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    HOW TO WOO NEW COLLECTORS

    Monday, August 19th, 2019

    What to do about an antique market that is seen to be either the preserve of billionaires in international sales or in the doldrums at local level?  For innovation head to New York.

    A theme evident at the Winter Show in January has re-emerged just in time for Christie’s Interiors auction in the Big Apple on August 21 and 22. At the Winter Show an easy to read system of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 and so on was set up in an attempt to woo new young collectors. Christie’s summer interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects and fine art features a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready to wear line Markarian and CeCe Barfield Thompson, principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield Inc. Objects in the auction that provided inspiration for the designers’ capsule collections include a late 18th/19th century Dutch Delft blue and white five piece garniture, a pair of Italian marble jardiniers, a 19th century parcel gilt tray table and a pair of large button tufted couches or day beds of the Directoire and Empire periods known as recamiers. The capsule collections of dresses and homeware inspired by the objects in the auction are now being sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. 

    A pair of large button tufted 20th century recamiers

    THE ART COLLECTION OF RENOWNED ARCHITECT AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019

    The Clarke Collection, an exceptional selection of Post War and Contemporary Art including 35 works by Ed Ruscha, will come up at Christie’s in New York this autumn.

    The collection represents Laura and Fred Clarke’s lifelong passion sof self discovery through art. Clarke’s globally-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, which he established with the late Argentine-American architect César Pelli, designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (once the tallest building in the world), Canary Wharf in London, the World Financial Center in New York, the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, and The International Finance Centre in Hong Kong.

    “Years before we could afford to start buying,” Fred Clarke explained, “we could buy an extraordinary work of art for just a few dollars. I was a collector before I was a buyer. To be a buyer you have to have money, but to be a collector all you really need is to look and to do the work. It’s not about cost, it’s about value.” Works on paper, prints, sculpture and design will be offered across several sales beginning with a single artist sale, 35 works by Ed Ruscha on September 27.

    Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), Standard Station (Engberg 5), 1966. Screenprint in colours, numbered 41/50.

    DONEGAL MAN BY LUCIAN FREUD AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

    Meet Donegal Man by Lucian Freud. The 2007 etching comes up at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in September. Signed with initials in pencil it is numbered 26/46 on Somerset wove paper. The total edition includes 12 artist’s proofs. It was with Acquavella Contemporary Art in New York and the present owner acquired it from Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal in March 2008. Lot 106 in the auction is estimated at £7,000-20,000. The live auction begins on Setpember 10.

    Lucian Freud – Donegal Man

    MULLEN’S TO SET UP A COLLECTIBLES DIVISION

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    Stuart Purcell is to head up a new Collectibles division at Mullens of Laurel Park, Bray, heralding a new era of collectibles sales at the auction house. He has for the past five years been head of collectibles at Whyte’s, where he developed the highly successful “Eclectic Collector” series of sales. Stuart Purcell previously worked with James Adam and Adams Blackrock and established his own valuation firm, Orrs and Co., in 2009.

    Mullens plan to hold their first Collectibles auction next November.

    Stuart Purcell. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

    COMPLETE EXAMPLE OF DEALER’S SEMINAL PORTFOLIO

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    The only known complete example of Les Peintures-Gravures published by the legendary art dealer Ambroise Vollard comes up at Sotheby’s in London on September 17. It features a magnificent example of Edvard Munch’s first ever colour lithograph alongside 21 prints by his contemporaries including Bonnard, Vuillard, Redon and Renoir. One of the most important art dealers and publishers of the 20th century, Ambroise Vollard was largely responsible for the validation of lithography as an art form, as well as the propagation of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists. Issued in Paris in 1896 the work is estimated at £500,000-1,000,000.

    Ambroise Vollard, Portfolio Composition – Les Peintres-Graveurs

    SOROLLA AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019

    Often referred to as ‘Spain’s Impressionist’, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida is one of Spain’s most popular artists. He is particularly well-regarded for technically accomplished treatment of water and light. The Sorolla exhibition which opens today at the National Gallery of Ireland comprises 52 quintessentially Spanish sun drenched scenes, spanning gardens and landscapes, seascapes, costume and fashion, portraiture, and genre scenes of daily life and culture. Sorolla gained a reputation in the final years of the nineteenth century for painting large-scale works with social subjects, several of which were awarded prizes at international expositions. But the character and atmosphere of the Valencian seaside remained in the artist’s blood.  This first exhibition of Sorolla’s work in Ireland is organised with the National Gallery, London in collaboration with the Museo Sorolla, Madrid. It runs until November 3.

    Sorolla’s Sewing the Sail from 1896.  Copyright Photo Archive – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

    CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY SALE IN BRAY

    Friday, August 9th, 2019

    This Georgian sideboard is at Mullen’s classic temporary and interiors sale at Laurel Park, Bray on August 12. It is estimated at 1,200-1,800. The auction of more than 680 lots features antique furniture, porcelain and a wide variety of collectible items. The catalogue is online.

    A Georgian sideboard at Mullen’s of Laurel Park.

    AN ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019

    Works by Cecil King, Colin Middleton, Jack Butler Yeats, Norah McGuinness, Mary Swanzy, Majella O’Neill Collins, Liam Treacy and many more feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s affordable off the wall online sale of Irish art. The sale begins at 6.30 pm on August 12 and it is on view in Skibbereen from August 9-12.

    Colin Middleton RUA RHA (1910-1983)
    The Drawing Room  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH ART AUCTION ON ACHILL ISLAND

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

    The art and antiques auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on August 11 is believed by auctioneers Dolan’s to be the first ever such sale on the island. The wild beauty and remoteness of the location has always drawn artists to Achill and to the west of Ireland. Just under 250 lots, mostly of art, will come under the hammer.

    Charles Vincent Lamb (1893-1964) – Carraroe, Connemara

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Sunday, August 4th, 2019

    Holidaymakers in west Cork can view Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art for themselves this August weekend.  Much of the viewing for the regular online sales by the Skibbereen based auctioneer takes place online.  This one is one view right over the weekend and the online catalogue at www.morganodriscoll.com lists 242 lots.A small Paul Henry of Turf Stacks in Connemara is one of more expensively estimated lots at 15,000-25,000 but there is much that the average punter will find more affordable than this. The sale offers contrasting styles of Irish art which includes work by Markey Robinson,Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, George Campbell, Maurice Wilks, Basil Blackshaw, Gerard Dillon, Lettia Marion Hamilton, Gladys MacCabe, Majella O’Neill Collins, Alice Maher, Sean McSweeney, Arthur Maderson and many more. 

    Paul Henry – Peat Stacks, Connemara  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER