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    BID FOR THE LOUVRE: AN EXCEPTIONAL CHARITY AUCTION

    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The musée du Louvre is auctioning 24 exceptional lots with Christie’s and support of the Hôtel Drouot. The unprecendent online Bid for the Louvre auction will be held on Christie’s online platform from December 1-15. The sale of contemporary artworks, unique luxury pieces once in a lifetime experiences is designed to support the museum through these times and raise funds for Studio, a new space dedicated to artistic and cultural education due to open in autumn 2021. Some of the offered lots are unique. Among them is the opportunity to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa outside her display case, or the chance to walk through the rooftops of the Palais du Louvre in the company of the artist JR. There are works of art by contemporary artists close to the museum such as Johan Creten, Candida Höfer, Eva Jospin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pierre Soulages and Xavier Veilhan. Houses such as Cartier, Christian Dior Couture, Le Meurice, Le Ritz Paris, Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy, Parfums Christian Dior and Vacheron Constantin, are amongst the participants.

    CECIL KING SCREENPRINT AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S SALE

    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    Zaragossa (Grey) 1979 is the title of this cool, minimalist work by Cecil King from Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until November 30. The screenprint is number 21 from an edition of 40 and is estimated at 400-600. There has been retrospective’s of his work the Hugh Lane Gallery and at IMMA. More than 270 lots, including sculpture, will come under the hammer. The catalogue is online.

    CECIL KING (1921-1986) Zaragossa (Grey) (1979)

    HANNIBAL’S MASK MAKES 85,000

    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The illuminated Hannibal Lecter mask from the film Hannibal sold for a hammer price of €85,000 at Sheppards online sale of residual contents from Castlehyde House, Fermoy.  From the collection of MIchael Flatley, who is planning a refurbishment of the Co. Cork home he bought in 2001, the mask is signed by actors Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. It was at  €80,000-€100,000 the most expensively estimated lot of the sale. 

    On his retirement the man known globally as The Lord of the Dance took up art as an outlet for his creative force. One of his works, an acrylic on vinyl entitled The Finishing Line, made €37,000 at hammer against an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.  A Maitland Smith bar sold for €8,200, a pair of large gilt bronze figures of nymphs each holding a torch made €4,600 as did a championship sized snooker table. Other hammer prices included: a black marble and ormolu Medici lion clock (€2,800); a pair of hide upholstered library settees (€3,600); a portrait of James Joyce wearing a white suit (€4,000);  an extensive hunting scene (€5,200);  an 18th century walnut armoire (€1,450); a pair of carved parcel gilt settees (€1,700); a pair of bronzed sculptures of centaurs (€2,200); a hide upholstered chesterfield settee (€1,400); a set of ten 19th century dining chairs (€2,800);  a rococo carved giltwood coffee table €2,600); a library terrestrial globe (€2,600);  a full suit of armour made €3,400 one sold for €1,700 and another for €1,100; a pair of painted Gainsborough chairs sold for €1,800. The sale of nearly 700 surplus to requirements pieces mostly collected over the past 20 years will continue today when another 236 lots will come under the hammer online at Sheppards.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    MILLIONS OF EURO WORTH OF IRISH ART TO CHANGE HANDS

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020

    Millions of euro work of Irish art is due to come under the hammer at four pre-Christmas sales by Morgan O’Driscoll (November 23); Whyte’s (December 7); de Veres (December 8) and James Adam (December 9). More than 560 lots will come under the hammer at these sales. It is a mark of the improving condition of the Irish art market that no less than nine of them have estimates in excess of 100,000. Predictably the front runners are Jack B. Yeats, William Orpen, Walter Osborne, Paul Henry and William Scott. These stellar artists notwithstanding the upcoming sales offer an appetising selection by a wide variety of artists across all price points. The number of works with high estimates recalls an oft quoted phrase of modernising Irish Taoiseach Sean Lemass in the 1960’s – “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Irish art values are once again on the up and not before time.

    William Scott CBE RA, (1913-1989 STILL LIFE WITH FRYING PAN (1946) (200,000-300,000) at de Veres

    IRISH FOLK ART PORTRAIT TO HIGHLIGHT DREWEATTS SALE

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

    An Irish School family portrait dating to around 1816 is a highlight at Dreweatts online sale of the British, American and European Folk Art in Newbury, Berkshire on November 24. The portrait of William Winter and his family bears the inscription, ‘Oh pary accept this trifling gift/This token I am far from you/Yet I shall love you still/Though cruel fate has parted me/From my dear friends and loves/Yet may I soon return again/No more from you to roam’.  The portrait of Private William Winter and his family was most probably painted by a professional letter-writer while he was garrisoned in Dublin in February 1816 with the 1st battalion, 48th Regiment of Foot. As the inscription along the lower edge implies he commissioned it as a token of his affection for his family in Gloucestershire. On June 17 that year Winter deserted his regiment and by July 12 had been detained and committed to imprisonment at Chester. The regiment was soon after commissioned to serve in Sydney, New South Wales.

    The Pinkers Collection takes its name from a diminutive 17th century fisherman’s cottage on the Kent coast where it has grown in size over the last twenty years. It includes watercolours and oil paintings from the 17th to the early 20th Century. Many are in their original frames and in remarkably fresh condition. Folk Art has been described as ‘the unselfconscious creativity of academically untrained artists’ (Robert Young, Folk Art, 1999) and it is this quality that gives many of the works an immediacy and playfulness that has chimed with generations of collectors.

    IRISH SCHOOL FAMILY PORTRAIT (£4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £15,500