARGEST GROUP ART SHOW

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

One of Ireland’s largest national group art shows – the 140th anniversary exhibition of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club – runs at Dun Laoghaire County Hall from March 31 to April 13.  This year it will commemorate the 1884 exhibition at which 25 works by James McNeill Whistler were displayed.  These included “Arrangement in Grey and Black No I”, now better known as “Whistler’s Mother”. There are around 270 oils, watercolours acrylics and pastels, lithographs, etchings and drawings on show. Here is a small selection:

‘Ennistymon Bridge’ by Marie Fallon.

‘Ennistymon Bridge’ by Marie Fallon.

 ‘Into the Light’ by Bridget Flinn.

‘Into the Light’ by Bridget Flinn.

‘Still Life Silver Jug with Pears’ by Paul Kavanagh.

‘Still Life Silver Jug with Pears’ by Paul Kavanagh.

‘The Four Courts, after Osborne’ by Patrick Cahill,.

‘The Four Courts, after Osborne’ by Patrick Cahill,.

MATISSE, PICASSO, LEGER AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Fresh-to-market works by modern masters Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger from a Private American Collection lead Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 7.

The works by Matisse and Léger never before have appeared at auction, while Le Sauvetage by Picasso was last seen a decade ago. La Séance du matin is one of Matisse’s celebrated paintings from Nice in the 1920′s ($20-30 million); Le Sauvetage depicts Picasso’s muse Marie-Thérèse Walter in the early 1930′s ($14/18 million) and Deux figures et une fleur is an example of Léger’s monumental imagery of the post-war period ($3/5 million).

The collection will be on view at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center from 3–7 April 3-7; at Sotheby’s London galleries from April 11-15 and in  New York from May 2.

Fernand Léger Deux figures et une fleur

Fernand Léger
Deux figures et une fleur UPDATE: IT MADE $6.325 MILLION.

Pablo Picasso Le Sauvetage Painted in 1932

Pablo Picasso
Le Sauvetage
Painted in 1932  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $31.5 MILLION.

Henri Matisse La Séance du matin Painted in 1924

Henri Matisse
La Séance du matin
Painted in 1924  UPDATE: IT MADE $19,205,000 MILLION

 

SH0T IN THE ARM FOR IRISH ART MARKET

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980) The Long Road Home, Connemara sold for a hammer price of 16,000.

Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980) The Long Road Home, Connemara sold for a hammer price of 16,000.

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Kathleen Joyce - sold for 33,500 at hammer.

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Kathleen Joyce – sold for 33,500 at hammer.

The Irish art market received a shot in the arm this week at two sales in Dublin.  Following Tuesday’s successful outing at de Veres the works most sought after at James Adam’s sale of Important Irish Art sold for significantly above their high estimates.  The catalogue cover lot at the James Adam sale in Dublin last night – The Long Road Home by Patrick Hennessy – sold for a hammer price of 16,000.  This was significantly ahead of its top estimate of 10,000. A Still Life with Flowers by William John Leech made a hammer price of 23,000 over a top estimate of 15,000, Blue Gouache by William Scott made 31,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 20,000, Studio by Tony O’Malley made 15,000 over a top estimate of 10,000 and Colin Middleton’s Girl with Owl sold for 46,000.  The complete set of Tain illustrations by Louis le Brocquy made 29,000 at hammer, a small landscape by Paul Henry made 28,000 and 25 hand coloured plates of James Malton’s Dublin views made 20,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 12,000.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 21 and March 5, 2014).

LE BROCQUY’S FANTAIL PIGEONS THE TOP LOT AT DE VERES

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) Still Life with a Compotier of Fruit made 72,000.

Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) Still Life with a Compotier of Fruit made 72,000.

Louis le Brocquy’s Fantail Pigeons sold for 81,000 at de Veres in Dublin on March 25.  It was the top lot in a hotly contested Irish art auction where 75 per cent of lots on offer found buyers.  Girl With Stripes by Colin Middleton and  a Still Life by Roderic O’Conor each sold for 72,000.

Arkle Racing, Marlborough St. Dublin by John Doherty made 26,000 and La Geria by Tony O’Malley sold for 21,000.  Sweet Sir by Gerard Dillon made 17,000 and Hazel Clump by Barrie Cooke, who died this month, sold for 9,500.

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 18, 2014)

LOWRY’S PICCADILLY CIRCUS SELLS FOR £5.1 MILLION

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
LAURENCE STEPHEN LOWRY, R.A. - PICCADILLY CIRCUS, LONDON signed and dated 1960 sold for £5.1 million.

LAURENCE STEPHEN LOWRY, R.A. – PICCADILLY CIRCUS, LONDON signed and dated 1960 sold for £5.1 million.

Piccadilly Circus, London was the top lot in the sale of the A.J. Thompson collection of art by L.S. Lowry at Sotheby’s in London on March 25.  It made £5.1 million in a sale where the combined total reach £15.2 million.

Frances Christie, Sotheby’s Head of Modern & Post-War British Art Department said:  “We are delighted with the results of tonight’s sale, which reflect the superb quality of the works that Tony Thompson collected so carefully over the course of three decades. His instinct to hone in on the very best examples of the artist’s work generated the enthusiastic response in the sale room. Underlying this evening’s success was notable international bidding for an artist who is typically considered to have a particularly British appeal. We saw participation from clients not only across Europe but also the US, demonstrating the widespread demand for this remarkable artist. These were collectors who were buying in this collecting category for the first time, as well as clients who were familiar to us but buying their first L.S. Lowry work. Tonight’s result is testament Tony’s passion for L.S. Lowry and his talent in assembling such an extraordinary collection.”

A POLLOCK AT CHRISTIE’S IN NEW YORK

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
ackson Pollock (1912-1956) Number 5 (Elegant Lady), 1951  (c) 2014 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

ackson Pollock (1912-1956) Number 5 (Elegant Lady), 1951 (c) 2014 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York  UPDATE: THIS MADE $11,365,000

A late Jackson Pollock work comes up at Christie’s in New York on May 13. Number 5 (Elegant Lady, 1951) from the E.ON art collection is estimated at $15 – 20 million. It has been in the E.ON art collection in 1980. The

corporation known then as VEBA acquired the painting on the advice of the legendary art dealer Alfred Schmela (1918-1980). For the next twenty years it was in VEBA‘s
headquarters in Düsseldorf. In 2001, after VEBA merged with VIAG to become E.ON and the work was exhibited at Museum Kunstpalast since then. E.ON – an i

mportant patron of the arts for over 20 years – aims to raise funds to continue this and their commitment to Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, supported since 1998 in Germany‘s largest cultural public-private-partnership.

The legendary New York art dealer Martha Jackson (1907-1969) presented it in the opening show of her new space at 32 East 69th Street in 1956. In 1954 she had traded this work with Pollock — along with another painting from the same period (Number 23, 1951/Frogman) currently in the collection of the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia – for her green 1950s Oldsmobile. This would have a tragic consequence two years later when Pollock crashed this car into a tree near his home on Long Island killing himself and Edith Metzger.

Christie‘s holds the world auction record for a work by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) with Number 19 (1948) which sold for $58,363,750 last May in New York.

PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS RIJKSMUSEUM

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Rembrandt - The Conspiracy of the Batavians Under Claudius Civilis.

Rembrandt – The Conspiracy of the Batavians Under Claudius Civilis.

President Obama visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam today, the first ever visit by a serving US President. He was given a tour in the Gallery of Honour by Wim Pijbes, the museum’s general director, where world famous masterpices by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt are shown.  The Gallery of Honour leads to the dedicated space created for Rembrandt’s greatest masterpiece: The Night Watch. Pijbes made a personal selection of works around the theme”virtues and values in the young Dutch Republic’.

Currently on view in the museum is Rembrandt’s The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis, which is on loan from the National Gallery in Stockholm.  It has been there for 150 years, leaving Sweden only twice in 1925 and 1969, both for showings at the Rijksmuseum.
Following a ten year renovation the Rijksmuseum re-opened in April 2013.  Already more than three million visitors have gone through its doors.

LE BROCQUY, MIDDLETON, DILLON, HENRY AT JAMES ADAM

Friday, March 21st, 2014
There are significant works by Louis le Broquy, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon and Paul Henry at the James Adam sale of  Important Irish Art in Dublin on Wednesday, March 26.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) A Shebeen (1,000-2,000)

Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) A Shebeen (1,000-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

Rose Barton RWS (1856-1929) The Doorway Watercolour (6,000-8,000)

Rose Barton RWS (1856-1929) The Doorway Watercolour (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) The Tain - A complete set of 36 lithographs (1969) Lithograph, 54 x 38cm (21 x 15'') Each signed, dated 1969 and numbered 6/70; together with the original catalogue from the Dawson Gallery (20,000-30,000)

Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) The Tain – A complete set of 36 lithographs (1969) Lithograph, 54 x 38cm (21 x 15”) Each signed, dated 1969 and numbered 6/70; together with the original catalogue from the Dawson Gallery (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000

William Scott RA (1913-1989) Blue Gouache (15,000-20,000)

William Scott RA (1913-1989) Blue Gouache (15,000-20,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 31,000 AT HAMMER

Frederick E. McWilliam HRUA RA (1909-1992) Box I Bronze (8,000-12,000)

Frederick E. McWilliam HRUA RA (1909-1992) Box I Bronze (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) In the London Flat (20,000-30,000)

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) In the London Flat (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 33,000 AT HAMMER

Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955) The Holy Family (3,000-5,000)

Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955) The Holy Family (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ''Lapwings at Balbriggan' (8,000-12,000)

Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) ”Lapwings at Balbriggan’ (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,500 AT HAMMER

TWO DAYS OF SALES AT MEALY’S, CASTLECOMER

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The two day Irish Estates and Private Collections sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 25-26 offers more than 1,250 lots of silver, plate, book bindings, ceramics, Chinese and Japanese art, Georgian, Victorian and 20th century furniture and art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

UPDATE:  The auction realized around 400,000, with 75% of lots sold.  Many items sold above their high estimates and the atmosphere at this sale was the best seen since 2007.  More than 800 bidders registered by phone and by internet and the salesroom was crowded.

Attributed to Stephen Catterson Smith (1806-1872) ,Portrait of Sir Henry Brooke of Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh (5,000-10,000)

Attributed to Stephen Catterson Smith (1806-1872) ,Portrait of Sir Henry Brooke of Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh (5,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500

An 18th century South German walnut marquetry and crossbanded commode (1,500-2,000).

An 18th century South German walnut marquetry and crossbanded commode (1,500-2,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

A rare Newton's two inch pocket globe 1818 (700-1,100)

A rare Newton’s two inch pocket globe 1818 (700-1,100)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 700

Gladys Wynne (1876-1968)  Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow (400-600)

Gladys Wynne (1876-1968) Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400

Pierre Francis Connolly (1841-1902)  Carved bust of a gentleman (800-1,500).

Pierre Francis Connolly (1841-1902) Carved bust of a gentleman (800-1,500).

Eckersall James, clerk of kitchen to George II at St. James' accounting for rent money received from 1731 (400-600)

Eckersall James, clerk of kitchen to George II at St. James’ accounting for rent money received from 1731 (400-600)

An early 19th century percussion cap blunderbuss (700-1,000)

An early 19th century percussion cap blunderbuss (700-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900

A Victorian Irish silver claret jug by West and Son, 1886 (1,500-2,500)

A Victorian Irish silver claret jug by West and Son, 1886 (1,500-2,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500