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    SOTHEBY’S AUCTION SALES TOTAL $5.3 BILLION IN 2018

    Friday, December 21st, 2018

    Auctions at Sotheby’s worldwide totalled $5.3 billion in 2018.  This is a 12% increase over 2017. Online buyers spent more than $200 million this year and 25% of all lots sold in 2018 were sold online.  The top lot of the year at any auction house was Modigliani’s Nu Couche which sold for $157.2 million in New York in May.  This was the highest auction price in Sotheby’s history.

    Queen Marie Antoinette’s pearl sold for $36.2 million in Geneva in November.

    Amedeo Modigliani Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) Signed Modigliani (lower left)

     

    CANALETTO AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Saturday, December 15th, 2018

    Forget Ireland in winter. A chance to lose yourself in 18th century Venice in summer is now available at the National Gallery of Ireland where Canaletto and the Art of Venice is on view until March 24. Many iconic landmarks like the Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal feature in this show of nearly 100 works by Canaletto and contemporaries including Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli and Giovanni Batista Piazzetta.
    The colour, drama and energy of Venice is conveyed through paintings, drawings and prints. A highpoint is the display of all twelve of Canaletto’s Grand Canal series. The works have been lent by Queen Elizabeth II from the Royal Collection, one of the most important collections in the world. Most of them were acquired by George III directly from Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice, a passionate collector and support of Venetian artists and Canaletto’s most enthusiastic patron. The show is curated by Anne Hodge of the National Gallery of Ireland.

    Canaletto (1697-1768) – A Regatta on the Grand Canal, c1733-34 Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

    Canaletto (1697–1768) The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day c1733-4 Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018.

    VARIETY AT ADAMS AT HOME AUCTION

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018

    There is a wide variety of lots, from silver and porcelain to jewellery, antique furniture, art and collectibles at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on December 16.  The sale is at 11.30 a.m.  There is a timed online sale, At Home Part II which starts at 2 p.m.  Catalogues for both sales are online. Here is a small selection:

    A REGENCY INLAID ROSEWOOD RECTANGULAR DOUBLE DROP LEAF SOFA TABLE, (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH 19TH CENTURY DESSERT DISH, by Herbert Cooper, Molesworth Street, Dublin (100-200)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    DESMOND CARRICK RHA (1928-2012)
    Figures walking the promenade (400-600)  UPDATE; THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    A NAPOLEON III CORAL PARURE (800-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    THE ANIMAL AND THE ARTIST

    Sunday, December 9th, 2018
    Sly White Fox and Four Sheep by John Shinnors sold for 6.600 at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art last week.  Adult Reading at Artist’s Bedtime, which has just been published by Gandon Editions, recounts how the renowned Limerick artist was first inspired to paint animals.
    It happened one afternoon years ago when he went to do some plein air painting by the river.  He had walked through a field of cows and, though absorbed in what he was doing, felt a presence behind him. He turned to find almost the whole herd of friesians had gathered, jockeying for position, as if to judge the work.  “It then dawned on me that I was painting the wrong thing. whistling I quietly turned the easel about and put up a new canvas board  It was as if I really observed them for the 1st time”.

    AFFORDABLE ART ONLINE AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Friday, December 7th, 2018

    A sale of affordable art by Morgan O’Driscoll runs online until the evening of December 10. There are 395 lots. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    J.P. Rooney – The Emerald Cove (700-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS  MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    ELIZABETH BROPHY (20TH/21ST CENTURY)A Flower for the Little Lady (700-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    ANTHONY ROBERT KLITZ (1917-2000) Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    Neil Shawcross RHA RUA (b.1940)
    Still Life on Windowsill (2009) (!,000-1,500) UPDATE: THIS  MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
    THIS has been the best year ever on the Irish art market in terms of turnover and it continues on its merry way in the final run up to Christmas.  The James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin next Wednesday evening offers a selection that includes leading lots by Oisin Kelly, Roderic O’Conor, Gerard Dillon, Augustus John, Michael Farrell, Erskine Nicholl, Louis le Brocquy and Henry Moore.
    The top estimate in this auction is for Oisin Kelly’s bronze Children of Lir cast in 1983 at the Dublin Art Foundry as an issue of two.  It is from the original maquette for Kelly’s large scale bronze at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin dedicated by Taoiseach Jack Lynch in 1971. The other copy is on display outside the Taoiseach’s office at Government Buildings. This one is estimated at 30,000-50,000.
    A bronze relief of a mother and child and reclining figure by Henry Moore is estimated at 12,000-16,000.  The catalogue cover lot is another sculpture, F.E. MacWilliam’s Peace B from his Banners series (8,000-12,000) and there is sculpture by Rowan Gillespie, Rory Breslin, Imogen Stuart, Robin Buick, Edward Delaney, Eamon O’Doherty, Selma McCormack and James McIntyre.

    Paintings range from a self portrait by Augustus John (20,000-30,000) to an interior still life by Patrick Hennessy (7,000-10,000) and a seated model by Roderic O’Conor (30,000-40,000) to Battersea Boy by Louis le  Brocquy (10,000-15,000). There is a bright Malaga work by William Crozier (5,000-8,000) and a photo realist painting by John Doherty of part of two houses at Eyeries in west Cork (5,000-7,000).  There are landscapes, portraits and studies by artists ranging from Gerard Dillon, Peter Collis, Dan O’Neill, George Campbell, Peter Curling and William Conor to Percy French, Edwin Hayes, James Arthur O’Connor and William Sadler.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Oisin Kelly RHA (1915-1981) Children of Lir  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980) Interior, Still Life with a Vase of Flowers on a Chair  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    John Doherty – Eyeries, west Cork  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600 AT HAMMER

    Howard Helmich (1845-1907) – Reluctant Pupil  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE ART SALE BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

    An online sale of 262 lots of Irish and a small selection of international art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until December 3.  There is work by a wide variety of Irish artists including Tim Goulding, Peter Curling, Donald Teskey, Arthur Maderson, Markey Robinson, Harry Kernoff, Tony O’Malley and many more.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    TIM GOULDING (B.1945) Fire on the Mountain (1993)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,300 AT HAMMER

    DONALD TESKEY (B.1956)From the Station to the Shore I  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER

    EDWARD DELANEY (B.1930) The Samson Riddle (1972)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    KENNETH WEBB (B.1927) Macroom Castle, Co Cork  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW NEXT WEEK

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018

    The two day sale at Sheppards in Durrow on November 27 and 28  will feature important furniture, decorative art, fine wines, art, sculpture, rugs, silver and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY VENETIAN PAINTED CABINET (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    J. D’ATTE – Fete au Village (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1740-1808). – Mary Jervis (1737-1828) a descendent of Humphrey Jervis who developed Dublin’s Jervis Street (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    IRISH NINETEENTH-CENTURY MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    FRENCH EMPIRE ORMOLU MANTLE CLOCK (1,500-2,500)

    TWO LARGE CHINESE QING PERIOD BLANC DE CHINE GUANYIN (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE; THESE MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    BURNS COLLECTION IS MOST VALUABLE SALE OF IRISH ART THIS YEAR

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

    RODERIC O’CONOR
    1860-1940 ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’

    At Sotheby’s in London today Romeo and Juliet by Roderic O’Conor was the top lot in what was the most valuable sale of Irish art so far this year. It made £364,000 in the sale of the Brian P. Burns collection which brought in a total of £3,307,375, the highest total for a private collection of Irish art sold at auction.  It was one of eleven lots from an auction of 100 Irish paintings which crashed through the £100,000 barrier.

    Armistice Day, November 11th 1918, Grosvenor Place, London by Sir John Lavery

    The others were  Seascape, Orange and Red Rocks by Roderic O’Conor (£100,000) Red Rocks, Brittany by Roderic O’Connor (£100,000)  Armistice Day, November 11th 1918 by Sir John Lavery (£250,000) Seated Boy and Sea by Walter Osborne (£137,500) Misty Morning by Jack B. Yeats (£286,000)  St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle by F J Davis (£243,750)  The Lonely Sea by Jack B. Yeats (£125,000) The Beach, Tangier by Sir John Lavery (£100,000) Harmsworth Interior Portrait by Sir William Orpen (£112,500) and The Laugh by Jack B Yeats (£225,000).

    Sir John Lavery’s Armistice Day, November 11th 1918 was acquired by the Imperial War Museums.  Self Portrait with Palette by Kathleen Fox was acquired by the National Self Portrait Collection at the University of Limerick.

     

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland,com for November 17 and August 22, 2018).

    WHYTE’S SALE OFFERS COLLECTORS KEY PIECES OF IRISH ART

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

    The evening sale of Important Irish Art at Whyte’s at the RDS in Dublin on November 26 will offer collectors an opportunity to acquire key pieces from this flagship winter sale.  Highlights include The Man with the Wrinkled Face by Yeats (80,000-120,000) and le Brocquy’s Image of Samuel Beckett (150,000-250,000) from 1994, one of a number of exemplary works by le Brocquy in the sale.  There are three horse paintings by Basil Blackshaw, some exceptional work by Irish women artists, a selection of sculpture and work by a wide variety of celebrated Irish artists.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    IMAGE OF SAMUEL BECKETT, 1994 LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012) (150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    THE MAN WITH THE WRINKLED FACE, 1944 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 245,000 AT HAMMER

    SELF PORTRAIT, c.1914 MARGARET CLARKE (NÉE CRILLEY) RHA (1888-1961) (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000 AT HAMMER

    MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE, WEST OF IRELAND, 1913-1914 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 44,000 AT HAMMER