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    THE EUROPEAN FINE ART FAIR (TEFAF) TO VISIT NEW YORK

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
    This floor lamp by Diego Giacometti will be at TEFAF Maastricht next month with L'Arc en Seine

    This floor lamp by Diego Giacometti will be at TEFAF Maastricht next month with L’Arc en Seine

    St Euplius and St John Chrysostom - Russia c1500 - two columns from a royal door will be brought to the fair by Jan Morsink Ikonen

    St Euplius and St John Chrysostom – Russia c1500 – two columns from a royal door will be brought to the fair by Jan Morsink Ikonen

    THE European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is going to New York.  The world’s foremost fair of art, antiques and design will travel to the Park Avenue Armory in New York next October and in May 2017.  Building on the 30 year success of TEFAF Maastricht and through a joint venture with Artvest it will launch two TEFAF fairs to be presented annually in New York.  TEFAF Fall will focus on art from antiquity to the 20th century; TEFAF Spring will emphasize modern and contemporary art and design.

    This year the European Fine Art Fair runs at Maastricht in The Netherlands from March 11-20.

    “TEFAF represents the highest level of quality and connoisseurship, which are values we share with the dealers and collectors who participate in our shows,” noted Willem van Roijen, Chairman of TEFAF.  “Our fair has also established itself as the leading showcase for introducing fresh works to the marketplace and is further distinguished by its rigorous vetting process for both participating galleries and works of art. These same core principles are the foundation of the fairs that we are conceiving for New York and the U.S.”

    WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW SIGNALS A CHANGE IN LINE WITH MARKET TRENDS

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

    THE global definition of antiques in changing in line with international market trends.  The venerable Winter Antiques Show in New York, which runs from January 22 to 31 with a preview evening on January 21, is allowing certain contemporary objects.

    The 1969 dateline has been discarded at the show, now in its 62nd season.  Among the 18th and 19th century furniture and collectibles can be found pre-vetted contemporary works.  These are only allowed under stringent regulation. It is stipulated, amongst other things, that an artist or designer whose work is included must be represented in major museum collections.  This is the premier American fair, and it is regarded as both conservative and traditional.   Most of the 73 exhibitors, if they choose to include modern items, will weave them among more traditional pieces. This is in line with contemporary interior design, which does not observe strict datelines and often combines antique and contemporary pieces. Here are some items from the show:

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III BRASS MOUNTED DINING ROOM URNS ON PEDESTALS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE AT RONALD PHILLIPS

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III BRASS MOUNTED DINING ROOM URNS ON PEDESTALS PROBABLY BY THOMAS CHIPPENDALE AT RONALD PHILLIPS

    Workshop of Jasper van der Borcht (d.1740)., The Triumph of Flora, from the Triumph of the Gods and Goddesses AT KASHISHIAN

    Workshop of Jasper van der Borcht (d.1740)., The Triumph of Flora, from the Triumph of the Gods and Goddesses AT KASHISHIAN

    Sasaki Shodo, Saika (Bringing the Flower of Universal Understanding) Cast Bronze 19 inches Japan, Showa 34 (1959) AT KAGEDO JAPANESE ART

    Sasaki Shodo, Saika (Bringing the Flower of Universal Understanding)
    Cast Bronze 19 inches
    Japan, Showa 34 (1959) AT KAGEDO JAPANESE ART

    AN ELABORATE FAMILLE ROSE TUREEN, QIANLONG C1740 AT COHEN AND COHEN.

    AN ELABORATE FAMILLE ROSE TUREEN, QIANLONG C1740 AT COHEN AND COHEN.

    A C1790 MAHOANY AND ASH ARMCHAIR AT BERNARD AND S. DEAN LEVY

    A C1790 MAHOANY AND ASH ARMCHAIR AT BERNARD AND S. DEAN LEVY

    STARS OF INTERIOR DESIGN FOR NEW YORK WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW

    Monday, December 21st, 2015

    Some of the brightest stars of the world of interior design have been drafted in to this years Winter Antiques Show in New York.  Celebrating its 62nd year as America’s most prestigious art, antiques and design fair in 2016 it will run from January 22-31.  This year the organisers have enlisted interior design luminaries as honorary design chairs. Nate Berkus, Ellie Cullman, Alexa Hampton, and Markham Roberts were chosen because of their prominence in the industry and expertise in decorating with antiques.  The fully vetted fair will feature over 70 renowned experts in fine and decorative arts from around the world. The show is at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the pieces which will be on view.

    Hyde Park Antiques will display this pair of Irish c1830 leather and elm armchairs

    Hyde Park Antiques will display this pair of Irish c1830 leather and elm armchairs

    A Pair of Irish William IV Elm Open Armchairs (detail of armrest) at Hyde Park Antiques

    A Pair of Irish William IV Elm Open Armchairs (detail of armrest) at Hyde Park Antiques

    Ronald Phillips will bring a pair of English mirrors c1735. They were originally intended for the hunting lodge of the Earl of Harrington in Richmond. Each mirror tells the story from Ovid's Metamorphosis

    Ronald Phillips will bring a pair of English mirrors c1735. They were originally intended for the hunting lodge of the Earl of Harrington in Richmond. Each mirror tells the story from Ovid’s Metamorphosis

    GLASS PAST will exhibit this Venini Pezzato Vase, Fulvio Bianconi c1950

    GLASS PAST will exhibit this Venini Pezzato Vase, Fulvio Bianconi c1950

    Cohen and Cohen will bring this Chinese Famille Rose tureen cover and stand.

    Cohen and Cohen will bring this Chinese Famille Rose tureen cover and stand.

     

     

     

    IRISH BIRD PICTURES BY SAMUEL DIXON MAKE $98,500 IN NEW YORK

    Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

    One of the set of 14 Samuel Dixon bird pictures. (Click on image to enlarge).

    A group of 14 Irish George II embossed bird pictures c1750 by Samuel Dixon has been sold for $98,500 in New York. It happened on the final day of the four day sale of the Safra Collections at Sotheby’s.  The lot had been estimated at  $60,000-90,000.  Samuel Dixon was based on Capel St. in Dublin city centre where he produced embossed papier-mâché pictures of birds and flowers sold in black and gold japanned frames. At the same sale sets of six and four Dixon bird pictures made $15,000 and $31,250 respectively  and a set of Flower pictures sold for $28,125.

    The Burghley Epergne (click on image to enlarge).

    The Burghley Epergne, a masterpiece of the English Rococo from the Safra Collections, made  $950,000. It was created for the distinguished collector and patron Cecil Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), known as Lord Burghley from 1725 to 1754. The design for this centrepiece is in the Louis XV picturesque manner celebrated by the artist and engraver William Hogarth in his Analysis of Beauty published in 1753.  The ornament is inspired  by the writings of Virgil and celebrates the triumph of Venus with the union of Bacchus and Ceres. The evolution of the abundant fruit form, derived from the Louis Quatorze style, can be traced through engravings on the confectioner’s art, especially that of Le Sieur Guilleurs, La Carameliste Française, 1684 re-issued in 1750.

    The four day sale of the Safra Collections brought in  $45,900,064.

    See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 11 and July 10, 2011.

    MAGNIFICENT PIECES FROM THE SAFRA COLLECTIONS

    Friday, July 29th, 2011
    The French commode and Russian vases pictured below will feature at the four day sale of  the Lily and Edmond J. Safra Collections  at Sotheby’s in New York in October.  Of interest to connoisseurs worldwide the sale offers lots that Sotheby’s say are at the pinnacle of their respective collecting categories.
    The six dedicated sales of the collection from October 18-21 are expected to realise more than $40 million.  A two day sale of the Safra collections at Sotheby’s in 2005 brought in $49 million.
    UPDATE:  The group of French 18th century lacquer furniture headed by the lacquer commode pictured which made $6,914,500 brought in a total of $12.5 million.  The four day sale realised $45,900,064.
    (See antiquesandartireland.com post for July 10, 2011.)

    A pair of Imperial Porcelain Vases, decorated with portraits of Alexandra Fedorovna and her father, King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, after the portrait by Franz Krüger now in the 1812 Gallery of the Hermitage (est. $1.5/2.5 million). (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD.

    A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Japanese lacquer commode with secretaire en suite, attributed to Adam Weisweiler (est. $5/7 million). (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $6,914,500


    KLIMT MASTERPIECE AT SOTHEBY’S, NEW YORK

    Friday, July 15th, 2011

    Klimt masterpiece Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee) at Sotheby's in New York. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE $40.4 MILLION.

    Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee) promises to be an important highlight of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in New York next November 2.  It is a dramatic view of the lush environs of Lake Attersee in western Austria.  Painted with Klimt’s sumptuous palette and jewel-like surface it is estimated to make more than $25 million.

    Klimt’s Kirche in Cassone (Landschaft mit Zypressen) (Church in Cassone – Landscape with Cypresses) made an auction record for a landscape by the artist when it sold for  £26.9 million ($43.2 million) at Sotheby’s London in February 2010.
    Both paintings were originally in the collection of Austrian iron magnate Viktor Zuckerkandl and his wife Paula.  They were stolen after the annexation of Austria in 1938. Each has been restituted to Georges Jorisch, great-nephew of Viktor, after intensive research revealed that his memory of the works hanging in the family’s home in Purkersdorf was correct. Litzlberg am Attersee was returned to Mr. Jorisch late last week from the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. A portion of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to that museum for the building of a new extension.

    SAFRA SALE AT SOTHEBY’S OFFERS REMARKABLE OPPORTUNITIES

    Sunday, July 10th, 2011

    This masterpiece of English Rococo, the Burghley Epergne, was created for the 9th Earl of Exeter. It is estimated at $800,000/1.2 million. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $950,500.

    The four day sale of  the Lily and Edmond J. Safra Collections  at Sotheby’s in New York in October offers remarkable opportunities to collectors around the world.  Sotheby’s say that the six dedicated sales from October 18-21 represent the pinnacle of their respective collecting categories.

    The sales are as follows: Magnificent European Furniture & Works of Art, led by an extraordinary group of French 18th-century lacquer, arguably is the most important at auction since the 1882 sale of the Collection of the 12th Duke of Hamilton from Hamilton Palace, Scotland; Important Russian Works of Art comprised of over 100 lots of fine and important Russian porcelains, silver, enamels and other objects; Highly Important Silver, including a stunning assemblage of primarily English and French creations from the mid-18th to the early-19th centuries; Important Cosway Bindings, comprised of a magnificent group of approximately 180 Cosway bindings, the finest collection to be sold at auction in nearly 90 years; Interiors: Fine 19th Century Watercolors, presenting a collection of over 100 interior paintings, many of which document the great estates of wealthy patrons and sumptuous palaces of royalty;  European Furniture, Fine & Decorative Arts, led by a large group of 18th-century Meissen porcelain figures of birds, as well as a significant collection of extremely fine and rare ‘tour de force’ turned ivory carvings.

    Cosway binding by Riviere & Sons Concerning the True Portraiture of Mary Queen of Scots by Joshua James Foster. The cover is inset with 13 miniature portraits of Mary Stuart and François II, almost certainly painted by Miss C. B. Currie ($40/60,000). (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $50,000.

    Mr. and Mrs. Safra’s collections offer unparalleled opportunities for connoisseurs worldwide. The full sale, which is estimated in excess of $40 million, will be on exhibition throughout Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters beginning 14 October.   A two day sale of the Safra Collections at Sotheby’s in 2005 realised  $49 million.
    Born in Beirut to a family that started in banking at the time of the Ottoman Empire Edmond Safra built a business that spanned more than thirty countries across the globe. A victim of arson at his home in Monaco, he died in 1999.  He was an extraordinary philanthropist who supported tens of thousands of students, underwrote medical research, built and restored schools and synagogues, endowed professorships, and contributed to countless humanitarian, religious, educational, and cultural causes worldwide. Since 1999 Lily Safra has chaired the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Both personally and through the Foundation, she supports research into neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, at dozens of hospitals and universities worldwide

    de Vlaminck, Monet, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, de Chirico at Christie’s

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    MAURICE DE VLAMINCK (1876-1958) Paysage de banlieue at Christie's, New York.

    Paintings and sculpture by masters Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck, Pablo Picasso, and Giorgio de Chirico are a feature of Christie’s sale of Impressionist and Modern art in New York on May 4.  There are 57 exceptional works in a sale which is expected to realise more than $160 million.

    Head of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s New York Conor Jordan said the London sales in February demonstrated that collector demand for top-quality works offered fresh to the market continues to reach new heights.
    Among the most visually-arresting paintings in the sale is Paysage de banlieue, a fauvist masterpiece by celebrated French painter Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958). He was among the leaders of the movement dedicated to revolutionizing 20th century art through the use of pure, unmodulated color and expressive brushwork. Paysage de banlieue, painted in 1905, is estimated at $18-25 million.
    Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger, version L is estimated at $20-30 million. It is one of the largest works within the artist’s groundbreaking series of 15 paintings created in 1955 in homage to the masterpiece of the same name by the 19th century master Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863).
    UPDATE:  DE VLAMINCK’S PAYSAGE DE BANLIEUE MADE $22,482,500

    ART DEALER ALLAN STONE’S COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S, NEW YORK

    Friday, April 1st, 2011

    Franz Kline, Herald 1953-54 to be sold at Sotheby's, New York on May 9. The estimate is $2.5-$3.5 million. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE $2,322,500

    Willem de Kooning, Event in a Barn Painted in 1947, to be sold at Sotheby's, New York on May 9. It is estimated at $5/7 million. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE$4,562,500

    Work from the collection of  art dealer Allan Stone will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York in May.  The sale will be presented in two volumes on Monday, May 9, the night before Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale on May 10.

    Highlights of the first sale will comprise outstanding examples by the key artists represented and collected by Stone, including Willem de Kooning, John Chamberlain, Franz Kline and Joseph Cornell.  The second sale will be dedicated to the West Coast artist Wayne Thiebaud, whose work was first championed by Stone in New York more than forty-five years ago.

    The two sales are estimated to bring in more than $35 million.

    UPDATE: The two-part sale of The Collection of Allan Stone, brought a total of $54,805,500, well above the pre-sale high estimate of $46.8 million, and was 93% sold by lot. The auction was held 50 years after the founding of The Allan Stone Gallery and celebrated the artists represented and collected by this renowned New York dealer. The evening was led by John Chamberlain’s Nutcracker which sold for $4,786,500 and set a new record for the artist at auction. The sale was characterised by strong prices and global demand for U.S. West Coast artist Wayne Thiebaud

    NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR TITIAN AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, January 27th, 2011

    Titian's A Sacre Conversazione (click on image to enlarge)

    There was a new auction record for Venetian Renaissance master Titian at Sotheby’s in New York on January 27.  A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria sold for $16,882,500 to a European private collector.  The painting is also known as The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine.  The price paid exceeded the previous record of $13.6 million, which had held for 20 years.  A Sacra Conversazione is one of only a handful of multi-figured compositions by Titian that remain in private hands, and is the most important to appear at auction in decades.

    See antiquesandartireland.com post for November 2, 2010