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  • HOCKNEY’S AMERICAN LANDSCAPE MADE £6 MILLION

    October 6th, 2017

    David Hockney – 15 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998)

    AN American landscape by David Hockney’s sold for £6 million at Sotheby’s in London on October. 5.  Considered one of the greatest Hockney landscapes in private hands 15 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998) was painted in preparation for A Bigger Grand Canyon, the seven and a half metre wide masterpiece housed in the National Gallery of Australia.

    The painting’s importance is underlined by its inclusion in two of the most important exhibitions of the artist’s career, including his major 1999 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and his blockbuster retrospective in London at Tate Britain earlier this year.

    The enthusiasm for Hockney tonight was echoed elsewhere in the sale, with a succession of strong prices for other British artists, including Cecily Brown, Hurvin Anderson, Cecily Brown, Antony Gormley and Howard Hodgkin.  The Contemporary art evening sale brought in £18.4 million.

    WIDE SELECTION OF COUNTRY HOUSE ITEMS AT TOWNLEY SALE

    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

    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

    NEW WORLD RECORD FOR CHINESE CERAMIC

    October 3rd, 2017

    Ru guanyao brush washer from the Northern Song Dynasty.

    There was a new world auction record for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong today when a Ru Guanyao brush washer sold for £28.2 million.  The 900 year old vessel was bought by an anonymous purchaser.

    Ru guanyao, the court ware of the late Northern Song (960-1127), was commissioned by the imperial court and is the most revered of the Five Great Kilns. Its quasi mythical status over the millennium can be attributed to its short-lived production period, generally believed to not have exceeded twenty years.

    The brush washer, formerly in the collection of the Chang Foundation in the Hongxi Museum, Taipei, is a pre-eminent example of Ru guanyao and incarnates to perfection the ware’s revered qualities. While seemingly small and unobtrusive, these understated aesthetics reflect the calibre and meticulousness of its craftsmanship, a quiet metaphor of Chinese philosophy celebrated by erudite connoisseurs and scholars throughout time. Measuring 13cm in diameter, the washer is one of only four known heirloom Ru wares in private hands.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 24, 2017)

    FRIEZE LONDON GETS UNDERWAY

    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.

    A RARITY BY PHIL LYNOTT AND THIN LIZZY AT FONSIE MEALY

    October 2nd, 2017

    THE FARMER by Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy

    From Phil Lynott to J.  P. Dunleavy to the Thunder and Lightning final of 1939  Fonsie Mealys rare book sale in Kilkenny on October 3 is brimful of interest.  Lot 471 is an archive of records, posters and programmes relating to Phil Linnott and Thin Lizzy which includes their first LP, The Farmer (1,000-1,500).

    A first UK edition of The Ginger Man by the recently deceased J,.P. Dunleavy is estimated at 150-220 and the programme for the 1939 final in which Kilkenny beat Cork is estimated at 300-400.   Around 800 lots will come under the hammer.

    UPDATE: This was unsold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 29, 2017)

    WEST OF IRELAND BOG BY PAUL HENRY AT WHYTE’S

    October 2nd, 2017

    West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry (1876-1958)(80,000-100,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Sir John Lavery and Walter Osborne all feature at Whyte’s sale of Irish and International art at the RDS in Dublin this evening. More contemporary work from highly collectible artists like John Shinnors, Tony O’Malley, William Crozier and John Behan will feature too.

    There is a newly discovered pencil and watercolour drawing by Sir William Orpen from the estate of Judge Desmond Windle. On the Hill of Howth depicts a sitter believed to be Orpen’s daughter Mary and is estimated at 35,000-50,000.  West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry is estimated at 80,000-100,000 and there are two lots by Jack B. Yeats, Against the Stream 1945 (60,000-80,000) and Sea Fog 1909 (8,000-12,000). There is sculpture by F.E. McWilliam and  an oil of West Cork, 1994 by William Crozier (10,000-15,000).  In total no less than 150 artists are represented among the 188 lots on the catalogue.

    UPDATE: Good prices were realised and the auction grossed just under one million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 27, 2017)

    YOKO ONO’S BASQUIAT AT SOTHEBY’S

    September 30th, 2017

    Jean Michel Basquiat – Cabra

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Cabra from the collection of Yoko Ono comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 16.  The 1981-82 work, measuring 60 1/4 by 60 1/4 inches, is estimated to bring $9/12 million. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, in the 1970’s.

    Yoko Ono commented:  “I have had the pleasure of owning and living with this masterwork for over two decades. The time has come for it to find a new home, and I am delighted that part of the sale proceeds will benefit the foundation I established years ago with the intention of bringing peace and tolerance to the world.”

    Executed at a time when Basquiat was exploring his Haitian and Puerto Rican roots, and becoming increasingly interested in the power of black athletes Cabra is from a group of paintings inspired by boxing icons including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Jersey Joe Walcott.   Cabra refers to the evening in 1970 when Muhammad Ali – the greatest of all time – knocked out revered heavy-weight fighter Oscar Bonavena known as ‘The Bull’. The iconic boxing ring, the hieroglyphic ‘TKO’ above the bull’s skull and, finally, the clever play on words – Cabra is Spanish for ‘goat’ or GOAT, shorthand for the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali – all add to this moving painting of one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s long-time heroes.

    Spirit Foundations was founded in 1978 to promote a message of social advancement through collective peace and tolerance. Devotedly carried on after John Lennon’s passing in 1980, Spirit Foundations remains a charitable organization that works as an agent of positive social change

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    September 29th, 2017

    From National Ploughing Championship programmes from the 1950’s to a rare first edition of At Swim Two Birds Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and collectors sale at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny on October 3 is brimful of interest. The catalogue, which is online, lists 800 lots.  The first edition of Flann O’Brien’s book from 1939 is of particular rarity as most copies were destroyed during the London Blitz.  This one is estimated at 800-1,200.  Lots on offer range from a history of the Anglo Irish landed gentry to Mohammad Ali.  Here is a small selection:

    National Ploughing Championship programmes from 1953 and 1955 (60-90)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 170 EURO.

    First edition of At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    Five Cuala Press original hand coloured prints (300-400)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 170

    This centenary memoir of the Kilkenny Hunt is estimated at 140-200

    IRISH ART BRINGS IN £1.9 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S

    September 27th, 2017

    Top lots at the Irish art sale which brought in £1,909,125 at Sotheby’s in London today included works by Sir John Lavery (The Summit of the Jungfrau made £212,500 at hammer) and John Luke (Northern Rhythm made  £187,500).  Strong prices were achieved by Basil Blackshaw (The Fall sold for £162,500), Jack Butler Yeats Railway Refreshment Room  (£125,000), Mary Swanzy (Sun on the Sails £87,500), Colin Middleton (The Life Everlasting £85,000), William Crozier (The end of the Modern World £57,500) and Patrick Scott (Gold Painting 35 £46,250).

    Sir William Orpen’s Study for Nude Pattern, The Holy Well made £72,500 and his portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Courtauld and their daughter Jeanne on a settee made £61,250. A Fortune by Jack Butler Yeats made £75,000 and Untitled by Sean Scully made £60,000. Other prices include The Dark Pond by Frank McKelvey (£30,000), Caves at Concarneau by William Leech (£22,500), La Fenetre by Roderic O’Conor (£50,000), Japanese Garden by Sir John Lavery (£62,500), Potato Patch by Gerard Dillon (£47,500), Fishermens Houses by Colin Middleton (£37,500),  Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£31,250) and An Italian Water Scene by Martin Finnin (£11,875).

    Secret Lovers by Rowan Gillespie made £32,500, Egg Head by F.E. McWilliam made £22,500 and the Enignum II chair by Joseph Walsh made £10,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 1 and August 17, 2017)

    COLIN MIDDLETON, R.H.A.
    THE LIFE EVERLASTING

    SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A.
    STUDY FOR NUDE PATTERN: THE HOLY WELL

    MARY SWANZY, H.R.H.A.
    SUN ON THE SAILS

    JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. RAILWAY REFRESHMENT ROOM