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    Sunday, September 25th, 2011

    A pair of 35.77 and 35.61-carat D colour flawless clarity Type IIa round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimated at US$7/9 million each.

    This pair of unmounted, round, brilliant cut diamonds weighing 35.77 and 35.61 carats each and graded “D Flawless” will lead Christie’s sale of magnificent jewels in Hong Kong on November 29.  “D Flawless” is the highest accolade for colour and clarity and the Type 11a stones have been estimated at $7-9 million US dollars each.  They were uncovered at two separate mines in southern Africa, the Jwaneng mine in Botswana and the Saxendrift mine in South Africa.

    Beginning in October the sale will be toured to New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Geneva, Taipei and Hong Kong.

    UPDATE: the 35.77 carat stone sold for  $8,275,350 US dollars, the 35.61 carat stone made $8,131,654 US.

    46th Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    A beautiful and broad selection of antiques graces the RDS in Dubin over the weekend of September 23-25 2011.  Our video gives a mere flavour of the event.  In it you can see an Irish George III giltwood mirror by John and Francis Booker of Dublin.  This particular treasure was made  around 1750. It is priced at 85,000 at John Carroll antiques.

    See post on for September 15.


    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    THE next sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam takes place on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m.  The catalogue, which is on-line, feature 212 lots. Here is a small selection.  (See post on for September 19):

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916) Garlanded Goat (1949-50) colour inverted Aubusson Tapestry (45,000-60,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000

    JOHN BEHAN RHA (B.1938) Famine Ship (3,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000

    Charles Cundall (1890-1971) View of George's Quay, Cork, painted from Father Matthew Quay, Looking Towards Grand Parade (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000

    Michael Kane (b.1935) Baggot Street Night, 1991 (600-1,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Stephen Cullen (b.1959) Street Scene with Figures (1,000-1,500) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Colin Middleton MBE RHA RUA (1910-1983) Landscape with a Red Gable, (1949) 20,000-30,000 UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000


    Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

    The three day Legacy of the Big House sale at Sheppards in Durrow, Co. Laois on September 27, 28 and 29 offers something for everyone. The 1,853 lots on the catalogues would fill a very big house. The sale on September 29 will be devoted entirely to Asian art. (See antiquesandartireland.compost for September 6). The catalogue is on-line.  Here is a small selection from what is on offer:

    One of a set four topographical prints of Waterford c1880 (140-180) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 160

    A George III snap top silver table above a bird-cage undercarriage (2,500 – 3,500) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 2,500

    Regency period mahogany long case clock, by John Mountjoy, Cork (2,000 - 3,000) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,800

    A rare Irish Regency campaign cellaret of sarcophagus form (2,500 - 3,500) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,700

    An 18th century Irish silver table, (8,000 - 12,000) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 8,000

    A c1890 Arts and Crafts Donegal carpet, by Gavin Morton, c1890 (6,000-8,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000


    Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

    Here are some more lots from the three day sale at Sheppardson September 27, 28  and 29.

    The catalogue for this large sale is on-line.

    Cork Regency mahogany tea poy (1,400 - 1,800) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,150

    A small George I walnut writing bureau (2,500 - 3,500)George I period walnut wing-backed armchair (3,000 – 5,000) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 3,500

    A 19th century Rococo brass fender (1,500 – 2,500) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 1,200

    A 19th century mahogany and marquetry sofa table (5,000 - 8,000) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 5,600

    An 18th century oak hanging plate rack (400 – 600) UPDATE: THIS MADE 440

    A small George III mahogany and marquetry sideboard (2,500 - 3,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500


    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    Geraniums on the Windowsill by Martin McKeown.









    An exhibition on of work by the late Northern

    Irish artist Martin MacKeown (1931-2003).runs at the Ava Gallery until October 7.

    Adams at Clanedeboye has begun its autumn schedule with over 60 previously unseen

    paintings by the artist, drawn from his studio.


    Student and cyclamen by Martin McKeown.









    It is Martin McKeown’s first solo exhibition in Northern Ireland for over 50 years.  His first two-man show was at CEMA (Arts Council Galleries) at Belfast in 1952 with Basil Blackshaw, with whom he shared a studio on Adelaide Street. He won a scholarship from the Belfast College of Art to study at

    Edinburgh College of Art and won a scholarship there that that took him across Europe. His artistic influences include Albert Marquet, Andre Derain and Pierre Bonnard.  McKeown travelled widely in Europe, returned to painting seriously in the late 1980’s and exhibited in London and Belfast.


    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    Clyfford Still 1949-A-No. 1 estimated at $25-35 million.

    NO less than four masterworks by Clyfford Still will headline the Sotheby’s contemporary art evening auction in New York on November 9.  They are expected to realise a combined total of more than $50 million.

    Clyfford Still (PH-351) signed and dated Clyfford 40 1940 (estimated $1-1.5 million).

    From the estate of his widow, Patricia Still, they are being sold by the City and County of Denver. The sale will support the endowment of the new Clyfford Still Museum, scheduled to open in Denver next November 18.

    Clyfford Still (1904-1980) was among the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. He was a strongly independent, highly influential artist who usually represented himself. Very few of his works ever made it to the art market. It is estimated that he sold as little as 150 works during his life time. This is the first time that four works by the American Abstract Expressionist will be offered to the global community of collectors.

    “The appearance of these paintings on the open market represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors of iconic and Abstract Expressionist art,” said Tobias Meyer, Worldwide Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s. “A single painting by the artist of such quality as these would be a unique and extraordinarily sought-after occasion, as there are few Still paintings in private hands. With the additional understanding that the Clyfford Still Museum will never sell any works, we expect the sale to generate tremendous excitement”.


    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    THE September 28 sale at O’Reilly’s of Francis St., Dublin  features 412 lots.  It includes diamond and other jewellery, watches, gold sovereigns, silver and a small section on art.  Here is a small selection from the auction.

    A diamond cluster ring mounted in 18ct gold. Estimated weight of diamonds; 2.50 ct total (3,000-3,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000.

    An 18 carat gold twist rope link bracelet (1,200-1,400). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,350.

    A solitaire diamond ring, brilliant cut, mounted in 18ct white gold. Estimated weight of diamond; 5.01 ct, colour and clarity; J - K, (32,000 - 35,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A panel design Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring mounted in 18ct white gold (4,000-4,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600

    A garnet and diamond bangle mounted in 18ct gold (1,200-1,400) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200.

    A diamond ring, the large marquise cut diamond with three diamonds on each shoulder, mounted in platinum. Certified; 5.11 ct, colour and clarity; J colour, VS2 clarity €30,000 - 35,000. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, September 19th, 2011

    Andy Warhol Dollar Sign ($400,000-600,000) to be sold in New York on November 9. UPDATE: THIS MADE $782,500.

    A total of 14 paintings formerly owned by the Irish developer Derek Quinlan – including works by Warhol, William Scott and Paul Henry –  are to be sold by Christie’s in London and New York on behalf of NAMA, the National Asset Management Agency.  Proceeds will be used to pay some of Mr. Quinlan’s debts, which have been taken over by NAMA.

    Christie’s announced today that 14 works of art from a Private Collection will be offered from a NAMA debtor “who has co-operated in the disposal”. The most valuable of the works is Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol which will be sold at the Post-War and Contemporary Art auction  in New York on November 9.  It is estimated at $400,000-600,000.  Two other works will be offered in New York, Ace Airport by Alex Katz ($150,000-200,000) and Arches Cover by Robert Motherwell ($60,000-80,000).  UPDATE: Ace Airport was unsold. and Arches Cover made $74,500.

    The remaining eleven works will be offered at Christie’s

    In Connemara by Paul Henry (£70,000-100,000) to be sold in London on November 17.

    sale of 20th Century British and Irish Art on November 17 in London.  They are:  Still life variation 2 by William Scott (£200,000-300,000);  Côte de la Mer, Bretagne by Roderic O’Conor  (£150,000- 250,000); Man doing accounts by Jack Butler Yeats (£120,000-180,000);  In Connemara by Paul Henry (£70,000-100,000);  Still life with candle by William Scott (£60,000-80,000); Sailor Home from Sea by Jack Butler Yeats (£60,000-80,000);  Gateway 4 by Ivon Hitchens (£60,000-80,000); Avington Water No. 1 by Ivon Hitchens (£50,000-80,000); A Quiet Read by Roderic O’Connor (£40,000-60,000); Tinkers Picking Whitethorn by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000-60,000) and Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000 to £60,000).



    Still life variation 2 by William Scott (£200,000-300,000) - sold for £385,250
    Man doing accounts by Jack Butler Yeats (£120,000-180,000) - sold for £183,650
    In Connemara by Paul Henry (£70,000-100,000) - sold for £109,250
    Still life with candle by William Scott (£60,000-80,000) - this was unsold.
    Sailor Home from Sea by Jack Butler Yeats (£60,000-80,000) - sold for £73,250
    Gateway 4 by Ivon Hitchens (£60,000-80,000)   -  sold for £169,250
    Avington Water No. 1 by Ivon Hitchens (£50,000-80,000) - sold for £157,250
    A Quiet Read by Roderic O’Connor (£40,000-60,000  - sold for £43,250
    Tinkers Picking Whitethorn by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000-60,000)  - this was unsold.
    Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000 to £60,000) - this was unsold.
    Cote de la Mer, Bretagne by Roderic O'Conor (£150,000- 250,000) -  this was unsold.


    Monday, September 19th, 2011

    Kilcatherine Landscape by John Kingerlee made 9,000. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The top lot  at the John Kingerlee retrospective studio sale in Cork  was Kilcatherine Landscape.  It made 9,000 in a no reserve Morgan O’Driscoll auction against an estimate of 15,000-20,000.

    John Kingerlee 'Pneuma - Grid with Rocks, Sea & Sky' made 6,000. (Click on image to enlarge).

    In general works sold for from one quarter to one half of the lower estimate in a 136 lot sale which realised 128,000.  Dating from 1969 to 2010 they were offered by Kingerlee’s patron, the northern Irish businessman Larry Powell. He has promoted exhibitions by the west Cork based artist from America to China. Estimates ranged from 300 to 20,000. Morgan O’Driscoll has held a number of no reserve studio sales this year. In each of them a number of works have sold for below the low estimate.

    (See for August 20)