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    A SEPTEMBER SUNDAY STROLL BY JACK YEATS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

    Jack B. Yeats – Sunday Evening in September, 1949

    Sunday Evening in  September, 1949 by Jack B. Yeats will highlight Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 11. Estimated at £300,000-500,000 it features a young couple taking a stroll on St. Stephen’s Green and is described by Sotheby’s as an evocative ode to the city, of carefree evenings and a timeless tour de force.

    The sale will be led by a single-owner selection of works from the Joseph and Brenda Calihan Collection. In 16 oils, the Calihan Collection represents a distillation of Irish art across a hundred-year period, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The group is characterised by the exemplary and individual qualities of each piece. The collection of the Pittsburgh based couple includes works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon and John Luke, and carries a combined estimate in the region of €1.6 million.  The works will be on view at the RHA on August 30 and September 1.

    THE YAMANAKA RETICULATED VASE AND ITS CONTROVERSIAL COUSIN

    Monday, August 13th, 2018

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

    The Yamanaka reticulated vase, one of the most complex porcelains ever conceived by Tang Ying for the Emperor Qianlong, will come up at Sotheby’s autumn series of sales in Hong Kong. It is a pair to a vase which sold at hammer at Bainbridges for £43 million in 2010 to a Chinese billionaire who subsequently baulked at fees of 20%.  That sale eventually fell through after a two year stalemate and the vase was eventually sold in a deal brokered by Bonhams to an unidentified buyer from the Far East who is believed to have paid up to £25 million for it.

    Carved and exquisitely painted with four pairs of fish below Rococo-inspired motifs on a yellow sgraffiato ground, the exceptional famille-rose reticulated vase is skillfully modelled with an inner blue-and-white vase, which can be glimpsed through the openwork lattice, placing it among the most complex and rarest porcelains from the Qianlong period ever to have emerged on the market.

    It was included in the 1905 Yamanaka Exhibition in New York and acquired by a private Japanese collector in 1924.

    RARE AND COLLECTIBLE FASHION AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Monday, August 13th, 2018
    A special one off auction of rare and collectible fashion items from premier luxury vintage dealers What Goes Around Comes Around is to be held at Christie’s, New York on September 18. It will feature one of a kind items and vintage pieces from designers like Hermes and Chanel.
    The live auction is timed to immediately follow New York Fashion Week and is expected to attract considerable international participation.
    Highlights from the sale include a Hermes Rouge Impérial Porosus Crocodile Lisse Kelly Sellier Bag, Philippe Barland x Chanel Limited Edition Blue Carbon Surfboard, Hermès Vert Celadon Alligator Lisse Kelly Sellier Bag, Hermès Yannick Manier 30’s Bag, MONSTER x Chanel Black Quilted Adjustable Headphones and a customized Rolling Stones Leather Jacket hand-painted by Charlotte Watts (Charlie Watts’s granddaughter) for the 2016 Rolling Stones exhibition launch. Pictured is a selection from the sale.

    A FIVE STAR SUMMER AUCTION IN CONG, CO. MAYO

    Sunday, August 12th, 2018
    Furniture from the family owned five star luxury Red Carnation Hotels in Geneva, London, Guernsey and some items from Ashford Castle will be sold by auctioneer Aidan Foley in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 13. Live bidding is available through easy live auctions.
    The no reserve sale of surplus items offers a wide variety of lots from a metamorphic billiards table to desks, chairs, couches, soft furnishings, Persian rugs, wall hangings and collectibles including an 1806 letter signed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
    Red Carnation Hotels acquired and extensively refurbished Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels, after a receivership sale in 2013.  Auctioneer Aidan Foley first conducted a sale of surplus items from the Ashford Castle refurbishment in 2014.  The auction was 100% sold and was followed by two further highly successful sales of surplus items in 2016 and 2017.
    Among the notable lots that changed hands at previous sales were a bronze bust of John Wayne as The Quiet Man cast from the original statue in the village of Cong, the setting in 1951 for the film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.  Cast by Mayo based sculptor Mark Rode it sold for 3,900.  At last years sale the Black Yamaha piano played by Stevie Wonder at the wedding reception of Rory McIlroy sold for 7,800 over a top estimate of 3,000.
    Some of the lots on offer this time round previously changed hands at sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams. Among these is a collection of 19th century tapestry borders, the decorative edges that surround many tapestries are a collectible item in their own right.  A sale like this appeals both to serious collectors with deep pockets and those in search of an unusual bargain lot with the provenance of a guaranteed luxury decorative setting.
    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 4, 2018)

    A selection from the sale.

    A three seater chesterfield sofa  UPDATE: THIS MADE 580 AT HAMMER

    A metamorphic billiards table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 740 AT HAMMER

    INTERVIEW MAGAZINE SIGNED BY ANDY WARHOL AT IRISH AUCTION

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    Interview magazine signed by Andy Warhol  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    An Interview magazine signed by Andy Warhol is among the lots at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of affordable art which runs until August 13 between 6,30 pm and 11.30 pm.  Interview was an American magazine founded by Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock in 1969. Nicknamed “The Crystal Ball of Pop”  it featured intimate conversations between some of the world’s biggest celebrities artists, musicians and creative thinkers.  It continued after Warhol’s death but the magazine is to fold at the end of this year.

    Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auctions of affordable Irish art have proved popular.  This one features a wide variety of 385 lots ranging from Sir Frederick William Burton, Markey Robinson, Martin Finnin, Norman Teeling and sculptors Patrick O’Reilly and Leo Higgins.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Sir Frederick William Burton RHA (1816-1900)
    A Country Church  UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    Niall Campion Baltimore Harbour, Co Cork  UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    Still Life – Vase of Flowers by Markey Robinson  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    NAPOLEON LETTER AT AUCTION IN CONG

    Saturday, August 4th, 2018
    An 1806 letter by Napoleon Bonaparte, Persian carpets, a pair of marble pedestals, two mid 20th century designer sofas by Pierre Lottier, a collection of 19th century tapestry borders, art and garden furniture will feature at Aidan Foley’s auction in Cong, Co. Mayo on Monday, August 13.

    The Red Carnation Group, owners of Ashford Castle, has instructed Mr. Foley to sell furniture from their five star hotels in Geneva, London, Guernsey and Ashford. His previous sales of residual contents from Ashford Castle proved huge crowd pullers. Some of the lots on offer on August 13 previously changed hands at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams.  The catalogue will be available online on August 9.

    An 1806 letter by Napoleon  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    A selection of lots from Aidan Foley’s sale

    WORKS BY MacGONIGAL, HENNESSY, WEBB, SHINNORS, BEHAN

    Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
    A Galway seascape by Maurice MacGonigal, a still life by Patrick Hennessy and a flower study by Kenneth Webb are among the highlights at Dolan’s art and antiques auction in Ballyconneely, Connemara on August 6 and 7. Viewing is underway for the two day marquee sale which gets underway on Bank Holiday Monday at 12.30 p.m.  As well as paintings and sculpture the sale will feature some quality furniture, antiques and collectibles with silver, books, rugs, jewellery and a number of designer handbags from Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
    Artists include John Shinnors, George Russell, John Behan, Henry Morgan, Carina Scott and Mark O’Neill.  Lot 24 is an album of photographs showing the daily progress of the building of a railway gun wagon at Gateshead from September 1-13, 1914. The 47 photos are estimated at 1,000-1,500. A set of five US gold coins of various dates from 1873 to 1907 is estimated at  2,000-2,200. An Edwardian painted rocking horse and an early 20h century rocking horse will command attention and there is a selection of antique furniture.
    Among the furniture is a c1870 Victorian writing table, three longcase clocks, a walnut writing table and a circular late Georgian mahogany breakfast table.
    Sunlight on daffodils and azalea at Kilmurry, a watercolour by Mildred Anne Butler dated 1901 is estimated at 3,000-4,000.  Cattle in a meadow by her fellow Kilkenny artist Nassau Blair Browne, exhibited at the RHA in 1918, is estimated at 4,000-5,000.  Blair Browne served as Secretary to the RHA from 1911 to 1924 and was Governor the National Gallery of Ireland from 1918-1924.  Lot 191, Sweetpea in Bloom by Kenneth Webb is estimated at 9,000-10,000, Connemara Hooker, Roundstone Harbour by Maurice MacGonigal is estimated at  11,000-12,000 and Virgo and Letter by Patrick Hennessy is estimated at  10,000-12,000.   An oil on canvas by John Behan, primarily known as a sculptor, features fishermen in the west.  Signed and dated 2017 it is estimated at 3,500-4,000.  Much of the art in this auction of more than 500 lots will carry estimates which are lower than this. The catalogue is online.

    Sweetpea in Bloom by Kenneth Webb  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Carina Scott, MOONLIGHT OFF ROUNDSTONE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    Virgo and letter by Patrick Hennessy  UPDATE:THIS MADE 11,250 AT HAMMER

    An Edwardian rocking horse  UPDATE; THIS WAS UNSOLD

    STAR WARS JACKET COULD MAKE £1 MILLION

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

    The Star Wars jacket worn by Harrison Ford.

    The jacket worn by Harrison Ford when he played Han Solo in Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back could make up to £1 million at an auction in London on September 26.  The entertainment memorabilia live auction by Prop Store  in partnership with ODEON BFI IMAX will feature 600 original props, costumes and rare production material from more than 220 films and television shows. The venue is the Odenon BFI IMAX at Waterloo and there will be live online bidding.

    There will be a preview exhibition for three weeks prior to the sale at the Waterloo venue.

    ONLINE IRISH ART SALE OFFERS 215 LOTS

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

    An online sale of Irish art runs by Morgan O’Driscoll runs until August 7 at 6.30 p.m.   The catalogue lists 215 works.  Here is a small selection:

    PATRICK O’REILLY (B.1957)Bear with Bell (1,000-1,400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012)Flight c.1954 (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,100 AT HAMMER

    RICHARD THOMAS MOYNAN (1856-1906) Girl with a Book and Toys (1893) (3,000-5,000)UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    Kenneth Webb – Roundstone Harbour, Connemara (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    DOLAN’S SUMMER ART AND ANTIQUES AUCTION IN CONNEMARA

    Friday, July 27th, 2018

    Sean Keating HRA, HRSA (1899-1977) Fear agus ban on Oilean.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The catalogue cover lot for Dolan’s two day sale in Ballyconneely, Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday August 6 and on the following day is a cheerful pastel and charcoal portrait by Sean Keating (1889-1977),  Fear agus bean an Oilean is estimated at 25,000-30,000.  Born in Limerick Sean Keating  studied under Sir William Orpen.  He won the Taylor Scholarship in 1914 and went to visit the Aran Islands with Harry Clarke.  This was a turning point in his career and the islands and their inhabitants became the subject of many of his works.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy and represented Ireland at the New York World Fair of 1939.

    Dolans art and antique auction is to be a marquee sale in Ballyconneely.  Viewing there gets underway at noon on July 29 and continues until the start of the sale at 12.30 pm on August 7.