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    AN IRISH CELLAR AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019

    A small private Irish collection to be sold at Bonhams fine wine sale in London on November 28 comes with an interesting history. The 23 bottles, with a combined upper estimate of £40,000, are the remains of an entire drinks cellar purchased in a private sale in 1955 for £500 – equivalent in buying power to £12,500 today. From the 1945 vintage there are bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc as well as a case of Château Latour 1948 (£6,000-8,000) and five bottles of Cheval Blanc 1948 (£4,000-5,000). Most of these wines are all that remain from a cellar purchased by the vendor’s father from his cousin, based on a valuation by Berry Bros. & Rudd, who had originally suppled many of them.

    The auction will be led by wines from a Paris cellar, with an emphasis on Burgundies from top Domaines, Coche-Dury and Jacky Truchot.

    UPDATE: Irish cellar sold for a total of £78,400 including buyer’s premium

    A case of Chateau Latour 1948

    ANOTHER GOOD DAY FOR ROWAN GILLESPIE AT LONDON AUCTION

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

    Bacchus by Rowan Gillespie made an above estimate £45,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London today. Conceived in 1984 and cast in 1985 the top estimate for the 51″ tall polished bronze piece was £25,000. It was a good day for Irish art at Bonhams. Still Life with Fish by William Scott sold for £81,000, Bog Pool by Paul Henry made £63,000, Achill Cottage, Lough Corrib and Turf Stacks with Mountains both by Paul Henry sold for £35,000 and £19,000.

    Two Forms by William Scott made £16,000; Ardglass by Colin Middleton made £15,000 and The Smooth Red Rock by Daniel O’Neill made £10,000.

    Rowan Gillespie – Bacchus

    CORK FREEDOM BOX AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019

    A gold Cork freedom box comes up at Bonhams Important Design sale in London on November 27.  The oval George III box inscribed with the arms of Cork surrounded by foliage and bright cut engravings was made by William Reynolds circa 1780.  There is a further gold freedom box by Reynolds, whose premises was at North Main Street in Cork, at the National Maritime Museum in London.  Bonhams estimate this one at £20,000-30,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £23,000

    PAUL HENRY’S DARK VIEW OF THE WORLD

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

    Paul Henry, whose painting Bog Pool is to be offered at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art in London on November 20, sometimes took a dim view of the world.  In a letter to the work’s owner he wrote ‘Personally I have often thought what is the good of painting little pictures of beautiful things when the world seems so full of ugly thoughts and deeds.” He did, however, concede: “but if these little pictures have brought any beauty and sweetness into some people’s lives their existence has been justified.”

    Bog Pool, estimated at £60,000-80,000 has remained in the same private collection for more than 100 years since its acquisition from the artist in around 1917. The family supported Paul Henry in his early career and a collection of six letters from Paul Henry to them with more observations on his work is included with this work.

    Among the other Irish highlights in the auction are Still Life with Fish, by William Scott (£70,000-100,000). Bacchus by Rowan Gillespie (£15,000-25,000), Nude by Basil Blackshaw (£10,000-15,000), The Smooth Red Rock, by Daniel O’Neill (£8,000-12,000) and Summer Storm by William Crozier (£7,000-10,000).

    Paul Henry R.H.A. (Irish, 1876-1958) Bog Pool. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £62,520

    GUINNESS PORTRAIT BUST AT BONHAMS

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019

    A marble portrait bust of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, 1st Baron Ashford, by John Henry Foley comes up at Bonhams in London on November 27.  A grandson of Arthur Guinness he was responsible for making the Guinness brand a household name in Ireland and overseas during the 19th century. In 1855 Guinness became the wealthiest man in Ireland and was elected the first Lord Mayor of Dublin under the reformed corporation.  John Henry Foley RA, RHA (1818-1874) depicted Guinness in the classical robes of a Roman dignitary symbolising his wealth and standing  Foley is best known for his heroic and monumental statues, including that of Daniel O’Connell on O’Connell Street, Oliver Goldsmith and Edmund Burke on the grounds of Trinity College, and Henry Grattan on College Green, Dublin.  Sculpted in 1867 the bust is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £25,000

    IMPRESSIVE WATERFORD CHANDELIER AT BONHAMS

    Monday, October 7th, 2019

    Bonhams will offer this large and impressive Waterford 18 light  waterfall and bag chandelier at their home and interiors sale in Knightsbridge, London on October 8.  The faceted scrolling branches are arranged in two tiers of 12 large and six smaller arms supporting scalloped drip pans. It is described as bespoke, of recent manufacture and the property of a gentleman purchased for his Irish country residence.  This one has a 200 cm drop and a diameter of 110 cms. Similar smaller chandeliers were supplied by Waterford for the K Club at Straffan, Co. Kildare.  This one is estimated at £20,000-30,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    SOROLLA PORTRAIT AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Thursday, September 19th, 2019

    A full length portrait of María Luisa Maldonado y Salabert, Marquesa de Torneros, daughter of the Count of Villagonzalo by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida comes up at Bonhams in London on September 26. An exhibiton of Sorolla’s works runs at the National Gallery of Ireland until November 3. Letters from Sorolla to his wife Clotilde reveal that the present lot was a direct commission from the Count of Villagonzalo, who was himself a major art collector, and a close friend of the artist. The work, which comes up at a sale of 19th century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art, is estimated at £180,000-250,000.

    Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923)

    Portrait of María Luisa Maldonado y Salabert, Marquesa de Torneros. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    AN IRISH WOLFHOUND SAVIOUR AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019

    A painting of an Irish wolfhound credited with saving the life of the 4th Earl of Antrim, features in Bonhams sale of the Christopher Hodsoll Collection in London on October 1. Portrait of a noble hound by an artist from the circle of the British painter John Wootton is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

    While out hunting, Randal MacDonnell, 4th Earl Antrim fell from his horse. According to tradition, the hound raced back to the castle, raised the alarm and led the rescue party to the stricken nobleman.

    Other items in the sale with Irish connections include: An Irish George II mahogany drop-leaf dining table, with lion-mask carved legs, acanthus-leaf spandrels and paw feet (£15,000-20,000); an Irish late 19th century mahogany side table by James Hicks of Dublin (£6,000-8,000) and a large Irish late regency mahogany circular dining table by Mack, Williams and Gibton (£2,000-4,000). 

    MEMORIES OF THE YEAR OF THE FRENCH AT BONHAMS

    Sunday, June 16th, 2019

    An important moment of Irish history – The Year of the French – is captured in a archive at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in London on June 26.  Lot 17 comprises of papers kept by George Hewett, Adjutant-General of the British Army in Ireland 1791-99 and Commander-in-Chief of Ireland, 1813-16, prior to and during the French invasion of 1798.  This is the campaign for Irish independence fought by Theobald Wolfe Tone. The archive includes a printed proclamation headed ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Union’ issued by General Jean Hardy beginning: “Irishmen!/You have not forgotten Bantry bay! you know the effects to assist you which France has already made: her affection for you, her desire to avenge your wrongs and assure your independence remain the same…” There are speeches by Bartholomew Teeling and Wolfe Tone’s speech from the dock.  The archive is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

    The archive at Bonhams UPDATE: THIS MADE £11,312 AT HAMMER

    HENRY TOPS ADAMS IRISH ART SALE

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019

    Paul Henry’s Cottages in a Landscape was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It made a hammer price of 115,000. Other top hammer prices included Sean Keating’s Homeward Bound (76,000), Louis le Brocquy’s Aubusson wool tapestry Cuchulainn VIII 1999 (70,000), Gerald Leslie Brockhurst’s Portrait of Florence Forsyth (50,000), South of France Landscape by Mary Swanzy (32,000), A Lament for Art O’Leary, a set of six illustrations from 1940 by Jack Butler Yeats (19,000) and Girl in Stripy Jumper by Basil Blackshaw (18,000).

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) Cottages in a Landscape (1930-1940)

    Top prices for Irish art at Bonhams in London yesterday included Looking at the Moon by Rowan Gillespie (£56,313); Londonderry  by L.S. Lowry (£37,562); River scene, Londonderry  by L.S. Lowry (£30,062) and November Evening, Bangor Pier  by Colin Middleton (£22,562).