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    LAVERY PORTRAIT AT HEGARTY’S AUCTION IN BANDON

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019
    A Lavery portrait and a painting of the Cork quays by Norman McCaig (1929-2001) are among the prime lots at Hegarty’s west Cork country house auction in Bandon on January 27.  The auction will bring two family collections to market, from Lawn House and the Barber family, and will offer furniture, fine art, silver and jewellery.
    A portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) is stamped  “B. Kellerman Painters Supplies, New York”. It measures 28′ x 20′ and is estimated at 4,000-8,000. Among the furniture is a pair of Irish rosewood fold over card tables c1820 and an 18th century Irish mahogany hunt table.  There is an early 20th century Arts and Crafts silver goblet and a collection of jewellery.

    Portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery

    A pair of Irish 19th century fold over card tables.

    JEWELLERY AND SILVER AT O’REILLY’S OF FRANCIS ST. DUBLIN

    Thursday, January 17th, 2019

    Fine jewellery, watches and silver will come under the hammer at O’Reilly’s on Francis St., Dublin on January 23.   Diamonds, sapphires, pearls, peridots, amethysts and all sort of coloured stones feature in a jewellery selection that includes rings,  bracelets, brooches, pendants, earrings and watches in various styles and across all price ranges.  There is more than 500 lots and the selection includes silver, miniatures and art.  The catalogue is online.

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

    The Irish art online auction at Morgan O’Driscoll, which runs until January 21, offers work by a wide variety of artists including Arthur Maderson, Evie Hone, Kenneth Webb, Markey Robinson, Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors and many other artists.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    EVIE HONE (1894-1955) – Study for a Stained-Glass Window

    NEVILL JOHNSON (1911-1999) – Two Figures (1994)

    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) – Bull (1974)

    MILDRED ANNE BUTLER (1858-1941) – Doves in the Sunlight

    DENEUVE’S WARDROBE AT CHRISTIE’S IN PARIS

    Sunday, January 13th, 2019

    Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe, including many one off pieces made by Yves St. Laurent, will be sold by Christie’s in Paris on January 24.  Now 75 the French actress is selling her property n Normandy where the clothes are kept.   The French actor was muse to Laurent for many years.  At the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of his career in 2002 she told him: “My most beautiful love affair is with you”.

    Around 300 lots are to be sold, half at Christie’s in Paris and the rest in an online auction. There are evening dresses worn by Deneuve in Cannes, Hollywood and Venice as well as trench coats and colourful dress suits.  The online only sale will offer a larger number of lots along with some cocktail dresses. The beaded evening dress featured here was exhibited at the Met in New York in 1993. Deneuve wore the dress at a ceremony in 1969 where she met Alfred Hitchcock, Philippe Noiret and Francois Truffaut. Deneuve wore the gold lurex dress featured here to the 2000 Oscars ceremony for the nomination of Est-West by Regis Wargnier in the Best International Film category.

    This YSL beaded evening dress is from the Haute Couture Spring Summer 1969 Collection (£3,000-5,000).

    A gold lurex velvet draped evening dress YSL Haute Couture Spring Summer 1995 (2,000-3,000).

    PICTURE POSTCARD PERFECT AT WHYTE’S AUCTION

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019
    Postcards offer a fascinating and enduring pictorial record in a way that social media is unlikely to achieve.  More than 100,000 postcards from the collection of late Dubliner Seamus Kearns will come up at Whyte’s in Dublin on January 26.  There are cards from the length and breadth of Ireland in a collection that includes topographical views, historic events, advertising, comic cards and greeting cards.  The worldwide collection features German Gruss Aus (Greetings from) cards, examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco and glamour cards.
    A founder of the Irish Picture Postcard Society Seamus Kearns (1929-2014) began collecting stamps in the 1930’s and fell in love with old postcards in the 1950’s when he started amassing this collection.  He provided many exhibitions around the country including a show at the Guinness Hopstore in 1994. The main value is in Irish topographical and historical Irish cards.  There are views of villages and towns from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s.  Historic events like the 1916 Rising are covered.  Every county is represented with views which show a transition from muddy roads and horse drawn vehicles to tarmac, trams, buses and motor cars. Auction estimates range from 50 to 3,000.  The collection has been broken up into 500 lots with a total estimated value of 50,000-70,000.  The number of cards per lot varies from ten to over 3,000.  A collection of 110 cards of Belfast is estimated at 50,  a collection of Irish advertising cards is estimated at 3,000.  The catalogue is online and the sale can be viewed at Whyte’s from January 23.

    Lot 411 is an album of 480 mixed advertising and Art Deco cards (2,000-3,000)

    Patrick’s Hill, Cork from an album of 130 cards of Cork and Queenstown (200-300).

    A collection of 45 postcards of Lucan (80-120).

    Lot 311 is an album of 120 Irish advertising cards (2,000-3,000).

    MALTON AND ORPEN AT SOTHEBY’S FINE ART SOCIETY SALE

    Thursday, January 10th, 2019

    Works by James Malton and Sir William Orpen are amongst the Irish lots at Sotheby’s upcoming sale The Fine Art Society: 142 years on New Bond Street next February 5. Malton’s View of the Provost’s House and Trinity College, Dublin is estimated at £20,000-30,000.  The watercolour with pen and ink is signed and dated 1796.

    Orpen’s oil of canvas of Miss Dorothy Stiles, a keen golfer who grew up in the Scots medical world, has an estimate of £40,000-60,000. It was commissioned by her parents for her 21st birthday.  Dorothy is the only person to have been captain of Gullane Ladies Golf Club in East Lothian twice.

    JAMES MALTON – VIEW OF THE PROVOST’S HOUSE AND TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

    SIR WILLIAM ORPEN – DOROTHY STILES

     

    PRESENTATION CASKET WITH TITANIC ASSOCIATIONS AT AUCTION

    Thursday, January 10th, 2019

    A silver presentation given to Gustav Wilhelm Wolff (1834-1913), one of the founders of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, comes up at an auction in Surrey next February 27.  Presented in 1911, a year before Titanic set sail from the shipyard, it comes up at Catherine Southon’s sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club at Selsdon in England.  Wolff served as a Belfast Harbour Commissioner and founded Belfast Ropeworks in the early 1870’s. Like Edward Harland he served as a member of parliament for Belfast East from 1892 to 1910. In 1911 he was awarded the freedom of Belfast.

    SEARCH FOR THE NORTH WEST PASSAGE RECALLED IN ARTWORK

    Sunday, January 6th, 2019

    This painting of HMS Resolute in Search of Sir John Franklin recalls the search for the north west passage and British explorer Sir John Franklin. He had served in the Battle of Trafalgar and afterwards became one of the most famous names in Polar exploration. He set sail for the North Pole and thence into the Northwest passage from the Bering Strait, searching for a route which would connect trade between the Atlantic and Pacific via the Arctic. Franklin’s ships were last seen by a whaler off Baffin Bay in August 1845, and they had enough supplies to last until summer 1848 When painted by Francois Etienne Musin the explorer and his crew aboard HMS Erebus and Terror were understood to be in difficulty in the Canadian Arctic. Their whereabouts remained unknown. Led by the Admiralty and championed energetically by Lady Franklin numerous searches were conducted from Canada. In 1850 a squadron of four vessels commanded by HMS Resolute was dispatched, using dog sleds and even primitive hydrogen balloons with messages attached. Unbeknownst to those at home, Franklin had already died some three years earlier. Franklin’s expedition, the countless searches led to find him, and later the tragic fate that befell the men caught the imagination of the Romantic movement. The wrecks of Franklin’s ships were discovered in 2014 and 2016 off King William Island. As climate change disrupts ice in the Arctic, the North-West passage has today become navigable for small ships. The painting was sold for £100,000 at Sotheby’s in December.

    A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS

    Monday, December 24th, 2018

    A postcard of William St., Galway

    Over 100,000 postcards will be offered by Whyte’s in Dublin on January 26. The collection was formed by Dubliner, Seamus Kearns (1929-2014). He began collecting stamps in the 1930s and fell in love with old postcards in the 1950s, since when he started amassing this collection. A founder of the Irish Picture Postcard Society, he provided many exhibitions around the country, including a major show at The Guinness Hopstore in 1994. The main value is in Irish topographical and historical Irish cards – views of villages and towns from the early 1900s to the 1950s as well as historic events such as the 1916 rising. With the advent of texting and selfies the sales of postcards have gone into decline but this collection shows what we are missing today – not only the wonderful images but also the thoughtful messages.  Pictured is a card showing William St., Galway in by gone days.  A bit of Christmas nostalgia for our readers, to whom we wish a very happy Christmas.

    A VIEW OF VENICE BY MONET AT SOTHEBY’S

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

    Claude Monet – Le Palais Ducal

    A rare view of Venice by Claude Monet will come to auction for the first time at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on February 26. Le Palais Ducal has been in the same family collection since 1925 when it was acquired by Erich Goeritz, a Berlin-based textile manufacturer. Goeritz built an extensive collection that was both eclectic and forward-thinking, counting among its number celebrated works such as Édouard Manet’s Un bar aux Folies-Bergère, now in the Courtauld Insitute of Art, London.  Philanthropic in his artistic endeavours he gifted a substantial number of works to the newly founded Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1933 as well as donating to British institutions including the British Museum and the Tate

    Claude Monet arrived in Venice on 1 October 1908 – and, taken aback by the splendour of what he saw, the artist declared the city ‘too beautiful to paint’. Enchanted by the city, Monet painted just under forty canvases during the course of his three month stay, the greater part of which adorn the walls of museums across the globe. This one depicts the historic Gothic façade of the Doge’s palace, and it belongs to a celebrated group of three works painted from the vantage of a boat moored along the canal, one of which is held in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York.  Painted in 1908 Le Palais Ducal is estimated at £20-30 million.