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    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

    Viewing for Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art on Tuesday August 6 gets underway in Skibbereen on August 2 and continues every day over the Bank Holiday weekend.  There are 242 lots on offer with work by Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Norah McGuinness, Louis le Brocquy, Arthur Maderson, Graham Knuttel, Markey Robinson, Maurice Wilks, Frank McKelvey, Desmond Carrick, George Gillespie and a variety of Irish artists and sculptors. There is a linocut by Picasso, an etching by Sean Scully, a print and concrete hand painted section of wall by Bansy, a lithograph by Henry Moore and a lithograph by Joan Miro. The catalogue is online.

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) – Pique (1962) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

    Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for a  staggered Saturday and Monday art and antiques auction by Dolan’s over the August Bank Holiday weekend. There is art by artists ranging from John Brobbel  to Sean Keating, Grace Henry, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson, Robert Egginton, Carina Scott and John Behan at the sales on August 3 and August 5.  There is paintings, antiques, fine wine and a Purdy shotgun from The Rectory, Clifden, the property of John and Brenda Casey. On offer too are handbags by Louis Vuitton and Chanel.  Dolans will follow this up with an auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on Sunday, August 11.

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868 – 1953) FARMHOUSE IN BRITTANY UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,700


    Monday, July 29th, 2019

    Property from the life and career of Mae West will come up at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood on November 1 and 2 next. The event celebrates the trailblazing career and style of the 1930’s American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol. The star coined legendary one liners such as, “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better”. The auction will showcase a dazzling collection of ornate headdresses, tiaras, jewellery, wigs, film and stage worn bodiced gowns and more.

    Mae West brought her famous Broadway Diamond Lil character, now renamed “Lady Lou,” to the screen in She Done Him Wrong (1933), starring opposite a young and relatively unknown Cary Grant in one of his first major film roles. The film was a box-office hit and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture which grossed over $2 million (equivalent of $140 million today) and saved Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy. The auction is part of the Legendary Women of Hollywood auction which will take place live and online.

    Mae West’s Diamond Lil gown


    Saturday, July 27th, 2019

    What better venue for an antique auction than the The Temperance Hall in Kinsale, Co. Cork with its old fashioned name? In fact the new owner of lot  287 could put their newly acquired Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker (estimated at 30-50) to good use by concocting that classic blend of bourbon and rye known far and wide as an Old Fashioned.All set for another good night out in Kinsale then at the first session of a two part auction operated jointly by Castlemartyr based Ryan Auctioneers and Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath.  The sales are at 6 pm on July 29 and noon on July 30 with more than 800 lots of antique furniture, jewellery, collectibles and art due to come under the hammer.The opening lots, including a Persian rug, an articulated skeleton clock, an ormolu gilded tazza of Rococo form and an ethnic carved figure of river people offer a flavour of the variety on offer.  This is an auction with all kinds of everything.Among the more expensively estimated furniture lots are a George II red walnut side table with carved shell decoration (5,000-8,000), a William IV dining table (2,000-3,000), a mid Victorian credenza with brass mounts (3,500-5,000), a Rococo form bureau bookcase (700-1,200), a Georgian mahogany bureau (600-900), a console table with brass grill (1,000-1,500) and a set of 12 Chippendale style dining chairs (500-800), There are books, including works of Cork interest, Oriental and European porcelain, lamps, artworks, silver, plate, jewellery and collectibles among 485 lots in the opening evening session. Among them is an emerald and diamond cluster ring (8,000-10,000), a white gold jade and diamond cluster ring (4,500-6,500) and a pair of Colombian emerald cluster earrings (3,000-5,000). The catalogue is online at  Where but Kinsale would you shop for a cocktail shaker in a Temperance Hall?

    Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker UPDATE: THIS MADE 70 EURO AT HAMMER


    Friday, July 26th, 2019

    The centenary of the Bauhaus is being marked at the National Gallery of Ireland with a display of print portfolios. The set of four Bauhaus portfolios, displaying a diverse range of print techniques, is on loan from Germany’s Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.  Dating from the early 1920’s they were produced to promote the work of the Bauhaus internationally and benefit the school financially. Credited as the birthplace of modernism the German art school centred on Weimar, Dessau and Berlin fell foul of the Nazis and eventually closed its doors in 1933.  But the influence of the Bauhaus, which encouraged teachers and students to pursue their crafts together in design studios and workshops, has been pervasive and has impacted on all our lives. Subjects ranged from painting and graphics to architecture and interiors. Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios runs until December 1. 



    Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

    The Travelling Baby House was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer today. The rare small mahogany two room house made a hammer price of 48,000 over an estimate of 3,000-4,000. The c1810 English house was of a type mentioned in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. It was from the Vivienne Greene collection and proceeds from the sale are being distributed to various Irish childrens charities. Another dolls house, Portobello, sold for 12,000 at hammer.

    The sale realised in excess of 420,000 on the hammer with 85% of lots sold.



    Sunday, July 21st, 2019

    In our brave new world where refugees drown in the Mediterranean, children live in appalling conditions in camps near the Mexican border, and President Trump boldly suggests American born citizens of ethnic origin go back to where their families originated it is interesting to see an exhibition where emigres are celebrated. Brave New Visions: The Emigres who transformed the British art world organised by Sotheby’s shows how in bleak post-war London, a group of émigrés who had found sanctuary in Britain in the 1930s re-made their lives and introduced avant-garde European and British artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters, Graham Sutherland and Ben Nicholson to the broader public.  Featuring over 40 paintings and sculptures, alongside unique documentary material, the exhibition reveals the story of a displaced community that thrived in an unfamiliar environment.  It is at Sotheby’s St. George St. Gallery until August 9.  It is all part of Insiders/Outsiders, a year-long festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their indelible contribution to British culture.

    Josef Herman – Refugees


    Saturday, July 20th, 2019

    The dramatic 1885 rescue of the expeditionary force sent to relieve General Gordon of Khartoum made Admiral Charles Beresford, second son of the 4th Marquis of Waterford, a national hero. Albums, scrapbooks and material relating to the Admiral come up at Fonsie Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer on July 23. Beresford, who joined the navy aged 13, had a long and spectacular career  In 1882 as captain of the gunboat condor he sailed his ship inshore to bombard the gun batteries of Alexandria during the Egyptian campaign. Three years later, in command of the Safie, he rescued the Khartoum Expeditionary Force. In 1916 he was awarded the title Baron Beresford of Metemmeh and Curraghmore and when he died in 1919 he was given a ceremonial funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Other materials relating to Beresford in the sale include a 1909 advertising poster for Michael Power of Main St.,Carrick on Suir, grocer, tobacconist, wine importer and whiskey merchant, with an image of the Admiral standing on deck with his dog. The auction of 744 lots is brimful of interest. It includes maritime paintings relating to Admiral Beresford, items formerly housed at Tara Palace Museum of Childhood, dolls houses, a collection of  Ronnie McDonnell miniature apprentice furniture pieces, Irish, English and European art, silver, porcelain, militaria and collectibles as well as a small selection of wines, port and whiskeys.

    Co. Tipperary advertising poster featuring Admiral Beresford UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER


    Friday, July 19th, 2019

    The Dublin Mint Office will tomorrow launch two limited edition coin and ingot sets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20. The Magnificent Desolation 50th Anniversary Gold Set includes a ¼ ounce gold $5 coin and a 5 gram gold ingot. The Giant Leap for Mankind 50th Anniversary Set includes a silver 5 ounce $1 coin and a 2.5 gram gold ingot. The coins and ingots were produced by the United States Mint and are limited to just 500 issues each.

    The sets bear unique designs celebrating one of the most historic and iconic achievements in modern history. The coins and ingots were produced by the United States Mint and are limited to just 500 issues each. They are packaged in a presentation box complete with a gold layered plaque on the interior that is a replica of the plaque that was left on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission inscribed with the words: ‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind’.

    The plaque also bears engravings of the signatures of the three astronauts from the 1969 mission, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as President Richard Nixon. The box also has a printed inlay featuring the moon landing.

    The Magnificent Desolation 50th Anniversary Gold Set


    Thursday, July 18th, 2019

    Irish Provincial silver is prized by collectors and Limerick silver is rare. So there will be interest in a c1820 serving or basting spoon by the Limerick maker Robert O’Shaughnessy which comes up at O’Donovan’s sale in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick on July 20. It comes from the clearance of a residence in Adare and is estimated at 1,200-1,600.

    The Limerick silver serving spoon.