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    IRISH AVIATION MEMORABILIA ANYONE

    Monday, January 24th, 2022

    This AA yellow enamel road sign for Rineanna is lot 140 at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet auction online from Laurel Park in Bray on January 29. Rineanna, which means meeting place of the birds, was the site chosen in 1936 to build an airfield to replace Foynes Flying Boat Terminal.   It was re-named Shannon Airport in 1942.

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES AT WOODWARDS

    Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

    Antique furniture, collectibles, rugs and art will all come up at Woodwards first sale of 2022 on January 29 in Cork.  Items from recent house sales and estates are featured in this online only auction which is now on view at Cook St. in Cork city centre subject to Covid restrictions. Georgian pieces include a walnut lowboy, an inlaid bureau and a walnut card table all estimated at €500-€800. A Regency sofa table is estimated at €800-€1,200 and chests of drawers and a d-end dining table feature as well.  There is a painting of turf stacks by Douglas Alexander (€300-€400) and collectibles include three antique bronze Chinese ceremonial longstaffs (€800-€1,500) and a Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy car figure (€400-€600).  A large red ground Kashan carpet and a selection of Waterford Crystal is included too.

    Georgian walnut lowboy

    LIVE ONLINE SALE BY HIBERNIAN ANTIQUE FAIRS

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

    Hibernian Antique Fairs, hard hit by the pandemic, held a number of virtual fairs over the past couple of years. This weekend they are doing something new. The contents of Bride Park Cottage, Kilumney, Co. Cork are on offer online priced and ready to sell. There will not be fees on purchases. Here is a link to the sale: https://hibernianantiques.com//fairs/cork-sale-1

    This early mahogany drop leaf table, lot 192, is priced at 250

    COLLECTION OF LEGENDARY COUPLE AT SOTHEBY’S PARIS

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2022
    A lounge suite from the couple’s flat in the former Maeterlinck Palace

    A rare glimpse into the glamorous domestic world of a couple at the heart of the glittering social world of Paris in the 1970’s is offered by a sale at Sotheby’s on February 24.  Best known in France and the US François  Catroux was one of the most important decorators of the 21st century.François  and Betty Catroux married in 1968 when she was becoming the face of Yves St. Laurent and he was decorating bold modern homes for clients like the Rothschilds, Diane von Furstenbert and Princess Firyal of Jordan. He counted Roman Abromovitch, Helene Rochas and Antenor Patino among his clients.

    François Catroux elegantly mixed antiques with contemporary furniture.  He brought work by contemporary designers like Ron Arad, Ingo Maurer, Martin Szekely, Serge Manzon and Ettore Sottsass together with artists like Luis Tomasello, Lucio Fontana, Tom Wesselman, Zoran Music, Victor Vasarely, Xavier Veilhan, Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau.
    On offer at Sotheby’s Paris is the entire contents of the apartment he created for their retirement at the former Maeterlinck Palace overlooking the Baie des Anges at Nice. The project was barely completed when Catroux discovered he had cancer. He died in November 2020. Catroux and St. Laurent were at school together, though they never spoke of their schooldays where St. Laurent had been bullied.

    In a New York Times obituary Penelope Green came up with a wonderful quote from Betty Catroux: “I’m not interested in fashion, and I’m not interested in design, and I got the two geniuses on the subject. I could live in an empty room as long as there is a bottle of wine and good music. But I know what’s beautiful. I was so lucky. It’s been a fairy tale life”.

    Betty and François Catroux. Photograph: Horst P. Horst/Condé Nast archive

    A SNEAK PEAK AT MASTERS WEEK AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Friday, January 21st, 2022

    HERE is a video on Sothebys Masters Week in New York.

    PICASSO HIGHLIGHT AT CHRISTIE’S ART OF THE SURREAL SALE

    Friday, January 21st, 2022
    Pablo Picasso, La fenêtre ouverte (1929, estimate: £14,000,000-24,000,000)

    A seminal work from Pablo Picasso’s Surrealist period, La fenetre ouverte (1929) will highlight Christie’s 21st edition of The Art of the Surreal evening sale. It is part of the 20/21 Shanghai to London series of auctions due take place on March 1, 2022. Painted on November 22, 1929, this complex and compelling studio scene is one of a series of Atelier works that Picasso had begun around 1926, richly symbolic and radically constructed paintings that reveal the multi-faceted interests of the artist at this time. Other works from this series are housed in museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Le Centre Pompidou, Paris. At once a still life, a veiled Atelier scene, and a Surrealist distortion of reality, La fenêtre ouverte is rich with personal and artistic symbolism and is estimated at £14 million – £24 million.

    DAMIEN HIRST AS YOU HAVE NOT SEEN HIM BEFORE

    Friday, January 21st, 2022
    DAMIEN HIRST (B.1965) BRITISH – Self Portrait (2008). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    In 2007, just before the financial crash, a diamond encrusted platinum skull by Damien Hirst was bought by an investment group for $100 million.  Cast from a 35-year-old 18th century European man and retaining the original teeth, the skull is coated with 8,601 diamonds with a large pink diamond on the forehead.

    An x-ray self portrait skull by Hirst comes up at lot 118 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online art auction, which runs to January 24. The limited edition light box and x-rays piece is estimated at just €500-700. No diamonds this time.

    NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR TEFAF MAASTRICHT

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

    The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has announced new dates for the the 35th anniversary edition of TEFAF Maastricht. It will take place from June 25 – June 30, 2022 at the MECC. Originally scheduled as usual for March, TEFAF Maastricht was postponed in December due to mounting concerns around COVID-19.

    TEFAF Chairman, Hidde van Seggelen, says: “This was a complex situation which required the input and flexibility of many different individuals and organisations to enable us to reschedule TEFAF Maastricht. We are proud to join several other leading art fairs in June for a key moment in the art world calendar this year. This will be an exciting revival of TEFAF Maastricht in its 35th anniversary edition and an opportunity to once again bring together the world’s leading collectors and art lovers to meet, experience, and appreciate the rich art history for which TEFAF is known.”

    FLASK MAKES €95,000 AT JAMES ADAM CHINESE SALE

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
    A BLUE AND WHITE ‘MAGPIE AND PRUNUS’ PORCELAIN PILGRIM FLASK OR MOON FLASK, BIANHU

    This 20th century Yongle style blue and white Magpie and Prunus pilgrim flask or moon flask made a hammer price of 95,000 at the James Adam Chinese New Year sale in Dublin today. It had been estimated at up to 100,000. The 25 cm high gourd is an adaptation of a much earlier foreign vessel inspired from leather bags or pilgrim bottles. This shape first appeared in Chinese ceramic production during the Han and Tang periods. This flask would have been made after renowned related models dating to the Yongle period, such as that preserved in the Sir David Percival Foundation and now exhibited at the British Museum, London, The United Kingdom, and that preserved at the Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts, China.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 14, 2022)

    LARGEST FANCY NATURAL COLOUR BLACK DIAMOND IN THE WORLD

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

    The Enigma, a 555.55 Carat Fancy Black Diamond, comes up online at Sotheby’s next month as part of RE(LUX), a Luxury Sale Series. A treasure from interstellar space, The Enigma is extremely rare and the largest Fancy Black Natural Colour diamond in the world. It was listed as the largest cut diamond in the world in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records. It is thought to have been created either from a meteoric impact or having emerged from a diamond-bearing asteroid that collided with Earth. 

    Cryptocurrency will be accepted as payment on the diamond, reflecting the fact that cryptocurrency has started to make its mark in the world of physical art and objects.

    The Enigma