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    BALLYEDMOND’S GENTLEMAN’S ACCESSORIES & AN EXQUISITE SMALL CEZANNE

    Friday, June 9th, 2017
    Cufflinks

    Ballyedmond – This pair of sapphire and diamond cufflinks made £16,250 (with an estimate of £3,000-4,000)

    The online sale of gentleman’s accessories from the collection of Irish entrepreneur Lord Ballyedmond  was 100% sold, making it the second white glove online auction at Sotheby’s in 2017.  There were cufflinks, tie pins and watches by great names including Cartier, Van Clef & Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany and Co.  The sale attracted global interest with US bidders placing most bids, followed by the UK, Italy and Russia.  No less than 75% of lots on offer went for prices above their high estimate.
    Over two days of sales in London in May the Ballyedmond Collection of over 500 objects, mostly from his restored townhouse in Belgravia, made £4.3 million over a top estimate of £3.1 million. Born in Kilcurry Co. Louth Edward Haughty, who became Lord Ballyedmond, made his fortune founding and steering the Norbrook Group, a pharmaceutical company based in Newry.

     

     

    Paul Cezanne – Baigneuses, La Montagne Sainte-Victoire au fond (It is estimated at £4-6 million) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Paul Cezanne’s Baigneuses La Montagne Sainte-Victoire au fond is an exquisite small work that  units two key motifs, bathers and the Montagne Sainte Victoire. Measuring just five by eight inches it is the dover lot of Sotheby’s inaugural Actual Size sale in London on June 21.  It is estimated at £4-6 million. At the turn of the century Cezanne’s revolutionary works began the process of the fragmentation of reality in art and opened the door to modernism.  He used the classical subject of bathers as a compositional tool for a completely new and free aesthetic.  The use of translucent watercolour renders the human figure almost weightless and the nudes are fully embraced by nature.  Adding to the rarity the composition includes a view of Montagne Saine-Victoire.  In a small scale the artist captures the most important subjects and ideas that formed his artistic legacy. On June 21 to coincide with the flagship sales in London Sotheby’s will stage a “small” sale. This brings together a range of works from the 20th and 21st centuries. This first of a kind sale will include painting, sculpture and works on paper with one common characteristic – each will be no bigger than the size of the catalogue page on which it is illustrated.

    COLLECTION OF RAINE, COUNTESS SPENCER AT CHRISTIE’S IN JULY

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

    The collection of Raine, Countess Spencer (1929-2016) comes up at Christie’s in London in July. Only daughter of romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland and stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales she enjoyed a position at the centre of London society for over 60 years. Lady Spencer had an appreciation of the fine and decorative arts; 18th century France was of special interest, and she assembled a collection of paintings by some of the greatest artists of that period, including Boucher, Fragonard and Vernet. She collected fine furniture on which she displayed ormolu clocks, objets d’art and Chinese works of art – including intricately carved jades; the Art Deco was also a period of particular inspiration. Highlights from Lady Spencer’s collection of French 18th century Old Master paintings will be offered at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale on July 6.  This will be followed by a sale featuring furniture, Old Master paintings, objets d’art and jades and a selection of couture, jewellery and accessories from her personal wardrobe on July 13. Here is a small selection with all images courtesy of Christie’s.

    Claude Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris)
    A Mediterranean sea-port with fishermen unloading cargo (£300,000-500,000)

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
    The goddess Aurora triumphs over night, announcing Apollo in his chariot, while Morpheus sleeps – a bozzetto (£150,000-200,000)

    One of several ‘Lady Dior’ handbags, this one of black leather with stud work decoration (£1,000-1,500)

    A LOUIS XVI COMMODE
    CIRCA 1770-75, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE-PIERRE FOULLET (£60,000-90,000)

    LONDON TO ST. IVES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, June 5th, 2017

    London to St. Ives, a journey through British Art is the title of the sale of an important private collection at Sotheby’s on June 29.  The evening sale comprises 49 works and features British artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Anthony Caro.

    During the middle of the 20th century, London – bomb-ravaged and starving but still the capital city of a global empire – had a serious competitor as the artistic capital in a small fishing village at the westernmost tip of the country. In both London and Cornwall, artists wrestled with the question posed by German philosopher Adorno – how could one write poetry after the horrors of Auschwitz? For London-based artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Reg Butler this resulted in an intense and forensic re-examination of the human figure and human relationships. In St Ives artists such as Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost turned to abstraction. This is an auction of work by the British artists at the forefront of the avant-garde. It is estimated to bring in between £3-5 million.

    Peter Lanyon – Fly Away 1961 (£300,000-500,000)

    Patrick Heron – Tall Brown June 1959 (£400,000-600,000)

    Frank Auerbach – Jake Seated (£300,000-500,000)

    A PRE-RAPHAELITE BEAUTY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Lady Lillith

    The only version of one of the most iconic works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to remain in private hands comes up at Sotheby’s in London on July 13. A celebration of the beauty of the artist’s first mistress, Fanny Cornforth Lady Lilith comes to auction for the first time in thirty years. The work was painted during Rossetti’s most innovative period in the 1860’s, when he created the cult of the Pre-Raphaelite beauty, or ‘Stunner’ as he called them, whose physical qualities were embodied by Fanny Cornforth.  It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

    Simon Toll, Sotheby’s Victorian Art Specialist, said: “Rossetti’s work is a great passion of mine and I have been lucky enough to bring to auction several important examples by him in recent years, breaking the world record for a watercolour, a drawing and an oil painting. ‘Lady Lilith’ has always been one of my favourites but I had never seen this particular picture ‘in the flesh’. It was a moment of genuine excitement when I first saw it being unwrapped from the packing case in which it had been sent from Japan, its home for the last thirty years. Not only is the work in wonderful condition, it’s also in Rossetti’s original frame and with the artist’s hand-written poem attached to the backing-board. To find a picture in such an untouched condition is exceptionally rare.”

    SCOTT’S BLUE STILL LIFE SELLS FOR 450,000 AT HAMMER AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, May 29th, 2017

    William Scott (1913-1989) – Blue Still Life

    William Scott’s Blue Still Life sold for a hammer price of 450,000 (560,000 including commission and VAT) at Whyte’s sale at the RDS in Dublin this evening.  It was bought by an English agent for an unknown client.  The underbidder, who was Irish, was in the room.

    This was the most valuable work by an artist who was proud to call himself Irish ever sold in this country.  Scott was born in Scotland to an Irish father and spent most of his childhood in Enniskillen where he was encouraged to paint by his art teacher Kathleen Bridle.  He is regarded, among with Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, as one of the foremost British artists of the 20th century.  He always carried his Irish passport.

    The sale brought in around 1.8 million and was the most valuable art sale at Whyte’s since 2007.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 23 and May 15, 2017)

    A VENETIAN MASTERPIECE AT SOTHEBY’S IN JULY

    Monday, May 29th, 2017

    Michele Marieschi – La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore

    A rare eighteenth century painting by Italian artist Michele Marieschi will come up at Sotheby’s  flagship Old Master evening sale in London on July 5. La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore, comes to the market following a successful restitution settlement, led by Art Recovery International, between the current possessors and the heirs of the previous owners – the Graf family who last saw the painting in 1938, before they fled Nazi occupied Austria. Following over 15 years of negotiations, the work will be offered this summer with an estimate of £500,000 – 700,000.

    Painted in 1739 – 40, La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore is a rare example of a unique work by Marieschi, who often created multiple paintings from the same viewpoint. Depicting the Dogana with the Church of San Giorgio across the Bacino in the distance, and animated by a host of colourful figures and gondolas in the foreground, this painting is notable for its broad panorama and the depth of its composition, and is one of Marieschi’s most successful works.

    ART COLLECTION OF MARIO TESTINO AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, May 29th, 2017

    The art collection of celebrated photographer Mario Testino will be sold across two auctions at Sotheby’s on September 13 and 14 and an online only sale of the photographs he collected. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Museo Mate in Lima, Peru.  The sale will be preceded by an exhibition – “Shake it Up” – at Sotheby’s in London.  More than 400 works will be displayed. “Art had a transformative effect on my life and I want to give people this same opportunity. I hope through Museo MATE and all its activities we can do that”  he said.

    A collector for over three decades Testino supported many leading artists before they became established names.  There are artists of 45 different nationalities in the sale.  They range from  renowned international artists including Richard Prince, Georg Baselitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rudolf Stingel, Sterling Ruby, Gilbert & George and Cindy Sherman, to emerging names from every corner of the globe.

    Wolfgang Tillmans Eclipse 2-3 (1998) (£40,000-60,000)

    Richard Prince Untilted (Girlfriend) 1993 (£250,000-350,000)

    THE JAMES ADAM SALE OF IMPORTANT IRISH ART IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    The evening sale of Important Irish Art by James Adam in Dublin on May 31 contains 161 lots and includes art from the collection of the late Gillian Bowler.  She collected Irish art from the late ’70’s onwards by artists including Louis le Brocquy, Barrie Cooke, Tony O’Malley, Basil Blackshaw, T.P. Flanagan, Patrick Collins, Stephen McKenna, Rowan Gillespie and others.  Bowler was founding chairman of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    Early Morning, Cliffony (1941) (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) Gubellaunaun from the Bog (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    Sean Keating PRHA HRSA HRA (1889-1978)
    The Turf Quay, Aran (40,000-60,000)UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)
    Dans Les Vignes (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Fan Tailed Pigeons (528) (40,000-60,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 58,000 AT HAMMER

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003)
    Winter Lines and Shapes UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER (2,000-4,000)

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    THE COLLECTION OF A PRINCE AT MEALY’S SUMMER SALE

    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    Fine and decorative art, antiques, garden furniture, statuary and interiors will feature at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 30.  The auction of 700 lots will include the collection of the late Prince and Princess Guirey, who had a home at Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.  His title is a Khanate of the Crimea, formed in 1449 as an independent state by clans of the Mongolian Golden Horde.  Among his ancestors are Haci Giray first ruler of the region, believed to be a descendent in the 11th generation of Genghis Khan (1162-1227) founder of the Mongol Empire. She was daughter of Lady Omerod of Nassau in the Bahamas and the late Frederick Sigrist, aviation pioneer and one of the founders of Hawker Siddeley.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A BOW-FRONTED MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE SIDE CABINET (200-300)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 140 AT HAMMER

    UNUSUAL SMALL LIGHT-BLUE AND IRON-RED CHINESE PORCELAIN VASE (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY FOLD OUT THAI MANUSCRIPT (500-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE III PERIOD MAHOGANY CHEST-ON-CHEST (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS  MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004), ‘Sumo Monte Carlo, Tashkin 1999’ number 09924, of a worldwide edition of ten thousand copies. (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    A CLEVER VICTORIAN OVAL SILVER POCKET FLASK, by Leuchap London & Paris (250-350)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 260 AT HAMMER

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    HUGE INTEREST IN WHYTE’S UPCOMING ART SALE

    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

    Headed by a William Scott Blue Still Life estimated at 400,000-600,000 Whyte’s sale at the RDS on May 29 will attract both Irish and international interest.  Other prime lots include a Louis le Brocquy tapestry of Adam and Eve created in 1951  (80,000-100,000) and a rare wood carving by F.E. McWilliam entitled Man and Wife (70,000-90,000).  An iconic 1960’s image of Twiggy in front of a painting by Bridget Riley by American photographer Bert Stern is estimated at 5,000-7,000 and a 1938 landscape by Paul Henry is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 15, 2017)

    Frederick Edward McWilliam RA HRUA (1909-1992) MAN AND WIFE, 1934 (70,000-90,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70,000 AT HAMMER

    Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014) RECLINING NUDE, 1965 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN, 1951-1952 (80,000-120,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 140,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958) AN IRISH BOG, c.1938 (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130,000 AT HAMMER