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    Saturday, June 9th, 2018

    Portrait of a young girl by Charles Skottowe (1793-1842)

    A rarity by a Cork artist, a portrait of a young girl playing with her mother’s jewellery box, features at the current exhibition at the Gorry Gallery in Dublin.  Very few works by Charles Skottowe (1793-1842) survive.  Skottowe is recorded as working in Cork in the 1820’s and exhibiting with the Cork Society for promoting the Fine Arts.  He showed at the RHA in 1829.

    In the following decade he exhibited with the Royal Academy and the British Institution.  His portrait of Capt Sir William Edward Parry is at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and his portrait of John Ayrton Paris is in the Royal College of Physicians in London.
    The exhibition of 18th to 21st century Irish paintings and sculpture, accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, runs to June 23.  A still life of Crab, Fish and Vegetables by another and better known locally Cork artist
    Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853) is inscribed Cork and dated 1843.  There are portraits by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Nathanial Hone, William Cumming and others, landscapes and seascapes by William Ashford, James Arthur O’Connor, George Barret and Edwin Hayes as well as The Colleen Bawn and The Colleen Dhu, peasants of the County Galway, by Samuel Lover (1797-1868).  The catalogue cover lot is a c1789 portrait of a young gentleman in Naples by Hugh Douglas Hamilton.

    Still Life of crab, fish and vegetables by Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853)

    The Colleen Bawn and the Colleen Dhu by Samuel Lover (1797-1868)


    Friday, June 8th, 2018

    Eileen Gray – a transat armchair with original calfskin upholstery, ebonised lacquered work and nickel plated brass.  UPDATE: THIS MADE $1,596,500, setting a world auction record for a ‘Transat’ chair.

    Eileen Gray’s (1879-1976) ‘Transat’ chair from 1927-30 is a highlight of Christie’s design sale in New York on June 20.  It is estimated at $1-1.5 million.  The chair was conceived in the context of the furnishing of the villa E1027, the house at Roquebrune in the South of France, that Gray designed with and for her associate Jean Badovici. The radical modern villa – built on a rocky slope overlooking the sea – inspired Gray to explore new materials and possibilities in its bespoke furniture and fittings. For this iconic piece, Gray references
    the classic deck-chair, a design of pure functionalism, as she plays on the marine theme, calling to mind the contemporary
    engagement with water sports, the outdoors, and the popularity of a new generation of ocean liners.

    The auction is comprised of two private American collections and includes pieces by some of the most iconic names of French design including Pierre Chareau, Jen Dunand, Jean Michel Frank, Francois Xavier Lalanne, Pierre Legrain and Emile Jacques Ruhlmann.


    Emile Jacques Ruhlmann – a ‘granet’desk c1930  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $150,000

    Jean Dunand vases offered in separate lots  UPDATE: THESE MADE VARIOUS PRICES FROM $43,850 TO $87,500


    Thursday, June 7th, 2018

    Henri Matisse, Portrait of Mary Hutchinson, 1936  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £3.1 MILLION

    A Matisse portrait of the writer Mary Hutchinson comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in London on June 19. It was created in the Paris studio of Matisse in 1936 and is estimated at £2-3 million.  Mary Hutchinson, a member of the Bloomsbury gr0up, was an active patron of the arts throughout her life.  A cousin of Lytton Strachey and friend of artist Duncan Grant, Mary was introduced to the Bloomsbury set and commenced a decade-long love affair with the art critic Clive Bell, the husband of painter Vanessa Bell. In 1915, Vanessa painted her own portrait of Mary, in dazzling colours reminiscent of Matisse’s style.

    The charcoal portrait  – one of only a handful of commissioned portrait drawings Matisse made of English women –  is coming for sale from the estate of the late Lord Hutchinson of Lullington, QC, the sitter’s son. He was a renowned criminal barrister who defended Christine Keeler and Howard Marks, as well as the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in a long career of watershed legal cases and cause célèbres.  The sitting was arranged by the artist’s son-in-law Georges Duthuit, who was a writer and friend of Vanessa and Duncan.


    Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

    A pair of views of Maynooth Castle, by William Ashford P.R.H.A. (1746-1824)  comes up at Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale in London on July 4.  These fresh to market works are from the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Leinster.   Painted in the Anglo-Irish Romantic tradition, they were commissioned by William FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster.

    Ashford, in a remarkably short space of time, had advanced from being a flower painter to becoming one of the most accomplished and sought-after view painters in Ireland.  He  was elected as the first President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1823, the year before his death. Depicting the ruins of the former FitzGerald family seat, the ‘Views of Maynooth Castle’ are signed ‘W. Ashford’ and dated 1779 and 1780. In the Carton inventory of 1885 they were listed as hanging in the passage by the principle staircase of the residence. The paintings are estimated at £80,000 – 120,000.

    WILLIAM ASHFORD P.R.H.A. (Birmingham 1746-1824 Dublin) Views of Maynooth Castle, a pair

    WILLIAM ASHFORD P.R.H.A. (Birmingham 1746-1824 Dublin) Views of Maynooth Castle, a pair



    Monday, June 4th, 2018
    An Irish art auction by de Veres takes centre stage on June 12, hard on the heels of sales by Whyte’s, Morgan O’Driscoll and James Adam.  The leading lot at de Veres is William Scott’s Painting 1959 with an estimate of 250,000-350,000.
    The June 12 sale at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St. in Dublin will be on view at de Veres on Kildare St. from June 9. The catalogue is brimful of lots by artists as varied as Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Collins, Dan O’Neill, Roderic O’Conor, Michael Farrell, Camille Souter and John Doherty with sculpture by Rowan Gillespie, Patrick O’Reilly, Michael Farrell and other leading Irish lights.

    The growing confidence in the market for Irish art is reflected in estimates like 50,000-70,000 for Paysage des reves mauvais by Colin Middleton, 40,000-60,000 for  A Road in Connemara by Paul Henry, 30,000-50,000 for John Doherty’s photo realist depiction with acrylic on canvas of John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin and Swallows under the roof by Patrick Collins is estimated at 8,000-10,000.

    Painting 1959 by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 280,000 AT HAMMER

    John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin, Co. Kerry by John Doherty  UPDATE: THIS MADE 66,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    A set of 12 inlaid Cork 11-bar chairs and a four pod dining table will be a feature lots at Marshs auction in Cork on June 9.  Both are by O’Connell’s of Cork and from the Dowdall family formerly of Dunsland, Glanmire. The chairs are estimated at 8,000-10,000 and the table at 2,000-3,000.

    A table that functioned as the boardroom table at Cork lawyers O’Flynn Exhams is also in the sale.  It last changed hands at Marshs in the 1960’s and was previously in the possession of Mahony’s of Blarney.  Prime lots of furniture include a mid 18th century Georgian two door glazed bookcase (8,000-10,000) and a pair of large Regency gilt wall mirrors (3,000-3,500).  A pair of French 19th century marble topped side cabinets is estimated at 2,000-2,500 and a large Victorian dining table has an estimate of 2,000-3,000. Other lots include a set of 12 mahogany dining chairs (1,000-2,000), a pair of Victorian marquetry display cabinets (2,000-2,500), a 19th century hunting table (1,500-2,000) and an Italian marble topped console table (1,500-2,000).

    A set of 11-bar chairs and dining table by O’Connell’s, Cork  UPDATE: THE CHAIRS MADE 8,000, THE TABLE 3,000

    A mid 18th century Georgian bookcase – UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000


    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    Some of the grandest pieces of 18th century furniture ever created are included in a landmark Thomas Chippendale sale at Christie’s in London on July 5.  A George III mahogany and Indian ebony commode by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Rowland Winn between 1766 and 1769, is estimated at £3-5 million. This lavish neoclassical piece, a masterpiece of English design, broke the world auction record for his work when it was sold from the Messer Collection in 1991.

    Chippendale was master of many mediums and there are works in giltwood, mahogany, marquetry and lacquer as well as his game changing book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director first published in 1754. The dedicated London auction will present 22 lots with estimates from £5,000-5 million. Tradition has it that Chippendale designed Christie’s original rostrum for his friend James Christie, the model for which is still in use today.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2018.