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  • ART, SCULPTURE AND A DREAMING JOHN LENNON AT DE VERES

    June 6th, 2019

    Upcoming at de Veres art and sculpture sale in Dublin on June 11 is Rowan Gillespie’s Portrait of a Dreamer 1982 (Homage to John Lennon) with an estimate of 40,000-60,000. Other works in this sale include a complex gold painting by Patrick Scott and a Horse with Rider by Michael Quane.  Louis le Brocquy is represented by three tapestries including ‘Allegory’ from 1950. Among the artists in the sale are Patrick Scott, Mainie Jellet, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley, Robert Ballagh, Stephen McKenna and Sean McSweeney. Viewing of the sculpture in this auction is to take place in the garden of The Merrion Hotel. The catalogue is online.

    Portrait of a Dreamer by Rowan Gillespie UPDATE: THIS MADE 67,500 AT HAMMER

    A RARE PRIZE AT FONSIE MEALY’S AUCTION

    June 6th, 2019

    A first edition of Ulysses, number 30 of 100 copies signed by Joyce and printed on fine Dutch handmade paper, comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Books, Literature, Manuscripts, Collectibles and Ephemera sale at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin on June 18. Described by Fonsie Mealy as the cornerstone of any Irish collection copies of this most desireable printing are all but unavailable now. Most of the original copies are securely lodged in institutional and important collections from which they are unlikely to emerge. These copies are from the full edition of 1000 finely bound by Buddenbrooks of Boston in full patinated black morocco with dark green inlays. This rare prize is estimated at 70,000-90,000.

    A RECORD FOR FRENCH ART DECO

    June 5th, 2019

    There was a new record for any work – collaboration or independent design – by Eugène Printz and Jean Dunand at Christie’s design sale in New York. A cabinet by the pair achieved $5,496,000 during a protracted bidding war among three telephone bidders, smashing the pre-sale auction estimate of $300,000-$500,000. This result is the highest price for a work of French Art Deco since Eileen Gray’s Dragon Chair sold for $28 million at Christie’s 2009 auction of the Collection of Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé, and the third all-time highest price for a work of 20th and 21st Century furniture design. The auction totalled $14,038,250, selling 80% by lot and 96% by value.

    EUGÈNE PRINTZ (1889-1948) AND JEAN DUNAND (1877-1942)
    IMPORTANT CABINET, CIRCA 1937

    YEATS’ ROMEO AND JULIET AT BONHAMS

    June 3rd, 2019

    A Yeats painting based on the last scene of Gounod’s 1867 opera Romeo and Juliet based on Shakespeare’s tragedy is a highlight at Bonham’s Modern British and Irish art sale in London on June 12.  Painted in 1927 the much exhibited work depicts the ending of the play in the Capulet family mausoleum.  Waking from a drugged coma Juliet finds the lifeless body of Romeo, who had committed suicide believing his wife to be dead. Stricken with grief Juliet takes her own life.  Yeats shows the bodies of the star crossed lovers slumped at the front of the tomb.  It is estimated at £80,000-120,000.  The sale features two drawings of Londonderry by L.S. Lowry dated 1961 and 1962.  Each is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

    JACK B YEATS – ROMEO AND JULIET

    MAGNIFICENT MAHARAJAH AND MUGHAL JEWELS AT CHRISTIE’S

    June 2nd, 2019

    The Maharajahs and Mughal Magnificent sale at Christie’s in New York on June 19 promises to be the most valuable jewellery auction ever – eclipsing that of Elizabeth Taylor which totalled $144 million in December of 2011.The mystic east at its most fabulous is revealed in this unprecedented group of jewels, gemstones, and decorative objects from The Al Thani Collection. It consists of almost 400 lots spanning more than 500 years.The Al Thani family rules Qatar and many of the pieces in the sale have been seen at exhibitions of their collection at The Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Among many highlights are the Patiala Ruby Choker created by Cartier Paris in 1931 which is considered by many to be the finest ruby necklace ever made and a riviere necklace from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad with nearly 200 carats of fine Golconda diamonds.Works from the Al Thani Collection will be shown at a new museum space due to open in central Paris next year.  The museum will provide for the long term display of select pieces drawn from across the entire collection.

    THE PATIALA RUBY CHOKER

    Significant historical pieces are complemented by an important selection from the 20th century by the houses of Bulgari, Cartier, Janesich, Lacloche, Linzeler, Mauboussin, and Mellerio.  The Patiala Ruby Choker was commissioned by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, one of the Cartier’s most important Indian clients of the 1920’s and ’30’s.  He often travelled to Paris with trunks of diamonds and gemstones from his treasury for Cartier’s workshops.

    The Arcot II, D Colour, Internally flawless, one of two diamonds presented to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, by Muhammad Ali Wallajah, Nawab of Arcot.

    IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON

    May 31st, 2019

    Leger and Picasso will highlight Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 18. Fernand Léger’s Femme dans un fauteuil (1913) and Picasso’s Homme et femme (1968) offer radical visions of the female form as the artists pushed the boundaries of representation during the 20th century.

    Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Femme dans un fauteuil CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019

    The Landscape of a Mind: A Private Collector’s Surreal Vision, a group of 13 Dada and Surrealist work, will include paintings by Yves Tanguy and René Magritte and a drawing by Salvador Dalí.

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Homme et femme nus CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019IM

    Henri Matisse’s Le collier d’ambre (1937) is another highlight. An odalisque painting, it is amongst the most rigorously designed and strikingly orchestrated compositions Matisse painted after the First World War. Henri Laurens’s Homme à la pipe (1919) and Otto Dix’s Soldat mit Tabakspfeife (1918) are both presented to the market for the first time since the early 1960s when they were separately acquired for private collections. The sale consists of 34 works, many of which have been in private collections for many years.

    ANOTHER MILLION EURO PLUS SALE AT WHYTE’S

    May 28th, 2019

    THERE was another million euro plus sale of Irish art at Whyte’s in Dublin on May 27. The auction grossed 1.1 million and 70% of lots offered were sold. The top price of 100,000 on the hammer was achieved for Paul Henry’s Western Landscape, a typical later work.

    Western Landscape by Paul Henry made 100,000 at hammer

    Sir John Lavery’s Mary in Black made a hammer price of 75,000; Jack Yeats’ A Quay Workers Home made 68,000 and William Leech’sStill Life with Flowers in a Vase made 60,000. Works that exceeded expectations included Nevill Johnson Nurses, 1953, (21,000 ); Liam O’Neill The Cornfield, 1995, (6,000); Arthur Maderson Canal Du Midi, Near Castelnaudary, France (9,000) and Ciarán Clear Winter Night, Connemara Coast (6,800).

    BULLFIGHTING BRONZE OWNED BY CHARLES AZNAVOUR AT CHRISTIE’S

    May 27th, 2019

     La Tauromachie (Bullfighting) by Germaine Richier (1902-1959) from the collection of the singer Charles Aznavour who died in 2018 comes up at Christie’s in Paris on June 4. This emblematic work conceived by the artist in 1953 is from an edition of 11. Other versions of her work are in prestigious collections like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York and the  Musée Royal d’Art Moderne in Brussels.  The bronze sculpture with gold patina was acquired by Aznavour from his friend the singer Fred Mella. The piece, which is estimated at 1.5-2.5 million euro, currently holds the world auction record of 3,086,400 euro for a work by the French sculptor. It is one of two works of art from the Aznavour collection in the sale. The other is a sculpture by César (1921-1998) titled Plaque Tesconi. Named after the Tesconi foundry it is estimated at 60,000-80,000. UPDATE: THE CESAR SOLD FOR 72,000.

    La Tauromachie (Bullfighting) by Germaine Richier UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2.1 MILLION EUROS

    AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    May 26th, 2019

    AN online auction of affordable Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll runs to the evening of Tuesday, May 28. There catalogue, which is online, shows 402 lots. Here is a sample.

    WILLIAM CROZIER (1930-2011)West Cork Landscape (62/125) 300-400 UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER
    ARTHUR K. MADERSON (B.1942) (2,500-3,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,400 AT HAMMER

    GARDEN SCULPTURE AND P & T POSTBOX AT SHEPPARDS

    May 25th, 2019

    Among the real rarities at Inside Out, Sheppards auction of garden sculpture, architectural ornaments and French art at Glantelwe Gardens, Durrow on May 28 is an original cast iron Irish Posts and Telegraphs post box. Originally in Cork city centre it was donated to a charity auction years ago following demolition work.  Lot 67 is estimated at 6,000-9,000.

    The Irish Posts & Telegraphs pillar box UPDATE: THE PILLAR BOX WAS UNSOLD

    From cast iron furniture and garden benches to classical urns and terracotta plaques this sale offers much in the way of choice. The selection of antique garden pieces includes bird baths, animal figures, bollards, stone troughs, sculpture, fountain heads, arches, cast iron gates, sundials and gothic arches. With 600 lots of garden furniture and 100 lots from a private collection of French art there is a huge variety here to choose from.  The catalogue is online.