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    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

    Around 850 lots will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale of design décor, decorative art, fine spirits, art, sculpture, rugs,
    silver and jewellery. in Durrow on January 29.  No less than 80% of lots from the Decor Decoded sale will be offered without reserve.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    19th century Japanese blue and white vase

    Fishing on a Mediterranean coast by Henri Baret

    George III sideboard

    A pair of 19th century Japanese ceremonial chairs.


    Monday, January 21st, 2019

    Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)
    Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10.7 MILLION

    A Modernist vision of a Trieste fishing boat by Egon Schiele comes to auction for the first time at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale in London on February 26.  Painted in 1912, Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat) holds a unique position in Schiele’s oeuvre.  It was created in the aftermath of what was arguably the most tumultuous and life-changing experience for the artist. Recently released from a brief period of incarceration in Neulengbach in Austria, and rejected by the local community there, Schiele’s visit to Trieste in 1912 was prompted by a desire to escape memories of the recent past, and relive memories of earlier visits shared with his sister Gerti in 1907 and 1908.

    It also prompted an unleashing of radical new artistic expression. In a year of iconoclastic developments across Europe that forever altered the direction of twentieth-century art, from Cubism, Orphism and Futurism to Expressionism, Schiele sought to explore in oil a thoroughly modernist treatment of colour, surface, pattern, texture and form. The painting is estimated at  £6,000,000-8,000,000.

    In the summer of the preceding year Schiele and the model Wally Neuzil had settled in Neulengbach seeking inspiration but Schiele’s bohemian lifestyle scandalised his conservative neighbours. The couple found themselves in a precarious position when a retired naval officer’s daughter asked for their help to run away and although they returned the girl to her parents, the artist was arrested and placed on trial. The experience and particular loss of freedom it entailed was to have a marked effect on Schiele’s life and work.


    Sunday, January 20th, 2019

    A c1905 Tiffany Wisteria lamp designed by Clara Driscoll at Macklow Gallery

    There is definitely a whiff of “if you need to ask the price you probably shouldn’t be there” about it at New York’s Winter Show.  Formerly the Winter Antiques Show this is a showplace for more than just billionaires.  Like just about everyone else in the global art and antiques market the organisers are making efforts to broaden their scope to attract new, younger, less wealthy collectors.  To spare the blushes of newcomers they have introduced an easy to read scale of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 and so on.

    The show reflects the current trend towards cross collecting and in the past two years contemporary design has been allowed in.
    The leading art, antiques and design fair in America attracts a global audience to its Upper East Side location at the Park Avenue Armoury.  The focus is very much on quality and about 88% of what is on offer is antique.
    Old Tiffany lamps and jewellery, magnificent English and American furniture and fine delftware rubs shoulders with ancient Egyptian art, Roman sculpture from the first century AD, Japanese art from the Edo period, Faberge,  Arts and Crafts, contemporary table lamps by Ayala Serfaty made of ceramic, glass tubing and polymer membrane, American art from Marsden Hartley to Basquiat and a series of miniatures by the American artist Maxine Helfman (born 1952) called “Forefathers” chronicling the 18 slave owning presidents of the US.  Objects on offer, all carefully vetted by an international committee to ensure that big buyers get exactly what it says on the tin, span more than 5,000 years from antiquity to contemporary photography.
    The Winter Show is an annual benefit for the East Side House Settlement, a community based organisation serving The Bronx and North Manhattan.  The 2019 loan exhibition, Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World, celebrates 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Association.  It presents the best the Association has to offer in painting, craft and folk arts. Nantucket, located off the north coast of Cape Cod, is known for its whaling heritage.  Among the items on display are the only surviving relics of the whaleship Essex whose destruction in 1820  by an angry whale inspired key aspects of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  This  year marks the 200th anniversary of Melville’s birth.  The Winter Show runs until January 27.

    Aronson of Amsterdam feature this c1750 delftware polychrome puzzle jug

    A c1690 English William and Mary oyster veneered olivewood chest at Hyde Park Antiques of London


    Saturday, January 19th, 2019
    A Lavery portrait and a painting of the Cork quays by Norman McCaig (1929-2001) are among the prime lots at Hegarty’s west Cork country house auction in Bandon on January 27.  The auction will bring two family collections to market, from Lawn House and the Barber family, and will offer furniture, fine art, silver and jewellery.

    A portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) is stamped  “B. Kellerman Painters Supplies, New York”. It measures 28′ x 20′ and is estimated at 4,000-8,000. Among the furniture is a pair of Irish rosewood fold over card tables c1820 and an 18th century Irish mahogany hunt table.  There is an early 20th century Arts and Crafts silver goblet and a collection of jewellery.

    Portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    A pair of Irish 19th century fold over card tables.UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, January 19th, 2019

    An Irish side table in New York show.

    The scallop shell motif reveals this table as an Irish piece.  Apter Fredericks describe it as English or Possibly Irish at their display at The Winter Show, now in full swing at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.  The George II carved mahogany side table dates to 1740 and is 33″ wide.  The marble was replaced and the jardiniere added by a previous owner.

    This is the 65th anniversary of the New York Winter Show, the leading art, antiques and design fair in America.  New exhibitors this year include Lowell Libson and Jonny Yarker (London), Charles Ede (London) and Erik Thomsen Gallery (New York).    Libson and Yarker present a pair of the largest surviving sketches of baroque ceilings made in Britain, Ede showcases exceptional ancient objects from Egypt, Greece and Rome and Thomsen is a specialist in Japanese art.  There are 68 exhibitors in total.

    Specially curated booths include H. Blairman and Sons Ltd., of London illuminating the English Arts and Crafts movement with works by Ernest Gimson, Peter Waals, Alfred Bucknell and Eric Sharpe as well as a roomful of 19 woven wool panels by William Morris in the campion pattern.

    The fair, which spans everything from antiquity to contemporary photography, continues to broaden its scope and introduce established and emerging exhibitors to new and expanding audiences.  It runs until January 27.


    Thursday, January 17th, 2019

    Fine jewellery, watches and silver will come under the hammer at O’Reilly’s on Francis St., Dublin on January 23.   Diamonds, sapphires, pearls, peridots, amethysts and all sort of coloured stones feature in a jewellery selection that includes rings,  bracelets, brooches, pendants, earrings and watches in various styles and across all price ranges.  There is more than 500 lots and the selection includes silver, miniatures and art.  The catalogue is online.


    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

    The Irish art online auction at Morgan O’Driscoll, which runs until January 21, offers work by a wide variety of artists including Arthur Maderson, Evie Hone, Kenneth Webb, Markey Robinson, Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors and many other artists.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    EVIE HONE (1894-1955) – Study for a Stained-Glass Window  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    NEVILL JOHNSON (1911-1999) – Two Figures (1994)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) – Bull (1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    MILDRED ANNE BUTLER (1858-1941) – Doves in the Sunlight  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, January 13th, 2019

    Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe, including many one off pieces made by Yves St. Laurent, will be sold by Christie’s in Paris on January 24.  Now 75 the French actress is selling her property n Normandy where the clothes are kept.   The French actor was muse to Laurent for many years.  At the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of his career in 2002 she told him: “My most beautiful love affair is with you”.

    Around 300 lots are to be sold, half at Christie’s in Paris and the rest in an online auction. There are evening dresses worn by Deneuve in Cannes, Hollywood and Venice as well as trench coats and colourful dress suits.  The online only sale will offer a larger number of lots along with some cocktail dresses. The beaded evening dress featured here was exhibited at the Met in New York in 1993. Deneuve wore the dress at a ceremony in 1969 where she met Alfred Hitchcock, Philippe Noiret and Francois Truffaut. Deneuve wore the gold lurex dress featured here to the 2000 Oscars ceremony for the nomination of Est-West by Regis Wargnier in the Best International Film category.

    UPDATE:  The live auction of the wardrobe of Catherine Deneuve designed by Yves Saint Laurent achieved a total of $1,025,581 and sell-through rates of 100%. The interest in the sale was so immense that 90% of all 129 lots sold multiple times above their pre-sale estimates. The auction lasted 5 hours, witnessing fierce competition from around the globe.

    This YSL beaded evening dress is from the Haute Couture Spring Summer 1969 Collection (£3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 42,500

    A gold lurex velvet draped evening dress YSL Haute Couture Spring Summer 1995 (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE:  THIS SOLD FOR 33,700


    Saturday, January 12th, 2019
    Postcards offer a fascinating and enduring pictorial record in a way that social media is unlikely to achieve.  More than 100,000 postcards from the collection of late Dubliner Seamus Kearns will come up at Whyte’s in Dublin on January 26.  There are cards from the length and breadth of Ireland in a collection that includes topographical views, historic events, advertising, comic cards and greeting cards.  The worldwide collection features German Gruss Aus (Greetings from) cards, examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco and glamour cards.

    A founder of the Irish Picture Postcard Society Seamus Kearns (1929-2014) began collecting stamps in the 1930’s and fell in love with old postcards in the 1950’s when he started amassing this collection.  He provided many exhibitions around the country including a show at the Guinness Hopstore in 1994. The main value is in Irish topographical and historical Irish cards.  There are views of villages and towns from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s.  Historic events like the 1916 Rising are covered.  Every county is represented with views which show a transition from muddy roads and horse drawn vehicles to tarmac, trams, buses and motor cars. Auction estimates range from 50 to 3,000.  The collection has been broken up into 500 lots with a total estimated value of 50,000-70,000.  The number of cards per lot varies from ten to over 3,000.  A collection of 110 cards of Belfast is estimated at 50,  a collection of Irish advertising cards is estimated at 3,000.  The catalogue is online and the sale can be viewed at Whyte’s from January 23.

    Lot 411 is an album of 480 mixed advertising and Art Deco cards UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

    Patrick’s Hill, Cork from an album of 130 cards of Cork and Queenstown (200-300).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 50

    A collection of 45 postcards of Lucan (80-120). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 300

    Lot 311 is an album of 120 Irish advertising cards (200-300)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400


    Thursday, January 10th, 2019

    Works by James Malton and Sir William Orpen are amongst the Irish lots at Sotheby’s upcoming sale The Fine Art Society: 142 years on New Bond Street next February 5. Malton’s View of the Provost’s House and Trinity College, Dublin is estimated at £20,000-30,000.  The watercolour with pen and ink is signed and dated 1796.

    Orpen’s oil of canvas of Miss Dorothy Stiles, a keen golfer who grew up in the Scots medical world, has an estimate of £40,000-60,000. It was commissioned by her parents for her 21st birthday.  Dorothy is the only person to have been captain of Gullane Ladies Golf Club in East Lothian twice.