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YEATS OIL ONCE IN DE VALERA’S OFFICE AT ADAMS

Monday, September 19th, 2011

JACK B YEATS RHA (1871-1957), A Fair Day, Mayo. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR ONE MILLION EURO.

THIS 1925 oil by Jack B. Yeats, once lent by the artist to Éamon De Valera for his office in Suffolk Place, Dublin, is the top lot at the James Adam art auction in Dublin on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m.  A Fair Day, Mayo last changed hands in 1944 when it was purchased at the Dawson Gallery for £250. The work is estimated at 500,000-800,000 now.

In 1944 it was bought by J.P. Reihill senior, then resident at Deepwell in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. It has been in the Reihill family ever since. It has featured in a number of exhibitions, most notably Images of Yeats in Monte Carlo in 1990. Altogether there are 212 lots in the Adams sale.

 

UPDATE:  This made one million euro at hammer to become the highest priced painting ever sold at auction in Ireland.

SPECTACULAR DUBLIN INTERIOR TO BE AUCTIONED OFF BY ADAMS

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD FRAMED MARQUISE ARMCHAIRS, by JEAN BAPTISTE III LELARGE (1743-1802) AT ADAMS. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD.

Precious objects from a spectacular interior at one of the most graceful squares in Ireland come under the hammer at Adams on June 21.  The contents of 24 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin will be on view in situ over the preceding three days.

Kevin and Rose Kelly, synonymous with glossy publications such as World of Interiors and Image, are downsizing.  They are disposing of contents amassed over 40 years of collecting.  The catalogue for the 590 lot sale is on-line.
The collection draws together paintings from the Irish, English and Dutch Schools, Fine English and French furniture, fine silver, china, objets d’art and a wide variety of decorative pieces. There is a small couture section including Dior and Chanel designer-wear.

A LOUIS XV GILTWOOD CANAPÉ, BY E.T. NAUROY AT ADAMS. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE) UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500.

Furniture highlights include a magnificent pair of sumptuously upholstered Louis XV giltwood Marquise armchairs made by Jean Baptiste Lelarge (1743-1802). They are estimated at 40,000 plus. The Kellys purchased these chairs from Bond Street dealers, Partridge. A Louis XV ormolu mounted kingwood and tulipwood bureau plat is signed by Nicolas Petit. Purchased from Monaco dealers Sapjo it is estimated at €30,000/50,000. A Louis XV giltwood framed canapé by ebeniste E.T.Nauroy, also from Partridge, is estimated at €8,000/12,000.
There are English, Irish and French side-tables, bookcases, a dining table and chairs, mirrors, couches, soft furnishings, garden furniture and beds complete with Lyon silk and silk damask bedspreads and canopies.
There are 17th and 18th Century portraits include two by Dutch artist Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661) both dated c.1640 and estimated at €20,000+ each. A massive portrait by Godfrey Kneller of a young lady, believed to be the artist’s daughter, Agnes, is estimated at €25,000 +.  There is a family group believed to be of Gerrit Jacob Witszoon, Burgomaster of Delft with his wife and daughter probably painted by Michiel van Mierevelt in the early years of the 17th Century. Irish art includes watercolour sketches by Maurice MacGonigal, two oils by Grace Henry and still lifes by Nicolo Caracciolo RHA and Martin Mooney.

IRISH ART SEASON BRINGS IN 6 MILLION AND A TALE OF THREE HENRY’S

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
The value of Irish art which has changed hands in the current season of sales amounts to around 6 million euro.  James Adam brought in around 1.1 million on June 1, Whyte’s and de Veres brought in 700,000 and 400,000 respectively in May, the Irish artists at Christie’s sale of British and Irish art on May 26 (including Sir John Lavery and William Scott) accounted for another 1.3 million euro and Sotheby’s annual Irish sale at the end of March brought in 2.1 million euro.  These bigger players achieved around 5.6 million.
To this total must be added the achievements of smaller auction houses like Morgan O’Driscoll and Dolans which hold dedicated art sales and tend to deal in names that are less stellar.   In addition Irish art is a latter day mainstay of antique auctions around the country and features to a greater or lesser extent at most sales. All this increases the overall total. The six million euro figure is probably slightly conservative.

Christie's

Whyte's

Adams

These not dissimilar West of Ireland landscapes by Paul Henry boosted results at Christie’s, Whytes and Adams where they sold for £79,250, 106,000 euro and 110,000 euro respectively.
Christie’s sold the single most expensive Irish artwork to change hands at auction thus far in 2011 when they achieved £657,250  for Sir John Lavery’s Played!!  Sotheby’s achieved the highest total for any Irish sale over the past two years.  Roderic O’Conor’s Landscape, Cassis was the top lot at Sotheby’s where it made £337,250.
This website will make two comments on these results. The first is that these totals are highly respectable given that Ireland continues to be in deep recession.  The second is that the Irish art market urgently needs to find new ways of promoting in the salesrooms more contemporary Irish art. The best of Paul Henry, along with Yeats, Orpen, Lavery, O’Conor, Osborne , le Brocquy et all, is highly bankable, especially in recession.  But these are not the only Irish artists who deserve an outlet in the salesrooms. There is no shortage in Ireland of available quality work by contemporary artists. Many more are waiting in the wings for the recognition that is properly their due. The focus of the Irish art market is too narrow. This problem needs to be addressed by everyone involved in the art market in an effective way if stagnation is to be avoided in the salesrooms.

See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 29, May 28, May 27, May 20, May 19 and March 29.

THE STORY OF THE HUNT AT ADAMS AND ANOTHER STORY

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The Story of the Hunt by Thomas Hovenden. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 47,000

THE Story of the Hunt by Thomas Hovenden at the Adams Irish art sale in Dublin on June 1 is a rare example of work by the Cork born artist at auction.
Thomas Hovenden was born in Dunmanway in December 1840, son of the town goaler. Orphaned in the Great Famine at the age of 6 he was placed in the Cork Orphanage. Later he was apprenticed to George Tolerton, a carver and gilder in Cork, who noted his skill at draughtsmanship.  Tolerton paid for him to attend the Cork School of Art which promoted ideas of aestheticism and the teachings of John Ruskin. Hovenden advanced his draughtsmanship by sketching the school’s collection of Antonio Canova’s plaster cast statuary and painting plein air watercolours.  A medal winning student he graduated in 1862.
Hovenden arrived in America at the end of the Civil War and rose to fame painting patriotic scenes in sympathy with the American version of Victorian values, and later  for paintings of African Americans during the Abolitionist movement. Among his works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection are The Last Moments of John Brown. His work features in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
He studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Alexandre Cabanel.  He was sent there with funding from the art collector John McCoy and his business partner William Walters.  From there he went to Pont Aven where he met Irish artists and his future wife, Helen Corson.  He returned to America in 1881 and became  a member of the Society of American Artists (1881), the Philadelphia Society of Artists (1883) and an Associate member of the National Academy of Design (1881). He succeeded Thomas Eakins as Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1886-88) and his students included Alexander Calder and the leader of the Ashcan School, Robert Henri. Around the time of his untimely death in 1895  in an accident – he died saving a child on a railway track – academic painting went out of fashion and so he was soon to be forgotten.
Painted in Brittany in 1880 The Story of the Hunt is estimated at 50,000-70,000.
UPDATE:  THIS SOLD FOR A HAMMER PRICE OF 47,000.
See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 20, 2011 and September 11, 2010.

TWO IRISH PROCLAMATIONS SEPARATED BY 113 YEARS

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Robert Emmet's 1803 Proclamation. (click to enlarge)

Lot 41 at Whyte’s History, Literature and Collectibles sale in Dublin  on Saturday, April 16 is Robert Emmet’s Proclamation of 1803.  Allegedly 10,000 were printed but it was dangerous to be in possession of one, so most were destroyed.  This is one of only three known examples in private hands.  It begins:   “The Provisional Government TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND” and is estimated to make 30,000-50,000.  This is a sale of 628 lots.

SEE antiquesandartireland.com post for April 8.

UPDATE:  This Proclamation made 25,000 in a sale that grossed over 300,000 with a selling rate of 70 per cent.

The 1916 Proclamation at Adams-Mealy's. (click to enlarge)

Lot 527 at Adams Mealy’s Independence sale in Dublin on Tuesday, April 19 is this 1916 Proclamation. There are thought to be no more than 50 surviving copies, many in public collections. This one is estimated at €100,000-150,000.  There are 631 lots in total in this sale.

IN AN AUCTION WHICH REALISED 655,000 AT HAMMER THIS LOT FAILED TO SELL.

LE BROCQUY AUBUSSON TAPESTRY TOP LOT AT ADAMS

Friday, March 25th, 2011

This colour inverted Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy is the top lot at Adams sale of Irish art in Dublin on April 6.  Conceived in 1948 it was executed in 1998 as an edition of nine.

Louis le Brocquy’s first tapestry, Travellers was designed in 1948 and produced by Tabard Frères et Soeurs at Aubusson. It was one of a series that also included The Garlanded Goat and the Eden Series. Le Brocquy described the technique of designing these tapestries as something he learned directly from the master in this medium, Jean Lurcat.
The present work, however is from the later ‘colour-inverted’ tapestries that were produced at Aubusson by the Lissier René Duché. This series was first exhibited at Taylor Galleries in Dublin, where it was bought by the present owner, and then exhibited at Agnews in London.  It is estimated at 40,000-60,000.
The sale at Adams is rich in 20th century landscapes and contains over 240 lots.
UPDATE: IT made a hammer price of 60,000

EARLY OSBORNE PONT-AVEN OIL AT ADAMS

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The Pont-Aven work by Walter Osborne.

AN early oil on panel by Walter Frederick Osborne is included in the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art on Wednesday, April 6.  It was painted when the artist was visiting Pont Aven in Brittany in 1883.

The work is from the family of Dublin solicitor F.X. Murray, who was a significant collector in the 1940′s/’50′s.  This is the first time it has been on the market.  The estimate is 10,000-15,000.

ATTIC SALE AT JAMES ADAM ON FEBRUARY 16

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This 19th century cut glass celery vase is estimated at 100-150. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 120

This 19th century Berlin porcelain urn of amphora form is estimated at 100-200. (click to enlarge) IT MADE 160

In Dublin James Adam will hold a clearance auction, billed as an Attic Sale, on Wednesday, February 16 at 11 a.m.  As the name suggests, this is a mixed bag sale with around 600 lots, most with low estimates.  Here is a small sample.

UPDATE: IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL SALE WHICH ATTRACTED GOOD NUMBER OF VIEWERS.  AROUND 90 PER CENT OF THE LOTS ON OFFER FOUND BUYERS.

This Edwardian display cabinet in the chinoiserie style is estimated at 400-600. (click on image to enlarge) IT SOLD FOR 500

An Art Nouveau brass fender and a pierced fender, estimated at 200-300. (click to enlarge) THESE MADE 650

VALUATION DAYS AT JAMES ADAM

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Art and antique auctioneers James Adam intend to hold complimentary valuation days on the first Thursday of every month at their  premises at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.  There will be a valuation on Thursday, Feburuary 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AFFORDABILITY THE KEY AT CHRISTMAS SALE AT JAMES ADAM

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This limited edition screenprint by Patrick Scott, entitled Christmas Greeting, dated '89, is estimated at 300-400. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 280

Ger's Field is the title of this oil and wax on canvas by Coilin Murray at Adams. It is estimated at 300-500. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 320

The Christmas sale at James Adam in Dublin on Tuesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. is made up of 318 affordable lots of paintings, prints, sculpture and literature.  There are sketches by artists like Estella Solomons, Thomas Ryan and Peter Curling, watercolours by Alexander Williams and Douglas Alexander, more contemporary works from artists Andrew Folan, Patrick Scott, Tigue O’Donoghue Ross, Paddy Lennon, Michael Mulcahy and Brian Maguire, Andy Warhol screenprints of Marylin Monroe, sculpture by Patrick McElroy and a small section with books, sketchbooks and catalogues of Irish interest.  Estimates range from ten and twenty euro upwards.