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    AN ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE IRISH ART

    Friday, March 10th, 2017

    A sale of affordable Irish art runs online at Morgan O’Driscoll until March 13.  There is a wide cross section of styles on offer in a crowded catalogue, which is online. Here is a small selection:

    Ken O’Neill – Double Trouble (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER,

    Louis le Brocquy – Flight c1954 (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    KEN HAMILTON (B.1956) – Still Life on Tabletop (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MARKEY ROBINSON (1918-1999) – Entrance to the Estate (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    PAULINE BEWICK (B.1935) – Pati Looking at Geese (1970) (2,000 – 3,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    SUITE OF PORTRAITS THE TOP LOT AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    One of a suite of four life size portraits attributed to Justus Sustermans

    A suite of four 17th century life size portraits in part attributed to the Flemish artist Justus Sustermans was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth fine art sale this week.  It made a hammer price of 40,000.

    Purchased by the late Judge James Murnaghan in the 1950’s the portraits are in their original frames.  They are jointly attributed to Justus Sustermans (1597-1681) and to the studio of Federico Zuccaro, Italian (c1543-1609).

    Head depicting an elegant profile of a lady by the Irish artist Dan O’Neill made 9,500 and a sculpture entitled Wandering Aengus by John Behan made 7,000 on the hammer.  An Arts and Crafts oak dining room suite by Gillows made 6,500 and aquatints after Thmas Daniels nd J. Wakes published in 1798 including An Interior View of Palace Madura sold for 5,400.

    A large Sheraton inlaid bow fronted side table made 5,200 and a reproduction of The President’s Desk from the White House known as The Resolute Desk made about 20 years ago sold for 4,600. A collection of 19th century Spode made 4,400.

    RICHTER’S ICEBERG SHINES IN STELLAR NIGHT AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    Gerhard Richter’s Iceberg led a stellar auction of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London last night. It sold for £17.7 million in an auction which realised £118 million.  In a  record breaking night for post war German art there was a new record for George Baselitz when Mit Roter Fahne (With Red Flag), 1965 sold for £7.5 million.  The 15 works by German artists totalled £48.1 million.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s seminal ‘Untitled (One Eyed Man or Xerox Face)’, 1983, sold for £12 million. When the painting previously appeared at auction in 1987, it sold for $23,100. Christopher Wool’s untitled 2007 work from his sought-after Grey Paintings series of enamel works, sold at double the estimate for £7.1 million.   Between two lights by Sean Scully sold for £800,750 over a top estimate of £650,000.

    It was an auction where 57 works sold of 61 lots offered and 75% of lots had never been offered at auction before.  There was a 35% increase in the number of sale participants compared to the equivalent auction last year, with participants from 43 countries.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 3, 14,  and 21 2017)

    Gerard Richter’s Iceberg sold for £17.7 million

    Between two lights by Sean Scully sold for £800,750

    POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART BRINGS IN £96.3 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

    Peter Doig’s Cobourg 3 + 1 More

    The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Christie’s in London totalled £96,384,000. The top price of the evening was for Peter Doig’s Cobourg 3 + 1 More, which saw determined bidding in the saleroom and on the phone and sold for £12,709,000. Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (1949) made £10,693,000. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Self Portrait, from the collection of U2’s Adam Clayton made £2,225,000. The appeal of contemporary European masters was demonstrated by Jean Dubuffet’s painting Être et poraître (To Be and to Seem) which made £10,021,000.

    Edmond Francey, Head of Department, Post-War and Contemporary Art, London said: “The exceptional sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value demonstrate that Christie’s is able to anticipate and meet the demands of the market today. The prices achieved for American artists demonstrate that they are a significant force and London is an international platform, with top prices achieved for Carl Andre, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. Jean Dubuffet was another major highlight selling above estimate. The evening opened with record prices at auction for Wolfgang Tillmans, currently the subject of a celebrated retrospective at Tate Modern, quickly followed by records for Cecily Brown, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Henry Taylor, Albert Oehlen, Carol Rama and Günther Uecker.”

    The total to date for 20th Century at Christie’s series of sales is £258,313,636.
    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 10, 2017).

    HIGHEST PRICE FOR AN OLD MASTER IN FRANCE FOR TWO DECADES

    Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

    Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) – Piazza San Marco with the Basilica and the Campanile

    A magnificent view of the Piazza San Marco, with the basilica and the campanile by Francesco Guardi sold for 6.7 million at Christie’s in Paris today.  This was the highest price achieved for an Old Master painting sold at auction in France over the past two decades.  The Guardi was the top lot in the sale in the Boniface de Castellane and Anna Gould  “A Way of Life” sale which achieved 14.2 million.  Christie’s said that this exceptional result reflected the relevant choices Boni had made when furbishing his legendary Palais Rose with the most exquisite works of art.  There were bidders from 19 countries across five continents.

    The Palais Rose’s famous Boulle furniture achieved strong prices, as illustrated by the Louis XVI pair of meubles-à-hauteur-d’appui by Etienne Levasseur and Adam Weisweiler which sold for 818,500 and the Louis XIV console attributed to André-Charles Boulle sold for 506,500. Important decorative art from the period also performed very well, as shown by the Sèvres porcelain “vases” which realised 206,500 against a presale estimate of 80,000-120,000. Art Déco works by Cartier where among the highlights of the sale.  The Jardin Japonais’ desk set made 1.1 million, a new record for an object by Cartier sold at auction.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 17, 2017)

    ROTHWELL PORTRAIT OF MARQUESS OF ORMONDE SELLS FOR 12,000 AT HAMMER

    Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

    This three quarter length portrait of the 1st Marquess of Ormonde by Richard Rothwell sold for 12,000 at hammer.

    A three quarter length portrait of James Wandesford Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde and 19th Earl of Ormonde (1774-1838) by Richard Rothwell sold for a hammer price of 12,000 at the opening day of Sheppards Classical Convergences sale in Durrow, Co. Laois today.  The catalogue cover lot, he is depicted wearing the star and ribbon of the Order of St. Patrick.

    The artist Richard Rothwell was born in Athlone and exhibited regularly at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.  In 1829 he went to London and entered the studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence, the leading portrait painter of his age. Sir Edwin Landseer commented to a friend: “An artist has come from Dublin who paints flesh as well as the Old Masters’. Rothwell went to Rome in 1831 to study the Old Masters and on his return in 1834 he concentrated on genre scenes.  He died in Rome in 1868 and is buried beside the poet John Keats.

    A pair of monumental carved wood console tables in the manner of William Kent made a hammer price of 17,000.  There was a similar price of a pair of c1890 Italian marble busts of Cleopatra and Fille du Caire by Cesare Lapini and E la Panta.  Both are signed and dated.  An oil on canvas of a horse and greyhounds by John Emms (English 1841-1912) sold for 17,500 and a roll top writing desk by Francois Linke made 14,000.

    This pair of 19th century Italian marble busts sold for 17,000.

    This pair of monumental wood console tables sold for 17,000.

    A CHALICE FOR 5,300 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

    An early 20th century Birmingham 15 carat gold and silver gilt chalice and paten sold for a hammer price of 5,300 at the opening day of Fonsie Mealy’s two day auction in Castlecomer today. It had been estimated at 3,500-5,000. The engraved and chased body is decorated with vines, wheat sheaves and studded with small diamonds, pearls and other semi-precious stones.  It was made circa 1901, by Hayes & Finch Ltd.  A large suite of three Victorian glazed bookcases made 3,800 at hammer and a modern Irish silver model of the dome of the Four Courts in Dublin sold for  2,300.

    All 19 lots Tribal Art sold at hammer prices of from 40 to 1,800.  The top lot at 1,800 was a large 20th century fertility of fetish figure, possibly Nigerian.  Standing 58″ high it was from a private Irish collection and had been estimated at 700-1,000.

    A 20th century Birmingham chalice and paten sold for 5,300 at hammer.

    This large 20th century African fetish or fertility figure sold for 1,800.

     

    THE COLLECTION OF HUBERT DE GIVENCHY 100% SOLD

    Monday, March 6th, 2017

    Diego Giaconette (1902-1985) – Table aux deux oiseau et coupelle vers 1978 sold for 962,500

    The Giacomettis of Hubert de Givenchy auction at Christie’s in Paris today achieved a total of 32,748,500 with 100% of the lots sold above their pre-sale estimate. The top price of the evening was Diego Giacometti’s octogonal table aux caryatides et atlantes, executed circa 1980 which made 4,162,500 (estimate: €600,000-800,000) establishing a new auction record for the artist.

    Active international biddings demonstrated the continued demand for exceptional pieces with prestigious provenance. Hubert de Givenchy’s long collaboration and friendship with Diego Giacometti started in the 1960’s when Givenchy met him for the first time thanks to Gustav Zumsteg, the director of the fabric company Abraham.

    SCARFE AT SOTHEBY’S IN APRIL

    Monday, March 6th, 2017

    Over 130 drawings by the foremost caricaturist and cartoonist of our age, Gerald Scarfe (b. 1936), come up at Sotheby’s in London on April 5.  One highlight is a drawing of Winston Churchill showing his final appearance in the House of Commons in 1964. Scarfe had been commissioned by The Times to record the occasion, but his image was deemed too controversial to publish. In the artist’s own words ‘…The Times refused to print my drawing, saying that Churchill’s wife, Clementine, would be upset when the paper dropped through the letter-box in the morning.’ Less than six months later Churchill was dead, and the image appeared on Private Eye’s cover. Until recently, the drawing has been on exhibition at Portcullis House, House of Commons.

    Continuing a tradition of uncompromising satire dating back to Hogarth and Gillray, Scarfe has pushed the boundaries of caricature for more than five decades, delivering provocative portraits of the foremost politicians and statesmen of our age, from Winston Churchill to Theresa May. Together, they tell the history of over half a century of political intrigue and seismic change. Scarfe’s no-holds-barred approach in his contributions for Private Eye and The New Yorker, and as The Sunday Times’ political cartoonist for more than 50 years, has secured him a place on the list of the most 40 important newspaper journalists of the modern era. While many of the drawings included in the auction have been published, a number of works included in the sale are unseen, revealing the most private views of the artist.

    Gerald Scarfe – “Churchill in the House of Commons”.

    Gerald Scarfe – “Kneel you snivelling bastard”

    MUCH TO TEMPT IRISH COLLECTORS IN KILKENNY AND LAOIS

    Saturday, March 4th, 2017
    Sales in Durrow, Co. Laois and Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny next week offer much to tempt Irish collectors. There is fine furniture, art and collectibles rarities at clashing two day sales by Sheppards and Fonsie Mealy which both take place on March 7 and 8.
    In Co. Laois part contents of Milltown Park, Co. Offaly and the former contents of the Dower House at Emo Court will come up at Sheppards. In Co. Kilkenny Fonsie Mealy has a number of lots once in the collection of Ballynahinch Castle in Co. Galway.
    Certain to cause considerable interest at Sheppards is a selection of GAA All Ireland hurling and football programmes from the 1940’s, ’50’s and early 60’s.  Among them is the official programme for the 1946 All Ireland senior hurling final at Croke Park at which Cork defeated Kilkenny on a score of 7-5 to 3-8.  Estimates are in the 50-300 range.
    Something that does not crop up too often is a Regency surtout de table, or long mirrored table centrepiece.  Sheppards estimate theirs at 20,000-40,000. A large Irish side table by Mack Williams and Gibton and a roll top desk by Francois LInke are each estimated at 15,000-25,000. A c1710 Irish gilt wood console table with grey marble top is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    The desirable collectibles at Fonsie Mealy include a set of six Cork silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll (1,200-1,800) who produced  portraits and caricatures of the inhabitants of Cork in Victorian times. Some of his work is in the Franks Collection in the British Museum. A silver table spoon with trifid terminal probably made in Galway is estimated at 3,000-4,000 and there is some Tribal art from Africa. Both sales offer a selection of art and quality antique furniture at a time when the market for furniture in particular remains depressed.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm from today until Monday.  There is viewing at Fonsie Mealy from noon to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Monday. Catalogues for both auctions are online.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 26 and February 24, 2017).

    One of six silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer (1,200-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 850 AT HAMMER

    The 1946 All Ireland senior hurling championship official programme at Sheppards (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 240