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    SALES CATERING TO VARYING TASTES IN THE OFFING

    Sunday, October 17th, 2021

    The gracious neo-classical mansion that is Townley Hall near Drogheda offers a fitting backdrop this weekend for viewing the annual James Adam country house collections sale. Irish Georgian furniture is a strong point of this auction along with classical Irish art, silver and collectibles like a 19th century cold painted model of a tiger by Bergman of Vienna. Fine English furniture including a pair of giltwood console tables in the manner of William Kent will also feature strongly in this sale.Ahead of a busy upcoming week of auctions there is viewing at Townley today and tomorrow.  If you can’t make it to Townley Hall the catalogue is online. Adams sale is online from Dublin on Monday and Tuesday.

    JOHN FERNELEY SNR (1782-1860)
    An Egyptian Pony, ‘Whisperer’ with Two Irish Terriers and a Goat by a Stream in an Irish Landscape at Adams. UPDATE: THIS MADE 38,000 AT HAMMER

    The sale of  Irish art and design at de Veres on October 20 – highlighted by an iconic egg chair by Arne Jacobsen from 1958 – caters to a different taste. No matter. The  eclectic style now in vogue allows much mixing and matching in any interior. Classical pieces from different eras sit comfortably side by side in many stylish contemporary homes.  At de Veres there are chairs by Jacobsen, Mies van der Rohe, le Corbusier and the Norwegian Sigurd Ressell and a gilt metal table identical to one at Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. There are some highly collectible art pieces headed by Donald Teskey’s Cork Landscape (€20,000-€30,000) with work by Louis le Brocquy, Sean McSweeney, Martin Gales and 30 works from the studio of Reginald Grey, a portrait artist who was best man at Brendan Behan’s wedding.

    Cork landscape by Donald Teskey at de Veres. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 20,500 AT HAMMER

    AFFORDABLE ART AT WHYTE’S TO ENCOURAGE NEW ENTRANTS TO MARKET

    Saturday, October 16th, 2021

    Whyte’s will encourage new entrants to the art market as well as existing collectors with a timed online autumn art auction of 291 lots which runs to October 18.  There are artworks with estimates of from €80 to €5,000. Stalwarts like Louis le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Norman McCaig, Gretta O’Brien, Liam Treacy, Arthur Maderson, Markey Robinson, Robert Ballagh, Damien Hirst, Albert Irvin, Hughie O’Donoghue, Donald Teskey, Anita Shelbourne, John Kingerlee, Brian Maguire, Michael Cullen, Camille Souter and many more celebrated artists are all represented.

    Boat to Inishbofin by Norman McCaig (1929-2001). UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    QUIRKY RETRO AT WEST CORK AUCTIONS

    Saturday, October 16th, 2021

    If quirky retro is your thing or you just want to change your priorities an online sale by the newly formed West Cork Auctions tomorrow (October 17) might suit.  A mix of 264 lots will come under the hammer at the sale on Easy Live Auctions. With everything from a Fabulous “50’s sign salvaged from an American Diner to a mid century red metal enameled coffee pot to model boats and cars to a small 1930’s countertop cash register there is sure to be something of memory jogging interest in this sale.  Estimates are reasonable.  A captivating white on red sign proclaiming “Changed Priorities Ahead” is estimated at €80-€100.  Though it can apply to lots of situations there are no prizes for guessing that it originated with the traffic management industry.

    UPDATE:TNIS WAS UNSOLD

    ADAMS COUNTRY HOUSE COLLECTIONS SALE NOW OPEN FOR VIEWING

    Friday, October 15th, 2021

    This 19th century French boulle desk comes up as lot 728 on day two of Adams Country House Collections sale on October 18 and 19. The auction is open for viewing at Townley Hall near Drogheda today, tomorrow and on Sunday. The online is at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin. This is a showcase of some of the finest pieces of Irish Georgian furniture and important Irish Old Master paintings consigned from many fine old country houses, many of the lots never having been on the auction market before. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for October 9 and October 5, 2021)

    BANKSY’S LOVE IS IN THE BIN MAKES RECORD £18.5 MILLION

    Friday, October 15th, 2021

    Bansy”s shredded painting Love is in the Bin has sold for a record £18.5 million at Sotheby’s in London. Nine bidders in the room, on the telephone and online chased the work for ten minutes in a bidding battle. It was sold three years to the month since the work, formerly Girl with Balloon, shredded at New Bond Street in an unexpected piece of performance art and set a record for the artist at the time of £1 million.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 3, 2021 and October 11, 2018)

    VIEWINGS FOR MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL SALE

    Thursday, October 14th, 2021
    JOHN SHINNORS (B.1950) – Edward Delaney Sculpture, Road to Carraroe (2005)

    This oil on canvas by John Shinnors is lot 25 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art sale on Tuesday October 25. It is estimated at 5,000-7,000. The sale goes on view at Morgan O’Driscoll’s offices in Skibbereen, Co. Cork from October 15-17. This will be followed by Dublin viewings at the RDS from October 22-25.

    FINE FURNITURE AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON SALE

    Thursday, October 14th, 2021
    A Chinese Export black and gilt lacquered kneehole desk or dressing table and a Queen Anne black and gilt dressing mirror

    On November 10 Christie’s will offer Mackinnon: Fine Furniture and Works of Art in a live auction, marking ten years since the gallery opened in St. James’s, London. The company founded by Charlie Mackinnon is known for fine 18th century and early 19th century furniture by celebrated makers such as Chippendale, Vile & Cobb and Gillows, with an emphasis on distinguished provenance. The sale presents a curated group of 170 lots.

    IRISH VERNACULAR FURNITURE AND SPONGEWARE

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
    A 19th century metal bound butter churn (40-80). UPDATE: THIS MADE 60 AT HAMMER

    This old Irish butter churn is among the lots at Victor Mee’s online two day sale of Irish vernacular, pine furniture and pub collectibles on October 20 and 21. There will be a total of 961 lots. Irish vernacular furniture was built using
    inexpensive materials for use everyday and often carved by the homeowner. There is kitchen furniture, collectible items and spongeware, as well as some furniture and collectible pieces from a local pub and Victorian apothecary. Spongeware is the craft of using paint to decorate plain mugs bowls and plates with a sponge or potato cut to shapes of flowers, leaves hearts and animals.

    CORK REPUBLICAN SILVER AT WOODWARDS AUCTION

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
    UPDATE: THESE WERE WITHDRAWN

    A pair of Cork Republican silver candlesticks will highlight a special live and online auction of Irish and English silver at Woodwards on October 16.  The candlesticks were made by Egans during the Irish Civil War when silver could not be safely sent to the Assay Office in Dublin.  It was instead stamped with the Arms of Cork, with two castles and a ship in the centre.  Republican silver is both rare and prized by collectors.  This pair is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. There is a Republican silver sugar tongs (€400-800), a Cork silver salver stamped ‘STERLING’ (€400-600) a spoon marked ‘Grand Central Hotel’ by Egans as well as items of Cork silver by Carden Terry and Jane Williams.

    The militaria section is from the estate of Brother William Palladius Allen (1892-1984) and includes an old Irish Blunderbuss made by Robert Tomlinson, Dublin.

    A blunderbuss made by Robert Tomlinson, Dublin

    BANKSY AT CHRISTIE’S 21st CENTURY NEW YORK SALE

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
    BANKSY
    Sunflowers from Petrol Station

    Banksy’s Sunflowers from Petrol Station  from the collection of the British designer Sir Paul Smith will highlight Christie’s 21st Century Art evening sale in New York on November 9. It is estimated at $12,000,000- $18,000,000. It is part of a limited group of Banksy works that belong in the realm of fine art objects as opposed to the street art editions for which he is best known. In this example, the artist presents a painterly and conceptual defacement of the Van Gogh masterpiece, Sunflowers. As well as riffing on the comedy of wilted petrol station flowers – a far cry from Van Gogh’s magnificent blooms – the title implicates the pollution of both nature and culture at the hands of big corporations.