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    CLASSIC 20TH CENTURY DESIGN AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT DE VERES

    Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

    More than 300 lots will come under the hammer at the de Veres Design Auction in Dublin on May 21.  The auction will include 100 lots of contemporary art.  There is 20th century furniture by designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Grete Jalk, Erik Jorgensen, Rolf Benz, Arne Jacobsen, Mies Van der Rohe, Hans Wegner, Bruno Mathsson, Pierre Paulin and Erik Buch.  Artists whose work will feature include Tony O’Malley, Patrick Scott, Barrie Cooke, William Scott and Hughie O’Donoghue.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Headland Landscape by William Crozier (1930-2011) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A set of 10 French 1970’s dining chairs (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    A pair of chairs by Grete Jalk for France and Sons (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    A PAIR OF CHAIRS BY PIERRE PAULIN FOR ARTIFORT (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    A WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR BRANCUSI AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

    CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (1867-1957) La muse endormie

    Constantin Brancusi’s La Muse Endormie sold for a world record price of $57.3 million at Christie’s in New York last night. It went to a client in the room after a nine minute bidding battle.

    Pablo Picasso’s Femme assize, robe bleue made $45 million. A total of 43 of the 55 lots offered at the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale found buyers.  The sale brought in $288.1 million.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 20 and March 30, 2017)

    A GREAT SCOTT AT WHYTE’S ART AUCTION

    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    William Scott (1913-1989) – Blue Still Life

    William Scott’s Blue Still Life will lead Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on May 29.  From the McClelland collection it has been on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) for the past eight years. This large scale work – it measures six feet long by four feet high – has previously been on exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London in 1972, at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York in 1973, at Gallery Moos in Toronto in 1973 and it was with Richard Green at Art Basel in 2008. It is the most valuable work by artist to appear at auction in Ireland.  The estimate is 400,000-600,000.  Scott was born in Scotland of an Irish father and spent most of his childhood in Enniskillen.

    The sale of more than 180 works will be on display at the RDS from May 27.  Top lots include a tapestry – Adam and Eve – by Louis le Brocquy from the McClelland collection, a sculpture in wood by F.E. McWilliam and a large landscape by Paul Henry.  There is work by Yeats, Orpen, William Conor, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Percy French, William Leech, Micheal Mac Liammoir, Gerard Dillon, Barrie Cooke, Colin Middleton, Norah McGuinness, Camille Souter, Basil Blackshaw, Tony O’Malley and Gwen O’Dowd. The live and online sale will begin at 6 p.m.

    1916 RISING ORDER OF SURRENDER AT BONHAMS

    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    A typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising signed by Patrick Pearse comes up at Bonhams  in London on June 14.  One of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history it ended the abortive attempt to overthrow British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish State.  After six days of bitter fighting Pearse offered the surrender to prevent further bloodshed.

    Ronan McGreevy editor of Centenary – Ireland Remembers 1916 to be published this autumn explained the significance of the order: “The terse document expresses Pearse’s belief that he would certainly be executed, but that all the others would be spared. Instead the British executed 15 leaders, including Pearse, and imprisoned thousands. This brutal military fiat turned Irish public opinion against British rule in Ireland exactly as the rebels had hoped”.

    A small number of copies were made, signed by Pearse and distributed to rebel positions in Dublin and the outlying countryside by Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who had acted as go between during the surrender negotiations, and members of the Capuchin community. It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures. Two surviving copies are held by the National Library of Ireland. Another, signed by Pearse and countersigned by James Connolly, is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. In addition, there are known to be three hand written drafts. It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.

    RARE IRISH AND ENGLISH SILVER FROM THE COLLECTION OF JIMMY WELDON

    Sunday, May 14th, 2017
    MORE than 180 lots of rare Irish and English silver from the collection of Jimmy Weldon will come under the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on May 16.  On offer is a selection ranging from the rarest of Irish provincial spoons to quirky table decorations.
    Provincial Irish silver is rare and prized nationally and internationally. The highlight of the sale is a Kinsale silver trifid spoon made by brothers William and Joseph Wall around 1712. It is estimated at 8,000-12,000.  There is a similar estimate on a fluted Limerick sugar bowl made by Collins Brehon around 1750. A second piece of Limerick silver is a c1785 soup ladle by Maurice Fitzgerald (4,000). A gold Claddagh ring made c1775 in Galway has an estimate of 3,000.
    There are a number of pieces of Georgian Cork silver  from makers like Carden Terry and Jane Williams,  Michael MacDermott, John Nicolson, William Reynolds and George Hodder. Major Dublin pieces from the early 18th century include a 1737 globular tea kettle on stand by Thomas Sutton and a 1715 strawberry dish by John Hamilton.  There is a collection of four early 19th century seals with the armorials of the 7th Viscount Powerscourt.  He was responsible for the remodelling of Powerscourt and laid out the gardens as we know them today.  The seals are estimated at 8,000.

    Weldon’s was established in Clarendon St. in central Dublin in the 1890’s. In the 1960’s Jimmy Weldon joined the business founded by his grandfather. A genial expert on Irish Georgian silver who has served twice as Master Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

    A very rare Kinsale silver trifid spoon (8,000-12,000  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    A c1750 Limerick sugar bowl by Collins Brehon (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    JOHN LENNON’S SGT. PEPPER’S SKETCH AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Sunday, May 14th, 2017
    Iconic rock’n’roll memorabilia from some of the biggest moments in music history will come under the hammer in a live and online auction at the Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square, New York on May 20.
    The Music Icons 2017 sale by Julien’s Auctions will feature everything John Lennon’s ink on paper sketch of the album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to Elvis Presley’s first piano.
    The Sgt. Pepper album is 50 years old this year and Julien’s describe the sketch as one of the most important pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever discovered.  It is estimated at $40,000-60,000. After the auction it is to be displayed at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware in Kildare from May 22 to June 4. The Elvis piano is estimated at $100,000-200,000

    PERIOD AND CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, May 5th, 2017

    Period and contemporary jewellery will come under the hammer at the James Adam summer auction of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin on May 9. The sale, curated by Claire-Laurence Mestrallet is designed to appeal to every taste, young and old, funky and sophisticated.  The highlight is a  signed Cartier lapis lazuli cultured pearl and diamond necklace which is estimated at 25,000-35,000.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    LAPIS LAZULI, CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER, CIRCA 1986 (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A FINE LADY’S PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH, BY ROLEX, CIRCA 2002 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A TOURMALINE AND GOLD BROOCH, BY H. STERN, CIRCA 1970 (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 ATR HAMMER

    AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING, CIRCA 1920 (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    A HOUSE CONTENTS SALE IN CO. WESTMEATH

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    Joristown Lodge

    More than 700 lots will come under the hammer at a house contents auction in Co. Westmeath on May 14.  Matthews of Oldcastle will hold an on the premises sale at Joristown Lodge, Killucan, Co. Westmeath on May 14 for the representatives of the late Col. William Harvey-Kelly. He took part in the D-Day landings and hunted with the Westmeath Foxhounds for over 70 years.

    The sale will include some good tack.  Among the lots on offer are an Irish George III red walnut side table (1,000-1,500), an Indian silver centrepiece (300-500), an Irish William IV four door bookcase (4,000-7,000), a Regency gilded chariot mirror (600-900), a William IV cast iron roll top horse trough (1,000-1,500) and a carved over mantle mirror (1,200-1,800).

    IRISH ART ONLINE AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

    Basil Blackshaw, Mark O’Neill, John Kingerlee and William Conor are among the artists who feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online auction of Irish art.  There are 173 lots on offer, including 14 works of sculpture. The sale runs until Monday, May 15.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    Fancy Dress Party (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Mark O’Neill (b.1963)
    Ballybunion Red (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    The Shawl (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    John Kingerlee (b.1936)
    Farewell (2015) (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600 AT HAMMER

    A SALE FOR ECLECTIC COLLECTORS AT WHYTE’S

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

    With everything from a 1000 BC North American polished stone axe head and a Victorian fairground travelling roulette wheel to election, travel and film posters,  sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes,  books and maps the Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s in Dublin on May 6 offers something for a wide variety of collectors.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Joan Blaeu – Map of Leinster (150-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    A c1903 Land of Tirconnel poster for the Donegal Railway (300-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A Victorian fairground roulette wheel (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    A North American polished stone axe head dating to 1000 BC (700-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 680 AT HAMMER