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    CHRISTIE’S LEADS THE ART MARKET SO FAR IN 2018

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

    PICASSO – Fillette à la corbeille fleurie from the Rockefeller collection sold for $115 million.

    Christie’s continues to lead the art market this year.  Continued global demand helped drive a 26% rise in overall sales to almost £3 billion in the first half of the year.  Auction sell through rates across all bands rose to 84%.  Auction sales increased by 20% to £2.65 billion, private sales were up 135% to £287 million and online only auction sales rose 40% to £27.7 million.

    There were 55 lots sold for over $10 million and online sales attracted the largest number of new buyers.  The Luxury group continues to draw the highest percentage of new clients at 29% and Asian clients spent 10% more in this category in 2018.  Decorative arts was the second highest entry point for new clients at 19%.

    Collections achieved strong results across the board: the celebration of the Cobra movement was 100% sold at the new venue in Amsterdam; masterpieces by Richard Diebenkorn were sold to benefit the Zucker family foundation for $46 million in New York  and the Tisch collection sold for £107 million.

    American clients accounted for 45% of spend in the first half of 2018, Asian clients for 24% and EMERI clients for 31%.  The collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller achieved the highest total for a private collection and was 100% sold.  At $835,111,344 this was the most significant charitable auction ever.

    Christie’s say the outlook for the rest of the year is good.

    TWO DAY SALE OF 900 LOTS AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, July 8th, 2018
    Antique silver,  Oriental and European porcelain, taxidermy, a 19th century pony and trap and a 1963 Morris Minor, garden furniture, old military uniforms, art including a private Irish collection of engravings and drawings by a range of artists including Durer, Van Dyck and Tiepolo and Lady Kildare’s writing desk from Carton are all included on day one of Fonsie Mealy’s two day summer auction in Castlecomer on July 10 and 11.
    The sale on day two features a pair of oak armchairs to a design by Pugin, a stained glass window depicting St. Patrick, 18th century portraits, an Edwardian dolls house in the Tudor style and a Victorian rocking horse, and an interesting selection of art and antique furniture.  A total of 900 lots will come under the hammer, 500 on Tuesday.  The sale comprises lots from a number of houses including Morristown Lattin, Naas, Albert House, Co. Sligo, and Irish American collection and Spire Hall, Portarlington, home of the Odlum family.
    The Tickell Cup, a massive two handled trophy cup made in London in 1899 on an Irish silver stand with three engraved races from Dublin in the same year is estimated at 4,000-6,000.  Lot 281 is a staged specimen of a brown bear cub holding a carved pillar, lot 430 is a cast iron model of a Phoenix from the Royal Phoenix Iron Works, Parkgate St., Dublin (1,500-2,000) and lots 676, the dolls house is estimated at 150-250.
    There is an Irish Penal chalice and a George III freedom box.  A three stone diamond ring with an intense yellow centre stone (20,000-30,000) and three Victorian diamond studded star brooch pendants (5,000-7,000) will are jewellery feature lots and Irish furniture is well represented.  There is a 19th century High Sheriff of Ireland uniform from the Mansfield family of Morristown Lattin (400-600) and uniform jackets including the Kildare Militia. A Kingsbury Motor Blue Bird toy model car is estimated at 180-220.

    Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land and water speed record using blue birds in the 1920’s and ’30’s. His son Donald also broke land and water speed records and died in 1967 during a speed attempt on Coniston Water.  The catalogue is online.

    Lady Kildare’s writing desk from Carton  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

    A stuffed bear cub  UPDATE: THIS MADE 580

    A Phoenix  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    The Tickell Cup  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,600 AT HAMMER

    CHRISTIE’S SALES DRAW STRONG INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE

    Friday, July 6th, 2018

    The continuing international appeal of collecting was demonstrated at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale; The Exceptional Sale 2018 and Thomas Chippendale 300 Years  in London on July 5.  With registered bidders from 33 countries across five continents the sales realised a total of £45,205,750, bringing the running total for Classic Week sales so far to £51,667,375.  The auctions followed global tours of highlights to New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and pre-sale public exhibitions in London. Classic Week sales at Christie’s continue until July 12.

    The top lot of the Old Masters sale was Ludovico Carracci’s Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour which made £5 million.  A bronze group of Hercules Overcoming Achelous by Ferdinando Tacca c1640-50 was the top lot of The Exceptional Sale. It made £6.7 million.  A pair of George III giltwood torcheres c1773 was the the top lot at the Thomas Chippendale auction. These sold for £488,750.

    Ludovico Carracci (Bologna 1555-1619)
    Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour

    George III Giltwood Torcheres

     

    IMAGES OF WASHINGTON AND BACON AT FONSIE MEALY AUCTION

    Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

    A white marble portrait bust of George Washington and a signed photograph of Francis Bacon are among the wide range of lots at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer on July 10 and 11.  The portrait bust from the studio of Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) is estimated at 3,000-4,000.  A portrait of Washington after Gilbert Stuart is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    Bacon is photographed looking vexed and animated outside the French pub in Soho by Daniel Farson.  The image is signed by both Bacon and Farson and estimated at 800-1,200.  The catalogue is online and viewing for this 900 lot sale gets underway on July 8.

    White marble portrait bust of George Washington  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,250

    A signed photograph of Francis Bacon  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,050

    GEORGE III DINING TABLE AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
    A George III dining table at Sheppards sale in Co. Wicklow on June 26, 27 and 28 is of particular interest because of recent events Stateside.  The 20 foot long table is estimated at 30,000-50,000.  The estimate on a similar table at a sale in New York last month was the same.  But the Regency four pedestal dining table from the Rockefeller Collection was knocked down for $468,500 dollars in a global sale where many lots exceeded all expectations. The $832 million realised from that auction was the highest total ever for a single collection and the most significant charitable auction in history.
    Sheppards sale at Coolattin House, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow is now on view.  It is composed of lots from the collection of the late Kanturk based solicitor Gerard O’Keeffe and other clients. The sale will be held over six sessions next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10.30 am and 2 pm on each day.
    There is a series of 18th century Irish furniture pieces including two side tables with scallop carved aprons.   Among the works of art is a Portrait of lady in a red silk gown by John Michael Wright.  It is from Cloghan Castle, Co. Offaly and was purchased at a Sotheby’s sale of Old Master paintings in 1968.  There is an Irish landscape by William Ashford and work by Hugh Douglas Hamilton.

    The collection of Gerard O’Keeffe forms a major part of the sale and it includes a collection of ivory and a series of watches including a Piaget.  There is a selection of contemporary Irish art and sculpture, Irish and international literature, bookcases and garden lots in a wide ranging auction of nearly 2,000 lots.

    A George III four pillar dining table

    A George III Chippendale bookcase

    A portrait of a lady in a red silk

    IRISH TABLE FROM COLLECTION OF WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018

    An Irish marble topped side table from the sale of the William Randolph Hearst collection in New York in 1939 is a feature lot at the At Home sale by James Adam in Dublin on June 17.  It is estimated at 8,000-10,000. A George IV silver vine leaf dessert service is estimated at 6,000-10,000 and a set of George III neoclassical candlesticks is estimated at 6,000-8,000.   There are 672 lots.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    AN IRISH MARBLE TOPPED SERPENTINE SIDE TABLE, c.1830 once in the Hearst Collection (8,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A George IV dessert set, Sheffield, 1829 (6,000-10,000).  UPDATE: THESE MADE 16,500 AT HAMMER

    A JAPANESE THREE PIECE IMARI PORCELAIN GARNITURE, Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III NEO-CLASSICAL SILVER CANDLESTICKS, London 1785, mark of John Wakelin & William Taylor (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    A FINE CHINESE KESI SILK WALL HANGING, 19th century (6,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    AN EILEEN GRAY HIGHLIGHT AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK DESIGN SALE

    Friday, June 8th, 2018

    Eileen Gray – a transat armchair with original calfskin upholstery, ebonised lacquered work and nickel plated brass.  UPDATE: THIS MADE $1,596,500, setting a world auction record for a ‘Transat’ chair.

    Eileen Gray’s (1879-1976) ‘Transat’ chair from 1927-30 is a highlight of Christie’s design sale in New York on June 20.  It is estimated at $1-1.5 million.  The chair was conceived in the context of the furnishing of the villa E1027, the house at Roquebrune in the South of France, that Gray designed with and for her associate Jean Badovici. The radical modern villa – built on a rocky slope overlooking the sea – inspired Gray to explore new materials and possibilities in its bespoke furniture and fittings. For this iconic piece, Gray references
    the classic deck-chair, a design of pure functionalism, as she plays on the marine theme, calling to mind the contemporary
    engagement with water sports, the outdoors, and the popularity of a new generation of ocean liners.

    The auction is comprised of two private American collections and includes pieces by some of the most iconic names of French design including Pierre Chareau, Jen Dunand, Jean Michel Frank, Francois Xavier Lalanne, Pierre Legrain and Emile Jacques Ruhlmann.

    UPDATE: THE SALE TOTALLED $8.3 MILLION.

    Emile Jacques Ruhlmann – a ‘granet’desk c1930  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $150,000

    Jean Dunand vases offered in separate lots  UPDATE: THESE MADE VARIOUS PRICES FROM $43,850 TO $87,500

    CORK TABLE AND CHAIRS AT MARSHS SALE

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    A set of 12 inlaid Cork 11-bar chairs and a four pod dining table will be a feature lots at Marshs auction in Cork on June 9.  Both are by O’Connell’s of Cork and from the Dowdall family formerly of Dunsland, Glanmire. The chairs are estimated at 8,000-10,000 and the table at 2,000-3,000.

    A table that functioned as the boardroom table at Cork lawyers O’Flynn Exhams is also in the sale.  It last changed hands at Marshs in the 1960’s and was previously in the possession of Mahony’s of Blarney.  Prime lots of furniture include a mid 18th century Georgian two door glazed bookcase (8,000-10,000) and a pair of large Regency gilt wall mirrors (3,000-3,500).  A pair of French 19th century marble topped side cabinets is estimated at 2,000-2,500 and a large Victorian dining table has an estimate of 2,000-3,000. Other lots include a set of 12 mahogany dining chairs (1,000-2,000), a pair of Victorian marquetry display cabinets (2,000-2,500), a 19th century hunting table (1,500-2,000) and an Italian marble topped console table (1,500-2,000).

    A set of 11-bar chairs and dining table by O’Connell’s, Cork  UPDATE: THE CHAIRS MADE 8,000, THE TABLE 3,000

    A mid 18th century Georgian bookcase – UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000

    LANDMARK CHIPPENDALE SALE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

    Some of the grandest pieces of 18th century furniture ever created are included in a landmark Thomas Chippendale sale at Christie’s in London on July 5.  A George III mahogany and Indian ebony commode by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Rowland Winn between 1766 and 1769, is estimated at £3-5 million. This lavish neoclassical piece, a masterpiece of English design, broke the world auction record for his work when it was sold from the Messer Collection in 1991.

    Chippendale was master of many mediums and there are works in giltwood, mahogany, marquetry and lacquer as well as his game changing book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director first published in 1754. The dedicated London auction will present 22 lots with estimates from £5,000-5 million. Tradition has it that Chippendale designed Christie’s original rostrum for his friend James Christie, the model for which is still in use today.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2018.

    CHAIR BY JOSEPH WALSH AT DE VERES

    Sunday, May 20th, 2018
    The Figure of Six ash chair from 2006 by Joseph Walsh is, at 6,000-9,000, the most expensively estimated piece of furniture at de Veres evening Design Auction at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St. on May 22.  The work of this Cork based designer is at the Pompidou, Paris, Cooper Hewitt, New York, the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the National Museum of Ireland and many other prestige collections.
    The hammock like profile in a pedestal frame of the 1971 Falcon chair and stool by the Norwegian designer Sigurd Resell ensured its enduring popularity and a production lifeline that went on for more than 30 years. The one at de Veres is estimated at 1,000-1,500.

    The auction of 200 lots features Danish sideboards, coffee tables, settees and easy chairs, Italian console tables, bars and lamps. wall mirrors, easy chairs, coffee tables and shelves.  Designers featured range from Eero Saarinen, Niels Otto Moller and Charles and Ray Eames to Sir Norman Foster and Philippe Starck.  There are shelves and lamps by sculptor Patrick O’Reilly and art by Patrick Scott, Sean Scully, Felim Egan, Mark Francis, Willie Doherty, Conor Fallon, Theo McNab and William Scott among 200 lots.  The catalogue is onlinel Here is a small selection.

    Figure of Six ash chair by Joseph Walsh  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    PATRICK SCOTT HRHA, 1921-2014 GOLD PAINTING  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    ROSEWOOD BUREAU, DANISH, 1960’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    Falcon chair by Sigurd Resel  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER