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  • SEXTON’S BOOT SCORES AGAIN AT SHEPPARDS

    November 28th, 2018

    The boots worn by Johnny Sexton for the Grand Slam, le Drop and the Champions Cup made a hammer price of 15,500 at Sheppards in Durrow today.  They had been estimated at around 50 euro.  They were lot 1267, the last lot in a successful two day auction that saw competitive bidding in the room, on the telephone and on the internet.

    Sexton, who captains Leinster and is one of two of Ireland’s vice captains, has just been announced as winner of the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2018.  He is only the second Irish player to win the award after the inaugural winner Keith Wood in 2001.  Ireland was named World Rugby Team of the Year at the awards ceremony in Monaco on November 25.

    Proceeds from the sale will go towards the medical treatment of eight-year-old Anna Browne, from Mallow, Co Cork both here and in the United States.  The schoolgirl suffers from cerebral palsy.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 23, 2018)

    ONLINE ART SALE BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    November 28th, 2018

    An online sale of 262 lots of Irish and a small selection of international art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until December 3.  There is work by a wide variety of Irish artists including Tim Goulding, Peter Curling, Donald Teskey, Arthur Maderson, Markey Robinson, Harry Kernoff, Tony O’Malley and many more.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    TIM GOULDING (B.1945) Fire on the Mountain (1993)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,300 AT HAMMER

    DONALD TESKEY (B.1956)From the Station to the Shore I  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER

    EDWARD DELANEY (B.1930) The Samson Riddle (1972)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    KENNETH WEBB (B.1927) Macroom Castle, Co Cork  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW NEXT WEEK

    November 23rd, 2018

    The two day sale at Sheppards in Durrow on November 27 and 28  will feature important furniture, decorative art, fine wines, art, sculpture, rugs, silver and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY VENETIAN PAINTED CABINET (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    J. D’ATTE – Fete au Village (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1740-1808). – Mary Jervis (1737-1828) a descendent of Humphrey Jervis who developed Dublin’s Jervis Street (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    IRISH NINETEENTH-CENTURY MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    FRENCH EMPIRE ORMOLU MANTLE CLOCK (1,500-2,500)

    TWO LARGE CHINESE QING PERIOD BLANC DE CHINE GUANYIN (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE; THESE MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    BURNS COLLECTION IS MOST VALUABLE SALE OF IRISH ART THIS YEAR

    November 21st, 2018

    RODERIC O’CONOR
    1860-1940 ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’

    At Sotheby’s in London today Romeo and Juliet by Roderic O’Conor was the top lot in what was the most valuable sale of Irish art so far this year. It made £364,000 in the sale of the Brian P. Burns collection which brought in a total of £3,307,375, the highest total for a private collection of Irish art sold at auction.  It was one of eleven lots from an auction of 100 Irish paintings which crashed through the £100,000 barrier.

    Armistice Day, November 11th 1918, Grosvenor Place, London by Sir John Lavery

    The others were  Seascape, Orange and Red Rocks by Roderic O’Conor (£100,000) Red Rocks, Brittany by Roderic O’Connor (£100,000)  Armistice Day, November 11th 1918 by Sir John Lavery (£250,000) Seated Boy and Sea by Walter Osborne (£137,500) Misty Morning by Jack B. Yeats (£286,000)  St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle by F J Davis (£243,750)  The Lonely Sea by Jack B. Yeats (£125,000) The Beach, Tangier by Sir John Lavery (£100,000) Harmsworth Interior Portrait by Sir William Orpen (£112,500) and The Laugh by Jack B Yeats (£225,000).

    Sir John Lavery’s Armistice Day, November 11th 1918 was acquired by the Imperial War Museums.  Self Portrait with Palette by Kathleen Fox was acquired by the National Self Portrait Collection at the University of Limerick.

     

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland,com for November 17 and August 22, 2018).

    WHYTE’S SALE OFFERS COLLECTORS KEY PIECES OF IRISH ART

    November 21st, 2018

    The evening sale of Important Irish Art at Whyte’s at the RDS in Dublin on November 26 will offer collectors an opportunity to acquire key pieces from this flagship winter sale.  Highlights include The Man with the Wrinkled Face by Yeats (80,000-120,000) and le Brocquy’s Image of Samuel Beckett (150,000-250,000) from 1994, one of a number of exemplary works by le Brocquy in the sale.  There are three horse paintings by Basil Blackshaw, some exceptional work by Irish women artists, a selection of sculpture and work by a wide variety of celebrated Irish artists.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    IMAGE OF SAMUEL BECKETT, 1994 LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012) (150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    THE MAN WITH THE WRINKLED FACE, 1944 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 245,000 AT HAMMER

    SELF PORTRAIT, c.1914 MARGARET CLARKE (NÉE CRILLEY) RHA (1888-1961) (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000 AT HAMMER

    MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE, WEST OF IRELAND, 1913-1914 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 44,000 AT HAMMER

    ANTLERS ON TOP AT FONSIE MEALY MILFORD AUCTION

    November 21st, 2018

    These Great Irish Elk antlers and skull sold for 23,000 at hammer.

    A set of prehistoric Irish Elk antlers and skull was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents of Milford House, Carlow on November 20.  They made a hammer price of 23,000. Irish Elk is the common name for a giant extinct deer Megalocerus Giganteus characterised by enormous antlers. It is the largest deer known to have lived.

    A pair of still life paintings by Aniello Ascione of the 17th century Italian School made 20,000 and another pair attributed to the same artist made 16,000. A 19th century carved Chinese wooden buddha made 13,000, a Georgian Irish bachelor’s chest made 7,400 and an Irish Victorian dining table and a set of 18 dining chairs each made 7,000. A half length portrait of John Alexander, High Sheriff of Carlow by Stephen Catterson Smith sold for 6,500 at hammer.

    The auction realised more than 500,000 and was 95% sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 14, 2018)

    ART AND ANTIQUES AT DOLAN’S LIMERICK AUCTION

    November 20th, 2018

    An art and antiques auction by Dolan’s takes place at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on November 25. Paintings include Endymion, a Dubliner mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses.  Endymion was the nickname of James Farrell, a Dublin eccentric born in 1851 who worked for a time as an excise officer, reputedly in Guinness. He was injured when he tried to rescue a colleague who had fallen into a brewery vessel. In Dublin lore according to Oliver St. John Gogarty he went ‘natural’ after falling into an empty vat and breathing the fumes. He became eccentric and suffered from delusions. He lived in rented accommodation at various addresses in Dublin, which included boarding houses in Pleasants Street, off Camden Street, on Charlemont Road, Clontarf and Baggot Street, but was harmless and well liked.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Kernoff RHA, Endymion, (2,500 – 3,500 )

    George Campbell, City Blues, Toledo, (8,000 – 10,000)

    Chanel Bag, (1,800-2,400)

    Markey Robinson, Men of the West, (2,000 – 3,000)

     

    BRETON GIRL READING BY O’CONOR AT DE VERES

    November 18th, 2018

    Breton Girl Reading by Roderic O’Conor (50,000-70,000).  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 88,000 AT HAMMER

    The evening Irish art auction at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare St., Dublin on November 20 is now on view at de Veres on Kildare St.  The catalogue cover lot is Breton Girl, Reading by Roderic O’Conor whose recently concluded exhibition at the National Gallery was a huge success.  Other heavyweight artists include William Orpen, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats.  Orpen’s contribution is a portrait of World War I fighter pilot and hero John Letts. There is A View of Achill by Paul Henry and two works by Yeats, “Racing on the Strand” from 1912 and The Public Letter Writer from 1904, depicting a character who wrote letters home from the US from Irish emigrants unable to write.

    International art from the collection of Sean and Rosemarie Mulcahy features work by Miguel Barcelo and Georg Baselitz.  There are two tapestries by le Brocquy and work by contemporary artists including Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, William Scott and William Crozier. The catalogue is online.

    MYSTIQUE OF MARILYN MONROE SHINES BRIGHT AT JULIEN’S

    November 18th, 2018

    The Monroe Thunderbird

    Marilyn Monroe’s Golden Globe award for World Film Favorite Female 1961 from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association became the top selling Golden Globe award sold at auction when it made $250,000 at Julien’s icons and idols Hollywood sale.  Monroe’s 1956 Raven Black Ford Thunderbird convertible driving to auction for the first time in history made $490,000. Other iconic items connected to Monroe’s mystique included the black satin blouse with matching necktie Monroe wore to a press conference at Los Angeles Airport on February 26, 1956 which made $43,750, over four times the original estimate and her copy of Playboy’s first issue with Monroe on the cover signed by publisher Hugh Hefner.  This made $32,000.

    A GREAT COLLECTION OF IRISH ART AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    November 17th, 2018
    The Brian P. Burns collection of Irish art  comes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on November 21.  Internationally promoted this sale of 100 lots spans Irish artists from the 18th century to the present day and includes works by Yeats, O’Conor, Lavery, Orpen, Osborne, Leech, Nathaniel Hone, James Brenan and Rowan Gillespie.
    Now aged over 80 Sotheby’s describe the collection he formed over a lifetime as one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands.  He has generously loaned his collection to exhibitions in America and Ireland and created new audiences for and awareness of Irish art.  Here is a selection from the sale:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 22, 2018)

    UPDATE:  The sale total including buyer’s premium was £3,307,375 making this the single most valuable auction of Irish art this year.

    Walter Frederick Osborne, At the Breakfast Table  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Roderic O’Conor, Seascape, Orange and Red Rocks  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000

    ROWAN GILLESPIE – THE SETTLERS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 65,000

    St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle by F.J. Davis  UPDATE: THIS MADE £243,750