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    WIDE SELECTION OF COUNTRY HOUSE ITEMS AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Thursday, October 5th, 2017

    Artworks, furniture, porcelain, silver and collectors effects all feature at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall on October 10 at 11 a.m.  Lot 479, for example, is a pair of enormous mid 19th century Sevres vases estimated at around 7,000.  Viewing gets underway on October 7.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    An Irish Victorian Carlton House desk (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Irish George II card table (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    A Brussels style wall hanging, The Baptism of Clovis (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE:THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A skull and antlers of a great Irish deer (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A Georgian door lock (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    FRIEZE LONDON GETS UNDERWAY

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    Michael Craig Martin – Wheelbarrow (red) 2013 New Art Centre/Gagosian

    Frieze London runs from October 5-8 with a preview day on October 4. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will make London a mecca for the international art set this week.  The Focus section is devoted to emerging galleries and artists.  A new commission by the Danish trio Superflex is unveiled at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall today and will be on view until next April.  The fair is brimful of events and satellite fairs which will take place in various locations.  Many are pay into, but there is much that is free, like the temporary sculpture park in Regent’s Park. A Contemporary African Art fair will run at Somerset House from next Thursday until October 8.

    WEST OF IRELAND BOG BY PAUL HENRY AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry (1876-1958)(80,000-100,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Sir John Lavery and Walter Osborne all feature at Whyte’s sale of Irish and International art at the RDS in Dublin this evening. More contemporary work from highly collectible artists like John Shinnors, Tony O’Malley, William Crozier and John Behan will feature too.

    There is a newly discovered pencil and watercolour drawing by Sir William Orpen from the estate of Judge Desmond Windle. On the Hill of Howth depicts a sitter believed to be Orpen’s daughter Mary and is estimated at 35,000-50,000.  West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry is estimated at 80,000-100,000 and there are two lots by Jack B. Yeats, Against the Stream 1945 (60,000-80,000) and Sea Fog 1909 (8,000-12,000). There is sculpture by F.E. McWilliam and  an oil of West Cork, 1994 by William Crozier (10,000-15,000).  In total no less than 150 artists are represented among the 188 lots on the catalogue.

    UPDATE: Good prices were realised and the auction grossed just under one million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 27, 2017)

    YOKO ONO’S BASQUIAT AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, September 30th, 2017

    Jean Michel Basquiat – Cabra

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Cabra from the collection of Yoko Ono comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 16.  The 1981-82 work, measuring 60 1/4 by 60 1/4 inches, is estimated to bring $9/12 million. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, in the 1970’s.

    Yoko Ono commented:  “I have had the pleasure of owning and living with this masterwork for over two decades. The time has come for it to find a new home, and I am delighted that part of the sale proceeds will benefit the foundation I established years ago with the intention of bringing peace and tolerance to the world.”

    Executed at a time when Basquiat was exploring his Haitian and Puerto Rican roots, and becoming increasingly interested in the power of black athletes Cabra is from a group of paintings inspired by boxing icons including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Jersey Joe Walcott.   Cabra refers to the evening in 1970 when Muhammad Ali – the greatest of all time – knocked out revered heavy-weight fighter Oscar Bonavena known as ‘The Bull’. The iconic boxing ring, the hieroglyphic ‘TKO’ above the bull’s skull and, finally, the clever play on words – Cabra is Spanish for ‘goat’ or GOAT, shorthand for the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali – all add to this moving painting of one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s long-time heroes.

    Spirit Foundations was founded in 1978 to promote a message of social advancement through collective peace and tolerance. Devotedly carried on after John Lennon’s passing in 1980, Spirit Foundations remains a charitable organization that works as an agent of positive social change

    IRISH ART BRINGS IN £1.9 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    Top lots at the Irish art sale which brought in £1,909,125 at Sotheby’s in London today included works by Sir John Lavery (The Summit of the Jungfrau made £212,500 at hammer) and John Luke (Northern Rhythm made  £187,500).  Strong prices were achieved by Basil Blackshaw (The Fall sold for £162,500), Jack Butler Yeats Railway Refreshment Room  (£125,000), Mary Swanzy (Sun on the Sails £87,500), Colin Middleton (The Life Everlasting £85,000), William Crozier (The end of the Modern World £57,500) and Patrick Scott (Gold Painting 35 £46,250).

    Sir William Orpen’s Study for Nude Pattern, The Holy Well made £72,500 and his portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Courtauld and their daughter Jeanne on a settee made £61,250. A Fortune by Jack Butler Yeats made £75,000 and Untitled by Sean Scully made £60,000. Other prices include The Dark Pond by Frank McKelvey (£30,000), Caves at Concarneau by William Leech (£22,500), La Fenetre by Roderic O’Conor (£50,000), Japanese Garden by Sir John Lavery (£62,500), Potato Patch by Gerard Dillon (£47,500), Fishermens Houses by Colin Middleton (£37,500),  Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£31,250) and An Italian Water Scene by Martin Finnin (£11,875).

    Secret Lovers by Rowan Gillespie made £32,500, Egg Head by F.E. McWilliam made £22,500 and the Enignum II chair by Joseph Walsh made £10,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 1 and August 17, 2017)

    COLIN MIDDLETON, R.H.A.
    THE LIFE EVERLASTING

    SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A.
    STUDY FOR NUDE PATTERN: THE HOLY WELL

    MARY SWANZY, H.R.H.A.
    SUN ON THE SAILS

    JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. RAILWAY REFRESHMENT ROOM

    A SUCCESSFUL SALE FOR THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    W.B. Yeats’ writing bureau sold for £187,500.

    Even though the two most expensively estimated lots failed to find buyers the sale of the Yeats family collection at Sotheby’s today must be seen as a howling success.  Many lots sold for way above the top estimate and there was very keen bidding for the private collection of one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century.  The sale of more than 220 lots comprised the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack.

    Billed as the highlight an archive of 133 letters from WB to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936 failed to sell.  They had been estimated at £250,000-350,000. Similarly The Runaway Horse, the most expensively estimated of the paintings in the sale by Jack B. Yeats remained unsold. It had been estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    Against this W.B’s writing bureau made a hammer price of £187,500 over a top estimate of £30,000, John Butler Yeats’ Self Portrait, New York sold for £87,500 over  a top estimate of £50,000, a portrait of WB by his father made  £30,000 over a top estimate of £5,000, a painting of Coole by WB made £43,750 over a top estimate of £10,000 and his painting of the library at Coole made £50,000 over a top estimate of £12,000. WB’s desk chair made £32,500 and the family dining table, bought with his Nobel Prize money, made £10,000 over a top estimate of £2,500. Even his metal deed box sold for £15,000. Scrapbooks and sketchbooks all made big money. A sketchbook by WB with sketches, notes and early drafts of The Island of the Statues made £35,000 over a top estimate of £8,000. The Sunset belongs to you by Jack B made £212,500 over a top estimate of £150,000 and The Captain by the same artist sold for £87,500.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25, August 27 and August 19, 2017)

    RE DISCOVERED ORPEN DRAWING AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) ON THE HILL OF HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN, c.1912-14  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    A re-discovered Orpen drawing of bhemian youth features at Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and International Art at the RDS on October 2. On the Hill of Howth, Co. Dublin c1912-14 depicts a girl holding a knot of tiny flowers and stretching her right arm skywards in an attitude of abandon. From the estate of Dublin judge Desmond Windle it is estimated at 30,000-50,000.  He was a collector for over 60 years and  among the other artists in his collection in this sale are Patrick Collins, John Behan, Michael Kane, Charles Brady, Charles Harper, George Campbell and Sean McSweeney. The catalogue, which is online, lists 188 lots. Here is a small selection:

    Hughie O’Donoghue (b.1953) DUTIFUL SON, 2007/8 (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) SHOE BOX (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) ARCHER (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200

    Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994) THE HAPPY PRIEST, 1965 (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000

    VIVIEN LEIGH COLLECTION SOARS TO OVER FIVE TIMES ESTIMATE

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

    Winston Churchill, Roses in a Vase was the top lot at the auction

    The sale of the Vivien Leigh collection soared to over five times its pre-sale estimate at Sotheby’s in London today. Collectors turned out in their droves to witness and take part in the sale of her personal collection. Over 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867  over five times the pre-sale estimate.

    Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby’s to view first-hand paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and further items celebrating all aspects of Vivien’s life. In a saleroom filled to capacity, all of the 321 lots offered found a buyer as lot after lot soared above estimate.  In this white glove auction more than 40% of lots were bought online.

    A painting by Sir Winston Churchill given as a present to Vivien Leigh sold for £638,750, nine times the pre-sale estimate.Study of Roses was sent to Vivien shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, in August 1951. It hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life. The price achieved for this one lot exceeded pre-sale estimate for entire auction.

    WATER COLOUR SOCIETY SHOW AT DUN LAOGHAIRE

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

    THE 163rd annual exhibition of the Watercolour Society of Ireland is now in full swing at the Concourse Gallery in Dun Laoghaire County Hall.  More than 120 contemporary Irish artists are taking part.  The portrait artist Gareth Reid from Northern Ireland, winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, will be exhibiting as the Society’s invited guest artist.  The show runs until October 1. Here is a small selection:

    RAYMOND OSBORN – EARLY MORNING DINGLE

    ANGELA EMSEN-WEST GEORGE’S BREAKFAST

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    JOHN SHORT – EAST PIER

    HENRY’S CONNEMARA COTTAGE THE LEAD LOT AT ADAMS

    Monday, September 25th, 2017
    A Connemara Cottage by Paul Henry is the top lot at the James Adam evening sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 27. It has not been seen in public since it was bought directly from the artist in 1931 and is estimated at 60,000-80,000.

    The sale of about 100 lots from the UTV Collection, which was begun in 1959, will dominate the Irish art selection at James Adam.  It offers a snapshot of art in Ulster throughout the 20th century. The Belfast Boys – Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton, George Campbell and Dan O’Neill – are well represnted, Laganside at Dusk by Basil Blackshaw was an important commission and there is work by a range of artists from FE MacWilliam to Camille Souter.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) A Connemara Cottage 1925-30 (60,000-80,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 87,000 AT HAMMER

    Laganside at Dusk (1997) by Basil Blackshaw (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 35,000 AT HAMMER

    F.E. Mc William “Woman of Belfast III” (12,000 – 16.000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 35,000 AT HAMMER

    Gerard Dillon “The Artist in the country” (15,000 – 20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 39,000 AT HAMMER