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    Monday, February 19th, 2018

    Reaching. Homage to John Montague by Louis le Brocquy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy’s homage to the poet John Montague is a highlight of Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and International Art in Dublin on February 26.  The strikingly modern work entitled Reaching. Homage to John Montague is constructed in six canvasses and is presented, as the artist intended, in its original frame.  The economic use of paint echoes the work of Francis Bacon while the preoccupation with the head and spirit of the sitter resonates with le Brocquy’s later work. It is estimated at 40,000-60,000.

    The most expensively estimated lot among 191 works on offer is Paul Henry’s Landscape, West of Ireland (80,000-120,000). It is thought to be an Achill scene.  The Aran Island Turf Boat by Sean Keating is estimated at 50,000-70,000) and a painting of old men bathing by Jack B. Yeats is estimated at 40,000-60,000.  Another Yeats, Winter in Galway from Lady Gregory’s House, Coole Park, 1944 is estimated at 25,000-35,000.
    Among the international works are two limited edition engravings by Salvador Dali of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a Baghdad Street Scene by Iraqi artist Hafidh Al-Droubi, Kissing You, a limited edition by Tracey Emin, a print and concrete relief by Banksy and bronzes by  Charles Robinson Sykes and Ernest Rancoulet.
    Lot 120, An Important Scrapbook of Art and Music compiled by Abigail Cohen in London in the 1830’s, has contributions from Daniel O’Connell, Samuel Love and the composers Michael William Balfe and George Alexander Osborne. It guides at 15,000-20,000.  A collection of 24 hand coloured aquatints of Dublin views by James Malton is estimated at 8,000-10,000.

    There is a wide cross section of Irish artists including Mildred Anne Butler, Arthur Maderson, Alicia Boyle, Elizabeth Cope, Percy French, Markey Robinson, Rowland Hill,  John Kingerlee, John Phillip Murray, Basil Blackshaw, Michael Cullen, Tony O’Malley, Robert Ballagh, Sean Scully, Patrick Scott and William Scott.

    Landscape West of Ireland (1915-1918) by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    The Divine Comedy, Paradise, Canto 18, Beatrice’s Splendour by Salvador Dali UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Friday, February 16th, 2018

    Peter Doig, The Architect’s Home in the Ravine (1991

    The Architect’s home in the Ravine by Britain’s most expensive living artist Peter Doig will headline Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in London on March 7.  Painted in 1991 and estimated at £14-18 million it last changed hands at Christie’s in London two years ago when it sold for £11,282,500.   In 1991, just a year after graduating from his Master’s degree at Chelsea, Doig was awarded the highly prestigious Whitechapel Artist’s award.

    This was  one of only four works the artist chose to be included in the subsequent show at the Whitechapel Gallery. Others include Iron Hill (1991) which became the first work by the artist to sell for over £1 million at Sotheby’s auction in 2006, and Rosedale (1991) which established a new $28.8 million auction record for any living British artist last year.   The Architect’s Home in the Ravine refers to a building remembered from the artist’s childhood in Canada – the home of Eberhard Zeidler, which is situated in the wealthy Toronto suburb of Rosedale.

    Three of the four highest prices for the artist at auction have been set in the past 12 months.

    (See post on for February 11, 2016)

    A 20 PENCE COIN FOR 10,000 EURO

    Friday, February 16th, 2018

    An Irish twenty pence coin dated 1985, said to be worth 10,000, will be on show this weekend at a coin fair at the Talbot Hotel in Dublin this weekend.  Collectors and dealers from around Ireland and the UK are scheduled to attend the fair.  Another object of interest on display is a ten pounds note, issued in Dublin by the Northern Bank in 1929, valued at 20,000.

    The show is organised by Delmas Parker, a s Dallas based pecialist dealer in Irish coins and banknotes.  Opening times are from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.


    Thursday, February 15th, 2018

    A major exhibition by pioneering German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde (1867-1956) with 120 paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints has just opened at the National Gallery of IrelandEmil Nolde: Colour is Life is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Ireland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Emil Nolde Foundation in Seebüll, the artist’s former home in North Germany.

    It spans Nolde’s career from his early atmospheric paintings of his homeland right through to the intensely coloured oils, to his so-called ‘unpainted pictures’ – works done on small pieces of paper during the Third Reich, when Nolde was branded a ‘degenerate’ artist and forbidden to work as a professional artist. The works on show also include Nolde’s famous flower and garden paintings, and his extraordinary religious paintings, with their mix of spirituality and eroticism.

    The exhibition is grouped into themes: Idea of Home; the Metropolis; Conflict and Ecstasy; the South Seas and the Exotic; and Sea and Garden pictures.  Over forty oil paintings and fifty works on paper will be shown alongside examples of Nolde’s work from the Gallery’s own collection. The co-curators are National Gallery of Ireland’s Director Sean Rainbird; and Curator of European Art 1850-1950 Janet McLean – along with Keith Hartley, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, who will curate the exhibition when it moves to Edinburgh next July.  It continues in Dublin until June 10.

    Emil Nolde (1867-1956)
    Large Poppies (Red, Red, Red), 1942 © Nolde Stiftung Seebül

    Emil Nolde (1867-1956)
    Candle Dancers, 1912 © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll


    Monday, February 12th, 2018

    Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese  UPDATE: THIS MADE £8.6 MILLION

    Masterpieces by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri and Thomas Schütte from a private European collection will feature at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale in London on March 6.   The group will be led by Lucio Fontana’s  Concetto Spaziale, Attese (1965) which is  estimated at £8-12 million.   The two-metre long white canvas is cut with 24 of Fontana’s iconic vertical slashes, the greatest number he ever committed to a large-scale work. To add a further dimension to the painting Fontana enshrouded it in a highly reflective black lacquer.

    Additional highlights include Alberto Burri’s Ferro T (1959) (£3-5 million)  a patchwork forged from jagged panes of soldered metal, weathered using fire and the process of oxidation.  This is from Burri’s celebrated series of 12 Ferri (‘Irons’), nine of which are housed in museum collections internationally. Thomas Schütte’s Bronzefrau Nr. 7 (2002) (£2-3 million) offers a powerful critique of monumental sculpture: created from bronze and Cor-Ten steel it both mines and undermines classical and Renaissance traditions. Dan Flavin, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter are also represented in the collection.


    Saturday, February 10th, 2018
    Tabriz carpets from Northwest Persia, Aubusson carpets from France, a Mughal inspired carpet from Agra in India and a Donegal design carpet  after Alexander Morton and Company will kick off Sheppards sale of carpets, rugs and runners in Durrow on February 13. Estimates for the above mentioned prizes from an auction of 115 lots range from 2,500 to 6,000.  On offer is a range of floor coverings from the exotic East to the Dun Emer Guild by way of Aubusson and Donegal.
    Lot 11, a Donegal carpet after the English architect,  furniture and textile designer C F A Voysey, is one of a number of Donegal examples on offer and is estimated at 6,000-8,000.
    The most expensively estimated Irish carpet  – at 8,000-12,000 – is a late 20th century Dun Emer Guild Phoenix Design wool carpet measuring 12′ x 9′.  The Dun Emer Guild was founded by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats and Evelyn Gleeson in 1902 and was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement.

    The auction features carpets, rugs, kilims and runners from all over Persia, the southeast Caucasus and even Peking.  Many of these are from locations that were far more familiar to travellers of an earlier generation than they are now.  Thankfully this is beginning the change and the courtly delights of Persia are once again beginning to open up to western travellers.

    A late 20th century bespoke Dun Emer Phoenix design carpet :UPDATE THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A c1900 Heriz runner:  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, February 10th, 2018
    Property from the life and career of music legend Prince will come up live and online at Julien’s Auctions, Hollywood on May 19. The seven-time, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s personal collection of signature wardrobe, guitars and memorabilia feature as part of Juliens two day auction on May 18 and 19, with Prince and historical items by other music legends to be announced later on May 19.  Highlights include a Schecter “White Cloud” electric guitar commissioned by Prince in 2002 and styled as the same guitar first made known in the film Purple Rain (Warner Bros., 1984) designed by Dave Rusan and gifted to a Paisley Park employee ($10,000-$20,000); a custom electric blue ensemble (pictured) worn on stage in a 1999 performance pay per view concert at Paisley Park with Lenny Kravitz ($40,000-$50,000); a custom two piece purple glitter outfit worn on the Jam of the Year and New Power Soultour (1997-1998); Prince’s two piece Devoré costume worn in his role as Christopher Tracy in the film Under the Cherry Moon($8,000-$10,000); a custom-made floor-length red tunic with high slits on each side with a pair of custom-made red satin booties with “Andre #1” label and zips with Prince‘s signature love symbol ($10,000-$20,000) and a black velvet sequined coat worn by Prince during his performance at Studio 54 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 2, 1999 ($10,000-$20,000).


    Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

    Pablo Picasso – Le Matador  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £16.5 MILLION

    Picasso’s Le Matador will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale in London on February 28.  Monumental in scale and painted in vivid colours Le Matador is the culmination of a life-long obsession of Picasso’s that remained one of the most important themes throughout his career.

    The painting is a brilliant display of the virtuosity with which the artist combined the complex elements that had shaped his life and art and stands as a defiant tribute to the heroic figure of the matador – embodying the artist’s own Andalusian machismo as the master of modern art takes centre-stage in the arena.

    Picasso had begun to feel that his time on this earth was running out, and so engaged in constant conversation with the great masters before him – Goya, Velasquez and Delacroix – following the traditions they had set in order to reinvent them and make a lasting mark. Painted in October 1970 it is estimated at £14-18 million.

    Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department & Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said:   ‘This powerful portrait exemplifies Picasso’s creative force in his final years and represents the culmination of a life-long obsession. Through the subject of the bullfight, Picasso explores the theme of life and death, creation and destruction, earth and sun, casting himself at the centre stage of the spectacle. We are thrilled to be presenting two prime examples of works by Picasso at his very best in one sale – Le Matador and Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) –  both from key periods of the artist’s career.’ 


    Monday, February 5th, 2018

    André Derain, Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster, oil on canvas

    André Derain’s Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster (1906-07) will highlight Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London on February 27. One of 29 recorded paintings of London that Derain painted across 1906 and 1907, it comes to auction alongside the exhibition ‘Impressionists and London’ currently on view at London’s Tate Britain. Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster is captured from the Albert Embankment, portraying the Thames, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge and, in the background, the pyramidal silhouette of Whitehall Court.

    As with all of the works in this series, the British capital is saturated in radiant colour. The expansive grey waters of the Thames are transformed into a mosaic of shimmering yellow, blue and turquoise; the sunlit sky rendered in an iridescent patchwork of blues and pink.  It is estimated at £6-9 million.

    Keith Gill, head of sale said: “Among the most iconic works of Fauvism, many of this rare series of London paintings are now housed in museum collections across the world, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Tate Gallery, London”


    Monday, February 5th, 2018
    In Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare Aidan Foley’s sale on February 13 will include around 200 lots from the former Principle Management Building on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the music and management company founded by Paul McGuinness who successfully managed U2 for more than 30 years to 2013.

    Among these are some good desks, leather couches, chair, lamps and luxurious office accoutrements.  The auction includes lots from a period house in Askeaton with six Victorian gilt overmantles, a Victorian oval ended dining table  with two extra leaves estimated at just 300-400 and chairs.  There will be over 1,000 lots.

    A boardroom table from Principle Management  UPDATE:  The table made 759

    A Victorian overmantle mirror  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 480