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    Saturday, September 15th, 2012

    One of the mirrors from Castle Freke. (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: The mirrors were unsold but are under offer.

    A pair of Irish 19th century mirrors from Castle Freke in west Cork will feature at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon on September 18. They were last sold at the dispersal sale at Castle Freke in 1919. They have remained with the same family since 1919.

    The mirrors have the same makers mark, but are not an identical matching pair. They will be offered separately, as lots 99 and 100.  The gilt edge mirrors, with mask decoration and floral carving, are each estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    The auction of 250 lots features a set of Regency dining chairs, a bureau bookcase by Edwards and Roberts, a Victorian two door library bookcase and a Victorian pier mirror. There is around 20 lots of Irish and English silver and an antique glass vase with the Mary Gregory stamp.

    The mirrors were unsold. Bidding reached 2,300 and they are now likely to be sold privately.


    Friday, September 14th, 2012

    A menu from the luncheon marking the launch of Titanic at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast on May 31, 1911 will be sold at Bonhams on September 26. It is from the lunch for Harland and Wolfe shipyard officials and guests. Lord Pirrie, chairman of Harland and Wolfe, entertained Bruce Ismay, chairman and md of White Star Line and other VIP guests at the shipyard. The press had a separate meal also at the Grand Central Hotel.
    The 12 course lunch included eggs stuffed with foie gras, turtle soup, fried sole, York Ham, Sussex Capon and asparagus washed down with vintage claret and champagne. It also featured a favourite palate cleanser of the day – Ponche at la Romaine – a thick punch made from lemon water ice, meringue, champagne and rum. This was on the menu in First Class on the Titanic on April 14, 1912, the evening it sank. It comes under the hammer at Bonhams Marine Sale in Knightsbridge and is estimated at £10,000-15,000.  UPDATE: IT MADE £12,500 INCLUDING PREMIUM.


    Friday, September 14th, 2012

    The Chelsea interior with Frank Auerbach’s Figure on Bed (1968) estimated at £300,000-500,000 over the mantlepiece.

    A group of 56 works by artists including Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, John Craxton and Graham Sutherland from a Chelsea Collection will feature at Sotheby’s in November. It will form part of Sotheby’s Modern and Post-War British Art sales on November 13 and 14. Amassed over 20 years, the collection spans a period of immense stylistic change and includes many fresh to market paintings, drawings, etchings and sculpture that have never been at auction. It is estimated to bring in more than £1.5 million.
    Frances Christie, Sotheby’s Head of Modern & Post-War British Art, said: “It was a huge thrill to step across the threshold of the Chelsea house from which these works originated. There, so beautifully displayed in room after room, unfolded a roll-call of many of the great names of Post-War British art, successfully juxtaposed with medieval alabasters and eighteenth century furniture. The sale will offer collectors the chance to acquire some wonderful works which will be making their appearance on the auction market for the first time.” (Click on any image to enlarge it).

    Peter Lanyon’s Carthew (1950) is estimated at £70,000-100,000.

    John Craxton’s Elegiac Figure (in Memory of Peter Watson) (1957-59) is estimated at £60,000-80,0000. Watson was patron to Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon and founder of the Horizon review of literature and art and the Institute of Contemporary Arts


    Friday, September 14th, 2012

    Joseph Mallord William Turner R.A. (1775-1851) Cullaly Deedy, water-gate in the outer-rampart of Seringapatam, where Tippoo Sultaun resided during the siege. Pencil and watercolor inscribed with title on original mount. £380,000 Click on image to enlarge.

    A Turner Indian watercolor is one of the highlights at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair at Berkeley Square in London from September 19-23 next. He never visited India but Turner was regularly asked to make finished views of places he did not know. His work  on a series of views of Seringapatam and the famous siege of 1799 was unknown until recently. Three subjects were in the hands of the London dealers, Colnaghi, in 1948, attributed to William Daniell, and were bought in that year by Ray Livingston Murphy.

    They were entered for sale at Christie’s in Murphy’s estate under that attribution in November 1985, withdrawn when the misattribution was realised, and resubmitted at Christie’s in  March 1986. They are: The Siege of Serigapatam (Tate, London); ‘Hoollay Deedy, or new Sally-port in the inner rampart of Seringapatam, where Tippoo Sultaun was killed, on 4th May 1799’ (Clark Institute, Williamstown, Mass.); and ‘Residence of the Mysore Rajah within the fort of Seringapatam, during the last three years of his confinement.’

    The Cullaly Deedy watercolour has been exposed to sunlight; silver-fish have damaged the surface of the paint in places, and the inscribed border is stained. In other respects the sheet is in good condition, the overall impact of the subject is unimpaired. Rountree Fine Art will bring the work to the LAPADA where it is priced at £380,000.

    (See posts on for August 17 and July 29, 2012.)


    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild at Sotheby’s. (Click on image to enlarge). 



    Gerhard Richter’s 1994 oil on canvas Abstraktes Bild (809-4) from the collection of Eric Clapton will head Sotheby’s contemporary art evening auction in London on October 12.  It was produced as part of a concise series of four works numbered 809 in Richter’s Catalogue Raisonné.  The richly chromatic work ranks alongside the best Richter abstracts housed in museums.  It is estimated at £9-12 million.

    Alex Branczik of Sotheby’s said: “‘Abstraktes Bild’ is one of the great abstract masterpieces by Gerhard Richter and its appearance on the market presents collectors with the unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding work by one of the greatest living painters.”

    Eric Clapton bought the painting for $3.4 million at Sotheby’s in New York in 2001.



    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    The heroic age of Antarctic Exploration will resurface at Christie’s in South Kensington on October 9.  Poignant memorials of the lives of Scott, Shackleton and others synonymous with the Antarctic will feature in a dedicated Polar Section of the sale.  It will commemorate the centenary of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.  The auction will feature historical items relating to the Discovery (1901-1904), Nimrod (1907-1909), Terra Nova (1910-1913), and Endurance (1914-1916) expeditions.

    Captain Scott’s marching compass used to navigate on both Discovery and Terra Nova expeditions is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000. It was returned to his widow following the final and fatal journey to the South Pole on the Terra Nova expedition. The charismatic Co. Kildare born Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton, known as The Boss, sledged with Scott on the Discovery expedition. The sledging harness from his Nimrod expedition which brought him to within 97 miles of the South Pole is expected to make between £15,000-£20,000.

    UPDATE: THE photograph on the far left made £3,000, the photograph of Scott made £1,188.  Scott’s marching compass sold for £37,250 and Shackleton’s sledging harness made £17,500.

    (See post on for September 2, 2012).


    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    Viewing gets underway today for a sale of early Irish and English silver which will come under the hammer at Keighery’s  silver sale in Waterford on Monday, September 17.  The sale of 400 lots at the City Auction Rooms, Georges Quay, Waterford will include Georgian Irish silver, gold rings, watches, medals, glass and 80 lots of pictures and prints.  The catalogue is on-line. Here is a small selection:

    Water Jug by Paul Storr, 1807. 33oz (3,500-5,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400

    An Irish silver water pot by Robert Calderwood 1748. 28oz. (3,000-4,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,900

    A pair of 13′” silver candlesticks – John Chapman, London 1768. (3,000-4,000). UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,600


    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    CASe ’12, the annual exhibition of invited artists is now underway at the Lavit Gallery  in Cork. It features drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media work from 15 artists. Those taking part this year are John Behan, James English,  Tim Goulding, Carol Hodder, Sonja Landweer, Paddy Lennon, Mary Lohan, James McCarthy, Cormac O’ Leary, Dee Pieters, Michael Quane, Victor Richardson, Brian Smyth, Imogen Stuart and Tom Walsh.  The show continues until October 6.  Here is a small selection, you can click on any image to enlarge it:

    Tom Walsh – A dream of old times.

    James McCarthy – Mayday Copper. Unique.

    Carol Hodder – Untitled.


    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

    Sporting memorabilia features large at Mealy’s collectors’ sale.  The auction of rare books and collectors’ items with more than 1,200 lots in total takes place at Mealy’s  in Castlecomer on September 26 and 27. Rare books come under the hammer on September 26, collectible items and sporting memorabilia will feature on the following day.   Here are some examples from the collectors’ sale.

    1914 all-Ireland Football Medal by H. & H. (Hopkins & Hopkins) inscribed All-Ireland – Football C’ship won by Kerry 1914 (2,000 – 3,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800

    “The First Oval Ball In Croke Park” – American Football in Aid of the Irish Red Cross Society, Croke Park, November 21, 1953, (70-90). UPDATE: THIS MADE 30

    Early Croke Park Exhibition 1924 – Rodeo & The G.A.A., Dublin’s Rodeo, direct from Wembley Stadium, London to Croke Park, August 18 to 24, 1924 (80-100).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30

    Rare Match Ticket for Bloody Sunday Great Challenge Match (Football) at Croke Park, on November 21, 1920 (1,200-1,600).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900

    Ireland V. Wales 1948 – 1979 – I.R.F.U. & W.R.U., (away & Home), a collection of approx. 15 Match Programmes and an Official Match Ticket for Ireland’s First Grand Slam 13.4.1948 at Ravenhill (estimate 60-90). UPDATE: THIS MADE 45.


    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

    Procession with Lilies by Louis le Brocquy.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 320,000

    The corporate art collection of Independent News and Media, which is to be auctioned at James Adam in Dublin on September 26, goes on view at the Ava Gallery in Clandeboye from today until September 16. The sale goes on view in Dublin from September 23. The most important of 67 works is Louis le Brocquy’s Procession with Lilies, which is estimated to make as much as 250,000. It was painted in 1984-85. The Independent collection of contemporary art was put together in the 1980’s and ’90’s under the direction of the late Vincent Ferguson. The collection includes works by David Crone, Basil Blackshaw, T.P. Flanagan, Brian Ballard, Eithne Carr, Martin Mooney and many others. Prices will be from 1,000 euro or below.
    The sale will include a collection of seven paintings, in both oil and watercolor by Jack B. Yeats. ‘The Boat Builder’ (1923) is estimated at up to 70,000. Sean Keating’s iconic painting ‘The Port Authority’ is estimated at 150,000. Five works by Paul Henry range from a small seascape at 15,000 to ‘The Bog at Evening’ which is expected make more than 150,000. There are fresh to market works by Gerard Dillon, George Campbell, Tony O’Malley, Cecil King, Father Jack Hanlon, Arthur Armstrong and Anne Yeats in the sale.