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    NEW WORLD RECORD FOR DRAWING BY RUBENS

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s Nude Study of Young Man with Raised Arms.

    There was a new world auction record for a drawing by Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s when Nude Study of Young Man with Raised Arms made $8.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York.  Considered one of the most important drawings by the artist to appear on the open market in over 50 years it more than doubled the high estimate of $3.5 million.  There was intense competition between two bidders at the morning sale of Old Master Drawings.

    Drawn by the artist shortly after his return to Antwerp from Italy in late 1608 and in preparation for his monumental altarpiece, The Raising of the Cross, the drawing provides the viewer with a fascinating insight into Rubens’s working methods, as well as the energy and vigor employed by the artist in his best drawings.  Throughout his life, Rubens made substantial, chalk figure studies, but his drawings of this type are at their most imposing and sculptural in these first years back in Antwerp. At this pivotal moment, Rubens made figure studies that are genuinely Michelangelesque.

    It formerly belonged to King William II of the Netherlands and his wife Anna Pavlovna, who together amassed one of the finest collections formed anywhere in Europe in the 19th century. While many of the works they owned now reside in major museums, both in the Netherlands and around the world, this drawing was among those that passed down privately through the family.

    SOMETHING FOR ALL TASTES AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW TODAY

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
    With a total of 807 lots and plenty of realistic estimates the sale at Sheppards online and in Durrow today offers something for new and established collectors. The Winter Show in New York, a world leading antiques fair, highlighted cool contemporary alongside antique pieces as being the way forward in interior style and Sheppards have latched on to this with their sale entitled Decor Decoded.
    The codes on offer here include design decor, decorative art, fine art, sculpture, rugs, silver and jewellery.  A garniture of three Chinese cloisonne enamel vases (200-300) would not be remotely out of place in a contemporary setting.  Lot 639 is an 18th century French transitional side table c1760 with veined grey marble top.  It is estimated at  800-1,200.

    There is much to catch they eye, from Edwardian and Regency mirrors to breakfront bookcases, art and Chinese ceramics.   There are large Chinese blue and white jardinieres, botanical prints, an Art Deco mantle clock, wall light brackets, vases, brass table lamps, a Tibetan bronze bust, lustres, figurines, toureens, bookcases, a Venetian pier mirror, a Georgian workbox and even a set of 15 antique apothecary jars. If that does not set fire to your imagination then it is difficult to say what will.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 22, 2019)

    A garniture of three Chinese cloisonne vases

    18th century mahogany low boy

    A c1760 French transitional side table

    RECORD BREAKING WHITE GLOVE POSTCARDS SALE AT WHYTE’S

    Sunday, January 27th, 2019

    The top lot was this album of 450 mixed early 20th century cards. This image is of Kingston, Jamaica after the January 1907 earthquake. It made 2,100

    There was a white glove sale at Whyte’s when every single lot from the postcard collection of Dubliner Seamus Kearns went under the hammer yesterday.  Over 100,000 postcards were offered and every single lot was sold.  The sale grossed 130,000, a world record for a single owner collection of picture postcards.

    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. 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 collection encompassed Irish topographical views, historic events, advertising, comic and greetings. There were also large collections of worldwide cards including Gruss Aus (German Greetings From cards), Art Nouveau and Art Deco, glamour, greetings and comic.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland,com for January 12, 2019)

    DENEUVE’S YSL WARDROBE MAKES A MILLION

    Friday, January 25th, 2019

    The wardrobe of Catherine Deneuve designed by Yves Saint Laurent achieved a total of $1,025,581 at Christie’s in Paris last night. The auction lasted 5 hours, witnessing fierce competition from around the globe.  The sale was 100% sold and 90% of all 129 lots sold multiple times above their pre-sale estimates.   The top lot was the Haute Couture evening ensemble of the unique and very sought after Russian Collection, which Mr. Saint Laurent designed for the Fall/Winter collection of 1977/78. Selling at €52,500 it surpassed its high pre-sale estimate by 10 times.   A  short beaded dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent for the Spring/Summer collection of 1969, which the actress wore when she met Alfred Hitchcock the same year in company of Philippe Noiret and François Truffaut, sold for €42,500 against a pre-sale estimate of €3,000-5,000.  Amongst the most sought-after pieces was the famous YSL smoking which she wore at the occasion of Yves Saint Laurent’s 20th anniversary celebration.  It set a new world auction record for any smoking at €20,000.

    The online-only sale offers another 140 items from Catherine Deneuve’s YSL wardrobe and will conclude on January 30.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 13, 2019)

    The 1977 Russian Collection Photo Jean Luce Hure

    Smoking set a new world record

    ONLINE AUCTION OF AFFORDABLE ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

    A total of 386 lots are due to come under the hammer at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of affordable art which runs to January 28 next.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    BANKSY (20TH/21ST CENTURY) BRITISH Banksy Walled Off Hotel box set print (2017)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012) A Flock of Birds (1969)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    NORMAN TEELING (B.1944) College Green  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    DECOR DECODED AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

    Around 850 lots will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale of design décor, decorative art, fine spirits, art, sculpture, rugs,
    silver and jewellery. in Durrow on January 29.  No less than 80% of lots from the Decor Decoded sale will be offered without reserve.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    19th century Japanese blue and white vase

    Fishing on a Mediterranean coast by Henri Baret

    George III sideboard

    A pair of 19th century Japanese ceremonial chairs.

    TRIESTE FISHING BOAT BY EGON SCHIELE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, January 21st, 2019

    Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)
    Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat)

    A Modernist vision of a Trieste fishing boat by Egon Schiele comes to auction for the first time at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale in London on February 26.  Painted in 1912, Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat) holds a unique position in Schiele’s oeuvre.  It was created in the aftermath of what was arguably the most tumultuous and life-changing experience for the artist. Recently released from a brief period of incarceration in Neulengbach in Austria, and rejected by the local community there, Schiele’s visit to Trieste in 1912 was prompted by a desire to escape memories of the recent past, and relive memories of earlier visits shared with his sister Gerti in 1907 and 1908.

    It also prompted an unleashing of radical new artistic expression. In a year of iconoclastic developments across Europe that forever altered the direction of twentieth-century art, from Cubism, Orphism and Futurism to Expressionism, Schiele sought to explore in oil a thoroughly modernist treatment of colour, surface, pattern, texture and form. The painting is estimated at  £6,000,000-8,000,000.

    In the summer of the preceding year Schiele and the model Wally Neuzil had settled in Neulengbach seeking inspiration but Schiele’s bohemian lifestyle scandalised his conservative neighbours. The couple found themselves in a precarious position when a retired naval officer’s daughter asked for their help to run away and although they returned the girl to her parents, the artist was arrested and placed on trial. The experience and particular loss of freedom it entailed was to have a marked effect on Schiele’s life and work.

    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  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    A pair of Irish 19th century fold over card tables.UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    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  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    NEVILL JOHNSON (1911-1999) – Two Figures (1994)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) – Bull (1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    MILDRED ANNE BUTLER (1858-1941) – Doves in the Sunlight  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER