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  • POSTER FROM BOB MARLEY’S LAST OUTDOOR CONCERT

    April 7th, 2020

    Bob Marley’s last ever outdoor concert was at Dalymount Park in Dublin in 1980. An original poster for that event is included in Aidan Foley’s live internet auction of 283 lots on Monday April 13. The poster for an afternoon in the park on Sunday, July 6 of that year lists Bob Marley and The Wailers with special guests The Average White Band. Lot 102 is estimated at 1,000-1,200 on Easy Live Auctions.

    Marley’s last concert was at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in September 1980. He had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1977 and at this stage it had spread to his brain. He died in May 1981.

    IRISH ARMCHAIRS AND SOTHEBY’S NY ONLINE SALE

    April 6th, 2020

    This pair of c1835 Irish William IV giltwood caned armchairs in the manner of James Del Vecchio come up at Sotheby’s online sale of silver, furniture and ceramics this month. The auction runs at Sotheby’s in New York from April 10-22 and among the lots are some silver and antique furniture from Ireland.

    Del Vecchio was a firm of carvers and gilders, looking glass sellers and manufacturers of composition ornament active in Dublin from 1797 to c.1860. The firm was run by Giacomo (James) Del Vecchio and his son James Jr, immigrants from Moltrasio on Lake Como in Northern Italy. They formed part of the thriving furniture trade in early 19th-century Dublin along with Mack Williams and Gibton, Robert Strahan, George Gillington and Joshua Kearney. James Del Vecchio Sr. later established an outpost of the family firm in New York. The chairs are estimated at $6,000-10,000.

    AFFORDABLE ART BY JEFF KOONS AT IRISH SALE

    April 6th, 2020

    Jeff Koons is one of the world’s most expensive living artists. His work deals with popular culture. Led by Rabbit which made $91.1 million in New York last May his balloon animals in stainless steel with mirror image surfaces have sold for vast sums. Three limited edition works by Koons feature at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online auction on April 14. The sale was originally scheduled to take place at the RDS in Dublin later this month, after viewings in London and New York, but was brought forward and moved online only.

    Among the 159 lots are Koons’ Balloon Rabbit (Red), Balloon Monkey (Blue) and Balloon Swan (Yellow). All date to 2017. They are all from numbered editions of 999 in porcelain painted with chrome and published by Bernaudaud, Limoges, France with signature, title and date on the underside. Each one is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    JEFF KOONS (B.1955) Balloon Rabbit (Red) (2017)

    DE VERES SEEK TO HELP THE CHARITY SECTOR

    April 6th, 2020

    The Dublin auctioneering firm de Veres, which postponed a planned Irish art sale and opened the catalogue to offers instead, plans to run a large charity auction in June. They are looking for donations of art and sculpture and anything of quality that could be sold at auction. Bidding will all take place online it will be assembled remotely. Private collectors, artists, galleries and corporate donors are the target. As a result of the lockdown many charities are facing a major shortfall. de Veres ran successful charity sales after the Omagh bombings, the tsunami tragedy and Haiti.

    Opening the catalogue of their proposed sale to offers resulted in a huge influx of enquiries and bids. The auction brought in more than 100,000. There were numerous bidders and vendors coujld decide whether or not to accept the final bid. Sixty five lots were sold.

    ANTIQUES AND ART IRELAND HITS A NEW NOTE

    April 4th, 2020

    Life in lockdown is finding new outlets. The impact of the pandemic is transforming the online auction industry. In these circumstances two decades ago the business would have been entirely stalled. Now online and private sales are continuing apace. So are a variety of artistic endeavours including this one from the kitchens of members of the Orchestre national de France (ONF), one of two orchestras of Radio France. Musicians recorded their parts of the score of Ravel’s Bolero on their mobile phones with 51 instruments. Though they were not playing together the sounds were subsequently synchronised. Here is the result. Enjoy.

    THE MADONNA IN PRAYER AT SOTHEBY’S

    April 4th, 2020

    Among the works available for private sale at Sotheby’s right now is this one by Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Sassoferrato (1609-1685). The Madonna in Prayer seems an appropriate offering for the time the whole world is now going through. Despite being an accomplished portraitist, Sassoferrato specialized in easel paintings of a devotional nature, usually representing the Madonna alone or with the Christ Child, of which the present composition is an outstanding example. He was primarily employed by his patrons to provide images for personal spiritual contemplation, and the Counter Reformation’s increased emphasis on veneration of the Virgin and the Marian cult meant Sassoferrato’s intense and moving depictions of the Madonna were much in demand.  The asking price for this work is £275,000.

    DEATH OF JANET MULLARNEY

    April 3rd, 2020

    Taylor Galleries announced the death today of long-term gallery artist Janet Mullarney RHA. She died at her home in Italy early this morning following a long illness. Acclaimed as one of the foremost sculptors of her generation, Janet was born in Dublin in 1952 and left for Italy as a young woman, studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti (1970-74) and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio (1982-83) in Florence. She divided her time between Ireland and rural Tuscany for the rest of her life.

    Taylor in a statement said Mullarney’s practice was defined by a material bravura that saw her combine bronze, foam, glass, rubber, papier maché, textiles, terracotta, plaster, wax, to form idiosyncratic figurative works that interrogate the human condition. Simultaneously playful, purposeful, experimental and elusive, her sculptures and their meanings, like Janet herself, defy easy categorisation. Instead, they represent a singular artistic vision, the distillation of a life’s work.

    Janet Mullarney exhibited her work extensively in Ireland and abroad, and she has been represented by Taylor Galleries since the 1990s. A member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy, in addition to numerous grants and funding awards she received a Pollock Krasner Award (1998), the Irish-American Institute’s O’Malley Art Award (2005), RHA Sculpture Award (2008) and RUA Perpetual Sculpture Award (2009). A major exhibition of new work, My Mind’s i, travelled to several Irish venues in 2015-16, and a retrospective survey show, Then and Now: Janet Mullarney, was presented at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2019. A catalogue raisonné of her work edited by Mary Ryder and Catherine Marshall was published by Irish Academic Press last year.

    Janet Mullarney RHA (1952-2020)

    TIMED ONLINE ONLY SALE AT HEGARTY’S, BANDON

    April 3rd, 2020

    This pair of Italian silver plated pheasants is the first lot in Hegarty’s timed online only auction which runs on easyliveauction.com until 8 pm on Sunday April 5.  There are 80 lots of art, antiques furniture, collectibles and jewellery at reasonable estimates. The timed sale at Easy Live auctions will be operated through a bidding page as distinct from a live online sale. Bidders need to register in advance. The Bandon auctioneers say that lots won’t be dispatched until after current restrictions around movement have been lifted. The table decoration pheasants are estimated at just €40-80.

    UPDATE: THEY SOLD FOR €195 AT HAMMER IN AN AUCTION THAT WAS AN OVERALL SUCCESS.

    NATURAL BEAUTY OF WEST OF IRELAND AT ART AUCTION

    April 3rd, 2020

    Creating images of Ireland that are both memorable and iconic, Paul Henry’s depictions of landscapes have served for generations to remind people of the natural beauty of the West of Ireland, art historian and curator Peter Murray writes in the catalogue note to Mountain Landscape with lake and road. It comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art auction on April 14. The auction would normally take place at the RDS in Dublin with viewings in both London and New York. It has gone online instead at a time of pandemic.

    Henry…. “delighted in capturing the colours and textures of distant mountains, turf ricks, quiet lakes and winding roads; elements of landscape that are everyday sights in rural Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Kerry” Murray writes. “Henry wove these into deceptively simple works of art that combine a sense of abstraction and painterly skill, qualities that brought him fame as one of Ireland’s leading artists of the twentieth century. Irrespective of whether their ancestry was Irish, collectors in America were often drawn to Henry’s work. This small painting was evidently exhibited in New York, probably in the 1940’s. Although now re-framed, the original light frame bore on the back a stamp, ‘Gramercy Book Shop Inc., 122 East 19th Street’. Founded in 1940 by Robert and Lorraine Wilbur, this well-known bookshop, specialising in European writers and also publishing prints by artists, later moved to Union Square.” This small work is estimated at €15,000-25,000.

    PAUL HENRY (1876-1958) Mountain Landscape with Lake and Roa

    ONE WAY THINGS USED TO BE IN IRELAND

    April 2nd, 2020

    In these times of uncertainty there is an inclination to look back through rosy tinted spectacles. A stark reminder of darker days past is contained in a lot at Sotheby’s. Unapproved Road, NR. 2 by Willie Doherty is among the lots at Sotheby’s contemporary art online auction which runs until April 8. Executed in 1995 it is Number 1 from an edition of 3. Exhibited at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1996 it was acquired by the present owner from Peter Kilchmann Galerie, Zurich. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

    WILLIE DOHERTY | UNAPPROVED ROAD, NR. 2