antiquesandartireland.com

Information about Art, Antiques and Auctions in Ireland and around the world
  • ABOUT
  • About Des
  • Contact
  • Archive for the ‘COLLECTIBLES’ Category

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION AT FONSIE MEALY

    Friday, November 10th, 2017

    A collection of remarkable personal artefacts from the Yeats family will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer on November 14.  The Yeats Family Collection – The Final Chapter,  includes paintings, letters and personal memorabilia.  Many of them have not been seen before.  The auctioneers say that this will be the last significant tranche of Yeats items to ever go to auction and that they offer a unique insight into Irish literary and artistic history through the eyes of the family.  This is a fine art sale of around 800 lots in total. It will feature Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture; silver, clocks, militaria, carpets, light fixtures, musical instruments; stained glass and paintings including a selection of modern Irish Art. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 2, 2017)

    Yeats (William Butler) 1865-1939. A small pocket Sketch Book, morocco-
    backed, 18cms x 10cms about 50 pp good quality paper, clearly inscribed inside front cover in the poets hand, W.B. Yeats (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    Rossanagh, Ashford, Co. Wicklow A very early and rare 19th Century Architects wooded Model, of the 3 storey early 18th Century red brick mansion (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Irish Georgian style mahogany triple top fold-over Tea & Card Table, by Robert Strahan & Co., Dublin (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    The Yeats family harp (1,500-2,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    FAMILLE ROSE CUPS SELL FOR £1.9 MILLION

    Thursday, November 9th, 2017

    ‘FAMILLE-ROSE’ ‘SANDUO’ CUPS
    YONGZHENG MARKS AND PERIOD

    A rare pair of  famille-rose decorated cups from the Yongzheng period sold for £1.9 million at Sotheby’s in London on November 8.  The top lot in a sale of Important Chinese Art the cups are masterpieces of the fencai (‘famille-rose’) colour scheme. With the introduction of white enamel from Europe in the early 18th century, craftsmen working at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen developed a new palette and realised its full potential in the early years of the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735).

    These cups, painted with sophisticated shades of pastel tones to capture a sense of three-dimensionality, embody to perfection the refined aesthetic of the Yongzheng Emperor. The design, with sprays of fruiting pomegranate, peach and loquat, represents a variation of the auspicious ‘sanduo’ (‘three abundances’) motif – long life, an abundance of offspring and plentiful blessings.  The sale brought a total of £6.4 million.

    AN 1827 IRISH LANGUAGE EDITION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

    An 1827 edition of the Old Testament printed in Irish in Dublin and a 19th century ebonised credenza are among the highlights at a sale in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick on November 11.  The auction by O’Donovan and Associates will include a large collection of cinema posters from Latchfords Cinema in Newcastlewest in the 1960’s.

    AN EBONISED CREDENZA AT O’DONOVANS

    A CINEMA POSTER AT O’DONOVAN’S

    A STRONG SELECTION AT ADAMS ‘AT HOME’ SALE

    Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

    Antique furniture, art, Oriental porcelain and collectibles all feature among a strong selection at the At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon on November 12.  Nearly 500 lots will come under the hammer. The catalogue is online. Here is a taste of what it contains:

    A NEAR PAIR OF CHINESE CELADON GLAZED HU-FORM VASES, Guangxu (1875-1908) (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 21,000 AT HAMMER

    ALFRED DE BREANSKI JUNIOR (1877-1955)
    Autumn Morning in Co. Galway (6,000-8,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    A KILLARNEY ARBUTUS AND MARQUETRY INLAID FOLDING TOP CARD TABLE, mid-19th century, (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE IV MAHOGANY FRAMED DINING CHAIRS (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGE II IRISH MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND PLATE BUCKET (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    A DRESDEN MONKEY ORCHESTRA AT MEALY’S

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017
    The Kings of the Swingers, a 12 piece Dresden monkey orchestra, will come up at Mealy’s two day sale in Castlecomer next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Lot 494, which will come up towards the end of day one, is an attractive set of monkeys, each playing a different instrument and including a conductor and vocalist.  Just the thing to jazz up your home. The orchestra is estimated at 1,300-1,500.
    The sale will include art, antiques and interiors from a number of period homes.  There is a selection of lots relating to, and once the property of, Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator.  Among these is a fine plaster bust of O’Connell after the eminent Cork sculptor John Hogan (2,000-3,000), a large portrait of him attributed to Joseph Crowley (1819-1857) (2,000-3,000), a large and heavily chased silver crested salver (5,000-7,000) and a large English porcelain jug together with a letter to Ms. McCarthy of 62 Dawson St., Dublin in which O”Connell refers to the purchase of the jug and another letter which refers to the jug which was presented to him while in prison. It is estimated at 2,000-3,000.

    Nearly 1,000 lots will come under the hammer and the sale will be live on the internet.  There is a George III style architectural fire surround and overmantle (2,400-2,600), some heavy cast iron garden benches and statuary, an Irish Georgian style reeded brass bound peat bucket,  a Regency chaise longue, a long 19th century Irish pine kitchen table,  a Cork silver soup ladle by Carden Terry and Jane Williams, a large Edwardian silver epergne, some jewellery and pistols a a c1920’s-30’s mechanical toy bank by Saalheimer and Strauss of Germany (1,500-2,000).  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A monkey band  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    A portrait of Daniel O’Connell  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A bust of Daniel O’Connell  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,000

    A German made toy mechanical bank from the 1920’s-30’s UPDATE; THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

    Fonsie Mealy will offer a selection of lots from the Yeats family at his auction in Castlecomer on November 14.  There are sketchbooks, furniture including the family bureau, silver, musical instruments and personal effects.  The sale of around 700 lots will feature items from other estates including Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, stained glass and modern Irish art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample.

    JOHN BUTLER YEATS – SELF PORTRAIT (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    John Butler Yeats – A fine pen-and- ink Portrait of his son W.B. from 1886 (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 21,000 AT HAMMER

    THE WINTER SALE AT MEALY’S IN CASTLECOMER

    Monday, October 30th, 2017

    The winter sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer, which takes place on November 7 and 8, features contents from a selection of country and city houses around Ireland.  The auction will feature material formerly the property of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator (1775-1847).  Viewing gets underway in Castlecomer on November 5.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    VICTORIA (DUBOURG) FANTIN-LATOUR, FRENCH 1840-1926, “Still Life, Roses in a Glass bowl, on a Marble Ledge (2,000-3,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    THE DANIEL O’CONNELL SILVER CRESTED SALVER, A LARGE HEAVY CHASED SILVER SALVER, by Richard Sawyer of Dublin 1839 (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    SERPENTINE-SHAPED NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH BRASS-MOUNTED PARQUETRY AND WALNUT LADIES WRITING TABLE (600-700)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE III STYLE ARCHITECTURAL FIRE SURROUND AND OVERMANTEL (2,400-2,600) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ROSEWOOD, WALNUT AND SATINWOOD-BANDED CABINET-ON-STAND (3,500-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    FORMER PRESIDENT MARY ROBINSON TO SELL CONTENTS FROM MAYO ESTATE

    Saturday, October 28th, 2017

    Derek Hill (1916-2000) – Portrait of Mary Robinson

    Contents from the Mayo home of Ireland’s first woman President Mary Robinson will come under the hammer at Sheppards in Durrow on November 28 and 29 next.  The contents of Massbrook  include antique and contemporary furniture, art, glass, porcelain and collectible items.   Around 200 lots from the estate will go under the hammer and the catalogue for the sale is being prepared.  Among the lots to be sold are portraits of Mary Robinson and of her husband Nick by Derek Hill.

    Mary Robinson served as president from 1990 to 1997.  The family bought the Massbrook estate in 1994 and lived there when she left office. Mrs. Robinson served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.

    LATE 19TH CENTURY YIXING DISH AT KEIGHERY’S

    Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    A late 19th century Chinese dish with modelled nuts and seeds.

    One of the more unusual lots at R.J. Keighery’s sale at the City Auction Rooms in Waterford on October 23 is a late 19th century Chinese dish of nuts and seeds.  The finely modelled group of eight Yixing nuts and seeds carry means like fertility and good luck.  Keighery’s say they are from the colleciton of the late Alvin Wilson of Hong Kong and Oxford and estimate the lot at 450-550.

    The sale will feature pub mirrors and signs, a collection of vintage model cars, porcelain, jewellery. antique furniture and a Waterford Crystal claret decanter.

    JEWELLERY BY SHAUN LEANE FOR McQUEEN AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, October 16th, 2017

    Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen ‘Coiled Corset’ Courtesy of Chris Moore  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $807,000

    Original jewellery pieces for Alexander McQueen from the personal archive of London based designer Shaun Leane will come up at Sotheby’s in New York on December 4.  They span his runway collections from autumn/winter 1996 to spring/summer 2008.  The sale will feature over 45 bespoke pieces produced for beacons of the fashion industry, including Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, as well as style icons Daphne Guinness, Isabella Blow, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker.  The selection on offer, including 30 pieces for McQueen,  encapsulate the dynamism and diversity of Leane’s creative vision with works ranging from $2,000 to $400,000.

    Among the highlights are the Coiled Corset for the Overlook Collection of 1999-2000. Inspired by the cult film The Shining it comprises 97 aluminium coils bent to fit the shape of the model. The corset is engraved with the names of Shaun Leane and Alexander McQueen. Leane’s jewellery is in the permanent collections of major museums include the Met in New York and the V and A in London.

    A quote from McQueen as follows accompanies Sotheby’s press release:  “Shaun has been a close friend and companion for many years. He captures the feeling of my work and the aesthetic of the time we live in…full of structure and finesse, crafted to perfection.”

    UPDATE:  The Personal Archive of Shaun Leane totaled $2.6 million, outshining the sale’s high estimate of $2 million. The dedicated auction of over 40 works created by British jewellery designer Shaun Leane offered collectors and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to acquire pieces of fashion history – many of which debuted in Alexander McQueen’s runway.