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    PIONEERING IRISH WOMAN ARTIST AT BONHAMS SCOTTISH SALE

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

    No less than 33 works by Phoebe Anna Traquair, a pioneering Irish born artist in the Arts and Crafts Movement, come up at Bonhams Scottish sale in Edinburgh on October 14. Born in Kilternan, County Dublin, she studied at the School of Design at the Royal Dublin Society between 1869 and 1872. At the age of 22 the artist moved to Edinburgh. In 1920 she became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy.  She was also a muralist with work in four Edinburgh buildings: the two successive chapels for the Sick Children’s Hospital (1885-86, 1896-98), the Song School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral (1888-92) and Mansfield Place Church (today’s Mansfield Traquair Centre, 1893-1901). As the National Gallery of Scotland’s director James Caw wrote in 1900, she breathed extraordinary ‘visions of life and beauty upon dead walls’. Her work rarely appears on the market and this is a private collection from a direct descendant.

    Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) – Boy and sheep. (£2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10,063

    REPUBLICAN SILVER DISH MAKES 7,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

    A Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish made a hammer price of 7,000 over a top estimate of 3,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today. It was described by the auctioneer as rare and important. The dish has a lobed rim and beaten surface and the W.E. (William Egan) punch. Cork Republican silver refers to silverware produced in the city during the Civil War. Only about 60-80 pieces are known to have survived. At the height of the war it was impossible for silversmiths Egans to send their pieces for assay to Dublin and so they devised their own hallmark based on the Arms of Cork. This depicts a two masted left facing ship with a single towered castle on either side. These marks were destroyed once the silver could once again be sent to Dublin.

    This Cork Republican silver dish sold for 7,000.

    NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND TO CELEBRATE YEATS NEXT YEAR

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

    There is to be a celebration of Jack B. Yeats at the National Gallery of Ireland next year. Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory which opens on September 4, 2021, exhibits the work of one of Ireland’s pre-eminent artists drawn from public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. The show will explore the role of memory in Yeats’ life and work. Memories of childhood in Sligo, observations of humanity and his reflections on life and loss feature in many of Yeats’ oil paintings.

    Jack B. Yeats – Pilot Sligo River

    CHINESE SILK PANEL MAKES 8,500 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Monday, September 28th, 2020

    This 18th century embroidered silk panel sold for a hammer price of 8,500 at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth autumn fine art sale at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny today. The large panel, which depicts a mythical scene with figures and birds by a rocky stream with two figures riding on birds in the clouds, had been estimated at 600-800. The live online sale continues until September 30.

    EXCEPTIONAL COMMODES AT EXCEPTIONAL SALE

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020

    These exceptional George III gilt bronze commodes date to the early 1760’s and are attributed to the celebrated English cabinet makers William Vile and John Cobb. After Thomas Chippendale they were arguably the most accomplished cabinet makers of the mid Georgian period, a golden age of carved mahogany furniture. On the open market for the first time since 1955 they come up at the Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in New York on October 14 from the collection of Abby and George O’Neill. Their passion for the arts was a tradition begun by Abby’s grandparents John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Selected works from the  collection will be offered at various sales at Christie’s in coming months.  The commodes are estimated at $150,000-$250,000.

    A VIRTUAL ANTIQUE FAIR ANYONE?

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020

    Ireland’s first virtual antique fair starts tomorrow. Hibernian Antique Fairs normally run regular events around the country. This has been stalled by the pandemic. Details of their first virtual event can be found by using this link. http://hyperurl.co/3047sv

    WINE CELLAR FROM LUGGALA AT CASTLECOMER SALE

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020

    The wine cellar from Luggala, a pair of sculpted whippets attributed to John Hogan, the intact electrical unit installed by the Jennings family at the first home in Cork with residential electricity and a pair of opium chairs from Korea are among the lots at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Fine Art sale in Castlecomer on September 28, 29 and 30.The 1,631 lots on offer range from antique furniture and paintings to silver, Oriental ceramics, jewellery, carpets, fireplaces, taxidermy and even vintage cars.  Viewing continues to be available by appointment from 1 pm to 5 pm today and tomorrow and the entire sale is online. More than 100 lots of wine from Luggala, the Guinness family home of the late Garech Browne, will come up on day one from lot 410.  The selection includes vintages from  1959, 1960 and ‘6i.  There are various lots of unopened cases of wines from the Medoc and Bordeaux, champagnes, wines from Spain, Portugal and Chile, vintage port and four bottles of 1990 Chateau  d’Yquem.  On offer too is a 1939 red Austin 8 convertible and a stylish two tone 1959 Morris Minor with retractable red soft top. Brookfield, now part of the UCC medical campus, was the first private residence in Cork with electricity.  The brass and copper wall mounted unit in an Edwardian walnut cabinet installed by Porter Sykes & Co., Electrical Engineers, Cork & Dublin remains intact with amp and volt meters. Lot 1267 is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

    A carved oak breakfront overmantle by Pugin originally at Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire is estimated at €4,000-€6,000.  A selection of sculpture by Edward Delaney from the collection of Garech Browne includes a figure of Cu Chulainn (€6,000-€8,000).  Lot 1357, a pair of sculptured marble whippets attributed to John Hogan, is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.  Lot 153 is a pair of large Korean opium hardwood benches (€350-€450) and lot 154 is a pair of small opium benches (€200-€300).  The three day online auction starts at 11 am on each day.

     Pair of sculptured marble whippets attributed to John Hogan (1800-1858). UPDATE: THESE MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    CHARGER MAKES 12,000 AT SHEPPARDS

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020

    This Chinese Qing Famille Verte charger made a hammer price of 12,000 at Sheppards in Durrow, Co. Laois today. It had been estimated at 150-250. The central cartouche depicts figures in a garden surrounded by cartouches with anthropological and zoological subjects interspersed with objects of virtu. The charger measures 40cm in diameter.

    A BOTTICELLI AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020

    Young Man Holding a Roundel by Sandro Botticelli will come up at Sotheby’s in New York next January. With an estimate in excess of $80 million it will highlight the annual Masters Week sales series. In market terms this price will establish it in art market history as one of the most significant portraits, of any period, ever to appear at auction – alongside Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (sold in 2006 for $87.9 million) and Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr Gachet (sold in 1990 for $82.5 million).

    Young Man Holding a Roundel is the pictorial synthesis of the ideals, the magic and the beauty of Renaissance Florence where, for the first time since antiquity, the individual and the human figure were at the centre of both life and art. Botticelli was at the vanguard of this movement, and his revolutionary style lead him to be one of the first artists to abandon the tradition of depicting sitters in profile. Yet for all it embodies of the Florentine Renaissance, the painting is timelessly modern in its stark simplicity, bold colors, and graphic linearity.

    Young Man Holding a Roundel was first securely recorded in the 1930s in the collection of Lord Newborough at Caernarvon in Wales, and is believed to have been acquired by his ancestor Sir Thomas Wynn, 1st Lord Newborough (1736-1807) while living in Tuscany. In 1935/8, the portrait passed via a London dealer to a private collector, whose heirs sold it at auction in 1982 to the present owner for £810,000.

    In the past 50 years, the painting has spent extended periods on loan at the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

    Sandro BotticelliYoung Man Holding a Roundel

    ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AT HEGARTY’S ONLINE SALE

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020

    Antique furniture, art, jewellery and collectibles will come under the hammer at a live online sale at Hegarty’s in Bandon, west Cork on September 27. The catalogue features 330 lots including an Irish marble statuary fireplace in the manner of Pietro Bossi, an Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring, a two page handwritten letter from Terence MacSwiney – the Cork Lord Mayor who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in 1920 – to Pauline Henley in 1916, a Killarney trinket box and an Irish 18th century mahogany fold over tea table.

    IRISH 18TH CENTURY MAHOGANY FOLD OVER TEA TABLE. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER