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    LADY LUCAN’S ESTATE AT BONHAMS IN OCTOBER

    Friday, August 17th, 2018

    Thomas Heapy, A family portrait – presumed to be the wife and children of Richard Bingham. Photo: Bonhams.

    The estate of the late Lady Lucan will lead Bonhams  Private Collections sale in London on October 3.  She was married to John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, who disappeared in 1974, shortly after the attempted murder of his, by then, estranged wife and the murder of the nanny of their children, Sandra Rivett. At the inquest into Rivett?s death, Lucan was identified as her killer, the first member of the House of Lords to be named in court as a murderer since 1760.

    Lord Lucan was never found.  The presumption is that he died. Probate to his estate was granted in 1999 and a death certificate issued in 2016.  Lady Lucan died in 2017.

    Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Shelter, a charity whose objective is to see safe, secure and affordable housing for everyone.

    THE YAMANAKA RETICULATED VASE AND ITS CONTROVERSIAL COUSIN

    Monday, August 13th, 2018

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

    The Yamanaka reticulated vase, one of the most complex porcelains ever conceived by Tang Ying for the Emperor Qianlong, will come up at Sotheby’s autumn series of sales in Hong Kong. It is a pair to a vase which sold at hammer at Bainbridges for £43 million in 2010 to a Chinese billionaire who subsequently baulked at fees of 20%.  That sale eventually fell through after a two year stalemate and the vase was eventually sold in a deal brokered by Bonhams to an unidentified buyer from the Far East who is believed to have paid up to £25 million for it.

    Carved and exquisitely painted with four pairs of fish below Rococo-inspired motifs on a yellow sgraffiato ground, the exceptional famille-rose reticulated vase is skillfully modelled with an inner blue-and-white vase, which can be glimpsed through the openwork lattice, placing it among the most complex and rarest porcelains from the Qianlong period ever to have emerged on the market.

    It was included in the 1905 Yamanaka Exhibition in New York and acquired by a private Japanese collector in 1924.

    A FIVE STAR SUMMER AUCTION IN CONG, CO. MAYO

    Sunday, August 12th, 2018
    Furniture from the family owned five star luxury Red Carnation Hotels in Geneva, London, Guernsey and some items from Ashford Castle will be sold by auctioneer Aidan Foley in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 13. Live bidding is available through easy live auctions.
    The no reserve sale of surplus items offers a wide variety of lots from a metamorphic billiards table to desks, chairs, couches, soft furnishings, Persian rugs, wall hangings and collectibles including an 1806 letter signed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
    Red Carnation Hotels acquired and extensively refurbished Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels, after a receivership sale in 2013.  Auctioneer Aidan Foley first conducted a sale of surplus items from the Ashford Castle refurbishment in 2014.  The auction was 100% sold and was followed by two further highly successful sales of surplus items in 2016 and 2017.
    Among the notable lots that changed hands at previous sales were a bronze bust of John Wayne as The Quiet Man cast from the original statue in the village of Cong, the setting in 1951 for the film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.  Cast by Mayo based sculptor Mark Rode it sold for 3,900.  At last years sale the Black Yamaha piano played by Stevie Wonder at the wedding reception of Rory McIlroy sold for 7,800 over a top estimate of 3,000.
    Some of the lots on offer this time round previously changed hands at sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams. Among these is a collection of 19th century tapestry borders, the decorative edges that surround many tapestries are a collectible item in their own right.  A sale like this appeals both to serious collectors with deep pockets and those in search of an unusual bargain lot with the provenance of a guaranteed luxury decorative setting.
    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 4, 2018)

    A selection from the sale.

    A three seater chesterfield sofa  UPDATE: THIS MADE 580 AT HAMMER

    A metamorphic billiards table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 740 AT HAMMER

    NAPOLEON LETTER AT AUCTION IN CONG

    Saturday, August 4th, 2018
    An 1806 letter by Napoleon Bonaparte, Persian carpets, a pair of marble pedestals, two mid 20th century designer sofas by Pierre Lottier, a collection of 19th century tapestry borders, art and garden furniture will feature at Aidan Foley’s auction in Cong, Co. Mayo on Monday, August 13.

    The Red Carnation Group, owners of Ashford Castle, has instructed Mr. Foley to sell furniture from their five star hotels in Geneva, London, Guernsey and Ashford. His previous sales of residual contents from Ashford Castle proved huge crowd pullers. Some of the lots on offer on August 13 previously changed hands at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams.  The catalogue will be available online on August 9.

    An 1806 letter by Napoleon  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    A selection of lots from Aidan Foley’s sale

    WORKS BY MacGONIGAL, HENNESSY, WEBB, SHINNORS, BEHAN

    Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
    A Galway seascape by Maurice MacGonigal, a still life by Patrick Hennessy and a flower study by Kenneth Webb are among the highlights at Dolan’s art and antiques auction in Ballyconneely, Connemara on August 6 and 7. Viewing is underway for the two day marquee sale which gets underway on Bank Holiday Monday at 12.30 p.m.  As well as paintings and sculpture the sale will feature some quality furniture, antiques and collectibles with silver, books, rugs, jewellery and a number of designer handbags from Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
    Artists include John Shinnors, George Russell, John Behan, Henry Morgan, Carina Scott and Mark O’Neill.  Lot 24 is an album of photographs showing the daily progress of the building of a railway gun wagon at Gateshead from September 1-13, 1914. The 47 photos are estimated at 1,000-1,500. A set of five US gold coins of various dates from 1873 to 1907 is estimated at  2,000-2,200. An Edwardian painted rocking horse and an early 20h century rocking horse will command attention and there is a selection of antique furniture.
    Among the furniture is a c1870 Victorian writing table, three longcase clocks, a walnut writing table and a circular late Georgian mahogany breakfast table.
    Sunlight on daffodils and azalea at Kilmurry, a watercolour by Mildred Anne Butler dated 1901 is estimated at 3,000-4,000.  Cattle in a meadow by her fellow Kilkenny artist Nassau Blair Browne, exhibited at the RHA in 1918, is estimated at 4,000-5,000.  Blair Browne served as Secretary to the RHA from 1911 to 1924 and was Governor the National Gallery of Ireland from 1918-1924.  Lot 191, Sweetpea in Bloom by Kenneth Webb is estimated at 9,000-10,000, Connemara Hooker, Roundstone Harbour by Maurice MacGonigal is estimated at  11,000-12,000 and Virgo and Letter by Patrick Hennessy is estimated at  10,000-12,000.   An oil on canvas by John Behan, primarily known as a sculptor, features fishermen in the west.  Signed and dated 2017 it is estimated at 3,500-4,000.  Much of the art in this auction of more than 500 lots will carry estimates which are lower than this. The catalogue is online.

    Sweetpea in Bloom by Kenneth Webb  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Carina Scott, MOONLIGHT OFF ROUNDSTONE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    Virgo and letter by Patrick Hennessy  UPDATE:THIS MADE 11,250 AT HAMMER

    An Edwardian rocking horse  UPDATE; THIS WAS UNSOLD

    STAR WARS JACKET COULD MAKE £1 MILLION

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

    The Star Wars jacket worn by Harrison Ford.

    The jacket worn by Harrison Ford when he played Han Solo in Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back could make up to £1 million at an auction in London on September 26.  The entertainment memorabilia live auction by Prop Store  in partnership with ODEON BFI IMAX will feature 600 original props, costumes and rare production material from more than 220 films and television shows. The venue is the Odenon BFI IMAX at Waterloo and there will be live online bidding.

    There will be a preview exhibition for three weeks prior to the sale at the Waterloo venue.

    DOLAN’S SUMMER ART AND ANTIQUES AUCTION IN CONNEMARA

    Friday, July 27th, 2018

    Sean Keating HRA, HRSA (1899-1977) Fear agus ban on Oilean.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The catalogue cover lot for Dolan’s two day sale in Ballyconneely, Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday August 6 and on the following day is a cheerful pastel and charcoal portrait by Sean Keating (1889-1977),  Fear agus bean an Oilean is estimated at 25,000-30,000.  Born in Limerick Sean Keating  studied under Sir William Orpen.  He won the Taylor Scholarship in 1914 and went to visit the Aran Islands with Harry Clarke.  This was a turning point in his career and the islands and their inhabitants became the subject of many of his works.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy and represented Ireland at the New York World Fair of 1939.

    Dolans art and antique auction is to be a marquee sale in Ballyconneely.  Viewing there gets underway at noon on July 29 and continues until the start of the sale at 12.30 pm on August 7.

    TREASURES FROM THE CONGO AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, July 26th, 2018

    Yaka head-rest
    Democratic Republic of Congo ©Christie’s Images Ltd, 2018

    Treasures from The Congo such as a beautiful Yaka head rest will come up at Christie’s Paris on October 30. The 30 works from the collection formed by wealthy Belgian industrialist and art collector Adolphe Stoclet- whose interests included mines in the Belgian Congo – in the opening decades of the 20th century have passed by descent in his family and have not been on the open market. The Yaka head rest is one of the best of its kind to remain in private hands and is estimated at 300,000-500,000.  Also from the Republic of Congo is an important Luba-Shankadi stool (300,000-500,000) and a Kifwebe mask from the Songye (200,000-400,000). There are ten Congolese works of art in ivory including a Yombe statue and a Boa spoon.

    The Stoclet Palace in Brussels is considered the masterpiece of pioneering Viennese architect Josef Hoffman.  Built between 1905-1911 and considered one of the most refined and luxurious private houses of the 20th century it had a dedicated Salon Africain which contained the 30 pieces to come to auction.  This was the first residential project of the Wiener Werkstatte co-founded by Hoffman in 1903 and its interior includes mosaic friezes designed by Gustav Klimt and work by Koloman Moser and Franz Metzner. Though not open to the public the building became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.

    CHRISTIE’S LEADS THE ART MARKET SO FAR IN 2018

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

    PICASSO – Fillette à la corbeille fleurie from the Rockefeller collection sold for $115 million.

    Christie’s continues to lead the art market this year.  Continued global demand helped drive a 26% rise in overall sales to almost £3 billion in the first half of the year.  Auction sell through rates across all bands rose to 84%.  Auction sales increased by 20% to £2.65 billion, private sales were up 135% to £287 million and online only auction sales rose 40% to £27.7 million.

    There were 55 lots sold for over $10 million and online sales attracted the largest number of new buyers.  The Luxury group continues to draw the highest percentage of new clients at 29% and Asian clients spent 10% more in this category in 2018.  Decorative arts was the second highest entry point for new clients at 19%.

    Collections achieved strong results across the board: the celebration of the Cobra movement was 100% sold at the new venue in Amsterdam; masterpieces by Richard Diebenkorn were sold to benefit the Zucker family foundation for $46 million in New York  and the Tisch collection sold for £107 million.

    American clients accounted for 45% of spend in the first half of 2018, Asian clients for 24% and EMERI clients for 31%.  The collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller achieved the highest total for a private collection and was 100% sold.  At $835,111,344 this was the most significant charitable auction ever.

    Christie’s say the outlook for the rest of the year is good.

    Monday, July 23rd, 2018

    A Mitchell’s “Cruiskeen Lawn” 1890’s pub mirror is among the prime lots at Victor Mee’s sale of pub memorabilia and collectibles at Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co. Cavan on July 24.  From John Sweeney’s pub in Ballyshannon it is one of only three such mirrors known in Ireland.  It will be accompanied by a bottle of whisky from the same period.  John Sweeney’s collection dates, which is to be auctioned, back through his family for three generations.  His grandfather bought The Commercial Hotel in Ballyshannon in 1902.

    This original very old specially selected glass whisky dispenser sold for 8,000 at hammer.

    A bottle of Cruiskeen Lawn whiskey from the 1890’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    Rare 1890’s Mitchell’s “Cruiskeen Lawn” mirror  UPDATE:THIS MADE 11,500 AT HAMMER