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    FULL ARRAY OF IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, September 25th, 2016

    A full array of Irish art and artists will come under the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on September 28.   A total of 194 lots will come under the hammer including work by Yeats, Paul Henry, Nathaniel Hone, Grace Henry, Estella Solomons, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Derek Hill and Sean Keating.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE SALE

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963) Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963)
    Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958)
    In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917) Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)
    Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977) Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)

    Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977)
    Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER

    CANTON ENAMEL JARDINIERE MAKES 56,000 AT JAMES ADAM

    Thursday, September 8th, 2016
    This jardiniere sold for 56,000.

    This jardiniere sold for 56,000.

    An 18th/19th century Canton enamel and stained ivory jardiniere made a hammer price of 56,000 over a top estimate of 2,000 at the James Adam sale of the Alton Collection in Dublin this week.  It was the top lot in a sale where 80% of lots on offer found buyers.

    A c1742 Meissen group of the indiscreet harlequin modelled by J.J. Kandler sold for 38,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 35,000. A bronze and ivory figure, the turbaned dancer by Paul Philippe (1870-1930) made 32,000 over a top estimate of 5,000. A c1616 leaf from a Mughal manuscript made 17,000 and a Cretan 17th century painted timber icon made 15,000. A pair of oils on canvas of The Battle of the Nile on August 1, 1798  in the style of Thomas Luny (1759-1837) sold for 14,000 and a set of four Irish silver candlesticks Dublin c1760 made 13,500.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 12, 2016)

    A MINIATURE FROM THE COURT OF EMPEROR AKBAR

    Sunday, August 28th, 2016
    mughal minThis miniature oil on ivory represents the Court of the Mughal Emperor Aldwar (Akbar) Shah II at Delhi around 1820. A long haired prince is on trial for discharging a pistol at the British resident at Delhi.  He was imprisoned and died in 1821.  There is some doubt about who the resident was, but it is thought to be Sir Charles Metcalfe.
    The Metcalfe’s were Anglo Irish gentry and central to Indian affairs for four generations.  Metcalfe’s mission as Resident in Delhi was to neutralise the authority of the Mughal emperor and get a grip on civil administration.  He afterwards became Governor General of Canada. The miniature is from the collection of the late Dr. Bryan Alton and is to be auctioned by James Adam in Dublin on September 6. It is estimated at 6,000-8,000.
    UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A BLACK LACQUERED CABINET DREW BIDDERS AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, June 12th, 2016

    Among the top lots at the James Adam At Home auction in Dublin today were this black lacquered French cabinet in late 18th century style. It made 4,000 at hammer, double the top estimate. A Burmese river scene by James Raeburn Middleton (1855-1931) made 2,800 at hammer.  A pair of late George III upholstered armchairs made a hammer of 3,200 and a pair of  George III style bergere armchairs made 3,800. A parcel gilt four poster bed made 3,400, a set of Art Deco library steps sold for 1,800, an Italian 1970’s brass framed coffee table sold for 2,000 and a composed Art Deco walnut veneered dining suite made 1,800.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 8, 2016)

    A FRENCH 18TH CENTURY STYLE BLACK LACQUERED SIDE CABINET

    A FRENCH 18TH CENTURY STYLE BLACK LACQUERED SIDE CABINET

    JAMES RAEBURN MIDDLETON (1855-1931) Feeding the Ducks, Burmese River Scene with Pagodas in background

    JAMES RAEBURN MIDDLETON (1855-1931) Feeding the Ducks, Burmese River Scene with Pagodas in background

    YEATS LEADS ADAMS JUNE 1 IRISH ART AUCTION

    Friday, May 27th, 2016

    A 1934 oil on board by Jack B Yeats – By Drumcliff Strand Long Ago – leads the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on June 1.  Originally in the collection of novelist Sir Hugh Walpole it was acquired in 1946 by Lord Killanin. It is estimated at 80,000-120,000. The auction of 169 lots features work by a variety of Irish artists from Paul Henry and Roderic O’Conor to Tony O’Malley and Louis le Brocquy.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) By Drumcliffe Strand Long Ago (80,000-120,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) By Drumcliffe Strand Long Ago (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    Roderic O’Conor (1860 - 1940) Seated Woman (15,000-25,000)

    Roderic O’Conor (1860 – 1940) Seated Woman (15,000-25,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 24,000 AT HAMMER

    George Campbell RHA (1917-1979) Robert Morley - Actor (250-350)

    George Campbell RHA (1917-1979) Robert Morley – Actor (250-350) UPDATE: THIS MADE 520 AT HAMMER

    Howard Helmick (1845-1907) Presents for the Priest (1,500-2,000)

    Howard Helmick (1845-1907) Presents for the Priest (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER.

    FINE PERIOD INTERIORS AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

    Silver, paintings, costume jewellery, clocks, porcelain, prints, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, books, maps and collectible items will come under the hammer at the James Adam sale of fine period interiors in Dublin on May 22.  The catalogue, which lists 469 lots, is online.  Here is a small selection:

    AN EDWARDIAN SATINWOOD BUREAU CABINET (2,000-3,000)

    AN EDWARDIAN SATINWOOD BUREAU CABINET (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    PIETRO FRAGIACOMO (1856-1922) On the Lagoon, Venice (4,000-6,000)

    PIETRO FRAGIACOMO (1856-1922)
    On the Lagoon, Venice (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 34,000 AT HAMMER

    AN ITALIAN WALNUT AND MARQUETRY INLAID CASSONE, 17TH CENTURY, (1,200-1,800)

    AN ITALIAN WALNUT AND MARQUETRY INLAID CASSONE, 17TH CENTURY, (1,200-1,800)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A LARGE CHINESE SIX FOLD INLAID EBON SCREEN each panel decorated with mother of pearl diamond field and set with four carved jadeite reliefs depicting houses, urns, cows, camels etc. (1,000-1,500)

    A LARGE CHINESE SIX FOLD INLAID EBON SCREEN each panel decorated with mother of pearl diamond field and set with four carved jadeite reliefs depicting houses, urns, cows, camels etc. (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    FRANZ BERGMAN (AUSTRIAN, 19TH CENTURY) A pair of cold painted bronzes depicting standing blackamoor figures Signed and dated 'F. Bergman, 1882' (400-600)

    FRANZ BERGMAN (AUSTRIAN, 19TH CENTURY)
    A pair of cold painted bronzes depicting standing blackamoor figures
    Signed and dated ‘F. Bergman, 1882’ (400-600)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 850 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGE I PLAIN PINT SIZED SAUCEPAN, London 1715, possibly Richard Greene (1,000-1,500)

    A GEORGE I PLAIN PINT SIZED SAUCEPAN, London 1715, possibly Richard Greene (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    A RARE VOYAGE INTO THE ARAB WORLD IN THE 1820’S

    Sunday, May 15th, 2016
    A view of St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.

    A view of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.

    A rare 1830 1st edition of Marquis Leon de Laborde’s (1807-1869) voyages into the Arab world is the most expensively estimated lot at the Fine Period Interiors sale at James Adam in Dublin on May 22.  For at least ten years these were the only graphic representation of Petra available in the western world.

    Laborde and his travelling companion Louis de Bellefonds set off for Petra from Cairo via Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery dressed as Bedouin.  The book, which contains an introductory essay and plates on views and maps, is estimated at 10,000-15,000.  Illustrated is a view of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.

    UPDATE: THE ALBUM SOLD FOR 9,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1922 LETTER OF APPEAL TO IRISH AMERICANS FROM MICHAEL COLLINS

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
    The Michael Collins letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.

    The Michael Collins letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A February 1922 letter from Michael Collins to the Editor of the Boston Globe appealing for support from Irish Americans comes up at the History sale at James Adam in Dublin on April 19. Written on the notepaper of the Provisional Government it mentions Collins’ relatives in Boston, and the liberality of friends of Ireland in Boston in supporting the Irish struggle for Independence with money. ‘Now that Freedom is on the eve of attainment I ask through the ‘Boston Globe’ on behalf of the Provisional Government, that they be equally liberal with their sympathy and patience, thus assisting us in restoring to the people of Ireland control of their own destinies” the letter goes on.  It is estimated at 12,000-15,000.   The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    ATRICK PEARSE Collection of booklets including An Macaomh, Poems, The Spiritual Nation, The Murder Machine, The Separist Idea (150-250)

    PATRICK PEARSE
    Collection of booklets including An Macaomh, Poems, The Spiritual Nation, The Murder Machine, The Separist Idea (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80 AT HAMMER

    KEARNEY (PEADAR), THE SOLDIER'S SONG, FIRST EDITION WITH MUSIC Four printed pages, in two parts, 31 x 24cm approx.. Written in 1909-1910 by Peadar Kearney, music by Paddy Heaney and arrangement by Cathal MacDubhgall. Later to become "Amhrán na bhFiann" (1,500-2,000)

    KEARNEY (PEADAR), THE SOLDIER’S SONG, FIRST EDITION WITH MUSIC
    Four printed pages, in two parts, 31 x 24cm approx.. Written in 1909-1910 by Peadar Kearney, music by Paddy Heaney and arrangement by Cathal MacDubhgall. Later to become “Amhrán na bhFiann” (1,500-2,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    A $10 REPUBLICAN BOND CERTIFICATE, ISSUED JANUARY 21ST 1920 BY DE VALERA, President of the Elected Government of the Republic of Ireland, to Lucille Gallagher, No. 149790 (200-400)

    A $10 REPUBLICAN BOND CERTIFICATE, ISSUED JANUARY 21ST 1920 BY DE VALERA, President of the Elected Government of the Republic of Ireland, to Lucille Gallagher, No. 149790 (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 350 AT HAMMER.

    ALL IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL MEDAL - LOUTH 1910 (2,000-3,000)

    ALL IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL MEDAL – LOUTH 1910 (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1919-21 WAR OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL, with Comrac Bar, black and tan ribbon and clasp bar (300-500)

    A 1919-21 WAR OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL, with Comrac Bar, black and tan ribbon and clasp bar (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    IRISH WAR NEWS. THE IRISH REPUBLIC. VOL. 1 NO. 1 DUBLIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1916 (600-800)

    IRISH WAR NEWS. THE IRISH REPUBLIC. VOL. 1 NO. 1 DUBLIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1916 (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    A BOTTLE OF VERY RARE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY

    Sunday, April 10th, 2016
    The Irish pot still whiskey

    The Irish pot still whiskey  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A bottle of pot still 1916 whiskey from the long vanished Allman’s Distillery in Bandon, Co Cork comes up at the James Adam history sale in Dublin on  April 19.  Founded in 1826 Allman’s had a huge reputation.  It survived the famine and Fr. Matthew’s total abstinence campaign to become one of the most celebrated Irish whiskey producers. When the influential English journalist Alfred Barnard came to visit in 1886 he described it as the most successful rural distillery in Ireland. Barley was plentifully supplied by local farmers and the distillery had an internal village of around 200 employees including coopers, carpenters, coppersmiths and maltmen. The distillery imported specially sherry-seasoned casks from Cadiz. This is now common practice but Allman claimed to have been one of the first distillers in Ireland to do so.  The malting facility was second only to Guinness in Dublin. At a time when Irish whiskey was outselling Scotch by three cases to one Allman’s whiskey earned a popular following in Scotland and was a key brand there during the 1860’s.

    According to Adams this particular example, bottled by the Nun’s Island Distillery in Galway,  may be the oldest unopened expression of Irish single pot still whiskey. The style called “Irish pot still” or “single pot still” whiskey is a uniquely Hibernian variety. It is defined by the grain ingredients, a mixture of malt with a fine grist of “green” unmalted barley for texture and spice.   Whiskey made in a pot still without the green barley is not, by this definition, “Irish pot still whiskey”. Originally introduced as a means of dodging the Malt Tax, the use of raw barley has been a feature of Irish whiskey since the 18th century, became ingrained in the taste and was retained even after the tax was repealed in 1880. Barnard describes how the distillery separated its barley into raw gristing and malting facilities and ran them through two distinct runs in order to make “both Old Pot Still Whisky, designated Irish, and Pure Malt Whisky, both of a superior quality”.

    War, prohibition and competition from cheaper and more rapidly produced blended whiskeys meant Allman closed in 1925.  Trading as “Allman, Dowden and Co.”, its agents continued selling off stocks until 1939. In Bandon the Old Still Bar (converted from the distillery offices) proudly retained a bottle until 1971.  Most of the contents boiled away in a tragic fire that struck the pub that year.  This bottle is estimated at 6,000-10,000.

    THE YEAR OF THE FRENCH RECALLED AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
    The Battle of Collooney on September 5, 1798 – in which the French under General Humbert and the United Irishmen were defeated by the Limerick City Militia under the command of Colonel Charles Vereker  – is recalled in two significant lots at the James Adam history sale in Dublin on April 19.
    In August 1798, sometimes remembered as The Year of the French, General Joseph Humbert led an invasion of Ireland where he joined forces with Irish rebels in an attempt to overthrow the British.  With an army of about 3,000 the French and the United Irishmen defeated the British at Castlebar. As they advanced on Sligo their front line was turned by the 300 strong Limerick City Militia. With his advance to Colloney and by various ruses Vereker tricked Humbert into thinking he was the vanguard of a superior force.
    Though criticised for being foolhardy and leaving Sligo defenceless Vereker and the militia were held in high esteem for what was seen as a great victory of the French.  The Battle of Collooney extinguished a serious threat felt by the British in Ireland.  Their bravery was rewarded by gold and silver medals inscribed “To the Heroes of Colooney 5th sept 1798”.  Vereker later opposed the Union saying:  “I have defended my country with my blood and there is nothing in the gift of the Crown that would tempt me to betray her by my vote”.  He inherited the title 2nd Viscount Gort. The family later built Lough Cutra Castle to the designs of John Nash.

    Adams sale will include two items listed as the property of the 9th Viscount Gort.  The Collooney Presentation Cup made by James Scott in Dublin in 1802, inscribed to the heroes of Colloony with the arms of the City of Limerick is estimated at 20,000-25,000.  A sabre, the sword of honour presented to Vereker in gratitude by the city of Limerick with the makers mark of Richard Teed is estimated at 30,000-40,000.   UPDATE: THE CUP MADE 20,000 AT AHMMER, THE SABRE 29,000.

    The Collooney Presentation Cup (20,000-25,000)

    The Collooney Presentation Cup   UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER (20,000-25,000)

    The Collooney Presentation Sabre (30,000-40,000)

    The Collooney Presentation Sabre (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER