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  • GILT SINO-TIBETAN FIGURE MAKES €19,000 AT ADAMS

    June 28th, 2022
    STONE-EMBELLISHED GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF AN ELEVEN-HEADED AVALOKITESVARATIBETO CHINESE / SINO-TIBETAN, POSSIBLY 18TH CENTURY

    This mercury gilt and stone embellished figure made a hammer price of €19,000 at the opening day of three days of sales of Asian art at Adams in Dublin today. It was formerly by repute in the collection of  Juan Carlos Katzenstein (1925-2018), Argentinian diplomat and ambassador in Beijing from December 1975 to January 1978, and later to the Holy See (Vatican) and to the Sovereign Order of Malta from 1989 to 1991. The upper estimate was €15,000. The auction kicked off with the sale of a white jade melon and butterfly linked box and cover from an Irish collection for €15,000 over a top estimate of €8,000. A Famille Vert Month cup with Kangxi mark and seal mark reading ‘Shang’ with a top estimate of €2,000 made €33,000 at hammer.

    TEFAF MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO MAASTRICHT

    June 27th, 2022
    Greek enthroned goddess – Thebes, c.540 – 520 BC Terracotta

    Charles Ede of London is displaying this terracotta of a Greek goddess from Thebes at TEFAF, Mastricht, which continues until June 30. Collectors, museums, and art lovers returned in force to the opening weekend of the first TEFAF Maastricht to take place since 2020. Sales are reported to have been good. There was strong presence from the museum community with over 100 institutions sending representatives to the fair and reports of robust sales to this audience alongside significant acquisitions by private collectors.  Museums in attendance included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago from the US along with the British Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art, and Ashmolean Museum from the UK.  Other major European institutions visiting included the Musée de Louvre, the Rijksmuseum, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and the national galleries of Denmark, Berlin, Scotland, and Ireland.

    YEATS BY YEATS AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    June 26th, 2022
    JOHN BUTLER YEATS (1839-1922) – Study of Jack B. Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    This pencil drawing study of the artist Jack B Yeats by his father the artist John Butler Yeats is lot 4 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online art auction which ends on June 27. Originally from the Yeats family collection, then in a private collection, it is estimated at 700-1,000. The catalogue for the sale is online.

    HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE ONCE OWNED BY MAUREEN O’HARA

    June 25th, 2022
    19th century horse drawn coach from the estate of Maureen O’Hara  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A life size bronze sculpture of a horse and jockey, a large cast iron gazebo and a group of large Italianate stone figures are among the leading lots at Sheppards annual Glantelwe gardens sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on June 28 and 29.  These are large garden pieces but the sale of  724 lots of architectural ornaments and garden sculpture offers something for every garden, large or small.

    Conversation pieces include lot 486, a 19th century horse drawn coach complete with carriage lights from the estate of the late Maureen O’Hara. It is estimated at €4,000-€6,000.  Or how about lot 501, two large metal milk churns (€150-€250).  An exercise in imagination might land an appetising spot for these in many gardens.  There are lovely cast iron garden benches, stone sculptures, bronzes, estate entrance gates, troughs, planters, marble sculpture, staddle stones, 19th century urns, pedestals, finials, bollards,  sundials, tree guards, tables, chairs, arches, jardinieres, spheres and fountains.  The sale is on view in Durrow and the catalogue is online.

    THE FABULOUS ARTS OF ASIA AT THREE DAYS OF SALE BY ADAMS

    June 25th, 2022
     Lacquered wooden panel of a seated young beauty with flowers by Alix Ayme. UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    The fabulous arts of Asia – magnificent, rich, colourful, symbolic, auspicious – will come under the hammer at three days of sales at James Adam in Dublin kicking off next Tuesday.  More than 1,000 lots including newly discovered masterpieces of fine Chinese and Himalayan art will feature in two Asian Spring auctions and one of decorative Asian art. There will be global interest in an auction series which has been already previewed at the Pagoda Fair in Paris. Irish collectors and those dipping their toes into this market for the first time will find plenty of opportunities at sales where estimates range from €80 to €400,000.

    In an era of fakes, knockoffs and forgeries seasoned collectors of Asian art  value provenance very highly.  These auctions are rich in works from well known collections like that of Carlos Alfredo Tornquist Altgelt (1885-1953); Juan Carlos Katzenstein (1925-2018); Jorge Casares of Buenos Aires and Canadian industrialist Baron Sir Duncan Orr-Lewis. The top lot of the auction is a rare six panelled lacquered wood screen of a Mekong River landscape with village by Vietnamese artist Le Quoc Loc (1918-1987). This 1943 panel is estimated at €200,000-€400,000. From snuff bottles to carved animals to screens and vases there is enough jade to make one green with envy.  On day one there are Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figures, rock crystal censers, blanc de chine porcelain vases, Chinese export porcelain, silver, cloisonne ware, an opium tray, furniture, art and scrolls.

    Le Quoc Loc – Six panelled lacquered wood screen of a Mekong River landscape with village. UPDATE: THIS MADE 360,000 AT HAMMER

    The emphasis on Wednesday is on Vietnam, Indochina, Asian painters and Japan.  There are some Japanese prints along with a selection of art and artefacts headed by the six fold lacquer screen by Le Quoc Loc and a beautiful lacquer panel with a Byzantine inspired gold ground by Alix Ayme (1894-1989), professor at the Indochina Fine Arts College in Hanoi.  The artist, once a pupil of Maurice Denis, was instrumental in the revival of the ancient art of lacquer which she taught in Hanoi. On Thursday the sale of decorative arts is brimful of interest. The Chinese incorporate auspicious symbols in nearly every aspect of life, including arts and culture. All sorts of symbols represent their aspiration for a longer, more prosperous and happier life.  Lot 701 is a Famille Rose eight boys bottle vase.  Three of them are climbing up the vase, and the depiction of five on the shoulders is particularly auspicious as it signifies the saying “wu zi deng ke” referring to the supreme achievement of one family whose five sons passed the civil service examination.  (In my view the most auspicious thing about this is that they did not live next door!).The catalogue is online and viewing is underway at St. Stephen’s Green.

    COUNT JOHN McCORMACK – THE COLLECTOR

    June 24th, 2022
    Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A. – Vanity. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £176,400

    This 1915 work by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, which comes up at Sotheby’s Modern British auction in London on June 30, was once in the collection of the world renowned Irish tenor Count John McCormack. He was an avid collector of up and coming artists in the early 20th century. The subject is the artist’s wife Anaïs. By 1915, the Brockhursts had moved to Ireland following the outbreak of war. Oliver St John Gogarty took them under their wing, and they were to remain in Ireland until 1919. Brockhurst produced some of his most experimental and exquisite works during this period, and he was friends with and worked alongside Augustus John and his circle. Vanity is estimated at £40,000-£60,000.

    ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR AT TEFAF MAASTRICHT

    June 24th, 2022
    Necklace, 1969. Platinum, white gold, 59 sapphires for about 65.95 carats (Burma, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, Cambodia), diamonds. Heritage Collection.

    This magnificent 1969 Heritage necklace will be presented by Van Cleef and Arpels at TEFAF Maastricht which runs from June 25-30. The 59 sapphires of various origins and shapes are displayed as an exceptional ensemble of precious stones set in white gold and platinum.

    The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) returns to Maastricht in signature style, revealing a selection of recent discoveries and masterpieces for the 35th edition. TEFAF Maastricht attracts the world’s leading dealers and is unrivalled in terms of the breadth and depth of the works presented.

    ANTIQUE ROADSHOW AT HUNT MUSEUM FUNDRAISER

    June 23rd, 2022

    There will be an antiques roadshow at the Hunt Museum in Limerick from noon to 4 pm on Sunday June 26. Experts on hands will cover all areas from books, coins, general ephemera, glass, ceramics, silver, pictures and textiles. The Friends of the Hunt Museum, who have organised the event to raise funds for upgrading and refurbishing a number of showcases at the museum, have advised people who would like to have a furniture valuation to bring a good photograph rather than the piece. There will be a panel of experts from the Irish Antique Dealers Association and auctioneers Fonsie Mealy and George Mealy in attendance.

    ASIAN ART AT THREE DAYS OF SALES AT ADAMS IN DUBLIN

    June 23rd, 2022
    A JADE SNUFF BOTTLE CHINA, LATE QING DYNASTY. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This jade snuff bottle is lot 11 at three days of sale of Asian art at James Adam in Dublin next week. The catalogues for Asian Spring 1, Asian Spring 2 and Decorative Asian Art are online and in person viewing gets underway at St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin on June 24. The auctions, which feature lots from noted collections, have already been previewed at the Pagoda Fair in Paris.

    TEFAF AT MAASTRICHT FROM JUNE 25-30

    June 22nd, 2022
    ‘Japonisme’ Gilt and Patinated Bronze and Cloisonne Table by Ferdinand Barbedienne – Design attributed to Edouard Lièvre, c1870

    The rare and important table encapsulates the fashion for the ‘le style japonais et chinois’ which swept Paris in the mid-19th century and was inspired by Empress Eugénie’s Musée chinoisat the Château de Fontainebleau and the opening of trade with Japan. This occasioned a revival of the study of the art and culture of the Far East, which itself was greatly advanced by Japan’s participation in the World’s Fairs, or Great Exhibitions of Art and Industry, which for the first time presented for public consumption a dazzling array of Asian artworks. and techniques including cloisonné enamel, marquetry of shell and ivory, carved wood and patinated bronze. Western artists created their own works by adopting and reinterpreting this newfound source of inspiration. The ensuing style, an amalgamation of Eastern and Western influences was coined ‘Japonisme’ and went on to inspire the organic forms of Art Nouveau and Aestheticism.

    Adrian Alan Ltd. of London will present this table at TEFAF. With an extraordinary selection of antiques gathered by 242 leading global dealers The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) – normally held in March – runs at Maastricht  in The Netherlands from June 25-30. Collectors, specialists and curators can experience 7000 years of art history at a fair which offers everything from Greek statues to the best of contemporary art and design.