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    BASQUIAT AND DOIG MASTERPIECES AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, June 7th, 2013

    Masterpieces by Jean Michael Basquiat and Peter Doig feature at Christie’s post war and contemporary art evening auction in London on June 25.  Both artists have recently achieved new world records at Christie’s.  The sale will feature iconic works by international post war masters including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Yves Klein and Nicolas de Stael.

    Francis Outred, head of post war and contemporary art Europe said: “Following the huge success of the New York auctions in May when Christies achieved the highest total for any auction in history, the London sales follow with a rich choice of material, presenting a fabulous opportunity to see pivotal paintings from the 1950s to today. Beyond the top lots – masterpieces by Basquiat and Doig – we have Pop paintings from key moments in the careers of Lichtenstein and Warhol, as well as rare conceptual and minimalist works by Blinky Palermo and Brice Marden. From Europe, two important works by de Staël, hidden for years, show how he changed painting in the 1950’s”.  (Click on either image to enlarge).

    UPDATE:  THE Post-War & Contemporary Art auction realised a total of £70,253,225, selling 90% by value and 80% by lot.  The Untitled work by Basquiat was the top lot.

    Peter Doig (b. 1959) Jetty Painted in 1994 (£4-6 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Lt.d, 2013.

    Peter Doig (b. 1959) Jetty Painted in 1994 (£4-6 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Lt.d, 2013.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £7,341,875

    Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Untitled 1982.  (Christie's Images Ltd., 2013).

    Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Untitled 1982. (Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013).  UPDATE: THIS MADE £18,765,875

    WORKS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AT SOTHEBY’S ON JUNE 19

    Thursday, June 6th, 2013
    PIET MONDRIAN 1872 - 1944 COMPOSITION WITH RED, YELLOW AND BLUE oil on canvas in the artist's original frame 1927 (£4,500,000-£6,500,000).

    PIET MONDRIAN 1872 – 1944 COMPOSITION WITH RED, YELLOW AND BLUE oil on canvas in the artist’s original frame 1927 (£4,500,000-£6,500,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE £9,266,500.

    The Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale at Sotheby’s in London on June 19 will feature works from a number of private collections and is expected to bring in more than £75 million.  A view of Venice by Monet from 1908 is estimated at £15-20 million.  There are paintings by works by Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró and Alexander Calder from the the collection of Branco Weiss alongside Modern, Surrealist and sculptural works.

    Helena Newman chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department, Europe, said:

    With the breadth of today’s global art market in mind, we have assembled a sale that responds to the taste and demand that have been driving the success of Sotheby’s recent sales. Our Impressionist & Modern Art Sale in New York this May saw clients compete for high-calibre estate property, and our June  sale in London maintains the continuity, bringing together an extremely strong selection of works, many of which are from private collections and now come to the market for the first time in decades. We are thrilled that Claude Monet’s view of Venice will lead the sale. With its ravishing palette and modern aesthetic – which is what many of today’s top collectors are looking for – this is a work of timeless appeal. Looking at the sale in broader terms, we are offering works that span the 1870s through to 1982, supreme Impressionist works through to Modern masterpieces, from Monet to Mondrian.”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 31, 2013).

     

    MASTERPIECES OF EUROPEAN FURNITURE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
    Thje Ogden Mills armoires at Christie's.

    Thje Ogden Mills armoires at Christie’s.  UPDATE: SOLD FOR £935,475

    The Exceptional Sale which offers collectors a chance to acquire masterpieces of European furniture and decorative arts takes places at Christie’s in London on July 4.  The sale offers fine examples of English, French and German furniture, ormolu mounted Chinese porcelain, silver, European porcelain, clocks, sculpture, portrait miniatures and objects of vert.  The auction of 48 lots is expected to realize more than £18 million.

    Robert Copley. head of furniture and decorative arts at Christie’s said: …” once again this year we offer the collector the very best European decorative arts and furniture; from a magnificent coffee-pot made by England’s finest silversmith to furniture made by France’s greatest cabinet maker; from a Maharaja’s dinner-service to a porcelain vase-clock from the Palace of Versailles. The rich and varied works in the ‘The Exceptional Sale’ are united by the common themes of rarity, provenance, craftsmanship and beauty.”

    The Ogden Mills “Armoires a Sept Medailles” is estimated at £1-1.5 million. It was acquired around 1910 by the philanthropist and collector Ogden Mills for his Parisian residence.  The Louis XIV armoire in contra-partie marquetry is attributed to Andre Charles Boulle while the late Louis XV in première partie is by Delorme.  They are decorated to the doors with medals celebrating the life of Louis XIV as well as the figures of Aspasia and Socrates. Conceived initially with shelves to house collections of precious medals this series of armoires proved so successful it remained in production in Boulle’s workshop throughout the first half of the 18th century and was continued by Boulle’s followers.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 22, 2013

    NEW WINDOWS BY IRISH ARTIST MARK QUEEN ELIZABETH’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
    A Need For Gardens IV, 2013 by Hughie O'Donoghue.  (Click on image to enlarge).

    A Need For Gardens IV, 2013 by Hughie O’Donoghue. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The new windows by Irish artist Hughie O’Donoghue were installed in the 16th century Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey in time for the celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey in London today.

    The blue and gold windows replace those  shattered by a bomb during the Second World War.  The windows cast light on the tombs of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.  The chapel was commissioned by Henry VII.  These are O’Donoghue’s first stained glass window designs.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 13, 2013).

    CORK SILVER BRANDY SAUCEPAN MAKES 8,000

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
    An 18th century Cork silver brandy warmer by William Clarke.

    An 18th century Cork silver brandy saucepan by William Clarke..  (Click on image to enlarge).

     A c1750 Irish George II library chair made 2,400 at hammer at the St. Fin Barre's auction.

    A c1750 Irish George II library chair made 2,400 at hammer at the St. Fin Barre’s auction.

    This large c1730 Cork silver brandy saucepan by William Clarke sold for 8,000 at the St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral fundraising auction by Sheppards at Fota in Cork. It weighs 678 grams.

    The total turnover for the auction was 149,450 including buyers’ premium of 23,988, all of which is being donated by Sheppards to the cathedral.
    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 23, 2013).

    ANTIQUE, TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY FIREPLACE IN DUBLIN AUCTION

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

    Antique, traditional and contemporary fireplaces will come under the hammer at an auction in Dublin on June 8.  Matthews Auctioneers of Capel  St. will offer the collection of Niall Woods, the founder, in 1980 of Belle Cheminee. The sale will include 500 lots from the shop at 106 Capel St. and from the home of Mr. Woods in Co. Meath.  There is over 100 fireplaces and 60 over mantles as well as fireplace accessories and garden ornaments.  Estimates range from 100 to 35,000.    Viewing is at Belle Cheminee from June 6.  Here is a small selection.

    The auction of contents from Belle Cheminee, Capel St., Dublin.

    The auction of contents from Belle Cheminee, Capel St., Dublin.

    Some of the appetizing lots on offer.

    Some of the appetizing lots on offer.