antiquesandartireland.com

Information about Art, Antiques and Auctions in Ireland and around the world
  • ABOUT
  • About Des
  • Contact
  • Archive for the ‘ART’ Category

    FONSIE MEALY SALE OF CONTENTS FROM OSBERTSTOWN HOUSE, NAAS

    Thursday, July 15th, 2021
    Interior view of Osberstown House

    Contents from Osberstown House, Naas, Co. Kildare will come under the hammer at an online sale by Fonsie Mealy on July 27. More than 600 lots will come under the hammer. Viewing will be available by appointment on July 23, 24 and 26. The sale will be live online in Castlecomer, but there will be no public attendance.

    EUROPEAN PRINTMAKING OVER THE PAST 500 YEARS

    Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

     A window on printmaking over the past 500 years is open at the City Assembly House at South William St. in Dublin, headquarters of the Irish Georgian Society.   Art by Rembrandt, Durer, Turner, Tissot, Pisarro, Cezanne, Whistler and Samuel Palmer is featured in a touring exhibition entitled “Print REbels” which runs until August 27.  This is a show of works  collected over the past two and a half decades by Corkman Edward Twohig, currently Head of Art at Marlborough College in Wiltshire with 140 historical and contemporary original prints. They were first brought together at the Bankside Gallery in London to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Francis Seymour Haden, first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Haden created his finest work in Ireland the exhibition includes some of his prints.  

    Francis Seymour Haden – A Sunset in Ireland.

    A NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR PAUL HENRY AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, July 11th, 2021
    Paul Henry, R.H.A. (1876-1958) Mountains and Lake, Connemara, painted in 1934,

    There was a new auction record for Paul Henry at Christie’s sale of the B.J. Eastwood Collection of Important Sporting and Irish pictures in London on July 9. Mountains and Lake, Connemara is a classical Henry work. Estimated at £120,000-£180,000 it sold for £622,500. The collection of 30 pictures achieved £14,187,750, more than double the pre-sale low estimate. Over 70% of works sold for over the high sale estimate.

    IN ADVANCE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES – BRUSH UP ON YOUR EDO

    Saturday, July 10th, 2021
    Kaminarimon Gate at Kannon Temple Asakusa by Tamagawa Schucho

    With the Olympics less than two weeks away there is right now a rare chance to brush up on matters Japanese – specifically the floating world known as ukiyo-e that expressed the ambitions of the common townspeople of the Edo period  – at the marvellous Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.  Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis explores how woodblock prints shaped fashion, fame and identity in Edo, the city now known as Tokyo.

    During the Edo period (c1603-1868) Japan and its arts flourished in isolation from the rest of the world.  By the late 1630’s foreigners were officially prohibited as traditions of the past were revived, refined, parodied and transformed by expanding societies during the relatively peaceful 250 years when the Tokugawa shoguns ruled. In urban Edo a witty and irreverent expression surfaced in the visual and literary arts which gave rise to Kabuki Theatre and the woodblock prints of ukiyo-e. Chester Beatty offers pictures of actors and beauties with masterpieces by Hokusai and Hiroshige and many more from the library’s renowned collection. The exhibition features more than 100 prints and printed books from Edo.  Shown in two parts between now and December the exhibition will close for a week on August 30 to allow for a changeover.  There are various opportunities to explore this fascinating world online and through the accompanying catalogue.  Don’t miss it.

    Party under Wisteria Trellis by Chobunsai Eishi

    BELLOTTO LEADS CHRISTIE’S EVENING SALE OF OLD MASTERS

    Friday, July 9th, 2021
    BERNARDO BELLOTTO (VENICE 1721-1780 WARSAW)View of Verona with the Ponte delle Navi

    Bernardo Bellotto’s View of Verona and Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear were the top lots at Christie’s Classic Week evening sales in London. Last night there were artists records for for Bernardo Bellotto, Adriaen van de Velde, Francesco Tironi, Gregorio di Cecco da Lucca, the Master of Sterbini Diptych, Georges de La Tour and Marco Ricci. The Exceptional Sale and the  realised a combined total of £64,620,750 with registered bidders from 102 countries across 4 continents. The combined total of Classic Week sales to date is over £70 million.

    HISTORIC WORK BY YEATS ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL GALLERY

    Thursday, July 8th, 2021
    Jack B. Yeats – Bachelor’s Walk, In Memory 

    This work by Jack B. Yeats – Bachelor’s Walk, In Memory – has just become part of the national collection at the National Gallery of Ireland purchased with special support of the Government of Ireland and key contributions from several donors. The painting depicts an incident in Dublin city centre in 1914 in which a detachment of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators. Three people were killed (a fourth later died) and over 35 were injured. Earlier that day soldiers and officers of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Royal Irish Constabulary had intercepted Volunteers and members of Na Fianna transporting a consignment of rifles and ammunition that had arrived at Howth earlier on board the yacht The Asgard.  The artist did not witness the event but visited the following day and based the painting on a sketch he produced on the spot. He noted ‘a bullet hole in shop window’ and recorded that ‘a few paces further towards O’Connell bridge flower girls had thrown flowers’. The painting was not seen publicly until 1922, when it featured alongside other works by Yeats at the ‘Exposition d’Art Irlandais’ in Paris. It has been on long-term loan to the Gallery for the past twelve years.

    LEONARDO’S HEAD OF A BEAR AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON TODAY

    Thursday, July 8th, 2021

    This small drawing of a bear’s head by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie’s Exceptional Sale in London today is estimated at £8-12 million. It measures just 7x7cm and is among just a few drawings by the Italian Renaissance master which are still privately owned. The sketch previously belonged to British painter and collector Sir Thomas Lawrence, before being sold at Christie’s in 1860 for £2.50. It is one of fewer than eight surviving drawings by the artist still in private hands outside the Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £8,857,500, A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A DRAWING BY THE ARTIST.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 8, 2021)

    AMONG HORSES BY YEATS AT CHRISTIE’S LIVE ONLINE EASTWOOD SALE

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
    Jack B. Yeats – Among Horses

    Among Horses by Jack B. Yeats comes up at Christie’s live online sale of the B.J. Eastwood Collection in London on July 9 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000. Painted in 1947 it was acquired in 1994 by Barney Eastwood. The 30 lots in the sale represent B.J. Eastwood’s deep interest in Irish painting and equestrian art. B.J. Eastwood started his collection in the mid 1970s, at a time when he was particularly drawn to collection and house sales. However, it was his abiding love of sport and his eye for quality and detail which translated into an intrigue and fascination specifically with Sporting and Irish artists.  He followed the great sales of the 1970s and 1980s, and over time built an outstanding collection of the genres’ greatest examples. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD. THE EASTWOOD SALE BROUGHT IN £14,187,750

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 18, 2021)

    AN EVENING WITH THE OLD MASTERS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

    The Old Masters evening sale takes place at Sotheby’s in London at 6 pm today. Here is a sneak preview of the some the highlights:

    ARUNDEL ZODIAC TO HIGHLIGHT SMALL WONDERS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, July 5th, 2021

    One of the masterpieces of the Marlborough Collection, The Arundel Zodiac, a rare 16th-century astrological intaglio set in a virtuoso enameled gold pendant, will highlight Sotheby’s third Small Wonders auction online from July 9-15. The sales showcase early gems and jewels from the ancient world through to the early 19th century. The Arundel Zodiac was once in two of the greatest gem collections: the Arundel and Marlborough collections. Like most of the Arundel gems, it is likely to have once been owned by the Gonzaga dukes of Mantua. It  is centered by a rare 16th-century intaglio carved with Jupiter astride an eagle, flanked by Mars and Mercury, and Neptune underneath. The composition relates to a design by Raphael engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi. The whole is encircled by a frieze with the signs of the Zodiac. Only three such Zodiac gems exist from the period, in: the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (inv. no. 3706); the Cabinet des medailles, formerly the French royal collection; and the present Arundel Zodiac which is estimated at £120,000-£180,000.

    Italian, circa 1540 | The Arundel Zodiac. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £559,500