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    Monday, August 29th, 2011

    A Chinese bulbous enamelled vase at Hegarty's. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: This made 250

    A Chinese oil painting on silk of a noble family. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: This made 450

    Around 300 lots including Chinese and Japanese porcelain, ivory and objets d’art will be sold at Hegarty’s in Bandon on Sunday September 4 at 4 p.m.  The sale features part two of the collection of the late
    Georgette Ellison, whose husband was a high ranking US military member stationed overseas post World War II.  The main lot at part one of the sale last July 24 was a Japanese smoker’s companion set presented to Mrs. Ellison by the late Emperor Hirohito. It was bought on the internet by a collector from Hong Kong for 3,800.
    The sale features  Victorian and Georgian furniture, English and Irish silver, an Irish Georgian plate bucket and a Cork longcase clock.


    Thursday, August 25th, 2011

    Andy Warhol, The Scream (after Munch), estimate £150,000-250,000. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £157,250

    Andy Warhol The Scream (after Munch), estimate £100,000-150,000. (Click to enlarge).

    Never before published prints by Andy Warhol, based on Edward Munch’s The Scream, feature at Christie’s sale of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary prints in London on September 21.  The two prints dating from 1984 exist only in unique colour variants.  There are prints by artists from Dürer to Rembrandt and Warhol to Richter.  Estimates range from £1,000 to £180,000. The sale is expected to realise more than £3 million.
    On September 20 at South Kensington Christie’s will offer Old Master, Modern and Contemporary prints including property from the estate of Ernst Beyeler. British printmaking is strong in this 300 lot sale.  There are examples by Richard Hamilton, Ben Nicholson, Peter Blake, Sybil Andrews and Lucian Freud and estimates are from £500 to £25,000.

    Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn A sleeping Puppy estimate £15,000-£20,000. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £34,850.

    Albrecht Durer Adam and Eve, estimate £150,000-250,000. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £181,250.


    Thursday, August 25th, 2011

    The Tipu Sultan pendant. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: IT MADE £217,250.

    The Tipu Sultan gold pendant set with a 38 carat emerald surrounded by nine precious stones including topaz, blue sapphire, ruby, diamond and pearl will be offered by Bonhams in London on September 28.  Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore who challenged British rule in India, was killed in a battle in 1799.  This is one of the very few pieces of jewellery from his treasury to survive in the original setting.

    Pair of double-sided cufflinks in green chalcedony spheres (click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: They made £3,750.

    Estimated at £80,000-£120,000 it is from the collection of the late Lord Glenconner in St. Lucia.  The sale contains presents from the late Princess Margaret to Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner. Among them is a silver snuffbox engraved with an image of The Glen, the Glenconner family home in Scotland (estimate £1,000-1,500) and a pair of double-sided cufflinks in green chalcedony spheres (£1,000-£1,500).  The sale includes Caribbean and Anglo Indian furniture, Islamic and Indian art, Chinese ceramics, silver, works of art, jewellery and pictures.


    Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

    R. HAVELL AFTER J. HAVERTY King George IV entering Dublin, 1821 and King George IV entering Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) 1821, a pair of coloured engravings. (500-600). (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 1,200 at hammer

    R. HAVELL AFTER J. HAVERTY King George IV entering Dublin, 1821 and King George IV entering Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) 1821, a pair of coloured engravings. (500-600).

    WHEN an antique collector’s collection comes to the market it is always of interest.  The Adams sale of the Jill Cox Collection in Dublin on September 7 is a treasury for the collector of Irish glass, silver, delft, rare prints and art. Jill Cox, who died last December, was proprietor of The Beaufield Mews, a restaurant and antiques shop in south County Dublin.  She was interested in everything Irish, especially glass and silver, and was chairperson of the Irish Glass Society.
    More than 800 lots, including an evening sale of Irish art, will come under the hammer at James Adam, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin on September 7. This is a small selection:

    A pair of early 19th century "Piggin" butter coolers (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 700 at hammer

    An Irish early 19th century mallet shaped decanter (150-200). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 160 at hammer

    An early 19th century Irish cut glass fruit bowl, (500-700). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 900 at hammer


    Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

    GRACE HENRY HRHA (1868-1953) The Cock of the Walk (3,000-4,000). (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: This sold for 3,400 at hammer

    MURIEL BRANDT RHA (1909-1981) Portrait of Sinead, Ban de Valera (800-1,200). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 550 AT HAMMER.

    An Irish 18th century Dublin delft charger. (500-700). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 600 AT HAMMER.

    A 19th century glazed pottery group depicting the founding of the Independent Order of Good Templars at Utica in New York State in 1851 (100-150). UPDATE: THIS MADE 90 AT HAMMER.

    SAMUEL F BROCAS (1792-1847) View of College Green, Dublin Signed and dated 1817 indistinctly. (2.000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,500 AT HAMMER.

    An Irish George IV yew wood cellarette (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER.

    HERE  are some more lots from the Jill Cox Collection sale at James Adam in Dublin on September 7.  The auction will be held over two sessions at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Click on any image to enlarge it)


    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

    The auction at O’Reilly’s of Francis St., Dublin on Wednesday, August 31 features 496 lots of jewellery, watches, gold sovereigns, gold coins, antique silverware and paintings. Here is a small selection from what is on offer.  You can click on any image to enlarge it:

    A yellow diamond cluster ring, the large central fancy yellow diamond to a brilliant cut diamond surround, mounted in white gold. Estimated; weight of principal diamond; 7.90 ct (50,000 - 55,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A late Victorian diamond and blue enamel lady"s fob watch on a white gold chain, with diamond bail (2,500 - 3,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    An Art Deco diamond plaque ring mounted in platinum. (3,500-4,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,500

    A Victorian gold snake bracelet, set with ruby and diamond (400 - 600).


    Saturday, August 20th, 2011

    'Grid Studies' is the title of this work by John Kingerlee. It is estimated at 2,000-4,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER.

    'Sea Shore, Kilcatherine' by John Kingerlee is estimated at 2,500-4,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER.

    A retrospective no reserve sale from the studio of artist John Kingerlee is to be held by auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll in Cork on September 18 next.  The Birmingham born (in 1936) artist has been a long term resident of the Beara Peninsula in west Cork.  The sale will cover the period from 1969 to 2010.  Estimates range from 300 to 20,000.
    Morgan O’Driscoll has held several successful no reserve art sales this year.  Public interest has been high and many works sold for under the low estimate. Kingerlee has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.  He applies layers of pigment to form a thick strata of paint akin to the rocky landscape outside his studio window.  The sale, which features 136 works, is to be held at the CIT Wandesforde Quay Gallery in Cork city centre on September 18 at 4 p.m.

    Headscapes' by John Kingerlee (6,000-9,000). UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER.

    Kilcatherine Landscape' by John Kingerlee (15,000-20,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER




    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    An Irish silver dish ring will be shown at Weldon's when Hibernian Antique Fairs visit Acton's Hotel, Kinsale on Sunday, August 28. (Click to enlarge

    These nine antique silver dessert spoons are by the Cork maker John Toleken. (Click to enlarge)

    These silver pieces will be at Weldon’s stand when Hibernian Antique Fairs visit Acton’s Hotel in Kinsale on Sunday, August 28.   The Irish silver dish ring was made in Dublin in 1939 by Weirs. Dish rings were designed for hot plates, and were the forerunner of the table mat.  In Ireland they are sometimes called potato rings.  When a liner was added, as in this example, they were used for serving potatoes.
    The set of nine dessert spoons are by the Cork maker John Toleken whose workshop was at Grand Parade. He was registered with the Goldsmiths’ Company of Dublin in 1798 and is thought to have been working in the trade as late as 1836.  These dessert spoons are asking 1,250 euro.


    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    A visitor explores the darkened gallery by candlelight at Lismore Castle Arts.

    GOETHE’S torchlit visit to the Vatican Museum in 1787 is the inspiration for an exhibition of 18 German artists in Ireland. Goethe became excited by the possibility of focusing on single art objects, visually removed from other objects.  Herbei ein Licht!, an exhibition at St. Carthage Hall, Lismore, Co. Waterford offers visitors a similar experience. This group show of works relating to Goethe’s Faust by leading contemporary German artists is installed in a completely dark room.  Visitors are provided with a single candle and invited to navigate the darkened space to find their own path through the exhibition.

    Many of the artists are exhibiting in Ireland for the first time.  Those taking part are Matti Isan Blind, John Bock, Matthias Dornfeld, Ingeborg Gabriel, Thomas Helbig, Gregor Hildebrandt, Andy Hope 1930, Alicja Kwade, Thomas Kiesewetter, Adrian Lohmüller, Cornelius Quabeck, Bernd Ribbeck, Gitte Schäfer, Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek, Markus Selg, Klaus Weber, Claudia Wieser and Thomas Zipp.   Claudia Weiser’s large-scale wall work, and an intermittent soundtrack provided by Markus Selg, are site specific works.
    The exhibition, organised by Lismore Castle Arts, runs from August 20 to October 2. It is open to one viewer at a time on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    THE actor Richard Gere’s guitar collection comes up for auction at Christie’s in New York on October 11.  Included are vintage American guitars from the marquee names of C.F. Martin, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Epiphone, and a selection of amplifiers, as well as iconic guitars that belonged to Albert King, Peter Tosh and James D’Aquisto.  Around 110 lots are expected to realise $1 million.
    Born in 1949 Richard Gere, who has starred in over 40 films, is an accomplished musician.  He studied trumpet and is a self-taught pianist and guitarist. His best-known films include An Officer and a Gentleman, Days of Heaven, American Gigolo, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Unfaithful, and Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He played in the films Cotton Club and Pretty Woman.  His personal collection of American vintage guitars is based upon their playability and craftsmanship.
    ” Although it’s more than a little painful to let them go, each one has been played, loved and appreciated- and will be again” he said. “All my proceeds from this sale will go to support humanitarian causes around the world.”
    UPDATE: THE collection sold for near $1 million dollars.  The top lot was a 1960 sold-body Les Paul electric guitar by Gibson, which made $98,000.

    C.F.MARTIN AND COMPANY A GUITAR, STYLE D-28, NAZARETH, PA., 1931 Estimate: $50,000-70,000.

    GIBSON INCORPORATED A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, FLYING V KALAMAZOO, MI, 1958 Estimate: $60,000-90,000 Documented as a pre-production prototype by Gibson Incorporated, the guitar was formally the property of Albert King.