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  • CLEAR DEMAND FOR EMERGING ARTISTS AT CHRISTIE’S

    May 11th, 2022
    Georgina Hilton selling Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild

    Christie’s say that results from their 21st Century evening sale in New York last night demonstrate a clear demand from collectors globally and growing confidence in the market for emerging contemporary artists. The auction was led by the monumental canvas by Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild, 1994 which made $36.5 Million. The auction was 114% sold above the low estimate with strong depth of bidding, averaging six bidders per lot.

    The opening lot – Summertime by Anna Weyant achieved $1.5 Million – more than seven times its low estimate of $200,000 – after eight minutes of competitive bidding. Shara Hughes’s Spins from Swiss also established a new record, achieving $2.94 Million against a low estimate of $500,000. The monumental canvas Green Room by Matthew Wong set a record of $5.34 million, doubling its high estimate. Portrait of a Lady (After Louis Leopold Boilly) by Ewa Juszkiewicz made a record $1.56 Million (estimate: $200,000-300,000), benefitting POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. An NFT by Refik Anadol, Living Architecture: Casa Batlló made $1.38 Million.

    THE MOST EXPENSIVE 20TH CENTURY ARTWORK EVER SOLD

    May 10th, 2022
    Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn made $195 million to become the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold at Christie’s in New York last night. The painting was the final lot of the single-owner Thomas and Doris Ammann Collection which featured 36 lots and totalled $317.8 million.

    Proceeds from the entire sale of this Zurich collection will benefit charities providing urgent medical and educational services to children. The buyer of Warhol’s Marilyn has been invited to partner with the Ammann Foundation and play an active role in fulfilling its global mission for children’s aid, with the opportunity to nominate the charities to which 20% of the work’s proceeds will be allocated, subject to the Foundation’s final approval.

    Warhol’s colourful reproductions of Monroe’s photo portrait — originally a publicity still from her 1953 movie “Niagara” — are among his most recognisable works. Warhol first began creating silkscreens of Marilyn Monroe following her death in August 1962. He would create reproductions of her visage multiple times in bright colours, often with the features somewhat askew. In 1964, he developed a more refined and time-intensive screen printing technique, antithetical to the mass production he was best known for, and created a limited number of portraits of the Hollywood legend of which Shot Sage Blue Marilyn is one. This technique was so difficult that he never returned to it again.

    Bloomberg is reporting that it was bought by the art dealer Larry Gagosian. The previous record price for a piece of American artwork was $110.5m for a skull painting created in 1982 by Jean-Michael Basquiat. The previous record for a 20th Century work of art was set in 2015 when a 1955 painting by Pablo Picasso – Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) – sold for $179.4m, including fees.

    COUNTRY HOUSE CLEARANCE BY MATTHEWS IN KELLS

    May 8th, 2022
    Irish William IV Mahogany Three Pod Dining Table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    This 20 foot long Irish William IV dining table is among the top lots at Matthews original country house clearance auction on May 10. The executors sale of the estate of the late Trevor Fitzherbert of Rockfield, Athboy Road, Kells, Co. Meath offers a total of 950 lots and is on view at the property. The dining table is lot 348 and is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. The catalogue is online.

    SOTHEBY’S CELEBRATES IRELAND IN PARIS

    May 7th, 2022
    Roderic O’Conor – Rocks and Foam, St. Guenole, 1893. UPDATE: THIS MADE 352,800

    A May celebration of Ireland by Sotheby’s in Paris will introduce Irish art to new European audiences and mark an important centenary.  Bidding on Ireland / France: Art and Literature opens May 9.  The online sale runs until May 16 and will be on view in the French capital from May 11 until May 14. The newly founded Irish state took part in a week long international conference in Paris in 1922 titled The World Congress of the Irish Race.  Irish politicians, diaspora delegates, writers, artists and musicians all turned up with the intention of promoting Ireland on the world stage and highlighting our artistic and cultural uniqueness. The auction this month –  staged in addition to the annual sale of Irish Art by Sotheby’s to be held in London next November – coincides with the centenary of that congress.

    In 1922 the then capital of the art world was witness to a major, month long Irish art exhibition of three hundred works at Galeries Barbazanges.Sotheby’s will avail of the viewing to exhibit three works on loan from private collections.  Two of them, The Rosary by Grace Henry and Market Day Mayo / The Long Car by Jack B Yeats, painted respectively in 1910 and 1920, were exhibited at l’Exposition d’Art Irlandais at Galeries Barbazanges. The third, The Bridge at the River Grez, was painted by John Lavery in 1883. Among the literary offerings are copies of Ulysses (first published in Paris in 1922) and Dubliners by James Joyce; Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnameable by Samuel Beckett and Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats.  There is a death mask of James Joyce by Victor McCaughan.

    William Scott – Bottle Still Life, 1958. UPDATE: THIS MADE 50,400

    Irish art on offer at this auction spans different generations and styles.  There are paintings by Jack B Yeats and Louis le Brocquy, Sir John Lavery and William Scott. Among our leading contemporary artists there is sculpture by Dorothy Cross, Rowan Gillespie and Patrick O’Reilly with painting by Hughie O’Donoghue and John Noel Smith. Cow up a Tree by the west Cork based Australian artist John Kelly is estimated at €24,000-€35,000. A French cafe scene from 1937 by Harry Kernoff – Sunday Evening, Place du Combat, Paris – is estimated at €40,000-€60,000.  Head of a Breton boy by Roderic O’Conor dates to 1883 and is estimated at €60,000-€80,000.  Work by Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Charles Lamb, Sean Keating, Sean O’Sullivan, Aloysius O’Kelly, Sean O’Sullivan, Sarah Purser, Mary Swanzy, William Orpen  and Leo Whelan features too.Among the most expensively estimated lots are Rocks and Foam, St. Guenole, 1883 by Roderic O’Conor (€300,000-€500,000), A Stranger by Sir John Lavery and Quatre Poires by Roderic O’Conor each estimated at €120,000-€180,000 and Statue of the Fragonard, Grasse, 1920’s by William Leech (€30,000-€50,000). There is much here to interest the French, the Irish and members of the Irish diaspora and their descendants located right around the globe.

    TEFAF NEW YORK NOW OPEN WITH GLOBAL TREASURES

    May 6th, 2022
    FRANCIS BACON – POPE circa 1958

    Helly Nahmad is offering this Francis Bacon Pope at TEFAF New York which runs from today until May 12. It is among a number of stellar highlights at the fair which features world class dealers. Bacon worked on his pope paintings, variations on the magnificent portrait of Pope Innocent X, for more than 20 years. There is work by Frantisek Kupka, Claude Lalanne, Louise Bourgeois, Edvard Munch, Marc Chagall, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Giorgio Morande, Jean Prouve with Charlotte Perriand, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Kiefer to be seen here.

    TEFAF New York was founded in early 2016, originally as two annual art fairs in New York at the Park Avenue Armory — TEFAF New York Fall and TEFAF New York Spring. Today, TEFAF New York is one singular, annual fair that encapsulates modern and contemporary art, jewellery, antiques, and design, featuring around 90 leading exhibitors from around the globe. Tom Postma Design, celebrated for its innovative work with leading museums, galleries, and art fairs, has developed designs for the fairs that interplay with the spectacular spaces while giving them a lighter, contemporary look and feel. Exhibitor stands will flow throughout the Armory’s landmark building encompassing the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and extending to both the first and second floors of the Armory’s period rooms, creating a fair of unprecedented depth and impact in New York City.

    CHENGHUA BOWL AT SHEPPARDS SALE

    May 6th, 2022
    Chinese Ming bowl UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This Chinese Ming blue and white bowl, Chenghua (1447 – 1487), is the most expensively estimated lot at Sheppard’s sale of Chinese ceramics and Asian works of art on May 12. The body is decorated with striding Kui dragons in mutual pursuit prancing through scrolling foliage. Measuring 9 cms high and 17 cms in diameter it is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. The catalogue for this sale of 255 lots is now online.

    THIS CHINESE QING PERIOD CANTON ENAMELLED JARDINIERE MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER AS DID A CHINESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL CHARGER

    PUGIN STYLE OAK CONFESSION BOX FROM CLONLIFFE COLLEGE

    May 5th, 2022
    UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    This Pugin style oak confessional box is one of the more unusual collectibles items of furniture to come up at auction in Ireland for some time. It is at €3,000-€5,000 the most expensively estimated lot at Victor Mee’s online sale of antique furniture, decorative interiors and ecclesiastical items from Clonliffe College Seminary in Dublin on May 10. Among a total of 628 lots are an ebonised Steinway grand piano, a Regency five pillar dining table and a 19th century oak pulpit with wrought iron balustrade.

    The Dublin archdiocese has offered its former seminary at Clonliffe in Drumcondra for the accommodation of Ukranian refugees.

    THIS REGENCY MAHOGANY FIVE PILLAR DINING TABLE MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    ANN GETTY COLLECTION OF JEWELS BY JAR AT CHRISTIE’S

    May 5th, 2022
    Fleur de lys brooch by JAR courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2022

    Twelve jewels by JAR from the estate of Ann Getty will highlight Christie’s Magnificent Jewels live sale in New York on June 8. Ann Getty’s striking group of jewels by JAR is one of the largest and most important private collections of works by the visionary designer, Joel Arthur Rosenthal to appear at auction. The group is expected to achieve in the region of $1.5 million. JAR’s masterfully crafted jewels are beloved by collectors as sculptural works of art. Evocative of 18th and 19th century design, they draw inspiration from historic architecture, intricate textiles, art and nature, and are often defined by their exquisite palette of signature pavé stones. From the diamond and gem-set fleur-de-lys brooch reminiscent of a sublime medieval stained-glass window, to the carved agate Zebra brooch adorned with a royal headdress, Ann Getty’s collection of JAR jewellery perfectly captures the artist’s early years of design and exploration and includes stunning examples of his most important creative themes.

    SPECTACULAR FURNITURE FROM MONTE ALVERNO IN DALKEY

    May 4th, 2022
    George I gilt and scarlet-japanned bureau-cabinet, circa 1720, in the manner of John Belchier

    This spectacular early Georgian gilt and scarlet japanned bureau cabinet is the most expensively estimated lot at Sotheby’s sale of contents from Monte Alverno, Dalkey, Dublin in London on May 26. Formerly at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire it was acquired at Mallett’s in London in 1999 and is now estimated at £150,000-£250,000. The City by Jack B Yeats has a similar estimate. Monte Alverno; An Irish Private Collection contains a remarkable collection of English and Irish furniture and paintings from a home perched high on a terrace in Dalkey with views over the Irish Sea. There is beautifully carved and patinated Irish furniture dating from the mid-eighteenth century through to later pieces by Hicks of Dublin, partnered with gilded mirrors, Chinese works of art and fine English furniture along with paintings by Jack B. Yeats, William Scott, James Arthur O’Connor, Patrick Swift and other renowned Irish artists. The catalogue is online.

    A pair of George III mahogany torchères, circa 1770

    ANN AND GORDON GETTY COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

    May 3rd, 2022
    GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, IL CANALETTO
    Entrance to the Grand Canal looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute at right

    The legendary Ann & Gordon Getty Collection will be sold at Christie’s through a series of landmark auctions beginning next October. The collection stands alone in its quality, rarity and beauty. Nearly 1,500 works of  English and European furniture, Asian works of art, European ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, silver, European and Asian textiles, and Impressionist and Old Master paintings from the couple’s San Francisco residence will be offered. The sales in October are expected to achieve as much as $180 million. Proceeds will benefit the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for the Arts and designated beneficiaries include California based organisations like the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, University of San Francisco, Berkeley Geochronology Center, and the Leakey Foundation.

    HENRI MATISSE
    Chrysanthèmes dans un vase de Chine

    Gordon Getty commented: “Though she left us far too soon, I know Ann would be proud that her exquisite eye and unmatched dedication to craftsmanship and scholarship are being shared with the world, and that the philanthropic planning around our art collection is being realised. These sales are a continuation of the longstanding philanthropic goals of the Getty family first established by my father, J. Paul Getty.”