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    SOROLLA PORTRAIT AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Thursday, September 19th, 2019

    A full length portrait of María Luisa Maldonado y Salabert, Marquesa de Torneros, daughter of the Count of Villagonzalo by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida comes up at Bonhams in London on September 26. An exhibiton of Sorolla’s works runs at the National Gallery of Ireland until November 3. Letters from Sorolla to his wife Clotilde reveal that the present lot was a direct commission from the Count of Villagonzalo, who was himself a major art collector, and a close friend of the artist. The work, which comes up at a sale of 19th century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art, is estimated at £180,000-250,000.

    Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923)

    Portrait of María Luisa Maldonado y Salabert, Marquesa de Torneros,

    WHYTE’S ART SALE GROSSES OVER 900,000

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

    The Irish and International Art sale at Whyte’s grossed just over 900,000 with 75% of lots on offer sold. More than 100 people attended the sale with over 200 more competing by telephone, internet and absentee bids. Bids were received from were Angola, Uruguay, and United Arab Emirates.

    The Butler Gallery Benefit Auction grossed 50,000. The money will be used for the gallery’s new venue, Evans’ Home in Kilkenny.

    The top lot was Louis le Brocquy’s Image of Samuel Beckett 1980 which sold for 210,000 over a top estimate of 150,000. It went to a collector in London. Woman with Birds by Colin Middleton made 42,000; Woman with Red Hair by May Guinness made 34,000 over a top estimate of 8,000. It went to a collector in California.

    WOMAN WITH RED HAIR BY MAY GUINNESS

    IMAGES OF AMERICAN ICONS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

    Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, Mel Ramos and many other leading artists from the collection of Richard L Weisman will be offered through major sales at Christie’s in New York this autumn. This selection of paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculpture was assembled by a passionate collector throughout his lifetime. Featuring important images of American icons and iconography by some of the 20th century’s greatest Pop artists, the collection includes seminal works by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Peter Beard who all became friends of the colorful collector. Additional works by Norman Rockwell, Tom Wesselmann, Alberto Giacometti, and Roy Lichtenstein highlight Weisman’s diverse and unique aesthetic. His collection is expected to exceed $15 million.

    Andy Warhol – Jack Nicklaus CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019

    AN ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Monday, September 16th, 2019

    The catalogue for the current Irish art online sale by Morgan O’Driscoll is now live. Bidding ends on September 23 between 6.30 and 9.30 pm.

    Kenneth Webb – Fair Day, Clifden

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT WHYTE’S IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, September 15th, 2019

    Many major names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hone and Basil Blackshaw and international artists like Andy Warhol and Raoul Dufy feature in Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and international art at the RDS in Dublin on September 16. A 1946 oil by Yeats depicting an elemental night time scene at sea entitled Hope is, at 150,000-180,000, the most expensively estimated lot.  A selection of Yeats’s drawings include The Lottery 1913, an ink and watercolour (8,000-10,000).An image of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy was first shown at ROSC ’80 and is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  A selection of his Tain prints are guided at 1,500-2,000.  A tapestry by the artist Cuchulainn mounting his Chariot from 1969 is estimated at 20,000-30,000. Woman with Red Hair by May Guinness dates from her time in Paris studying with Andre Lhote (6,000-8,000).  There are watercolours by Percy French and works by Fr. Jack Hanlon, Charlotte McCausland, George Russell and Nathaniel Hone from an earlier era.A Park Corner by the French artist Raoul Dufy (20,000-30,000) was purchased in Paris in 1963 by Charles Bewley, the “Irish Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary” in Berlin from 1933 to 1939.  Andy Warhol’s Space Fruit (Cantaloupes) marks a shift in his interests from the commercial images of the 1960s to art historical subjects and is estimated at 10,000-15,000.Woman with Birds by Colin Middleton (20,000-30,000) depicts a subject central to the artist throughout his career.  Tree by Basil Blackshaw has an estimate of 15,000-20,000 and there is work by Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan, Brian Maguire, Michael Kane, Kenneth Webb, Cecil Maguire and William Scott as well as sculpture by John Behan, Rory Breslin and Anthony Scott.  The sale will include the Butler Gallery Benefit Auction of contemporary art.

    Hope by Jack Butler Yeats UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
    Space Fruit Cantaloupes by Andy Warhol  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    MAKE TIME FOR TIMELESS ANTIQUE FAIR

    Friday, September 13th, 2019

    TIMELESS, the Irish Antique Dealers Fair, opens at the RDS in Dublin today and runs for the next three days. On offer is an array of items ranging in time from antiquity to the contemporary.

    “Each piece is unique and the real joy of Timeless is discovering that something different, the one magical piece that makes a home” said Paul Brereton, President, Irish Antique Dealers Association.

    Straffan Antiques will show these William IV dining chairs at the Fair.
    This ceramic giraffe head sculpture is one of a number of pieces commissioned by Gallery Zozimus for the fair from Ostinelli and Priest

    ONLINE SALE OF BANKSY EDITIONS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    BANKSY – MORONS, GIRL WITH BALLOON AND CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

    AN online auction of Banksy editions runs at Christie’s until September 24. It features 30 editions by the artist. The sale is led by an extremely rare artist’s proof Girl with Balloon  (£150,000-£250,000). This initially appeared as a series of stencil murals sprayed in various locations across London, with the first example appearing on the steps of Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank in 2002.

    QING DYNASTY GLASS VASE TO SHATTER RECORDS

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019

    A 300-year-old Qing dynasty vase made of glass is set to shatter records at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on October 8 with an estimate in excess of £20 million. Created inside the Forbidden City in Beijing it measures 18.2cm. It is a masterpiece in terms of shape, design, execution and size. Its rarity and preciousness is inextricable from the difficulty of its production: to create a vessel which evokes a bottle wrapped in a cloth pouch tied with a ribbon, with a brilliantly enamelled design of phoenixes soaring amid clouds and peonies, would have required the cooperation of different palace workshops, and demanded the highest level of skill from both the imperial artisans in the Glass House and the imperial painters in the Enamelling Workshops.

    The glass vase in the hands of Nicolas Chow, Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

    Many major names are included in Whyte’s auction of Irish & International Art at the RDS, Dublin on September 16.   The sale boasts many of the premier names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hone, Basil Blackshaw along with international artists such as Andy Warhol and Raoul Dufy. The Butler Gallery benefit auction of Contemporary art is included too. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    James Arthur O’Connor – Figure in a wooded landscape (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER
    Roy Lichtenstein – Une fenetre ouvert sur Chicago from the new fall of America 1992 (etching – 3,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    GET READY FOR THE IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR

    Monday, September 9th, 2019

    The Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS is always a big draw.  This year it is titled “Timeless” and runs on September 13, 14 and 15. It will offer a selection of items from antiquity to the contemporary. The range of furniture takes in everything from the highly fashionable mid 20th century styles to Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces and classical pieces from the 1750’s to the 1890’s. Matthew Weldon remarked that people are going back to gold with Victorian pieces being re-purposed for the 21st century.  T-bar chains and pocket watch chains are enjoying a new lease of life as necklaces. Marie Curran Antiques have priced a 19th century Cork glass jug at 495, Niall Mullen has an Art Deco bronze of The Snake Charmer by Theo Somme at  4,850 and a pair of late 19th century French vitrines at Straffan Antiques are priced at 16,500.   Opening hours at Timeless are from 11 am to 8 pm on September 13 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 14 an 15.

    Niall Mullen will bring this Art Deco bronze of The Snake Charmer by Theo Somme