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    RUNNING TOTAL OF $1.26 BILLION AT CHRISTIE’S MARQUEE WEEK SALES

    Friday, May 13th, 2022
    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) – Le Parlement, soleil couchant made $75.9 million

    THE final evening sales at Christie’s in New York last night achieved $843.7 bringing the running total for the Spring 2022 Marquee Week sales to $1.26 Billion. The collection of Anne H. Bass made $363.1 million, the 20th century evening sale made $468.2 million and The Raptor sold for $12.4 million. The collection of Anne H. Bass was 100% sold, and 149% sold above the low estimate. There was a new record for Edgar Degas’s Petite danseuse de quatorze ans which soared over its high estimate of $30 million to sell for $41.6 million, breaking his record for the first time in almost 15 years. Monet’s Parlement was the top lot of the sale and made $75.9 Million.

    Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s Americas, commented, “We were honored to sell the exquisite collection of Anne H. Bass. The twelve masterpieces, beautifully chosen, reflect the unique perspective of a female collector.”

    The 20th Century evening sale sold 98% by lot and 99% by value. The Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes set a new record at $15.2 Million, 76 times its high estimate. In Barnes’ first appearance in an evening sale, the work had competition from 22 bidders. It sold to a buyer in the room after more than ten and a half minutes of bidding. Another artist record was established by Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware, which sold for $45 million. The work had hung in the White House for multiple presidencies. Thirteen works in the sale achieved more than $10 million. The top lot of the sale was Number 31, an iconic drip painting by Jackson Pollock which made $54.2 million.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 19, April 22 and May 3, 2022)

    PABLO PICASSO – TETE DE FEMME (FERNANDE) SOLD FOR $48,480,000

    A YEATS RETURNS TO PARIS AFTER 100 YEARS

    Thursday, May 12th, 2022
    Jack B. Yeats- Market Day, Mayo / The Long Car
    Executed in 1920 Exhibited Paris, Galeries Barbazanges, l’Exposition d’Art Irlandais, 1922,

    This Yeats painting is again on show in Paris this week. Sotheby’s has included it in their exhibition and viewing of lots for Ireland / France: Art and Literature sale which is open online for bidding until May 16. The sale includes a strong group of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by Ireland’s leading artists from the 19th century to the present day, including Roderic O’Conor, John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Mainie Jellett, William Scott and Rowan Gillespie. In addition are a select group of books by Ireland’s celebrated writers including Joyce, Beckett and Yeats.

    The auction coincides with the centenary anniversary of the 1922 World Congress of the Irish Race – a significant event in modern Irish history in which the newly founded Irish State participated in a week-long international conference in Paris to promote the country’s national identity. In attendance were Irish politicians, diaspora delegates, writers, artists and musicians. It is on view in Paris until May 14.

    CLEAR DEMAND FOR EMERGING ARTISTS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
    Georgina Hilton selling Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild

    Christie’s say that results from their 21st Century evening sale in New York last night demonstrate a clear demand from collectors globally and growing confidence in the market for emerging contemporary artists. The auction was led by the monumental canvas by Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild, 1994 which made $36.5 Million. The auction was 114% sold above the low estimate with strong depth of bidding, averaging six bidders per lot.

    The opening lot – Summertime by Anna Weyant achieved $1.5 Million – more than seven times its low estimate of $200,000 – after eight minutes of competitive bidding. Shara Hughes’s Spins from Swiss also established a new record, achieving $2.94 Million against a low estimate of $500,000. The monumental canvas Green Room by Matthew Wong set a record of $5.34 million, doubling its high estimate. Portrait of a Lady (After Louis Leopold Boilly) by Ewa Juszkiewicz made a record $1.56 Million (estimate: $200,000-300,000), benefitting POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. An NFT by Refik Anadol, Living Architecture: Casa Batlló made $1.38 Million.

    THE MOST EXPENSIVE 20TH CENTURY ARTWORK EVER SOLD

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
    Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn made $195 million to become the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold at Christie’s in New York last night. The painting was the final lot of the single-owner Thomas and Doris Ammann Collection which featured 36 lots and totalled $317.8 million.

    Proceeds from the entire sale of this Zurich collection will benefit charities providing urgent medical and educational services to children. The buyer of Warhol’s Marilyn has been invited to partner with the Ammann Foundation and play an active role in fulfilling its global mission for children’s aid, with the opportunity to nominate the charities to which 20% of the work’s proceeds will be allocated, subject to the Foundation’s final approval.

    Warhol’s colourful reproductions of Monroe’s photo portrait — originally a publicity still from her 1953 movie “Niagara” — are among his most recognisable works. Warhol first began creating silkscreens of Marilyn Monroe following her death in August 1962. He would create reproductions of her visage multiple times in bright colours, often with the features somewhat askew. In 1964, he developed a more refined and time-intensive screen printing technique, antithetical to the mass production he was best known for, and created a limited number of portraits of the Hollywood legend of which Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is one. This technique was so difficult that he never returned to it again.

    Bloomberg is reporting that it was bought by the art dealer Larry Gagosian. The previous record price for a piece of American artwork was $110.5m for a skull painting created in 1982 by Jean-Michael Basquiat. The previous record for a 20th Century work of art was set in 2015 when a 1955 painting by Pablo Picasso – Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) – sold for $179.4m, including fees.

    COUNTRY HOUSE CLEARANCE BY MATTHEWS IN KELLS

    Sunday, May 8th, 2022
    Irish William IV Mahogany Three Pod Dining Table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    This 20 foot long Irish William IV dining table is among the top lots at Matthews original country house clearance auction on May 10. The executors sale of the estate of the late Trevor Fitzherbert of Rockfield, Athboy Road, Kells, Co. Meath offers a total of 950 lots and is on view at the property. The dining table is lot 348 and is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. The catalogue is online.

    SOTHEBY’S CELEBRATES IRELAND IN PARIS

    Saturday, May 7th, 2022
    Roderic O’Conor – Rocks and Foam, St. Guenole, 1893. UPDATE: THIS MADE 352,800

    A May celebration of Ireland by Sotheby’s in Paris will introduce Irish art to new European audiences and mark an important centenary.  Bidding on Ireland / France: Art and Literature opens May 9.  The online sale runs until May 16 and will be on view in the French capital from May 11 until May 14. The newly founded Irish state took part in a week long international conference in Paris in 1922 titled The World Congress of the Irish Race.  Irish politicians, diaspora delegates, writers, artists and musicians all turned up with the intention of promoting Ireland on the world stage and highlighting our artistic and cultural uniqueness. The auction this month –  staged in addition to the annual sale of Irish Art by Sotheby’s to be held in London next November – coincides with the centenary of that congress.

    In 1922 the then capital of the art world was witness to a major, month long Irish art exhibition of three hundred works at Galeries Barbazanges.Sotheby’s will avail of the viewing to exhibit three works on loan from private collections.  Two of them, The Rosary by Grace Henry and Market Day Mayo / The Long Car by Jack B Yeats, painted respectively in 1910 and 1920, were exhibited at l’Exposition d’Art Irlandais at Galeries Barbazanges. The third, The Bridge at the River Grez, was painted by John Lavery in 1883. Among the literary offerings are copies of Ulysses (first published in Paris in 1922) and Dubliners by James Joyce; Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnameable by Samuel Beckett and Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats.  There is a death mask of James Joyce by Victor McCaughan.

    William Scott – Bottle Still Life, 1958. UPDATE: THIS MADE 50,400

    Irish art on offer at this auction spans different generations and styles.  There are paintings by Jack B Yeats and Louis le Brocquy, Sir John Lavery and William Scott. Among our leading contemporary artists there is sculpture by Dorothy Cross, Rowan Gillespie and Patrick O’Reilly with painting by Hughie O’Donoghue and John Noel Smith. Cow up a Tree by the west Cork based Australian artist John Kelly is estimated at €24,000-€35,000. A French cafe scene from 1937 by Harry Kernoff – Sunday Evening, Place du Combat, Paris – is estimated at €40,000-€60,000.  Head of a Breton boy by Roderic O’Conor dates to 1883 and is estimated at €60,000-€80,000.  Work by Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Charles Lamb, Sean Keating, Sean O’Sullivan, Aloysius O’Kelly, Sean O’Sullivan, Sarah Purser, Mary Swanzy, William Orpen  and Leo Whelan features too.Among the most expensively estimated lots are Rocks and Foam, St. Guenole, 1883 by Roderic O’Conor (€300,000-€500,000), A Stranger by Sir John Lavery and Quatre Poires by Roderic O’Conor each estimated at €120,000-€180,000 and Statue of the Fragonard, Grasse, 1920’s by William Leech (€30,000-€50,000). There is much here to interest the French, the Irish and members of the Irish diaspora and their descendants located right around the globe.

    SPECTACULAR FURNITURE FROM MONTE ALVERNO IN DALKEY

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
    George I gilt and scarlet-japanned bureau-cabinet, circa 1720, in the manner of John Belchier

    This spectacular early Georgian gilt and scarlet japanned bureau cabinet is the most expensively estimated lot at Sotheby’s sale of contents from Monte Alverno, Dalkey, Dublin in London on May 26. Formerly at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire it was acquired at Mallett’s in London in 1999 and is now estimated at £150,000-£250,000. The City by Jack B Yeats has a similar estimate. Monte Alverno; An Irish Private Collection contains a remarkable collection of English and Irish furniture and paintings from a home perched high on a terrace in Dalkey with views over the Irish Sea. There is beautifully carved and patinated Irish furniture dating from the mid-eighteenth century through to later pieces by Hicks of Dublin, partnered with gilded mirrors, Chinese works of art and fine English furniture along with paintings by Jack B. Yeats, William Scott, James Arthur O’Connor, Patrick Swift and other renowned Irish artists. The catalogue is online.

    A pair of George III mahogany torchères, circa 1770

    ANN AND GORDON GETTY COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
    GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, IL CANALETTO
    Entrance to the Grand Canal looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute at right

    The legendary Ann & Gordon Getty Collection will be sold at Christie’s through a series of landmark auctions beginning next October. The collection stands alone in its quality, rarity and beauty. Nearly 1,500 works of  English and European furniture, Asian works of art, European ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, silver, European and Asian textiles, and Impressionist and Old Master paintings from the couple’s San Francisco residence will be offered. The sales in October are expected to achieve as much as $180 million. Proceeds will benefit the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for the Arts and designated beneficiaries include California based organisations like the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, University of San Francisco, Berkeley Geochronology Center, and the Leakey Foundation.

    HENRI MATISSE
    Chrysanthèmes dans un vase de Chine

    Gordon Getty commented: “Though she left us far too soon, I know Ann would be proud that her exquisite eye and unmatched dedication to craftsmanship and scholarship are being shared with the world, and that the philanthropic planning around our art collection is being realised. These sales are a continuation of the longstanding philanthropic goals of the Getty family first established by my father, J. Paul Getty.”

    ANYONE FOR AN IRISH SILVER TEA SERVICE?

    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
    Irish silver 4 piece tea service by William Egan & Sons Ltd. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    This Irish silver four piece tea service by William Egan & Sons Ltd, Cork comes up at Woodwards online art and silver auction on May 7. It is of panelled form with shaped handles and raised bases with the Glenisheen collar hallmark for 1973 and is estimated at €1,500-€2,500. Among the highlights are an abstract by Mainie Jellett and there is art by Arthur Maderson, Kenneth Webb, Gladys MacCabe, Kenneth Webb, Bingham McGuinness, Thomas Ryan, Alexander Williams, John Kingerlee, Tom Nisbet, Stella Steyn, Victor Richardson, Eileen Meagher and others. A Cork helmet shaped cream ewer stamped STERLING, a pair of boat shaped sauceboats by William Egan, a strawberry dish by the Cork maker Cyril O’Mahony, a berry spoon by Isaac Solomon, Cork 1831 and a Dublin dish ring by West and Son will all come under the hammer. UPDATE: Composition No. 24 and Abstract by Mainie Jellett made hammer prices of €8,000 and €5,000 respectively, St Peter’s Basilica Rome by Arthur Maderson made €4,000 and Paris in Spring by Gladys MacCabe made €2,800.

    WAYNE THIEBAUD’S ICE CREAM CONES AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, May 1st, 2022
    WAYNE THIEBAUD (1920 – 2021) – Three Ice Cream Cones. UPDATE: THIS MADE $4.98 MILLION

    Wayne Thiebaud’s Three Ice Cream Cones ($2,500,000-3,500,000) from the private collection of Nina Van Rensselaer will lead Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art day sale in New York on May 13. The work was acquired by Van Rensselaer directly from the artist and has been passed down in the same private collection for six decades. Highlights also include Helen Frankenthaler’s Crete ($1,500,000-2,000,000) and works from contemporary artists including Shara Hughes, Weeping Blur ($400,000-600,000).