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    PAINTING OF 1ST DUKE OF LEINSTER AND WIFE EMILY AT CARTON

    Sunday, June 17th, 2018

    Arthur Devis (1712-1787) – James, Ist Duke of Leinster and his wife Emily

    This 1753 painting by Arthur Devis (1712-1787) shows James, Ist Duke of Leinster and his wife Emily seated in the grounds of Carton – a garden said to have become the model on which all later gardens in Ireland were styled.  Emily, who played an important role in the development of the house and estate, holds designs for a new bridge.  She created the Chinese Room and the shell cottage on the estate,  The grounds were re-designed in the naturalistic style of Capability Brown, incorporating an informal park, artificial lake and island, a kitchen garden and hothouses.

    Emily Lennox married James FitzGerald, 20th Earl of Kildare  and the future 1st Duke of Leinster at Richmond House, the London residence of her parents.  Those parents, the Duke and Duchess of Richmond, opposed the match at first, preferring an English man.  The wedding was magnificent but it was rumoured, incorrectly, that her parents had not given her a shilling. In fact she got £10,000, the same as her two younger sisters.  The marriage was a happy one and they had 19 children.  The work, from the collection of the current Duke of Leinster, comes up at Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale in London on July 4 estimated at £80,000-120,000.

    ASHFORD VIEWS OF MAYNOOTH CASTLE AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

    A pair of views of Maynooth Castle, by William Ashford P.R.H.A. (1746-1824)  comes up at Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale in London on July 4.  These fresh to market works are from the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Leinster.   Painted in the Anglo-Irish Romantic tradition, they were commissioned by William FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster.

    Ashford, in a remarkably short space of time, had advanced from being a flower painter to becoming one of the most accomplished and sought-after view painters in Ireland.  He  was elected as the first President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1823, the year before his death. Depicting the ruins of the former FitzGerald family seat, the ‘Views of Maynooth Castle’ are signed ‘W. Ashford’ and dated 1779 and 1780. In the Carton inventory of 1885 they were listed as hanging in the passage by the principle staircase of the residence. The paintings are estimated at £80,000 – 120,000.

    WILLIAM ASHFORD P.R.H.A. (Birmingham 1746-1824 Dublin) Views of Maynooth Castle, a pair

    WILLIAM ASHFORD P.R.H.A. (Birmingham 1746-1824 Dublin) Views of Maynooth Castle, a pair

     

    A YEATS TO LEAD BONHAMS MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH SALE

    Wednesday, 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).

    CORK SILVER BOX AND ANTIQUE IRISH GARDEN NOTES AT BONHAMS

    Monday, March 5th, 2018

    Irish silver box by William Clarke, Cork c1730

    An 18th century Irish Provincial silver box comes up at Bonhams Home and Interiors sale in London on March 7.

    The c1730 box by William Clarke, Cork has a hinged cover chased with rococo decoration with butterflies on the base.  It is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

    On March 21 Bonhams will offer garden notes and a library catalogue for Burton Park, near Churchtown, Mallow, Co. Cork. It will come up as part of a fine books and manuscripts sale and comprises an account of seeds and plants in the garden and runs from April 1683 to February 1683-4.  The estimate is £1,000-1,500.

    AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF EASTER RISING AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, 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

    1916 RISING ORDER OF SURRENDER AT BONHAMS

    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    A typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising signed by Patrick Pearse comes up at Bonhams  in London on June 14.  One of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history it ended the abortive attempt to overthrow British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish State.  After six days of bitter fighting Pearse offered the surrender to prevent further bloodshed.

    Ronan McGreevy editor of Centenary – Ireland Remembers 1916 to be published this autumn explained the significance of the order: “The terse document expresses Pearse’s belief that he would certainly be executed, but that all the others would be spared. Instead the British executed 15 leaders, including Pearse, and imprisoned thousands. This brutal military fiat turned Irish public opinion against British rule in Ireland exactly as the rebels had hoped”.

    A small number of copies were made, signed by Pearse and distributed to rebel positions in Dublin and the outlying countryside by Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who had acted as go between during the surrender negotiations, and members of the Capuchin community. It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures. Two surviving copies are held by the National Library of Ireland. Another, signed by Pearse and countersigned by James Connolly, is held at the Imperial War Museum, London. In addition, there are known to be three hand written drafts. It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.

    AN 18TH CENTURY GALWAY MUG AT BONHAMS

    Saturday, April 1st, 2017

    18th century silver mug by Mark Fallon  UPDATE: THIS MADE £15,000

    A rare 18th century silver mug by Mark Fallon, Galway c1730 which was on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1974 to 2003 comes up at Bonham’s in London on April 5.

    One of only three known secular pieces made by Mark Fallon the mug is straight sided with a double scroll handle and engraved with two crests. The Jacobite Galway, which supported the Catholic King James II, was besieged and captured during the Williamite Wars in Ireland from 1688-91.

    Trade and industry suffered as oppressive laws led to the departure of many families. Because of this Galway silver is rare and most surviving pieces were designed for religious use.  The c1730 mug by Mark Fallon is estimated at £12,000-15,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £15,000

    JACKIE KENNEDY’S LETTERS TO LORD HARLECH MAKE £100,000

    Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    Personal letters from Jackie Kennedy made £100,000 at Bonhams sale of  The Contents of Glyn Cywarch – The Property of Lord Harlech in London.  The Kennedy-Harlech Papers  the heartfelt personal letters between Jackie Kennedy and David Ormsby Gore, Lord Harlech, sold in the room to a private buyer.  This was a white glove sale where every one of the 531 lots sold. The sale total was £2,599,038, more than two and a half times the pre-sale estimate.

    The collection included Mrs. Kennedy’s rejection letter to the 5th Baron Harlech, one of JFK’s most intimate confidantes.  He was British Ambassador to the US from 1961 to 1965 and he and JFK had been friends since their student days at the LSE.  The 18 letters reveal that when he asked her to marry him she responded that she saw him ‘like a brother’. They remained friends until his death in 1985. She penned the rejection letter five years after JFK’s death as she sailed on the yacht of Aristotle Onassis, the shipping magnate who became her second husband. Lord Harlech had recently lost his wife Sissy in a car crash and was said to have proposed to Jackie while they were on holiday together in February 1968.

    Other highlights included a newly discovered portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts, court painter to Elizabeth I. It sold for £269,000 against an estimate of £60,000-80,000. Painted in 1597 it portrays Ellen Maurice, a prominent Welsh heiress and Harlech ancestor, whose pearls and jewellery are worth the equivalent of one million pounds in today’s market. Two remarkable Elizabeth I joined oak three-tier buffets, circa 1580-1600, made £140,500 against an estimate of £35,000-45,000. A 1936 Rapier 10Hp Tourer, a rare British sports car, one of only 300 built sold for £31,500.  And Irish artist Daniel Quigley’s portrait of The Godolphin Arabian, one of three Eastern stallions from which all modern racehorses descend, made over five times its estimate, selling for £100,000.  The auction was to raise funds for the restoration of Glyn Cywarch (known as Glyn) which Jasset, 7th Lord Harlech inherited on the death of his father in February 2016.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for Febraury 26, 2017)

    The Kennedy-Harlech Papers sold for £100,000.

    Marcus Gheeraerts. This Portrait of Ellen Maurice made £269,000. Her pearls and jewellery would be worth £1 million in today’s market.

    OSBORNE WORK SELLS WELL AT BONHAMS

    Friday, March 3rd, 2017

    There was what Charles O’Brien of Bonhams described as “a good price for a non Irish subject” when a work by Walter Osborne sold for £125,000 at the London sale of 19th century European, Victorian and British Impressionist art in London. “When the Boats come in” was painted in the period from 1884 to 1891 when Osborne lived in England.  O’Brien said the world had attracted considerable commented.

    A portrait of Newry born Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen by John Singer Sargent, also sold for £125,000. A close associate of Gladstone and a supporter of Home Rule he was the first catholic to become Lord Chief Justice of England.  Bonhams sale realised £1.4 million with 70% of works on offer finding buyers.  Charles O’Brien commented: “We were delighted with the overall sale results, proving that although selective, the 19th century and traditional market is still strong”.

    WALTER FREDERICK OSBORNE – WHEN THE BOATS COME IN  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £125,000

    Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen by John Singer Sargent.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 125,000

    A PORTRAIT OF THE GODOLPHIN ARABIAN AT HARLECH SALE

    Sunday, February 26th, 2017

    This portrait of The Godolphin Arabian by the Irish artist Daniel Quigley comes up at Bonhams sale of the contents of Glyn Cywarch, the property of Lord Harlech, in London on March 29.  Godolphin was one of three horses brought to England between 1689 and 1730 from which all modern thoroughbreds descend including Sea Biscuit.

    Among the most successful of his progeny were Lath, Cedes, Regulus, Babraham, Dormouse and Bajazet.  The horse was foaled in Yemen around 1724 and is said to have been given by King Louis XV of France to the Bey of Tunis in 1730. Later Edward Coke acquired him for his stud at Longford Hall, Derbyshire. Ownership passed to Francis, 2nd Earl Godolphin upon Coke’s death and the horse spent the remainder of his life at the Earl’s stud farm where he died on Christmas Day, 1753.

    Daniel Quigley’s portrait is thought to derive from an original, now lost, by David Morier, which was engraved and became a popular print. Other versions of Quigley’s portrait are in the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket and the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Centre for British Art.  The painting is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £100,000 OVER FIVE TIMES THE ESTIMATE IN A WHITE GLOVE SALE WITH A 100% SUCCESS RATE.