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    LADY HAMILTON BY HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON AT SOTHEBY’S

    Sunday, July 4th, 2021
    Hugh Douglas Hamilton
    Triple portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765–1815), as the three Muses (£400,000-600,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE £500,000 AT HAMMER

    This triple portrait by the Dublin artist Hugh Douglas Hamilton of Emma, Lady Hamilton, as the Three Muses comes up at Sotheby’s Old Master’s evening sale in London on July 7. A celebrated model, entertainer and artist’s muse; famous for her ‘Attitudes’ and her creative collaboration with international artists, particularly George Romney; her marriage to the great diplomat, antiquarian and collector Sir William Hamilton, British Envoy to Naples; and her relationship with Admiral Lord Nelson, the ‘Nation’s Hero’; Emma, Lady Hamilton was a cultural icon and European celebrity in the early nineteenth century. Born Amy Lyon, the daughter of a blacksmith from Cheshire, and later changing her name to Emma Hart, the young girl who was to become Lady Hamilton began her ascent as an actresses’ maid at the Drury Lane Theatre. 

    The auction includes an impressive group of early Netherlandish paintings from a Spanish private collection; masterpieces by some of the finest artists of the late 16th and 17th centuries, such as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Balthasar van der Ast and Ambrosius Bosschaert and a particularly strong offering of British works from private collections, many fresh to the market.

    COMMUNION TOKENS FROM IRELAND AT DIX NOONAN WEBB

    Sunday, July 4th, 2021

    A collection of Communion tokens,  derived from the Irish wars of religion of the mid 1600’s, comes up at a sale of Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals at Dix Noonan Webb in London on July 6 and 7. Amassed over many years by Delmas Parker, an American, the collection comprises 72 lots, totalling 455 pieces, mostly from the northern counties like Antrim, Down and Derry. Most of the towns and villages in Northern Ireland are represented in the collection. Protestants assembled in large church meetings, which served, not just as religious meetings, but also as political gatherings. To keep track of just who was attending these larger meetings, which were subject to activities of political spies and people that did not belong, communion tokens came into being. They were given to known local congregants by the priest or pastor. The tokens would be surrendered at the larger church meetings. They acted as passes, allowing members from smaller congregations to assemble in larger churches and not be deemed political spies or unrepentant sinners.

    Lot 1075 is a collection of communion tokens from Co. Antrim. UPDATE: THESE MADE £240 AT HAMMER

    IRISH SILVER AT DREWEATTS SALE IN NEWBURY

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

    A presentation pair of Armada pattern silver claret jugs are included in a collection of Irish silver at Dreweatts online auction in Newbury, Berkshire on July 7.  Made by John Smyth and Sons of Grafton St. they were presented to Dublin Lord Mayor George Moyers in 1881. The estimate is  £3,000-£5,000. Other Irish pieces in the sale include a George III silver salver, a George II cream jug, a mid 18th century silver bowl and a twin handled silver cup by Robert Calderwood.

    Irish Victorian silver Armada pattern claret jugs by John Smyth, Dublin. UPDATE: THESE MADE £6,000 AT HAMMER

    WILLIAM KENT TABLES AT SOTHEBY’S TREASURES SALE

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

    These back to back library tables are among the highlights at Sotheby’s Treasures sale in London on July 6. Attributed to William Kent they formed part of the original furnishings of Tottenham Park, Wiltshire, a house designed by Richard Boyle (1694-1753), 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork, for his sister Juliana. Known as the Architect Earl he is remembered for bringing Palladian architecture to England and Ireland. Tottenham was one of his first professional projects and among the earliest manifestations of the neo-Palladian aesthetic he championed with his protege William Kent. Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, now home to the Royal Academy, is one of his designs.  The George II tables are estimated at £400,000-£600,000. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    AN ONLINE ART AUCTION AT ADAMS IN DUBLIN

    Friday, July 2nd, 2021

    A timed online only auction of art at James Adam, Dublin runs until July 8. The lots on offer will be on physical view at Adams on July 6 and 7. Meantime the catalogue is online. Estimates are highly affordable and most lots are on offer at under 1,000.

    Ula Paine (1909-2001) Botanical Study, oil on canvas (400-600). UPDATE: THIS MADE 340 AT HAMMER

    IN MOROCCO BY SIR JOHN LAVERY MAKES £156,500

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021
    SIR JOHN LAVERY R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941) – In Morocco

    This newly discovered painting by Sir John Lavery sold for £156,500 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London yesterday. It has been in a private collection in Australia for many years. Bonhams suggest that the woman in the centre of the portrait is Hazel Lavery.

    BEST SUMMER SEASON SINCE 2017 AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021
    PABLO PICASSO –  L’ÉTREINTE (The Hug) SOLD FOR £14,697,000 courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2021

    PICASSO’S L’ÉTREINTE was the top lot at Christie’s 20th/21st Century London to Paris evening sale. It made £14.6 million in an auction which realised £153,592,611 and marked the best summer season since 2017. The livestreamed sale attracted bidders from 32 countries and five continents. Christie’s say it demonstrated the depth of the European market. The second highest price paid was for Alberto Giacometti’s Homme qui Chavire which sold for £13.7 million. The auction was sold 90% by lot and 96% by value.

    (SEE posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 23, April 28 and April 29, 2021)

    SUNDAY ONLINE SALE AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021

    MORE than 300 lots will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s live online auction in Bandon on July 4. Among them are a pair of late 19th century silver tazzas made in Dublin c1892 with the maker mark MH. They are estimated at 700-1,400. The sale features antique furniture, jewellery and collectibles. The catalogue is online. UPDATE: THESE MADE 550 AT HAMMER.

    HISTORY PAINTING MAKES €75,000 AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
    ENGLISH SCHOOL, ATTRIBUTED TO CAPTAIN ROBERT MELVILLE GRINDLAY (1786-1877)

    THIS historic English School portrait of a poignant moment in Indian history and one of triumph for Britain made a hammer price of €75,000 at the second day of the Fine Asian Art sale by James Adam in Dublin today. The unsigned oil on paper with a handwritten title on the back in French shows the king of Delhi and his suite at the time of his capture by the English army. The arrest of Bahadur Shah Zafar, King of Delhi and last Mughal Emperor took place 1857/09/20 before the Humayun’s tomb, where the former did find refuge. It was performed by Captain Hodson and did constitute a major event of the Sepoys Mutiny or First War of Independence, the first step towards the fall of the Mughal Empire. Captain Robert Melville-Grindlay is well-known for his illustrations transcribed in books of engravings such as Scenery, Costumes, and Architecture, chiefly on the Western Side of India.

    ART BY BRIDGET FLANNERY AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
    Bridget Flannery – The Privacy of Drams II. UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    This 2001 work by the Irish artist Bridget Flannery – The Privacy of Drams II – comes up as lot 87 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art. The small oil on board is estimated at €400-€600. The catalogue for the sale, which runs to July 5, is on line.