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  • A VARIED SELECTION OF ARTWORKS AT WHYTE’S TIMED ONLINE SALE

    July 2nd, 2020

    Whytes will offer an interesting selection of 242 artworks at their timed online summer sale on July 6.  There are landscapes by Paul Henry, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Cecil Maguire and George Gillespie. Modern and Contemporary artists like Louis le Brocquy, William Scott, George Campbell, Dan O’Neill, Arthur Armstrong, Graham Knuttel, Arthur Maderson, Gladys MacCabe and Markey Robinson all feature as well as sculpture by Orla de Bri, Rory Breslin, John Behan, Joseph Sloan, Paddy Campbell and Eamon O’Doherty.

    There is a 1930’s topographical view by the Welsh artist  Edward Morland Lewis of Union Quay, Cork in which the old red brick garda headquarters is prominent. He worked under Walter Sickert as pupil and assistant. Many of his paintings were based on photographs of seaside towns in Wales, Ireland, northern France and Spain. The artist joined the staff of Chelsea College of Art where his colleagues included Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and John Piper. He died in North Africa in 1943 while on active service as a camouflage officer.  It is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.  Salvador Dali,  Banksy, Sir Terry Frost, Larry Rivers, Tracey Emin and Bob Dylan feature too.  

     Union Quay in Cork by Edward Morland Lewis 

    UNSEEN WORKS FROM THE EUROPEAN AVANT-GARDE

    July 2nd, 2020

    Over 40 paintings, sculpture and works on paper – led by a Cubist work by Léger and a Picasso Portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse – from a family collection will come up at Sotheby’s in London this July. Eighteen works will be offered in the cross-category evening sale on July 28, in which exceptional examples of Old Masters – including one of the last self-portraits by Rembrandt in private hands – Impressionist and Modern art, Modern British and Contemporary art will be presented together for the first time. A further twenty-four works from this collection will be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Online sale, open for bidding from July 20 – 27. 

    Helena Newman, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, said: “Put together with passion and enjoyed over many years, this private collection encapsulates exactly what collectors long for – quality and rarity in works that can be, and have been, lived with and loved. Unified by the breadth and depth of art from across Europe, it offers seldom seen works from the pinnacle of the Avant-Garde, from the figurative to the abstract. At its core is an exceptionally beautiful 1931 portrait of Picasso’s lover, Marie-Thérèse, an intimate glimpse into their early days together when the love between the artist and his most important muse was still a secret from the world”.

    The first decades of the twentieth century would change the course of art history for ever. This treasure-trove from a private collection – little known and rarely seen – spans the remarkable period, telling its story through the leading protagonists, from Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti to Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger and Alexej von Jawlensky. Travelling across the continent, the works emphasise the crosscurrents and connections that united Europe, from France to Germany to Britain.

    Pablo Picasso – Femme endormie (1931) (£6-9 million)

    THREE DAYS OF SALES AT SIXMILEBRIDGE

    July 1st, 2020

    There will be three days of online sales by Aidan Foley at Sixmilebridge in Co. Clare on July 5, 6 and 7.  Around 1,500 lots are to come under the hammer including house contents from Blackrock in Cork city, Ennis, Castleconnell and Limerick city. There is Irish art by James Humbert Craig, George Gillespie, Arthur Maderson and Markey Robinson. Antique furniture lots include a pair of Victorian library bookcases, a Victorian five leaf dining table and a collection of wing back library chairs.  There are light fittings, pub memorabilia, posters, Waterford Crystal, Persian rugs, musical instruments, books, garden statuary and jewellery. The sales will be online at Easy Live Auctions.

    A selection of lots from Aidan Foley’s sale

    HISTORIC POCKET WATCH AT LIMERICK AUCTION

    July 1st, 2020

    A Swiss made gold pocket watch with historic British connections comes up at O’Donovan’s auction in Newcastlewest Co. Limerick on July 4. It was presented by Stanley Owen Buckmaster, who served as Lord Chancellor in the Asquith coalition government of 1915-16 during the First World War, to an old friend in memory of his father John Charles Buckmaster who died in 1908. John Charles Buckmaster was the founder of Teddington Library near Twickenham in London in 1904. The auction is online at Easy Live Auction and the watch is estimated at 300-400.

    The inscribed pocket watch

    PICASSO AT CHRISTIE’S JULY GLOBAL ART SALE

    July 1st, 2020

    Pablo Picasso’s Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure (1937) comes up as part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century at Christie’s on July 10. With an estimate of $6,000,000-9,000,000 it will be offered in the New York session. Picasso depicts the projection of an inner self, in the form of the Minotaur, a character lifted directly from ancient mythology. In the late 1920s, Picasso’s interest in Surrealism, especially through his close friendships with Paul Éluard and other poets in the vanguard of the movement, inspired him to take broad licence with classical fables, to practice his own method of creative reconfiguration.

    Pablo Picasso, Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure (1937)

    WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR JEWEL SOLD ONLINE

    July 1st, 2020

    A 28.86 carat diamond which made $2,115,000 achieved a world record price for a jewel sold online at Christie’s . The jewels online sale which has just ended achieved 31 bids from Asia and America for the D Colour Type IIA emerald cut stone. The sale brought in $4.1 million with 64% of lots selling at or above their high estimate. Bidders from 27 countries joined in.

    Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewelry at Christie’s commented: “The spectacular 28.86 carat D color diamond received immediate attention upon its announcement. The stone possesses a transparency and purity which can only be found in the world’s finest diamonds. The sale of this exceptional stone established the record for a jewel sold in an online-only auction, demonstrating greater client confidence in Christie’s digital ability and online sale platform. We now look forward to the beginning of our live auction season for jewelry spanning all major Christie’s global sale sites led by a US$8m Fancy Intense Blue IF Diamond of 12.11 carats offered in Hong Kong on July 9.”

    Christie’s Jewels sales calendar for July 2020 includes live and online auctions in Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, and Paris. 

    THE DIAMOND RING OF 28.86 CARATS, D COLOR, VVS1 CLARITY, TYPE IIA

    BACON TRIPTYCH SELLS FOR $84.6 MILLION AT LIVE STREAMED EVENT

    June 30th, 2020

    Francis Bacon’s Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus sold for $84.6 million at Sotheby’s live streamed global sale overnight. There was a ten minute bidding battle between an online bidder in Asia and a client bidding by phone with Gregoire Billault of Sotheby’s in New York. It went to the phone bidder for a price surpassing the $80 million high estimate.

    The sale, which totalled $363.2 million, was conducted remotely by auctioneer Oliver Barker in London taking bids from phone banks in New York, Hong Kong and London and online bidders.

    There were auction records for Mario Carreño, Vija Celmins, Leonor Fini, Helen Frankenthaler, Wifredo Lam, Alice Rahon, Remedios Varo, Matthew Wong and Jean-Michel Basquiat for a work on paper. The auctions offered a strong selection of works by women artists, with all 25 works offered by 16 artists selling for a total of $86.1 million, and setting five new world auction records.

    BACON TRIPTYCH SOLD FOR $84.6 million

    ART BY BOB DYLAN AT WHYTE’S IRISH SALE

    June 28th, 2020

    Art by Salvador Dali,  Banksy, Sir Terry Frost, Larry Rivers, Tracey Emin and Bob Dylan will feature among 242 lots at Whyte’s sale in Dublin on July 6.  A painting by Dylan entitled Vista from Balcony, is estimated at €800-€1,000.  Dylan has been making art since the 1960’s when he came on the scene as a young folk singer.  This piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Washington Green Fine Art.

    Vista from Balcony by Bob Dylan 

    CONTEMPORARY ART AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK AND EVERYWHERE ELSE TOO

    June 28th, 2020

    Led by Francis Bacon’s majestic Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus from 1981, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in New York on June 29 is comprised of works by many of the most celebrated Post-War and Contemporary artists. Anchored by a spectacular group of abstract masterpieces from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, including exceptional paintings by Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko, the sale also boasts a definitive Roy Lichtenstein Brushstroke painting from 1965 and a Jean-Michel Basquiat ‘Head’ from 1982.

    The sale takes place at 7 pm New York time and there will be a live stream of the event. Absentee, telephone and online bidding only is available. There will be no bidding in the room. Registrations for bidding may be submitted via the website, app or by contacting bids.newyork@sothebys.com.

    Clyfford Still – PH – 144 (1947-Y-NO.1). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR$28.7 million

    ART AND DESIGN ONLINE AT DE VERES DUBLIN

    June 27th, 2020

    A total of 132 lots of art and design will come under the hammer at deVeres next Tuesday evening at 6 pm.  There is everything from smoked glass console tables to a set of nine 1970’s French dining chairs, Italian chrome and gilt open shelves to a Danish leather sofa. There are sideboards, low tables, Barcelona chairs, hanging lights, Art Deco dining chairs, Italian coffee tables, adjustable French floor lamps, low tables and mirrors. A selection of art to complement this design includes work by Charles Tyrrell, James O’Connor, Louis le Brocquy, Willie Evesson, Sean McSweeney, Eilis O’Connell and other artists.  This auction is online at The Saleroom.

    Italian leather L shaped Habart sofa by Max Divani. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600