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    YOKO ONO’S BASQUIAT AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, September 30th, 2017

    Jean Michel Basquiat – Cabra  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $11 MILLION

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Cabra from the collection of Yoko Ono comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 16.  The 1981-82 work, measuring 60 1/4 by 60 1/4 inches, is estimated to bring $9/12 million. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, in the 1970’s.

    Yoko Ono commented:  “I have had the pleasure of owning and living with this masterwork for over two decades. The time has come for it to find a new home, and I am delighted that part of the sale proceeds will benefit the foundation I established years ago with the intention of bringing peace and tolerance to the world.”

    Executed at a time when Basquiat was exploring his Haitian and Puerto Rican roots, and becoming increasingly interested in the power of black athletes Cabra is from a group of paintings inspired by boxing icons including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Jersey Joe Walcott.   Cabra refers to the evening in 1970 when Muhammad Ali – the greatest of all time – knocked out revered heavy-weight fighter Oscar Bonavena known as ‘The Bull’. The iconic boxing ring, the hieroglyphic ‘TKO’ above the bull’s skull and, finally, the clever play on words – Cabra is Spanish for ‘goat’ or GOAT, shorthand for the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali – all add to this moving painting of one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s long-time heroes.

    Spirit Foundations was founded in 1978 to promote a message of social advancement through collective peace and tolerance. Devotedly carried on after John Lennon’s passing in 1980, Spirit Foundations remains a charitable organization that works as an agent of positive social change

    IRISH ART BRINGS IN £1.9 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    Top lots at the Irish art sale which brought in £1,909,125 at Sotheby’s in London today included works by Sir John Lavery (The Summit of the Jungfrau made £212,500 at hammer) and John Luke (Northern Rhythm made  £187,500).  Strong prices were achieved by Basil Blackshaw (The Fall sold for £162,500), Jack Butler Yeats Railway Refreshment Room  (£125,000), Mary Swanzy (Sun on the Sails £87,500), Colin Middleton (The Life Everlasting £85,000), William Crozier (The end of the Modern World £57,500) and Patrick Scott (Gold Painting 35 £46,250).

    Sir William Orpen’s Study for Nude Pattern, The Holy Well made £72,500 and his portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Courtauld and their daughter Jeanne on a settee made £61,250. A Fortune by Jack Butler Yeats made £75,000 and Untitled by Sean Scully made £60,000. Other prices include The Dark Pond by Frank McKelvey (£30,000), Caves at Concarneau by William Leech (£22,500), La Fenetre by Roderic O’Conor (£50,000), Japanese Garden by Sir John Lavery (£62,500), Potato Patch by Gerard Dillon (£47,500), Fishermens Houses by Colin Middleton (£37,500),  Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£31,250) and An Italian Water Scene by Martin Finnin (£11,875).

    Secret Lovers by Rowan Gillespie made £32,500, Egg Head by F.E. McWilliam made £22,500 and the Enignum II chair by Joseph Walsh made £10,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 1 and August 17, 2017)

    COLIN MIDDLETON, R.H.A.
    THE LIFE EVERLASTING

    SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A.
    STUDY FOR NUDE PATTERN: THE HOLY WELL

    MARY SWANZY, H.R.H.A.
    SUN ON THE SAILS

    JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. RAILWAY REFRESHMENT ROOM

    A SUCCESSFUL SALE FOR THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    W.B. Yeats’ writing bureau sold for £187,500.

    Even though the two most expensively estimated lots failed to find buyers the sale of the Yeats family collection at Sotheby’s today must be seen as a howling success.  Many lots sold for way above the top estimate and there was very keen bidding for the private collection of one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century.  The sale of more than 220 lots comprised the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack.

    Billed as the highlight an archive of 133 letters from WB to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936 failed to sell.  They had been estimated at £250,000-350,000. Similarly The Runaway Horse, the most expensively estimated of the paintings in the sale by Jack B. Yeats remained unsold. It had been estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    Against this W.B’s writing bureau made a hammer price of £187,500 over a top estimate of £30,000, John Butler Yeats’ Self Portrait, New York sold for £87,500 over  a top estimate of £50,000, a portrait of WB by his father made  £30,000 over a top estimate of £5,000, a painting of Coole by WB made £43,750 over a top estimate of £10,000 and his painting of the library at Coole made £50,000 over a top estimate of £12,000. WB’s desk chair made £32,500 and the family dining table, bought with his Nobel Prize money, made £10,000 over a top estimate of £2,500. Even his metal deed box sold for £15,000. Scrapbooks and sketchbooks all made big money. A sketchbook by WB with sketches, notes and early drafts of The Island of the Statues made £35,000 over a top estimate of £8,000. The Sunset belongs to you by Jack B made £212,500 over a top estimate of £150,000 and The Captain by the same artist sold for £87,500.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25, August 27 and August 19, 2017)

    VIVIEN LEIGH COLLECTION SOARS TO OVER FIVE TIMES ESTIMATE

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

    Winston Churchill, Roses in a Vase was the top lot at the auction

    The sale of the Vivien Leigh collection soared to over five times its pre-sale estimate at Sotheby’s in London today. Collectors turned out in their droves to witness and take part in the sale of her personal collection. Over 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867  over five times the pre-sale estimate.

    Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby’s to view first-hand paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and further items celebrating all aspects of Vivien’s life. In a saleroom filled to capacity, all of the 321 lots offered found a buyer as lot after lot soared above estimate.  In this white glove auction more than 40% of lots were bought online.

    A painting by Sir Winston Churchill given as a present to Vivien Leigh sold for £638,750, nine times the pre-sale estimate.Study of Roses was sent to Vivien shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, in August 1951. It hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life. The price achieved for this one lot exceeded pre-sale estimate for entire auction.

    HOWARD HODGKINS COLLECTION TO BE SOLD

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    Antiques, textiles and objects often acquired at auction by the artist Howard Hodgkin, who died aged 84 in March, are to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s  in London on October 24.  More than 400 lots, including tiles, carpet fragments, antiques, drawings and paintings, will be sold.  There are Ottoman, Indian and Islamic tiles, textiles and rugs and fragments of calligraphy, Italian pietra dura marble, prints, mezzotints and engravings.

    The collection also includes artworks by his friends such as Patrick Caulfield, represented by a blue still life of a sweet bowl (£300,000-£500,000); a work by Bhupen Khakhar , The De-Luxe Tailors (£250,000-£350,000) and a Peter Blake postcard on a green felt background, which he gave Hodgkin in 1974 (£8,000-£12,000).

    Hodgkin did not keep his own work as he said they got in the way of new work, though he did keep two paintings from his debut show at the ICA in 1962,  Bedroom and Travelling.  “I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work, but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring other things to look at,” he said.

    Highlights will be on view in Mumbai in September and in Dubai in October. Here is a small selection:

    An interior shot of his home in Bloomsbury, London with items to be auctioned.

    Patrick Caulfield – Sweet Bowl  UPDATE: THIS MADE £524,750

    Howard Hodgkin – Travelling  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Bhupen Khakhar – De-Luxe Tailors  UPDATE: THIS MADE A RECORD £1.1 MILLION

    GONE WITH THE GAVEL AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

    Vivien Leigh’s collection. to be auctioned in London on September 26, was unveiled in full by Sotheby’s today. Hundreds of items owned by the star of Gone With the Wind include diaries, family photographs, paintings, library and personal belongings.  Highlights include an inscribed silver goblet by Georg Jensen, a wedding present to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier from Katharine Hepburn, their maid of honour. A first edition of Casino Royale, the first James Bond novel, is estiamted at £7,000-9,000 and there is a selection of items at £1,000 and under, £500 and under and £100 and under.

    PHOTOGRAPHIC STILLS FROM GONE WITH THE WIND

    Gold ring Laurence Olivier Vivien Eternally

    A PORTRAIT OF VIVIEN LEIGH BY AUGUSTUS JOHN

    A WOVEN SILK EVENING SHAWL BY PIERRE BALMAIN (£50-100)

     

     

    THE POET TURNED PAINTER OF COOLE PARK

    Sunday, August 27th, 2017
    All that remains of the house at Coole Park – home to Lady Gregory and forever associated with the Irish literary renaissance – is the plinth on which it once stood.  Two pastels of the vanished house by the poet WB Yeats will come up at Sotheby’s sale of 220 lots of the Yeats family collection in London on September 27.
    Like the rest of his siblings the poet WB Yeats was a trained artist. He dearly loved this house and the grounds on which it stood, now a nature reserve. His poem The Wild Swans at Coole was inspired by this landscape near Gort and he described it as “the most beautiful place in the world”.
    The most expensively estimated lot in the sale is the long series of letters he wrote to Olivia Shakespear, his life long friend and first lover, which is estimated at £250,000-350,000.  The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack B Yeats and is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  Many lots from among the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his children, poet WB, embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack, have much more affordable estimates.
    Among these is a textile by Lily illustrating The Lake Isle of Innisfree (£1,500-2,500), the Yeats family dining table acquired by WB with money awarded when he won the Nobel Prize in 1923 (£1,500-2,500), a portrait by WB’s muse and sometimes lover Maud Gonne of her daughter Iseult (£2,000-3,000), Jack’s artist palette (£200-300), WB’s late 19th century Canton chess set (£2,500-3,500), the Yeats family scrapbook with 47 drawings by William, Jack, Lily and Lolly (4,000-6,000) and a handmade boat by the Poet Laureate John Masefield (£700-900).

    Highlights will be on view at the RHA Gallery in Dublin from September 14-16 and viewing in London gets underway on September 22.  The auction on September 27 is on the same day at Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale.

    Coole, coloured pastels by William Butler Yeats (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £43,750

    WB Yeats Writing Bureau, England 18th century (£20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £187,500

    Jack Butler Yeats – William Butler Yeats reading in the garden Bedford Park (£8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £30,000

    The Yeats family dining table (England 20th century) 1,500-2,500.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £8,000 AT HAMMER

    RARE BRUSH WASHER FROM NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY

    Thursday, August 24th, 2017

    Ru guanyao brush washer from the Northern Song Dynasty.

    AN extremely rare Ru guanyao brush washer from the the Northern Song Dynasty comes up at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on October 3.  From the Le Cong Tang collection it is one of only four known heirloom Ru wares in private hands and is estimated to make as much as US$10 million. Ru guanyao, the court ware of the late Northern Song (960-1127), was commissioned by the imperial court and is the most revered of the Five Great Kilns. Its quasi mythical status over the millennium can be attributed to its short-lived production period, generally believed to not have exceeded twenty years. With its glowing, intense blue-green glaze, its luminous, complex interlaced ‘ice crackle’ pattern, its classic, excellently proportioned shape, and its three fine ‘sesame seed’ spur marks, this brush washer, formerly in the collection of the Chang Foundation in the Hongxi Museum, Taipei, is a pre-eminent example of Ru guanyao and incarnates to perfection the ware’s revered qualities. While seemingly small and unobtrusive, these understated aesthetics reflect the calibre and meticulousness of its craftsmanship, a quiet metaphor of Chinese philosophy celebrated by erudite connoisseurs and scholars throughout time.

    Other major highlights include an exceptional Xuande-marked porcelain jar painted in rich tones of cobalt-blue with a pair of makaras which was part of the 1968 Oriental Ceramics Society Exhibition, an extremely fine and rare blue and white ‘bajixiang’ bowl which has not been seen in the market for thirty years and an important documentary Tibetan gilt-inscribed jade river pebble ‘kapala’ box which marked the occasion in 1783 when the Eighth Dalai Lama was presented with an imperial jade edict by the Qianlong Emperor. A total of six sales this season offer more than 230 lots estimated in excess of HK$600 million / US$77 million.

    THE LIVES AND LOVES OF THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, August 19th, 2017

    The lives and loves of the Yeats family will be illuminated in letters, works of art and personal effects to be sold at Sotheby’s in London on September 27.  The sale of over 220 lots from one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century comprises the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack. Highlighting the collection is an archive of 133 letters from WB Yeats to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936.  They offer drafts of his poems, advice on her novels, his work, life and reading and changes in Irish society in a total of about 350 pages.  The estimate is £250,000-350,000.

    The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack Yeats in the sale. It is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  The auction  contains the largest ever offering of works by John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) whose eleven sketchbooks depict his family, the Irish countryside and celebrated contemporaries and friends such as John O’Leary, Hugh Lane, Sarah Purser and Mary Walker.  His final self portrait commissioned by the New York lawyer, collector and patron of the arts John Quinn in 1911 is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

    The property is from the three children of Michael Yeats (WB’s son) from the family home near Dublin.  The family have made many generous donations to the National Library over the years including the WB Yeats medal for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Series of 133 letters signed by WB Yeats to his friend and early lover Olivia Shakespear (250,000-350,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    John Butler Yeats – Jack in a straw hat £10,000-15,000  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 10,000

    John Butler Yeats – Self Portrait, New York (30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £87,500

    BAG USED TO COLLECT MOON SAMPLES SELLS FOR $1.8 MILLION

    Friday, July 21st, 2017

    A bag once nearly thrown out with the rubbish sold for $1.8 million at Sotheby’s in New York.  It was the one Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon.

    The outer decontamination bag, which was flown to the moon on Apollo 11 and still carries traces of moon dust and small rock, was sold on the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.

    Auctioneer Joe Dunning introduced the lot as “an exceptionally rare artifact from mankind’s greatest achievement.” It sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone following a sluggish five-minute bidding war. Its previous owner was an Illinois lawyer, who bought it in 2015 for $995.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 1, 2017)