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    BRISK BIDDING AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE WHICH ENDS TONIGHT

    Monday, January 30th, 2023
    SEAN SCULLY (B.1945) – Coloured Wall (2003)

    Bidding is brisk on Morgan O’Driscoll’s current Irish art auction, which draws to a close this evening. The auction features works by William Scott and Jack B Yeats which have attracted spirited bidding. Pictured here is a 2003 lithograph by Sean Scully, Coloured Wall, number 30 out of an edition of 150, where bidding is already past the top estimate of €3,000.

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT WOODWARDS SALE IN CORK

    Sunday, January 29th, 2023
    A set of eight Oriental dining chairs

    More than 300 lots will come under the hammer at Woodwards in Cork on February 4.  Furniture includes a set of eight Oriental dining chairs (€600-€800), a Victorian cylinder bureau (€600-€800), an inlaid display cabinet (€400-€600), a Regency sofa table (€400-€600) and Victorian and Georgian card tables at €300-€500 and €300-€400 respectively. A large Persian rug is estimated at €600-€800 and there is a selection of side tables, library tables and tea tables.  The auction will feature a selection of porcelain from makers like Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Spode as well as some Waterford Crystal and art lots.  The catalogue is online.

    VIEWING GETS UNDERWAY AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW TODAY

    Saturday, January 28th, 2023
    Large Donegal carpet

    An attractive, almost square Donegal carpet on a blue ground is among the top lots at Sheppards two day auction next ON January 31/February 1.  Measuring more than twelve feet on each side it is enclosed by a leaf scroll border. Lot 654 is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. Antique Donegal carpets from the factory established by Scottish textile maker Andrew Morton in Killybegs in 1898, are prized by collectors. The first Donegal carpet with a Celtic design was made for the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for their offices at the Cork Exhibition in 1902. The sale of 642 lots – the entire contents of Eden Hall, Kilkenny and other clients – goes on view in Durrow today and the catalogue is online.

    Two from a set of 10 Regency dining chair

    The most expensively estimated lot is a set of ten Regency mahogany dining chairs with a panelled Greek key scroll crest.  The estimate is €4,000-€6,000.The sale offers an impressive selection of antique furniture, art, Oriental and European porcelain, silver, plate and collectibles. Estimates are from €50-€80 up.

    A TIMED ONLINE PICTURE SALE BY JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Friday, January 27th, 2023
    RICHARD GORMAN RHA (B.1946) – Untitled. Lithograph 4/40 

    With an estimate of €500-800 this untitled lithograph comes up as lot 61 at the current James Adam timed online picture sale. The auction ends from 11 am on January 31. A total of 348 lots are on offer and the catalogue is online.

    JOHN MORRIS AT HEGARTY’S SALE IN BANDON

    Friday, January 27th, 2023
    JOHN MORRIS – DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR

    This oil on canvas by John Morris comes up at Hegarty’s online interiors auction on January 31. Measuring nine inches by twelve it is estimated at €500-600. This is an auction of 250 lots of jewellery, antique furniture, art and collectibles. The catalogue is online at easyliveauctions.

    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.

    EARLY IRISH ARCHITECTURAL SECRETAIRE AT BONHAMS

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2023
    Irish George I secretaire cabinet

    An important Irish George I walnut and featherbanded, sycamore, cedar and marquetry ‘architectural’ secretaire cabinet c1725, possibly by John Kirkhoffer, comes up at Bonhams in London next month. It is among the highlights at The Connoiseur’s Library sale in Knightsbridge on February 7 and 8 and estimated at £20,000-£30,000. This is one of a group of four similar walnut and marquetry secretaire cabinets, dated circa 1720, which all appear in the 2007 seminal work on Irish furniture by Desmond Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin and James Peill. The authors re-affirm that such walnut cabinets are of Irish origin.

    John Kirkhoffer was probably the son of a German Palatine called Franz Ludwig, who arrived in Ireland as a refugee in 1709 after escaping the Rhineland-Palatinate area. The Kirkhoffer family of Protestant immigrants made it to the counties of Kerry and Limerick before ultimately settling in Dublin. There is some confusion as to the exact identity of this particular John Kirkhoffer. One was recorded as leasing premises for cabinet making in 1736, others are documented as cabinet makers active in Dublin in the 18th century.

    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

    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)