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    Monday, September 18th, 2017

    There will be a mix bag of lots at Mealy’s autumn thrift sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on September 22. Estimates are very reasonable for a sale that includes a carved and lacquered oriental chest (150-250), a Regency period ebony strung table (80-120), a 19th century French vinyard clock (40-60) and a 17th century style oak dresser (180-250).  The catalogue is online.

    A 17th century style oak dresser (180-250)

    A 19th century French vinyard clock

    A Regency ebony strung tilt top table

    A carved and lacquered oriental chest.


    Saturday, September 16th, 2017

    Viewing for the Irish art auction at de Veres on September 20 at 6 pm gets underway at Kildare St. at noon today. The 131 lots offer a mix of 20th century and contemporary art.  Traditionalists will be taken by two works. A Muted Appeal – the little match girl by Richard Thomas Moynan whose subject is a flower seller who worked at Chatham St. off Grafton St. The second traditional offering is Gathering Beans by Arthur David McCormick, a work purchased at the James Gorry Gallery in 1988. There is art by Sean McSweeney, Charles Brady, Diana Copperwhite, John Shinnors, Robert Ballagh, Norah McGuinness and a wide cross section of Irish artists.  Viewing is at de Veres, the auction will be held at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online.

    Evening, Grand Parade, Cork by Cecil Galbally (1911-1995) (3,000-5,000)

    : A Muted Appeal (the little match girl) by Richard Thomas Moynan (1850-1906) (6,000-9,000).


    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version 1971

    Francis Bacon’s landmark painting Study of Red Pope 1962, 2nd version 1971,  will come up at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale on October 6 during Frieze Week.  It stands as the grand finale to his celebrated body of Papal portraits and is the only painting that unites the Pope with his greatest love George Dyer, who is depicted as the Pope’s reflection.

    First exhibited on 26 October 1971, in the legendary retrospective of Francis Bacon’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris, Study of Red Pope 1962,  2nd version 1971 was executed six months earlier in April 1971. It has been unseen in public for 45 years.  This is the first and only time in his oeuvre that Bacon united his two greatest obsessions: the Pope and George Dyer – his great muse and lover.

    The canvas became a tragic premonition of Dyer’s fateful end when, less than thirty-six hours before the opening of the career-defining exhibition, Dyer was found dead. Acquired by the family of the present owner in 1973 this work has appeared in all the major publications dedicated to Bacon’s work but never exhibited publicly.


    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Pablo Picasso’s Femme accroupie (Jacqueline), painted on October 8, 1954  will come to auction for the first time at Christie’s evening sale  of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 13 in New York. From a private collection, it is estimated to sell for $20-30 million.

    The brilliant primary colors in Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) illustrate a sunny day in the South of France during early autumn, 1954. Picasso and Jacqueline Roque, his ultimate paramour and eventual second wife, had begun living together in the Midi and would soon return to Paris to reside in the artist’s studio.

    Jessica Fertig, head of the evening sale, said: “Picasso embarked on his late, great period, which his biographer John Richardson succinctly defined and characterized as “l’époque Jacqueline“—It is Jacqueline’s image that dominates Picasso’s work from 1954 until his death, longer than any of the women who preceded her.

    Christie’s Global President, Jussi Pylkkanen, remarked: “Jacqueline was a beautiful woman and one of Picasso’s most elegant muses. This painting of Jacqueline hung in Picasso’s private collection for many years and has rarely been seen in public since 1954. It is a museum quality painting on the grand scale which will capture the imagination of the global art market when it is offered at Christie’s New York this November.”


    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Artists like Kenneth Webb, Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, Basil Blackshaw, James Humbert Craig and Harry Kernoff all feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online Irish art auction.  Bidding is open until the evening of Monday September 18.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Aaron Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Connemara Cailin (3,000-5,000)

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) The Orchard (3,000-5,000)

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    Wild Flower Meadow (4,000-6,000)


    Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    Antony Gormley – A Case for an Angel 1 (1989)

    Antony Gormley’s A Case for an Angel I (1989) will be a highlight at Christie’s Frieze Week auctions.  Estimated at £5,000,000-7,000,000) the work is poised to set an auction record for the artist.   A Case for an Angel I is a magnetic and imposing presence, resplendent with an 8.5-metre wingspan.

    Katharine Arnold, who heads the sale at Christie’s, said: “Antony Gormley has pioneered a poignant type of sculpture reflecting upon the balance of human aspirations versus our physical limitations. A Case for an Angel I (1989) is the original articulation of this concept, configured in the 1:1 size of the artist’s body and with an 8.5-metre wingspan, the sculpture creates a vast optical horizon. We expect the sculpture, which prefigured the artist’s landmark sculpture the Angel of the North at Gateshead, to perform at the highest levels.”

    British artists will form a focal point of Christie’s Frieze Week Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on October 6.  The sale will feature masterworks by major figures, including Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson and Jenny Saville.


    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    Kusama’s rare pink Infinity Net and Richter’s Abstract Painting (679-2) will lead the evening sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art autumn series on September and October 1.  Apart from a series of works by Kusama Yayoi and a dedicated section for Chinese contemporary artists born in the 1970’s there will be a themed sale for the Japanese post-war artist, Morita Shiryu and a selection of western contemporary art.

    Kusama Yayoi, Untitled, 1972 |(US$4.1-5.8 million)

    Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (679-2), 1988. (US£4.1-6.2 million)


    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    Mark Rothko Untitled (Orange and Yellow)
    1969 (£4-6 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

    Masterworks from the collection of Antoni Tapies, one of the most famous Post-War artists of his generation, will come up at Christie’s this autumn. Featuring artists including Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko, these works will star in the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening auction on October 6,  Up Close on October 3 and the forthcoming Impressionist and Modern Art auctions in February 2018.

    The personal collection of Antoni Tapies includes some of the most important figures of the twentieth century avant-garde and offers a unique insight into the powerful bond that existed between the artist and the paintings and sculptures he encountered over the course of his lifetime.  Born in Barcelona in 1923, Antoni Tapies grew up as the violence of the Civil War was being inscribed on the ancient walls of his city. From destruction, he forged one of the greatest bodies of abstract work of the twentieth century. He first came to prominence in the late 1940’s, a scholarship to Paris in 1950-51 led to a meeting with Pablo Picasso. Tapies deliberately chose commonplace materials to infuse with new significance. In 1984, he created the Ta?pies Foundation. Antoni Tapies died in 2012. Here are some examples from his collection:

    Alberto Giacometti
    Homme (Apollon)
    Bronze with golden brown patina
    Conceived in 1929, this bronze version cast circa 1948–56 in an edition of six (£800,000-1.2 million)© Christie’s Images Limited 2017

    Pablo Picasso Le coq saigné (‘The bled cock’)
    1947-8 (£2.2-2.8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2017


    Monday, September 11th, 2017

    Cast members copy of the script for The Quiet Man, winner of two Oscars and shot in Cong, Co. Mayo in 1951,

    A 1943 florin, Ireland’s rarest issued coin, was the top lot at Whyte’s eclectic collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  It sold for a hammer price of 7,500.  Other top lots which excited collectors included a set of photographic stills from The Quiet Man (4,200), The Quiet Man shooting script (3,600), a gold 1811 USA five dollars (3,200), a signed copy of The Beatles Love me Do (3,000), a trio of medals to a Scottish family involved in the 1916 Rising (2,700), a signed Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album (2,600), a signed first edition of At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien (2,300) and a 1934 Irish Army Volunteer Force uniform (2,200).

    More than 80% of lots were sold.  The auction grossed 230,000.


    Monday, September 11th, 2017

    The most comprehensive private collection of Irish Ten Shilling notes ever assembled will be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb on September 25 in London. The collection of the late Tony Lenny, who latterly lived in Wicklow,  displays extraordinary perseverance.  He spent 40 years putting it together and acquired examples of 230 of the 231 dates on which Irish Ten Shilling notes were issued. Opinion differs on whether the one that evaded him actually exists.

    The Lenny Collection is being auctioned in two parts. Among the 78 lots to be offered later this month are the only known examples of a particular date or prefix. Rare notes from the 1920’s and 1930’s are included along with a fascinating group from the early 1940’s all stamped with single code letters as a wartime security measure. Estimates brange from £100 to £150 up to £800 to £1,000 for a rare note dated 31 December 1929.

    Born in 1924 in Cookstown, County Tyrone Tony Lenny worked as an executive at the Irish Grain Board and at R. & H. Hall. He and his wife Dympna moved to Bray, raised five children and ran a wool shop. Tony Lenny loved horse racing and he opened two betting offices, one in Bray and the other in central Dublin.