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  • CRESTS OF THE PRINCIPAL FAMILIES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

    March 15th, 2017

    The book on crests is on the far right.

    Crests of the principal families of Great Britain and  Ireland are included in a lot coming up at Sotheby’s sale of two great Scottish collections in London on March 28.  Lot 175 in  a sale of property from the Forbses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian is a collection of six works on heraldry and peerage dating from 1716-1805.

    The Crests of the Principal Familes of Great Britain and Ireland was published in 1805.  There are 38 plates with prefaces.  The book belonged to Sir William Forbes and the lot is estimated at 600-800.   Property from Fettercairn House, for centuries the home to generations of Forbeses, leads the sale.  There are over 400 lots spanning the 16th century to the present day.  This will be followed by some 70 lots from the stores and attics at Monteviot House.

    A MASTERPIECE BY ZHANG DAQIAN

    March 15th, 2017

    Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) – Lush Mountains in Misty Gleam, 1967

    A masterful splashed ink and colour landscape on gold paper by Zhang Daqian is a highlight at Sotheby’s sale of Fine Chinese Paintings in Hong Kong on April 4.  Among more than 300 lots are masterpieces by Zhang Daqian, many of which were gifts to his close friends, such as the splashed ink and colour landscape on gold paper for Tai Jingnong, a splashed ink lotus painting for Wu Hufan to celebrate his 70th birthday, and red lotuses for his friend Mao Yingchu.  The sale features a number of specially-curated thematic sections, such as an array of paintings and calligraphy previously from the collection of Wu Hufan, along with works of Wu and his students, and the collection of celebrated Guangdong book collector Mo Boji. The sale is expected to bring in around US$20 million.

    C.K. Cheung, Sotheby’s Head of Chinese Paintings Department, said: “This spring, we are pleased to present significant works in considered thematic sections that reflect the department’s meticulous sourcing approach. Not only do these groupings emphasise each work’s intrinsic artistic value, they also put into context the artists’ relationships and place in the wider art world, as well as his or her artistic orientation. Once kept in the hands of revered private collectors, many of these rare works boast impeccable provenance, and several are fresh to market.”

    A COMPLETE SET OF GOYA BULLFIGHTING PRINTS AT SOTHEBY’S

    March 13th, 2017

    La Tauromaquia, the complete set of thirty-three prints by Goya celebrating the artist’s unique understanding of the art of bullfighting, will come up at Sotheby’s in London on April 4.  This masterpiece of Spanish printmaking, recently discovered in a library in France, comes to sale from the collection of a French ducal family.  The prints remained undisturbed for decades in a nineteenth-century ledger. Estimated at £300,000-500,000, the prints are virtually flawless examples of the first and only contemporary edition that was printed for Goya from large copperplates etched and aquatinted by him in 1815-1816.

    They were brought from the court of Madrid around the time of their publication to the château de Montigny in France in 1831.  They will headline Sotheby’s sale of Prints & Multiple.

    Séverine Nackers, Head of Prints, Sotheby’s Europe, said: “To find a complete set of Goya’s bullfighting prints with such historically significant provenance is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. With La Tauromaquia currently holding the auction record for a series of prints by Goya, we’re expecting an enthusiastic response from collectors.”

    Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes – La Tauromaquia

    Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes – La Tauromaquia

     

    AN ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE IRISH ART

    March 10th, 2017

    A sale of affordable Irish art runs online at Morgan O’Driscoll until March 13.  There is a wide cross section of styles on offer in a crowded catalogue, which is online. Here is a small selection:

    Ken O’Neill – Double Trouble (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER,

    Louis le Brocquy – Flight c1954 (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    KEN HAMILTON (B.1956) – Still Life on Tabletop (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MARKEY ROBINSON (1918-1999) – Entrance to the Estate (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    PAULINE BEWICK (B.1935) – Pati Looking at Geese (1970) (2,000 – 3,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    OLD MASTERS AND MODERN GIANTS RUB SHOULDERS AT MAASTRICHT

    March 9th, 2017

    If you want Old Masters or modern giants, from Breughel to Monet to Van Gogh to Picasso, TEFAF in Maastricht is the place to be.  The European Fine Art Fair which runs from March 10 to 19 is an assembly of art, antiques and antiquities like no other. Business has been brisk at a press preview where some of the leading curators in the world rubbed shoulders with billionaires in pursuit of the range of the sometimes gobsmacking delights on offer.  London dealers Colnaghi made a five million euro sale at preview. Their previously unknown masterpiece by  Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (1587-1625) has been in the same family collection for over a century and had been misattributed.

    Where else can you expect to find a Van Gogh on a stand at a fair? His view of The New Church and Old Houses in The Hague is priced at 2.25 million at the Dutch Gallery Albricht and they anticipate a quick sale.  Quality and rarity abounds.  Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains, c.1370-80, an illuminated manuscript on parchment with 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI, is at Les Enluminures.  This historical chronicle, with impeccable provenance and once in the collection of Chester Beatty, is priced at $4.5 million.  A lime wood and walnut Julius Caesar, c.1551 is the earliest recorded work and only-surviving wood sculpture by master sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608).  Tomasso brothers are seeking a price in the region of 1.5 million.  Everything here is rigorously vetted for authenticity.  Here is a small selection:

    This rediscovered work by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi sold for 5 million at Colnaghi

    Vincent van Gogh – The New Church And Old Houses In The Hague at Galerie Albricht

    A cabinet on stand with 13 drawers signed ‘Josef Frank 1965’ at the Swedish firm Modern or Svenskt Tenn priced at 36,000

    A large Monteith at Luis Allegria Ida priced at 290,000

    A pair of armchairs by Diego Giacometti at L’Arc en Seine priced at 650,000

    A Royal Neoclassical Table En Commode For The Personal Use Of King Vittorio at Burzio priced at 250,000.

    A Pair of ‘Soldier’ vases and covers at Jorge Welsh priced at 625,000

    Julius Caesar by Giambologna at Tomasso Brother priced in the region of 1.5 million

    An illuminated manuscript at Les Enluminures priced at $4.5 million

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
    Mu Tamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers), Kinta Tamagawa at Galerie Tanakaya priced at 65,000

    SUITE OF PORTRAITS THE TOP LOT AT FONSIE MEALY

    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.

    RICHTER’S ICEBERG SHINES IN STELLAR NIGHT AT SOTHEBY’S

    March 9th, 2017

    Gerhard Richter’s Iceberg led a stellar auction of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London last night. It sold for £17.7 million in an auction which realised £118 million.  In a  record breaking night for post war German art there was a new record for George Baselitz when Mit Roter Fahne (With Red Flag), 1965 sold for £7.5 million.  The 15 works by German artists totalled £48.1 million.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s seminal ‘Untitled (One Eyed Man or Xerox Face)’, 1983, sold for £12 million. When the painting previously appeared at auction in 1987, it sold for $23,100. Christopher Wool’s untitled 2007 work from his sought-after Grey Paintings series of enamel works, sold at double the estimate for £7.1 million.   Between two lights by Sean Scully sold for £800,750 over a top estimate of £650,000.

    It was an auction where 57 works sold of 61 lots offered and 75% of lots had never been offered at auction before.  There was a 35% increase in the number of sale participants compared to the equivalent auction last year, with participants from 43 countries.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 3, 14,  and 21 2017)

    Gerard Richter’s Iceberg sold for £17.7 million

    Between two lights by Sean Scully sold for £800,750

    POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART BRINGS IN £96.3 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    March 8th, 2017

    Peter Doig’s Cobourg 3 + 1 More

    The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Christie’s in London totalled £96,384,000. The top price of the evening was for Peter Doig’s Cobourg 3 + 1 More, which saw determined bidding in the saleroom and on the phone and sold for £12,709,000. Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (1949) made £10,693,000. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Self Portrait, from the collection of U2’s Adam Clayton made £2,225,000. The appeal of contemporary European masters was demonstrated by Jean Dubuffet’s painting Être et poraître (To Be and to Seem) which made £10,021,000.

    Edmond Francey, Head of Department, Post-War and Contemporary Art, London said: “The exceptional sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value demonstrate that Christie’s is able to anticipate and meet the demands of the market today. The prices achieved for American artists demonstrate that they are a significant force and London is an international platform, with top prices achieved for Carl Andre, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. Jean Dubuffet was another major highlight selling above estimate. The evening opened with record prices at auction for Wolfgang Tillmans, currently the subject of a celebrated retrospective at Tate Modern, quickly followed by records for Cecily Brown, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Henry Taylor, Albert Oehlen, Carol Rama and Günther Uecker.”

    The total to date for 20th Century at Christie’s series of sales is £258,313,636.
    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 10, 2017).

    HIGHEST PRICE FOR AN OLD MASTER IN FRANCE FOR TWO DECADES

    March 7th, 2017

    Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) – Piazza San Marco with the Basilica and the Campanile

    A magnificent view of the Piazza San Marco, with the basilica and the campanile by Francesco Guardi sold for 6.7 million at Christie’s in Paris today.  This was the highest price achieved for an Old Master painting sold at auction in France over the past two decades.  The Guardi was the top lot in the sale in the Boniface de Castellane and Anna Gould  “A Way of Life” sale which achieved 14.2 million.  Christie’s said that this exceptional result reflected the relevant choices Boni had made when furbishing his legendary Palais Rose with the most exquisite works of art.  There were bidders from 19 countries across five continents.

    The Palais Rose’s famous Boulle furniture achieved strong prices, as illustrated by the Louis XVI pair of meubles-à-hauteur-d’appui by Etienne Levasseur and Adam Weisweiler which sold for 818,500 and the Louis XIV console attributed to André-Charles Boulle sold for 506,500. Important decorative art from the period also performed very well, as shown by the Sèvres porcelain “vases” which realised 206,500 against a presale estimate of 80,000-120,000. Art Déco works by Cartier where among the highlights of the sale.  The Jardin Japonais’ desk set made 1.1 million, a new record for an object by Cartier sold at auction.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 17, 2017)

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

    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.