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    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    A Chinese celadon vase made a record hammer price of 1.2 million at Sheppards online sale in Durrow, Co. Laois today. It had been estimated at 800-1,200. Bidding started at 500. There was a number of serious underbidders, the first of whom dropped out at 130,000. Two bidders quickly chased it all the way to the final price. It was bought by a collector based in Taiwan. The Yongheng vase measures just 54 cms and came from a private collection. It is not known how the 300 year old piece came to Ireland. The sale was based on contents from Castlehyde, home of Michael Flatley on the River Blackwater, but the vase was not part of his collection. The vendor did have some idea that it was possibly worth a lot of money and before the sale a number of potential bidders had registered a serious interest.


    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The musée du Louvre is auctioning 24 exceptional lots with Christie’s and support of the Hôtel Drouot. The unprecendent online Bid for the Louvre auction will be held on Christie’s online platform from December 1-15. The sale of contemporary artworks, unique luxury pieces once in a lifetime experiences is designed to support the museum through these times and raise funds for Studio, a new space dedicated to artistic and cultural education due to open in autumn 2021. Some of the offered lots are unique. Among them is the opportunity to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa outside her display case, or the chance to walk through the rooftops of the Palais du Louvre in the company of the artist JR. There are works of art by contemporary artists close to the museum such as Johan Creten, Candida Höfer, Eva Jospin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pierre Soulages and Xavier Veilhan. Houses such as Cartier, Christian Dior Couture, Le Meurice, Le Ritz Paris, Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy, Parfums Christian Dior and Vacheron Constantin, are amongst the participants.


    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    Zaragossa (Grey) 1979 is the title of this cool, minimalist work by Cecil King from Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until November 30. The screenprint is number 21 from an edition of 40 and is estimated at 400-600. There has been retrospective’s of his work the Hugh Lane Gallery and at IMMA. More than 270 lots, including sculpture, will come under the hammer. The catalogue is online.

    CECIL KING (1921-1986) Zaragossa (Grey) (1979)


    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The illuminated Hannibal Lecter mask from the film Hannibal sold for a hammer price of €85,000 at Sheppards online sale of residual contents from Castlehyde House, Fermoy.  From the collection of MIchael Flatley, who is planning a refurbishment of the Co. Cork home he bought in 2001, the mask is signed by actors Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. It was at  €80,000-€100,000 the most expensively estimated lot of the sale. 

    On his retirement the man known globally as The Lord of the Dance took up art as an outlet for his creative force. One of his works, an acrylic on vinyl entitled The Finishing Line, made €37,000 at hammer against an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.  A Maitland Smith bar sold for €8,200, a pair of large gilt bronze figures of nymphs each holding a torch made €4,600 as did a championship sized snooker table. Other hammer prices included: a black marble and ormolu Medici lion clock (€2,800); a pair of hide upholstered library settees (€3,600); a portrait of James Joyce wearing a white suit (€4,000);  an extensive hunting scene (€5,200);  an 18th century walnut armoire (€1,450); a pair of carved parcel gilt settees (€1,700); a pair of bronzed sculptures of centaurs (€2,200); a hide upholstered chesterfield settee (€1,400); a set of ten 19th century dining chairs (€2,800);  a rococo carved giltwood coffee table €2,600); a library terrestrial globe (€2,600);  a full suit of armour made €3,400 one sold for €1,700 and another for €1,100; a pair of painted Gainsborough chairs sold for €1,800. The sale of nearly 700 surplus to requirements pieces mostly collected over the past 20 years will continue today when another 236 lots will come under the hammer online at Sheppards.


    Thursday, November 26th, 2020

    What is described as “a relic of GAA History” comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of rare books, literature, manuscripts, limited editions, maps and sporting memorabilia online in Castlecomer on December 8 and 9. Lot 519A is a cast iron turnstile, by Ellison & Co., Manchester removed from Croke Park during renovations in the 1950’s. It would have been there during the earliest days of the GAA and during Bloody Sunday in 1920. It is estimated at 1,000-1,800.


    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

    A painting of St. John the Baptist by Cesare Gennari once at Longueville House, Mallow, Co. Cork comes up at Sotheby’s Old Master Painting day sale which runs online from November 30 to December 5. According to an inscription on the reverse it was acquired by A.C. Onslow in 1868, on behalf of Mr Longfield (probably Richard Edmund Longfield, b. 1842), Longueville House. Subsequently acquired by the grandfather of the present owner it is estimated at £10,000-15,000. The sale offers examples from all the major schools of Western European painting with estimates ranging from less than £5,000 to £150,000.

    Cesare Gennari (1637-1688) – Saint John the Baptist


    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

    An outstanding Louis XIV period cabinet by André-Charles Boulle was the top lot at Christie’s Exceptional sale in Paris with a video link with the auction room in London today. From the collection of Sadruddin Aga Khan it made €716,000. The sale realised a total of €2,842,250. Earlier today The Collector: Le Goût français auction made €1,947,625 and attracted bidders from 21 countries. A pair of Louis XV style Chinese biscuit parrots made €47,500 a top estimate of €20,000.

    André-Charles Boulle Cabinet sur piètement d’époque Louis XIV made €716,000


    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

    Skiing, a painting by Anders Zorn is one of a number of works from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit due to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London in December. This one is at an online sale of European and British art running from December 2-9. It is estimated at £300,000-500,000. Other works from the Smurfit collection in this sale are The New Standard by Sir Alfred Munnings (£260,000-360,000); Portrait of Avenal St. George by Sir William Orpen (£15,000-20,000); Kukuliku by Carl Larsson (£150,000-200,000) and Lagstadgad Mums by Helmer Osslund (£40,000-60,000). Another of his paintings, A Girl in the Studio by Yuri Penushkin comes up at Sotheby’s sale of Russian Pictures on December 1 with an estimate of £8,000-12,000.

    Anders Zorn – Skiing


    Monday, November 23rd, 2020

    WILLIAM Scott’s Jug made a hammer price of 85,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art sale this evening. It was the top lot in a well chosen sale where many lots far exceeded the top estimate. Among other top hammer prices were: Paul Henry, Maam Valley (66,000); Jack Yeats, Man Hearing and Old Song (60,000); Dan O’Neill, Interior (54,000); John Shinnors, Estuary Forms, Limerick (44,000); William Conor, At Benediction (32,000); John Shinnors, Three Cats, (25,000); Donald Teskey, Pepper Canister Church, Dublin (20,000) and Patrick Scott, Gold Painting (19,000).

    DONALD TESKEY (B.1956) – Pepper Canister Church, Dublin


    Saturday, November 21st, 2020

    With a span of artists ranging from Yeats and Henry to Scott and le Brocquy the online Irish and International art auction which runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until November 23  is impressive. History buffs will find much interest in The Close of the Battle of the Nile by the Cobh painter George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884).  The 1798 battle between the British Royal Navy led by Admiral Nelson and the French resulted in victory for the British. The victory meant that Napoleon’s army in Egypt, cut off from help, vwas also forced to surrender. Napoleon had sought access to Egypt as a first step in a campaign against British India.Shown at The Cork Exhibition of 1883 Peter Murray notes that  Atkinson, who spent some years at sea as a ships carpenter, brought his skills as a seaman and an artist to bear.  The impressive composition accurately depicts at least 19 individual ships, their position and condition.  The work is estimated at €6,000-€9,000.

    The Close of the Battle of the Nile by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884). UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER