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    FONSIE MEALY SALE OF CONTENTS FROM OSBERTSTOWN HOUSE, NAAS

    Thursday, July 15th, 2021
    Interior view of Osberstown House

    Contents from Osberstown House, Naas, Co. Kildare will come under the hammer at an online sale by Fonsie Mealy on July 27. More than 600 lots will come under the hammer. Viewing will be available by appointment on July 23, 24 and 26. The sale will be live online in Castlecomer, but there will be no public attendance.

    NAPOLEON’S BICORNE ANYONE?

    Thursday, July 15th, 2021

    HIS time in power continues to fascinate generations later. Now Sotheby’s plans to commemorate the bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death with an online auction in September dedicated to the Emperor whose extraordinary destiny continues to fascinate two hundred years after his passing. The sale will offer an extensive overview, with works spanning two centuries of art history and all fields: from 19th-century to contemporary art, sculpture, silverware, furniture, porcelain, jewellery and photography, as well as memorabilia of the Emperor and his loved ones.

    Among the most exciting lots in the sale is an emblematic bicorne, a hat that has become inextricably linked with Napoleon’s image. Only nineteen bicornes have been authenticated as having belonged to the Emperor, of which this is one, with a number in the collections of museums worldwide.

    Napoleon’s bicorne (€400,000-600,0000

    COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT IRISH SILVER AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
    A pair of George I Irish silver candlesticks Joseph Walker, Dublin 1714. UPDATE: THESE CANDLESTICKS WILL NO LONGER FEATURE IN THE SALE

    An important collection of Irish silver comes up at Bonhams in London on July 28. The auction of silver and objects of vertu includes 28 pieces from the Peter Ticher collection including a 1798 Cork freedom box by Carden Terry and Jane Williams. This was awarded to Major General William Loftus, a British army officer and member of parliament. The collection includes many pieces inherited from his father, Dr Kurt Ticher who with his wife, Ellen, emigrated from Germany to Ireland in the 1920’s, settled in Dublin and became naturalised Irish citizens. Kurt developed a keen interest in Irish Georgian silver and built up a large collection and publishing several books and papers. Part of his collection was donated to the National Museum of Ireland and the rest was distributed to his family. His eldest son, Peter, had also developed a passion for Irish silver and continued to add to his collection throughout his life. Among the highlghts are a set of four mid 18th century cast silver candlesticks by Michael Fowler, Dublin c1755, a George III Irish silver dish ring by Richard Williams, Dublin, 1771, an Irish silver scissor wax jack by Thomas Walker, Dublin c1735 and an Irish provincial silver bullet teapot by William Clarke of Cork and Dublin, c1728.

    UPDATE: The collection made £87,678. The Cork freedom box made £7,650. A set of four mid 18th century Irish silver candlesticks by Michael Fowler, Dublin c1755 made £8,925.

    FIRST EDITION OF JOYCE’S DUBLINERS AT SOTHEBY’S, NEW YORK

    Monday, July 12th, 2021

    The first published edition of James Joyce’s Dubliners comes up at an online sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby’s in New York until July 16. One of a number of works by Joyce in the auction it is estimated at $80,000-$120,000. It is one of approximately 746 copies bound in the publisher’s maroon cloth, with the very rare dust-jacket. A ticket pasted to the rear states that it was de-acidified in 1989. Only six copies in jacket have appeared at auction in the past forty-five years. Sotheby’s say that despite the restorations noted, this is an attractive, near-fine copy.

    The sale offers first editions of A Portrait of the Artist and Ulysses by Joyce as well as a letter from Oscar Wilde to Aimee Daniell Beringer and a copy of Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $69.300

    A NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR PAUL HENRY AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, July 11th, 2021
    Paul Henry, R.H.A. (1876-1958) Mountains and Lake, Connemara, painted in 1934,

    There was a new auction record for Paul Henry at Christie’s sale of the B.J. Eastwood Collection of Important Sporting and Irish pictures in London on July 9. Mountains and Lake, Connemara is a classical Henry work. Estimated at £120,000-£180,000 it sold for £622,500. The collection of 30 pictures achieved £14,187,750, more than double the pre-sale low estimate. Over 70% of works sold for over the high sale estimate.

    BELLOTTO LEADS CHRISTIE’S EVENING SALE OF OLD MASTERS

    Friday, July 9th, 2021
    BERNARDO BELLOTTO (VENICE 1721-1780 WARSAW)View of Verona with the Ponte delle Navi

    Bernardo Bellotto’s View of Verona and Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear were the top lots at Christie’s Classic Week evening sales in London. Last night there were artists records for for Bernardo Bellotto, Adriaen van de Velde, Francesco Tironi, Gregorio di Cecco da Lucca, the Master of Sterbini Diptych, Georges de La Tour and Marco Ricci. The Exceptional Sale and the  realised a combined total of £64,620,750 with registered bidders from 102 countries across 4 continents. The combined total of Classic Week sales to date is over £70 million.

    LEONARDO’S HEAD OF A BEAR AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON TODAY

    Thursday, July 8th, 2021

    This small drawing of a bear’s head by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie’s Exceptional Sale in London today is estimated at £8-12 million. It measures just 7x7cm and is among just a few drawings by the Italian Renaissance master which are still privately owned. The sketch previously belonged to British painter and collector Sir Thomas Lawrence, before being sold at Christie’s in 1860 for £2.50. It is one of fewer than eight surviving drawings by the artist still in private hands outside the Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £8,857,500, A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A DRAWING BY THE ARTIST.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 8, 2021)

    AMONG HORSES BY YEATS AT CHRISTIE’S LIVE ONLINE EASTWOOD SALE

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
    Jack B. Yeats – Among Horses

    Among Horses by Jack B. Yeats comes up at Christie’s live online sale of the B.J. Eastwood Collection in London on July 9 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000. Painted in 1947 it was acquired in 1994 by Barney Eastwood. The 30 lots in the sale represent B.J. Eastwood’s deep interest in Irish painting and equestrian art. B.J. Eastwood started his collection in the mid 1970s, at a time when he was particularly drawn to collection and house sales. However, it was his abiding love of sport and his eye for quality and detail which translated into an intrigue and fascination specifically with Sporting and Irish artists.  He followed the great sales of the 1970s and 1980s, and over time built an outstanding collection of the genres’ greatest examples. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD. THE EASTWOOD SALE BROUGHT IN £14,187,750

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 18, 2021)

    AN EVENING WITH THE OLD MASTERS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

    The Old Masters evening sale takes place at Sotheby’s in London at 6 pm today. Here is a sneak preview of the some the highlights:

    THE EARLIEST FOOTBALL RULES BOOK TO BE OFFERED AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

    One of only two known surviving copies of the earliest football rules printed by the world’s first football club, Sheffield Football Club, in 1859 comes up at Sotheby’s in July. The sixteen-page pamphlet, recently discovered bound in a Victorian scrapbook, is estimated to make £50,000-70,000 in London on July 20, with bidding open online from July 12-20. Established in 1857, Sheffield Football Club predated the founding of the Football Association by six years, and is acknowledged by both the FA and FIFA as the world’s oldest football club. The formal rule-based game of football was a Victorian innovation, incubated at public schools and universities. However, it was the foundation of Sheffield Football Club that brought the game into the community.

    This pamphlet is also uniquely revised to keep it up to date with developments in the laws of the game. The most significant is the hardening of the rules against handling the ball. The 1858 rules allowed the ball to be “pushed or hit with the hand” but not held (law 8), but in this copy a printed slip disallows “knocking or pushing [the ball] on”. A handwritten note finesses the throw-in, specifying that the ball must “touch the Ground before coming in Contact with any player” (law 10). A new law (law 12) is also added by hand, requiring that flags be placed four yards from each goal post (this was to allow a short-lived secondary scoring system called a rouge). These revisions must have been made before 1862, when the club issued a new rulebook that included these and other changes.

    This copy of the Sheffield FC rules was preserved in a scrapbook compiled by a local clergyman, the Rev. Greville John Chester (1830-92). The club’s historic archive was sold at Sotheby’s in 2011 for £881,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £56,700