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    MASTERWORKS FROM TAPIES COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

    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

    IRELAND’S RAREST ISSUED COIN MAKES 7,500 AT WHYTE’S

    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.

    MOST COMPREHENSIVE EVER COLLECTION OF TEN SHILLING NOTES

    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.

    A RARE TEN SHILLING NOTE FROM DECEMBER 1929.

    THE LATE TONY LENNY

    HOWARD HODGKINS COLLECTION TO BE SOLD

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    Antiques, textiles and objects often acquired at auction by the artist Howard Hodgkin, who died aged 84 in March, are to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s  in London on October 24.  More than 400 lots, including tiles, carpet fragments, antiques, drawings and paintings, will be sold.  There are Ottoman, Indian and Islamic tiles, textiles and rugs and fragments of calligraphy, Italian pietra dura marble, prints, mezzotints and engravings.

    The collection also includes artworks by his friends such as Patrick Caulfield, represented by a blue still life of a sweet bowl (£300,000-£500,000); a work by Bhupen Khakhar , The De-Luxe Tailors (£250,000-£350,000) and a Peter Blake postcard on a green felt background, which he gave Hodgkin in 1974 (£8,000-£12,000).

    Hodgkin did not keep his own work as he said they got in the way of new work, though he did keep two paintings from his debut show at the ICA in 1962,  Bedroom and Travelling.  “I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work, but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring other things to look at,” he said.

    Highlights will be on view in Mumbai in September and in Dubai in October. Here is a small selection:

    An interior shot of his home in Bloomsbury, London with items to be auctioned.

    Patrick Caulfield – Sweet Bowl

    Howard Hodgkin – Travelling

    hupen Khakhar – De-Luxe Tailors

    ADAMS PICKS TO WHET APPETITE OF YOUNGER BUYERS

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    In an attempt to whet the appetite of the younger generation for its jewellery sales Dublin based auction house James Adam has set out on a new path. To bring a sense of fun to the sales with bold contemporary pieces Claire Mestrallet, head of jewellery at Adams,  has enlisted the help of Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas, who has reviewed the sale scheduled to take place on September 19.  Corkery’s favourite picks include an on trend green tourmaline and diamond necklace by Margherita Burgener (4,200-5,200), a c1945 diamond set bracelet (7,000-9,000) and the aquamarine and diamond dress ring by Mario Buccelati (5,000-7,000) pictured here.  The sale highlight is a c1920 sugar loaf sapphire and diamond ring (16,000-20,000).

    UPDATE: The sugar loaf sapphire sold for 22,000 at hammer, the acquarmarine and diamond ring by Mario Buccelati made 10,500 at hammer, the c1945 bracelet sold for 11,800 and the tourmaline and diamond necklace was unsold.

    ITEMS FROM PERSONAL COLLECTION OF MONET AT CHRISTIE’S

    Saturday, September 9th, 2017

    Objects and artworks from the personal collection of Claude Monet will come up at Christie’s in Hong Kong on November 26.  Early works by Monet that trace his artistic development range from sketches to pastels and some of the first examples of the artist working in series. These are presented alongside pieces from his own collection by artists and friends including Édouard Manet, Eugène Boudin, Auguste Rodin, Paul Signac and others. Through Japanese prints, personal items and photographs of the artist the sale offers a glimpse into the private world of Claude Monet.

    In addition to being the first sale dedicated to Impressionism in Asia the auction will be transmitted to Christie’s Parisian auction room to enable European based clients to attend and participate. Titled Dear Monsieur Monet, the collection, preserved by Rolande Verneiges, an unrecognised yet protected daughter of Claude Monet’s son Michel, presents an intimate and family driven insight into one of art history’s most beloved artists. Hidden from the rest of the world, these works have only been seen in catalogue reproductions.

    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) Falaises des Petites-Dalles ($2-3 million)

    AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
    Salomé ($50,000-80,000)

    KITAGAWA UTAMARO
    (1753-1806)
    Two women, from the series Six Jewel Rivers ($3,000-5,000)

    A FRENCH SILVER CHEESE KNIFE
    CIRCA 1880, MAKER’S MARK ILLEGIBLE ($300-500)

    A SUNDAY SALE IN BANDON, CO. CORK

    Friday, September 8th, 2017

    Antique furniture, mirrors, art, jewelley and collectibles will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon, Co. Cork on Sunday, September 10. Card tables, console tables, bookcases and a large gilt overmantle mirror will feature.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    EDWARDIAN GLAZED DISPLAY CABINET (1,400-1,800)

    MARK O’NEILL, “THE VISITOR” (2,000-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,300

    AN 18CT WHITE GOLD CEYLON SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING (2,500-3,500)

    AT HOME AUCTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Thursday, September 7th, 2017

    More than 500 lots of antique furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery and collectibles will come under the hammer at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on September 10.  Estimates are reasonable and this is an auction with much to interest collectors.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A 19TH CENTURY INLAID BURR WALNUT AND EBON BREAKFRONT CREDENZA (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY KNIFE BOX (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 110 AT HAMMER

    A GEM-SET FLOWER BROOCH (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH VICTORIAN DISH RING, Dublin 1915, mark of West & Sons (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY FRAMED OTTOMAN (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER

    BACON’S POPE PIUS XII AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

    Francis Bacon – Head with Raised Arm

    Francis Bacon’s Head with Raised Arm will be a highlight of Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening auction on October 6 during Frieze week.  The 1955 painting estimated at  £7,000,000 – £10,000,000 will be unveiled for the first time in over half a century. Last exhibited in 1962 at the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, the work was acquired by the present owners the following year, and has remained hidden from public view ever since.

    The location of this papal portrait was listed as ‘unknown’ in the most recent version of the catalogue raisonné published last year by Martin Harrison. Riddled with quiet introspection and human tension, it belongs to a group of nine surviving paintings depicting the then-incumbent, Pope Pius XII. With four held in museum collections, and a further on permanent loan, Bacon’s portraits of the living Pope are among his most profound.

    It will be on view from September 8 at, Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York; from September 18 at Christie’s Hong Kong and in London from September 30. 

    AN ARRAY OF COLLECTIBLES AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, September 4th, 2017

    THE array of collectibles at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on September 9 includes historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia including The Fergus Reid Collection of Irish Football Programmes, medals and militaria, edged weapons and firearms, a good range of gold and silver coinage, banknotes, rare books including first editions by Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce and Flann Ó Briain, early printed maps of Ireland and America, Polar Exploration books and collectibles, antique silverware and curios.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Football 1949 Bohemian AFC v. Manchester Utd. programme. (120-180)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Early 17th century, city plans of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick by John Speed. UPDATE: THIS MADE 560 AT HAMMER(300-500)

    1902 pattern Royal Irish Constabulary helmet. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER (1,000-1,200)

    Travel poster, Great Southern Railways. (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    Florin 1943 – Ireland’s rarest issued coin, the key date for the complete collection. I(5,000-6,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER