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  • ONLY 13 OF TOP 100 SELLING ARTISTS WERE WOMEN

    May 28th, 2018

    Yayoi Kusama, White No.28 (1960)

    Only 13 of the top 100 artists whose works fetched the highest amounts at auction in 2017  were women.  The top female artist was Japan’s Yayoi Kusama, whose works sold for $65.6m (£48.9m) – putting her 13th overall, according to figures from MutualArt. The 13 women in the top 100 accounted for sales of $263m – 7.4% of the overall total of $3.5 billion.

    Leonardo da Vinci was top of the 2017 auction rankings.  His Salvator Mundi made a staggering $450 million last November. Next was  Jean Michel Basquiat – whose works fetched $338 million  in 2017 – then Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein.

    At the age of 89, Kusama is the only living woman in the top 50. After her, the top-selling women were Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell and Agnes Martin – who, like Kusama, made their names in 1950s New York.

    Kusama is famed for paintings and sculptural installations that build seemingly endless patterns of polka dots. The Japanese artist was an influence on Pop Art in the 1950s and 60s and, in monetary terms, is far ahead of any other female artist.

    ART AND HISTORY AT JAMES ADAM SALE IN DUBLIN

    May 27th, 2018
    Art and history coincide in a large watercolour by James Mahony of some lost Cork city fabric at the James Adam evening sale of important Irish art in Dublin on May 30.  The 1852 work is of the opening of the National Exhibition of the Arts, Manufactures and Products of Ireland in a building designed by the brilliant John Benson which stood where Cork City Hall now graces the riverside. Benson designed some iconic Cork buildings such as the English Market, the Waterworks, the Firkin Crane and the Butter Market.  Because they were mostly made of wood all of them have lost their original truss roofs as a result of fire. After the exhibition the building shown here was dismantled, sold and re-erected beside the Cork School of Art. Named The Atheneaeum it was used for lectures, exhibitions and performances. Re-named Cork Opera House in 1877 it was destroyed by fire in 1855.

    Walter Osborne’s Counting the Flock is the main lot of the auction, estimated at 100,000-150,000. There are works by Paul Henry, Jack Yeats, a Tangier painting  by Sir John Lavery and an abstract by Mainie Jellett.  There are two sculptures by Eilis O’Connell from the collection of the late John Hunt and works by Louis le Brocquy, George Campbell, Norah McGuinness, Colin Middleton, Patrick Hickey, Charles Tyrrell and Richard Gorman. Viewing at Adams is from 2 pm to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The Official Opening of the National Exhibition of the Arts, Manufactures and Products of Ireland, Cork 1852 by James Mahony ARHA (1810-1879)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    Counting the Flock by Walter Osborne (1859-1903)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 165,000 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    May 26th, 2018

    An off the wall auction of affordable art is running  online at Morgan O’Driscoll until May 28 at 6.30 pm. The catalogue, which lists 370 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    MARIE CARROLL (20TH/21ST CENTURY) University Church  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    NORMAN J. MCCAIG (1929-2001)Connemara Peat Bog  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    JOHN KINGERLEE (B.1936)Madame (SRIK Series)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    JOHN MORRIS (20TH/21ST CENTURY) Brittas Bay  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    ALL ABOUT GARDENS AT SHEPPARDS

    May 24th, 2018

    Garden sculpture and architectural ornaments, sundials,  vases, fountains, benches, spheres, gates, tables and troughs will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale in Durrow on May 29.  Viewing is at Glantelwe Gardens, Mill Road, Durrow.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    PAIR OF LARGE ESTATE ITALIANATE STONE LIONS (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CLASSICAL TERRACOTTA JARDINIERES (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    19TH CENTURY CAST-IRON BENCH (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CAST IRON FRENCH JARDINIERES (400-600)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    YEATS, HENRY, CONOR, O’NEILL AT WHYTE’S

    May 24th, 2018

    Works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, William Conor, Dan O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy and other leading artists feature at Whyte’s evening sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS in Dublin on May 28.  The lead lot is Morning Glory by Yeats, a 14′”x 18″  oil estimated at 80,000-100,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    MORNING GLORY, 1945 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 175,000 AT HAMMER

    LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW, 1929 JOHN LUKE RUA (1906-1975) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    WESTERN SKIES, c.1919 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER

    VIEWS OF THE SKELLIG ISLANDS (A PAIR) RICHARD BRYDGES BEECHEY ARHA (1808-1895) (2,000-3,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S ONLINE SALE

    May 20th, 2018

    The Winners by Dan O’Neill (1920-1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    The Winners, an oil on board by Dan O’Neill at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auction of Irish art on May 21  last came up at The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s in London in 2002.  It sold for 8,000 euro then.  This time around it is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    Highlights of the sale include works by James Humbert Craig, Henry Robertson Craig, John Butler Yeats, Kenneth Webb, Basil Blackshaw and Carey Clarke. There are 224 lots including sculpture and each can be viewed life-size in your own setting via the AR Marker with the Morgan ODriscoll app.  The catalogue for the sale is online. Here is a small selection:

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    July Profusion  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    The Horse Fair  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    Foxgloves by William Crozier (1930-2011)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    CHAIR BY JOSEPH WALSH AT DE VERES

    May 20th, 2018
    The Figure of Six ash chair from 2006 by Joseph Walsh is, at 6,000-9,000, the most expensively estimated piece of furniture at de Veres evening Design Auction at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St. on May 22.  The work of this Cork based designer is at the Pompidou, Paris, Cooper Hewitt, New York, the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the National Museum of Ireland and many other prestige collections.
    The hammock like profile in a pedestal frame of the 1971 Falcon chair and stool by the Norwegian designer Sigurd Resell ensured its enduring popularity and a production lifeline that went on for more than 30 years. The one at de Veres is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    The auction of 200 lots features Danish sideboards, coffee tables, settees and easy chairs, Italian console tables, bars and lamps. wall mirrors, easy chairs, coffee tables and shelves.  Designers featured range from Eero Saarinen, Niels Otto Moller and Charles and Ray Eames to Sir Norman Foster and Philippe Starck.  There are shelves and lamps by sculptor Patrick O’Reilly and art by Patrick Scott, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Willie Doherty, Conor Fallon, Theo McNab and William Scott among 200 lots.  The catalogue is onlinel Here is a small selection.

    Figure of Six ash chair by Joseph Walsh  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    PATRICK SCOTT HRHA, 1921-2014 GOLD PAINTING  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    ROSEWOOD BUREAU, DANISH, 1960’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    Falcon chair by Sigurd Resel  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    CORK SILVER AT LYNES AND LYNES

    May 17th, 2018
    Cork silver, Georgian and later furniture and a pocket sketchbook with 30 watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill dated 1884-96 all feature at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on May 19. A sauceboat by the Cork maker Carden Terry is estimated at 200-400 and the sale will include silver serving spoons by makers such as Timothy Conway, James Salter and Richard Garde with estimates of 100-200. A Newcastle silver teapot made in 1798 by John Robertson II is estimated at 200-300.

    A 19th century oil after Murillo, The Holy Children with a Shell, is estimated at 600-1,000.  There is a selection of Georgian and later furniture including pieces made by O’Connell’s of Lavitt’s Quay Cork.  Some period furniture is in need of restoration and this is reflected in the estimates.  More than 40 lots of books and a copy of the will of John Evan-Freke, 6th Baron Carbery (1765-1845) are included.  The catalogue is online.

    A pocket sketchbook with 30 late Victorian watercolours from architects Henry and Arthur Hill .  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400

    A Cork silver sauceboat by Carden Terry.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950

    FOUR DAYS OF ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE AUCTIONS IN DUBLIN

    May 17th, 2018

    A massive four day clearance auction of architectural salvage gets underway in Dublin on May 18. Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath will offer a collection which includes a full Edwardian court room, Georgian cut granite stones, cobbles, lintels, sash windows, antique, pub and related furniture and old pine.  The sale is on May 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 11.30 a.m. each day.  More than 4,000 lots, the contents of an architectural salvage yard at 326-28 South Circular Road,  will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online.

    An old English court room.

    Some intact architectural salvag

    A YEATS TO LEAD BONHAMS MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH SALE

    May 16th, 2018

    Jack B. Yeats – Donnelly’s Hollow.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 391,475

    Donnelly’s Hollow by Jack B. Yeats will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on June 13.   The painting depicts the natural amphitheatre at the Curragh in County Kildare where, in 1815, the Irish boxer Dan Donnelly defeated the English champion, George Cooper. The victory assumed lasting political significance in Ireland as a symbol of resistance to the British occupation, and a commemorative monument was erected at the site.

    Donnelly was famous for the extent of his reach – he had unusually long arms – and for the ferocity of his punch which was delivered with bare knuckles (boxing gloves only became compulsory in 1867). He was, however, as wild out of the ring as in it. His prodigal lifestyle finally caught up with him, and he died penniless in 1820 at the age of 32. For many years, his right arm was displayed in a pub in Kilcullen.

    Boxing was a passion for the sports-mad Yeats, and Donnelly’s Hollow is one in a series of paintings that revisit in maturity the obsessions of the artist’s youth. The scene shows a group of visitors paying homage at the monument, and features Yeats himself standing on the hill looking down on it, meditatively. It is estimated at £300,000-500,000 (€340,000-570,000).