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    SEAN SCULLY RUG DESIGNED FOR CEADOGAN CHARITY AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
    Sean Scully – WALL FEZ

    Wall Fez designed by Sean Scully is a unique piece by Ceadogan mugmakers. The company invited 12 Irish artist to collaborate in creating a unique rug or wall hanging. All are now on view at Hang Tough Contemporary at Exchequer St. in Dublin. The resulting pieces, handtufted in pure wool, are to be auctioned by Whyte’s in a timed online sale which runs to February 5, with 50% of profits going to the Peter McVerry Trust. The remainder will be divided between the artists and For the Birds, a regeneration project at the site of Ceadogan’s workshops in Co. Wexford. Wall Fez is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    ORIGINAL LED ZEPPELIN ALBUM COVER ILLUSTRATION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, January 23rd, 2023
    George Hardie original artwork Led Zeppelin album cover. Couresy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2022. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $47,880

    George Hardie’s original album cover artwork for the 1976 Led Zeppelin soundtrack to the film The Song Remains the Same comes up at Christie’s Exceptional Sale in New York on January 27. The acrylic, ink and graphite front and back covers on illustration board are estimated at $50,000-80,000. The sale of extraordinary objects includes furniture, silver and decorative arts. Among the lots on offer are The Arizona Spike made in 1869 of steel clad in gold and silver to commemorate the completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad and an Ascot Trophy sponsored by Tsar Nicholas II.

    UPDATE: The Arizona Spike made $2.2 million, the Ascot Trophy made $302,400.

    NANO REID AT DE VERES ART AND DESIGN SALE

    Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
    Nano Reid, 1910-1981 – BOYNE FISHING I. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    This oil on board by Nano Reid is from the current art and design online auction by de Veres in Dublin. Lot 10 is estimated at 2,000-4,000. All viewing and bidding for this auction of 136 lots is online. The auction continues until January 25.

    NOTHING NEW ABOUT IRISH CELEBRITY DONKEYS

    Saturday, January 21st, 2023
    How Did You Get there? He Asked in Amazement by Jack B Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    There is nothing new about celebrity donkeys in Irish fiction.  Long before Jenny the Donkey from The Banshees of Inisherin stole the show at this years Golden Globes in Hollywood The Turf Cutter’s Donkey was a favourite of generations of Irish children.  Written by Patricia Lynch (1898-1972) and first published in 1934 The Turf Cutter’s Donkey came complete with lovingly evoked illustrations of the Irish landscape by Jack B Yeats.  Lot 15 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sizzling online sale of Irish art which runs until January 30 is an illustration by Yeats of the Turf Cutter’s Donkey which has never before been on the auction market. The sale boasts no less than five watercolours by Yeats, three of them from the tale of mystery and adventure by Patricia Lynch. It follows the exploits of Seamus and Eileen, turf cutters children from a whitewashed cottage befriended by a donkey who leads them into a series of extraordinary adventures. Leading the three illustrations from the work is The Turf Cutter’s Donkey, estimated at €15,000-€25,000. How did you get there? He asked in amazement is estimated at €5,000-€7,000 and Look at the Showdown by the Red Rock is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.  Other works by Yeats, The Derelict (1910) and The Pannier Market (1906) are estimated respectively at €10,000-€15,000 and €15,000-€25,000.

    There will be much interest in Two Pears, a 1977 oil on canvas by William Scott estimated at €50,000-€70,000.  Scott remains the most internationally celebrated  Ulster painter of the 20th century and a work of this calibre is likely to generate significant competitive bidding.   Among the other artists with a strong following featured in this sale are  Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, Hughie O’Donoghue, Mainie Jellett and James Arthur O’Connor. The catalogue is online and viewing gets underway in Skibbereen on January 26.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 12, 2023)

    PORTRAIT BY HUGH DOUGLAS-HAMILTON ACQUIRED BY CLEVELAND ART MUSEUM

    Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1739–1808) – George Clavering Cowper, 3rd Earl Cowper

    A recently discovered full-length pastel portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, the most celebrated Irish portraitist of the Grand Tour, has been acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The portrait had remained in the sitter’s family and is preserved in remarkable condition. The full-length pastel was a type developed during the 18th century and appealed to English tourists on the Grand Tour to Italy. The earl, a cultural paragon and a patron of artists and composers, spent most of his adult life in Florence, where he sat for Hugh Douglas Hamilton.  Cowper championed the music of Handel, sponsoring performances of his works in Florence for the first time, patronised a stream of artists, including Johan Zoffany from whom he acquired the Niccolini-Cowper Madonna and Small Cowper Madonna both by Raphael and both now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington. He sponsored a number of scientists including Alessandro Volta’s work on electromagnetism.

    Hugh Douglas Hamilton lived in Florence for two years, studying in the Uffizi and producing portraits of Grand Tourists as well as members of the resident British community. His portrait of Cowper is undoubtedly the masterpiece from his time in the city,

    REDISCOVERED WATTEAU AT CHRISTIE’S IN NEW YORK

    Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
    ANTOINE WATTEAU (1684-1721) – Le Pèlerinage a l’Ile de Cythère. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $1,860,000

    Le Pèlerinage a l’Ile de Cythère, a rediscovery of a major addition to the small canon of paintings by the French master, Antoine Watteau. comes up at Christie’s Old Masters sale in New York on January 25. Larger in scale than most of Watteau’s paintings the oil on canvas provides a crucial, previously unknown stage in the creation of the artist’s most celebrated masterpiece The Embarkation to Cythera in the Louvre. 

    The picture was catalogued in detail in a number of 18th-century collections and clearly identified as a work by Watteau. During the 19th century the attribution was lost. It has now been reattributed. Contemporaneous attributions are further supported by extensive scientific examination which has revealed that the painting was created using Watteau’s distinctive methods with materials consistent in age and type with his work. The work is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Alan Wintermute.

    JAMES COLEMAN AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
    James Coleman – Still Life, 2013-2016 (yellow version) Video Installation
    © James Coleman; Courtesy of James Coleman and Marian Goodman Gallery

    A video installation Still Life, 2013-2016 (yellow version), by Roscommon born James Coleman has just opened at the National Gallery of Ireland. A pioneer of lens-based installation art Coleman works primarily in film and slide projection. On view until next October 8 in the Sir Hugh Lane Room it offers a silent, large-scale projection of an uprooted poppy against a black background. One year after its acquisition in February 2022 this is the first display of the work at the Gallery and its first appearance in Ireland. Coleman is recognised internationally for his influence on late-twentieth century conceptual art and represented Ireland at the 1973 Paris Biennale.

    MID CENTURY MODERN AT HEGARTY’S JANUARY AUCTION

    Sunday, January 15th, 2023

    This mid century modern style console table comes up at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, Co. Cork which continues until January 17. In excellent condition there is a polished chrome frame and shaped teak top. The estimate is 1,500-1,800. The online auction of 195 lots features a selection of antique furniture, art, jewellery, clocks and collectibles. UPDATE: THIS TABLE WAS UNSOLD

    BRIDGET FLANNERY SHOW AT THE SOLOMON GALLERY

    Saturday, January 14th, 2023
    Yamba IV by Bridget Flannery 

    An exhibition of richly coloured and textured new abstract work by Bridget Flannery entitled Terra Incognita runs at the Solomon Gallery in Dublin until February 4.  The Cork born artist, who graduated from the Crawford in 1981, has held numerous exhibitions throughout Ireland and Europe and has work in private and public collections including the OPW, The Crawford, UCC, Bank of Ireland, The Four Seasons Hotel Group and the Museum of Fine Art in Latvia.

    CONTENTS FROM FIVE STAR HOTELS IN DUBLIN TO BE AUCTIONED

    Friday, January 13th, 2023
    Ox Blood Leather Chesterfield Three Seater Settee UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    This three seater Chesterfield comes up as lot 210 at Aidan Foley’s two day online auction of contents from a number of five star hotels on January 17 and 18. A total of 1115 lots of furniture, artwork and collectibles will come under the hammer. The most expensively estimated lot, at 5,000-7,000, is an artwork by Graham Knuttel titled Cocktail Girl. The chesterfield comes with an estimate of 600-1,000. There are lots from  Dublin’s Four Seasons (now Intercontinental), Westin and Trinity City Hotels, Glenlo Abbey in Galway and Powerscourt Resort and Spa in Wicklow along with memorabilia from Buck Whaley’s nightclub and Larry Murphy’s pub. The sale is on view today, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday at 67 Prussia St. in Dublin and the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: The auction was 97% sold and realised more than €200,000.