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    WOODWARDS OFFER A SMALL ATKINSON ON JUNE 18

    Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
    Woodwards will offer a small maritime painting by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884) at their auction in Cork on June 18.  HMS Conqueror off Queenstown (Cobh) is estimated at 5,000-8,000. There is a pair of watercolours of the Lakes of Killarney by Douglas Alexander and other art on offer includes At Tallow Horse Fair by Arthur Maderson.  Antique furniture includes a Georgian bureau bookcase, a Regency rosewood card table, an inlaid revolving bookcase, a Georgian sofa table, a long case clock, a Georgian chest of drawers, a large gilt mirror, an inlaid twin pillar dining table and a Victorian davenport.  A pair of cast iron garden vases, a five piece garden set and a pair of cast iron seats are seasonal offerings.

    GEORGE MOUNSEY WHEATLEY ATKINSON 'HMS Conqueror off Queenstown, Cobh'

    GEORGE MOUNSEY WHEATLEY ATKINSON
    ‘HMS Conqueror off Queenstown, Cobh’

    Arthur Maderson ‘At Tallow Horse Fair’ (3,000-4,000)

    Arthur Maderson ‘At Tallow Horse Fair’ (3,000-4,000)

    BONHAMS CHINESE ART SPECIALIST TO VISIT IRELAND

    Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
    A gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Yuanshi Tianzun from the late Ming Dynasty which had been in Ireland since 1914 and was sold last November.

    A gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Yuanshi Tianzun from the late Ming Dynasty in Ireland since 1914 sold last November for around £45,000.

    A specialist in fine Chinese art from Bonhams is to visit Ireland on June 23 and 24 in search of treasure. Sing Yan Choy will be based at Bonhams, 31 Molesworth Street Dublin. Over the years, Bonhams has found several pieces of Chinese art in Ireland which have sold successfully in London. Many of these have a provenance which links them to families involved in the shipping and banking industries in China during the 18th and 19th Century, and to European families with military or diplomatic ties to Asia.

    Ahead of his visit, Sing Yan Choy commented: “The Chinese market is still yielding encouraging sale results, particularly if objects have a good provenance as with so many of the pieces we have found in Ireland. Being able to trace the history of an item is always a valuable reassurance to buyers and Chinese collectors, especially, go to great lengths to satisfy themselves about previous ownership”.

    A GRAPHIC VERSION OF THE SCREAM BY MUNCH AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    Two momentous graphic works by Edvard Munch: The Scream and Self-Portrait will come up at Sotheby’s this month and in September.  They are both dated 1895 and from a private Norwegian collection. They were originally owned by Olaf Schou, the Norwegian industrialist, art collector and patron who was a friend and great supporter of Munch’s.  He acquired them directly from the artist. The Scream comes up at the evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in London on June 21 with an estimate of £800,000-1,200,000. Self-Portrait will be part of a Prints & Multiples sale in London on September 27.  It is estimated at £50,000-70,000.

    James Mackie, Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, London, said: “Munch’s The Scream has transcended art history to reach a global consciousness and his lithograph of 1895 helped initiate the process of its mass proliferation. This exceptional impression has an impact no less powerful than Munch’s 1893 tempera and crayon version.”

    EDVARD MUNCH 1863-1944 THE SCREAM Lithograph, 1895

    EDVARD MUNCH
    1863-1944
    THE SCREAM
    Lithograph, 1895  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £1.8 MILLION

    EDVARD MUNCH 1863 - 1944 SELF-PORTRAIT Lithograph, 1895

    EDVARD MUNCH
    1863 – 1944
    SELF-PORTRAIT
    Lithograph, 1895

    IRISH ART AT BONHAMS THIS WEEK

    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    Single File by Jack B. Yeats is one of a number of works by Irish artists at Bonhams in London on June 15.  The sale of Modern British and Irish Art includes work by Yeats, Paul Henry, Dan O’Neill, William Scott and sculptor F.E. MacWilliam. The Yeats and two Henry’s are all estimated at £30,000-50,000, the O’Neill at £5,000-8,000 and the Scott’s at sums from £12,000 to £30,000.

    F.E. McWilliam (1905-1992) - Seated Woman II (£8,000-12,000)

    F.E. McWilliam (1905-1992) – Seated Woman II (£8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £27,600

    Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) - Single File (£30,000-50,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) – Single File (£30,000-50,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE £80,500

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) - The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £79,300

    A BLACK LACQUERED CABINET DREW BIDDERS AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, June 12th, 2016

    Among the top lots at the James Adam At Home auction in Dublin today were this black lacquered French cabinet in late 18th century style. It made 4,000 at hammer, double the top estimate. A Burmese river scene by James Raeburn Middleton (1855-1931) made 2,800 at hammer.  A pair of late George III upholstered armchairs made a hammer of 3,200 and a pair of  George III style bergere armchairs made 3,800. A parcel gilt four poster bed made 3,400, a set of Art Deco library steps sold for 1,800, an Italian 1970’s brass framed coffee table sold for 2,000 and a composed Art Deco walnut veneered dining suite made 1,800.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 8, 2016)

    A FRENCH 18TH CENTURY STYLE BLACK LACQUERED SIDE CABINET

    A FRENCH 18TH CENTURY STYLE BLACK LACQUERED SIDE CABINET

    JAMES RAEBURN MIDDLETON (1855-1931) Feeding the Ducks, Burmese River Scene with Pagodas in background

    JAMES RAEBURN MIDDLETON (1855-1931) Feeding the Ducks, Burmese River Scene with Pagodas in background

    BLACKSHAW AT O’DRISCOLL IRISH ART SALE

    Thursday, June 9th, 2016

    No less than five works by the late Basil Blackshaw will feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s online Irish art auction on June 27.  The catalogue, with 178 lots, will go live on June 15. The sale will include 11 lots of sculpture.  Here is a small selection:

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Yellow Car oil on board (6,000-8,000)

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    Yellow Car
    oil on board (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,800

    Mark O'Neill (b.1963) Mill House Pink (2012) oil on board (4,000-6,000)

    Mark O’Neill (b.1963)
    Mill House Pink (2012)
    oil on board (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    Liam O'Neill (b.1954) Race to the Finish oil on canvas (6,000-8,000)

    Liam O’Neill (b.1954)
    Race to the Finish
    oil on canvas (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) The Proud Mother wax crayon (3,000-5,000)

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    The Proud Mother
    wax crayon (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    A GROUNDBREAKING RECLINING FIGURE BY HENRY MOORE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, June 9th, 2016
    Henry Moore - Reclining Figure: Festival © Susan Young

    Henry Moore – Reclining Figure: Festival © Susan Young

    Henry Moore’s ground-breaking 1951 modernist sculpture Reclining Figure: Festival will lead the sculpture section of Christie’s 250th  anniversary auction, Defining British Art, in London on June 30.  Commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951 it was a focal point on the newly built South Bank. This was Moore’s first large reclining figure to be cast in bronze. The artist said it was the first sculpture in which he succeeded in making form and space sculpturally inseparable. The work is now estimated at £15-20 million. It will be offered alongside further large-scale major British sculptures by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sea Form (Atlantic), 1964 (£3-5 million) and Lynn Chadwick, Back to Venice, 1988 from the artist’s estate (£1.4-1.8 million).

    Cyanne Chutkow, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s said: “Reclining Figure: Festival is one of the great masterpieces of Moore’s oeuvre and is arguably his most masterful and elegant sculptural synthesis of form and space. Privately held in an American collection for almost a half century, this work is a testament to the owners’ discerning and sophisticated artistic sensibility.”

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR A RECORD £24.7 MILLION

    GARY MOORE’S GUITARS AT BONHAMS, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
    1963 Fender Stratocaster (£8,000-12,000)

    1963 Fender Stratocaster (£8,000-12,000)

    Guitars and amplifiers from the collection of Belfast born Gary Moore will come up at Bonhams entertainment memorabilia sale in Knightsbridge, London on June 29.   Moore played with Thin Lizzy as well as Colosseum II and (the original) Skid Row. On hearing of Moore’s death in 2011, Bob Geldof commented that he was “without question one of the great Irish bluesmen. His playing was exceptional and beautiful. We won’t see his like again.”

    Leading the collection is a 1963 Fender Stratocaster, estimated at £8,000-12,000. The guitar was a gift from the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival. It can be seen on live footage of the Fleadh festival in Finsbury Park, London in 2001, and the ‘Blues for Jimi’ DVD in late 2007. Also featured is a Fritz Brothers ‘Roy Buchanan Bluemaster’ guitar, estimated at £2,500-3,500. Moore ordered the guitar after borrowing a similar instrument from George Harrison, who was his friend and neighbour in Henley-on-Thames. Moore used Harrison’s guitar when recording a track on the 1989 album, ‘After the War’, but later decided to purchase his own to use for live performances.

    JAMES ADAM AT HOME SALE ON SUNDAY

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

    Furniture, art, silver and a wide variety of collectibles come up at the next auction at James Adam in Dublin on June 12.  Entitled At Home the sale features more than 420 lots. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY INLAID SEMI-ELLIPTICAL COMMODE, BY JAMES HICKS OF DUBLIN (3,000-5,000)

    SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY INLAID SEMI-ELLIPTICAL COMMODE, BY JAMES HICKS OF DUBLIN (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000

    A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BOOKCASE (2,000-3,000)

    A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BOOKCASE (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700

    BERTRAM NICHOLLS (1883-1974) Cliveden Woods (800-1,200)

    BERTRAM NICHOLLS (1883-1974)
    Cliveden Woods (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800

    A FRENCH LOUIS QUINZE STYLE KINGWOOD MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT SIDE CABINET (2,000-3,000)

    A FRENCH LOUIS QUINZE STYLE KINGWOOD MARQUETRY BREAKFRONT SIDE CABINET (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

    Antique furniture and collectibles will come up at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on June 12. The sale will include contents from the Old Rectory at Douglas in Cork as well as items from collections in west Cork.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A 1960 Rolex watch

    A 1960 Rolex watch

    A Victorian rosewood library table (1,600-2,000)

    A Victorian rosewood library table (1,600-2,000)

    A Victorian low boy desk (900-1,200)

    A Victorian low boy desk (900-1,200)

    A Regency card table (2,000-3,000)

    A Regency card table (2,000-3,000)

    A marble fireplace (3,000-5,000)

    A marble fireplace (3,000-5,000)