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    GREAT IRISH INTERIORS AND CLASSIC ART AT SHEPPARDS

    Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

    The Great Irish Interiors sale at Sheppards in Durrow on April 25 and 26 promises a wide variety of interesting lots.  It is to be followed on April 27 by a Classic Art afternoon auction.  Here is a small selection:

    Pre-Raphaelite School – The Annunciation Oil on canvas (unlined) Provenance: St. Nicholas’s Church, Ghent, Belgium (20,000-30,000)

    EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PERIOD CARVED GILT FRAMED OVER MANTLE MIRROR (3,000-5,000)

    PAIR OF LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY ORMOLU APPLIQUÉS (2,500-3,500)

    Irish 19th century side table (4,000-6,000)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAPANESE BRONZE GROUP Sage and deer mounted on an oval base (4,000-6,000)

    GEORGE III PERIOD IRISH STATUARY WHITE MARBLE, SIENNA AND BLUE JOHN CHIMNEY PIECE (35,000-45,000)

    AN AT HOME SALE AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, April 7th, 2017

    There will be an interiors At Home auction at James Adam in Dublin at noon on April 9.  The catalogue, which is online, lists 400 lots.  Here is a small selection:

    DUTCH SCHOOL (18TH CENTURY)
    Figures at a table in an interior with a basket of vegetables (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    A FRENCH KINGWOOD AND LEATHER INSET SHAPED RECTANGULAR WRITING DESK (300-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 350 AT HAMMER

    A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN URNS (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    IRISH FIVE-PIECE SILVER TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE, Dublin 1966, mark of Larry Gunning (1,200-1,800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    CONTENTS FROM HOME OF DEPARTED AIB CHIEF AT BANDON SALE

    Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
    Contents from Glebe House, Lisheen, Skibbereen, Co. Cork – former home of departed AIB chief David Duffy – will feature at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on April 9.
    Prime lots include a Killarney wood tip up centre table inlaid with a view of Muckross Abbey and decorated with shamrock and other local views. It is estimated at 10,000-20,000.

    There is an Irish Regency fold over card table (2,500-3,500), an Edwardian walnut and ebonised credenza (1,000-2,000), a Cork Regency Nelson sideboard (300-500), a French  gilt wood pier mirror (1,500-2,500) and a pair of Art Deco style aviation armchairs (1,200-1,800). Among the artists who feature are Arthur Maderson, Peter Copperwhite, Markey Robinson and Marie Carroll and collectibles include a snuff bottle and a bronze 19th century Tibetan figure. Around 300 lots will come under the hammer.

    A tip up Killarney wood centre table (10,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER.

    A Regency fold over card table (2,500-3,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,150 AT HAMMER. 

     

     

    JACKIE KENNEDY’S LETTERS TO LORD HARLECH MAKE £100,000

    Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    Personal letters from Jackie Kennedy made £100,000 at Bonhams sale of  The Contents of Glyn Cywarch – The Property of Lord Harlech in London.  The Kennedy-Harlech Papers  the heartfelt personal letters between Jackie Kennedy and David Ormsby Gore, Lord Harlech, sold in the room to a private buyer.  This was a white glove sale where every one of the 531 lots sold. The sale total was £2,599,038, more than two and a half times the pre-sale estimate.

    The collection included Mrs. Kennedy’s rejection letter to the 5th Baron Harlech, one of JFK’s most intimate confidantes.  He was British Ambassador to the US from 1961 to 1965 and he and JFK had been friends since their student days at the LSE.  The 18 letters reveal that when he asked her to marry him she responded that she saw him ‘like a brother’. They remained friends until his death in 1985. She penned the rejection letter five years after JFK’s death as she sailed on the yacht of Aristotle Onassis, the shipping magnate who became her second husband. Lord Harlech had recently lost his wife Sissy in a car crash and was said to have proposed to Jackie while they were on holiday together in February 1968.

    Other highlights included a newly discovered portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts, court painter to Elizabeth I. It sold for £269,000 against an estimate of £60,000-80,000. Painted in 1597 it portrays Ellen Maurice, a prominent Welsh heiress and Harlech ancestor, whose pearls and jewellery are worth the equivalent of one million pounds in today’s market. Two remarkable Elizabeth I joined oak three-tier buffets, circa 1580-1600, made £140,500 against an estimate of £35,000-45,000. A 1936 Rapier 10Hp Tourer, a rare British sports car, one of only 300 built sold for £31,500.  And Irish artist Daniel Quigley’s portrait of The Godolphin Arabian, one of three Eastern stallions from which all modern racehorses descend, made over five times its estimate, selling for £100,000.  The auction was to raise funds for the restoration of Glyn Cywarch (known as Glyn) which Jasset, 7th Lord Harlech inherited on the death of his father in February 2016.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for Febraury 26, 2017)

    The Kennedy-Harlech Papers sold for £100,000.

    Marcus Gheeraerts. This Portrait of Ellen Maurice made £269,000. Her pearls and jewellery would be worth £1 million in today’s market.

    PORTRAITS AND SPORTING GUNS AT MEALY’S

    Friday, March 24th, 2017

    Among the 1,000 lots to come under the hammer at two days of sales at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 28 and 29 are a number of paintings including portraits and tribal art and a private collection of guns and other militaria, with rare examples not seen on the market for decades.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 21, 2017)

    ADRIAEN VANDIEST (1655-1704), ‘A Man-O-War Firing a Salute with Figures on the Shore Line (8,000-12,000)   UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pair of 12-bore double-barrel box lock side-by-side sporting ejector guns, no. 1 & 2 by W.J. Jeffery and Co. (5,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ATTRIBUTED TO JONATHAN RICHARDSON I (1665-1745), ‘Portrait of a Military Officer’ (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    ATTRIBUTED TO MARTIN CREGAN (1788-1870), ‘Portrait of a Lady’, by repute Lady Mary Stewart, depicted with a young boy (150-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 190 AT HAMMER

    An oil on canvas portrait of a gentleman in the style of Rembrandt (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    JOSEPH WALSH CHAIR AT SOTHEBY’S LONDON SALE

    Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

    Joseph Walsh – Enignum II  UPDATE: THIS MADE £13,750

    This Enignum II chair by the eminent Cork furniture designer maker Joseph Walsh comes up at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in London on April 5.  The internationally known Walsh makes innovative, sculptural one of a kind pieces using natural materials with an international team at his design studio at Riverstick.  Born in 1979 he founded his studio in 1999 and has exhibited around the world.

    His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the National Museum of Ireland, the Pompidou in Paris, the Cooper Hewitt in New York, the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth and the private collection of Rafael Vinoly in Uruguay. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by UCC in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to design. The chair is estimated at £5,000-7,000.

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £13,750

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT MEALY’S TWO DAY SALE IN CASTLECOMER

    Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

    The spring fine art sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 28 and 29 will comprise 1,000 lots.  The sale will include the collection of an Irish gentleman of title, comprising period paintings, furniture, and decorative arts; the entire contents of a country house in the South East of Ireland – on the instructions of the representatives of the estate;  a private collection of guns and other militaria, with rare examples not seen on the market for decades; fine family silver previously held at an Irish bank vault; and a diverse selection of fine art, antiques, and interiors from other Irish estates and collections.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection from the furniture in the sale:

    A pair of William IV mahogany and crested hall chairs (500-600)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    Part of an 11 piece Hille Art Deco dining suite (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,800 AT HAMMER

    A set of 14 carved Victorian dining chairs by Eadon and Sons, Sheffield (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 6,500 AT HAMMER

    An Irish Victorian rosewood breakfast table (1,500-2,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    IRISH GEORGIAN MARBLE FIREPLACE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Sunday, March 19th, 2017
    An 18th century marble fireplace will be the centrepiece of the sale at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 25.  The Irish Georgian breakfront Carrara and giallo antico marble fireplace is in original condition and complete with brass inset grate.  It is estimated at 20,000-30,000.
    Antique Cork furniture includes a Regency secretaire bookcase (3,000-5,000) and four early nine bar chairs (400-600). A Killarney wood tray inlaid with scenes of Muckross Abbey has an estimate of 150-250.  There is a large collection of antique furniture and collectibles.

    The auction will include a lifetime collection of GAA hurling and football programmes to be sold in over 60 lots. The 1939 All Ireland hurling programme in which Kilkenny beat Cork is estimated at 500-700.  This is a 12 page booklet complete with songs and ballads. There are match programmes from the ’40’s, ’50’s and ’60’s with estimates from 20 upwards. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    An Irish Georgian Cararra and giallo antico marble fireplace  UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000

    A pair of antique Irish cut glass urns  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 760

    A Cork Regency secrétaire bookcase  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The 1939 All Ireland hurling final programme – a 12 page booklet printed with songs and ballads UPDATE: THIS MADE 500

    SUITE OF PORTRAITS THE TOP LOT AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    One of a suite of four life size portraits attributed to Justus Sustermans

    A suite of four 17th century life size portraits in part attributed to the Flemish artist Justus Sustermans was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth fine art sale this week.  It made a hammer price of 40,000.

    Purchased by the late Judge James Murnaghan in the 1950’s the portraits are in their original frames.  They are jointly attributed to Justus Sustermans (1597-1681) and to the studio of Federico Zuccaro, Italian (c1543-1609).

    Head depicting an elegant profile of a lady by the Irish artist Dan O’Neill made 9,500 and a sculpture entitled Wandering Aengus by John Behan made 7,000 on the hammer.  An Arts and Crafts oak dining room suite by Gillows made 6,500 and aquatints after Thmas Daniels nd J. Wakes published in 1798 including An Interior View of Palace Madura sold for 5,400.

    A large Sheraton inlaid bow fronted side table made 5,200 and a reproduction of The President’s Desk from the White House known as The Resolute Desk made about 20 years ago sold for 4,600. A collection of 19th century Spode made 4,400.

    ROTHWELL PORTRAIT OF MARQUESS OF ORMONDE SELLS FOR 12,000 AT HAMMER

    Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

    This three quarter length portrait of the 1st Marquess of Ormonde by Richard Rothwell sold for 12,000 at hammer.

    A three quarter length portrait of James Wandesford Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde and 19th Earl of Ormonde (1774-1838) by Richard Rothwell sold for a hammer price of 12,000 at the opening day of Sheppards Classical Convergences sale in Durrow, Co. Laois today.  The catalogue cover lot, he is depicted wearing the star and ribbon of the Order of St. Patrick.

    The artist Richard Rothwell was born in Athlone and exhibited regularly at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.  In 1829 he went to London and entered the studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence, the leading portrait painter of his age. Sir Edwin Landseer commented to a friend: “An artist has come from Dublin who paints flesh as well as the Old Masters’. Rothwell went to Rome in 1831 to study the Old Masters and on his return in 1834 he concentrated on genre scenes.  He died in Rome in 1868 and is buried beside the poet John Keats.

    A pair of monumental carved wood console tables in the manner of William Kent made a hammer price of 17,000.  There was a similar price of a pair of c1890 Italian marble busts of Cleopatra and Fille du Caire by Cesare Lapini and E la Panta.  Both are signed and dated.  An oil on canvas of a horse and greyhounds by John Emms (English 1841-1912) sold for 17,500 and a roll top writing desk by Francois Linke made 14,000.

    This pair of 19th century Italian marble busts sold for 17,000.

    This pair of monumental wood console tables sold for 17,000.