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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

    IRISH CHIPPENDALE PERIOD BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE

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

    MOUNTED RUSSIAN WILD BOAR, ON CARVED SHIELD SHAPED MOUNT.

    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

    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)

    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.

    ALBERTO AND DIEGO GIACOMETTI – MASTERS OF DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, October 18th, 2018

    Diego Giacometti, ‘En Souvenir de la Levrette Bucky’ Table. ($250,000-350,000) © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

    A sale of 27 lots created by both Giacometti brothers will take place at Christie’s in New York on November 12 as part of their marquee 20th century week.  Lots on offer represent their crucial contribution to the field of decorative objects, lighting, and furniture.

    Highlights include an ‘Arbre Au Hibou’ table, circa 1980 ($200,000-300,000), and a ‘Grecque’ table, circa 1965 ($250,000-350,000) by Diego Giacometti.

    There is a sculpture of Giovanni Giacometti, ‘Tête du Père Ronde II’ ($300,000-500,000) and a drawing of Diego, ‘Tête’ ($30,000-50,000) both by Alberto Giacometti.

    In the Post-War and Contemporary evening sale Christie’s will be auctioning an Alberto Giacometti Cat estimated at$14-18 million

    Highlights will be on view in Paris from October 19-21 and at the Rockefeller galleries in New York from November 4-11.

    ARMADA TABLE SELLS FOR 360,000 AT HAMMER

    Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

    The Armada Table

    THE Armada Table of the O’Briens became the most expensive piece of Irish furniture ever sold at auction in Ireland today when it was knocked down for a hammer price of 360,000.  The 430 year old table made from wood from Spanish Armada galleons washed up on the Clare coast was the subject of competitive bidding in the room and on the internet at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall in Drogheda. The Armada Table is described by The Knight of Glin in Irish Furniture (Yale, 2007) as one of the most important and earliest pieces of Irish furniture.

    In autumn 1588 as many as 27 ships of the Spanish Armada were lost off the Irish coast, two off the west Clare coast. Boethius Clancy, High Sheriff of Clare had the table made and later gifted it to the O’Briens of Lemenagh, Co. Clare. It has been owned by them ever since, passing by descent through the O’Brien Clan to the current Lord Inchiquin, 18th Baron. The table was relocated from Lemenagh Castle to Dromoland Castle after 1660, remaining there until 1962 when it was removed to Bunratty Castle. Lord Inchiquin made the decision to sell the table with regret.  It had been estimated by Adams at 100,000-200,000.  The table was bought by a private buyer and will be remaining in Ireland.

    There were exceptional prices achieved at the sale. An Irish George III mahogany breakfront bookcase with a top estimate of 20,000 made a hammer price of 75,000.  An Irish George II side table made 37,500 and a George III dining table sold for 26,000.

    The gross total for the sale was 2.15 million.

    REPUBLICAN SILVER CUP AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Sunday, October 14th, 2018
    Not least of the remarkable selection of lots at the Country House Collections sale of 730 lots by James Adam at Townley Hall near Drogheda on October 16 is a Republican silver two handled cup made by Egans of Cork at the height of the Civil War in 1922.
    Republican silver is prized by collectors. Only about 80 objects were made by the renowned Cork silversmiths in the period to September 1922 when war conditions made it impossible to send silver to the Assay Office in Dublin. The Dublin writer and surgeon Oliver St. John Gogarty suggested a special hallmark to distinguish this particular period. So Egan’s made a punch based on the Arms of Cork showing a ship between two castles with two masts instead of three.  The punch was destroyed when normal conditions resumed. The loving cup is estimated 10,000-15,000.
    The highlight of the auction is the Armada table made from wood salvaged more than 400 years ago. As many as 27 Spanish ships were lost off the Irish coast in 1588.  The catalogue cover is a 1760’s uniformed portrait of Capt. Edward O’Brien of Dromoland Castle by Robert Hunter (1715-1780).  The estimate is 30,000-40,000.  Two other lots of note from Dromoland are a set of Giant Irish Deer antlers and skull (30,000-50,000) and an iron bound 15th/16th century muniments chest (used for storing documents) at 8,000-12,000. A collection of nearly 50 lots of old Irish glass formed by Mrs. Noel Guinness of the banking family in the early part of the last century is highlighted by a late 18th century Waterford or  Cork fruit bowl (1,500-2,500).  There are decanters, preserve jars, serving dishes, milk jugs with estimates from 100 upwards.

    An exceptional irish George II mahogany drop leaf table is estimated at 30,000-50,000, as is a pair of Irish George I walnut console tables. Among many other furniture lots of note are an Irish George II side table, a Louis Seize style ormolu and marquetry commode, a pair of Georgian style giltwood pier tables and mirrors in the manner of William Kent and a George IV pedestal sideboard.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 15 and October 11, 2018)

    Republican silver loving cup UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    18th century Waterford or Cork fruit bowl. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    JOSEPH WALSH TABLE AT SOTHEBY’S DESIGN SALE

    Saturday, October 13th, 2018

    Enignum X table  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £316,000

    The Enignum X table, a unique piece by the Co. Cork designer Joseph Walsh, comes up at Sotheby’s design sale in London on October 17 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.  In a note on the catalogue the world renowned mid career furniture maker explains: “The unique aspect of Enignum X is the sweeping curvature of this table top shape, this is unique within the series and the creating of the shape had an immediate consequence in the free form composition beneath.  This is evident for instance where the two legs meet the ground and wrap past each other, supported by a wishbone bracket jointed in and carved seamlessly into the composition. At the time I had some beautiful burr Ash, large planks, from a very old tree. So we had a wonderful selection for the table top. Each slab as selected, nested into the next plank and finding the appropriate joint line between to link and connect the slabs.”

    The first Enignum table was realised in 2009 and it took another year to realise the next one.  Dating to 2013 Enignum X is representative of the exploratory moment when he was thinking of developing the Magnus, Luminoria and Lilium series.  It was, Walsh recalled, a great period at the workshop.  Keisuke Kawai from Japan had joined in 2008 and followed the development of the Enignum series. French maker Remi Behr had been with us in 2006 for training and returned at the end of 2010.  Sotheby’s annual design sale will feature the very best in Post War and Contemporary design.