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    MEDIEVAL CELTIC DRINKING VESSEL AT SHEPPARDS SALE

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020

    A communal three handled drinking vessel previously on loan to the National Museum kicks off three days of online sales at Sheppards in Durrow on September 22, 23 and 24.  The design of the Liam McCarthy Cup is based on this particular medieval Celtic vessel, known as a mether.  Found at Corran, Co. Armagh it is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

    With everything from a portrait of an old man wearing a turban in the style of Rembrandt to a Japanese ivory chest this Legacy of the Big House sale offers an extraordinary range of art, furniture, Oriental pieces and collectibles. The Morgan Family collection of portrait miniatures is brimful of interest not least because of the portrait of Capt. Tony Morgan by Frederic Buck. This is almost certainly the same Tony Morgan who witnessed the charge of the light brigade in 1854.  Reports of this most famous incident of British military history are littered with references to him. Frederic Buck was a successful artist in Cork at a time when it was a busy port of embarkation for troops during the Peninsular War. He fulfilled many orders for portraits for officers going to war.  Based at Bunalun near Skibbereen the Morgan family were descendants of the Welsh born pirate captain whose name is synonymous with a brand of rum.

    Art on offer includes a limited edition bronze of Arkle and Pat Taaffe by Emma McDermott (€8,000-€12,000), a Head Study of a young girl after Renoir (€80,000-€120,000) and An Irish Jig by Nathanial Grogan (€1,500-€2,500). The auction offers a selection including silver, antique furniture, old maps, garden furniture, jewellery, an Irish taxidermy collection, Oriental porcelain, garden furniture, rugs and collectibles including a collection of more than 200 Irish whiskey labels from 1840-1950 (€5,000-€8,000).

    A medieval Irish three handled mether 

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE SELLS AT DREWEATTS

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

    This c1730 Irish George II mahogany side table sold for a hammer price of £36,000 at Dreweatts in Newbury, Berkshire today. The moulded frieze isvcentred by a carved mask of a bearded man, above a carved shell terminal. Each corner of the frieze is carved with a stylised ‘gargoyle’ mask above tapering cabriole shaped legs. An Irish George II c1750 side table made £13,500 and a twin pillar dining table, described as probably Irish, sold for £7,500.

    The c1730 Irish table

    A STAG AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, September 6th, 2020

    Listed as one of the hundred greatest punchers of all time the career of Tom Sharkey – born in Dundalk in 1873 – is recalled in Stag at Sharkey’s by George Bellows at Christie’s. The lithograph from the collection of media and entertainment magnate Jerry Perenchio is among the lots at A California Life at Christie’s online until September 17. Tom Sharkey ran away from home, went to sea as a cabin boy and joined the US Navy aged 19.  He is credited with winning 40 fights and introducing boxing to the navy.  Known as Sailor Tom he fought twice with heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries. They became friends and business partners in Sharkeys, an athletic club on Columbus Avenue in New York.  In 1909, when this work was completed, prizefighting was illegal and saloons like this, which did a booming business, were the equivalent of Prohibition’s speakeasies. Fighters were known as stags. Bellows, whose studio was nearby, was a leading exponent of the Ashcan School, known for depicting scenes of daily life in New York city.Perenchio, who sold his Univision Communications for $13.5 billion in 2007, was the promoter of the 1971 title fight between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier, launched Elton John’s career in the US in 1970 and produced Driving Miss Daisy. He was a philanthropist whose bequest of European art masterworks will anchor the new permanent building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, set to open in 2023. His collection at two landmark sales now running online features European furniture and ceramics, prints, Old Master drawings, sculpture, Chinese ceramics and works of art, silver, carpets and memorabilia.

    A Stag at Sharkey’s by George Bellows ($60,000-$80,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $52,500.

    CORK CHAIRS AT WOODWARDS ONLINE

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

    A 14 foot long Victorian d-end dining table and two sets of Cork 11-bar chairs come up at Woodwards online sale in Cork on September 5.  The dining table is estimated at €1,000-€2,000, the chairs at €2,000-€3,000.  Among the other lots are an Edwardian display cabinet (€500-€800), a Victorian walnut centre table (€700-1,000), an Edwardian serving table (€500-€800) and inlaid card table (€500-€800) and a tallboy chest (€400-€600).  A fine Isfahan rug is estimated at €3,000-4,000, there is a selection of Cork silver by Egans.

    UPDATE: THE first set of six chairs made 2,700 at hammer, the second set of six made 3,200. The d-end dining table made 2,700. A Persian Isfahan rug made 3,200 at hammer.

    A set of Cork 11-bar chairs

    LANDMARK ONLINE PERENCHIO SALES AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

    A two part landmark online auction of the collection of media magnate Jerry Perenchio opens at Christie’s today and continues until September 16/17. European furniture and ceramics, prints, old master drawings, sculpture, Chinese ceramics and works of art, silver, carpets, and memorabilia are curated across two themed online auctions. More than 400 lots with estimates from $500-$100,000 are on offer. The chairman and ceo of Univision assembled one of the most pre-eminent collections of Impressionist Art in the US. He bequeathed most of his collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    The Salon at Chartwell, Perenchio’s Californian home

    HOUSE IN MALLOW DEPICTED ON JUG AT AUCTION

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020

    A blue and white jug with an image of Bearforest House in Mallow is among the lots at Aidan Foley’s online only sale in Doneraile, Co. Cork on September 5.  Bearforest was designed by Sir Richard Morrison, the architect of many notable country houses in Ireland including Fota in Cork, Kilruddery near Bray and Ballyfin in Co. Laois. There is Cork and Irish silver, antique furniture including a French 19th century walnut display cabinet, a Victorian breakfast table and games tables and a wide variety of collectibles.  Art includes work by Arthur Maderson and Marie Carroll and a selection. of hunting prints.

    TIMED ONLINE SALE AT HEGARTY’S

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020
    THIS Regency card table is lot 6 at Hegarty’s of Bandon timed online sale of antiques, interiors, collectibles, jewellery and art which runs to the evening of August 30. The sale will be hosted by Hegarty’s newly designed live.hegartyantiques.com There will be 266 lots.
    Regency card table (550-750). UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    COLLECTIONS SALE AT CHRISTIE’S IN PARIS

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

    A curated ensemble of artworks and furniture with prestigious provenance comes up at Christie’s Collections sale in Paris on September 22. It will feature collections from King Leopold II’s villa at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, HRH Princess Murat’s former private collection from rue de Monceau, Mr. Henri Klinger’s collection and drawing, paintings, furniture and art from the estate of Mrs. Francose Heftler. Collections is a new concept for Christie’s in Paris and it follows successful iterations in New York and London.

    BUREAU DE PENTE D’EPOQUE LOUIS XV
    ESTAMPILLE DE PIERRE II MIGEON, MILIEU DU XVIIIe SIECLE once in the collection of Princess Murat (€6,000-10,000)

    AGA KHAN’S OUTSTANDING COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020

    A pair of patinated and gilded bronze candleabra by Claude Lalanne are among the modern creations from the remarkable private collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan due to come under the hammer at Christie’s Paris on October 1. Based at Bellerive Castle, Geneva, they have been the discreet patrons of many major philanthropic projects, aimed at preserving cultural and natural sites, from Egyptian temples to the Alps. The Aga Khan’s gathered an outstanding collection from a variety of cultures across the globe, reflecting their essence with this incredibly universal, yet very personal selection of fascinating objects and masterpieces. Each work of art demonstrates the collector’s open-cultural approach, representing a rich cultural history, with century-old objects, alongside works from leading artists and commissioned pieces from artists the couple maintained close friendships with.

    Francois Curiel, Christie’s chairman, Europe said: “The true passion for the arts that united this couple is illustrated in their curation of the collection, and the confrontations and juxtapositions the objects impose on the surrounding objects. The 17th and 18th century furniture interact with pieces by Diego Giacometti, Claude Lalanne or Philippe Hiquily, antique paintings are in dialogue with Picasso’s oeuvre, while Orientalist pieces resonate with works by Isabelle de Borchgrave.”

    A pair of patinated and gilded bronze candelabra by Claude Lalanne (estimated €60,000-80,000 each)

    AT HOME AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

    A total of 341 varied lots will come under the hammer at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on August 23. There is silver, jewellery, watches, paintings, collectibles and antique furniture including this c1830 Irish rosewood three seater settee in the manner of Mack, Williams and Gibton. The catalogue is online and this will be a live webcast sale with online, room, telephone and absentee bidding.

    IRISH ROSEWOOD AND UPHOLSTERED THREE SEAT SETTEE (1,500-2,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER