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    Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

    A George III Irish provincial soup ladle with shell bowl with the mark of William Ward of Limerick (2,200-2,400). (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000.

    Around 200 lots of Irish and English silver will feature at Woodwards sale of silver and art in Cork on May 23.  The top lot is a George III twin handled soup tureen made in Dublin c1765 by Richard Williams and later fitted with a similar lid by James Scott in Dublin in 1821.  It is estimated at 12,000-14,000. A George III swing handled fruit or bread basket made by James Scott in 1803 has an estimate of 2,800-3,000 and a George III soup ladle with shell bowl by William Ward of Limerick, hallmarked in Dublin in 1772 is estimated at 2,200-2,400.

    A 1970 Royal Irish Silver sugar bowl is estimated at 450-500 and a swing handled bright cut sugar based on pedestal by William Doyle, Dublin 1803 is estimated at 820-880.  A George III sauce ladle with fiddle pattern handle by Samuel Neville, Dublin 1808 is estimated at 120-150 and six George IV forks by Richard Garde, Cork with Dublin hallmarks for 1829 are estimated at 300-350.  There are bone handled dessert services, coasters, tea spoons, sauceboats, bon bon dishes, dressing table jars, cigarette boxes, sugar nips, tea services, mustard pots, vases, salvers, trays and bowls and dish rings.  Artists whose work is in the sale include Arthur Maderson, Markey Robinson, Kenneth Webb, William Perring Hollyer, Carol Anne Waldron, Philip French, Andrew Nicholl, John Bosanquet, Liam Treacy, Cecily Brennan,John Morris, Barbara von Seida and Norah McGuinness.

    Set of six silver bright-cut teaspoons by Carden Terry and Jane Williams, Cork, c1810. (400-600). UPDATE: THESE MADE 500.

    A George III silver serving spoon in the neoclassical style by John Nicholson, Cork, c1770. (200-300). UPDATE: THIS MADE 300.


    A silver dish ring with Cork scenes including Blackrock Castle by William Egan is estimated at 1,800-2,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600

    An Irish George III tureen by Richard Williams, Dublin c1765 with later lid by James Scott, Dublin 1821 is estimated at 12,000-14,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.


    Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

    The Beau Sancy sold for $9,699,618 US dollars. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The Beau Sancy, one of the most important historic diamonds ever to come to auction, sold for $9,699,618 US dollars, almost five times the pre-sale low estimate of $2-4 million at Sotheby’s  in Geneva tonight. It was bought on the telephone by an anonymous bidder. Five bidders competed.

    Worn in her crown by Marie de Medici at her coronation as Queen Consort of Henri IV in 1610 the 34.98 carat modified pear double rose cut diamond has passed down through the Royal Families of France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange.  It has been the witness of 400 years of European history. David Bennett of Sotheby’s commented: “Its supreme historical importance was reflected tonight in the strength of the bidding and the remarkable result realised”.

    The sale realised $108,377,219, a world record for a various owner jewel auction.

    See post on for February 28, 2012.


    Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

    Meissen Coronation Service dish at Bonhams in London. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £12,500.

    Yellow ground plate from the only Meissen dinner service known to have a coloured background. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: ONE PLATE SOLD FOR £12,500, THE OTHER MADE £13,125.

    A Meissen treasure, an armorial dish from the ‘Coronation Service’ circa 1733-34, features at Bonhams in London on May 23.   Part of the first Meissen armorial table service it is estimated at  £10,000-15,000. Painted  with the arms of Saxony and Poland – scattered floral sprigs and bound wheat-sheaves –  it was delivered to the Royal collection at the Japanese Palace in Dresden in 1734. The Japanese Palace was built by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland and Lithuania to house his finest porcelain.

    Bonhams sale of a European private collection includes a Meissen yellow-ground plate from the ‘Gelbe Jagdservice’, (Yellow hunting service) circa 1733-34. This is the only Meissen dinner service known to have a coloured background.  The lobed panel in the centre is painted with a phoenix and three sprigs of flowers,  with three quatrelobe panels around the brown-edged rim painted with flowering branches. Ordered around 1730 by Augustus the Strong it too is estimated at £10,000-15,000.


    Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

    A complete set of Louis le Brocquy’s  20 Aubusson tapestries based on Ireland’s epic tale, The Tain, at Whyte’s Irish art sale at the RDS in Dublin on May 21 is estimated at 250,000-350,000.  Evening, Achill by Paul Henry is estimated at 90,000-120,000.  Sean Keating’s Past Definite, Future Perfect from 1928 has an estimate of 25,000-35,000.  The Pontoon by Yeats depicts a docklands scene and tackles the theme of old age. It has an estimate of 50,000-70,000.  Part of the collection of late senior counsel Jim O’Driscoll includes works by Patrick Collins, Tony O’Malley, William Crozier and John Shinnors.

    A Northern Ireland corporate collection offered on behalf of the liquidator includes works by Sir John Lavery, William Conor, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig and Maurice Wilks.  There is a large selection of work by Grace Henry from the collection of Dr. James Cruickshank. Contemporary artists in the sale include Camille Souter, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, Patrick Scott, Charles Tyrrell, Sean Scully and Pauline Bewick.  Here is a small selection (Click on any image to enlarge):

    UPDATE: The sale grossed over 1.3 million. The Tain tapestries made 245,000 net, 294,000 gross.

    Images from le Brocquy's Tain tapestries. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 245,000 AT HAMMER.

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944) AUTUMN, GLEN DUN, COUNTY ANTRIM (6,000-8,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,800 AT HAMMER.

    Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941) THE SOKO, TANGIER, 1891. (20,000-25,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER.

    Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935) WILD DUCK OVER CARAGH LAKE, KERRY. (!,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF W.B. YEATS, 1975. (4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,600 AT HAMMER.

    Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994) DRUID'S MOON, 1981(14,000-16,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER.


    Monday, May 14th, 2012

    Nearly 300 works of iconic contemporary art, modern art and fine furniture from the Gunter Sachs collection will be sold at Sotheby’s in London on May 22. Heir to two automotive empires, once married to Brigitte Bardot, and friend of Andy Warhol, the sale sheds light on his little-known side as one of the most visionary collectors of the 20th century.

    Included in the auction are Pop Art masterpieces, sensational decorative pieces such as Allen Jones’ provocative, life-sized “mannequin” hatstand, chair and table, Modern and Surrealist art, decorative art and 20th century design. The collection is expected to bring in more than £20 million.  (See post on for March 12, 2012). Here is a selection:

    ANDY WARHOL 1928 - 1987 BRIGITTE BARDOT (£3-£4 million). Click to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,009,250.

    YVES KLEIN 1928 - 1962 SE 162 (£150,000-200,000). Click to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS MADE £265,250

    DIEGO GIACOMETTI 1902 - 1985 'TABLE BASSE AUX DOMPTEUSES'. (£250,000-350,000). Click on image to enlarge. UPDATE: THS MADE £541,250.

    ALLEN JONES B.1937 CHAIR (£30,000-40,000). Click to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS MADE £836,450.



    Monday, May 14th, 2012

    THERE will be an Irish art auction with more than 170 lots at the Pillo Hotel in Galway on May 22 at 6.30 p.m.  Dolan’s art auction house is moving from Woodquay, Galway in June. Meantime the entire sale is on view at their premises on Woodquay until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.  Here is a selection from the auction (click on any image to enlarge it):

    UNTITLED by John Kingerlee (400-500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 450

    Val Byrne, No Parking on the Long Walk (500-700). UPDATE: THIS MADE 750

    Ivan Sutton, Galway Hooker Regatta, Roundstone Pier (1,800-2,400). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD AND IS UNDER NEGOTIATION AT 1,600.

    Tom Greaney, Connemara Coast (850-950).Untitled by John Kingerlee (400-500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,050.

    Henry Morgan, Kilkee on a wet day (300-400). UPDATE: THIS MADE 350.

    Evie Hone 1894 - 1955, Study for stained glass, gouache. (1,200-1,600). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000.


    Saturday, May 12th, 2012

    An art for alzheimers auction of 76 works generously donated by long established Cork artist Charlo Quain takes place at Triskel Christchurch on May 17.  The work will be sold without reserve and proceeds will go to the art programme at the home.

    The auctioneer for the evening is Morgan O’Driscoll and all lots can be viewed on-line at or at  Here is a small selection:

    Charlo Quain (20th/21st Century) 'Summer Road, Ardmore'. (250-350). UPDATE: THIS MADE 240.

    Charlo Quain (20th/21st Century) 'Open Mountain II'. (250-350). UPDATE: THIS MADE 100

    Charlo Quain (20th/21st Century) 'Happy Red Balancing Bird'. (300-400). UPDATE: THIS MADE 220

    Charlo Quain (20th/21st Century) 'Across the Estuary'. (400-600). UPDATE: THIS MADE 550


    Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    NATURE MORTE BY RODERIC O'CONOR (1860 - 1940) estimated at £50,000-80,000 did not sell.

    The top lot overall at Sotheby’s sale of British and Irish art in London on May 10 was Sir William Orpen’s portrait of Rosie, Fourth Marchioness of Headfort.  Exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1915 it sold for £577,250. Irish art accounted for five of the top ten lots in the sale, but less than half the 56 Irish artworks in the auction found buyers.  An oil on canvas by Roderic O’Conor, L’Approache de Lezaven, Pont-Aven made £151,250 over a top estimate of £100,000.  It was bought by the UK trade.  Private UK buyers accounted for the other three Irish paintings in the top ten.  All were by Paul Henry. A Connaught Fishing Village sold for £145,250, Among the Twelve Pins, Connemara and The Edge of the Lake both sold for £115,250.

    Two very different works on offer by the late Louis le Brocquy –  Travelling People from his celebrated Tinkers series and Masked Head from his head series  – failed to find buyers.  Two landscapes by James Arthur O’Connor (1792-1841) A View of Fin Lough and Delphi Lodge and A Mountain Road in Mayo sold for £36,050 and £22,500.  Sir John Lavery’s Kenmare River, Evening made £42,050. Among the unsolds were works by Orpen, Yeats, Henry, O’Conor, William Crozier, F.E. McWilliam, Patrick Scott, Dan O’Neill and Colin Middleton.

    See posts on for May 4, April 12 and January 16, 2012.


    Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    The 1913 Ulster Proclamation at Bonhams. (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: IT MADE £18,750

    The only copy of the 1913 Ulster Proclamation of a Provisional Government known to have survived will be offered by Bonhams  in London on June 12. Dated 24 September 1913 it takes the form of a poster, printed in blue, declaring the formation of a Provisional government with the proviso that it would not take executive power until needed to resist the formation of a Nationalist government in Dublin.

    On the previous day Sir Edward Carson persuaded 500 Ulster Unionist Council delegates to endorse the proclamation.  This was a tactic to secure the exclusion of Ulster from the Irish Home Rule Bill which was enacted but set aside for the duration of the First World War. In 1912  nearly 500,000 people signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant in opposition to the Home Rule Bill.

    Eventually in 1921 the Six Counties was separated from the rest of the island of Ireland by partition. The Ulster Proclamation features at Bonhams sale of books, maps, manuscripts and historical photographs.  It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

    UPDATE:  THIS SOLD FOR £18,750.


    Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    Francis Bacon's Figure Writing, Reflected in a mirror painted in 1976. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD FOR $44,882,500

    Roy Lichtenstein, Sleeping Girl dating from 1964. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD FOR $44,882,500

    Masterpieces by Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein headed Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale in New York last night.  Bacon’s Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror and Lichtenstein’s Sleeping Girl from 1976 and 1964 respectively sold for $44,882,500 each.  It was a new world record for Lichtenstein. A further highlight was Double Elvis [Ferus Type] by Andy Warhol which sold for $37,042,500.

    There was a record for Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei when one ton of his porcelain seeds sold for $782,500.

    The auction saw a number of strong prices for the American master Cy Twombly who died last year. Untitled (New York City) from 1966 made $17,442,500, a new record for the artist at auction. Lichtenstein’s Sailboats III made $11,842,500, Ring, a striking 1981 self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat made $7,642,500 and Arshile Gorky’s Khorkom sold for $2,770,500.

    The auction total was $266,591,000, within the $216/304 million pre-sale estimate.  Altogether 81 per cent of the lots on offer were sold.  With five bidders in pursuit of the Bacon and six chasing Lichtenstein Sotheby’s reported a “remarkable” depth of bidding between $30-40 million.  Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art Tobias Meyer said:  “The top end of the market performed beautifully this evening due to a global demand for masterpieces that is almost unparalleled”.

    See posts on for April 5, March 16 and February 27, 2012.