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    May 17th, 2021

    This limited edition lithograph of a portrait of Michael Collins by Sir John Lavery is signed by both men. The artists proof was published by Wilson Hartnell and is from a private collection. It comes up as Lot 6 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until May 24. The estimate is 3,000-5,000.


    May 16th, 2021

    This 18th century engraved Irish Map containing Plans of Drogheda, Derry, Kinsale Harbour, Charlemont Fort, City of Dublin, Coleraine, The Harbour of Cork, Galway, The City of Kilkenny, Carrickfergus, The City of Cork, Athlone, Waterford, Belfast, The Royal Fort of Duncannon and
    Limerick comes up as Lot 321 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents from Killoughter House, Ashford, Co. Wicklow online on May 18. It is estimated at €200-€300.


    May 15th, 2021

    From Italian and Danish furniture in the 1950’s, ’60’s and  ’70’s at de Veres to a crocquet set and an 18th century engraved Irish map with plans of  Drogheda, Derry, Kinsale Harbour, Cork Harbour, Kilkenny, Cork, Waterford and Limerick at Fonsie Mealy’s there is plenty to choose from at online sales next week. The Design of our Times timed online sale at de Veres until May 18 offers classic 20th century design, period Irish Georgian and Victorian furniture and contemporary and traditional art.   Among the artists featured are Donald Teskey, Bridget Riley, Mark Francis, Kenneth Webb, Erskine Nichol and Edwin Hayes. Renowned designers from Eileen Gray, le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe to Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Eero Saarinen, Ron Arad and Verner Panton all feature in a sale of nearly 400 lots.

    The Egg chair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at de Veres.

    Fine furniture, antiques, ceramics, paintings, outdoor and garden effects and wines will feature at Fonsie Mealy’s online sale of contents  from Killoughter House, Ashford, Co. Wicklow on May 18. Among more than 600 lots are a pair of miniature pencil portraits of Philip Somerville of The Prairie, Schull, Co. Cork and his wife Henrietta Townsend, an 18th century engraved Irish map, a pair of minature portraits of Brisbane Warren of Union Hall and his wife Mary, daughter of Philip Somerville. Furniture includes a large 19th century French gilt console table once in the collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.

    A rare and original Advertising Mirror, “The Shamrock Whiskey” by Kirker, Greer & Co. Ltd.,
    Belfast,” c. 1910 at Fonsie Mealy.


    May 15th, 2021

    A signed watercolour by Lin Fengmian will highlight Sheppards sale of Fortlands House, Charleville, Co. Cork – the home of Mary O’Connor – and other clients on May 19 and 20.  Mary O’Connor is well known throughout Ireland as a lady who ran a successful antique business from Fortlands for many years. Lot 572, a watercolour portrait by Lin Fengmian (1900-1991), shows a young girl looking at her hat seated beside a vase of flowers.  The face in this portrait by a pioneering artist known for blending Chinese and western styles recalls the style of Modigliani. While in Germany Lin became interested in the teachings of Schopenhauer, who conceived the notion of philosophical pessimism. Schopenhauer recognised certain similarities in Western and Eastern philosophy and suggested that aesthetic contemplation could be an escape from human suffering. This resonated deeply with Lin whose mother was sold when he was seven years old. He never saw her again.  Back in China he fell foul of the Cultural Revolution and chose to destroy all his paintings to prevent them being used against him.  He was imprisoned for four and a half years.  His paintings are highly valued and very rare.  This one is estimated at €80,000-€120,000.

    Lin Fengmian

    The two day sale offers a selection of highly affordable lots from furniture and silver to ceramics and collectibles including swords and shillelaghs.  There is a plentiful selection of jewellery including a diamond line bracelet (€10,000-€15,000) and Chinese and Oriental ceramics and bronzes, an Edwardian vanity set, modern bookshelves and a foxes head brass door knocker (€100-€150).Lot 209 is a 19th century French marquetry writing desk (€800-€1,200) and there is a similar estimate on a circular Regency dining table.  A Victorian mahogany pedestal sideboard is estimated at a mere €300-€500, a Victorian dining table is estimated at €2,500-€3,500 and a Georgian breakfront bookcase at €2,000-€3,000. Given that Sheppards, more than any other Irish auction house, has been successful in selling precious Oriental objects back to collectors in China it seems likely that they will succeed in getting away lot 588 – a Chinese Qing white jade Imperial seal with an estimate of  €80,000-€120,000. Of more local interest is a selection of cast iron garden pieces, staddle stones and benches. There is also some country furniture such as a famine chair, a brass bound noggin, a double fish oil light and a pair of elm benches.  The auction takes place over four online sessions and the final session on Thursday afternoon will be entirely devoted to silver and plate.


    May 14th, 2021

    THE 49 lots at Christie’s 20th century evening sale in New York last night achieved a total of $480,111,000. Picasso’s Femme assise pres d’une fenetre (Marie Therese) made $103,410,000, Waterloo Bridge, effet en brouillard by Claude Monet made $48,450,000, Untitled by Mark Rothko made $38,145,000, Femme dans un fauteuil by Picasso made $17,191,500, Le Pont du Trinquetaille by Vincent van Gogh made $37,400,000, Two Marilyns by Andy Warhol made $15,817,500, 10.2.81 by Zao Wou-Ki made $3,030,000, Composition No. 2 by Piet Mondrian made $26,122,500, Interior, Perfect Pitcher by Roy Lichtenstein made $21,500,000, La Flutiste by Marc Chagall made $1,590,000 and Scierie aux environs d Paris by Henri Rousseau (Le Douanier) made $1,050,000.

    Picasso – Femme assise pres d’une fenetre


    May 13th, 2021

    An original 1802 drawing of the Irish playwright and satirist Richard Brinsley Sheridan comes up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale online on May 15 and 16. It is among the historical artefacts, manuscripts, books, maps, militaria, coins, banknotes, sporting and entertainment memorabilia, curios, tribal objects and rare whiskies on offer. Lot 35 is a theatrical candidate cartoon by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) with an original drawing featuring Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The long term owner of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane he is known for plays like School for Scandal, The Rival, the Duenna and A Trip to Scarborough. The cartoon is estimated at €800-€1,200.

    Original ink and water colour drawing with the playwright seated at the desk. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €750


    May 13th, 2021

    An epic three-auction evening auction of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art realised a total of $596.8 million at Sotheby’s overnight. The live-streamed event featured in-room bidders in New York, telephone bidders in London, Hong Kong and New York, and online bidders from around the world, who all vied for remarkable artworks by exceptional artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Art by Warhol, Still, Richter and Diebenkorn lead the Marion Collection which brought in $157.2 million. Diebenkorn’s luminous Ocean Park #40, 1971 sold for $27,265,500, a new auction record for the California artist.

    The Contemporary art sale made $218.3 million and was 100% sold. Basquiat’s  Versus Medici 1982 made $50,820,000 and Twombly’s Untitled (Rome) 1970 made $41,628,000.

    Lead by Monet’s Water Lillies the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale brought a total $221.3 million. The Monet made  $70,353,000 and was the top lot of the evening.

    Claude Monet – Le bassin aux nympheas


    May 12th, 2021

    In This Case by Jean Michel Basquiat sold for $93,105,000 at Christie’s inaugural livestreamed 20th/21st century sale in New York overnight. The 21st Century Evening sale totalled $210,471,500 and saw records set for 11 artists, including Rashid Johnson, Larva Labs, Nina Chanel Abney.

    In a bidding battle with six international bidders, auctioneer Gemma Sudlow hammered down the Basquiat for $93,105,000. In This Case  is one of only three monumentally sized skull paintings executed by the artist during his relatively short career. Depictions of human anatomy are prevalent throughout the Basquiat’s oeuvre but no subject is more powerful or sought after than the skull.


    May 11th, 2021

    A rare copper token – an unofficial Irish farthing – engraved James Mabbs, Albion Bakery, 27 Patrick Street, Cork sold to an Irish collector for a world record price of £2,976 at Dix Noonan Webb in London this month. Lot 835 in the sale of Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals had been estimated at £300-400. The copper token dates to 1840-1870. It was from the Irish token collection of the late Barry Woodside, who was born in Belfast. His collection, which comprised 40 lots, sold for a total of £20,795. It included three tokens from Belfast which made £4,464.

    Also in the sale was the the second part of the collection of 17th century tokens formed by the late Robert Thompson. This saw the highest price paid for a lot comprising two civic tokens from Limerick including a very fine example of a City Farthing dating from 1658 . It went to a US buyer for £1,612 against an estimate of £90-120.


    May 10th, 2021

    This pair of c1790 Irish George III mirror chandeliers is among the highights at Sotheby’s sale of furniture, clocks and works of art. They are estimated at £40,000-£60,000. Bidding on this online sale is now open and continues until May 18.