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    IRISH TABLE FROM COLLECTION OF WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018

    An Irish marble topped side table from the sale of the William Randolph Hearst collection in New York in 1939 is a feature lot at the At Home sale by James Adam in Dublin on June 17.  It is estimated at 8,000-10,000. A George IV silver vine leaf dessert service is estimated at 6,000-10,000 and a set of George III neoclassical candlesticks is estimated at 6,000-8,000.   There are 672 lots.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    AN IRISH MARBLE TOPPED SERPENTINE SIDE TABLE, c.1830 once in the Hearst Collection (8,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A George IV dessert set, Sheffield, 1829 (6,000-10,000).  UPDATE: THESE MADE 16,500 AT HAMMER

    A JAPANESE THREE PIECE IMARI PORCELAIN GARNITURE, Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III NEO-CLASSICAL SILVER CANDLESTICKS, London 1785, mark of John Wakelin & William Taylor (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    A FINE CHINESE KESI SILK WALL HANGING, 19th century (6,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    16.2 MILLION VASE SETS NEW RECORD FOR CHINESE PORCELAIN SOLD IN FRANCE

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

    An Imperial 18th century ‘Yangcai’ Famille-Rose porcelain vase sold for 16.2 million at Sotheby’s in Paris today.  This was a new record for any Chinese porcelain sold in France. This lost treasure of Imperial China was found in an attic and brought in to Sotheby’s in a shoebox after having been discovered by chance in the attic of a French family home.

    The vase is of exceptional rarity: the only known example of its kind, it was produced by the Jingdezhen workshops for the magnificent courts of the Qianlong Emperor (1735-1796). Famille Rose porcelains of the period (or ‘yangcai’ porcelains, as they are known) are extremely rare on the market, with most examples currently housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei and other museums around the world.

    These so-called yangcai porcelain commissions were the very epitome of the ware produced by the Jingdezhen imperial kilns. They were made as one-of-a-kind items, sometimes in pairs, but never in large quantities. This technique combined a new colour palette with Western-style compositions. Beyond their superior quality, yangcai enamels were intended to create the most opulent and luxurious effect possible.  Only one other similar vase, although with slightly different subject matter and decorative borders, now in the Guimet museum in Paris, is known.

    Left to the grandparents of the present owners by an uncle, the vase is listed among the contents of the latter’s Paris apartment after his death in 1947. It is recorded alongside several other Chinese and Japanese objects including other Chinese porcelains, two dragon robes, a yellow silk textile, and an unusual bronze mirror contained in a carved lacquer box.   While the exact provenance of the vase and the other Chinese and Japanese pieces before 1947 cannot be traced, the receipt of a Satsuma censer acquired as a wedding gift in the 1867 Universal Exhibition in Paris by an ancestor of the family suggests an active interest in Asian art at a very early date. Similarly, this vase may well have been acquired in Paris in the late 19th century when the arrival of Asian works of art initiated a fashion for Japanese and Chinese art

    AN EILEEN GRAY HIGHLIGHT AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK DESIGN SALE

    Friday, June 8th, 2018

    Eileen Gray – a transat armchair with original calfskin upholstery, ebonised lacquered work and nickel plated brass.  UPDATE: THIS MADE $1,596,500, setting a world auction record for a ‘Transat’ chair.

    Eileen Gray’s (1879-1976) ‘Transat’ chair from 1927-30 is a highlight of Christie’s design sale in New York on June 20.  It is estimated at $1-1.5 million.  The chair was conceived in the context of the furnishing of the villa E1027, the house at Roquebrune in the South of France, that Gray designed with and for her associate Jean Badovici. The radical modern villa – built on a rocky slope overlooking the sea – inspired Gray to explore new materials and possibilities in its bespoke furniture and fittings. For this iconic piece, Gray references
    the classic deck-chair, a design of pure functionalism, as she plays on the marine theme, calling to mind the contemporary
    engagement with water sports, the outdoors, and the popularity of a new generation of ocean liners.

    The auction is comprised of two private American collections and includes pieces by some of the most iconic names of French design including Pierre Chareau, Jen Dunand, Jean Michel Frank, Francois Xavier Lalanne, Pierre Legrain and Emile Jacques Ruhlmann.

    UPDATE: THE SALE TOTALLED $8.3 MILLION.

    Emile Jacques Ruhlmann – a ‘granet’desk c1930  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $150,000

    Jean Dunand vases offered in separate lots  UPDATE: THESE MADE VARIOUS PRICES FROM $43,850 TO $87,500

    A VARIED SELECTION OF SUCCESSFUL LOTS FROM MEALY’S SUMMER SALE

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

    A varied selection of items among the top lots on the first day at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on May 29 follows.  The sale continues today.

    THIS LARGE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY BLACK FOREST CHAMOI GROUP MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    A TERRACOTTA GROUND IRISH DUN EMER WOOL CARPET MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    THIS IRISH GEORGE III STYLE MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND PEAT BUCKET MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    THIS WHITE CARVED STATUARY MARBLE MANTELPIECE MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    CORK SILVER AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018
    Cork silver, Georgian and later furniture and a pocket sketchbook with 30 watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill dated 1884-96 all feature at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 19. A sauceboat by the Cork maker Carden Terry is estimated at 200-400 and the sale will include silver serving spoons by makers such as Timothy Conway, James Salter and Richard Garde with estimates of 100-200. A Newcastle silver teapot made in 1798 by John Robertson II is estimated at 200-300.

    A 19th century oil after Murillo, The Holy Children with a Shell, is estimated at 600-1,000.  There is a selection of Georgian and later furniture including pieces made by O’Connell’s of Lavitt’s Quay Cork.  Some period furniture is in need of restoration and this is reflected in the estimates.  More than 40 lots of books and a copy of the will of John Evan-Freke, 6th Baron Carbery (1765-1845) are included.  The catalogue is online.

    A pocket sketchbook with 30 late Victorian watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill .  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400

    A Cork silver sauceboat by Carden Terry.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950

    FOUR DAYS OF ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE AUCTIONS IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018

    A massive four day clearance auction of architectural salvage gets underway in Dublin on May 18. Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath will offer a collection which includes a full Edwardian court room, Georgian cut granite stones, cobbles, lintels, sash windows, antique, pub and related furniture and old pine.  The sale is on May 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 11.30 a.m. each day.  More than 4,000 lots, the contents of an architectural salvage yard at 326-28 South Circular Road,  will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online.

    An old English court room.

    Some intact architectural salvag

    ROCKEFELLER AUCTION 100% SOLD AND ACHIEVES $832,573,469

    Saturday, May 12th, 2018

    THE ‘MARLY ROUGE’ SERVICE: A SEVRES PORCELAIN IRON-RED AND SKY-BLUE GROUND PART DESSERT SERVICE MADE FOR NAPOLEON ICIRCA 1807-09, IRON-RED STENCILED M. IMPLE DE SEVRES MARK, DATE CYPHERS

    After a six-month campaign, ten days of online sales and three days of dynamic auctions at Christie’s Rockefeller Center, the total for the 1,500 objects comprising the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller reached $832,573,469.  Well exceeding initial expectations this established the highest auction total ever for a private collection at auction.

    The most significant charitable auction in history, all of the estate proceeds will be directed to philanthropies Peggy and David Rockefeller supported during their lifetimes, for the benefit of continuing scientific research, higher education, support for the arts, sustainable economic development, and land conservation initiatives, among others.  Over the course of the sales, numerous world auction records were established across the fine and decorative arts. An additional nineteen lots of jewellery from the collection will come up at the June 12 sale of Magnificent Jewels.

    The top lots of the sale included Picasso’s, Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, which realized $115,000,000, the second highest price for the artist, Monet’s Nymphéas en fleur which sold for a record $84,687,500, and Matisse’s Odalisque couchée aux magnolias which sold for $80,750,000, another auction record. Further records include Diego Rivera’s The Rivals that sold for $9,762,500, establishing a world auction record for the artist and for a work of Latin American Art. The Art of the Americas sale set a new record for the category total, and Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington (Vaughan type), set a record for the artist at $11,562,500.  Among the decorative arts, a record was set for 19th Century porcelain for the Sèvres ‘Marly Rouge’ service commissioned by Napoleon I, which sold for $1,812,500.

    EXCEPTIONAL PRICES FOR THE ROCKEFELLER’S IRISH SILVER

    Friday, May 11th, 2018

    The Rockefellers Irish silver made exceptional prices in the exceptional sale of the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection at Christie’s  in New York last night. The running total on day three of the sales is now an astonishing $828,043,219.  Yesterday  the Coghill Monteith, a William III Irish silver monteith (a bowl used for washing wine glasses) by Thomas Bolton of Dublin sold for $137,500 and a George II Irish gold freedom box made by William Currie of Dublin sold for $47,500. A pair of Irish silver sauceboats by Charles Townsend, Dublin made $15,000 and a set of four Queen Anne Irish small silver strawberry dishes by John Ricketts, Cork sold for $16,250.  Among the other pieces of Irish silver in the collection was a George II Irish silver coffee pot by William Townsend which made $16,250.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 16, 2018)

    THE COGHILL MONTIETH: A WILLIAM III IRISH SILVER MONTEITH
    MARK OF THOMAS BOLTON, DUBLIN

    A GEORGE II IRISH GOLD FREEDOM BOX
    MARK OF WILLIAM CURRIE, DUBLIN

    A HOUSE CONTENTS AUCTION AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Thursday, May 10th, 2018

    In Durrow Sheppards will offer the entire contents of Lissaniskey House, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on May 15 and 16.  Viewing will be at Lissaniskey on May 12-14.  The sale takes place in Durrow and will include outside lots. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    THIRTY-ONE PIECE CARVED CHINESE IVORY CHESS SET (500-800)

    CAST IRON COALBROOKDALE GARDEN BENCH (900-1,200)

    CHARLES HUNT, 1803-1877 (3,000-5,000)

    IRISH MAHOGANY SILVER TABLE, c1740 (3,500-4,500)

    REGENCY PERIOD GILT FRAMED PIER MIRROR (800-1,200)

    PROVINCIAL SILVER, COINS AND BANKNOTES AT PURCELL SALE

    Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

    There will be a specialist auction of Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Scottish and English silver, Irish coins, tokens, banknotes and militaria at Purcell Auctioneers of Birr on May 9 at 2 p.m.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Rare Pair of Late 18th/Early 19th Century Limerick Silver Serving Spoons, marked Sterling and with mark of Maurice Fitzgerald (800-1,200)

    rish Silver Ring Dish, Hallmarked Dublin c.1915, by Wakeley & Wheeler, c.280gram (400-600)

    Isle Of Man Onchan Internment Camp Token 6 Pence (10-20)

    Ireland Ploughman £5 The National Bank 6-5-29 (400-600)