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    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

    A complete set of Broadsides edited by Jack B. Yeats made 12,000. (Click on image to enlarge).

    A complete set of 84 Irish broadsides edited by Jack B. Yeats was

    Lady Gregory's copy of The Aran Islands made 11,000. (Click on image to enlarge).

    the top lot at Mealy’s rare book sale in Dublin on July 19.  Published by Dun Emer and Cuala Press, bound and hand tooled by Esther Ryan, signed by Jack B. Yeats and with the ownership signature of the distinguished Irish actor Jack MacGowran, it made 12,000.  Published monthly between June 1908 and May 1915 there are contributions by James Stephens, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, John Masefield, Seamus O’Sullivan and others, old ballads and over 100 hand coloured drawings by Yeats.  The collection made 12,000.

    Lady Gregory’s copy of The Aran Islands signed by Synge and Jack B. Yeats, which was later signed by Jack MacGowran in Dublin in 1972, made 11,000.  A rare coloured copy of Jonathan Fisher’s Tour of Killarney with 20 views from 1790 also made 11,000. A first edition of Ulysses, published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922, made 8,250.
    See posts for July 14 and July 8.


    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
    Christie’s Interiors Sales, regularly held at South Kensington in London and in New York, offers decorators and collectors an opportunity to acquire one of a kind objects in virtually every style from antique to contemporary.  Price points are lower and these sales offer something for everyone.
    Here are two lots from the upcoming Christie’s Interiors sale in South Kensington on August 2:

    This 19th century Chinese Famille Verte baluster jar and cover is estimated at 3,000-5,000. (Click on image to enlarge). Copyright, Christie's Images, 2011. UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,750.

    This late 19th or early 20th century pair of French giltwood fauteuils of Louis XVI style is estimated at £1,000-£1,500. (Click on image to enlarge). Copyright, Christie's Images, 2011. UPDATE: THESE MADE £875


    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    THE artist Frank Egginton, well known for his west of Ireland landscapes, featured at Bonhams sale of modern pictures at Knightsbridge in London on July 19.  The Windy Gap, Co. Kerry sold for £1,080 inclusive of buyer’s premium.

    At the same sale La Rivière by the Irish artist Roderic O’Conor sold for  £14,400.  The work is stamped Atelier O’Conor.

    The Windy Gap, Co. Kerry by Frank Egginton (1908-1990). (Click on image to enlarge).

    La Rivière by Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940). (Click on image to enlarge)


    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

    THE drawing for the entrance gateway at Rathfarnham Castle. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR A HAMMER PRICE OF 680 (the lot included two other drawings).

    An original drawing for the Roman style triumphal arch entrance at Rathfarhham Castle in Dublin features at the Matthews auction at Oldcastle, Co. Meath on July 26 at 6.30 p.m.  The castle was built around 1583 by Adam Loftus, a Yorkshire clergyman who came to Ireland as chaplain to the Lord Deputy and rose to become Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland.  He was closely involved in the establishment of Trinity College.

    After more than a century of family ownership the property passed by marriage to Phillip Wharton, who lost his money in the South Sea Bubble.  The castle was sold in 1723 and after several changes of ownership it was bought in 1767 by Nicholas Hume-Loftus, second Earl of Ely, a descendant of Adam Loftus.  To celebrate regaining ownership the Loftus family made another entrance for the castle in the form of a Roman Triumphal Arch. This can still be viewed from nearby Dodder Park Road. Henry Loftus, Earl of Ely was responsible for much of the conversion of the medieval fortress into a Georgian mansion and employed renowned architects Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart to carry out these works.  The castle is now in the care of Heritage Ireland and is open to the public as a castle undergoing conservation.  The estimate for the drawing is 500-800.
    UPDATE:  THE drawing, with two others, sold for  a hammer price of 680.


    Saturday, July 16th, 2011

    A lacquer and solid silver mounted Japanese smoker's companion set comprising of cigarette box and ashtray on tray, presented to Georgette Ellison by Hirohito/Emperor Showa. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800

    An Oriental collection gathered in the Far East –

    Early 20th century large Satsuma jar. UPDATE: IT MADE 1,150

    including okimono, Satsuma, jade and bronze enamel – will feature at the Hegarty’s auction in Bandon on July 24.  The Ellison collection has been consigned from west Cork.  The late Georgette Ellison, whose husband was a high ranking US military member, started the collection post World War II while they were stationed overseas.  Included is a silver and lacquer smoking companion set presented by Hirohito/Emperor Showa to Mrs Ellison.

    The sale of 350 lots also features some Irish Regency furniture, a Cork two door library bookcase, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian occasional furniture, a one owner collection of 30 lots of Irish art and twenty lots of silver.

    A 19th century trumpet shaped porcelain Japanese vase with 6 character marks. UPDATE: THIS MADE 650

    An ancient Chinese hand-painted wall hanging, approx. 6ft x 21". UPDATE: THIS MADE 380


    Friday, July 15th, 2011

    Klimt masterpiece Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee) at Sotheby's in New York. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE $40.4 MILLION.

    Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee) promises to be an important highlight of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in New York next November 2.  It is a dramatic view of the lush environs of Lake Attersee in western Austria.  Painted with Klimt’s sumptuous palette and jewel-like surface it is estimated to make more than $25 million.

    Klimt’s Kirche in Cassone (Landschaft mit Zypressen) (Church in Cassone – Landscape with Cypresses) made an auction record for a landscape by the artist when it sold for  £26.9 million ($43.2 million) at Sotheby’s London in February 2010.
    Both paintings were originally in the collection of Austrian iron magnate Viktor Zuckerkandl and his wife Paula.  They were stolen after the annexation of Austria in 1938. Each has been restituted to Georges Jorisch, great-nephew of Viktor, after intensive research revealed that his memory of the works hanging in the family’s home in Purkersdorf was correct. Litzlberg am Attersee was returned to Mr. Jorisch late last week from the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. A portion of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to that museum for the building of a new extension.


    Friday, July 15th, 2011
    THE rugged coastline and wild landscape of west Cork has long fascinated artists.  William Crozier, the Scottish born artist who died on July 12 aged 81, had spent part of the year at his west Cork home since 1984 and was an important figure for local artists.  His work was characterised by vibrant colours which became associated, in many minds with the west Cork landscape.
    Auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll will conduct a sale of work by west Cork based artists in Skibbereen on Sunday, July 31 at 5 p.m.  This will be a no reserve sale. It follows on from several successful no reserves sales organised by Morgan O’Driscoll in latter months. The catalogue, which is on-line, features 111 works.  Here is a small selection:

    The Fastnet Rock is the subject of this work by Gerry Tudhope (b.1954). It is estimated at 300-500. UPDATE: THIS MADE 250

    John Minihan (b.1946) 'Francis Bacon Photographed at the Marlborough Gallery, London, 1976' is estimated at 1,000-1,800. UPDATE: THIS MADE 325

    Martin Stone (20th/21st Century) 'Ballydehob, Co. Cork' is estimated at 3,000-3,500. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600

    Monica Boyle (20th/21st Century) 'Point of Departure, Nothing Lessen Thee' has an estimate of 1,500-2,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 400

    John Kingerlee (b.1936) 'Landscape Composition and Birds, Klkcatherine 2009' is estimated at 3,000-5,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

    John Minihan (b.1946) 'J.P. Donleavy Photographed After Reading in Bantry, Co. Cork, 2004' is estimated at 700-1,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 200

    Percy Hall (20th/21st Century) 'Cloudy Skies' is estimated at 300-500. UPDATE: THIS MADE 260

    Ian Humphreys (20th/21st Century) 'Edge' estimated at 800-1,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 250

    Sheila Hooks (20th/21st Century) 'Still Life with Peppers' estimated at 400-600. UPDATE: THIS MADE 250


    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Hugh Douglas Hamilton's Portrait of Arthur Hill, 2nd Marquess of Downshire (1753-1801) made £337,250. (Click on image to enlarge)

    The sale of Lyons Demesne: Works of Art from the Collection of the late Dr. Tony Ryan made £3,352,200 at Christie’s in London on July 14.  The top lot was Hugh Douglas Hamilton, R.H.A. (Dublin 1740-1808), Portrait of Arthur Hill, 2nd Marquess of Downshire (1753-1801).  The small full length portrait in a landscape made £337,250.  The auction was sold 90% by value and 83% by lot.

    Amelia Elborne, Specialist, Christie’s London and Christine Ryall, Director, Christie’s Ireland commented: “This excellent result is a tribute to Dr Ryan’s eclectic taste and enthusiasm for both Irish and European works of art. In spite of the current economic situation in Ireland, the depth of demand for Irish works by both international and Irish buyers remains strong. We are particularly pleased with the result for the Hugh Douglas Hamilton which attracted fierce competition in the room, on the telephone and on Christie’s LiveTM”.
    (See posts on for April 14 and July 7)


    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Here is a selection from some of the Irish work sold at Christie’s

    James Latham (Tipperary 1696-1747 Dublin) Portrait of a gentleman, made £10,000.

    auction of contents from the Lyons Demesne in Co. Kildare on July 14:

    This Irish parcel gilt and dark green painted side table in the manner of Del Vecchio of Dublin made £6,000.

    Two Irish George II embossed bird pictures by Samuel Dixon c1750 made £1,750.

    This George III giltwood pier glass, probably Irish, made £39,650.

    This Irish George III style low linen press on stand, 19th century, by Butler of Dublin made £4,750.

    Sir Martin Archer Shee, P.R.A. (Dublin 1769-1850 Brighton) Portrait of a lady, full-length, in a white dress made £20,000.

    This Irish George II bureau bookcase c1750 made £5,250.


    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    The earliest rules of club football made £881,250.

    The earliest surviving manuscript for a novel by Jane Austen – The Watsons – tripled its pre-sale estimate to make  £993,250 at Sotheby’s in London on July 14.  Reckoned to be the most important Jane Austen item to come to market in over 20 years it was sold to a bidder in the room on behalf of an institution.

    The earliest rules of club football – sold as part of an archive of the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield – made £881,250.  This is an auction record for any item of football memorabilia.
    There was a record for the sale at auction any edition of any of the Brontë novels for a rare first edition of Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, which made £241,250; James Joyce’s wartime family passport made £61,250 and a script for the first episode of the world’s longest-running radio drama, Radio 4’s The Archers made £6,875.
    See posts for May 1 and May 23.