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    Thursday, June 24th, 2021

    This exceptional ormolu mounted commode by Pierre Langlois is among the items being showcased by Harry Apter at London’s Masterpiece Fair online which runs from today until June 27. This leading British fair normally held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea attracts dealers and buyers from around the globe. The wide ranging exhibits include contemporary art, jewellery, ceramics, Old Master paintings, Asian and Western contemporary painting, rare books and manuscripts, glassware, antiquities, natural history, sculpture, post war design and British art. Masterpiece’s exhibitors span all eras and disciplines and include many of the world’s most distinguished art dealerships. Visitors can login online at the Masterpiece website.


    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

    The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) today announced the full line up for TEFAF online in 2021. This most exclusive of fairs will be available to everyone right on their own computer from September 3-19, 2021. This will be a full on digital fair with 255 world class exhibitors from around the globe, known for the unrivalled quality of the works they present.

    “TEFAF is about discovery and storytelling. We are excited to bring that spirit to the digital realm with TEFAF Online 2021,” said managing director Charlotte van Leerdam. “It is an honor to work with each of our specialty dealers. We
    cannot wait to take visitors on a digital journey through their vast expertise this September.”

    20th/21st Century live streamed sales at Christie’s

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
    Keith Haring, Untitled (1984) (£3,900,000-4,500,000) CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: THIS MADE £4,702,500

    Keith Haring’s Untitled (1984), a painting seen to have anticipated the digital era as one of the first depictions of a home computer, will be offered at Christie’s in London with the option to pay the final purchase price, including buyer’s premium, in cryptocurrency. It comes up as part of the 20th/21st century London to Paris evening sale series on June 30. Now online for browsing, the sale is anchored around the cities of London and Paris. The livestreamed auction will incorporate the salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. There are iconic artworks by artists who defined various diverse and influential movements including Picasso, Basquiat, Haring, Banksy, Kirchner, Kandinsky, Richter, Giacometti, Noguchi, Lynn Chadwick, Magritte, Elizabeth Peyton, Yayoi Kusama, Bridget Riley, Dubuffet, Soulages, de Stael, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni.

    Christie’s London to Paris live streamed evening sale series will be largely conducted by three leading female auctioneers: Camille de Foresta, Cécile Verdier and in her evening sale debut, Veronica Scarpati.

    Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (2009) (£1,200,000-1,800,000),CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: This sold for £2,662,500


    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

    Free to Roam by Mark O’Neill is one of the artworks to be displayed at the virtual fair by Hibernian Antique Fairs this coming weekend. This is the tenth virtual fair organised since lockdown by Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian. All items in the fair will be posted online on Saturday morning. We will put a link to the fair on this post then.


    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

    ADAM and Eve in the Garden, a colour inverted Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy, made a hammer price of 130,000 over a top estimate of 90,000 at de Veres in Dublin this evening. This has been a highly successful sale of high quality art billed as Outstanding Irish Art and Sculpture. A Still Life by Roderic O’Conor made 75,000; The Little Horse at Play by Jack B. Yeats made 240,000; A Sunny Day, Connemara by Paul Henry made 105,000; The Good Grey Morning by Yeats made 220,000: Scarecrow Portraits by John Shinnors made 125,000; a sculpture entitled Nunca Sobremos by Ana Duncan made 21,000; two works by F.E. McWilliam made 15,000 and 14,000 respectively; Bitch in a birch by Orla de Bri made 5,000, as did Frozen Fountain by Killian Schurmann and Ecce Homo by Catherine Greene made 7,000.

    (See posts on for June 18 and June 12, 2021)


    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
    Sir John Lavery, R.A. 1856 – 1941 – Hounslow

    What a difference a century makes. This flying field in Hounslow in 1917 is a long way back from the Heathrow Airport that so many of use are familiar with. It is one of Sir John Lavery’s first paintings as an official war artist. Hounslow airfield in west London was originally a cavalry barracks. It had been used to train flying officers since 1910. Initially acting at first as the base for airships, it flew Bristol Scout biplanes early in the war. By November 1917, it had received a squadron of newer Sopwith SE5A (Scout Experimental 5 A) aircraft – several of which are seen in the present canvas.  The work comes up at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British art day sale in London on June 30 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, June 20th, 2021

    A selection of antique furniture is due to come under the hammer at Marshs sale in Cork on June 26.  The sale will be online but there is to be physical viewing at Rochfords Lane (off Grand Parade and South Mall in Cork city centre) next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.30 am to 7 pm on each day. Undoubtedly there will be much interest in eleven hide upholstered Cork 11-bar dining chairs from the Christian Brothers House at North Monastery in Cork. The nine chairs and two carvers are estimated at €2,000-€3,000. A set of six upholstered 9-bar Cork chairs from the same source has an estimate of €1,500-€2,000. Other lots of note are an important Irish Chippendale knee-hole writing desk (€2,000-€3,000); a Regency rosewood secretaire (€1,500-€2,000); a Georgian mahogany two door press, made in Cork (€800-€1,000) and a Georgian longcase clock with brass and silver dial by John Ottiwell, Limerick, 1766.  There is a collection of porcelain, books, mirrors, clocks and collectibles.

    Cork 11-bar dining chairs from the North Monastery. UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,900 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, June 19th, 2021

    The global search for collectors of rare precious objects marks one way in which the auction world has adapted very quickly to changed circumstances. In 2021 there is nothing particularly unusual about the fact that an Irish firm –James Adam – has already held a Paris preview for a sale of Fine Asian Art due to take place in Dublin on June 29 and 30.The Paris view is not entirely unconnected to the fact that Adams has created its own Asian department and appointed Thibault Duval as its Dublin based head.  M Duval was latterly head of the Asian Art Department at Drouot in Paris.  This appointment marks a recognition of sorts that if major auction houses in Ireland are to survive and prosper in the 21st century they must open out to the new global realities and view Brexit as an opportunity rather than a threat.

    Qing Dynasty russet and white jade group. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    A company like Sheppards in Durrow, Co. Laois with a track record of breaking records for Asian objects and then breaking them again has amply demonstrated that if you can produce the goods the buyers will come.

    Adams has some interesting goods to offer in its sale on Tuesday and Wednesday week.  Notable consignments include a collection of rare Chinese antiques from the estate of Carlos Alfredo Tornquist Altgelt (1885-1953), a hound scroll painting inscribed with the signature of Jesuit painter Giuseppe Castiglione, also known as Lang Shining, from the collection of Juan Carlos Katzenstein (1925-2018) who served as Ambassador to the Holy See and a wooden ruyi scepter from  the collection of Nadezhda, widow of the Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov.  There is a famous portrait of Madame Rimsky-Korsakov by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in the collection of the Orsay Museum. In Chinese Buddhism a ruyi can be a ceremonial scepter or a talisman symbolising power and good fortune in Chinese folklore.

    Chinese School scroll by Giuseppe Castiglioni known as Lang Shining (1688-1766). UPDATE: THIS MADE 110,000 AT HAMMER

    There are Chinese jades last seen at auction at Drouot in 1925 and a jade horse formerly in the collection of Baron Pierre DeMenasce who contributed to an exhibition at the V & A Museum in 1975. A collection of Chinese Republican Period porcelains and an 18th century Meiping vase will feature among the 550 lots on offer.


    Saturday, June 19th, 2021

    A live online art auction by Hegarty’s of Bandon in Co. Cork gets underway at 2 p.m. on June 20.  Around 150 lots of Irish and international art will come under the hammer.  Among the artists featured are Graham Knuttell, John Butler Yeats, Ivan Sutton, Gladys Maccabe, Frank Egginton, George Gillespie, Con Campbell, Maurice Canning Wilks, Lorna Millar, John Kingerlee, Douglas Alexander, Patrick Murphy, Marie Carroll and John Ormsby.

     In the gold of the evening, Glengarriff by Michael McCarthy


    Friday, June 18th, 2021

    The wonderful Barney Eastwood Collection of Important Sporting and Irish Pictures comes up at Christie’s in London on July 9. The 30 lots range from 19th century sporting pictures through to defining representations of Munnings’ oeuvre, to an extraordinary group of Yeats’ illustrating key periods of his work. Other leading examples of Irish Art are included in the sale, with works by Walter Frederick Osborne, Sir William Orpen, Roderic O’Conor, Paul Henry, Sir John Lavery, and Gerard Dillon. The collection, which he started in the 1970’s, represent his deep interest in equestrian painting and Irish Art.

    Barney Eastwood, known to his friends and family as ‘BJ’, was born in Northern Ireland in 1932. A talented Gaelic football player he was a member of the Co. Tyrone team which won the All Ireland Minor Championship in 1948. Both horse and greyhound racing were significant sporting passions throughout his lifetime, and together with his great friend and erstwhile business partner Alfie McLean, he had many successful runners over the years.

    Charles Cator, deputy chairman, Christie’s International, commented: B.J. Eastwood was a very private man and the collection was intensely personal, acquired not for show or prestige but for the enjoyment of himself, his family and those close to him – it was the least ostentatious way of collecting and it was from the heart.’

    A SUMMER DAY BY JACK B. YEATS (£500,000-800,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE £1,162,500