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    Sunday, August 30th, 2020

    The Sick Bed by Jack B. Yeats at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 2 is as topical in the pandemic as it was months ago in March when this auction was originally scheduled to take place.  This 1950 painting, with an estimate of  €250,000-€350,000, highlights an auction that includes new to market works by leading Irish artists and 16 paintings by Terence P.Flanagan from the estate of his widow Sheelagh. The Sick Bed is a late Yeats work which depicts the psychological and emotional interaction between a man in a dark blue suit sitting at the bedside of a woman whose head reclines on the pillow.Hay Stooks with Cottages by Paul Henry, from a private Cork collection, is estimated at  €50,000-€70,000 as is Bound for the Islands by Yeats. Bogland Kerry by Paul Henry has an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.
    In his catalogue introduction the art historian Dickon Hall chronicles the position  of Terence and Sheelagh Flanagan in the cultural life of Northern Ireland at a time of intense political upheaval.  He places this art in the context of work by William Scott and F E McWilliam, as well as that of Seamus Heaney, all of whom were friends of the Flanagans.  The paintings on offer range from early works from the 1960’s to 2005 with estimates from €1,500-€10,000.Dan O’Neill’s Four Provinces of Ireland is a set of four oil paintings featuring Mount Errigal, Carrantuohill, Glendalough and The Twelve Bens. These small works are estimated at €20,000-€30,000.
    An Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy of  oranges in a cloud of greenery against a deep blue sky is estimated at €30,000-€50,000. A watercolour image of Samuel Beckett  by le Brocquy is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.Colin Middleton’s Birth of David dates to 1944 and comes with surreal references to the life of King David and perhaps the Star of David at a time of persecution of jews in Europe (€20,000-€30,000).There is contemporary art by Patrick Collins, Donald Teskey, Nano Reid, Sean McSweeney, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness and David Crone and sculpture by Jacob Epstein, John Behan and Sandra Bell.

    UPDATE: Hay Stooks with Cottages by Paul Henry made 100,000 at hammer, Connemara Landscape by Paul Henry made 70,000 at hammer, Coastal Report 1 by Donald Teskey made 34,000 over a top estimate of 15,000, Bound for the Islands by Jack B. Yeats sold for 90,000 over a top estimate of 70,000, The Sick Bed by Yeats was unsold. A portrait by Sir Gerard Festus Kelly of Man Than E made 36,00 and Ucello, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy made 65,000 at hammer, Bogland Kerry by Paul Henry sold for 36,000 and The Four Provinces of Ireland by Dan O’Neill made 20,000.

    The Sick Bed by Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Saturday, August 29th, 2020

    A blue and white jug with an image of Bearforest House in Mallow is among the lots at Aidan Foley’s online only sale in Doneraile, Co. Cork on September 5.  Bearforest was designed by Sir Richard Morrison, the architect of many notable country houses in Ireland including Fota in Cork, Kilruddery near Bray and Ballyfin in Co. Laois. There is Cork and Irish silver, antique furniture including a French 19th century walnut display cabinet, a Victorian breakfast table and games tables and a wide variety of collectibles.  Art includes work by Arthur Maderson and Marie Carroll and a selection. of hunting prints.


    Saturday, August 29th, 2020

    This painting of a Kerry Fisherman by Jack B. Yeats has been in a private family collection in Canada for over fifty years. It comes up at Sotheby’s annual Irish Art sale in London on September 9 with an estimate of £70,000-£100,000.  Dating to the late 1920’s Sotheby’s say it has not been at auction before.  The strong features and confident stance offer a heroic figure,  Yeats’s wonder and admiration for such figures was instilled in him during a childhood near the quays of Sligo.  The work anticipates the looser brushwork and dissolving forms of his later work. The sale, which includes 18 works from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit, is on view by appointment only at the RHA in Dublin from 10 am to 5 pm today and from 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £81,900


    Friday, August 28th, 2020

    In the Woods at Marley by Evie Hone is Lot 19 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 2. The watercolour is estimated at 2,500-3,500. This is the re-scheduled 2020 Spring Sale which was to have taken place on March 25. There are paintings and sculpture from a variety of Irish collections and the catalogue is online.

    Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)
    In the Woods at Marley. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, August 27th, 2020
    THIS Regency card table is lot 6 at Hegarty’s of Bandon timed online sale of antiques, interiors, collectibles, jewellery and art which runs to the evening of August 30. The sale will be hosted by Hegarty’s newly designed There will be 266 lots.
    Regency card table (550-750). UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

     A new global auction calendar has been added to the traditional Fall auction series by Christie’s. This follows the success of ONE, the $420 million live streamed global relay auction in July. The new calendar features a mid autumn marquee week of evening and day sales in New York ahead of the traditional November auctions and a synchronised series of sales in London and Paris devoted to the best of 20th and 21st century art. These will be conducted live and live streamed from the Rockefeller galleries on October 6 and 7. London and Paris auctions will be live streamed on October 22 and 23.

    The October New York sales will offer extraordinary examples of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art, led by Paul Cézanne’s Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier, a watercolor still life from the collection of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. The still life, which dates to 1900-1906, was acquired by Edsel Ford in 1933. In the region of $25 million, Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier is the finest watercolor by the artist to come to auction in over thirty years.

     Paul Cézanne, Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier
    watercolor over pencil on paper, Painted in 1900-1906.


    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

    A curated ensemble of artworks and furniture with prestigious provenance comes up at Christie’s Collections sale in Paris on September 22. It will feature collections from King Leopold II’s villa at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, HRH Princess Murat’s former private collection from rue de Monceau, Mr. Henri Klinger’s collection and drawing, paintings, furniture and art from the estate of Mrs. Francose Heftler. Collections is a new concept for Christie’s in Paris and it follows successful iterations in New York and London.

    ESTAMPILLE DE PIERRE II MIGEON, MILIEU DU XVIIIe SIECLE once in the collection of Princess Murat (€6,000-10,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 16,250


    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

    THIS sparkling diamond solitaire comes up at the Francs St., Dublin firm of O’Reilly’s 48 hour timed online only auction of jewellery, diamonds, watches and silver. It runs from 1 pm today to 1 pm on August 28. The estimated weight of the brilliant cut diamond is 5.01 carat and the ring is estimated at 42,000-48,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.


    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

    AN auction celebrating the cultural impact of Hip Hop, or rap music, will. be held by Sotheby’s in New York on September 15. The first dedicated Hip Hop sale for an international audience reflects the impact of the music developed in the US by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York in the 1970s. With over 120 lots the auction is comprised of unique artifacts, contemporary art, one of a kind experiences, photography, vintage and modern fashion, historic and newly designed jewelry and luxury items, rare ephemera including flyers and posters, important publications. Highlights include the crown worn and signed by Notorious B.I.G. from the Iconic 1997 King of New York and an archive of High School love letters written by Tupac Shakur. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Queens Public Library Foundation.

    Barron Claiborne, ‘Notorious B.I.G. as the K.O.N.Y (King of New York). UPDATE: THE CROWN SOLD FOR $594,750 


    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

    THE sale of James and Marilynn Alsdorf’s private collection of Asian art is at Christie’s in New York on September 24. The connoisseurship of this Chicago couple is widely recognised. They spent their 38-year marriage building a wide-ranging collection marked by both quality and diversity. For the Alsdorfs, collecting represented the opportunity for exploration, adventure and pursuit of beauty, extending from the art-filled rooms of their Chicago residence to China and India.

    They gifted and lent hundreds of works to the Art Institute of Chicago where he served as chairman from 1975-78 and she served for a time as president of the museum Women’s Board. In 1997, Mrs. Alsdorf presented the AIC with 400 works of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art. Less than a decade later she supported the Renzo Piano-designed renovation of what are now the Alsdorf Galleries for Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art. The collection will be sold across two sale sessions on September 24, with a complementary online auction from September 4 to 29.


    SOUTH INDIA, TAMIL NADU, CHOLA PERIOD, CIRCA 1050 ($1-1.5 million)