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    FRIEZE LONDON GETS UNDERWAY

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    Michael Craig Martin – Wheelbarrow (red) 2013 New Art Centre/Gagosian

    Frieze London runs from October 5-8 with a preview day on October 4. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will make London a mecca for the international art set this week.  The Focus section is devoted to emerging galleries and artists.  A new commission by the Danish trio Superflex is unveiled at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall today and will be on view until next April.  The fair is brimful of events and satellite fairs which will take place in various locations.  Many are pay into, but there is much that is free, like the temporary sculpture park in Regent’s Park. A Contemporary African Art fair will run at Somerset House from next Thursday until October 8.

    ALL THE FUN OF THE IADA FAIR AT THE RDS

    Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair previews at the RDS Dublin this evening.  Over 15,000 people are expected for an assembly of Ireland’s leading antique dealers exhibiting a wide range of rare and beautiful objects.  A series of lectures will take place throughout the fair. Sundays lecture by George Williams will be on Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath with the only surviving Robert Adams interiors in Ireland. Items owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside the best of Irish antique design classics at this year’s Fair.  Opening times are from 11 am to 9 pm on September 22 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 23 and 24.

    This emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring is at Weldon’s (150,000)

    A Josef Lorenzl bronze from the Jackie Collins Collection at the fair with Niall Mullen. (3,850)

    LADY GAGA’S GRAFFITI CORSET AT IADA FAIR

    Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    Lady Gaga’s iconic graffiti corset

    Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset is being drafted in to bring a younger audience to the Irish Antique Dealers Association fair at the RDS in Dublin from September 22-24.  On display will be items from the collections of David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Jackie Collins from Dublin based Pop Icons, who deal mostly in London, Los Angeles and New York.

    Laurence Carpenter of Pop Icons said:  “We will be displaying a collection of signed David Bowie lithographs – including his own charcoal drawing for an album press launch – alongside rare finds from Rihanna, Noel Gallagher and Lady Gaga. We will have a mixture of contemporary artists’ costumes such as the headpiece Beyonce wore in the video for Lemonade, Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset and signed guitars from some of the music world’s top icons such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page”.

    PIANO PLAYED BY STEVIE WONDER AT McILROY WEDDING AT AUCTION

    Saturday, August 19th, 2017

    The Yamaha baby grand piano. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,800 AT HAMMER

    The baby grand piano played by Stevie Wonder at Rory McIlroy’s wedding is among the lots at Aidan Foley’s two day sale of contents from Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 21 and 22.  The black Yamaha is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The sale of around 900 lots will feature residual contents from the hotel before it was refurbished by its new owners.  On offer is everything from sideboards to mirrors to wine racks, occasional tables and upholstered armchairs.

    Two previous auctions of contents from Ashford Castle by Aidan Foley were sold out in July 2014 and February 2015.  The sale next week is of contents put aside for possible use in the refurbishment which were in fact never used. An Irish 18th century architects table with a panel bookcase top is estimated at 3,000-5,000, a 19th century serpentine walnut cabinet is estimated at 1,200-1,500.
    (See post on antiquesndartireland.com for August 16, 2017)

    A THREE DAY ANTIQUES EVENT TO COINCIDE WITH THE HORSE SHOW

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    THIS Dublin 1776 sugar basket is one of the items at the fair.

    A three day antiques, fine art and jewellery fair to coincide with the Dublin Horse Show opens on August 9 at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge.  Organisers Vintage Ireland say that despite being a new venture it is something of a return to the traditional fairs of many years ago.  This is a smaller, intimate fair with hand-picked participants, focusing on showcasing high-quality items from well-established traders.

    The fair is a collaborative effort between long-established event organisers Vintage Ireland and a number of antiques, art and jewellery traders who previously exhibited at the RDS during the Dublin Horse Show. It has been organised in response to the introduction of new terms and conditions entailing an upper limit of 100 euro on the value of individual items of jewellery sold at the horse show. Among those who will participate are Dorothy Kenny of Nessador Antiques, Marie Curran, Moycullen Antiques, Gerd and Helmut Peters, and Treasures Irish Art.

    MASTERPIECE GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

    Thursday, June 29th, 2017

    Masterpiece, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading international fairs, gets underway in London today. It brings together 150 the world’s top gallerists and specialists. Masterpiece Presents, a new large-scale dedicated exhibition space which to transform the entrance, is launched this year. Boundaries are once again being stretched this year. The most contemporary work is a brand new immersive installation by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. He represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Navarro’s installation has been commissioned for the Fair by Paul Kasmin Gallery.  The fair continues until July 5.

    THE STUDIO: THE PAINTING OF A NUDE
    Walter Sickert AT PIANO NOBILE

    JUAN GRIS (1887 – 1927)- NATURE MORTE, 1916 AT DICKINSON

    A PAIR OF 3-LIGHT CANDELABRA WITH FIGURES OF BACCHANTES AND PUTTI AFTER CLAUDE I BALLIN (1615-1678) AND NICOLAS DELAUNAY (1646-1727), MASTER IN 1672 AND « DIRECTEUR DE LA MONNAIE DES MÉDAILLES » IN 1696 AT STEINITZ

    A SERIES OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC STILL-LIFE PAINTINGS OF THE SEASONS
    Giovanni Paolo Castelli, called lo Spadino at Colnaghi

    OLD MASTERS AND MODERN GIANTS RUB SHOULDERS AT MAASTRICHT

    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    If you want Old Masters or modern giants, from Breughel to Monet to Van Gogh to Picasso, TEFAF in Maastricht is the place to be.  The European Fine Art Fair which runs from March 10 to 19 is an assembly of art, antiques and antiquities like no other. Business has been brisk at a press preview where some of the leading curators in the world rubbed shoulders with billionaires in pursuit of the range of the sometimes gobsmacking delights on offer.  London dealers Colnaghi made a five million euro sale at preview. Their previously unknown masterpiece by  Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (1587-1625) has been in the same family collection for over a century and had been misattributed.

    Where else can you expect to find a Van Gogh on a stand at a fair? His view of The New Church and Old Houses in The Hague is priced at 2.25 million at the Dutch Gallery Albricht and they anticipate a quick sale.  Quality and rarity abounds.  Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains, c.1370-80, an illuminated manuscript on parchment with 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI, is at Les Enluminures.  This historical chronicle, with impeccable provenance and once in the collection of Chester Beatty, is priced at $4.5 million.  A lime wood and walnut Julius Caesar, c.1551 is the earliest recorded work and only-surviving wood sculpture by master sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608).  Tomasso brothers are seeking a price in the region of 1.5 million.  Everything here is rigorously vetted for authenticity.  Here is a small selection:

    This rediscovered work by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi sold for 5 million at Colnaghi

    Vincent van Gogh – The New Church And Old Houses In The Hague at Galerie Albricht

    A cabinet on stand with 13 drawers signed ‘Josef Frank 1965’ at the Swedish firm Modern or Svenskt Tenn priced at 36,000

    A large Monteith at Luis Allegria Ida priced at 290,000

    A pair of armchairs by Diego Giacometti at L’Arc en Seine priced at 650,000

    A Royal Neoclassical Table En Commode For The Personal Use Of King Vittorio at Burzio priced at 250,000.

    A Pair of ‘Soldier’ vases and covers at Jorge Welsh priced at 625,000

    Julius Caesar by Giambologna at Tomasso Brother priced in the region of 1.5 million

    An illuminated manuscript at Les Enluminures priced at $4.5 million

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
    Mu Tamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers), Kinta Tamagawa at Galerie Tanakaya priced at 65,000

    LOAN EXHIBITION AT TEFAF FROM THE GALLERIA BORGHESE

    Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

    A selection of Italian paintings and sculptures from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries from the Galleria Borghese in Rome will make up the loan exhibition at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) Maastricht this year.  This is the first time that so many important works will be exhibited outside of the Galleria in Rome. TEFAF runs from March 10-19.

    Among the highlights at the exhibition entitled ‘Galleria Borghese – An Italian Legacy’ are a large canvas by the Neapolitan painter, Giovanni Battista [Battistello] Caracciolo (c. 1578-1635) depicting David holding the head of Goliath and a recently restored painting by Dosso Dossi [Giovanni di Luteri] (c. 1486 – 1542), who was a court painter in the Renaissance Court of Ferrara. Melissa or The Sorceress Circe dates from around 1522.  Sculptural highlights include Capra Amaltea or The Amalthea Goat by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) and Il Sonno or The Sleep by Alessandro Algardi (1598-1654).

    Giovanni Battista [Battistello] Caracciolo (c. 1578-1635) – David holding the head of Goliath

    Dosso Dossi [Giovanni di Luteri] (c. 1486 – 1542) – Melissa or The Sorceress Circe

    Capra Amaltea or The Amalthea Goat by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

    Il Sonno or The Sleep by Alessandro Algardi (1598-1654).

    IRISH FURNITURE AT NEW YORK’S WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW

    Thursday, January 12th, 2017

    An Irish mirror and an unusual full sized oak postbox  will feature on the Apter-Fredericks of London stand at New York’s Winter Antiques Show, which runs at the Park Avenue Armory from January 20-29.  The George III gilt wood pier mirror is, according to Apter-Fredericks, comparable to the work of Francis and John Booker. It exhibits many of the traits of Irish mirrors of this period, including naif rusticated columns, characteristic carving and the inclusion of an animal. The oak country house post box is of full height. Most were designed to sit on a table.  The golden colour oak is of fine quality and the condition is very good. The pieces have their original Strahan labels.

    A notable contingent of the 70 exhibitors at the leading art, antiques and design fair in America specialize in American fine and decorative arts. There is always a strong range of English, Continental, Asian and other non-Western art, ancient to modern. In keeping with the times, the Winter Antiques Show is gradually adding contemporary material to a mix that remains unapologetically historicist. “Exhibitors across all 32 disciplines want to engage new and younger buyers. Everybody is talking about cross-collecting. Our version of cross-presenting material is a natural extension, because many of our dealers have expanded into new areas in their galleries,” said executive director Catherine Sweeney Singer.

    The George III gilt wood Irish mirror

    The full size oak country house postbox.

    A RANGE OF ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AT LIMERICK FAIR

    Friday, November 11th, 2016
    No matter what area of interest you pursue as a collector you will get to take your pick from a range which includes everything from antique Irish furniture and contemporary art to Waterford and Murano glass, coins and medals at the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on November 12-13.
    In the beginning of the run up to Christmas Hibernian Antique Fairs come home to Limerick for what is one of the most popular events on their annual calendar. It is always a crowd puller.  There will be at least five art galleries, ten antique furniture stalls, twelve dealers with jewellery, silver and objets d’art and rare book dealers from around the country. In addition to all this a range of dealers big and small will bring Oriental furniture and effects, costume jewellery, vintage fashion, coins, banknotes, medals, militaria, china, porcelain, brass, copper, clocks, watches, gramophones and car memorabilia.
    Among those present will be George Stacpoole of Adare, the Irish Antique Dealers Association President and IADA members like Greene’s Galleries, Drogheda, Roger Grimes and Vanessa Parker of Co. Mayo and Weldons of Dublin.  This assembly of antique business professionals from all over the island of Ireland, North and South offers collectors an unrivalled opportunity to see what dealers from Belfast to Ballina and Dublin to Dromcollogher have in stock.

    A selection of Clarice Cliff

    A selection of Clarice Cliff

    This rare rose vase in nine carat gold was made in Birmingham in 1906 by Walker Hall and Co. Ltd. Commissioned for a 50th wedding anniversary it will be at the Charles Vivian stand

    This rare rose vase in nine carat gold was made in Birmingham in 1906 by Walker Hall and Co. Ltd. Commissioned for a 50th wedding anniversary it will be at the Charles Vivian stand