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  • DOUBLE GOURD VASE MAKES 740,000 AT SHEPPARDS

    June 19th, 2017

    A Chinese Blue and White Shep Vase.

    A Chinese blue and white vase sold for 740,000 at Sheppards in Durrow on July 17.  It had been estimated at just 800-1,200.  It went to a Paris based buyer.

    The Qing double gourd vase had come from a Dublin based vendor. It was the top lot at Sheppards sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art. The sale had been on view at Kilkenny Castle.

    In 2010 a 12 inch high Ming style pear shaped Chinese vase with an asking price of just 150 made 110,000 at a sale in Sheppards.  It turned out to be an authentic vase from the Imperial House in the  Forbidden City.

    SELF PORTRAIT BY ANDY WARHOL AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    June 19th, 2017

    Andy Warhol – Self Portrait (1963-64).

    A work from Andy Warhol’s first series of self-portraits comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in London on June 28. In the early 1960s the Pop art pioneer achieved renown for his candid portrayals of luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Self-Portrait, 1963-64, represents the moment that Warhol stepped out from behind the camera and into the glare of its flashbulb – and the moment that Warhol the icon was born. This was a turning point that reverberated throughout his oeuvre. Created when Warhol was 35 years old, Self-Portrait will be offered at auction for the first time, 30 years after the artist’s death in 1987.

    Self-Portrait was created using images taken in a New York photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, fiercely innovative, and added to the aura of technical invention that already surrounded this artist, who had pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art only a couple of years previously. The work is estimated at £5-7 million.

    REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF TUSCAN CASSONE PANELS

    June 16th, 2017

    REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF TUSCAN CASSONE PANELS

    A remarkable collection of Tuscan Renaissance Cassone panels will come up at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in London on July 6. Typically commissioned to commemorate marriages of the Florentine or Sienese elite until the mid-fifteenth century the collection comprises eight panels in total. The highlight is an unusually well-preserved cassone front by Giovanni Toscani (1370/80–1430). The panel has been recognised as the pendant to that in the National Gallery of Scotland and depicts Scenes from the tale of Ginevra and Bernabò of Genoa and Ambrogiuolo of Piacenza. 

    ORDER OF SURRENDER SPARKS BIDDING WAR

    June 15th, 2017

    Surrender Order

    There was a bidding war at Bonhams in London on June 14 for a typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising.  Signed by Patrick Pearse it sold for £263,000 over an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

    Bonhams representative in Ireland, manuscript specialist Kieran O’Boyle, said, “The Order of Surrender is one of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history, and I am not surprised that it was so keenly sought after, nor that it sold for such an impressive amount.”

    The order ended the Easter Rising in April 1916.  The nationalist uprising, which broke out on Easter Monday under the overall leadership of Pearse was met with uncompromising and overwhelming force by the British authorities.

    AN ONLINE AUCTION OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    June 15th, 2017

    Erskine Nicol RSA ARA (1825-1904) Kept In (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A total of 242 lots including 24 pieces of sculpture are included in Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online auction of Irish art.  It runs until June 19. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Patrick Collins RHA (1911-1994) The Prisoners (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) Paris (1948) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    Melanie Le Brocquy HRHA (b.1919) Child and Mother Walking (1998)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER (3,000-5,000)

    A TALE OF TWO AUCTIONS IN CORK CITY

    June 13th, 2017

    A set of twelve chairs at Woodwards (€800-€1,500)

    A SET OF TWELVE CHAIRS AT WOODWARDS ( 800-1,500 )

    With sales at Marshs and Woodwards Cork city auction goers will be spoiled for choice on June 17.  Woodwards on Cook St. kicks off at 11 am with a sale that includes a ten foot long mahogany dining table and a set of twelve chairs (800-1,500), a pair of rosewood tea tables (1,000-2,000), a pair of chesterfield couches (800-1,500) and a French gilt three piece suite (800-1,000).

     

    A pair of William IV rosewood card tables at Marshs (€2,000-€2,500)

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV ROSEWOOD CARD TABLES AT MARSHS (2,000-2,500)

    Anitique furniture features prominently at Marshs sale which is scheduled to get underway at noon around the corner at Rochford’s Lane off South Mall/Grand Parade. Lots on offer here include a Georgian breakfront four door bookcase (2,500-3,000), a pair of William IV rosewood card tables (2,000-2,500), a Regency rosewood Cork marble topped side cabinet (1,000-2,000) and a 19th century Chinese carved padouk display cabinet (600-800). A curiosity at this sale is a Victorian carved grizzly bear 45″ high (700-800). Other Georgian furniture on offer includes an early  mahogany chest on stand, a rosewood brass inlaid drop leaf table and an inlaid demi lune tea table

     

     

     

    PAUL HENRY’S VIEW OF FERRITER’S COVE IN CO. KERRY

    June 12th, 2017

     

    Paul Henry’s view of Ferriter’s cove in Co. Kerry. (£120,000-180,000)

    Paul Henry’s painting of Ferriter’s Cove on the Dingle Peninsula is a leading lot at Bonhams sale of British and Irish art in London on June 14. Though mostly associated with landscapes of Connemara and Mayo the artist who is arguably our most influential landscape painter of the 20th century was inspired by Kerry and the remoter regions along Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard.

    Long before the fantastic and unusual topography of the area attracted the attention of the Star Wars producers Paul Henry brought his artists eye to Ferriter’s Cove, situated a few miles east of  Ballyferriter, in 1933. “It is lovely” he wrote to James Healy in America, who acted as agent for him.  “Wherever one turns there is material for dozens of pictures”.
    He likened it to Cape Cod and felt that if he spent a lifetime there he would never exhaust all the possible subjects.  Paul Henry went back again the following autumn and the drawings and paintings he made there were completed later at his studio north of Dublin. The visit produced enough work for his spring show Recent Paintings of Kerry and Connemara at the Combridge Gallery in Dublin in May 1935.
    The painting, which was exhibited in Toronto in 1936 and has been in a corporate collection in the UK since 1938, is estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    BALLYEDMOND’S GENTLEMAN’S ACCESSORIES & AN EXQUISITE SMALL CEZANNE

    June 9th, 2017
    Cufflinks

    Ballyedmond – This pair of sapphire and diamond cufflinks made £16,250 (with an estimate of £3,000-4,000)

    The online sale of gentleman’s accessories from the collection of Irish entrepreneur Lord Ballyedmond  was 100% sold, making it the second white glove online auction at Sotheby’s in 2017.  There were cufflinks, tie pins and watches by great names including Cartier, Van Clef & Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany and Co.  The sale attracted global interest with US bidders placing most bids, followed by the UK, Italy and Russia.  No less than 75% of lots on offer went for prices above their high estimate.
    Over two days of sales in London in May the Ballyedmond Collection of over 500 objects, mostly from his restored townhouse in Belgravia, made £4.3 million over a top estimate of £3.1 million. Born in Kilcurry Co. Louth Edward Haughty, who became Lord Ballyedmond, made his fortune founding and steering the Norbrook Group, a pharmaceutical company based in Newry.

     

     

    Paul Cezanne – Baigneuses, La Montagne Sainte-Victoire au fond (It is estimated at £4-6 million) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Paul Cezanne’s Baigneuses La Montagne Sainte-Victoire au fond is an exquisite small work that  units two key motifs, bathers and the Montagne Sainte Victoire. Measuring just five by eight inches it is the dover lot of Sotheby’s inaugural Actual Size sale in London on June 21.  It is estimated at £4-6 million. At the turn of the century Cezanne’s revolutionary works began the process of the fragmentation of reality in art and opened the door to modernism.  He used the classical subject of bathers as a compositional tool for a completely new and free aesthetic.  The use of translucent watercolour renders the human figure almost weightless and the nudes are fully embraced by nature.  Adding to the rarity the composition includes a view of Montagne Saine-Victoire.  In a small scale the artist captures the most important subjects and ideas that formed his artistic legacy. On June 21 to coincide with the flagship sales in London Sotheby’s will stage a “small” sale. This brings together a range of works from the 20th and 21st centuries. This first of a kind sale will include painting, sculpture and works on paper with one common characteristic – each will be no bigger than the size of the catalogue page on which it is illustrated.

    COLLECTION OF RAINE, COUNTESS SPENCER AT CHRISTIE’S IN JULY

    June 6th, 2017

    The collection of Raine, Countess Spencer (1929-2016) comes up at Christie’s in London in July. Only daughter of romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland and stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales she enjoyed a position at the centre of London society for over 60 years. Lady Spencer had an appreciation of the fine and decorative arts; 18th century France was of special interest, and she assembled a collection of paintings by some of the greatest artists of that period, including Boucher, Fragonard and Vernet. She collected fine furniture on which she displayed ormolu clocks, objets d’art and Chinese works of art – including intricately carved jades; the Art Deco was also a period of particular inspiration. Highlights from Lady Spencer’s collection of French 18th century Old Master paintings will be offered at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale on July 6.  This will be followed by a sale featuring furniture, Old Master paintings, objets d’art and jades and a selection of couture, jewellery and accessories from her personal wardrobe on July 13. Here is a small selection with all images courtesy of Christie’s.

    Claude Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris)
    A Mediterranean sea-port with fishermen unloading cargo (£300,000-500,000)

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
    The goddess Aurora triumphs over night, announcing Apollo in his chariot, while Morpheus sleeps – a bozzetto (£150,000-200,000)

    One of several ‘Lady Dior’ handbags, this one of black leather with stud work decoration (£1,000-1,500)

    A LOUIS XVI COMMODE
    CIRCA 1770-75, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE-PIERRE FOULLET (£60,000-90,000)

    LONDON TO ST. IVES AT SOTHEBY’S

    June 5th, 2017

    London to St. Ives, a journey through British Art is the title of the sale of an important private collection at Sotheby’s on June 29.  The evening sale comprises 49 works and features British artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Anthony Caro.

    During the middle of the 20th century, London – bomb-ravaged and starving but still the capital city of a global empire – had a serious competitor as the artistic capital in a small fishing village at the westernmost tip of the country. In both London and Cornwall, artists wrestled with the question posed by German philosopher Adorno – how could one write poetry after the horrors of Auschwitz? For London-based artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Reg Butler this resulted in an intense and forensic re-examination of the human figure and human relationships. In St Ives artists such as Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost turned to abstraction. This is an auction of work by the British artists at the forefront of the avant-garde. It is estimated to bring in between £3-5 million.

    Peter Lanyon – Fly Away 1961 (£300,000-500,000)

    Patrick Heron – Tall Brown June 1959 (£400,000-600,000)

    Frank Auerbach – Jake Seated (£300,000-500,000)