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    ASHFORD VIEWS OF MAYNOOTH CASTLE AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

    A pair of views of Maynooth Castle, by William Ashford P.R.H.A. (1746-1824)  comes up at Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale in London on July 4.  These fresh to market works are from the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Leinster.   Painted in the Anglo-Irish Romantic tradition, they were commissioned by William FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster.

    Ashford, in a remarkably short space of time, had advanced from being a flower painter to becoming one of the most accomplished and sought-after view painters in Ireland.  He  was elected as the first President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1823, the year before his death. Depicting the ruins of the former FitzGerald family seat, the ‘Views of Maynooth Castle’ are signed ‘W. Ashford’ and dated 1779 and 1780. In the Carton inventory of 1885 they were listed as hanging in the passage by the principle staircase of the residence. The paintings are estimated at £80,000 – 120,000.

    WILLIAM ASHFORD P.R.H.A. (Birmingham 1746-1824 Dublin) Views of Maynooth Castle, a pair

    WILLIAM ASHFORD P.R.H.A. (Birmingham 1746-1824 Dublin) Views of Maynooth Castle, a pair

     

    AN AUCTION OF IRISH ART BY DE VERES

    Monday, June 4th, 2018
    An Irish art auction by de Veres takes centre stage on June 12, hard on the heels of sales by Whyte’s, Morgan O’Driscoll and James Adam.  The leading lot at de Veres is William Scott’s Painting 1959 with an estimate of 250,000-350,000.
    The June 12 sale at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St. in Dublin will be on view at de Veres on Kildare St. from June 9. The catalogue is brimful of lots by artists as varied as Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Collins, Dan O’Neill, Roderic O’Conor, Michael Farrell, Camille Souter and John Doherty with sculpture by Rowan Gillespie, Patrick O’Reilly, Michael Farrell and other leading Irish lights.

    The growing confidence in the market for Irish art is reflected in estimates like 50,000-70,000 for Paysage des reves mauvais by Colin Middleton, 40,000-60,000 for  A Road in Connemara by Paul Henry, 30,000-50,000 for John Doherty’s photo realist depiction with acrylic on canvas of John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin and Swallows under the roof by Patrick Collins is estimated at 8,000-10,000.

    Painting 1959 by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 280,000 AT HAMMER

    John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin, Co. Kerry by John Doherty  UPDATE: THIS MADE 66,000 AT HAMMER

    OSBORNE AND YEATS THE TOP LOTS AT ADAMS

    Thursday, May 31st, 2018

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    The Belle of Chinatown (1943)

    Counting the flock by Walter Osborne sold for a hammer price of 165,000 to become the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It had been estimated at 100,000-150,000.  The Belle of Chinatown by Jack Butler Yeats made 108,000 at hammer. It had been estimated at 80,000-120,000.

    Among the other top hammer prices were Mainie Jellett’s Abstract Composition (39,000); Belfast Street with children by Colin Middleton (17,000); A bog pool in Wicklow by Paul Henry (44,000); The Liffey by Norah McGuinness (14,000);  Evening on the house top, Tangier by Sir John Lavery (23,000); A glimpse of Lough Neagh by Frank McKelvey (10,000); Mask of the Atlantic by Rory Breslin (14,000); Mid week sale by Mark O’Neill (11,000);  and Osborne’s Beached rowing boat and figures by the shore (23,000).

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 27, 2018)

    ONLY 13 OF TOP 100 SELLING ARTISTS WERE WOMEN

    Monday, May 28th, 2018

    Yayoi Kusama, White No.28 (1960)

    Only 13 of the top 100 artists whose works fetched the highest amounts at auction in 2017  were women.  The top female artist was Japan’s Yayoi Kusama, whose works sold for $65.6m (£48.9m) – putting her 13th overall, according to figures from MutualArt. The 13 women in the top 100 accounted for sales of $263m – 7.4% of the overall total of $3.5 billion.

    Leonardo da Vinci was top of the 2017 auction rankings.  His Salvator Mundi made a staggering $450 million last November. Next was  Jean Michel Basquiat – whose works fetched $338 million  in 2017 – then Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein.

    At the age of 89, Kusama is the only living woman in the top 50. After her, the top-selling women were Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell and Agnes Martin – who, like Kusama, made their names in 1950s New York.

    Kusama is famed for paintings and sculptural installations that build seemingly endless patterns of polka dots. The Japanese artist was an influence on Pop Art in the 1950s and 60s and, in monetary terms, is far ahead of any other female artist.

    ART AND HISTORY AT JAMES ADAM SALE IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018
    Art and history coincide in a large watercolour by James Mahony of some lost Cork city fabric at the James Adam evening sale of important Irish art in Dublin on May 30.  The 1852 work is of the opening of the National Exhibition of the Arts, Manufactures and Products of Ireland in a building designed by the brilliant John Benson which stood where Cork City Hall now graces the riverside. Benson designed some iconic Cork buildings such as the English Market, the Waterworks, the Firkin Crane and the Butter Market.  Because they were mostly made of wood all of them have lost their original truss roofs as a result of fire. After the exhibition the building shown here was dismantled, sold and re-erected beside the Cork School of Art. Named The Atheneaeum it was used for lectures, exhibitions and performances. Re-named Cork Opera House in 1877 it was destroyed by fire in 1855.

    Walter Osborne’s Counting the Flock is the main lot of the auction, estimated at 100,000-150,000. There are works by Paul Henry, Jack Yeats, a Tangier painting  by Sir John Lavery and an abstract by Mainie Jellett.  There are two sculptures by Eilis O’Connell from the collection of the late John Hunt and works by Louis le Brocquy, George Campbell, Norah McGuinness, Colin Middleton, Patrick Hickey, Charles Tyrrell and Richard Gorman. Viewing at Adams is from 2 pm to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The Official Opening of the National Exhibition of the Arts, Manufactures and Products of Ireland, Cork 1852 by James Mahony ARHA (1810-1879)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    Counting the Flock by Walter Osborne (1859-1903)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 165,000 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Saturday, May 26th, 2018

    An off the wall auction of affordable art is running  online at Morgan O’Driscoll until May 28 at 6.30 pm. The catalogue, which lists 370 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    MARIE CARROLL (20TH/21ST CENTURY) University Church  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    NORMAN J. MCCAIG (1929-2001)Connemara Peat Bog  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    JOHN KINGERLEE (B.1936)Madame (SRIK Series)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    JOHN MORRIS (20TH/21ST CENTURY) Brittas Bay  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    YEATS, HENRY, CONOR, O’NEILL AT WHYTE’S

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, William Conor, Dan O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy and other leading artists feature at Whyte’s evening sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS in Dublin on May 28.  The lead lot is Morning Glory by Yeats, a 14′”x 18″  oil estimated at 80,000-100,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    MORNING GLORY, 1945 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 175,000 AT HAMMER

    LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW, 1929 JOHN LUKE RUA (1906-1975) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    WESTERN SKIES, c.1919 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER

    VIEWS OF THE SKELLIG ISLANDS (A PAIR) RICHARD BRYDGES BEECHEY ARHA (1808-1895) (2,000-3,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S ONLINE SALE

    Sunday, May 20th, 2018

    The Winners by Dan O’Neill (1920-1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    The Winners, an oil on board by Dan O’Neill at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auction of Irish art on May 21  last came up at The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s in London in 2002.  It sold for 8,000 euro then.  This time around it is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    Highlights of the sale include works by James Humbert Craig, Henry Robertson Craig, John Butler Yeats, Kenneth Webb, Basil Blackshaw and Carey Clarke. There are 224 lots including sculpture and each can be viewed life-size in your own setting via the AR Marker with the Morgan ODriscoll app.  The catalogue for the sale is online. Here is a small selection:

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    July Profusion  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    The Horse Fair  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    Foxgloves by William Crozier (1930-2011)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    CHAIR BY JOSEPH WALSH AT DE VERES

    Sunday, May 20th, 2018
    The Figure of Six ash chair from 2006 by Joseph Walsh is, at 6,000-9,000, the most expensively estimated piece of furniture at de Veres evening Design Auction at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St. on May 22.  The work of this Cork based designer is at the Pompidou, Paris, Cooper Hewitt, New York, the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the National Museum of Ireland and many other prestige collections.
    The hammock like profile in a pedestal frame of the 1971 Falcon chair and stool by the Norwegian designer Sigurd Resell ensured its enduring popularity and a production lifeline that went on for more than 30 years. The one at de Veres is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    The auction of 200 lots features Danish sideboards, coffee tables, settees and easy chairs, Italian console tables, bars and lamps. wall mirrors, easy chairs, coffee tables and shelves.  Designers featured range from Eero Saarinen, Niels Otto Moller and Charles and Ray Eames to Sir Norman Foster and Philippe Starck.  There are shelves and lamps by sculptor Patrick O’Reilly and art by Patrick Scott, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Willie Doherty, Conor Fallon, Theo McNab and William Scott among 200 lots.  The catalogue is onlinel Here is a small selection.

    Figure of Six ash chair by Joseph Walsh  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    PATRICK SCOTT HRHA, 1921-2014 GOLD PAINTING  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    ROSEWOOD BUREAU, DANISH, 1960’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    Falcon chair by Sigurd Resel  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    CORK SILVER AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018
    Cork silver, Georgian and later furniture and a pocket sketchbook with 30 watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill dated 1884-96 all feature at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 19. A sauceboat by the Cork maker Carden Terry is estimated at 200-400 and the sale will include silver serving spoons by makers such as Timothy Conway, James Salter and Richard Garde with estimates of 100-200. A Newcastle silver teapot made in 1798 by John Robertson II is estimated at 200-300.

    A 19th century oil after Murillo, The Holy Children with a Shell, is estimated at 600-1,000.  There is a selection of Georgian and later furniture including pieces made by O’Connell’s of Lavitt’s Quay Cork.  Some period furniture is in need of restoration and this is reflected in the estimates.  More than 40 lots of books and a copy of the will of John Evan-Freke, 6th Baron Carbery (1765-1845) are included.  The catalogue is online.

    A pocket sketchbook with 30 late Victorian watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill .  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400

    A Cork silver sauceboat by Carden Terry.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950