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    TOWNLEY HALL SALES GROSSES OVER 2 MILLION

    Friday, October 13th, 2017

    THIS PAIR OF MASSIVE MID 19TH CENTURY ORMOLU MOUNTED SEVRES PORCELAIN VASES MADE 33,000

    The James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda this week grossed over two million. The timed internet auction worked very well and grossed just over 50,000.

    There were bidders from the US, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, the UK and Ireland north and south.

    Hammer prices for the top lots were as follows:  George Barrets Mountainous Wooded River Landscape (200,000);  a giltwood pier mirror by John and Francis Booker (50,000); a c1750 Irish armorial side table (40,000):  Wooded landscape with figure by Solomon Delane (38,000); a pair of massive mid 19th century porcelain vases (33,000); a Ming revival blue and white moon flask, Yongzheng (32,000); an Irish Regency four pillar dining table (28,000); Games Still Life by Raoul Hynckes (26,000): George III giltwood overmantle mirror (25,000) and Portrait of a Lady by Sir Francis Grant (22,000).

    (See posts on antiqueandartireland.com for October 8 and October 5, 2017)

    LANDSCAPE BY GEORGE BARRET AT ADAMS COUNTRY HOUSE SALE

    Sunday, October 8th, 2017
    A particularly fine landscape by George Barret, a mirror by John and Francis Booker, an Irish armorial side table, a Killarney davenport and a Brussels tapestry are among the top lots at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale in Co. Louth on October 10.
    The highest estimated lot of A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape and Waterfall and Three Figures by George Barret (c1728-1784) is estimated at 200,000. Adams say it was most likely painted in Ireland before Barret’s move to London in 1763. An Irish Georgian giltwood pier mirror by the Booker Brothers still has its makers label attached and is estimated at 50,000. An Irish armorial side table dates to about 1850 and has an estimate of 20,000, as has a large Killarney davenport.
    A Wooded Landscape by Solomon Delane (1727-1812) is possibly of Tuscany and estimated at 40,000. There is a portrait of Frederick the Great of Prussia (3,000) and the 17th/18th Brussels tapesty of the Baptism of Clovis, often referred to as the first Christian King of France,  is large and estimated at 10,000.  A pair of compact George II giltwood mirrors attributed to Benjamin Goodison is estimated at 6,000.  The same model of mirror was illustrated in Buckingham Palace in a 1927 edition of Country Life.

    There is a Victorian sideboard from the Cornish house where Daphne du Maurier lived for decades and inspired her novel Rebecca. It is estimated at 10,000. There is a similar estimate on a Great Irish Deer set of antlers.  The auction is at Townley Hall near Drogheda. A section of nearly 200 lots at the end of the catalogue is being offered online and by written bids only.  These include the Moyne collection of miniatures, antiquarian prints and books. They will come up at a timed internet auction which will run to 6 p.m. on October 11.

    George Barret (c.1728-1784) A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape with Waterfall and Three Figures UPDATE: THS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    A giltwood pier mirror by John and Francis Booker  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 50,000 AT HAMMER

    A Killarney marquetry davenport  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Victorian sideboard from the Cornish house Daphne du Maurier lived in which inspired her novel Rebecca.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    20TH CENTURY DESIGN AND IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Saturday, October 7th, 2017

    Classic 20th century and contemporary design furniture will come under the hammer at de Veres in Dublin on October 15.  Lots on offer range from Danish and Italian design furniture from the 1960’s to the contemporary Nomos table designed by Sir Norman Foster which is estimated at 1,400-1,800. The auction will feature work from designers including Arne Vodder,  Osvaldo Borsani and Philippe Starck.  Estimates for a selection that includes tables, chairs, sideboards, lamps, cocktail cabinets, Murano glass and mirrors are reasonable.

    There is Irish art by Louis le Brocquy, Hughie O’Donoghue, Robert Ballagh, Patrick Scott, Felim Egan, Robert Ballagh and others among the 140 lots on offer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    French 1970’s rosewood lipstick floor mirror (600-900) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Eden by Louis le Brocquy (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    WIDE SELECTION OF COUNTRY HOUSE ITEMS AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Thursday, October 5th, 2017

    Artworks, furniture, porcelain, silver and collectors effects all feature at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall on October 10 at 11 a.m.  Lot 479, for example, is a pair of enormous mid 19th century Sevres vases estimated at around 7,000.  Viewing gets underway on October 7.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    An Irish Victorian Carlton House desk (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Irish George II card table (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    A Brussels style wall hanging, The Baptism of Clovis (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE:THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A skull and antlers of a great Irish deer (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A Georgian door lock (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    20th CENTURY DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    Furniture, lighting, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork by leading designers of the last 120 years will come up at three sales at Christie’s in London on October 18.  Design; Historical Design and the private collection of couturier Wolfgang Joop will feature sought after works by British, European and Asian designers, spanning Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau to mid-century Italian and Nordic design.  In addition there will be 16 unique creations by contemporary Asian designers.  Here is a small selection:

    GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
    A RARE SET OF THREE MODULAR COFFEE TABLES, CIRCA 1945
    £30,000–40,000

    VENINI (EST. 1921) A UNIQUE LIGHT-SCULPTURE, 1960s
    £40,000–60,000

    ALEXANDRE CHARY: A UNIQUE ‘HEXA’ SCREEN, 2017 £4,000–6,000

    STUDIO MVW: A ‘JINSHI’ COFFEE TABLE, 2017
    £20,000–25,000

    A SUCCESSFUL SALE FOR THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    W.B. Yeats’ writing bureau sold for £187,500.

    Even though the two most expensively estimated lots failed to find buyers the sale of the Yeats family collection at Sotheby’s today must be seen as a howling success.  Many lots sold for way above the top estimate and there was very keen bidding for the private collection of one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century.  The sale of more than 220 lots comprised the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack.

    Billed as the highlight an archive of 133 letters from WB to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936 failed to sell.  They had been estimated at £250,000-350,000. Similarly The Runaway Horse, the most expensively estimated of the paintings in the sale by Jack B. Yeats remained unsold. It had been estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    Against this W.B’s writing bureau made a hammer price of £187,500 over a top estimate of £30,000, John Butler Yeats’ Self Portrait, New York sold for £87,500 over  a top estimate of £50,000, a portrait of WB by his father made  £30,000 over a top estimate of £5,000, a painting of Coole by WB made £43,750 over a top estimate of £10,000 and his painting of the library at Coole made £50,000 over a top estimate of £12,000. WB’s desk chair made £32,500 and the family dining table, bought with his Nobel Prize money, made £10,000 over a top estimate of £2,500. Even his metal deed box sold for £15,000. Scrapbooks and sketchbooks all made big money. A sketchbook by WB with sketches, notes and early drafts of The Island of the Statues made £35,000 over a top estimate of £8,000. The Sunset belongs to you by Jack B made £212,500 over a top estimate of £150,000 and The Captain by the same artist sold for £87,500.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25, August 27 and August 19, 2017)

    A TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    A large Edwardian dolls house, a graduated diamond necklace, a 19th century bonheur du jour, a Regency revolving bookcase and a Chinese decorated bowl are among the top lots at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on September 26 and 27.  The catalogue for the sale, entitled The Legacy of the Big House, is online. Here is a small selection:

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY KINGWOOD AND SEVRES PORCELAIN PANELED BONHEUR DU JOUR (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    DRESDEN PORCELAIN CASED MANTLE CLOCK (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100 EURO

    LARGE EDWARDIAN DOLL’S HOUSE (400-600)

    18 CT. WHITE GOLD CLAW SET GRADUATED DIAMOND NECKLACE (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    REGENCY MAHOGANY REVOLVING BOOKCASE, CIRCA 1810 (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500

    AN AUTUMN THRIFT SALE AT MEALY’S

    Monday, September 18th, 2017

    There will be a mix bag of lots at Mealy’s autumn thrift sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on September 22. Estimates are very reasonable for a sale that includes a carved and lacquered oriental chest (150-250), a Regency period ebony strung table (80-120), a 19th century French vinyard clock (40-60) and a 17th century style oak dresser (180-250).  The catalogue is online.

    A 17th century style oak dresser (180-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 130

    A 19th century French vinyard clock  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 25

    A Regency ebony strung tilt top table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70

    A carved and lacquered oriental chest.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 90

    AT HOME AUCTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Thursday, September 7th, 2017

    More than 500 lots of antique furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery and collectibles will come under the hammer at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on September 10.  Estimates are reasonable and this is an auction with much to interest collectors.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A 19TH CENTURY INLAID BURR WALNUT AND EBON BREAKFRONT CREDENZA (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY KNIFE BOX (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 110 AT HAMMER

    A GEM-SET FLOWER BROOCH (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH VICTORIAN DISH RING, Dublin 1915, mark of West & Sons (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY MAHOGANY FRAMED OTTOMAN (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER

    THE POET TURNED PAINTER OF COOLE PARK

    Sunday, August 27th, 2017
    All that remains of the house at Coole Park – home to Lady Gregory and forever associated with the Irish literary renaissance – is the plinth on which it once stood.  Two pastels of the vanished house by the poet WB Yeats will come up at Sotheby’s sale of 220 lots of the Yeats family collection in London on September 27.
    Like the rest of his siblings the poet WB Yeats was a trained artist. He dearly loved this house and the grounds on which it stood, now a nature reserve. His poem The Wild Swans at Coole was inspired by this landscape near Gort and he described it as “the most beautiful place in the world”.
    The most expensively estimated lot in the sale is the long series of letters he wrote to Olivia Shakespear, his life long friend and first lover, which is estimated at £250,000-350,000.  The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack B Yeats and is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  Many lots from among the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his children, poet WB, embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack, have much more affordable estimates.
    Among these is a textile by Lily illustrating The Lake Isle of Innisfree (£1,500-2,500), the Yeats family dining table acquired by WB with money awarded when he won the Nobel Prize in 1923 (£1,500-2,500), a portrait by WB’s muse and sometimes lover Maud Gonne of her daughter Iseult (£2,000-3,000), Jack’s artist palette (£200-300), WB’s late 19th century Canton chess set (£2,500-3,500), the Yeats family scrapbook with 47 drawings by William, Jack, Lily and Lolly (4,000-6,000) and a handmade boat by the Poet Laureate John Masefield (£700-900).

    Highlights will be on view at the RHA Gallery in Dublin from September 14-16 and viewing in London gets underway on September 22.  The auction on September 27 is on the same day at Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale.

    Coole, coloured pastels by William Butler Yeats (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £43,750

    WB Yeats Writing Bureau, England 18th century (£20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £187,500

    Jack Butler Yeats – William Butler Yeats reading in the garden Bedford Park (£8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £30,000

    The Yeats family dining table (England 20th century) 1,500-2,500.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £8,000 AT HAMMER