antiquesandartireland.com

Information about Art, Antiques and Auctions in Ireland and around the world
  • ABOUT
  • About Des
  • Contact
  • Archive for October, 2013

    COMPELLING GIACOMETTI PORTRAIT AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Monday, October 14th, 2013
    Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) - Diego en chemise écossaise

    Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) – Diego en chemise écossaise

    A compelling portrait by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) of his brother Diego will lead Christie’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on November 5.  Diego en chemise écossaise, which is estimated at $30—50 million, showcases the graphic drama and economy of representation that would become hallmarks of Giacometti’s painting.  The work has been in a private collection for over two decades and has never appeared at auction.

    Andreas Rumbler, Deputy Chairman of the Impressionist and Modern Art department and Head of Evening Sale, at Christie’s New York commented: “Although Diego was Alberto Giacometti’s most frequent sitter—serving almost as an alter ego for the artist—never before did he depict him with quite the same energy or fervor as he did in this work. The interplay of multiple dimensions and color renders his subject as an object in space, an “everyman” without unique qualities, an emblem of humanity. With this masterpiece, Alberto Giacometti establishes himself as one of the greatest portrait painters of the 20th Century, paving the way for the likes of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.”

    UPDATE: There were no bids for the work which was guaranteed by a third party before the sale.  The guarantor paid $32.6 million, a record for a Giacometti painting.

    FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS AT CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY

    Friday, October 11th, 2013

    More than 100 exquisite illustrations from the Journal des Dames et des Modes (1912-1914) go on display at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle from October 11 to March 30, 2014. A century after publication the exhibition provides a vivid snapshot of culture and fashion in early 20th century France.  The illustrations, known as Costumes Parisiens, feature a glamourous period just before the oubreak of the First World War.

    The display is complemented by a contemporary costumes on loan from the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

    Robe de serge garnie de tresse de soie,  Baudray D’Aniou, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, engraving and pochoir, 20 May 1914, Paris, France, CBL Wep 0943, ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    Robe de serge garnie de tresse de soie, Baudray D’Aniou, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, engraving and pochoir, 20 May 1914, Paris, France, CBL Wep 0943, ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    Robe de satin violet à ceinture pourpre, Georges Robert, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, engraving and pochoir, 10 September 1913, Paris, France, CBL Wep 0892, ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    Robe de satin violet à ceinture pourpre, Georges Robert, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, engraving and pochoir, 10 September 1913, Paris, France, CBL Wep 0892, ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    Toilette aux couleurs gagnantes, Jan van Brock, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, engraving and pochoir, 10 July 1913, Paris, France, CBL Wep 0885, ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    Toilette aux couleurs gagnantes, Jan van Brock, from Journal des Dames et des Modes, engraving and pochoir, 10 July 1913, Paris, France, CBL Wep 0885, ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    BACON’S STUDIES OF FREUD SET TO MAKE NEW AUCTION RECORD

    Thursday, October 10th, 2013
    Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Three Studies of Lucian Freud each (unframed): 78 x 58 in. (198 x 147.5 cm.)  oil on canvas Painted in 1969

    Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Three Studies of Lucian Freud each (unframed): 78 x 58 in. (198 x 147.5 cm.) oil on canvas Painted in 1969 UPDATE: IT MADE $142.4 MILLION

    Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which comes up at Christie’s in New York on November 12, is poised to make a new auction record for the Irish born artist.  Christie’s say it can break the previous record for Bacon of $86 million set in 2008. The triptych, which unites two of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th century at the height of their friendship, is on view at Christie’s in London from October 13-18 to coincide with Frieze Week.  It was exhibited at Bacon’s renowned Grand Palais retrospective in Paris in 1971-72 and has never been on the auction market before.  It was executed almost 25 years after Bacon and Freud met.

    Francis Outred, head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe said:  “We are honored to announce the sale of an undeniable icon of twentieth century art. A conversation between two masters of 20th century figurative painting, Francis Bacon’s triptych, ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’, executed in 1969 is a true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud’s relationship, paying tribute to the creative and emotional kinship between the two artists. The juxtaposition of radiant sunshine yellow contrasting with the brutal physicality and immediacy of the brushstrokes in this celebrated life-size triptych is what makes Bacon’s art so remarkable. ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ stands as one of only two existing full-length triptychs of Lucian Freud. The three panels that make up this work were separated for almost fifteen years in the mid-1970s and were reunited in their entire splendor sometime in the 1980’s.” 

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $142.4 MILLION TO BECOME THE MOST EXPENSIVE ARTWORK EVER SOLD AT AUCTION.

    MING BUDDHA SETS WORLD RECORD FOR CHINESE SCULPTURE

    Thursday, October 10th, 2013
    The massive Ming figure of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha (click to enlarge).

    The massive Ming figure of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha (click to enlarge).

    This massive antique gilt bronze figure of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha sold for US$30 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, setting a new world auction record for a piece of Chinese sculpture.  The Ming figure was bought by Mr. Zheng Huaxing of Zhongshan Qujuezhai, Guangdong. It will be returned to China.

    There were multiple records at five sales in Hong Kong of fine Chinese Ceramics and works of art, of which the  Shakyamuni Buddha was the top lot. The five sales achieved a combined total of US$161.5 million.

    Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s Asia Deputy Chairman and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, said: “Our 40 year anniversary sale was an extraordinary success fuelled both by the quality and breadth of the various collections on offer, as well as the dramatic participation of clients from all around the globe.  With the early 15th century gilt-bronze Buddha, we have set a record for any Asian work of art. While participation from our mainland clients was comparatively muted for the last couple of seasons, they have made an extraordinary comeback this season, with many of our top lots returning to China.”

    CHRISTIE’S OFFER LARGEST ORANGE DIAMOND EVER AT AUCTION

    Thursday, October 10th, 2013
    The Orange - a pear-shaped,  fancy vivid orange, VS1 diamond of 14.82 carats at Christie's, Geneva. Photo Credit:  Denis Hayoun Diode SA Geneva

    The Orange – a pear-shaped, fancy vivid orange, VS1 diamond of 14.82 carats at Christie’s, Geneva. Photo Credit: Denis Hayoun Diode SA Geneva  UPDATE: It sold for $35,540,611

    THE largest vivid orange diamond ever to appear at auction is a highlight at Christie’s sale of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva on November 12.  At 14.82 carats this gem is the largest vivid orange diamond in the world and is estimAted at US$17-20 million.

    Pure orange diamonds are rare in nature.  At auction the largest sold was less than six carats.  The Gemological Institute of America says that diamonds in the orange hue rarely exceed three or four carats in size when polished.

    Christie’s sale will feature over 280 lots and includes rare gems and signed jewels.  Highlights include an exceptional ruby and coloured diamond ring ($1.6-2.7 million), a 58.92 carat sapphire, modelled as a brooch by Anna Hu ($2.5-3.5 million), a seven strand natural pearl necklace from a Royal family (($3-4.5 million) and a belle Epoque sapphire and diamond necklace by Cartier ($270,000-370,000).  (Click on image to enlarge).

    UPDATE:  IT SOLD FOR US$35,540,611 (US$2,398,151 per carat) A WORLD RECORD PRICE PER CARAT FOR ANY COLOURED DIAMOND AT AUCTION.

    SUCCESSFUL SALE AT FONSIE MEALY IN CASTLECOMER

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    A set of 12 early 19th century Williams and Gibton dining chairs made  a hammer price of 14,500 at a successful sale by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Castlecomer on October 8.  This was the top lot in a sale which realised more than 350,000. A mid 19th century Italian micro mosaic, Pliny’s Doves, sold for 8,800 at hammer and and a French ormolu mounted bureau in the manner of Jean Henri Riesener made 7,600.  A Dublin Victorian horse coach sold for 3,600, a large Donegal carpet made 6,000 and an early 18th century painting, King William and General Schomberg at Carrickfergus made 6,600. (Click on any image to enlarge it).

    King William III and General Schomberg at Carrickfergus madd 6,600.

    King William III and General Schomberg at Carrickfergus made 6,600.

    A Dublin made Victorian horse coach sold for 3,600.

    A Dublin made Victorian horse coach sold for 3,600.

    A French ormolu bureau a cylindre in the manner of Jean Henri Riesener madea hammer price of 7,600

    A French ormolu bureau a cylindre in the manner of Jean Henri Riesener made a hammer price of 7,600

    This Italian micro mosaic, Pliny's Doves, sold for 8,800 at hammer.

    This Italian micro mosaic, Pliny’s Doves, sold for 8,800 at hammer.

    RECORD BREAKING HONG KONG AUCTIONS REALISED $538 MILLION

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
    A celadon glazed  longevity Ruyi handled vase, Qianlong US $1.3-1.5 million.

    A celadon glazed longevity Ruyi handled vase, Qianlong estimated at US $1.3-1.5 million sold for $11.4 million US.

    No less than 16 record-breaking auctions staged by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong over the last five days realised a total of US$538 million.   This is the highest grand total ever achieved by any international auction house operating in Asia.   Among the many records broken were the $23.3 million paid for Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper and the $30.6 million paid for a 118.2 carat diamond, the record for a diamond at auction. Today there was a record for a Qing monochrome porcelain.  A Qing Celadon-Glazed ‘Longevity’ Ruyi-Handled Vase sold for $11.4 million.

    The top lot at Sotheby’s sale in Beijing in December is Abstraction by Zao Wou-ki estimated at $5-7.7 million.  It has been consigned for sale by the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Zao Wou-ki Abstraction (click to enlarge)

    Zao Wou-ki
    Abstraction (click to enlarge)

    Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, said: “With these latest sales in Hong Kong, we’ve taken the pulse of the Asian art market – it’s racing, and we are racing with it. Bidders from 35 countries participated in our most international sales series ever, at the same time as our reach extends in Mainland China.  In our Hong Kong sale rooms these last few days, countless records have tumbled, sale after sale has made more than any previous auction of its kind, and now – with a final total of $US$538m- we’ve reached a high watermark for auctions in Asia.  From this vantage point, we now look with a keen eye towards Beijing.”

    MANY RARITIES TO TEMPT COLLECTORS AT ADAMS, SLANE CASTLE

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

    An 18th century portrait, believed to be Anthony Denny of Tralee, by Robert Healy (1743-1771) is one of the many rarities to tempt collectors at the James Adam sale at Slane Castle on October 13 and 14.  The two day sale of nearly 800 lots will feature antique Irish furniture, silver, European and Chinese porcelain and  collectibles.  Here is a small selection. The catalogue is online.

    Portrait of a Man by Robert Healy (1743-1771).  The subject is believed to be Anthony Denny of Tralee, (20,000-30,000)

    Portrait of a Man by Robert Healy (1743-1771). The subject is believed to be Anthony Denny of Tralee, (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER

    A c1780 marquetry side table attributed to William Moore of Dublin (20,000-30,000)

    A c1780 marquetry side table attributed to William Moore of Dublin (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 44,000 AT HAMMER

     A Qing Dynasty moon flask (10,000-15,000)

    A Qing Dynasty moon flask (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: SOLD FOR 13,000 AT HAMMER

    A Louis XV ormolu mounted tulipwood, kingwood and satine parquetry secretaire by Charles Chevallier Maitre CWC 1732 (3,000-5,000)

    A Louis XV ormolu mounted tulipwood, kingwood and satine parquetry secretaire by Charles Chevallier Maitre CWC 1732 (3,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    One of a pair of boulle and ormolu side cabinets (6,000-10,000).

    One of a pair of boulle and ormolu side cabinets (6,000-10,000).  UPDATE: SOLD FOR 21,000 AT HAMMER

    A 19th century Italian limed-wood carved chest (1,000-1,500)

    A 19th century Italian limed-wood carved chest (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A 19th century Russian lacquered papier-mache tea caddy (1,200-1,800).

    A 19th century Russian lacquered papier-mache tea caddy (1,200-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    THE BIGGEST DIAMOND EVER SOLD AT AUCTION

    Monday, October 7th, 2013
    The 118.28-carat D-Flawless diamond (click on image to enlarge).

    The 118.28-carat D-Flawless diamond (click on image to enlarge).

    The biggest diamond ever sold at auction achieved a world record at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on October 7.   The 118.28 carat D-Flawless diamond sold for $30.06 million US.  Afterwards Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman, Asia and chairman, International Jewellery, Asia, said : “We are thrilled to achieve a new world record for a white diamond at auction when a 118.28-carat D-Flawless diamond sold for of HK$238.68 million / US$30.06 million.  We are also extremely happy to achieve the highest total for a sale of jewellery in Asia at HK$744,693,750 / US$95,473,557, a befitting occasion for Sotheby’s 40th anniversary in Asia.  The top two jadeite lots were highly contested for by several Asian collectors, resulting in excellent prices, particularly the double-strand jadeite bead necklace which sold for HK$42.68 million / US$5,471,795.  Overall the auction was very well attended with many bidders on the phone from all over Asia and beyond.”

    The Pink Star, the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction, comes up at Sotheby’s in Geneva on November 13 and is estimated to make more than $60 million.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25 and September 4, 2013).

    WARHOL’S $60 MILLION CAR CRASH

    Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Andy Warhol Silver Car Crash [Double Disaster] Left canvas: signed and dated 63 on the overlap Right canvas: signed twice and dated 63 on the overlap Silkscreen ink and spray paint on canvas Overall: 105 x 164 1/8 in.   267.4 x 417.1 cm. Executed in summer 1963 Estimate: In excess of $60 million Courtesy: Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich © 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Andy Warhol
    Silver Car Crash [Double Disaster]
    Each canvas signed and dated
    Executed in summer 1963
    Courtesy: Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich
    © 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) by Andy Warhol is estimated to achieve more than $60 million when it comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on November 13. The monumental painting is one of only four Car Crash works of this scale in Warhol’s pivotal Death and Disaster series. It measures over eight feet by 13 feet.  It is the only one of the series remaining in private hands. The work, which boasts distinguished provenance including Gunter Sachs, Charles Saatchi, and the legendary Swiss dealer Thomas Ammann, has been in the same collection since 1988. This version has been seen in public only once in the past 26 years. 

    The Death and Disaster series stands as arguably Warhol’s most significant artistic achievement. The series explored many of the key themes that defined his entire artistic career – the potential of mass-media to transform anonymity to celebrity as well as a perceived indifference to death in the modern era – and is considered one of the most provocative, confrontational and brilliant projects undertaken by any artist in the 1960s. It is not coincidental that Warhol created the series at the same time as his iconic portraits of celebrities touched by death and disaster such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy who had found their private tragedy catapulted onto the public arena.

    The other three monumental canvasses in the series belong to museums:  Orange Car Crash 14 Times in The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Black and White Disaster #4 in the Kunstmuseum, Basel; and Orange Car Crash in the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung, Ludwig, Vienna.  (Click on image to enlarge).

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $105.4 MILLION.