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    AN UPCOMING TASTY SALE OVER THREE DAYS AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, September 25th, 2021

    An 18th century Chinese Chippendale table, a set of 19th century painted breakfront shelves,  a pair of armorial chairs, Sevres and Oriental porcelain and a neo classical white marble chimney piece are among the many delights at three days of sales by Sheppards of Durrow from September 28-30.  The Legacy of the Big House auction includes the collection of the late Patrick Martin of Coolattin Lodge in Co. Wicklow.

    18th century Chinese Chippendale table

    This tasty sale of more than 1,000 lots across varying price ranges is broken up into five separate sessions.  It offers jewellery, silver, Chinese porcelain pieces, artworks, pairs of armchairs, cabinets, mirrors, lighting, an Anglo-Indian hardwood cabinet and collectibles including a cased model of the Titanic.  The catalogue is online and there is viewing in Durrow today, tomorrow and Monday from 10.30 am to 5 pm on each day.

    A THREE DAY SALE OF 2,000 LOTS IN SIXMILEBRIDGE

    Friday, September 24th, 2021

    The contents of Lotaville, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork will be included at a live and online three day sale by Aidan Foley in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare on September 26, 27 and 28. Among them are a watercolour by  Joseph Carey of Blackrock Castle, Cork (€400-€600), A View on the Thames by Augustus Burke (€6,000-€10,000), a set of 12 Cork mahogany dining chairs (€3,000-€5,000) and a tennis bracelet (€12,000-€16,000).  Viewing gets underway today. The sale of 2,000 lots will include contents from houses in Adare and Nenagh.

    Blackrock Castle Cork by Joseph William Carey

    ROSELLINI’S EGYPT AND NUBIA MAKES 74,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

    This exceptionally fine copy of the Monuments of Egypt and Nubia by Ippolito Rosellini housed in a custom made mahogany case sold for a hammer price of 74,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of the library at Howth Castle today. The first edition of the elephant folio, Pisa, 1832-1834 with plates is inscribed:  “Presented by his Grace the Duke of Northumberland K.G.F.R.S. President R.I.,”. The lot came together with a second set in original condition with plates in original wrappers and a complete set of the original text volumes.

    VIEWING FOR WHYTE’S ART SALE UNDERWAY IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

    Viewing is now underway in Dublin for Whyte’s evening and online sale of Irish and International art on September 27. Shown here is A Games of Dominoes, Brittany, 1893 by William Henry Bartlett ROI, RBC (1858-1932). Lot 121 is estimated at 20,000-30,000. Bartlett is represented in The National Gallery of Ireland, and in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, as well as public galleries in England including Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool, and Melbourne Australia. The sale of 158 lots includes on the international side art by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, a Madoura plate by Picasso and a Picasso lithograph.  

    A Games of Dominoes, Brittany, 1893 by William Henry Bartlett ROI, RBC (1858-1932)

    PORTRAIT POISED TO BECOME MOST VALUABLE LATIN AMERICAN PIECE AT AUCTION

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
    Frida Kahlo, Diego y yo (Diego and I) (1949)

    Diego y yo is a quintessential example of Frida Kahlo’s singular approach to portraiture. Intense and emotional, this important work by the beloved and renowned artist is poised to shatter her current auction record of $8 million. When it comes up at Sotheby’s Modern evening sale in New York in November it may become the most valuable work of Latin American art ever sold at auction.  The estimate for the final fully realised bust self portrait completed before her death in 1954 is in excess of $30 million.

    The Modern Evening Sale, formerly the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, will inaugurate a larger reorganisation of Sotheby’s General Fine Art evening sale with further details yet to be announced. Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s Chairman and Worldwide Head of Sales for Global Fine Art, remarked: “Frida Kahlo’s emotionally bare and complex portrait Diego y yo is a defining work by one of the few artists whose influence transcends the world of fine art to pop culture and beyond. To offer this portrait in our Modern evening sale in November heralds the recent expansion of the Modern category to include greater representation of underrepresented artists, notably women artists, and rethink how they have historically been valued at auction.”

    ANNUAL PALACE COLLECTION SALE BY VICTOR MEE

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
    REGENCY DINING TABLE AND A SET OF 10 HICKS CHAIRS AT VICTOR MEE

    This Regency dining table and set of Hicks dining chairs is among the highlights at the third annual Palace Collection sale by Victor Mee at the Bishops Palace, Kilmore, Co. Cavan on September 28, 29 and 30. Both the sale and the viewing will be live and online. Among the outstanding Georgian lots are an exceptional Irish fireplace fluted with Siena marble, an Irish Georgian giltwood mirror and an Irish Georgian longcase clock. A pair of brass bound turf buckets are similar to one at Powerscourt House. Among the lots of historic artwork is a pair of 18th century Flemish tapestries, an oil on canvas portrait of a nobleman by Franz Stampert (1675-1750) and an 18th century portrait of William of Orange. Rarities include an Oriental brass censer in the shape of a Ho Ho bird and there is a selection of Oriental bronzes.

    A BASQUIAT TO HIGHLIGHT CHRISTIE’S LIVESTREAMED 20/21ST CENTURY SALE

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
    Jean-Michel Basquiat, Because it Hurts the Lungs (1986)

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Because it Hurts the Lungs (1986) will be a highlight of Christie’s live and livestreamed 20th / 21st Century: Evening Sale including Thinking Italian in London on October 15. The multimedia work depicts a life-size green figure with a russet, cyclopean skull against a white ground. Basquiat has applied sheets of his own drawings and text, among them a cryptic extract from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci that lends the work its title: “Why the thunderbolt kills a [man and] does not wound him, and if the man blew his nose he would not die. Because it hurts the lungs.” Further collage and pigment adorn two boxes that protrude from the surface, including a drawing of the Lester Young Quartet’s 1944 jazz record Afternoon Of A Basie-ite, Japanese script, snatches of dialogue from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Ajax, and a grinning, eyeless black head wearing a mitre-like crown.  It is estimated at £7,000,000-10,000,000.

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
    Salute/Farewell to Rosses Point by Jack B. Yeats

    Salute/Farewell to Rosses Point by Jack B Yeats (€120,000-€160,000) is a highlight at Adams evening sale of Important Irish Art on September 29. It dates to 1946 and is one of a number of works from the 1940’s, when Yeats was in his seventies, that hark back to his youth.  As a boy the artist frequently travelled on the pilot boats for merchant ships headed to Sligo.  The Adams sale kicks off with a 1997 watercolour by John Doherty of a lightship.  There are some attractive coloured pencil drawings by Mary Swanzy, watercolours by Gerard Dillon and Andrew Nicholl and ink on paper works by Patrick Scott.  An arresting self portrait by William Leech has an estimate of €20,000-€30,000.  There is a similar estimate on two works by Dan O’Neill, Cold Spring Morning, Donegal  and Spanish Girl.

    Self Portrait with window and table by William Leech

    The Pump of St. Nicholas, Antwerp was one of the first open air paintings that  Walter Osborne made on the Continent and was exhibited in Dublin in 1883.  It is estimated at €70,000-€100,000.  Don Quixote by Sean Keating and Coloured Rain by Basil Blackshaw are each  estimated at €30,000-€50,000. There is art by Tony O’Malley, Jane O’Malley, George Campbell, Nano Reid, Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness, Patsy Dan Rogers, Brian Bourke and Markey Robinson as well as sculpture by John Behan, Sonja Landweer and others in a well chosen evening auction of 146 lots.

    OFF THE WALL IRISH ART AUCTION BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Monday, September 20th, 2021

    Citadel (2021) is the title of this piece by the Emly, Co. Tipperary based abstract artist Michael Hales. It comes up as lot 58 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Off the Wall online art auction today with an estimate of 800-1,200. The catalogue is online and the sale kicks off at 6.30 pm. UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    DINING CHAIRS AT ADAMS AT HOME SALE

    Monday, September 20th, 2021

    This set of eight George III mahogany framed dining chairs in Chippendale style, 19th century, come up at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on September 21. They are estimated at €3,000-€5,000. The sale kicks off at 11 am. UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER