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    Saturday, September 18th, 2021
    A Village in Connemara by Paul Henry

    An Iconic Connemara scene by Paul Henry will highlight Whyte’s sale of Irish and International art in Dublin on September 27. With its windswept tree and post impressionist style A Village in Connemara is a small though important work which measures just six inches by eight. It was acquired by Lt. Colonel Frank Stanton who visited Ireland around 1919-20 and met the artist. He bought six paintings and brought them back to Canada with his fiancee Mary Preston of Gormanston, Co. Meath. On another visit in 1936 he met Paul Henry again and bought three more paintings. They were passed on to his daughters, nephews and nieces. One daughter gave this one to her niece who gifted it to her husband, the present owner. It is estimated at €60,000-€80,000.

     Prime lots include Harvesters by Dan O’Neill (€30,000-€40,000); Horses and Donkeys in a Wooded landscape by Thomas Roberts (1749-1778) and Convalescent by Nathanial Hill (1860-1930), each estimated at €20,000-€30,000.  There is a complete selection of 84 broadsides by Jack B. Yeats, a portrait of James Millington Synge by Harry Kernoff, a view of the Bridge and Castle, Macroom by Kenneth Webb, Beara by Louis le Brocquy, a mask of the River Lee by Rory Breslin and paintings by William Scott, Tony O’Malley, Barrie Cooke, John Shinnors and Donald Teskey. On the international side there is art by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, a Madoura plate by Picasso and a Picasso lithograph.  The auction of 158 lots will be on view at Whyte’s from next Wednesday.


    Friday, September 17th, 2021

    A timed online auction by Hegarty’s of Bandon runs until September 20. The sale offers around 400 lots of art, jewellery, silver, rugs and collectibles. Among them is this 19th century gilt overmantle mirror with an estimate of 2,500-5,000.


    Friday, September 17th, 2021

    This French kingwood, ormolu and marble top commode is lot 189 at the James Adam At Home sale on September 21. It is estimated at 2,000-3,000. Viewing for this online sale gets underway in Dublin today. There are 470 lots of antique furniture, jewellery, art, silverware and collectibles. The catalogue is online.


    Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

    Everyday Life (2019) by the French born Los Angeles based street artist known as Mr. Brainwash exhorting us all to: “Follow Your Dreams” was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online art sale on September 13. It made 16,000 at hammer. Another work from the artist features in the current online sale of affordable art by Morgan O’Driscoll which runs to September 20. Brainwash Spray, a unique screenprint on paper, has an estimate of €1,500-€2,500. The sale offers a wide variety of affordable art and sculpture by artists like Liam Belton, Norman Teeling, Stephen Cullen, Liam Treacy, Michael Foley, John Coen and many more. The catalogue is online now.

    MR. BRAINWASH (B.1966) – Brainwash Spray (2016)


    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    Alberto Giacometti – Le Nez (this is being sold with an estimate in the region of $70 million)

    One of the most important collections of any kind ever to come to market – the Macklowe Collection – will come up at two landmark sales at Sotheby’s in New York on November 15 and in May of 2022. The 65 artworks are estimated in excess of $600 million which is the highest estimate ever placed on any collection at auction. The first sale will feature 34 works which encompass an extraordinary breadth of 20th and 21st century art, ranging in date from the 1940s to works painted less than a decade ago, and including masterworks by Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. Jeff Koons, Agnes Martin, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Brice Marden all feature. The works will be on view in London, Taipei, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Paris before the first sale in New York. Here is a short video on the sale:

    The collection of the spectacularly rich New York couple Harry and Linda Macklowe is being sold on the orders of a judge as part of an acrimonious divorce. After 59 years of marriage the couple, both in their ’80’s, began divorce proceedings five years ago. Harry Macklowe is one of New York’s best known property developers, his ex-wife Linda is an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a trustee of the Guggenheim Foundation.

    Franz Kline – Crosstown and Willem de Kooning – Untitled


    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    Portrait of a Man in Armour, c1560, attributed to Gillis Claeissens,

    This Portrait of a Man in Armour, presented by Caretto & Occhinegro at TEFAF Online was acquired by Groeningemuseum, Belgium. Over the course of six days collectors and institutions, including some of the world’s most eminent museums gathered online to learn, discuss, and buy work at the top levels of the international market. Nicolaas Teeuwisse OHG sold Tabula Cebetis (c1550), by the Venetian School, to Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam. A Groeningemuseum, Belgium,  acquired Caretto & Occhinegro’s Portrait of a Man in Armour (c1560), attributed to Gillis Claeissens. Scene in an Italian Country Inn, Possibly a Self-Portrait of the Artist with Her Husband on Their Wedding Trip (1821/25), by Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot, presented by Gallery 19C, was acquired by The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Among many other notable sales a leading Eastern European museum purchased Rococo-Écuelle with Présentoir and Spoon (1751-53) from Helga Matzke.

    “Whether online or in-person, TEFAF is a hub of scholarship, creativity, and expertise, which is reflected in the market success of this year’s fair,” said Charlotte van Leerdam, Managing Director of TEFAF. “We are pleased with the reception of TEFAF Online 2021, attracting not only private buyers, but a strong contingent of public institutions and eminent museums, evidence that the work presented at TEFAF is the golden standard of quality. We are eager to welcome this growing community to Maastricht again next March”.


    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2021

    The evolution of 20th century design comes to the fore at a sale at Christie’s Paris on November 3. Around 300 lots from collection of Daniel Lebard, gathered with passion and erudition, will come under the hammer with an overall estimated of €13-€19 million. The core of this very private collection is the Modern Movement in the 1920’s and ’30’s to France in the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. The discovery of the work of Jean Prouvé was the foundation for future choices like Pierre Chareau, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Daniel Lebard gradually added to their creations with work by ean Royère, Serge Mouille, Mathieu Matégot and Georges Jouve and opening up to the reference designers of the following decades: Pierre Paulin, Roger Tallon, Atelier A and André Borderie.

    Among Jean Prouvé’s many iconic creations are a rare example of the Trapèze
    table, whose pure design and black colouring appears as an abstraction of Prouvé’s
    work (€600,000-800,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2021


    Monday, September 13th, 2021

    Picturing people at the National Gallery of Ireland Print Gallery until December 5 features photography from the nineteenth century to the present day. The exhibition focuses on humanity and the everyday with works by photographers including Dorothea Lange, Father Francis Browne and Inge Morath. 

    Exhibition curator Sarah McAuliffe commented: “As the Gallery’s collection continues to expand, we’re delighted to present over 70 artworks – many newly acquired – to the public in this exhibition. These works celebrate people in Ireland and abroad, from diverse backgrounds, communities and cultures, united by universal experiences. Picturing People offers something for everyone and my hope for those visiting the exhibition is that they will feel a sense of warmth and joy as they move through the exhibition space.”

    Nevill Johnson, Two Women in Hats, 1952-53 © RTÉ Archives


    Monday, September 13th, 2021
    Sir Winston Churchill, The Bridge at Aix en Provence (1948)

    The Bridge at Aix en Provence by Sir Winston Churchill will highlight Christie’s Modern British Art evening auction in London on October 20. The painting was originally gifted to the Swiss paint manufacturer Willy Sax who supplied Churchill with his artistic materials and would become a lifelong friend. Churchill had already been using oil paint produced by Sax Farben, a family run paint manufacturer just outside of Zurich, when the pair formed a strong bond after their first meeting in Switzerland in September 1946. The resulting relationship ensued for the rest of their lives. The scene depicted in The Bridge at Aix en Provence would have been especially appealing to Churchill, not only due to his love of painting water, but also because this particular vista was also visited by Paul Cézanne, who inspired Churchill. The painting is estimated at £1,500,000-2,500,000.


    Sunday, September 12th, 2021

    An early Irish walnut tea or silver table, a Sheraton sideboard and an Irish Georgian longcase clock are among the prime lots at Lynes and Lynes online sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on September 18. Just over 400 lots will come under the hammer at an auction which Lynes and Lynes has been putting together since last April.  The sale includes two executor house contents and lots collected from residences throughout Munster. There is an Irish Georgian mahogany and brass banded turf bucket ( €600-€1,000); an Irish Georgian mahogany tall boy (€1,000- €1,500); a gilded serpentine console table with marble top (€1,000-€1,500): an Irish Georgian secretaire bookcase (€2,000-€3,000); an Irish Georgian mahogany and satinwood corner cabinet (€1,000-€1,500); an Arts and Crafts oak side cabinet (€800-€1,200) and a large 19th century wardrobe with light and dark walnut panels (€1,000-€1,500).

    Some of the lots available including an Irish Georgian sideboard and a 19th century overmantle mirror.

    The Irish walnut tea table is complete with carved frieze and shell decoration and is estimated at €4,000-€6,000, the Sheraton sideboard at €1,000-€1,500 and the Georgian longcase clock, by J. Burdon, Dublin at €1,500-€2,000.There are collectibles including two stuffed pheasants cased by Rohu, Cork, an old metal Tri-ang pedal car, a Guinness Time outside wall clock and a large silver cup from the North Kildare Harriers Point to Point in 1925 There is silver and plate, mirrors, some garden furniture, porcelain and cloissonne ware and an Irish Connemara made drawing room rug (€300-€500) as well as some coins and books.

    An early Irish walnut tea table and an Irish Georgian turf bucket