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    A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE POSSESSIONS OF A PHYSICIST

    Monday, October 22nd, 2018

    Christie’s will offer 22 lots from the estate of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking in an online sale entitled “On the shoulders of giants” which will run from October 31 to November 8.  They range from Hawkings own printed copies of his most important papers including his seminal “Black hole explosions” of 1974 to a selection of medals and awards.  Estimates start as low as £100.

    A copy of his best selling “A Brief History of Time” is signed with his thumbprint and there is a script from one of his appearances on The Simpsons. The last lot of the auction, one of his wheelchairs, will be sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Stephen Hawking died last March.

    A bomber jacket

    WOODEN CHEST FROM FIRST STEAMSHIP CROSSING OF THE ATLANTIC

    Saturday, October 20th, 2018

    The iron bound wooden seaman’s chest. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 210

    A possible memento of the first crossing  of the Atlantic by steamship comes up at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon tomorrow afternoon. Lot 184 is an iron bound wooden coffer or seaman’s chest with rope handles believed to have been on The Sirius which  completed the first steamship crossing in New York on April 10, 1838.

    SS Sirius, built in 1837 for the London Cork route by the Saint George Steam Packet Company, was captained by Richard Roberts of Passage West, Cork.  The next year she was chartered by the British and American Steam Navigation Company for two voyages to the US. Hegarty’s sale includes contents from Simla, a 19th century house overlooking the sea in Passage West, which was home to the Roberts family for almost 100 years.

    MUSEUM QUALITY IZNIK CHARGER AT SOTHEBY’S SALE

    Monday, October 15th, 2018

    The Iznik charger.

    A c1480 museum quality Iznik charger will lead the Arts of the Islamic World auction at Sotheby’s in London on October 24. One of the most important pieces of Iznik pottery remaining in private hands, the large intact dish, or charger, represents a significant discovery in the field of Ottoman art.

    It belongs to the earliest group of Iznik – produced at the very advent of the art form during the reign of Mehmet II (‘the Conqueror’) – the finest examples of which are almost all held in museum collections across the globe. This small, and exceptionally rare, group of Iznik pottery is characterised by an intense, inky, blue-black colouring, which reflects the embryonic stage of firing control – roughly two decades before a brighter cobalt blue was accomplished.

    Among the other highlights of the sale are Persian and Indian paintings, an exceptional costume album for Ottoman Turkey in the 19th century, two rare ninth century works on astronomy in one volume and a Company School portrait of a large white heron.

    REPUBLICAN SILVER CUP AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Sunday, October 14th, 2018
    Not least of the remarkable selection of lots at the Country House Collections sale of 730 lots by James Adam at Townley Hall near Drogheda on October 16 is a Republican silver two handled cup made by Egans of Cork at the height of the Civil War in 1922.
    Republican silver is prized by collectors. Only about 80 objects were made by the renowned Cork silversmiths in the period to September 1922 when war conditions made it impossible to send silver to the Assay Office in Dublin. The Dublin writer and surgeon Oliver St. John Gogarty suggested a special hallmark to distinguish this particular period. So Egan’s made a punch based on the Arms of Cork showing a ship between two castles with two masts instead of three.  The punch was destroyed when normal conditions resumed. The loving cup is estimated 10,000-15,000.
    The highlight of the auction is the Armada table made from wood salvaged more than 400 years ago. As many as 27 Spanish ships were lost off the Irish coast in 1588.  The catalogue cover is a 1760’s uniformed portrait of Capt. Edward O’Brien of Dromoland Castle by Robert Hunter (1715-1780).  The estimate is 30,000-40,000.  Two other lots of note from Dromoland are a set of Giant Irish Deer antlers and skull (30,000-50,000) and an iron bound 15th/16th century muniments chest (used for storing documents) at 8,000-12,000. A collection of nearly 50 lots of old Irish glass formed by Mrs. Noel Guinness of the banking family in the early part of the last century is highlighted by a late 18th century Waterford or  Cork fruit bowl (1,500-2,500).  There are decanters, preserve jars, serving dishes, milk jugs with estimates from 100 upwards.

    An exceptional irish George II mahogany drop leaf table is estimated at 30,000-50,000, as is a pair of Irish George I walnut console tables. Among many other furniture lots of note are an Irish George II side table, a Louis Seize style ormolu and marquetry commode, a pair of Georgian style giltwood pier tables and mirrors in the manner of William Kent and a George IV pedestal sideboard.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15 and October 11, 2018)

    Republican silver loving cup UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    18th century Waterford or Cork fruit bowl. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    COUNTRY HOUSE COLLECTIONS SALE AT TOWNLEY HALL

    Thursday, October 11th, 2018

    The annual James Adam Country House Collection sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda features 730 highly collectible lots with items from Dromoland headed by the Armada Table estimated at 100,000-200,000. There is antique Irish furniture, art, silver, glass and a variety of collectibles,  The catalogue is online and viewing gets underway on October 13. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15, 2018)

    THE DROMOLAND CASTLE MEGALOCEROS GIGANTEUS. Giant Irish Deer antlers and skull, c. 12,000 – 8,000 BC (30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 47,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY CARVED GILTWOOD PIER MIRROR (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A FINE GOTHIC REVIVAL MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND TURF BUCKET (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY GOTHIC REVIVAL STONE WELL-HEAD (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 10,000

    DESIGN AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT DE VERES

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

    An auction of modern design furniture and contemporary art takes place at de Veres in Dublin on October 14.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Gwen O’Dowd
    CLADACH SERIES (2005) (1,000-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    A CHROME BAUHAUS DRINKS TROLLEY,
    BY OLIVER BERNARD FOR PEL (300-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    Patrick Scott HRHA, 1921-2014 TABLE FOR MEDITATION (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    A ROSEWOOD OVAL DINING TABLE, DANISH, 1970s (600-900)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN TUB CHAIRS ATTRIBUTED TO GIORGETTI, MILAN (800-1,200)   UPDATE: THESE MADE 1400 AT HAMMER

    VICTORIAN SUIT OF ARMOUR AT WOODWARDS

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

    Something you don’t happen across every day – a Victorian suit of armour – comes up at Woodwards in Cork on October 13 with an estimate of 400-800.  Prime lots at the auction include a pair of garden benches by Pierce of Wexford (1,500-2,000), a Victorian dining table (1,000-1,500), a set of ten Regency design dining chairs (600-1,000) and a pair of Art Deco chandeliers (500-1,000).  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    Victorian suit of armour

    Early evening, France by Arthur Maderson

    19th CENTURY CHAIRS WITH O’BRIEN FAMILY CREST AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, October 7th, 2018
    A rare set of 19th century mahogany side chairs at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer at 10.30 am on October 10 is billed by the auctioneer as the most important seated furniture to come to market in recent times.   The 10 chairs bear the crest of the O’Brien family of Dromoland Castle and are estimated at 10,000-15,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s 800 lot sale includes a number of items from Dromoland but the highlight from that collection – a 430 year old table made from wood from the Spanish Armada – will come up as lot 101 at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall, Drogheda on October 16 with an estimate of 100,000-200,000.
    At Fonsie Mealy’s an over sized Killarney wood davenport from the Great  Exhibition of Manufacturers, Machinery and Fine Arts at the RDS in 1864 from the Corcoran family is estimated at 7,000-9,000. Among the artists whose work will feature are Louis le Brocquy, Gerard Dillon, William Crozier, Mildred Anne Butler, Kenneth Webb, George Campbell and Hughie O’Donoghue.
    A full length portrait of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1610-1688) from Peter Lely and the studio of Peter Lely is estimated at 25,000-35,000. It was formerly in the collection of the Earls of Shrewsbury. A full length oortrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington by John Jackson (1778-1831) is estimated at 15,000-20,000. Among the pieces from Dromoland are an 18th century sundial (4,000-6,000) complete with its original receipt from T. Crowther and Son, London issued to Lady Inchiquin.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15 and October 5, 2018)

    UPDATE: The auction totalled more than 350,000 on the hammer and was 80% sold.

    19th century chairs with the crest of the O’Brien family of Dromoland Castle  UPDATE: THESE MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    An oversized exhibition Killarney davenport  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    18th century sundial  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    COLLECTIONS AT THE HEART OF FONSIE MEALY’S AUCTION

    Friday, October 5th, 2018

    Items formerly housed at Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare, former home of the O’Brien family; the bijou collection from Dublin dealer Jane Williams whose corner shop was opposite Dail Eireann and the Corcoran family collection of the Wexford Free Press will be included in Fonsie Mealy’s sale of 800 lots in Castlecomer on October 10.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A Hermes crocodile skin handbag (400-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    William Crozier – Abstract Landscape (7,000-9,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Gold medal awarded to Tom Kiely by the Amateur Athletic Union of the US (1888) (4,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,250 AT HAMMER

    Portrait of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde – Sir Peter Lely and Studio (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 23,000 AT HAMMER

    OUTSTANDING QIANLONG PORCELAIN MAKES THREE TIMES ESTIMATE

    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase – recently discovered in a private Japanese Collection – sold for US$19,009,102  at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong today.  This was almost three times its pre-sale estimate.  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 skilfully modelled with an inner blue-and-white vase. It ranks among the most complex porcelains ever commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-1795).  It is pair to the Bainbridge vase which made international headlines when it was sold in the UK in 2010.

    An outstanding Falangcai Poppy Bowl sold for US$21,600,158.  Unassuming in its beauty, the bowl is exquisitely enamelled on the exterior with an intricate design of poppies issuing from rockwork, with a butterfly depicted fluttering gracefully overhead, a fourteen-character poem, and the interior with a finger-citron, apple and cherries. The bowl is the only recorded example of this design outside of the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 13, 2018)

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

    The Falangcai Poppy Bowl