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    A COOL €120,000 FOR DIEGO’S DOOR KNOCKER

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
    DIEGO GIACOMETTI – DOOR KNOCKER SOLD FOR €120,000

    Eager collectors quickly learn that there is always someone with a more valuable painting, a more desirable collectible, a more fabulous piece of antique furniture, even a better door knocker. In the latter case there was no keeping up with the late couturier Hubert de Givenchy. He had the ultimate door knocker. It was designed by Diego Giacometti sometime around 1975-80. This marvellous piece sold for €120,000 at the opening day of Christie’s sale of the collection of Hubert de Givenchy in Paris today. There were more expensive lots at this sale of masterpieces, like Femme Qui March II by Diego’s brother Alberto. This made €23.5 million at hammer. A cylinder bureau with a mechanism by David Roentgen made €1.75 million, Le Passage de oiseau-migrateur by Joan Miro made €5.75 million, a pair of monumental girandoles attributed to Pierre Philippe Thomire made €4.1 million. The list, and the sale, goes on. This scribe always thought there was something impossibly stylish about having a Giacometti door knocker – it was gratifying today to note that that market agreed. As for us collectors, once we enjoy what we have what difference does it make if someone with more money has a better one? None.

    UPDATE: The auction of 63 lots realised €83,030,650 and was 100% sold

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 5, March 10 and February 2, 2022)

    A €14,000 PIECE OF CHINESE CLOISONNE AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
    This early Chinese cloisonné Bowl made 14,000 at hammer

    An early Chinese cloisonne bowl with an estimate of 100-200 together with a Chinese jardiniere with a four character mark made a hammer price of 14,000 at day one of Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Summer Fine Art sale today.  The bowl was described as profusely decorated with colourful flowers, 10″ (26cms), the Jardinière, with four character mark to base, measured 6 1/2″. The auction is continuing live online. Among the other hammer prices today were €11,500 for a Steinway grand piano, a pair of Irish carved giltwood compartmental mirrors (€11,000) and a white marble inlaid fireplace in the manner of Pietro Bossi (€9,000).

    AT HOME SALE COMING UP AT JAMES ADAM ON TUESDAY

    Sunday, June 12th, 2022
    VICTORIAN INLAID WALNUT AND ORMOLU MOUNTED CREDENZA. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    THIS Victorian inlaid credenza is among the main lots at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on June 14. The estimate is 3,000-5,000. Other top lots include a composed suite of George III silver cutlery and a 19th century portrait of a racehorse with jockey and owner Johnson Lee set against a gallops. There is jewellery, chandeliers, mirrors, antique furniture and a wide variety of collectibles on offer. The catalogue is online and the sale is on view at St. Stephen’s Green.

    FONSIE MEALY’S THREE DAY SALE NOW ON VIEW IN CASTLECOMER

    Sunday, June 12th, 2022
    18th century carved gilt overmantle mirror Cahir Park House in Tipperary. UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000

    WITH everything from tapestries to chimney pieces, art, jewellery and a Rolex Oyster watch the three day Chatsworth Summer Art sale by Fonsie Mealy on June 14, 15 and 16 has drawn collectible pieces from estates right around Ireland like Strokestown House, Co. Wexford, Cahir Park House, Co. Tipperary, the McAteer estate from Newcastle, Co. Down, Celbridge Lodge, Co. Kildare and many other properties.

    The most expensively estimated furniture lots are some 18th century overmantle and giltwood mirrors in a range from €7,000-€15,000.   Other top lots include a fine pair of William Kent style  carved giltwood console tables (€4,000-€6,000), a giltwood and gesso centre table (€3,000-€5,000) and a pair of ornate Victorian Gothic Coalbrookdale radiator covers with sienna marble tops (€3,000-€4,000).

    One of a pair of Victorian Gothic cast iron Coalbrookdale radiator covers. UPDATE; THESE MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    A c1720 Antwerp tapestry by Jacob Van Der Goten (€8,000-€12,000), an 18th century Flemish tapestry (€5,000-€7,000) and some wonderful chimney pieces will attract considerable attention for their rarity at this live and online sale.  Lots like a white marble inlaid chimney piece in the manner of Pietro Bossi (€5,500-€7,500), a carved white marble Portman fireplace (€3,500-€5,500) and an early Irish Kilkenny black marble chimneypiece (€3,800-€5,000) are not to be found every day. There is fine furniture, antique collectibles, silver, ceramics, art, miniatures, clocks, taxidermy, jewellery, carpets and light fittings in this treasure trove of a sale. Viewing is underway in Castlecomer.

    George I Kilkenny black marble chimney piece. UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    SELECTION OF ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT MARSHS SALE IN CORK

    Saturday, June 11th, 2022
    Louis XV style kingswood and brass ormolu mounted bombe shaped vitrine with Vernis Martin panels  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    A Louis XV style vitrine  and a Victorian ebonised credenza are among the prime lots at Marshs sale in Cork next Saturday (June 18).  Estimated at €2,500-€4,500 the kingswood and ormolu mounted bombe shaped vitrine on splayed legs is complete with 18th century French lacquer Vernis Martin panels.  There is brass and tortoiseshell boulle inlaid decoration on the credenza complete with gilt ormolu mounts and Sevres panels. It is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. There is a good selection of antique furniture including a Georgian corner cupboard (€1,200-€1,500), a French gilt upholstered five piece drawing room suite (€500-€1,000), a Victorian marquetry two door side cabinet (€2,000-€2,500), an unusual set of four Regency style upholstered window seats (€700-€1,000), a Georgian inlaid bureau bookcase (€500-€800) and a Georgian bow front sideboard (€400-€500).A four tier 28 branch glass chandelier is seven feet in height and will require a special setting to be displayed to spectacular effect.  It is reasonably estimated at €1,200-€1,500.  Equally imposing is a pair of matching cannons on carriages with an estimate of just €800-€1,000.  Collectibles include Waterford Crystal, silver, clocks, gilt mirrors, paintings, watercolours and prints.  The catalogue is online

    ANYONE FOR A CONFESSION BOX?

    Friday, June 10th, 2022
    Gothic Oak paneled confession box. UPDATE: THIS MADE 560 AT HAMMER

    From confession boxes to church pews to marble pillars to brass candlesticks, teak tables, porcelain, plant pots, chairs and paintings the online sale of contents from St. Louis Convent, the Convent Chapel and The Red Brick in Monaghan offers a variety of unusual collectibles. The two day online sale with 744 lots by Milltown Country Auction Rooms gets underway at 11 am on June 11 and 12.

    ANTWERP TAPESTRY AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2022
    Jakob Van Der Goten (1659-1724) – Orpheus Playing a Lyre, by a Water Garden with Canals, Fountain and Classical Buildings UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This c1720 Antwerp tapestry by Jakob Van Der Goten comes up as lot 1470 at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Summer Fine Art sale on June 14, 15 and 16. Measuring 8’7″ x 13’8″ it was purchased in 1991 from the Marble Hall, Powderham Castle, Devon. It is estimated at €8,000-€12,000. A total of 1,476 lots of fine furniture, antiques, silver, ceramics, objets d’Art, paintings, Old Masters, clocks, taxidermy, jewellery, fireplaces, musical instruments, carpets and light fittings will come under the hammer. Viewing gets underway in Castlecomer on June 9 and the catalogue is online.

    A GREAT IRISH POET AND A GREAT IRISH PAINTER

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2022
    Psyche or the Legend of Love by Mary Tighe. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £7,012.50

    This is James Barry’s inscribed copy of Mary Tighe’s Psyche of the Legend of Love. The author’s presentation copy of the 1805 private edition is  inscribed for the painter James Barry. Irish romantic poet Mary Tighe (1772-1810) never lived to experience the esteem she enjoys today. She wrote one work only, Psyche or the Legend of Love, which was released in 1805 in a private edition of fifty copies for family and friends. This copy comes up at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on June 22 with an estimate of £4,000-6,000.

    Matthew Haley, Bonhams Head of Books and Manuscripts, said: “Mary Tighe was a seminal figure in Irish and indeed British Romanticism. She had many influential admirers during her short life including Thomas Moore, Joseph Cooper Walker and the Ladies of Llangollen but chronic ill health restricted her output to Psyche or the Legend of Love. Earlier this year Bonhams sold a notebook manuscript of her poems, so it is a particular pleasure to be offering this sumptuously-bound copy of the printed work.”

    WISTERIA WINDOW FROM TIFFANY’S LONG ISLAND ESTATE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, June 5th, 2022
    WISTERIA TRANSOM WINDOW – UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This Wisteria Transom window from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall, comes up at Christie’s in New York on June 10) with an estimate of $700,000-$1,000,000. Made around 1905 it is the only window from the iconic seven pane transom at the dining room of his home in private hands. The window will highlight a sale of masterworks from the Garden Museum. This single owner sale presents one of the greatest Tiffany collections in existence. It was amassed in the 1990’s by the Japanese businessman Takeo Horiuchi, who endeavoured to open a museum dedicated to Tiffany. Among the  highlights are a peacock window and clematis skylights, a yellow rose floor lamp and a dragonfly and waterflowers table lamp formerly in the collection of Barbra Streisand.

    UPDATE: THE SALE OF TIFFANY MASTERWORKS FROM THE GARDEN MUSEUM TOTALLED $6.6 MILLION

    GIVENCHY COLLECTION SALES TO BEGIN THIS WEEK

    Sunday, June 5th, 2022
    Diego Giacometti designed door knocker  (€80,000-120,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR €151,200

    The almost unbelievable style involved in owning a door knocker by Diego Giacometti speaks volumes about Hubert de Givenchy – a collector with a unique taste for mixing and matching modernity and classicism.

    Deeply rooted in the culture of his country the world renowned couturier always considered furniture in dialogue with works of art. His magnificent homes –  Hôtel d’Orrouer in Paris and Château du Jonchet in the Loire Valley – display the fruits of this hugely successful quest for an ideal of classical beauty. Starting this week the collection of Hubert de Givenchy comes up at four live auctions and two online sales at Christie’s in Paris.  With 1,229 lots of extraordinary variety and richness put together with impeccable good taste the overall estimate is in the region of €50 million. There are nearly 200 paintings including works by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Claudio Bravo, Max Ernst and Kurt Schwitters: over 100 sculptures with examples by Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Francois Girardon, Francois-Xavier Lalanne and Janine Janet and more than 440 pieces of seat furniture by makers and designers from the 18th to the 20th century.

    A late 18th century desk with mechanism by David Roentgen (Louis XVI and the Count of Provence each
    owned a version, there is one at Buckingham Palace and at the Palace of Versailles. (€500,000-800,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE €1,750,000 AT HAMMER

    Online auctions – the art of living and the art of hospitality – get underway on June 8 and run to June 22 and June 23 respectively.  There will be four live auctions on successive days beginning with masterpieces on June 14.  With a remarkable gathering of nearly 800 pieces of French and European furniture Christie’s promise that these sales will be unmissable. Among masterpieces of classical furniture from the French Regency period to the Neoclassical and beyond is a Regence console from the collection of Coco Chanel  who frequently invited him for dinner.  A pot pourri vase is thought to have been acquired by the King of Naples around 1780 and a  pair of monumental girandoles attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire were made for Tsar Paul I of Russia.

     Louis XVI gilt-beechwood bergère stamped by N.-Quinibert Foliot, c1770 with fabric design by Georges Braque (€6,000 – 10,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE €157,500

    A Louis XVI bergere with a textile designed by Georges Braque is one example of his taste for re-upholstering antique furniture with modern textiles. He loved the colour green for its calming and relaxing properties and a natural sponge painted in green by Charles Sevigny is a nod to another master of the art of mixing modern and classical works. There are masterpieces of modern art from his friend and collaborator Alberto Giacometti whose Woman Walking is estimated at €20-€30 million. This piece greeted visitors to the first drawing room in the home of Givenchy and Philippe Venet on Rue de Grenelle.  A key painting by Joan Miro is titled Passage of the Migratory Bird and there are several works by Alberto’s brother Diego Giacometti (whose door knocker was at Château du Jonchet) and more contemporary pieces by Claudio Bravo and Francois-Xavier Lalanne. It promises to be a sale to remember, well worth exploring online.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 10, 2022)