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    MID CENTURY MODERN AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, November 11th, 2018

    The vogue for mid 20th century designer furniture is creating new demand and James Adam will offer a good selection at their Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin on November 13 at 6 p.m.  There is lighting, tables, sideboards, cabinets and associated art from the studios of artists like Callum Innes, Hughie O’Donoghue, Albert Irvin, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Paddy Graham and Tony O’Malley. Among the most expensively estimated lots are an untitled work by Callum Innes (20,000-30,000), The Pond by Tony O’Malley (12,000-16,000), a ceiling light by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte (10,000-15,000) and a pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti (5,000-7,000). The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A pair of c1930 Art Deco armchairs, with black laquered arms and
    ivory coloured upholstery

    MAX INGRAND (1908 – 1969) Model 2127 ceiling light for Fontana Arte, c.1960s

    CALLUM INNES (B.1962)
    UNTITLED NO.II, 2008

    A pair of 1950’s armchairs by Gio Ponti

    CHOP SUEY BY EDWARD HOPPER TO SMASH RECORDS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Saturday, November 10th, 2018

    The most iconic Edward Hopper painting left in private hands comes up at Christie’s in New York on November 13. With an estimate of $70-100 million Chop Suey is poised to smash the record for a Hopper. Here is a video from Christie’s about the work.

    STRONG IRISH PRESENCE AT BONHAMS SALE

    Thursday, November 8th, 2018

    Mask by Henry Moore will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 14. Estimated at £1-1.7 million it is on the market for the first time in 80 years and has never before been at auction. Only four of the series of 12 masks remain in private hands with others at The Tate, Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds City Gallery.  There is a strong Irish representation in this sale with works by William Scott, Sir John Lavery and F.E. MacWilliam.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Henry Moore – Mask (£1-1.7 million)

    William Scott – Still Life with Fish (££150,000-250,000)

    Sir John Lavery – S.S. Ophir (£7,000-10,000)

    F E MacWilliam – Reclining Figure (£7,000-10,000)

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL DUBLIN AUCTION

    Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

    Viewing for Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction on November 12 gets underway at the RHA Gallery in Dublin on November 9.  As usual Mr. O’Driscoll has shown selected highlights for this sale in London and expects an international audience.  The catalogue, which lists 143 lots, is online.  Here is a small selection:

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012) Cavanagh (1974) (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    BANKSY (20TH/21ST CENTURY) BRITISH Laugh Now 2003 (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER

    JACK BUTLER YEATS (1871-1957) The Creole (1946) (60,000-90,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 84,000 AT HAMMER

    SIR JOHN LAVERY (1856-1941) Glendalough, Ireland (1924) (60,000-80,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MARKEY ROBINSON (1918-1999) Auld Lammas Fair (12,000-18,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    KENNETH WEBB (B.1927) Roundstone Harbour (8,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    ARETHA FRANKLIN’S STAGE WORN DRESSES AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

    Property from the career of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will come under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions live and online sale from the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on November 10.  Over 30 stage worn dresses are to be sold along with accessories.

    Highlights with estimates from $800-$4,000 include a red with sequined interior dress designed by Arnold Scassi with a matching sequin romper worn on stage Sept 13, 1991 at Radio City music Hall; a St. John knit jacket worn Sept 29, 1999 at the National Medal of Arts Ceremony with President Clinton in Washington D.C.; a black Oleg Cassini dress worn at the ESSENCE Awards in 1993 with Lena Horne and Tina Turner; a denim jacket given only to the crew members of The Blues Brothers; a Judith Ann Plus dress worn in concert and on the cover of Jet magazine and a pink beaded bustier and pink skirt worn April 17, 1993 in the Duets Concert AIDS benefit for the Gay Men’s health crisis, that included artists and celebrities Clive Davis, Rod Stewart, Dustin Hoffman, Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson and Robert DeNiro.  Julien’s Icons and Idols Rock-N-Roll sale will be held on November 9 and 10.

    THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW FORMAL SUI

    RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL NEW YORK CITY ENSEMBLE

    BILL CLINTON INAUGURATION GOWN

    THE BLUES BROTHERS 2000 CREW JACKET

    MICRO MOSAIC TABLE AT SHEPPARDS SALE

    Monday, November 5th, 2018

    A micro mosaic specimen marble table top, a Donegal carpet, antique furniture, Cork silver and 70 lots of books from the library of late Kanturk solicitor Gerard O’Keeffe are among the 248 lots at Sheppards sale in Durrow on November 8.  The Masterworks auction features an exceptional collection from Irish country houses with everything from a Qing Dynasty Imperial green jade seal to a rare early 18th century Irish marquetry side cabinet. Books of Irish, Cork, legal and literary interest are included in the O’Keeffe library. Among the first editions are works by John McGahern, Lady Wilde, Brendan Behan, Truman Capote, Arthur Griffith, Samuel Beckett, John B. Keane, Roddy Doyle, Norman Mailer and Patrick Kavanagh.

    Furniture lots of note include a Louis XV commode, a Chinese Chippendale side table, a pair of 18th century Chinese lacquered bureau cabinets, a pair of 19th cnetury carved giltwood console tables and avset of six George II dining chairs.  There are three large hall lanterns, art, jewellery, fine wines and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Thomas Sydney Cooper (1803-1902) – A sheep “Lew”, East Kent (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY ORMOLU MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEDESTALS by Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener (25,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    Early 19th century Roman micromosaic and specimen marble table top (8,000-12,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    Donegal carpet after a design by CFA (15,000-30,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    CORK AND LIMERICK SILVER AT WOODWARDS

    Sunday, November 4th, 2018
    Highly collectible Cork and Limerick pieces are included in Woodwards special bi-annual sale of Irish and English silver in Cork on November 10. The bulk of the sale is from the estate of a private collector of Irish silver and will include Cork silver sauceboats by Carden Terry (c1785) and John Warner (c1790) each estimated at 1,000-2,000.
    One Limerick silver piece is a catch for most sales, this one has four. Limerick makers Maurice Fitzgerald, George Moore, Patrick Connell and Joseph Johns are all represented. There is pair of c1775 tablespoons by Maurice Fitzgerald (800-1,000), a c1765 tablespoon by George Moore (400-600), a pair of c1785 tablespoons by Patrick Connell (800-1,000) and a pair of c1790 tablespoons by Joseph Johns (800-1,000).

    In addition to this the Cork makers Daniel McCarthy, John Toleken, John Nicholson, Joseph Gibson, Carden Terry and Jane Williams are all represented with pieces including a sugar bowl, serving spoon, marrow scoop, tablespoons and dessert spoons. Estimates for these piece range from a low of 150 to a high of 1,500.  There are more than 250 lots of silver and about 40 Irish paintings including a charcoal and wash drawing by Sean Keating and work by Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Frank Egginton, Arthur Maderson and Anne Yeats.

    George III sugar bowl by Daniel McCarthy, Cork UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    A pair of George III tablespoons by Maurice Fitzgerald, Limerick  UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER

    MASTERWORKS AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Friday, November 2nd, 2018

    Viewing gets underway in Durrow, Co. Laois on November 3 for the Masterworks sale at Sheppards on November 8. There is Irish, English and European art, Asian art, 18th century furniture, win, sculpture, silver, jewellery and the library of late Kanturk solicitor Gerard O’Keeffe.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    FRENCH EMPIRE STYLE GILT AND ENAMELLED HALL LANTERN (2,000-3,000)

    CHINESE NEPHRITE JADE SCULPTURE (3,000-5,000)

    Hugh Douglas Hamilton – William, 1st Baron Downes 95,000-8,000)

    LOUIS XV PERIOD ORMOLU MOUNTED BOMBE ROSEWOOD COMMODE (8,000-12,000)

    ART FOR MOVEMBER FOUNDATION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, November 1st, 2018

    D*Face, Shepard Fairey and Conor Harrington are among the artists who work is on display at Sotheby’s in London this month for the mens health charity the Movember Foundation.  Ten street artists have created agenda setting pieces aimed at nurturing open conversations surrounding men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

    The works are on view at Sotheby’s London galleries as part of the ‘Contemporary Curated’ exhibition. Proceeds from the sale  on November 20 will benefit the Movember Foundation and their dedicated investment in ground-breaking mental health programmes. 

    Cork born London based Street Artist Conor Harrington at work in studio

    Felipe Pantone, Chromadynamica #76

    DFace – Console the Lonely, © Lionel Belluteau

    The Blind Patriots No. 4 by Conor Harrington.

    PORTRAIT SCULPTURE OF LORD MAYOR DYING ON HUNGER STRIKE

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

    Albert Power – Study of Terence MacSwiney

    It looks a bit like a death mask but in fact this 1920 head of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, was sculpted in 1920 shortly before he died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison by Albert Power. It sold for a hammer price of 11,000 at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall.

    Attempts to force feed the Lord Mayor were undertaken in the final days of his strike. Albert Power, whose name is synonymous with Irish nationalist sculpture, visited the Lord Mayor as he was dying in prison.  He fell into a coma on October 20, 1920 and died five days later after 73 days on hunger strike.  Terence MacSwiney is buried in the Republican Plot at St. Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork.
    Power’s commissions included bronze busts of the new Irish President Arthur Griffiths and the army chief Michael Collins.  He also completed death masks for both men which were added to the Cenotaph on Leinster Lawn at Dail Eireann.