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    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

    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.

    FAMILLE ROSE VASE AT ADAMS CHINESE NEW YEAR SALE

    Friday, January 14th, 2022
    A FAMILLE ROSE ‘HUNDRED BATS’  VASE. UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    This Famille Rose hundred bats vase comes up as lot 119 at the James Adam Chinese New Year sale of Decorative Asian Arts in Dublin on January 18. The globular trumpet necked vase with the Guangxu six-character mark and of the period is estimated at €5,000-€7,000. The brightly enamelled vase has a profusion of iron-red bats in flight amidst multicoloured lingzhi clouds, between a band of ruyi heads at the rim and upright lappets around the foot. It is divided at the shoulder by a band of lotus sprays alternating with gilt shou characters on the shoulder above a gilt relief border.

    A WORK THAT CAPTURES THE PARADOX OF MAGRITTE’S ORIGINALITY

    Thursday, January 13th, 2022
    René Magritte, L’empire des lumières, 1961

    René Magritte’s L’empire des lumières captures the visual paradox that lies at the heart of the artist’s originality. With an estimate in excess of $60 million this masterpiece of 20th century art will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary evening auction in London on March 2. It has been on loan to the Musée Magritte in Brussels from 2009-2020. It was created in 1961 for Baroness Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, the daughter of Magritte’s patron the Belgian Surrealist collector Pierre Crowet, and has remained in the family ever since. 

    SCULPTURES BY VADIM TUZOV AT SOLOMON GALLERY

    Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
    VADIM TUZOV – REINDEER, bronze, edition of 3

    An exhibition of recent sculpture by Irish Ukrainian artist Vadim Tuzov opens at Solomon Gallery in Dublin tomorrow and runs until February 5. Tuzov attended a Junior School of Art, before going on to study drawing and sculpture at the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture in Kiev. He began sculpting full-time in the late 80s and later moved to Ireland with his family, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.  He has his own studio and foundry in Co. Wicklow and casts and patinates his own work. This is his second show at Solomon.

    BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BUKOWSKIS

    Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

    Bonhams has announced the acquisition of Bukowskis, the leading auction house in the Nordic region. Established in 1870 and with its flagship saleroom in Stockholm, Bukowskis is renowned throughout Scandinavia. During recent years they have transformed themselves from a much-loved, traditional, and respected brand into an innovative digital presence that attracts more than one million users every month. Last year, Bukowskis sold 11 out of the 15 most valuable artworks in the Swedish market. The acquisition is part of Bonhams strategy to further the development of Bonhams into a digital leader and a truly global player with a balanced presence across the US, Europe and Asia.

    THE MICHAEL CAINE COLLECTION AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
    Caine’s signature frames

    Much loved actor Michael Caine is downsizing. His personal collection is to be sold at Bonhams in London on March 2. For six decades, he has lent presence and distinction to every role he has undertaken – from the era-defining Alfie to classic films such as Get CarterZulu and Educating Rita; from his Oscar-winning performances in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules to Batman’s unflappable butler, Alfred. Among the highlights are his Rolex wristwatch, a portrait of Sir Michael Caine by John Bratby, a large Italian cinema poster for Zulu, a director’s chair associated with Get Carter and Les amoureux dans l’arbre by Marc Chagall.

    PORTRAIT BY SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE WITH AN IRISH LINK AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, January 10th, 2022
    Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
    Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne

    This portrait of Thomas Dawson by Sir Thomas Lawrence comes up at Sotheby’s online Master Paintings sale part II which opens in New York on January 18 and runs to January 28. It is estimated at $40,000-60,000. The sale includes a number of important Renaissance devotional paintings, 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, portraiture across the ages, landscapes and still lifes.

    Thomas Dawson was born in 1725, the third son of Richard Dawson of Dawson Grove, Monaghan, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Vesey, Archbishop of Tuam. He was a member of Parliament for Monaghan from 1749 to 1768. In 1770 he was made Baron Dartrey of Dawson’s Grove; in June 1785, Viscount Cremorne; and in November 1797 was named Baron Cremorne of Castle Dawson. He was first married to Anne Fermor, youngest daughter of the 1st Earl of Pomfret. Following her death in 1769, Dawson married Philadelphia Hannah Freame, daughter of Thomas Freame and granddaughter of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. Viscount Cremorne died in 1813. As he had no heirs, his titles became extinct.

    EL GRECO’S MESMERISING AND LOOTED PORTRAIT

    Monday, January 10th, 2022

    Looted by the Nazi’s, restituted to the heirs of a Viennese Jewish industrialist, El Greco’s mesmerising 1570 Portrait of a Gentleman made €1,433,393 at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in London in December. It was one of three works from the collection of Julius and Camilla Priester in the sale. The Priesters escaped Vienna and eventually made it to Mexico City via Lisbon. Despite photographic evidence their efforts to retrieve the collection after the war failed. It was discovered that some appraisers who had worked for the Gestapo were now dealing privately in Nazi loot. In 2010 the London based Commission for Looted Art in Europe identified the El Greco, still in its original frame, after it was acquired by a London art dealer.  An unknown number of Nazi era looted works are still unaccounted for.