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    MORE THAN 700 LOTS AT FONSIE MEALY’S MILFORD SALE

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    THE first ever contents sale of Milford House, home to the Alexander family since the early 1800’s, will be held on November 20 by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. More than 700 lots will come under the hammer.  The family settled in Carlow in the 1780’s and the main source of income was milling.  A number of them followed careers in the British Army and there are artefacts passed down through generations and objects acquired through travel to exotic lands..  There is taxidermy including a Russian wild boar and collectibles include an early 19th century Maori Tiki Hei whale bone pendant and a Japanese silver and bronze Okimono, Meji Period, modelled as a Manchuria Crane. The auction will offer family silver, portraits and Irish furniture. Viewing is on the premises from November 18 and the auction will be held at The Talbot Hotel, Carlow.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Aniello Ascione, 17th Century Italian School `one of a pair of Still Life Paintings  UPDATE: THERE WERE TWO PAIRS OF PAINTINGS, ONE MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER THE OTHER 16,000

    IRISH CHIPPENDALE PERIOD BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER

    Highly Important Historical Zulu Artefact Engraving: “The Capture of Cetshwayo – Arrival of The King at Sir Garent Wolselys Camp, Ulundi  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200

    MOUNTED RUSSIAN WILD BOAR, ON CARVED SHIELD SHAPED MOUNT.UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    STAN LEE COLLECTION AT JULIEN’S THIS WEEKEND

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

    A collection of nearly 20 lots from the universe of Stan Lee, the American writer and former president of Marvel Comics who has just died at the age of 95, comes up at Julien’s Auctions sale of Icons and Idols: Hollywood on November 16 and 17.  Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961 and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

    Consigned months ago by an anonymous collector are numerous original comic books signed and written by Stan Lee including a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics Group, August 1962) featuring the first appearance of Marvel’s most famous character, Spider-Man and Spider-Man’s origin ($30,000-50,000); a custom bound one-of-a-kind hardcover book that includes the first 10 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Strange Tales Annual #2, and Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics Group, 1962-1964) believed to have been previously owned by Michael H. Price, writer and friend of Stan Lee ($20,000-$30,000); a Stan Lee written and signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics Group, March 1963) retelling of Spider-Man’s origin (originally published in Amazing Fantasy #15) and also featured the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon as well as the first cross-over with the Fantastic Four ($2,000-$4,000) and a Lee signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #42 that features the first full appearance of Mary Jane Watson ($800-$1,200); a signed copy of Rise of The Black Panther Variant Edition #1 (Marvel Comics Group, March 2018) signed with black marker on the top cover by Stan Lee written by Ta-Nehisi Coates ($2,000-$3,000); a Stan Lee signed copy of Star Wars #97 (Marvel Comics Group, July 1985) story by Jo Duffy and artwork by Cynthia Martin ($800-$1,200) as well as a custom fiberglass life size mannequin of Spider Man designed to hang from the ceiling ($1,000-$2,000), sketches and more.

    The sale is at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online.  All photos courtesy Julien’s Auctions.

    MID CENTURY MODERN AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, November 11th, 2018

    The vogue for mid 20th century designer furniture is creating new demand and James Adam will offer a good selection at their Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin on November 13 at 6 p.m.  There is lighting, tables, sideboards, cabinets and associated art from the studios of artists like Callum Innes, Hughie O’Donoghue, Albert Irvin, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Paddy Graham and Tony O’Malley. Among the most expensively estimated lots are an untitled work by Callum Innes (20,000-30,000), The Pond by Tony O’Malley (12,000-16,000), a ceiling light by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte (10,000-15,000) and a pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti (5,000-7,000). The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A pair of c1930 Art Deco armchairs, with black laquered arms and
    ivory coloured upholstery  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    MAX INGRAND (1908 – 1969) Model 2127 ceiling light for Fontana Arte, c.1960s  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    CALLUM INNES (B.1962)
    UNTITLED NO.II, 2008  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 20,000 AT HAMMER

    A pair of 1950’s armchairs by Gio Ponti UPDATE: THESE made 4,800

    MICRO MOSAIC TABLE AT SHEPPARDS SALE

    Monday, November 5th, 2018

    A micro mosaic specimen marble table top, a Donegal carpet, antique furniture, Cork silver and 70 lots of books from the library of late Kanturk solicitor Gerard O’Keeffe are among the 248 lots at Sheppards sale in Durrow on November 8.  The Masterworks auction features an exceptional collection from Irish country houses with everything from a Qing Dynasty Imperial green jade seal to a rare early 18th century Irish marquetry side cabinet. Books of Irish, Cork, legal and literary interest are included in the O’Keeffe library. Among the first editions are works by John McGahern, Lady Wilde, Brendan Behan, Truman Capote, Arthur Griffith, Samuel Beckett, John B. Keane, Roddy Doyle, Norman Mailer and Patrick Kavanagh.

    Furniture lots of note include a Louis XV commode, a Chinese Chippendale side table, a pair of 18th century Chinese lacquered bureau cabinets, a pair of 19th cnetury carved giltwood console tables and avset of six George II dining chairs.  There are three large hall lanterns, art, jewellery, fine wines and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Thomas Sydney Cooper (1803-1902) – A sheep “Lew”, East Kent (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY ORMOLU MOUNTED KINGWOOD AND MARQUETRY PEDESTALS by Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener (25,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    Early 19th century Roman micromosaic and specimen marble table top (8,000-12,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    Donegal carpet after a design by CFA (15,000-30,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    CORK AND LIMERICK SILVER AT WOODWARDS

    Sunday, November 4th, 2018
    Highly collectible Cork and Limerick pieces are included in Woodwards special bi-annual sale of Irish and English silver in Cork on November 10. The bulk of the sale is from the estate of a private collector of Irish silver and will include Cork silver sauceboats by Carden Terry (c1785) and John Warner (c1790) each estimated at 1,000-2,000.
    One Limerick silver piece is a catch for most sales, this one has four. Limerick makers Maurice Fitzgerald, George Moore, Patrick Connell and Joseph Johns are all represented. There is pair of c1775 tablespoons by Maurice Fitzgerald (800-1,000), a c1765 tablespoon by George Moore (400-600), a pair of c1785 tablespoons by Patrick Connell (800-1,000) and a pair of c1790 tablespoons by Joseph Johns (800-1,000).

    In addition to this the Cork makers Daniel McCarthy, John Toleken, John Nicholson, Joseph Gibson, Carden Terry and Jane Williams are all represented with pieces including a sugar bowl, serving spoon, marrow scoop, tablespoons and dessert spoons. Estimates for these piece range from a low of 150 to a high of 1,500.  There are more than 250 lots of silver and about 40 Irish paintings including a charcoal and wash drawing by Sean Keating and work by Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Frank Egginton, Arthur Maderson and Anne Yeats.

    George III sugar bowl by Daniel McCarthy, Cork UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    A pair of George III tablespoons by Maurice Fitzgerald, Limerick  UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER

    MASTERWORKS AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Friday, November 2nd, 2018

    Viewing gets underway in Durrow, Co. Laois on November 3 for the Masterworks sale at Sheppards on November 8. There is Irish, English and European art, Asian art, 18th century furniture, win, sculpture, silver, jewellery and the library of late Kanturk solicitor Gerard O’Keeffe.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    FRENCH EMPIRE STYLE GILT AND ENAMELLED HALL LANTERN (2,000-3,000)

    CHINESE NEPHRITE JADE SCULPTURE (3,000-5,000)

    Hugh Douglas Hamilton – William, 1st Baron Downes 95,000-8,000)

    LOUIS XV PERIOD ORMOLU MOUNTED BOMBE ROSEWOOD COMMODE (8,000-12,000)

    ASIAN ART AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

    The sale of Asian art at James Adam in Dublin on November 3 features Chinese porcelain from a variety of periods and in various colours, Japanese woodblock prints and some lots of furniture and jewellery in a selection of 336 lots. The most expensively estimated lots are a Yongzheng (1723-1735) green chrysanthemum dish (40,000-60,000) and a blue and white bulbous Zhadou with the mark of Zhengde (1506-1521) and a mid 14th century blue and white peony jar, each estimated at 30,000-50,000.

    Yongzheng (1723-1735) green chrysanthemum dish (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    ARE BLUE AND WHITE PEONY JAR, ‘Guan’ mid 14th century (30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 240,000 AT HAMMER

    ICONS AND IDOLS: ROCK-N-ROLL AT JULIEN’S AUCTION

    Friday, October 26th, 2018

    Bob Dylan’s Fender Telecaster 1952 reissue, Michael Jackson’s Bad Jacket and Bono’s Irish Falcon Gretsch

    Signature guitars from U2, Edge’s 1976 Gibson Explorer electric guitar and two of Bono’s Gretsch guitars – a green Irish Falcon stage and a black Falcon electric guitar – will feature at Julien’s Auctions on November 10.  Julien’s will offer property from the collection of philanthropist and businessman Milton Verret – founder of First National Reserve, First Fidelity Reserve and U.S. Money Reserve, three of the largest gold and silver firms in America – as part of the Icons and Idols Rock n Roll live and online sales over four sessions on November 9 and 10.

    Verret’s collection is to be sold in a philanthropic partnership with MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy™ that provides a wide range of health and human services resources to music people in need.

    Nearly 100 items from Verret’s world renowned collection of some of the most important pieces of rock–n–roll memorabilia will come under the hammer. The all star lineup features historical items from music legends, Prince, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bernie Taupin, Aretha Franklin and others.  The venue for the sales is the Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square, New York.

    UPDATE:  Dylan’s Fender Telecaster sold for $76,800, Michael Jackson’s Bad Jacket sold for $298,000 and Bono’s Irish Falcon Gretsch sold for $64,000.

    PARIS SALE FROM HOMES OF PIERRE BERGE AND YSL

    Friday, October 26th, 2018

    More than 1,000 lots from the last residences of Pierre Bergé will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Paris from October 29-31. The sale by Sotheby’s and Pierre Bergé & Associés features a collection of works chosen by Pierre Bergé, many of which were acquired with Yves Saint Laurent.  In the homes he created with Yves Saint Laurent, Bergé surrounded himself with art and decorative objects: four interiors, each with its own identity.  On offer is property from the Paris townhouse at Rue Bonaparte, La Datcha on the estate of Chateau Gabriel in Normandy, Mas Theo in St. Remy and Villa Mabrouka in Tangiers.

    Pierre Bergé was a committed philanthropist and wanted a portion of the proceeds from this auction and from the sale of other items to benefit the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.  Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE: THE TWO DAY SALE REALISED 27,474,328 WITH 100% OF LOTS SOLD AND 95% EXCEEDING THE HIGH ESTIMATE.

    Bernard Buffet
    Autoportrait sur fond noir
    1956

    Claude Lalanne
    Miroir de Tanger, unique, 1999

    FINE ENGLISH CHAIRS AT NEW YORK’S TEFAF FALL

    Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

    Thomas Chippendale – The Brocket Hill Saloon chairs

    Amongst the stellar decorative works of art at TEFAF New York Fall are Thomas Chippendale’s Brocket Hill saloon chairs which once belonged to Sir Elton John.  The re-gilded chairs are being shown at Ronald Phillips.

    Gregg Baker Asian Art will bring a Japanese six fold screen with a panoramic, bird’s-eye view of Buzen and Bungo provinces (modern day Oita and Fukuoka prefectures) in northern Kyushu. It shows a map of the area, part of the Seto Inland Sea and various genre scenes minutely detailing local people’s life in the early 17th century. It dates to c1621-32.

    The fair at the Park Avenue Armory runs from October 27 to October 31 and features 93 of the world’s leading antique dealers.  The variety of collecting areas spans fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920, as well as rare books and manuscripts, jewellery, portrait miniatures, arms and armoUr.