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  • EVENING ANTIQUES AT HEGARTY’S ONLINE IN BANDON

    July 26th, 2020

    More than 300 lots including a Georgian solid oak Welsh dresser will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s online sale in Bandon at 6 pm on July 28.  The Georgian dresser, with open shelves and six small drawers, is estimated at €2,600-€2,800; a 19th century Irish oak and mahogany inlaid dresser has an estimate of €700-€1,000. Other prime furniture pieces include a c1790 satinwood card table with canted corners (€800-€1,000), an early 19th century simulated rosewood chaise longue (€1,400-€1,600) and a Georgian Chinoiserie corner cabinet (€2,500-€3,500).  An 18 carat white gold ring with fancy yellow pear shaped diamond surrounded by two rows of brilliant cut diamonds is estimated at €2,300-€2,600, a hand knotted Tabriz rug has an estimate of €1,400-€1,500 and a set of silver condiment containers is estimated at €50-€100.

    Georgian solid oak Welsh dresser. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    MODERNITY AT ADAMS IN DUBLIN

    July 26th, 2020

    From 1960’s Italian armchairs and a chaise longue designed by Le Corbusier to the art of Bridget Riley, John Doherty and Callum Innes the Mid Century Modern sale at Adams in Dublin at 2 pm on July 28 represents modernity in all its glorious diversity. The catalogue will undoubtedly appeal to well heeled younger collectors who still tend to turn their backs on the glories of previous ages, more is the pity.  The rewards of a keen appreciation for art, craft, skill, creativity and design span every era and can eclipse the angst of this one.  If lockdown has highlighted a necessity for change in your domestic environment this sale offers a chance to pick up a conversation piece, brighten up a dull corner and generally ease the pain of a pandemic that is not going away.

    Would a c1960 Italian sideboard by Dassi (€2,000-€3,000) offer both form and function to suit you? An appealing set of six c1940 dining chairs in the manner of Louis Majorelle (€1,000-€1,500) would look good anywhere and could be set off to great effect with Pink Dawn by Felim Egan (€4,000-€6,000).  A rosewood swivel chair by Ico Parisi for Mim (€600-€800) would definitely draw the eye at a zoom meeting in your home office.The most expensively estimated lots in the sale are all artworks, headed by Untitled No. 76 (2010) by Callum Innes (€15,000-€20,000). The most expensive  furniture lots are a pair of upholstered lounge chairs and a pair of glass topped tables both by Ico Parisi and estimated at €4,000-€6,000.The sale offers Murano glass, a black lacquered console table, ceiling lights, floor lights, wall lights and lamps, Eames chairs, tables, drinks trolleys and lockers in a variety of styles and designs. 

    Bridget Riley – Echo (screenprint). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    PROCLAMATION SELLS FOR 190,000 ON THE HAMMER AT WHYTE’S

    July 25th, 2020

    A copy of the Irish Procalamation from 1916 sold for a hammer price of 190,000 at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin today. It was taken from Marks jewellers shop opposite the GPO in Dublin on April 25, 1916.

    John O’Connor in The Story of the 1916 Proclamation, Abbey Press, Dublin 1986 stated that there were 17 examples extant, of which at least six were in public institutions such as Dáil Éireann, The National Museum and University College Dublin. Two also exist in British Government archives and there is one in the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace. Since 1986 about fifteen others have come to light from the original printing of less than 500. Most were destroyed during – or shortly after – the Rising. 

    IRISH ART ONLINE AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S SALE

    July 25th, 2020

    Going Quietly to Post by Peter Curling is among the lots at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of affordable Irish art which runs to the evening of July 27. Based in Cashel, Co. Tipperary the artist is widely appreciated for his hunting and horse racing paintings. The 1973 watercolour and pen drawing is estimated at 1,000-1,500. The catalogue for the sale is online and it features work by Arthur Maderson, Jack B. Yeats, Cecil Maguire, Tony O’Malley, Barbara Warren, Graham Knuttel, Markey Robinson, Majella O’Neill Collins and many other artists.

    Peter Curling – Going Quietly to post. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    GREAT WEEKEND IN STORE FOR ECLECTIC COLLECTORS

    July 24th, 2020

    The Wolfe Tone Archive, the Thomas Ashe Archive, 1798 and 1916 Proclamations, 1916 Rising medals and an Irish silver porringer from the Cromwellian Commonwealth period all feature at The Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s in Dublin on July 25 and online only on July 26. The Molesworth St., Dublin auctioneers say that this exciting sale is the most important held in recent years. Memories of the Northern Ireland Troubles include the archive of Loyalist leader William ‘Plum’ Smith.  And there is a unique collection of ephemera related to Count John McCormack. 

    The 1798 Proclamation composed by Wolfe Tone and issued by The General Commanding the French Army Jean Hardy to the People of Ireland has an estimate of €8,000-€12,000.  An  unsigned copy of Tone’s speech from the dock, four pages in his own hand, is estimated at €50,000-€70,000.A copy of The Proclamation, removed from the window of Hyman Marks, Jeweller, 31A Henry St. on April 25, 1916 by J. Brady in good condition though folded and slightly rubbed is estimated at €100,000-€150,000.  There are 1917 letters from Michael Collins to Thomas Ashe, as well as letters from Constance Markievicz and W.T. Cosgrave among a large archive of personal Ashe material.There is a huge and varied collection of material relating to The Easter Rising and the aftermath.  An archive of original letters, photographs and ephemera relating to Count John McCormack carries an estimate of €40,000-€60,000. The first part of the auction is at Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth St.  Part two, a timed online only auction, gets underway at 1 pm on July 26. There are collections of militaria, coins and banknotes. A one owner Irish coin collection has examples ranging from Viking Dublin to Georgian Ireland.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 9, 2020)

    Wolfe Tone’s speech from the dock on November 10, 1798 in his own hand. UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER

    TOP LOTS AT DE VERES IRISH ART SALE

    July 23rd, 2020

    TOP lots at de Veres sale of outstanding Irish Art and Sculpture online in Dublin this evening included the following hammer prices: The Street Performer by Jack B. Yeats (184,000); Achill Cottage, Lough Corrib by Pau Henry (116,000); Life Study by Louis le Brocquy (114,000); Head of Francis Bacon by le Brocquy (90,000) and Peonies and Iris in a vase and a bowl of fruit by Roderic O’Conor (78,000). The most expensively estimated lot in the auction, Double Window by Sean Scully (600,000-900,000) failed to sell.

    The auction totalled 1.25 million and 85% of lots were sold.

    Paul Henry RHA, 1877-1958
    ACHILL COTTAGE, LOUGH CORRIB

    BURGUNDIAN MASTER PORTRAIT AT CHRISTIE’S CLASSIC SALE

    July 22nd, 2020

    Sir Robert Walpole, widely regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain under George I and George II, once owned this c1480 Portrait of a Man holding a Prayer Book by a Burgundian Master. It comes up as Lot 6 at Christie’s Classic Art evening sale, Antiquity to the 20th century, in London on July 29 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000.

    Burgundian Master, circa 1480 Portrait of a man holding a prayer book, bust-length, in a fur-lined coat and cap UPDATE: THIS MADE £1,631,250

    OUTSTANDING IRISH ART AND SCULPTURE AT DE VERES

    July 21st, 2020

    A total of 74 lots of Irish art and sculpture come up at de Veres in Dublin on July 23. Bidding opened on July 13 for an auction which includes major work by leading artists like Sean Scully, Louis le Brocquy and Jack Butler Yeats. There is work from sculptors including Oisin Kelly, Rowan Gillespie, Orla de Bri, Eilis O’Connell and John Behan. Pictured here is The Spanish Fruit Seller by Mary Swanzy, estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    Mary Swanzy – The Spanish Fruit Seller UPDATE: THIS MADE 27,500 AT HAMMER

    GOOD START TO BADLANDS AUCTION

    July 20th, 2020

    There was a good start to the six day online Into the Badlands sale by Sean Eacrett Auctions at Killenard in Co. Laois today. More than 6,500 lots of costumes and props from the martial arts drama Into the Badlands – filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray – are going under the hammer. Many lots, such as a large prop of a life size Triceratops, went above estimate. The Triceratops, with an estimate of 300-500, sold for a hammer price of €2,800.

    Large prop of a life size triceratops sold for 2,800 at hammer

    AN O’MALLEY HIGHLIGHT AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    July 19th, 2020

    The Garden of Orpheus, Summer (1985) by Tony O’Malley is among the highlights at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current sale of Irish and International Art. The online auction runs to the evening of July 20 between 6.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The catalogue is online.

    TONY O’MALLEY (1913-2003) The Garden of Orpheus (Summer) (1985) (30,000-40,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 60,000 AT HAMMER