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    OSCAR WILDE EXHIBITION ON BONHAMS WEBSITE

    Monday, February 15th, 2021

     An exhibition to mark the 120th anniversary of the death of Oscar Wilde opens today on a dedicated page of the Bonhams website.  Man of our Times will run from February 15-23. There are manuscripts, letters, first editions, association copies and ephemera from the collection of bibliophile and former dealer in Oriental antiques Jeremy Mason.  He has been collecting Wilde memorabilia for the past 55 years.  Shown here is the bill for flowers at Oscar Wilde’s funeral made out to Robert Ross and amounting to 77 francs. The poet, dramatist and novelist died in a rundown Paris hotel in November 1900.

    BONHAMS STRENGTHENS IRISH REPRESENTATION

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

    As part of an ongoing programme to strengthen its European
    network of representatives Bonhams in Ireland has appointed Kevin Gaines to work alongside Irish representative Kieran O’Boyle at its Molesworth St., Dublin offices. A practicing sculptor he has more than 20 years experience in the art world, mainly at the Dublin Gallery Jorgensen Fine Art as right hand man to fashion designer and gallery owner Ib Jorgensen, who is retiring. The Dublin office of Bonhams offers valuation services and helps Irish clients access the International art and collectibles markets through Bonham’s global salesrooms.

    Kevin Gaines

    FIRST EDITION OF JOYCE’S DUBLINERS

    Thursday, February 4th, 2021

    London booksellers Peter Harrington are offering a first inscribed presentation edition of Dubliners (London: Grant Richards Ltd, 1914) by James Joyce for a cool £195,000. The first edition, first impression, first issue is inscribed by the author on the initial blank: “To Beatrice Randegger James Joyce Trieste 19 June 1914”.

    The official publication date in London was a few days earlier, Monday June 15, but Joyce was in Trieste and did not receive the first of the 120 copies he had agreed to buy from Grant Richards until the Friday of that week. The other very few known presentation copies of the earliest date – to Roberto Preziosi, the Italian who had paid excessive attentions to Nora, and to Moses Dlugacz, his Zionist friend – are dated the same day. Beatrice was one of the daughters of Ettore Richetti, a prominent lawyer and head of the Jewish community in Trieste. 

    THE DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2020

    Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

    The Design Museum in London has named the Teeter-Totter Wall, an interactive installation that allowed children based in both the USA and Mexico to play together across the border wall, as the Beazley Design of the Year 2020. The project designed by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with Colectivo Chopeke, created a place where children from both countries could connect playfully through three bright pink see-saws.

    The three bright pink ‘teeter-totters’ (seesaws) were slotted into gaps in the steel boundary wall by designers from both sides of the border and installed for just under twenty minutes on July 28, 2019. Although a temporary installation, the event lived on through footage shared virally on social media.

    IRISH MUSEUM OF SILVER IN WATERFORD

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021

    A new Irish Museum of Silver is up and running in Waterford, ready to welcome visitors at the end of lockdown.  It is housed in the beautiful eighteenth-century Deanery building in Cathedral Square, in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle. Exhibits trace the importance of silver in Ireland from the 9th-20th century.  Among many rare items on show is a Viking gold and silver Kite brooch –  discovered just a few hundred yards from the museum –  which is considered to be the finest piece of 12th century secular metalwork in Ireland.

    A 12th century Viking gold and silver kite brooch at the new Irish Museum of Silver in Waterford.

    ANNUAL HOLIDAY AUCTION BY MATTHEWS IN KELLS

    Sunday, December 27th, 2020

    This pair of diamond set oval cut ruby cluster earrings mounted on 14 carat gold comes up at Matthews annual holiday auction in Kells, Co. Meath on December 29 and 30. There are 1,184 lots in this online sale of jewellery, gold, silver and collectibles. The ruby earrings pictured here are lot 51 and estimated at 600-900. UPDATE: THESE MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    SINGLE STONE DIAMOND RING AT JAMES ADAM

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

    A single stone diamond ring weighing 7.12 carats within a four-claw setting and between tapered baguette-cut diamonds is the top lot at the James Adam sale of fine jewellery and watches on December 8. It is estimated at 100,000-150,000. The online auction of 221 lots offers a wide variety of choices from rings, earrings, bracelets, bangles and brooches to watches and cufflinks. The catalogue is online. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    BID FOR THE LOUVRE: AN EXCEPTIONAL CHARITY AUCTION

    Friday, November 27th, 2020

    The musée du Louvre is auctioning 24 exceptional lots with Christie’s and support of the Hôtel Drouot. The unprecendent online Bid for the Louvre auction will be held on Christie’s online platform from December 1-15. The sale of contemporary artworks, unique luxury pieces once in a lifetime experiences is designed to support the museum through these times and raise funds for Studio, a new space dedicated to artistic and cultural education due to open in autumn 2021. Some of the offered lots are unique. Among them is the opportunity to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa outside her display case, or the chance to walk through the rooftops of the Palais du Louvre in the company of the artist JR. There are works of art by contemporary artists close to the museum such as Johan Creten, Candida Höfer, Eva Jospin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pierre Soulages and Xavier Veilhan. Houses such as Cartier, Christian Dior Couture, Le Meurice, Le Ritz Paris, Louis Vuitton, Moët Hennessy, Parfums Christian Dior and Vacheron Constantin, are amongst the participants.

    UPDATE: The sale brought in 2,365,000. The top lot was an artwork by Pierre Soulages which made 1.4 million.

    NEW BOOK ON DANIEL O’NEILL PUBLISHED TODAY

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020

    Daniel O’Neill Romanticism & Friendships by Karen Reihill is published today. To mark the centenary year of the Belfast born artist two events had been planned and both had to be cancelled. A retrospective exhibition at the OPW’s Farmleigh Gallery had been scheduled for May and Rehill’s monograph was to have been launched to coincide with this. The exhibition was re-scheduled to November 28 only to be postponed once again because of Covid-19. Meanwhile Reihill has decided to go ahead with the publication of the book which contains 192 Pages with 370 images in colour and period black and white photographs. It is available to from your local bookshop or on-line www.kennys.ie priced €25.00.

    EXTRAORDINARY KASHMIR SAPPHIRE BRACELET

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

    This extraordinary sapphire and diamond bracelet comes up at Christie’s magnificent jewels sale in New York on December 8. The cushion-cut 43.10 carat Kashmir sapphire surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds is detachable and may be worn as a brooch. It is estimated at $5-7 million. The sale of over 380 lots includes signed jewels by makers including René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Raymond Yard, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura. 

    UPDATE: THIS MADE $6,030,000 in a sale that realised $44.5 million.