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    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT MEALY’S TWO DAY SALE IN CASTLECOMER

    Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

    The spring fine art sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 28 and 29 will comprise 1,000 lots.  The sale will include the collection of an Irish gentleman of title, comprising period paintings, furniture, and decorative arts; the entire contents of a country house in the South East of Ireland – on the instructions of the representatives of the estate;  a private collection of guns and other militaria, with rare examples not seen on the market for decades; fine family silver previously held at an Irish bank vault; and a diverse selection of fine art, antiques, and interiors from other Irish estates and collections.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection from the furniture in the sale:

    A pair of William IV mahogany and crested hall chairs (500-600)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    Part of an 11 piece Hille Art Deco dining suite (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,800 AT HAMMER

    A set of 14 carved Victorian dining chairs by Eadon and Sons, Sheffield (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 6,500 AT HAMMER

    An Irish Victorian rosewood breakfast table (1,500-2,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    THE LARGEST FLAWLESS PINK DIAMOND EVER GRADED AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, March 20th, 2017

    The Pink Star

    The Pink Star will lead Sotheby’s sales of magnificent jewels and jadeite in Hong Kong on April 4.   At 59.60 carats this oval mixed-cut pink diamond is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded. It is estimated at more than US$60 million.

    The Pink Star has received the highest colour and clarity grades from the GIA for pink diamonds and has been found to be part of the rare subgroup comprising less than 2% of all gem diamonds – known as Type IIa: stones in this group are chemically the purest of all diamond crystals and often have extraordinary optical transparency. Mined by De Beers in Africa in 1999, the 132.5-carat rough diamond was meticulously cut and polished over a period of two years and transformed into this stunning gemstone.

    David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division, said: “At a time of unprecedented demand for the finest in coloured diamonds, I am delighted to be bringing this magnificent stone back to the market.  The extraordinary size of this 59.60-carat diamond, paired with its richness of colour, surpasses any known pink diamond recorded in history.”

    QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman, Asia, and Chairman International Jewellery, Asia, said: “Over the years Sotheby’s Hong Kong has played host to many outstanding stones and sales; including the 118.28-carat oval D-colour flawless diamond sold in Oct 2013, the still-current world auction record for any white diamond, as well as the fancy vivid blue 10.10-carat De Beers Millennium Jewel 4 which set a record for any jewel sold at auction in Asia in April 2016. The market for the world’s finest diamonds and gem stones remains buoyant.”

    At 59.60 carats, The Pink Star is more than twice the size of the Graff Pink’ – the 24.78-carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond which currently holds the world auction record for any pink diamond. Sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2010 for US$46.2 million the Graff Pink marked an auction record for any diamond or gemstone at the time.

    IRISH GEORGIAN MARBLE FIREPLACE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Sunday, March 19th, 2017
    An 18th century marble fireplace will be the centrepiece of the sale at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 25.  The Irish Georgian breakfront Carrara and giallo antico marble fireplace is in original condition and complete with brass inset grate.  It is estimated at 20,000-30,000.
    Antique Cork furniture includes a Regency secretaire bookcase (3,000-5,000) and four early nine bar chairs (400-600). A Killarney wood tray inlaid with scenes of Muckross Abbey has an estimate of 150-250.  There is a large collection of antique furniture and collectibles.

    The auction will include a lifetime collection of GAA hurling and football programmes to be sold in over 60 lots. The 1939 All Ireland hurling programme in which Kilkenny beat Cork is estimated at 500-700.  This is a 12 page booklet complete with songs and ballads. There are match programmes from the ’40’s, ’50’s and ’60’s with estimates from 20 upwards. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    An Irish Georgian Cararra and giallo antico marble fireplace  UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000

    A pair of antique Irish cut glass urns  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 760

    A Cork Regency secrétaire bookcase  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The 1939 All Ireland hurling final programme – a 12 page booklet printed with songs and ballads UPDATE: THIS MADE 500

    SCOTT, YEATS, BLACKSHAW AND LE BROCQUY AT DE VERES

    Thursday, March 16th, 2017

    Works by William Scott, Jack B. Yeats, Basil Blackshaw and Louis le Brocquy will be among the highlights at de Veres first art auction of 2017 on April 4.  The 160 lots include works from private collections which are fresh to the market. The catalogue cover lot is a 1973 Still Life by William Scott and it is estimated at 60,000-90,000. From the Woods Shadow by Yeats depicts a boy in the Phoenix Park. It is estimated at 80,000-120,000. A brace of paintings by Basil Blackshaw, Jack’s House I and 2, are individually estimated at 25,000-35,000.  There is a similar estimate on a tapestry by le Brocquy entitled Eden.   The first half of the sale is dedicated to the collection of the late Michael Carroll OF AIB, who bought much of his collection at the Dawson Gallery and the Taylor Galleries.  The auction goes on view at the Taylor Galleries, Kildare St. from April 1 and the venue for the sale is the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    William Scott CBE RA, 1913-1989
    STILL LIFE (1973)

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA, RUA , 1932-2016
    JACK’S HOUSE (BLUE)

    Jack B. Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
    FROM THE WOODS SHADOW (1953)

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA 1916-2012
    EDEN, 1951 (AKA Womans Heel)

    CRESTS OF THE PRINCIPAL FAMILIES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

    The book on crests is on the far right.

    Crests of the principal families of Great Britain and  Ireland are included in a lot coming up at Sotheby’s sale of two great Scottish collections in London on March 28.  Lot 175 in  a sale of property from the Forbses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian is a collection of six works on heraldry and peerage dating from 1716-1805.

    The Crests of the Principal Familes of Great Britain and Ireland was published in 1805.  There are 38 plates with prefaces.  The book belonged to Sir William Forbes and the lot is estimated at 600-800.   Property from Fettercairn House, for centuries the home to generations of Forbeses, leads the sale.  There are over 400 lots spanning the 16th century to the present day.  This will be followed by some 70 lots from the stores and attics at Monteviot House.

    A MASTERPIECE BY ZHANG DAQIAN

    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

    Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) – Lush Mountains in Misty Gleam, 1967

    A masterful splashed ink and colour landscape on gold paper by Zhang Daqian is a highlight at Sotheby’s sale of Fine Chinese Paintings in Hong Kong on April 4.  Among more than 300 lots are masterpieces by Zhang Daqian, many of which were gifts to his close friends, such as the splashed ink and colour landscape on gold paper for Tai Jingnong, a splashed ink lotus painting for Wu Hufan to celebrate his 70th birthday, and red lotuses for his friend Mao Yingchu.  The sale features a number of specially-curated thematic sections, such as an array of paintings and calligraphy previously from the collection of Wu Hufan, along with works of Wu and his students, and the collection of celebrated Guangdong book collector Mo Boji. The sale is expected to bring in around US$20 million.

    C.K. Cheung, Sotheby’s Head of Chinese Paintings Department, said: “This spring, we are pleased to present significant works in considered thematic sections that reflect the department’s meticulous sourcing approach. Not only do these groupings emphasise each work’s intrinsic artistic value, they also put into context the artists’ relationships and place in the wider art world, as well as his or her artistic orientation. Once kept in the hands of revered private collectors, many of these rare works boast impeccable provenance, and several are fresh to market.”

    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).