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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

    CORK TABLE AND CHAIRS AT MARSHS SALE

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    A set of 12 inlaid Cork 11-bar chairs and a four pod dining table will be a feature lots at Marshs auction in Cork on June 9.  Both are by O’Connell’s of Cork and from the Dowdall family formerly of Dunsland, Glanmire. The chairs are estimated at 8,000-10,000 and the table at 2,000-3,000.

    A table that functioned as the boardroom table at Cork lawyers O’Flynn Exhams is also in the sale.  It last changed hands at Marshs in the 1960’s and was previously in the possession of Mahony’s of Blarney.  Prime lots of furniture include a mid 18th century Georgian two door glazed bookcase (8,000-10,000) and a pair of large Regency gilt wall mirrors (3,000-3,500).  A pair of French 19th century marble topped side cabinets is estimated at 2,000-2,500 and a large Victorian dining table has an estimate of 2,000-3,000. Other lots include a set of 12 mahogany dining chairs (1,000-2,000), a pair of Victorian marquetry display cabinets (2,000-2,500), a 19th century hunting table (1,500-2,000) and an Italian marble topped console table (1,500-2,000).

    A set of 11-bar chairs and dining table by O’Connell’s, Cork  UPDATE: THE CHAIRS MADE 8,000, THE TABLE 3,000

    A mid 18th century Georgian bookcase – UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000

    LANDMARK CHIPPENDALE SALE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    Some of the grandest pieces of 18th century furniture ever created are included in a landmark Thomas Chippendale sale at Christie’s in London on July 5.  A George III mahogany and Indian ebony commode by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Rowland Winn between 1766 and 1769, is estimated at £3-5 million. This lavish neoclassical piece, a masterpiece of English design, broke the world auction record for his work when it was sold from the Messer Collection in 1991.

    Chippendale was master of many mediums and there are works in giltwood, mahogany, marquetry and lacquer as well as his game changing book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director first published in 1754. The dedicated London auction will present 22 lots with estimates from £5,000-5 million. Tradition has it that Chippendale designed Christie’s original rostrum for his friend James Christie, the model for which is still in use today.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2018.

    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)

    A VARIED SELECTION OF SUCCESSFUL LOTS FROM MEALY’S SUMMER SALE

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

    A varied selection of items among the top lots on the first day at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on May 29 follows.  The sale continues today.

    THIS LARGE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY BLACK FOREST CHAMOI GROUP MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    A TERRACOTTA GROUND IRISH DUN EMER WOOL CARPET MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    THIS IRISH GEORGE III STYLE MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND PEAT BUCKET MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    THIS WHITE CARVED STATUARY MARBLE MANTELPIECE MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    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

    ALL ABOUT GARDENS AT SHEPPARDS

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Garden sculpture and architectural ornaments, sundials,  vases, fountains, benches, spheres, gates, tables and troughs will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale in Durrow on May 29.  Viewing is at Glantelwe Gardens, Mill Road, Durrow.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    PAIR OF LARGE ESTATE ITALIANATE STONE LIONS (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CLASSICAL TERRACOTTA JARDINIERES (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    19TH CENTURY CAST-IRON BENCH (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CAST IRON FRENCH JARDINIERES (400-600)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 600 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