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    SCULLY’S LINOSA AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    A 1985 oil on canvas by Sean Scully comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art day auction in New York on May 17. Linosa is estimated at $300,000-400,000. It was exhibited at the Princeton show A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton Art Faculty 1975-1985.

    Sean Scully – Linosa

    LEONARDO’S LEDA AND THE SWAN ON SHOW IN NEW YORK

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    Leonardo da Vinci’s Leda and the Swan – one of the jewels of the famed Devonshire Collection – is to be included at Sotheby’s Treasures from Chatsworth exhibition in New York this summer.

    Created by Leonardo c1506 in Florence or Milan circa1506 – while he was working on the Mona Lisa – Leda and the Swan is a mythological preparatory drawing in pen, ink and wash. The work represents one of Da Vinci’s earliest designs for a composition of Leda, wife of the King of Sparta, and Jupiter, who has taken the form of a swan to seduce her. Hatching from the eggs at Leda’s feet are their offspring: the twins, Helen (later Helen of Troy) and Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. The drawing was acquired by the Devonshire collection in the first half of the 18th century. The painting for which the drawing served as a study did not survive.

    More than 40 masterworks have been selected for the Treasures from Chatsworth exhibition to represent the remarkable breadth of the Devonshire Collection – fine art from Rembrandt van Rijn to Lucian Freud, furniture and decorative objects from the 16th century to 21st-century design, and exceptional jewels, costumes, and archive materials commemorating historic occasions. It will run from June 28 to September 18 at Sotheby’s galleries at 1334 York Avenue, New York.

    Da Vini – Leda 001

    GREAT IRISH INTERIORS AT SHEPPARDS

    Monday, April 29th, 2019

    Contents from Westport House, Luttrelstown Castle, Castle Durrow and Malahide Castle are among the lots at Sheppards two days sale Durrow next Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer at auctions scheduled to begin at 10.30 am and 2 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is a French ormolu corner cabinet from Westport House, a brass lantern from Luttrelstown Castle, a 19th century tapestry from Malahide Castle with lurchers and the castle in the background and a pair of William IV ebony curtain poles from Castle Durrow.  Among the other lots from these sources are a pair of Irish mahogany side tables, a 19th century pine farmhouse table, an 18th century blunderbuss by Rigby of Dublin (3,000-5,000), a 17th century Italian School oil of The Last Supper, a pair of bronze Egyptian figures by Emile Louis Picault (1833-1915) and a 19th century classical urn.

    One of a pair of Irish mahogany side tables UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    DUBLIN PAINTING AND SKETCHING CLUB AT CHQ

    Monday, April 29th, 2019

    Container Ship is the title of this work by Tom Roche.  It is one of the works on show at the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club exhibition at CHQ, Customs House Quay, Dublin from today until May 12. One of the country’s largest exhibitions features around 90 artists showing 170 artworks. The theme of this years show is The Port and a number of member artists have created paintings with scenes of the Dublin Port and docklands. Works in oil, watercolour, pastel, ink, drawings, lithographs and prints are on offer at prices from 250 to 4,000. The Club was founded in October 1874 by artists who included Alfred Grey RHA, Alexander Williams RHA, Nathaniel Hone, John Butler Yeats, Walter Osborne and author Bram Stoker.

    MID-CENTURY MODERN AT JAMES ADAM

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019

    Mid Century Modern is the title of the auction at James Adam in Dublin at 6 pm on April 30. This is a sale of 123 lots of 20th century furniture, lighting, glass, mirrors, sculpture and art with work by Nevill Johnson, Felim Egan, John Shinnors, Alice Maher, Sean Scully, Mark Francis and others. The catalogue is online.

    Cecil King (1921-1986) Nexus II UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER
    EAMES SOFT PAD OFFICE CHAIR, by Vitra UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,400

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART SALE BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Friday, April 26th, 2019

    Viewing gets underway in Dublin today for Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art evening auction at the RDS on April 29. This sale has already been on view in New York, London and Cork. The catalogue lists 161 lots and is online. Here is a selection:

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 18 and April 2, 2018)

    THOMAS ROBERTS (1748-1778) The Weir in Lucan House, Demesne (40,000-60,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER
    FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Second Version of Painting 1946 (1971) (10,000-15,000) LITHOGRAPH NUMBER 101 OF 150. UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER
    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) The Emigrants (1,750-2,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,100 AT HAMMER

    GREAT IRISH INTERIORS AT SHEPPARDS SALE IN DURROW

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019

    The Great Irish Interiors auction at Sheppards in Durrow on April 30 and May 1 will see more than 1,200 lots come under the hammer. There is a very good across the board selection at all price levels. There is garden furniture and statuary, art, silver, antique furniture, Oriental porcelain, brassware and a variety of collectibles. Adding even more interest is the fact that the sale will include lots from Westport House, Luttrellstown Castle, Castle Durrow and Malahide Castle. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LARGE 19TH-CENTURY FARMHOUSE TABLE
    The Last Supper – 17th century Italian School
    19TH-CENTURY TERRACOTTA CLASSICAL URN UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    TOULOUSE-LAUTREC’S IRISH HAUNT IN PARIS

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    Away from bohemian Montmartre The Irish and American Bar on the Rue Royale on Paris’ upscale Right Bank was Toulouse-Lautrec’s favourite haunt. This was the setting for a poster advertising the American journal, The Chap Book. An 1895 lithograph in colours by Toulouse Lautrec of The Chap Book comes up at Sotheby’s prints and multiples day sale in New York on April 30. From a private collection in Chicago it is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

    HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
    1864 – 1901
    IRISH AND AMERICAN BAR, RUE ROYALE – THE CHAP BOOK 

    BIRTH OF MODERNISM IN IRISH ART

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920-1960 is the title of an exhibition running at the State Apartment Galleries in Dublin Castle until August 18.  In his catalogue commentary curator David Britton notes that it took time before the influence of early 20th century advances in art reached these shores.  With the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 the culturally conservative government and middle class catholics favoured art depicting west of Ireland cottages (Paul Henry), Irish agricultural workers (Sean Keating) or people at leisure as shown by William Conor or James Humbert Craig. The main exponents of Surrealism were Colin Middleton and Nevill Johnson. Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone were the first artists to promote pure Cubism in Ireland, but other Irish artists like May Guinness and Mary Swanzy had studied in Paris before Jellett and Hone’s arrival there. When Jellett first exhibited pure abstract work in 1923  there was a hostile review by the artist/poet George Russell. In 1943 Jellett was instrumental along with le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Jack Hanlon and others in organising the first Irish Exhibition of Living Art.  Dublin Castle is one of the leading public sites of the OPW.  Visitor numbers have been rising and reached 440,000 last year. 

    WILLIAM SCOTT – LEMON AND FUNNEL (1949)

    EASTER SUNDAY AUCTION IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019

    Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for an Easter Sunday art and antique auction at 2 pm tomorrow.  Dolan’s art auction house will offer nearly 400 lots at a sale timed to coincide with the busy Bank Holiday weekend in the west of Ireland. Dolan’s holiday auctions in Connemara are always crowd pullers and this one features art by Kenneth Webb, Hughie O’Donoghue, Edward Delaney, Sean Keating, Harry Kernoff,  Sean McSweeney, George Campbell, Norah McGuinness, Tony O’Malley, Charles Harper, Mark O’Neill, Carina Scott, Arthur Maderson and many more.

    There are some vintage toy cars by makers like Triang and Dinky, a Hornby train set, a set of three antique ebony elephants with ivory tusks, ebonised and inlaid cabinets, antique furniture including easy chairs, dining chairs, a sofa table, long case clocks, rugs, porcelain, silver and glass. Estimates for the art on offer range from a couple of hundred euro to 12,500, the top estimate for an orange cat tapestry by Graham Knuttel.  This is inscribed “Tapisserie D’Aubusson Felletin” and the estimate is 7,500-12,500.

    Brooks Emporium, Baggot St. Lower by John Brobbel
    Standing Figures by Edward Delaney