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    RELIC OF GAA HISTORY AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Thursday, November 26th, 2020

    What is described as “a relic of GAA History” comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of rare books, literature, manuscripts, limited editions, maps and sporting memorabilia online in Castlecomer on December 8 and 9. Lot 519A is a cast iron turnstile, by Ellison & Co., Manchester removed from Croke Park during renovations in the 1950’s. It would have been there during the earliest days of the GAA and during Bloody Sunday in 1920. It is estimated at 1,000-1,800.

    AN OLD MASTER ONCE AT LONGUEVILLE HOUSE, MALLOW

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

    A painting of St. John the Baptist by Cesare Gennari once at Longueville House, Mallow, Co. Cork comes up at Sotheby’s Old Master Painting day sale which runs online from November 30 to December 5. According to an inscription on the reverse it was acquired by A.C. Onslow in 1868, on behalf of Mr Longfield (probably Richard Edmund Longfield, b. 1842), Longueville House. Subsequently acquired by the grandfather of the present owner it is estimated at £10,000-15,000. The sale offers examples from all the major schools of Western European painting with estimates ranging from less than £5,000 to £150,000.

    Cesare Gennari (1637-1688) – Saint John the Baptist

    EXCEPTIONAL BOULLE CABINET MAKES €716,000

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

    An outstanding Louis XIV period cabinet by André-Charles Boulle was the top lot at Christie’s Exceptional sale in Paris with a video link with the auction room in London today. From the collection of Sadruddin Aga Khan it made €716,000. The sale realised a total of €2,842,250. Earlier today The Collector: Le Goût français auction made €1,947,625 and attracted bidders from 21 countries. A pair of Louis XV style Chinese biscuit parrots made €47,500 a top estimate of €20,000.

    André-Charles Boulle Cabinet sur piètement d’époque Louis XIV made €716,000

    ANDERS ZORN FROM SMURFIT COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

    Skiing, a painting by Anders Zorn is one of a number of works from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit due to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London in December. This one is at an online sale of European and British art running from December 2-9. It is estimated at £300,000-500,000. Other works from the Smurfit collection in this sale are The New Standard by Sir Alfred Munnings (£260,000-360,000); Portrait of Avenal St. George by Sir William Orpen (£15,000-20,000); Kukuliku by Carl Larsson (£150,000-200,000) and Lagstadgad Mums by Helmer Osslund (£40,000-60,000). Another of his paintings, A Girl in the Studio by Yuri Penushkin comes up at Sotheby’s sale of Russian Pictures on December 1 with an estimate of £8,000-12,000.

    Anders Zorn – Skiing

    SCOTT’S JUG THE TOP LOT AT O’DRISCOLL AUCTION

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020

    WILLIAM Scott’s Jug made a hammer price of 85,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art sale this evening. It was the top lot in a well chosen sale where many lots far exceeded the top estimate. Among other top hammer prices were: Paul Henry, Maam Valley (66,000); Jack Yeats, Man Hearing and Old Song (60,000); Dan O’Neill, Interior (54,000); John Shinnors, Estuary Forms, Limerick (44,000); William Conor, At Benediction (32,000); John Shinnors, Three Cats, (25,000); Donald Teskey, Pepper Canister Church, Dublin (20,000) and Patrick Scott, Gold Painting (19,000).

    DONALD TESKEY (B.1956) – Pepper Canister Church, Dublin

    NEW BOOK ON DANIEL O’NEILL PUBLISHED TODAY

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020

    Daniel O’Neill Romanticism & Friendships by Karen Reihill is published today. To mark the centenary year of the Belfast born artist two events had been planned and both had to be cancelled. A retrospective exhibition at the OPW’s Farmleigh Gallery had been scheduled for May and Rehill’s monograph was to have been launched to coincide with this. The exhibition was re-scheduled to November 28 only to be postponed once again because of Covid-19. Meanwhile Reihill has decided to go ahead with the publication of the book which contains 192 Pages with 370 images in colour and period black and white photographs. It is available to from your local bookshop or on-line www.kennys.ie priced €25.00.

    THE BATTLE OF THE NILE IN ART

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020

    With a span of artists ranging from Yeats and Henry to Scott and le Brocquy the online Irish and International art auction which runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until November 23  is impressive. History buffs will find much interest in The Close of the Battle of the Nile by the Cobh painter George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884).  The 1798 battle between the British Royal Navy led by Admiral Nelson and the French resulted in victory for the British. The victory meant that Napoleon’s army in Egypt, cut off from help, vwas also forced to surrender. Napoleon had sought access to Egypt as a first step in a campaign against British India.Shown at The Cork Exhibition of 1883 Peter Murray notes that  Atkinson, who spent some years at sea as a ships carpenter, brought his skills as a seaman and an artist to bear.  The impressive composition accurately depicts at least 19 individual ships, their position and condition.  The work is estimated at €6,000-€9,000.

    The Close of the Battle of the Nile by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884). UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    FARMHOUSE AND CABIN FURNITURE IN IRELAND

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020

    Farmhouse and cabin furniture from all over Ireland is highlighted in an authoritative new book by Claudia Kinmonth just published by Cork University Press. Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings 1700-2000 illuminates a way of life lived by our not so distant ancestors that has almost vanished in Ireland.Lavishly illustrated, it illuminates the furniture and furnishings of rural Ireland. A chapter on chairs and stools, for example,  explains how the “creepie stool” had staked legs wedged into a thick seat. This allowed for easy replacement at a time when things we built to last for many generations. The chapter on small furnishings and utensils discusses work of crafts people like basket makers, potters, tin smiths and wood turners. From the smallest cabins to the largest farmhouses people owned and made things that reflected their needs and lifestyle, occupations and cultural history at a time when re-cycling applied to everything and many objects were re-purposed.  The book costs €39.

    Pine butter boxes in original form for packing 56lbs of butter, then recycled into a stool, an upholstered seat, and a sewing box/seat. Photo courtesy The Butter Museum, Cork.

    TERENCE MACSWINEY ARCHIVE SALE AT HEGARTYS BANDON

    Friday, November 20th, 2020

     A large collection of handwritten correspondence from Terrence MacSwiney comes up at a timed online auction at Hegarty’s, Bandon from November 26-29. The sale is centred around the Pauline Henley Archive of hand written correspondence with members of the MacSwiney family dating from the early part of the 20th Century. It includes  letters, telegraphs, postcards and newspaper cuttings dating from 1916 to 1922.

    Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, a playwright, poet and soldier was arrested in August 1920 as British authorities imposing martial law on Cork. Once arrested and court martialled, he refused to recognise the authority of the British courts and protested by going on a hunger strike, a strike that started in Cork City, and would end in Brixton prison 74 days later on October 25th.

    O’NEILL INTERIOR AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Friday, November 20th, 2020

    Interior by Dan O’Neill is lot 41 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish and International Art on November 23. The oil on board is signed on the lower right. As is often the case with O’Neill’s portraits it is lit from one side. The estimate for the piece is 50,000-70,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 54,000 AT HAMMER