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ONLY SURVIVING AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF RACHMANINOV 2ND SYMPHONY

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

rach 1rachTHE only surviving autograph manuscript for Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E Minor, OP.27  is to be sold at Sotheby’s in London on May 20.  Presumed lost since soon after the symphony’s premiere in St Petersburg in 1908, it was rediscovered nearly a century later in 2004 in the estate of a European private collector.  It is estimated at £1-1.5 million.

This is one of the few autograph manuscripts of a symphony, central to the international orchestral repertory, remaining in private hands. In its 320 pages, it contains a wealth of new information, revealing Rachmaninov’s compositional processes when he was at the height of his powers, in one of his greatest works. There is even new unpublished material, unknown to Rachmaninov scholars and absent in any edition of the symphony.

AN IRISH PROCLAMATION THE TOP LOT AT ADAMS

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

THE top lot at Adams history sale today was the Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic printed in Dublin on April 23 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic.  It made a hammer price of 90.000.  The Proclamation was read from the steps of the GPO, Dublin by Padraig Pearse on Easter Monday, thereby heralding the Easter Rising and Ireland’s advance towards self-determination.  Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding order to the Rising, source of much confusion, made  30,000 at hammer.  The gold medal won at Wimbledon by Harold Segersen Mahony in 1896, the last Irishman to win Wimbledon, sold for a hammer price of 24,000. An 1816 Dublin freedom box made 8,000 and  a tea service presented to Patrick  J. Smyth under the terms of the will of William Smith O’Brien sold for 5,700.  The sale brought in just under 310,000.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 10 and April 5, 2014).

A George III Irish freedom box from 1816 made 8,000.

A George III Irish freedom box from 1816 made 8,000.

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic
Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

AN ULSTER BANK £5 NOTE FOR £3,000

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
An Ulster Bank £5 note from 1906 estimated at £2,500-3,000.

An Ulster Bank £5 note from 1906 estimated at £2,500-3,000.

A number of rarities are included in a selection of Irish banknotes at a sale of paper money by Dix Noonan Webb in London on May 24.  A 1906 Ulster Bank £5 note bearing the signature R. Patton is estimated at £2,500-3,000.  A Central Bank of Ireland £100 note dated November 11, 1959 is estimated at  £1.500-2,000 and a National Bank Ltd. £10  note dated 1931 is estimated at £1.200-1,500.  They are among a remarkable total of 67 Irish notes in the auction.

Dix Noonan Webb is one of the world’s leading specialist auctioneers and valuers of coins, tokens, medals, militaria and paper money.

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE LOTS AT WOODWARDS

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

A selection of antique and collectible items will come under the hammer at Woodwards sale in Cork on April 16.  The auction features some old Irish glass and silver, Waterford chandeliers, antique furniture, garden items and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

George II mahogany open armchair (1,000-2,000).

George II mahogany open armchair (1,000-2,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

An Irish Regency serving table (2,500-4,500).

An Irish Regency serving table (2,500-4,500).

An antique glass Cork water jug (250-350).

An antique glass Cork water jug (250-350).

Irish silver dish ring Edmond Johnson Dublin 1893 (1,200-1,500)

Irish silver dish ring Edmond Johnson Dublin 1893 (1,200-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500

ORDER COUNTERMANDING 1916 RISING AT ADAMS HISTORY SALE

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Eoin MacNeill's Easter 1916 manuscript countermanding order (30,000-50,000).

Eoin MacNeill’s Easter 1916 manuscript countermanding order (30,000-50,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000).

The Proclamation of Independence of the Irish Republic
Printed in Dublin, 23rd April 1916 by Christopher Brady, Michael Molloy and Liam O’Brien for the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic (100.000-150,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 90,000

A copy of Eoin MacNeill’s manuscript order countermanding the Easter Rising of 1916 is one of the most valuable historic lots at Adam’s sale of 800 Years of Irish Political, Literary and Military History in Dublin on April 15.  The single sheet of folded notepaper was despatched on the evening of Easter Saturday with the aim of forcing cancellation of plans for the Rising. It caused much confusion.  As a result there was no rising in Cork or Limerick. In Dublin the IRB group led by Pearse, Connolly and Tom Clarke made the decision to delay by 24 hours and struck on Easter Monday when much of the British garrison went to the races at Fairyhouse.  The rest is history.  The order is estimated at 30,000-50,000.

The auction of nearly 500 lots offers memorabilia of Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Roger Casement, Robert Emmet and a huge cast of Irish historical figures.  An original copy of the Proclamation is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  There are historic photographs, artefacts and even the 18 carat gold medal won the Harold Segerson Mahony (1867-1905) at Wimbledon in 1896.  The medal of the last Irishman to win Wimbledon is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

 

UPDATE:  The sale realised just under 310,000.  The Proclamation was the top lot.

MEIYINTANG CHICKEN CUP SELLS FOR WORLD RECORD $36.05 MILLION

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
The Meiyintang Chenghua sold for a world record price for Chinese porcelain.

The Meiyintang Chenghua sold for a world record price for Chinese porcelain.

The Clark Ding Basin

The Clark Ding Basin

There was a world record price for a piece of Chinese porcelain today when the Meiyintang Chenghua Chicken Cup sold for US$36.05 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. It was bought by the Shanghai collector Mr. Liu Yiqian.

Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, presents the Meiyintang Chicken Cup

Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, presents the Meiyintang Chicken Cup

The Clark Ding Basin, a magnificently carved Dingyao basin, Northern Song dynasty, from the collection of legendary antique dealer Sakamoto Gor? sold for US$18.8 million, the second highest price for Song Ceramics at auction. 

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 14, 2014).

JACOBSEN, FOSTER, STARCK AT DUBLIN DESIGN SALE

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Swan chairs by Arne Jacobsen, a table by Sir Norman Foster, fauteuils by Georges de Bardyere and assorted designs by Starck all feature at de Veres auction of classic 20th century design and contemporary furniture and lighting.  The sale of 350 lots at The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin takes place on April 13.  Rory Guthrie of de Veres said:  This is our biggest design auction to date.  There has not been a sale quite like it in Ireland before”.

UPDATE:  The auction was 75 per cent sold and brought in just over 200,000.  The top lot was an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy which made 40,000.

ONE OF A PAIR OF SWAN CHAIRS, BY ARNE JACOBSEN FOR FRITZ HANSEN (1,500-2,500).

ONE OF A PAIR OF SWAN CHAIRS, BY ARNE JACOBSEN FOR FRITZ HANSEN (1,500-2,500). UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,500

THE NOMOS TABLE, BY SIR NORMAN FOSTER (B.1935), FOR TECNO ITALY. (!,500-2,000).

THE NOMOS TABLE, BY SIR NORMAN FOSTER (B.1935), FOR TECNO ITALY. (!,500-2,000). UPDATE: SOLD FOR 2,400

ONE OF A PAIR OF ART DECO MAHOGANY AND VELVET FAUTEUILS, by Georges De Bardyere, c.1925 (8,000-12,000).

ONE OF A PAIR OF ART DECO MAHOGANY AND VELVET FAUTEUILS, by Georges De Bardyere, c.1925 (8,000-12,000).  UPDATE: UNSOLD, BUT UNDER ACTIVE NEGOTIATION AFTERWARDS.

The Eros chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell, one of a set of six (600-1,000).

The Eros chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell, one of a set of six (600-1,000). UPDATE: SOLD FOR 550.

MATTHEWS AUCTION AT HEADFORT HOUSE, KELLS

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

More than 500 lots will come under the hammer at Matthews sale at Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath on April 13.  Among the more unusual lots is an antique marble bust of August FitzClarence, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, and his Irish mistress Dorothea Jordan by Thomas Sharp and a marquetry jewellery box stamped Tahan, who was master cabinet maker to Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie.    Furniture includes a fine four door breakfront bookcase.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

Thomas Sharp (1805 - 1882) Marble Bust Dated 1831 of Augustus FitzClarance illegitimate son of Prince William later King William IV and his Irish mistress the actress Dorothea Jordan (1761-1816).

Thomas Sharp (1805 – 1882) Marble Bust Dated 1831 of Augustus FitzClarance illegitimate son of Prince William later King William IV and his Irish mistress the actress Dorothea Jordan (1761-1816).

A French marquetry jewellery box stamped Tahan (1,000-1,500).

A French marquetry jewellery box stamped Tahan (1,000-1,500).

Regency Mahogany Four Door Breakfront Bookcase (8,000-12,000).

Regency Mahogany Four Door Breakfront Bookcase (8,000-12,000).

FASCINATING CAST OF IRISH HISTORICAL FIGURES AT ADAMS

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Sinn Fein Delegates at Hans Place, London negotiating the terms of Irish freedom.  An original monochrome press photograph depicting from left to right: Arthur Griffith, Edmund Duggan, Michael Collins, Robert Barton (at back), Erskine Childers, George Gavin Duffy and John Chartres at Adams  history sale.  This rare image with Collins looking directly at the camera is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

Sinn Fein Delegates at Hans Place, London negotiating the terms of Irish freedom. An original monochrome press photograph depicting from left to right: Arthur Griffith, Edmund Duggan, Michael Collins, Robert Barton (at back), Erskine Childers, George Gavin Duffy and John Chartres at Adams history sale. This rare image with Collins looking directly at the camera is estimated at 1,000-1,500.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600 AT HAMMER.

HAROLD SEGERSON MAHONY (1867-1905) THE LAST IRISHMAN TO WIN WIMBLEDON, 1896 His 18ct gold winner's medal by Harry Soane, London, awarded by the All England Club to H.S. Mahony 1896

HAROLD SEGERSON MAHONY (1867-1905) THE LAST IRISHMAN TO WIN WIMBLEDON, 1896 His 18ct gold winner’s medal by Harry Soane, London, awarded by the All England Club to H.S. Mahony 1896   UPDATE: THIS MADE 24,000 AT HAMMER.

A fascinating cast of Irish historical figures peoples the James Adam sale of 800 Years of Irish Political, Literary and Military History in Dublin on April 15.  The auction of nearly  500 lots  offers memorabilia of Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Roger Casement, Robert Emmet and many more.  An original copy of the Proclamation is estimated at 100,000-140,000.  There are historic photographs, artefacts and even the 18 carat gold medal won the Harold Segerson Mahony (1867-1905) at Wimbledon in 1896.  The medal of the last Irishman to win Wimbledon is estimated at 15,000-20,000.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a taster.

RECORDS FOR RILEY, BRILL AND ARMSTRONG AT SOTHEBY’S

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Auction records for Bridget Riley, Reginald Brill and John Armstrong were set at Sotheby’s inaugural Made in Britain auction in London on April 1.  The sale of the best of British art and design from the 20th century attracted new collectors and international buyers.  It brought a combined total of £2.3 million against a top estimate of £1.8 million. The sale brought together fine art sculpture, studio ceramics, photography, prints and furniture to demonstrate the links between these often isolated disciplines.

Lydia Wingfield-Digby and Bryn Sayles, Co-Heads of the Made In Britain Auction commented:  “Today’s unique sale succeeded in attracting new clients to Sotheby’s sale room from a diverse range of international locations across Europe, the US and Asia. Enthusiastic bidding drove over two thirds of the items in the sale above their high estimate. This, together with the high sell-through rate of 85%, reflects the growing international appreciation and demand for the very best examples of some of the greatest post-war British artists and designers across a broad range of collecting categories.”

BRIDGET RILEY B.1931 UNTITLED (FRAGMENT 2) (S. 5B) sold for £40,000 over a top estimate of £7,000.

BRIDGET RILEY
B.1931
UNTITLED (FRAGMENT 2) (S. 5B) sold for £40,000 over a top estimate of £7,000.

JOHN ARMSTRONG, A.R.A. 1893-1973 INITIAL STUDY FOR THE POSTER 'CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND' sold for £40,000 over a top estimate of £7,000.

JOHN ARMSTRONG, A.R.A.
1893-1973
INITIAL STUDY FOR THE POSTER ‘CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND’
sold for £74,500 over a top estimate of £7,000.

REGINALD BRILL 1902-1974 EXCAVATORS sold for £80,500 over a top estimate of £15,000.

REGINALD BRILL
1902-1974
EXCAVATORS sold for £80,500 over a top estimate of £15,000.