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    ROGER FRY’S PORTRAIT OF E.M. FORSTER AT BONHAMS

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020

    Roger Fry’s 1911 portrait of E.M. Forster is at Bonham’s Modern British and Irish art sale in London on July 1. In that year Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) had recently reached a new audience and a breadth of critical acclaim with his fourth novel Howards End, published in 1910.  Friends from King’s College included the writer Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862-1932) and Roger Fry (1866-1934). Dickinson and Fry were close friends and both followed with great interest Forster’s career, beginning with his first novel Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905). Over the years, Fry seems to have read everything Forster published. There was great praise for A Passage to India (1924) – ‘a marvelous texture – really beautiful writing,’ he wrote to Virginia Woolf. In an early draft of A Room with a View, Forster included a character called Rankin (later dropped from the novel), an art historian attending tea-parties in Florence. The estimate for the work is £30,000-50,000.

    ROGER FRY (BRITISH, 1866-1934)
    Portrait of E.M. Forster. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £352,062

    LEADERS OF THE PACK LEAD BONHAMS ART SALE

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

    The Bitch Pack of the Meath Foxhounds by the Victorian painter John Emms (1843-1912) made £225,000 at a behind closed doors sale at Bonhams in London today. It had been estiamted at £180,000-250,000 and was originally scheduled for auction in April. The British Impressionist art sale achieved £1.4 million with 70% sold by lot and 70% sold by value.

    In this unusually large work – it is 40 x 60 inches – Emms (British 11843-1912) employed fluid brush strokes to give weight and solidity to the different physical characteristics of the dogs as well as their individual temperaments. It is known that the artist walked to the kennels every day and returned to his studio with one hound after another so he could make detailed preliminary sketches which he then worked up into the overall composition.

    Hunting with hounds is a tradition in Ireland that goes back to ancient times and features strongly in Celtic literature and legend. There is a pack recorded in the Meath area as early as 1723, although the Meath Hunt itself dates from 1817. The Bitch Pack of the Meath Foxhounds was painted in 1896 when the famous John Watson was Master, his mastership spanning 1891-1908.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 24, 2020)

    IRISH ARTISTS AT BONHAMS PRIVATE SALES

    Friday, May 15th, 2020

    Contemporary Irish artists Conor Harrington and Sean Scully feature at Bonhams sales. A large oil painting by Conor Harrington (Irish, born 1980) ‘L’Amour et La Violence’ executed in 2013, and a Sean Scully (Irish, born 1945) watercolour and graphite on paper, ‘Mirror’ from 2008 are on offer in Post War and Contemporary Art private treaty sales. This service provides clients with a bespoke approach to buying and selling, outside of the auction calendar. Interested parties are advised to contact the auctioneers directly for prices.

    Conor Harrington – L’Amour et La Violence

    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS A SUCCESS AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

    The first live behind-closed-doors sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge was a success with 84% sold by lot and 88% sold by value. The Modern British and Irish Art sale  saw a record number of bidders for the department. A section of 22 sketches by Cecil Beaton for The Book of Beauty all sold, many  above estimate. Irish works included William Crozier’s ‘Garden Storm’ which made £5,687, Cecil Maguire’s ‘Winter, Salt Lake, Clifden’ made £2,550 and Graham Knuttel’s bronze ‘Two Fish’ made £1,657 and his ‘Portrait of a Woman’ made £1,530.

    CECIL MAGUIRE R.U.A. (1930-2020)
    Winter, Salt Lake, Clifden

    MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH ART AT BONHAMS

    Sunday, May 10th, 2020

    Mallard and Teal in Flight by Sir Peter Scott is a highlight at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale online on May 12. It is estimated at £25,000-35,000. This auction will take place behind closed doors but is fully accessible on Bonhams.com and bids can be made online, on the phone or as absentee bids. 

    SIR PETER SCOTT
    (British, 1909-1989)
    Mallard and Teal in Flight. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £20,000

    NOT FOR PROFIT CHARITY AUCTION FOR NHS AT BONHAMS

    Friday, April 24th, 2020

    Telephone/iPhone from Then and Now by Irish artist Michael Craig Martin is one of the lots at The Blue Auction, an online sale by Bonhams in aid of NHS Charities Covid-19 urgent appeal. The not for profit online auction runs until April 29 with all profits going to the NHS appeal. Leading actors, musicians, artists and sportspeople have all pledged lots. The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THE BLUE Auction raised £405,300

    MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN R.A. (IRISH, BORN 1941)
    Telephone/iPhone, from ‘Then and Now’. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £3,800

    ALL SALES AT BONHAMS ARE POSTPONED

    Friday, March 20th, 2020

    Tonight Bonhams announced the postponement and rescheduling of all auctions until April 21. This is effective immediately. UK salerooms at New Bond St. and Knightsbridge in London, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong are all closed.

    Bonhams remains open via its website and specialists, who are working remotely, are happy to assist with queries. The Digital Consignment Hub – Sell with Bonhams – is available on the website for any consignments to future sales. The situation is being monitored re auctions after April 21 and updates will be issued.

    SALES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, March 19th, 2020

    A number of sales are to be held behind closed doors at Bonhams, which will temporarily close their offices to the general public on March 20. Among the sales going ahead in the near future in Knightsbridge in London are British and European Art on March 24, Modern British and Irish art on March 25 and Decorative Art and Design on April 1. There is to be a Home and Interiors sale in Edinburgh on April 1.

    The following sales due to be held at New Bond Street and New York will be rescheduled: Impressionist and Modern Art, Islamic and Indian Art,The Greek Sale and Photographs. Bonhams remains open for business remotely via its Digital Consignment Hub for consigners, and for clients wishing to register for sales.

    Summer Storm by William Crozier (1930-2011) (£5,00-7,000) at the Modern British and Irish Art sale on March 25.

    HARRY POTTER MAKES MAGIC NUMBERS AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

    A rare first edition of one of the most popular books ever written, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone inscribed by author J. K. Rowling “to Bryony… the first person ever to see merit in Harry Potter” sold for £118,000 in Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts & Photographs sale in London today. It had an estimate of £70,000-90,000.

    Bryony Evens was the office manager for the literary agent Christopher Little, when in 1996, she picked up a three-chapter submission from the slush pile and started reading. Instantly hooked, Bryony asked Little to request that the author send the rest of the book. They soon received the full manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by the then unknown J.K. Rowling, and the rest is history.

    Head of Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts Department, Matthew Haley, commented: “This unique copy of the highly desirable rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone really was a little piece of Harry Potter history. I’m not surprised that it attracted such interest and achieved such an impressive price”.

    THE MEATH FOXHOUNDS IN ART AT BONHAMS

    Monday, February 24th, 2020

    The Bitch Pack of the Meath Foxhounds by the Victorian painter John Emms (1843-1912) is a highlight at Bonhams sale of 19th Century and British Impressionist Art sale in London on April 8. Hunting with hounds is a tradition in Ireland that goes back to ancient times and features strongly in Celtic literature and legend. There is a pack recorded in the Meath area as early as 1723, although the Meath Hunt itself dates from 1817. The Bitch Pack of the Meath Foxhounds was painted in 1896 when John Watson was Master. It is estimated at £180,000-250,000.

    Bonhams Head of Victorian Paintings, Charles O’Brien explains: “Emms had the rare ability to give real life to his subject and was at his very best when painting dogs. In this unusually large work – it’s 40 x 60 inches – his confident use of fluid brush strokes gives weight and solidity to the different physical characteristics of the dogs as well as their individual temperaments.”

    The Bitch Pack of the Meath Foxhounds by John Emms. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £225,000