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  • STRONG SELECTION OF WOMEN ARTISTS AT ADAMS SALE

    November 19th, 2017

    There is an unusually strong representation of Irish women artists at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on November 22 at 6 pm.  The catalogue features artists May Guinness, Eva Hamilton, Letitia Hamilton, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness, Kitty Wilmer O’Brien, Margaret Stokes, Barbara Warren, Stella Steyn, Sarah Purser, Estella Solomons, Mildred Anne Butler, Rita Duffy, Sandra Bell, Melanie le Brocquy, Nancy Wynne Jones, Anne Madden and several others.

    By Merrion Strand by Jack B. Yeats is the most expensively estimated lot (€300,000-500,000).  Night Rider by Basil Blackshaw from the collection of journalist Eamon Mallie has an estimate of €100,000-150,000 and A  Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry is estimated at €60,000-80,000).  Blue and White by William Scott was originally in the collection of architect Michael Scott and The Storm by Mary Swanzy is from the estate of PJ Mara. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    By Merrion Strand (1929) by Jack B. Yeats  UPDATE: THIS MADE 450,000 AT HAMMER

    Blue and White (1964) by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 33,000 AT HAMMER

    Above the Bay by Norah McGuinness  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    The Storm by Mary Swanzy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000 AT HAMMER

    A Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 65,000 AT HAMMER

    YEATS, SHINNORS, SCOTT AT de VERES ART AUCTION

    November 18th, 2017

    Yeats, Shinnors, William Scott and a collection of works from artists of the the St. Ive’s School like Roger Hilton and Terry Frost are all on the catalogue at de Veres Irish Art sale at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St., Dublin on November 21.  Viewing is already underway at de Veres on Kildare St.

    The highlight of this auction is The Night has Gone, a 1947 oil by Jack B Yeats (€250,000-350,000).  There is plenty to choose from including Mountain Summit by Patrick Hennessy (€14,000-18,000), Slitty Morning Estuary by John Shinnors (€25,000-35,000), Cat by Karel Appel (€5,000-7,000) and Stained Glass light box by James Scanlon (€800-1,200).   The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
    THE NIGHT HAS GONE (1947)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 255,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry RHA RUA, 1876-1958
    IN THE WEST OF IRELAND, c.1918-19  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Mountain Summit by Patrick Hennessy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    Ocean Frequency II by Donald Teskey  UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    SEAN SCULLY AT CHRISTIE’S MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH SALE

    November 18th, 2017

    Sean Scully – Iris CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    Sean Scully will carry the flag for Irish art at Christie’s Modern British and Irish art evening sale in London on November 22. Two works by the artist are in the sale. Iris, signed and dated 2005, is estimated at £500,000-800,000 and East Coast Light 2 is estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    There is a focus on British Pop artists, including the last painting executed by founding member Pauline Boty, titled BUM  alongside work by Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Eduardo Paolozzi. Beatitudes of Love 6: Consciousness was painted in1938 by Sir Stanley Spencer during his failed second marriage to Patricia Preece. It is estimated at £1.3-1.8 million.  The evening auction will be followed by a day sale on November 23.

    UPDATE: THE SCULLY MADE £584,750

    LEONARDO OBLITERATES WORLD RECORD AT CHRISTIE’S

    November 16th, 2017

    Salvator Mundi – painted around 1500.

    That was the night that was at Christie’s in New York. Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi made auction history by selling for $450,312,500 million.  This stellar price totally obliterated any previous world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction. The depiction of Christ as Saviour of the World had been estimated at $100 million. The price reflects the extreme rarity of paintings by Leonardo.  Fewer than 20 in existence are acknowledged as being from the artist’s own hand, and all apart from Salvator Mundi  are in museum collections.

    The inclusion of Salvator Mundi  in the landmark London National Gallery 2011-12 exhibition of Leonardo’s surviving paintings — the most complete display of such works ever held — sealed its acceptance as a fully autograph work by Leonardo da Vinci. This came after more than six years of painstaking research and inquiry to document the painting’s authenticity. It was process that began shortly after the work was discovered — heavily veiled with overpaints, long mistaken for a copy — in a small, regional auction in the United States in 2005. Prior to that, it was consigned to a 1958 sale at Sotheby’s where it sold for £45.

    The painting was first recorded in the Royal collection of King Charles I (1600-1649), and thought to have hung in the private chambers of Henrietta Maria – the wife of King Charles I – in her palace in Greenwich, and was later in the collection of Charles II. It was next recorded in a 1763 sale by Charles Herbert Sheffield, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Buckingham, who put it into auction following the sale of what is now Buckingham Palace to the king. It then disappeared until 1900, when it was acquired by Sir Charles Robinson as a work attributed to Leonardo’s follower, Bernardino Luini, for the Cook Collection. By this time, its authorship by Leonardo, origins and illustrious royal history had been forgotten, and Christ’s face and hair had been overpainted and obscured. In the dispersal of the Cook Collection, it was ultimately consigned to a sale at Sotheby’s in 1958 where it sold for £45.

    The previous record for the most expensive work of art at auction was held by Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)  which achieved $179,364,992.

    Christie’s Post War and Contemporary art evening sale totalled $785,942,250, including buyers premium. This was the second highest total for a various owner Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale at Christie’s.  There were 14 artists records for, among others, Adam Pendelton, Philippe Parreno, Kerry James Marshall, Vija Celmins, Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann, William Baziotes, Julian Schnabel and Isamu Noguchi.

    UPDATE:  It was announced in December that the painting is destined for The Louvre in Abu Dhabi which opened its doors on November 8 this year.  It has been suggested that the work will be lent to other museums in the Middle East and Asia.

    CHAGALL RECORD SMASHED AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    November 15th, 2017

    MARC CHAGALL – LES AMOUREUX

    A romantic masterwork by Marc Chagall smashed a long established record for the artist when it sold to a Russian private collector for $28.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York last night.  The evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art totalled $269.6 million, up 71% on last year.  Five of the top ten works went to Asia. Chagall’s Les Amoureux broke a record set for the artist in 1990 when his Anniversaire sold for $14.9 million at Sotheby’s. It had been in the same family collection since it was painted in 1928.

    Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, commented: “Tonight we saw an enthusiastic and expanding client base respond to a particularly strong and varied offering. From the depth and geographical spread of bidders, to auction records set for both established artists and those we don’t see as often in this category, it’s clearly an exciting time for the Impressionist & Modern Art market. While Russia took home tonight’s top prize, Asia was clearly a major story – we had seven different buyers spanning China, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong, and many more under-bidders.”

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION SELLS WELL AT FONSIE MEALY

    November 14th, 2017

    John Butler Yeats – A fine pen-and- ink Portrait of his son W.B. from 1886 (4,000-6,000)

    The Yeats family collection provided the top lots at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today.  The most expensive lot sold was the original Mosada portrait of WB Yeats by his father which made a hammer price of 21,000.  It had been estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    A small pocket sketch book belonging to William Butler Yeats sold for 17,000 over a top estimate of 5,000. A self portrait by John Butler Yeats made 13,000, the Yeats family harp made 11,000, William Butler Yeats’s spectacles made 10,000 and the Yeats family bookcase sold for 9,500 at hammer.

    The sale realised  550,000 on the hammer and 85% of lots on offer found buyers.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 10 and November 2, 2017)

    FLAWLESS 163 CARAT DIAMOND SELLS FOR $33.5 MILLION

    November 14th, 2017

    The Art of de Grisogono

    A diamond necklace featuring a flawless 163-carat diamond – the largest of its kind to be auctioned – sold for $33.5 million at Christie’s in Geneva. The colourless diamond was taken from a 404-carat stone found in Angola. The finished piece, made from white gold, diamond and emeralds, was designed by Swiss jewellery maker de Grisogono. It took more than 1,700 hours to make.

    The necklace, named The Art of de Grisogono, sold for $29.5 million plus $4 million premium – exceeding pre-sale predictions of $30 million.  The auction followed a series of public viewings in Hong Kong, London, Dubai and New York.

    LEGER AND VAN GOGH STEAL THE SHOW AT CHRISTIE’S

    November 14th, 2017

    Laboureur dan un champ by Vincent van Gogh was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in New York last night. It sold for $81.3 million in a sale that brought in $479.3 million.  Altogether 68 lots were offered and 60 were sold. This was the second highest total for a various owner  sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s. Fernand Leger’s Contraste de Formes sold for $70 million.

    Vincent van Gogh –
    Laboureur dans un champ

    Fernand Leger – Contraste de formes

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION AT FONSIE MEALY

    November 10th, 2017

    A collection of remarkable personal artefacts from the Yeats family will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer on November 14.  The Yeats Family Collection – The Final Chapter,  includes paintings, letters and personal memorabilia.  Many of them have not been seen before.  The auctioneers say that this will be the last significant tranche of Yeats items to ever go to auction and that they offer a unique insight into Irish literary and artistic history through the eyes of the family.  This is a fine art sale of around 800 lots in total. It will feature Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture; silver, clocks, militaria, carpets, light fixtures, musical instruments; stained glass and paintings including a selection of modern Irish Art. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 2, 2017)

    Yeats (William Butler) 1865-1939. A small pocket Sketch Book, morocco-
    backed, 18cms x 10cms about 50 pp good quality paper, clearly inscribed inside front cover in the poets hand, W.B. Yeats (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    Rossanagh, Ashford, Co. Wicklow A very early and rare 19th Century Architects wooded Model, of the 3 storey early 18th Century red brick mansion (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Irish Georgian style mahogany triple top fold-over Tea & Card Table, by Robert Strahan & Co., Dublin (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    The Yeats family harp (1,500-2,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF EASTER RISING AT BONHAMS

    November 9th, 2017

    Maria Cregan’s manuscript.

    An autograph letter journal by Maria Cregan, with an eyewitness account of the Easter Rising, comes up at Bonhams in London on November 15. Her day to day account opens as follows:  I went with Carrie Slacke and her son Randal to Sugarloaf Mountain for the Easter holiday… At Harcourt Street the first thing I noticed was a wrecked motor car opposite the station and rather many people about but also that there were no trams. I walked towards Stephen’s Green and asked had there been an accident and was told there had been a rising of Sinn Feiners. They had taken the College of Surgeons and the Green, had dug trenches in the green, barricaded the streets with all kinds of vehicles &c and had run up the Republican Flag on the College of Surgeons (this last I could see myself from the corner of Cuffe Street). I asked a man who was standing with a bicycle if I could get through, but he said it was too dangerous and even as he spoke a volley rang out…”

    There are entries made for each day from Tuesday April 25 to Friday May 6, 1916.  The ten pages on thin office style paper, signed and dated Maria J. Cregan, May 6, 1916 carry an estimate of £700-900.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £1,875