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  • A LATE PICASSO AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON SALE

    February 1st, 2018

    Pablo Picasso – Mousquetaire et nu assis (1967)

    Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Mousquetaire et nu assis (1967) will be a highlight of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale in London on February 27.  Estimate:d at £12-18 million it will be part of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, series of sales from February 20 to March 67.  2018.  This is among the first of the triumphant musketeers that appeared in Pablo Picasso’s art in 1967. The iconic figure is accompanied by a sensuous, seated nude.

    She is Jacqueline, the artist’s final, great love, muse and wife, whose presence permeated every female figure in this final chapter of Picasso’s life. With one eye towards the Old Masters and another towards contemporary art Picasso shows himself still challenging the history of art, carrying out iconoclastic attacks, plundering the past and doing so in a strikingly fresh, gestural way.

    Keith Gill, head of sale, said: “Picasso’s late career was defined by sensuous paintings in which he cast himself as the virile artist alongside his voluptuous lover. The allegorical figures were used by Picasso not only to reference fictitious characters but were a means by which he could situate himself firmly within the art historical canon alongside the likes of Rembrandt, El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. He seemed to have a sense of urgency to his work in this period, as if trying to beat the passage of time, a feeling that is evidenced by the dense brushwork and bold gestures of ‘Mousquetaire et nu assis’. It is a privilege to present the painting as a leading highlight in the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.”

    AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION AT WHYTE’S

    February 1st, 2018

    Bronze Irish dagger – 2nd millennium BC (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800AT HAMMER

    The oldest item at Whyte’s eclectic collector auction in Dublin on February 3 is an Irish bronze age dagger dating to the second millennium BC. Found in Co. Antrim it was formerly in the collection of the British archaeologist Chris Rudd and is estimated at 1,500-2,000.  The array of lots in the sale includes historic artefacts, manuscripts, documents, ephemera, maps, books, photographs, posters, advertising signs, jewellery, militaria, weapons, coins, banknotes and curios.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Trans Atlantic liner poster (500-600) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A late 19th century American silver dish ring owned by ‘Boss’ Croker (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    1899-1902 Boer War, plate with French cartoon. (100-150)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 95 AT HAMMER

    1866-67 Irish Republic Twenty Dollars ‘Fenian Bond’. (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000

    GIACOMETTI CHANDELIER UNITES MOST CELEBRATED FIGURES

    January 29th, 2018

    Alberto Giacometti – Lustre avec femme, homme et oiseau

    A dramatic chandelier by Alberto Giacometti comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale on February 28.  Estimated at £6-8 million Lustre avec femme, homme et oiseau  brings together the artist’s most celebrated figures, Walking Man and Standing Woman.  It is one of only three casts by Giacometti for select patrons  and a unique instance where all of the key motifs of the artist’s career appear in a single work.

    The chandelier encapsulates the existential anxiety of the post-war period whilst casting magical shadows that animate Giacometti’s heightened reality. It is coming to auction for the first time.

    Thomas Bompard of Sotheby’s said:  “This beautiful chandelier by Alberto Giacometti is the tangible coming together of visual arts, decoration and theatre. Despite a natural tendency for introversion, Giacometti became a figurehead of existentialism – finding his place at the centre of the avant-garde scene of artists and intellectuals in Paris. He was sought after by patrons, dealers and fellow artists, collaborating with the likes of modernist playwright Samuel Beckett to capture the fragile but powerful beauty of what hadn’t been destroyed by the Second World War. This is much more than a chandelier: it is a beacon of universal symbolism, of hope and humanism.”

    FRITZ HANSEN CHAIRS AT DE VERES

    January 29th, 2018
    This pair of Danish easy chairs by Fritz Hansen will feature at de Veres timed online design auction which runs until the evening of January 30.  Scandinavian design is hot right now and there are 89 lots of design furniture and art in this online sale.
    Fritz Hansens collaboration with Arne Jacobsen resulted in some classic icons of Danish design such as the Ant, Grand Prix, Series 7, the Swan and the Egg all from the 1950’s.  Founded in 1872 when the carpenter Fritz Hansen set up his own furniture company the design concern is still in operation and adding new designs today. All lots in the sale are on view at de Veres in Dublin.
    UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT SHEPPARDS ATTIC SALE

    January 27th, 2018
    There is something about the idea of an attic sale that appeals to all collectors.  You never know what you might happen across. The Attic 2 auction at Sheppards in Durrow on January 30 has thrown up surprises that range from a croquet set to a 19th century metal bound pine butter churn estimated at just 100-150.
    The sale of over 700 lots, ideal for bargain hunters and those in search of something unusual, features decorative art, collectibles, paintings, prints, furniture, carpets and rugs from the attics, stables and storerooms of various clients of Sheppards.
    Persian, Afghan and Turkish rugs are modestly estimated at 200-300.  A set of Aesthetic Revival  metamorphic library steps is estimated at just 300-500 and a set of six Regency mahogany and boxwood inlaid Cork dining chairs has an estimate of 500-800.

    There are opera glasses, examples of Oriental and European porcelain, clocks, engravings, window seats, candlesticks, 18th century pairs of chairs, a Georgian brass preserving pan, games tables, a cased 19th century diorama, a Dutch blue and white musical jug and a large selection of furniture including a Regency parcel gilt  dwarf open bookcase and a Regency low bookcase.

    An Aesthetic Revival set of metamorphic library steps.  UPDATE: THESE MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    A set of six Regency mahogany and boxwood inlaid Cork dining chairs.  UPDATE: THESE MADE 540 AT HAMMER

    A Jacques of London croquet set.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 110 AT HAMMER

    19th century pine butter churn.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE IRISH ART

    January 25th, 2018

    An affordable online sale of Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll runs to Monday January 29.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Man of Destiny – John Kingerlee (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    O’Connell St. Dublin – Norman Teeling (600-900)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    Michael Gemmell – Cleggan Harbour (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry – Connemara Cottages (print) 300-400  UPDATE: THIS MADE 360 AT HAMMER

    EARLY IRISH POSTERS AVAILABLE ONLINE

    January 25th, 2018

    The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life has made a collection of early travel and tourism posters, used to promote Ireland in the infancy of the tourism sector, available to view online for the first time.

    The posters form part of the National Folklife Collection and were previously on display at the museum in the exhibition Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century, which was curated by the late Dr Séamas Mac Philib.

    A number feature images that have become almost iconic representations of a romantic Ireland which marketers were keen to promote throughout the 1900s. The Museum collected the posters to help inform the story of Irish folk culture from 1850 to 1950, which is represented in the Country Life branch in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

    A TIMED ONLINE DESIGN SALE AT DE VERES

    January 21st, 2018

    There is a timed online design and art sale by de Veres of Dublin until January 30.  This is an auction of just 89 lots. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD, 1960s, BY WILLIAM WATTING FOR FRISTHO FRANEKER  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF ‘ORANGE SLICE’ CHAIRS, BY PIERRE PAULIN FOR ARTIFORT  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    A MIRRORED SQUARE COFFEE TABLE, FRENCH 1970’S  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Mike Fitzharris, b.1952 THE PORT AT RINGSEND  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    AN ONLINE AUCTION OF IRISH ART

    January 19th, 2018

    Morgan O’Driscoll’s first online art auction of 2018 runs to January 22.  There is work by Rowan Gillespie, Frank McKelvey, Dan O’Neill, Mark  O’Neill, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness and many more.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Patrick Collins RHA (1911-1994)
    Eyrie (1988)  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)
    Bottle Tower, Rathfarnham (1940)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003)
    Abstract Composition (1979)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Felim Egan (b.1952)
    Untitled (2006)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000

    THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW IN NEW YORK

    January 19th, 2018

    Now in its 64th year the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armoury in Manhattan until January 28 is billed as the leading art, antiques and design fair in America.  The works on display range from antiquity to the present day. No less than 70 of the worlds top dealers in fine and decorative arts are taking part.  Here is a small selection of what is on show:

    A Chinese screen at Apter Fredericks

    Teotihuacan, Ceremonial Mask at Throckmorton Fine Art

    Roger Capron Lampe Oiseau, Vallauris, France c1950 at Lebreton

    A pair of window benches from Mount Welcome, Baltimore County, Maryland at Kelly Kinzie

    A pair of zinc hounds at Barbara Israel garden antiques