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    Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    Furniture, porcelain, glass, silver, paintings and drawings which encompass the long and varied history of the Dutch Royal family are about to come under the hammer in Amsterdam.  Sotheby’s will conduct the four day sale of around 1,600 lots from the estate of the late Queen Juliana of The Netherlands at the RAI Theatre, Europaplein 14, Amsterdam from March 14-17.
    The sale is taking place at the instructions of the Executors on behalf of the  Queen’s daughters, Her Majesty the Queen and Their Royal Highnesses Princess Irene, Princess Margriet and Princess Christina, who have stipulated that the proceeds go to four charities. Many of the lots are from the Palace Soestdijk where Queen Juliana lived throughout her married life, while other items come from the attics of other Royal Palaces, with many drawings and prints previously held in the Royal Archive.
    Only a small number of the pieces were acquired by Queen Juliana and her spouse Prince Bernhard, and by far the greater share was accumulated over the last 150 years from Kings Willem I, II and III, Queen Emma and Queen Wilhelmina. Many of the works still bear inventory marks and  labels to show their origins in the seven Royal Palaces and Royal Residences throughout the Netherlands.


    Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

    Cows in a Field by Thomas Sydney Cooper from Morgan O'Driscoll's sale in Skibbereen on March 13. (click on image to enlarge)

    A Georgian chest of drawers from the Morgan O'Driscoll sale in Skibbereen. (click on image to enlarge)

    Morgan O’Driscoll will have an auction of general antiques in Skibbereen in west Cork on Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

    The sale will include contents from The Castle, Castletownshend.

    It will feature antique furniture, art, silver and a variety of items.

    The painting on the left by Thomas Sydney Cooper is estimated at 6,000-8,000.  The chest of drawers is estimated at 500-700.


    Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
    Sotheby’s delivered net income of $161.0 million in 2010, which apart from peak of the boom 2007 is the best yearly result ever.  “It is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Bill Ruprecht, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “The recovery of the global art market which was aided in part by the increased buying activity of clients from new markets certainly contributed to these results, as did the difficult decisions we had to make beginning in the autumn of 2008 – the headcount reduction, tightening of our cost structure and steadfast focus on auction commission margins – which have paid off considerably.
    The positive moment is continuing into 2011. “Overall, aggregate auction sales through the first two months of 2011 solidly improved from the first two months of 2010. We hope that 2011 will be another strong year for Sotheby’s and for the art market,”  Bill Ruprecht said.


    Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
    Woman and Bag is the title of this work by George Campbell.  It comes under the hammer at Whyte’s Irish art sale in Dublin on March 14 at 6 p.m. The sale includes a Waterford collection put together from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  These will comprise the first 40 lots of this 290 lots sale.
    The range of Irish art on offer is broad and estimates are realistic  The catalogue is now on-line and on-line bidding is also available.
    See posts for February 23 and January 27.
    UPDATE:  IT SOLD FOR 10,500