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    INTERESTING SELECTION AT LYNES AND LYNES SALE

    Monday, July 11th, 2016
    From Georgian bedside chests to large ships models, Nankin blue and white plates to an antique lead water cistern dated 1776 the selection of over 400 lots at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill on July 16 is varied and interesting.  Drawn mainly from executors of various Cork estates the auction offers antique furniture, art, porcelain and collectibles.  Highlights include a Victorian breakfront bookcase (3,000-4,000), a large antique lead water cistern with owners initials WR dated 1766 (1,000-2,000) and a gilt oil of Venus and Adonis with an old Cork able of R and W Clarke.  The late 18th early 19th century work is  estimated at 1,000-1,500.
    Among the more unusual items are five large ships models, each estimated at 500-800.  Each one was made in Cork and measures over seven feet long.  They are the warships Bismarck, the USS New Jersey and the Yamato and the ocean liners Lusitania and Titanic.

    Collectibles like a fine pair of Georgian garden seats estimated at 1,000-1,5000 to old dolls (50-100), a section of old Nankin blue and white plates (100-200) and a Dutch silver oval jardiniere c 1900 (150-200) will create interest.  There is a section on books including works of Cork interest and the art will include Autumn Fruits by Gretta O’Brien (300-500) and a watercolour of St. Luke’s Church in Cork from Mahony’s Avenue by C.M. Doran (100-200).

    One of five large ships models

    One of five large ships models.  UPDATE: THESE ALL SOLD FOR PRICES FROM 1,050 TO 2,000

    A selection of Oriental blue and white plates

    A selection of Oriental blue and white plates.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1OO

    A four door Victorian breakfront bookcase

    A four door Victorian breakfront bookcase.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A water cistern from 1776

    A water cistern from 1776. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000

    SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS BY IRISH, BRITISH AND AMERICAN AUTHORS AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016

    Irish authors are well represented at the sale of the Dr. Phillip Murray collection of modern first editions by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on July 12.   It includes about 2,200 American and British first editions, with about 75% either signed or inscribed. There are plenty of examples of signed first editions by writers like Kevin Barry, John Banville, Aidan Higgins, Neil Jordan, Colm Toibin and Desmond Hogan.  From Jaws to the Ballroom of Romance and A Clockwork Orange to Casino Royale the 580 lot auction promises something for all readers and collectors.

    Scarce First Edition & Limited Edition, Signed Garcia Marquez (Gabriel) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper & Row 1970) inscribed on dedication page "and for Philip / Gabriel" / 89".

    Scarce First Edition & Limited Edition, Signed Garcia Marquez (Gabriel) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper & Row 1970) inscribed on dedication page “and for Philip / Gabriel” / 89″.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Ian Fleming - Casino Royale First Edition, 1953.

    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale First Edition, 1953.  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN

    Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel

    Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel  UPDATE: THIS MADE 560 AT HAMMER

    Peter Benchley's Jaws

    Peter Benchley’s Jaws  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    A BRITISH DIARY ACCOUNT OF THE EASTER RISING

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016
    An extract from the autograph diary of Lt. Henry Douglas.

    An extract from the autograph diary of Lt. Henry Douglas.

    An autograph manuscript diary recording a British Army officers’ service in Dublin during the Easter Rising comes up at Sotheby’s in London in July 12.  Lt. Henry Douglas of Matlock in Derbyshire was in the 2nd Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, which was hurriedly transferred to Ireland on April 26, 1916.

    The diary describes snipers and a slow advance into central Dublin  from Kingstown.  This was followed by an account of  reaching Portobello Barracks and the arrival of prisoners and his ultimate arrival at Sackville St. after the rebel surrender.  It is estimated at £5,000-7,000 at Sotheby’s sale of English Literature, childrens books and illustrations.
    UPDATE: THIS WAS SOLD FOR £5,500

    A MEISSEN EWER AND AN ARTWORK ATTRIBUTED TO FRANZ SNYDERS

    Saturday, July 9th, 2016

    The 660 lot summer sale by Mealy’s in Castlecomer on July 12 offers treasures including a Meissen porcelain ewer emblematic of the element fire (7,000-11,000), a painting of a Wild Boar attacked by a pack of dogs attributed to Franz Snyders (35,000-55,000) and a heavy large Georgian carved white mantle piece. This most interesting auction will include Oriental and European porcelain, antique furniture, portraits, silver and paintings.  The catalogue is online and live internet bidding is available.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 6, 2016)

    A Chinese porcelain butterfly vase

    A Chinese porcelain butterfly vase  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    A HEAVY LATE GEORGIAN CARVED WHITE MARBLE MANTEL PIECE

    A HEAVY LATE GEORGIAN CARVED WHITE MARBLE MANTEL PIECE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    A FACSIMILE REPRODUCTION OF A MASTERPIECE, Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry,edited by Franco Cosimo Panini, copy 508/550,

    A FACSIMILE REPRODUCTION OF A MASTERPIECE, Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean, Duc de Berry,edited by Franco Cosimo Panini, copy 508/550, UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A wild boar attacked by a pack of dogs attributed to Franz Snyders

    A wild boar attacked by a pack of dogs attributed to Franz Snyders  UPDATE: THIS MADE 37,000 ON THE HAMMER

    A Meissen ewer representing the element fire.

    A Meissen ewer representing the element fire.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 12,000 AT HAMMER

    RUSSBOROUGH ARTWORKS SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, July 8th, 2016

    Three works of art from the Alfred Beit Foundation at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow, originally due to have been sold at Christie’s in London a year ago, were sold this week.  Venus Supplicating Jupiter by Sir Peter Paul Rubens sold for £1,314,500.  Two Views of Venice by Francesco Guardi each sold for  £164,500.  There was controversy over the sale by the Foundation, a charitable trust at runs Russborough, which led to its postponement.  The Trust said they needed the money for necessary repairs and maintenance.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1, 2015)

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN, WESTPHALIA 1577-1640 ANTWERP) VENUS SUPPLICATING JUPITER sold for £1,314,500

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN, WESTPHALIA 1577-1640 ANTWERP)
    VENUS SUPPLICATING JUPITER sold for £1,314,500

    Francesco Guardi - Piazza San Marco, Venice sold for £164,500

    Francesco Guardi – Piazza San Marco, Venice sold for £164,500

    WEDGWOOD VASE MAKES A WORLD RECORD PRICE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, July 8th, 2016
    A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALTES ENCAUSTIC DECORATED FIRST DAY VASE. COURTESY CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LT.D, 2016

    A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALTES ENCAUSTIC DECORATED FIRST DAY VASE. COURTESY CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LT.D, 2016

    A Wedgwood vase made a world record price of £482,500 at Christie’s in London yesterday.  The Wedgwood black First Day vase more than doubled its high estimate to make a world record for a piece of English pottery.  It was part of Christie’s Exceptional sale which made £5,681,250 and achieved a sell through rate of 89% by value and 80% by lot.  A Meissen white model of a great Bustard, attributed to Johann Goetlieb Kirchner, 1732 made £842, 500, a pair of Sevres bleu celeste ice pails, covers and liners made £842,500 and a pair of Japanese inlaid iron vases and covers from the Komai Workshop, Kyoto made £302,500, a world record for the studio.

    Robert Copley, Deputy Chairman of Group, International Head of Furniture, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s UK said: “The Exceptional Sale saw international participation from registered bidders in 15 countries across 3 continents. The highlight of the sale was a Wedgwood black ‘First Day’s Vase’, one of only four day vases to have been thrown by Wedgwood himself, and one which has passed through generations of the Wedgwood family before being auctioned at Christie’s”.

    DIAMONDS, SAPPHIRE AND EMERALDS AT O’REILLY’S

    Friday, July 8th, 2016

    Diamond rings, earrings, cufflinks, bracelets and watches are among the lots to come under the hammer at O’Reilly’s of Francis St. on July 13.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND THREE STONE RING (8,000-9,000)

    AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND THREE STONE RING (8,000-9,000)

    A CORNFLOWER BLUE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND LINE BRACELET (7,500-8,500)

    A CORNFLOWER BLUE SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND LINE BRACELET (7,500-8,500)

    AUSTRALIAN HALF OUNCE GOLD COIN IN PENDANT FORM (400-450)

    AUSTRALIAN HALF OUNCE GOLD COIN IN PENDANT FORM (400-450)

    A DIAMOND THREE STONE RING (1,500-3,000)

    A DIAMOND THREE STONE RING (1,500-3,000)

    THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER ACHIEVED BY AN OLD MASTER AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016
    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (Seigen 1577-1640 Antwerp), Lot and his Daughters, circa 1613-1614. Courtesy CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (Seigen 1577-1640 Antwerp), Lot and his Daughters, circa 1613-1614. Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    Peter Paul Rubens’s Lot and his Daughters) achieved £44,882,500, the highest price ever achieved for an Old Master painting at Christie’s in London this evening. Painted c1613-14 it was sold to a collector on the phone in Christie’s Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, part of Classic Week in London. The hammer came down after a bidding battle lasting fourteen minutes.  There were four bidders involved. One of the most important paintings by the artist to have remained in private hands, it is an outstanding example of Rubens’s early maturity.

    “The sale of this significant painting demonstrates that Christie’s continues to lead the masterpiece market at auction and in this field. A stunning work of psychological complexity, Lot and his Daughters was created at a time when Rubens’s reputation as the most renowned artists in Antwerp had already placed him firmly at the centre of the European artistic stage.” said Paul Raison, Deputy Chairman, Old Master Pictures. Lot and his Daughters boasts a distinguished provenance, once forming part of the collections of wealthy Antwerp merchants; a Governor-General of the Spanish Netherlands; Joseph I Holy Roman Emperor; and the Dukes of Marlborough where it hung in Blenheim Palace and was sold in its original Blenheim frame. This biblical canvas illustrates the events after Lot and his family have fled the immoral city of Sodom having escaped to the desolate mountain town of Zoar.

    It was the second highest price ever paid for an Old Master painting at auction. The record is also held by Rubens whose The Massacre of the Innocents sold for £49,506,648 at auction in 2002.  The Old Master and British Evening Sale totalled  £65,390,100 achieving sell through rates of 93% by value and 77% by lot.  UPDATE: This turned out to be the highest price paid for a painting at auction in Europe in 2016.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 11, 2016)

    WORLD AUCTION RECORDS FOR MASTERPIECES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016

    There was world auction records for Jean Etienne Leotard, Jan Brueghel the Elder and a work on paper by Sir Peter Lely at two days of sales of masterpieces from the past at Sotheby’s in London this week.  The auctions attracted collectors from over 50 countries and a participation at sales of Old Master paintings, sculpture, works of art and drawings that was up by 40%.  The four sales brought a combined total of £31,831,191.   A Dutch Girl at Breakfast by Jean Etienne Leotard made £4,405,000: Still Life of flowers in a stoneware vase by Jan Brueghel the Elder made £3,845,000 and a self portrait by Sir Peter Lely sold for £869,000.  The Orpheus Cup sold for £1.06 million.

    Jean Etienne Liotard - A Dutch Girl at Breakfast

    Jean Etienne Liotard – A Dutch Girl at Breakfast

    Jan Brueghel the Elder - A still life with flowers in a  stoneware vase

    Jan Brueghel the Elder – A still life with flowers in a stoneware vase

    Sir Peter Lely's self portrait.

    Sir Peter Lely’s self portrait.

    SOUTH GERMAN, AUGSBURG, AROUND 1600 THE ROTHSCHILD ORPHEUS CUP

    SOUTH GERMAN, AUGSBURG, AROUND 1600
    THE ROTHSCHILD ORPHEUS CUP

    SIGNED GARRISON KEILLOR FIRST EDITIONS AT FONSIE MEALY

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

    KEILLORTHE United States was sorry when Garrison Keillor stepped down last week as host of A Prairie Home Companion after 42 years.  Some lucky buyer might find consolation at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of the Dr. Philip Murray collection of Modern First Editions at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin onJuly 12.  Lot 32 is comprised of three signed first editions by Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days (Faber 1986); Leaving Home (Faber 1987) and Lake Wobegon Days, First US edition (Viking 1985). The first is inscribed:  to Dr. Murray, with good wishes, from the American heartland. The books are estimated at 150-200.

    The sale comprises 584 lots and the catalogue is online;  UPDATE: LAKE WOBEGON DAYS MADE 370 AT HAMMER