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    BOOK LOVERS GATHER FOR HOWTH CASTLE LIBRARY SALE

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
    VOLUMES 1 AND 2 OF THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE. THE ENTIRE SET IS ESTIMATED AT €30,000-40,000

    With everything from Memoirs relating to European and Asiatic Turkey by Robert Walpole, London 1817 to an extraordinary 18th/19th century botanical survivor – the complete editions of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine with 10,700 plates – the Companion to the magazine and its successor Kew to a finely executed pencil drawing by John Ruskin of Oxford Cathedral Fonsie Mealy’s sale of the Library of Howth Castle on September 22 and 23 promises to be another humdinger. The sale of contents from the castle by Fonsie Mealy earlier this month realised over €2 million. In a note to the catalogue Julian Gaisford St. Lawrence notes that the large library at Howth and to adjacent book room were added to the house in 1910 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. He notes that the Earls of Howth owned books but were not scholars or academics, the distaff Gaisfords were serious collectors.

    AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE PLATES

    Bibliophiles will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire multiple rare and once off treasures from their collections at the two day live online auction of 1,082 lots

    STALLONE’S PERSONAL COLLECTION AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS, HOLLYWOOD

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

    Sylvester Stallone’s boxing gloves from Rocky III are among the highlights at the live and online sale by Julien’s Auctions from the life and career of the award winning actor on December 5. His personal archive of original Rocky and Rambo items includes handwritten story development notebooks, boxing gloves, boots and film poster concept artworks. Other lots include a Gianni Versace designed costume from Judge Dredd and a knife necklace from The Expendables.

    On offer is a spectacular array of costumes, movie props, and memorabilia spanning his Hollywood blockbuster oeuvre of his most iconic films, entirely from Sylvester Stallone’s personal collection–the Rocky and Rambo movie franchises, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, The Specialist, Assassins, Escape Plan, Cop Land, and The Expendables– as well as awards, fine jewellery, furniture, cigar accoutrement, and other gentlemen’s luxury items.

    Rocky III boxing gloves)

    MANY SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES AT TEFAF ONLINE

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    Portrait of a Man in Armour, c1560, attributed to Gillis Claeissens,

    This Portrait of a Man in Armour, presented by Caretto & Occhinegro at TEFAF Online was acquired by Groeningemuseum, Belgium. Over the course of six days collectors and institutions, including some of the world’s most eminent museums gathered online to learn, discuss, and buy work at the top levels of the international market. Nicolaas Teeuwisse OHG sold Tabula Cebetis (c1550), by the Venetian School, to Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam. A Groeningemuseum, Belgium,  acquired Caretto & Occhinegro’s Portrait of a Man in Armour (c1560), attributed to Gillis Claeissens. Scene in an Italian Country Inn, Possibly a Self-Portrait of the Artist with Her Husband on Their Wedding Trip (1821/25), by Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot, presented by Gallery 19C, was acquired by The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Among many other notable sales a leading Eastern European museum purchased Rococo-Écuelle with Présentoir and Spoon (1751-53) from Helga Matzke.

    “Whether online or in-person, TEFAF is a hub of scholarship, creativity, and expertise, which is reflected in the market success of this year’s fair,” said Charlotte van Leerdam, Managing Director of TEFAF. “We are pleased with the reception of TEFAF Online 2021, attracting not only private buyers, but a strong contingent of public institutions and eminent museums, evidence that the work presented at TEFAF is the golden standard of quality. We are eager to welcome this growing community to Maastricht again next March”.

    EVOLUTION OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2021

    The evolution of 20th century design comes to the fore at a sale at Christie’s Paris on November 3. Around 300 lots from collection of Daniel Lebard, gathered with passion and erudition, will come under the hammer with an overall estimated of €13-€19 million. The core of this very private collection is the Modern Movement in the 1920’s and ’30’s to France in the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. The discovery of the work of Jean Prouvé was the foundation for future choices like Pierre Chareau, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Daniel Lebard gradually added to their creations with work by ean Royère, Serge Mouille, Mathieu Matégot and Georges Jouve and opening up to the reference designers of the following decades: Pierre Paulin, Roger Tallon, Atelier A and André Borderie.

    Among Jean Prouvé’s many iconic creations are a rare example of the Trapèze
    table, whose pure design and black colouring appears as an abstraction of Prouvé’s
    work (€600,000-800,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2021

    EARLY IRISH WALNUT TABLE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Sunday, September 12th, 2021

    An early Irish walnut tea or silver table, a Sheraton sideboard and an Irish Georgian longcase clock are among the prime lots at Lynes and Lynes online sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on September 18. Just over 400 lots will come under the hammer at an auction which Lynes and Lynes has been putting together since last April.  The sale includes two executor house contents and lots collected from residences throughout Munster. There is an Irish Georgian mahogany and brass banded turf bucket ( €600-€1,000); an Irish Georgian mahogany tall boy (€1,000- €1,500); a gilded serpentine console table with marble top (€1,000-€1,500): an Irish Georgian secretaire bookcase (€2,000-€3,000); an Irish Georgian mahogany and satinwood corner cabinet (€1,000-€1,500); an Arts and Crafts oak side cabinet (€800-€1,200) and a large 19th century wardrobe with light and dark walnut panels (€1,000-€1,500).

    Some of the lots available including an Irish Georgian sideboard and a 19th century overmantle mirror.

    The Irish walnut tea table is complete with carved frieze and shell decoration and is estimated at €4,000-€6,000, the Sheraton sideboard at €1,000-€1,500 and the Georgian longcase clock, by J. Burdon, Dublin at €1,500-€2,000.There are collectibles including two stuffed pheasants cased by Rohu, Cork, an old metal Tri-ang pedal car, a Guinness Time outside wall clock and a large silver cup from the North Kildare Harriers Point to Point in 1925 There is silver and plate, mirrors, some garden furniture, porcelain and cloissonne ware and an Irish Connemara made drawing room rug (€300-€500) as well as some coins and books.

    An early Irish walnut tea table and an Irish Georgian turf bucket 

    A FRAGMENT OF EAST AND WEST IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS

    Friday, September 10th, 2021
    BHAGAT Diamonds – Fragment brooch

    Inspired by Mughal architecture this brooch is designed as a jewelled ‘fragment’. It features an Old-European cut diamond weighing 4.82 carats surmounted by a faceted Colombian Emerald drop weighing 9.77 carats. The brooch is mounted in Platinum, signed BHAGAT. This Fragment Brooch by BHAGAT Diamonds of Mumbai is now on display at TEFAF online.

    BHAGAT produces fewer than 60 pieces a year and works with a strictly limited but opulent palette of precious gemstones, often rare and important stones in vintage cuts, and platinum. The essence of BHAGAT’s originality lies in the manner in which classical Indian forms and motifs are united with a contemporary sensibility that, while it combines aspects of east and west, is entirely original. Now in its fourth and fifth generations, BHAGAT is run by Viren along with his two sons, Varun and Jay. In recent years their works have been displayed at The Kremlin State Museum in Moscow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Miho Museum in Kyoto, The Grand Palais in Paris, The Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the Palace Museum in Beijing.

    NAPOLEON REMEMBERED AT MULLEN’S COLLECTOR’S CABINET SALE

    Friday, September 10th, 2021

    This 1798 hand coloured etching by the British caricaturist James Gillray is of Napoleon Buonaparte hearing of Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile and swearing by his sword to extirpate the English from off the Earth. It comes up as a rather timely lot 9 at the Collector’s Cabinet sale by Mullen’s of Laurel Park, Bray on September 11 with an estimate of 200-300. A number of commemorative events and auctions are being held around the globe this year to mark the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon. The online sale at Mullens offers 546 varied lots militaria, historical memorabilia, 275 lots antiquarian books and modern books including signed first editions, sporting memorabilia and more. UPDATE: THIS ETCHING MADE 340 AT HAMMER

    GREAT SWORD OF HOWTH MAKES 40,000 AT HAMMER

    Thursday, September 9th, 2021
    THE GREAT SWORD OF HOWTH MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    ONE of the most historic items at the Howth Castle sale, the great sword of Howth, made a hammer price of 40,000 at day two of Fonsie Mealy’s Howth Castle contents sale today. It has been estimated at 10,000-15,000. The auctioneer announced that it would be staying in Ireland. According to tradition, it was used by Sir Armoricus Tristram, who arrived at Howth with Sir John de Courcy in the year 1177. It has been in the St Lawrence family for many generations and a more sober assessment dates the sword to the late 15th century, so it may well have been borne by Sir Armoricus’s descendant Sir Nicholas St Lawrence, 16th Lord & 3rd Baron Howth. He commanded the “billmen” (wielders of a fearsome chopping blade mounted on a strong staff) at the battle of Knockdoe in 1504, in which the army of the Lord Deputy, the Earl of Kildare, defeated that of Ulick Burke, Lord of Clanricarde. The Sword is first recorded in an inventory of 1748.

    Again on the second day of the sale at Howth Castle there was competitive bidding from Ireland and abroad for once off items of rarity. A George IV silver gilt model of the Warwick Vase by Philip Rundell, London, 1820 made 24,000 at hammer and an Irish William IV silver gilt Warwick Vase by Richard Sawyer junior Dublin 1836 made 23,000. Each had been estimated at 8,000-12,000. An Irish George II silver salver by John Hamilton, Dublin 1726-27 made 21,000 over a top estimate of 7,000. A jewel cut breast star of The Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick together with a small ceremonial sword made 32,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 10,000. William Ulick Tristram St. Lawrence, 4th Earl of Howth (1827-1909) was appointed knight of the order in May 1884.

    THE sale realised €2.1 million.

    FINE JEWELLERY AND WATCHES AT JAMES ADAM

    Thursday, September 9th, 2021
    EMERALD AND DIAMOND BRACELET, CIRCA 1945. UPDATE: THIS MADE €30,000 AT HAMMER

    THIS c1945 em emerald and diamond bracelet is one of the highlights at Adams evening and online sale of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin on September 14. The geometric open work design bracelet with graduated cabochon emeralds is estimated at 30,000-40,000. There is a similar estimate on a pair of fancy coloured diamond and pendant earrings. With everything from a c1960 bow diamond brooch by Bulgari (18,000-28,000) to a tri coloured trinity gold ring by Cartier (800-1,000) the sale of 102 lots caters for a variety of budgets. The catalogue is online.

    FLYING START TO HOWTH CASTLE AUCTION TODAY

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
    This baluster jar and cover made 14,000 at hammer

    Fonsie Mealy’s Howth Castle sale got off to a flying start today as collectors vied for blue a white and coloured Oriental porcelains. A 17th/early 18th century baluster vase and cover made 14,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 3,000. It has a six character mark to the base and is decorated with Royal subjects and attendants. Am 18th century Kangxi blue and white Gu vase with a top estimate of 3,000 made 12,000 on the hammer. An 18th century Famille Rose baluster shaped vase and cover with a top estimate of 1,800 made 4,800 on the hammer. A pair of Nankin blue and white platters with a set of three similar smaller dishes made 1,300 over a top estimate of 450 and two Xiangshi period triple gourd blue and white cafe au lait vases made 3,200 over a top estimate of 1,500. An 18th century blue and white jar and cover decorated with children at play made 7,500 over a top estimate of 1,000 and a large Chinese bronze gilt figure of a Buddha with a top estimate of 1,100 made 2,500. A large Majolica Palissy type oval dish made 8,600 at hammer over a top estimate of 350 and an 18th century bronze incense burner in the shape of a Foo dog with a top estimate of 600 made 5,000 on the hammer.