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  • VIVIEN LEIGH COLLECTION SOARS TO OVER FIVE TIMES ESTIMATE

    September 26th, 2017

    Winston Churchill, Roses in a Vase was the top lot at the auction

    The sale of the Vivien Leigh collection soared to over five times its pre-sale estimate at Sotheby’s in London today. Collectors turned out in their droves to witness and take part in the sale of her personal collection. Over 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867  over five times the pre-sale estimate.

    Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby’s to view first-hand paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and further items celebrating all aspects of Vivien’s life. In a saleroom filled to capacity, all of the 321 lots offered found a buyer as lot after lot soared above estimate.  In this white glove auction more than 40% of lots were bought online.

    A painting by Sir Winston Churchill given as a present to Vivien Leigh sold for £638,750, nine times the pre-sale estimate.Study of Roses was sent to Vivien shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, in August 1951. It hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life. The price achieved for this one lot exceeded pre-sale estimate for entire auction.

    WATER COLOUR SOCIETY SHOW AT DUN LAOGHAIRE

    September 26th, 2017

    THE 163rd annual exhibition of the Watercolour Society of Ireland is now in full swing at the Concourse Gallery in Dun Laoghaire County Hall.  More than 120 contemporary Irish artists are taking part.  The portrait artist Gareth Reid from Northern Ireland, winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, will be exhibiting as the Society’s invited guest artist.  The show runs until October 1. Here is a small selection:

    RAYMOND OSBORN – EARLY MORNING DINGLE

    ANGELA EMSEN-WEST GEORGE’S BREAKFAST

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    JOHN SHORT – EAST PIER

    HENRY’S CONNEMARA COTTAGE THE LEAD LOT AT ADAMS

    September 25th, 2017
    A Connemara Cottage by Paul Henry is the top lot at the James Adam evening sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 27. It has not been seen in public since it was bought directly from the artist in 1931 and is estimated at 60,000-80,000.

    The sale of about 100 lots from the UTV Collection, which was begun in 1959, will dominate the Irish art selection at James Adam.  It offers a snapshot of art in Ulster throughout the 20th century. The Belfast Boys – Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton, George Campbell and Dan O’Neill – are well represnted, Laganside at Dusk by Basil Blackshaw was an important commission and there is work by a range of artists from FE MacWilliam to Camille Souter.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) A Connemara Cottage 1925-30 (60,000-80,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 87,000 AT HAMMER

    Laganside at Dusk (1997) by Basil Blackshaw (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 35,000 AT HAMMER

    F.E. Mc William “Woman of Belfast III” (12,000 – 16.000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 35,000 AT HAMMER

    Gerard Dillon “The Artist in the country” (15,000 – 20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 39,000 AT HAMMER

    OLD SCANDAL RESURFACES IN YEATS PORTRAIT

    September 25th, 2017

    John Butler Yeats (1829-1922) – Mrs. Herbert of Muckross with a Maltese terrier

    There is a whiff of scandal around this portrait of Mrs. Herbert of Muckross with a Maltese terrier. It is from the first big commission by John Butler Yeats, to paint members of the Herbert family at Muckross House in Co. Kerry.

    The house had been completely rebuilt in 1843 and the gardens extensively worked for a visit by Queen Victoria in 1861. The portrait was finished in 1873 but shortly afterwards Mrs. Herbert absconded with a lover, never to return to Muckross.

    Her husband refused to take the painting. It ended up in the room of the artists friend Edward Dowden at TCD.  On  his death it was returned to the Yeats family and it is at Sotheby’s sale of the Yeats Family Collection on September 27 with an estimate of £15,000-20,000.  Family tradition has it that the lover was the footman.

    UPDATE:  THIS MADE £43,750 AT HAMMER

    A TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    September 22nd, 2017

    A large Edwardian dolls house, a graduated diamond necklace, a 19th century bonheur du jour, a Regency revolving bookcase and a Chinese decorated bowl are among the top lots at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on September 26 and 27.  The catalogue for the sale, entitled The Legacy of the Big House, is online. Here is a small selection:

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY KINGWOOD AND SEVRES PORCELAIN PANELED BONHEUR DU JOUR (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    DRESDEN PORCELAIN CASED MANTLE CLOCK (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100 EURO

    LARGE EDWARDIAN DOLL’S HOUSE (400-600)

    18 CT. WHITE GOLD CLAW SET GRADUATED DIAMOND NECKLACE (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    REGENCY MAHOGANY REVOLVING BOOKCASE, CIRCA 1810 (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500

    GARLAND, MONROE, JFK AND TRUMP TO FEATURE AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    September 22nd, 2017

    The largest collection of Judy Garland costumes, Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood’s 1956 Nobel Peace Prize medal, JFK’s rocking chair and Donald Trump’s souvenir wedding cake will feature at Julien’s Icon and Idols auction in a live and online auction in Los Angeles on November 17.  The sale will include property of Marilyn Monroe, former King Edward VIII, Neil Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Lee, Greta Garbo, Brad Pitt, Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart.

    Highlights include a petal pink turn-of-the-century slip worn by Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis ($3,000-$5,000) along with the red velvet ball gown she donned while singing “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 iconic holiday moment in the film ($4,000-$6,000);  the 1956 Nobel medal (Sir Cyril was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize with Nikolay Semenov of the USSR for their researches into the mechanism of chemical reactions, specifically in the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen) ($200,000-$400,000); a 1963  oak and leather upholstered rocking chair commissioned and gifted by President John F. Kennedy to Senator Stanley Arnold ($8,000-$10,000), an exact replica of Kennedy’s famed rocking chair  built by White House upholsterer Lawrence Arata on the recommendation of the President’s doctor and a souvenir wedding cake from the 2005 marriage of President Donald Trump to First Lady Melania Knauss ($1,000-$2,000). As the actual seven-tier wedding cake (reportedly costing $50,000) was not eaten by the wedding guests due to the amount of wire used to make it stand, the individual chocolate truffle cake favors were taken home to enjoy.  Here is a small selection:

    Judy Garland’s gown in Meet me in St. Louis

    Souvenir wedding cake from Donald Trump’s 2005 marriage to Melania Knauss

    JFK presidential rocking chair.

    Bruno Bernard‘s original black and white vintage photograph taken and signed by Bernard on the set of The Seven Year Itch (1955) ($10,000-$20,000);

     

     

    ALL THE FUN OF THE IADA FAIR AT THE RDS

    September 21st, 2017

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair previews at the RDS Dublin this evening.  Over 15,000 people are expected for an assembly of Ireland’s leading antique dealers exhibiting a wide range of rare and beautiful objects.  A series of lectures will take place throughout the fair. Sundays lecture by George Williams will be on Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath with the only surviving Robert Adams interiors in Ireland. Items owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside the best of Irish antique design classics at this year’s Fair.  Opening times are from 11 am to 9 pm on September 22 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 23 and 24.

    This emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring is at Weldon’s (150,000)

    A Josef Lorenzl bronze from the Jackie Collins Collection at the fair with Niall Mullen. (3,850)

    AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    September 20th, 2017

    A  sale of affordable Irish art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until the evening of September 25.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    GERALD SCARFE (B.1936) Untitled (250-350)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200

    JOHN KINGERLEE (B.1936)Tribute Series (2015) (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 750

    DOUGLAS ALEXANDER (1871-1945)Royal Dublin Golf Club (400-500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 260 AT HAMMER

    Antony Gormley – Domain Field (offset litho on art paper) (250-350)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 400

    AN AUTUMN THRIFT SALE AT MEALY’S

    September 18th, 2017

    There will be a mix bag of lots at Mealy’s autumn thrift sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on September 22. Estimates are very reasonable for a sale that includes a carved and lacquered oriental chest (150-250), a Regency period ebony strung table (80-120), a 19th century French vinyard clock (40-60) and a 17th century style oak dresser (180-250).  The catalogue is online.

    A 17th century style oak dresser (180-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 130

    A 19th century French vinyard clock  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 25

    A Regency ebony strung tilt top table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70

    A carved and lacquered oriental chest.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 90

    A SALE OF IRISH ART AT DE VERES IN DUBLIN

    September 16th, 2017

    Viewing for the Irish art auction at de Veres on September 20 at 6 pm gets underway at Kildare St. at noon today. The 131 lots offer a mix of 20th century and contemporary art.  Traditionalists will be taken by two works. A Muted Appeal – the little match girl by Richard Thomas Moynan whose subject is a flower seller who worked at Chatham St. off Grafton St. The second traditional offering is Gathering Beans by Arthur David McCormick, a work purchased at the James Gorry Gallery in 1988. There is art by Sean McSweeney, Charles Brady, Diana Copperwhite, John Shinnors, Robert Ballagh, Norah McGuinness and a wide cross section of Irish artists.  Viewing is at de Veres, the auction will be held at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online.

    Evening, Grand Parade, Cork by Cecil Galbally (1911-1995) (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,000 AT HAMMER

    : A Muted Appeal (the little match girl) by Richard Thomas Moynan (1850-1906) (6,000-9,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,500 at hammer