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    THE IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR

    Saturday, September 17th, 2016

    The internet is bringing younger buyers to auction. In an attempt to involve the discriminating younger collector the focus of the Irish Antique Dealers Fair in Dublin has shifted in latter years to include quality contemporary and antique furniture and collectibles.  This years fair, which runs at the RDS from September 23-25, will feature the doyen of American designers Carleton Varney, president of the Dorothy Draper brand, the oldest established design firm in the US.

    He is pro antique and pro brown furniture, believing that for lifestyle you must incorporate the past with the now and leave room for the future. Mr. Varney is associated with the restoration of top hotels around the world including Adare Manor, Dromoland and Ashford Castle in Ireland and the Waldorf Towers and the Plaza Hotel in New York. He designed for five US first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Barbara Bush. In Dublin he will head a packed programme that these days manages to combine contemporary design with the best of Irish antiques.

    “For the past 51 years, people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home,” said George Stacpoole, chairman of the Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA), who has been present at every event so far. “The fair is a fascinating insight into great craftsmanship throughout the ages, attracting collectors and connoisseurs of all tastes. We have a carefully selected blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them”. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the fair. There is an invitation only preview on Thursday evening.

    George Stackpoole will bring this Henry Morgan work from 1849  entitled Cork Harbour Light House - Looking out to sea with lithography by William Spreat of Exeter

    George Stackpoole will bring this Henry Morgan work from 1849 entitled Cork Harbour Light House – Looking out to sea with lithography by William Spreat of Exeter

    The Whitley Gallery will feature this Georges Braque - Nature Morte a la Palette - at the 51st annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair

    The Whitley Gallery will feature this Georges Braque – Nature Morte a la Palette – at the 51st annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair

    KANDINSKY HIGHLIGHT AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK SALE

    Saturday, September 17th, 2016
    Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) Rigide et curb signed with monogram and dated '35'

    Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) Rigide et curb signed with monogram and dated ’35’  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $23,319,500

    Wassily Kandinsky’s Rigide et courbé will be a highlight of  the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale at Christie’s in New York on November 16. Estimated at $18-25 million Rigide et courbé (Rigid and Curved) is one Kandinsky’s dynamic compositions of grand scale. The canvas is densely packed with lively geometric vignettes and a thoughtfully textured surface composed of sand mixed with paint, a technique Kandinsky used only in his Paris paintings of 1934-1935. Solomon R. Guggenheim acquired it from Kandinsky in 1936. It was extensively published and highly exhibited from 1937-1949. The work is being offered from an important private American collection and has not been on the market since 1964.

    Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art said: “With its dynamic sweep of upward energy, Kandinsky’s Rigide et courbé, a late masterpiece from the mid-1930s, unseen in public for over fifty years, evokes an epic paean, a rhapsodic song of thanksgiving suggesting the bright hope the artist saw in his new home in Paris following his flight from Nazi Germany. Abstract forms, runic symbols and mythic references, summoning Kandinsky’s life and career, intertwine with veiled allusions to contemporary events, across the broad dimensions of this technically audacious canvas which is richly worked in oil and sand. It ranks among the greatest Kandinskys still in private hands.”

    RARE CHINESE TEAPOT SELLS FOR $3,490,000

    Thursday, September 15th, 2016
    The Famille Rose "Hui Mountain Retreat " Teapot and Cover.

    The Famille Rose “Hui Mountain Retreat ” Teapot and Cover.

    A rare Turquoise-Ground Famille-Rose ‘Hui Mountain Retreat’ Teapot and Cover sold for $3,490,000 over a top estimate of $500,000 at Sotheby’s Chinese art sales in New York.  The  Qianlong Seal Mark and Period teapot was chased by multiple clients in the room and on the telephone. Bidding began at $250,000 before quickly jumping to $1 million. This wonderful work of art, one of only two known, is an ode to Emperor Qianlong’s adoration of tea; the front features a figure, possibly the Qianlong Emperor, being served tea while admiring an open handscroll. The reverse is an imperial poem, entitled Jihuiquan peng zhulu ge (Brewing Tea by Hui Swing), written by the Emperor himself following a visit to the Hui Spring during his Southern Inspection Tour.

    This pair of Wucai and Doucai Dragon and Phoenix bowls sold for $874,000 over a top estimate of $80.000.

    This pair of Wucai and Doucai Dragon and Phoenix bowls sold for $874,000 over a top estimate of $80.000.

    Angela McAteer, Head of Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department, New York noted: “The contest amongst more than ten bidders that pushed a 250 year-old teapot to $3.5 million reminded us of auction’s unique magic. The piece, having been enjoyed by an American collector for decades, was just one of a number of works that soared over pre-sale expectations after drawing bidding from determined collectors. As we saw throughout our two days of sales, the Chinese Art market remains robust, with major collectors deeply engaged in owning the finest examples of the country’s artist heritage.”

    Over the course of two days, Sotheby’s New York sales of Chinese Art brought a total of $14,748,350 – well over the $7.4/10.8 million estimate.

    IRISH LIBRARY BOOKCASE SELLS FOR 6,300 IN BANDON

    Thursday, September 15th, 2016

    AN Irish three door mahogany library bookcase was the top lot at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon, Co. Cork this week.  Complete with arched astragal glazed doors and in tip top condition it sold for 6,300. Bog Flowers by Patrick Scott sold for 2,300 and Turf Landscape by the same artist sold for 2,150. A walnut bow fronted chest on chest made 1,300 as did a coromandel wood folder card table. A mahogany bookcase with glazed three door up shelf units made 1,000.

    This Irish three door library bookcase made 6,300

    This Irish three door library bookcase made 6,300

    This walnut chest on chest sold for 1,300

    This walnut chest on chest sold for 1,300

    Patrick Scott - Bog Flowers sold for 2,300

    Patrick Scott – Bog Flowers sold for 2,300

    This bookcase made 1,000

    This bookcase made 1,000

    GERARD DILLON’S MENDING NETS, ARAN THE TOP LOT AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
    Mending Nets, Aran  by Gerard Dillon

    Mending Nets, Aran by Gerard Dillon

    The top lot at Sotheby’s Irish sale in London was Mending Nets, Aran by Gerard Dillon. It sold to an American buyer for £191,000 over a top estimate of  £150 ,000. The work sold at James Adam in Dublin for 80,000 euro six years ago.  A total of 65% of lots on offer found buyers.  The Cello Player by Sir John Lavery made £112,500 but Mary Borden and her family by the same artist, estimated at £150,000-250,000 failed to find a buyer.

    Charlie Minter of Sotheby’s said this years sale made £1.8 million.  This was ahead of the low estimate and built on the success of Sotheby’s Irish sale last year.  Auction records were set for Patrick Scott, Gottfried Helnwein, Rita Duffy and for a work on paper by Sean Keating.  Water Lillies by Yeats was unsold at auction, but changed hands privately immediately after the sale.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 11 and August 27, 2016)

    SALE OF ECLECTIC COLLECTIBLES AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

    Viewing is now underway in Dublin for the Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s on September 17.  Collectibles on offer include entertainment and sporting memorabilia, German militaria, coins and gold coins, books and ephemera.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 2, 2016)

    Victoria gold sovereigns  (450-500)

    Victoria gold sovereigns (450-500)

    1932-1948 The Blue Hussars uniform busby  (500-700)

    1932-1948 The Blue Hussars uniform busby (500-700)

    Great Northern Railway Travel Poster (800-1,200)

    Great Northern Railway Travel Poster (800-1,200)

    The 1916 GPO Dublin wall clock (2,000-3,000)

    The 1916 GPO Dublin wall clock (2,000-3,000)

    KIRCHNER PRINTS AND SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

    An important group of prints by German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner will come up at Sotheby’s sale of Prints and Multiples in London on September 27. The six works, which have a combined total estimate of £406,000-598,000, come to sale from a distinguished European collection.  Covering the Dresden period of Die Brücke, Kirchner’s subsequent stay in Berlin, and the years he spent living in Davos in the Swiss Alps, the collection brings together woodcuts, lithographs and an etching from key stages in the artist’s career.

    Lucy Rosenburgh, Sotheby’s Prints specialist, said: “Kirchner pushed printmaking to its limits and this stunning group is a superb showcase for his range and virtuosity.”

    Augustfeuer (£6,000-8,000)

    Augustfeuer (£6,000-8,000)

    Zwei Frauen (£100,000-150,000)

    Zwei Frauen (£100,000-150,000)

    Drei Badende, Moritzburg  (£80,000-120,000)

    Drei Badende, Moritzburg (£80,000-120,000)

    Akte auf einem Teppich (£60,000-80,000.

    Akte auf einem Teppich (£60,000-80,000.

    MAJOR JEAN DUBUFFET WORK TO HIGHLIGHT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK AUCTION

    Monday, September 12th, 2016

    dubuffetJean Dubuffet’s Les Grandes Artères, 1961 will highlight Christie’s November 15 evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York. The  masterful canvas from Dubuffet’s  Paris Circus series is estimated at $15-20 million. Many examples from the Paris Circus series are housed in international collections. These include the Tate Gallery, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Les Grandes Artères has been in the same private American collection since 1964, and has not appeared publically since 1973, when it was featured in the Guggenheim’s Dubuffet retrospective.

    Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, remarked: “Les Grandes Artères is an extraordinarily vibrant and complex canvas that encapsulates the vitality of Paris, and the dynamism of city life. The detail with which he depicts each of his figures gives them their own individual character and the line-up of glamorous cars shows what a cosmopolitan city Paris had become—a scene which Dubuffet captures this with particular skill and spirit. We are particularly pleased to be bringing this work to auction on the heels of a pinnacle year for Dubuffet, which included a range of important international exhibitions of his work. With a retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler, a monographic show at the Acquavella Gallery in Manhattan, and an installation of his monumental sculpture, Welcome Parade, in front of New York’s historic Seagram Building, it is clear that the global interest in Dubuffet has never been stronger.”

    CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION FOR PALLAS PROJECTS/STUDIOS

    Monday, September 12th, 2016
    Sean Scully - Pink Robe, 2009.

    Sean Scully – Pink Robe, 2009.

    Alice Maher, Sean Scully, Brian Maguire, Isabel Nolan and Paddy Graham are among the artists featured in the 20th anniversary auction in aid of Pallas Projects/Studios. The sale will be held on September 15 at 7 p.m. in the Irish Georgian Society’s City Assembly House, South William St. in Dublin. Located at The Coombe Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin’s city centre, and curated projects.  Auctioneers Whyte’s say the event promises to be a gala affair. Guide prices range from 40 to 5,000.

    With the backdrop of an unwillingness of developers to allow for the provision of a long-term cultural aspect to the regeneration of city-centre areas throughout the boom years, PP/S has been searching, inhabiting, and fighting to maintain as many as eight semi-permanent locations since 1996, and many more temporary offsite exhibition/project scenarios. These have included a four-year exhibition programme in a semi-derelict block of council flats, a white cube space in a former milking parlour, and collaborative projects with and in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin Docklands; Fire Station Artists’ Studios; The Red Stables; The Model, Sligo; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; 126, Galway; The Black Mariah, Cork; Project 304, Bangkok; Sub-Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam; Auto Italia South East, London and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.

    PAINTING GIFTED BY WILLIAM CROZIER TO MUSIC THEATRE WALES

    Sunday, September 11th, 2016
    William Crozier - Letters of a Love Betrayed

    William Crozier – Letters of a Love Betrayed  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A painting gifted by artist William Crozier (1930-2011) to contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales comes up at Sotheby’s Irish sale in London on September 13.  The artist created Letters of a Love Betrayed in 2009 in response to the world premier of Eleanor Alberga’s opera of the same name. This was in turn based on a short story by Isabel Allende. Crozier, an opera lover, gifted the canvas so that Music Theatre Wales could benefit from its sale at auction.

    He told the artistic director of Music Theatre Wales, Michael McCarthy: “This is the first picture I have ever painted which does not have its origin in something I have seen. The image is borrowed from a similar scorching landscape I knew when I lived in the mountains of Andalusia. I was led, too, by the scenario of the opera and the imaginary landscapes of Allende and other Latin American novelists and poets – Marquez and Neruda chief among them”. The work is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 27, 2016)