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    OSCAR WILDE EXHIBITION ON BONHAMS WEBSITE

    Monday, February 15th, 2021

     An exhibition to mark the 120th anniversary of the death of Oscar Wilde opens today on a dedicated page of the Bonhams website.  Man of our Times will run from February 15-23. There are manuscripts, letters, first editions, association copies and ephemera from the collection of bibliophile and former dealer in Oriental antiques Jeremy Mason.  He has been collecting Wilde memorabilia for the past 55 years.  Shown here is the bill for flowers at Oscar Wilde’s funeral made out to Robert Ross and amounting to 77 francs. The poet, dramatist and novelist died in a rundown Paris hotel in November 1900.

    BONHAMS STRENGTHENS IRISH REPRESENTATION

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

    As part of an ongoing programme to strengthen its European
    network of representatives Bonhams in Ireland has appointed Kevin Gaines to work alongside Irish representative Kieran O’Boyle at its Molesworth St., Dublin offices. A practicing sculptor he has more than 20 years experience in the art world, mainly at the Dublin Gallery Jorgensen Fine Art as right hand man to fashion designer and gallery owner Ib Jorgensen, who is retiring. The Dublin office of Bonhams offers valuation services and helps Irish clients access the International art and collectibles markets through Bonham’s global salesrooms.

    Kevin Gaines

    DECORATIVE ANTIQUE FAIR RUNS AS AUCTION AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

    This late 19th century French brass six sided hall lantern from Hudson Antiques is part of the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair. This year the fair is taking the form of an online auction with 345 lots at Bonhams which runs until February 12. Lot 57 is estimated at £1,600-2,200.

    After the auction successful buyers will be contacted by Bonhams to see if they would like to collect their purchased lots from the vendors premises or from Cadogan Tate in Park Royal, London. Oversized items such as garden sculpture which require heavy lifting equipment will only be available for collection from the vendors premises.

    The lamp measures 53 cms x 53 cms x 53cms deep

    LARGE SCALE LANDSCAPE BY FRANCIS DANBY AT BONHAMS

    Monday, December 14th, 2020

    A painting by the Wexford artist Francis Danby on a scale that has not been seen at auction for 30 years comes up at Bonhams sale of Old Master Paintings in London on December 17.  Ulysses at the court of Alcinous, going to the athletic games instituted in honour of his visit is estimated at £40,000-60,000. It was painted between 1855-1858 – when Danby was living in Exmouth with his sons – for the Midlands industrialist Joseph Gillott a significant supporter of the artist.

    Many of Danby’s exhibited paintings of the 1840s and ’50s were either destroyed or are now untraced. Hardly any examples of these large-scale works have come to the auction market in the last 50 years, Ulysses has been in the same private collection since 1879, just a few years after it was sold in Gillott’s posthumous sale.

    FRANCIS DANBy (Wexford 1793-1861 Exmouth) Ulysses at the court of Alcinous, going to the athletic games instituted in honour of his visit. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    PIONEERING IRISH BORN ARTIST EXCEEDS ALL BONHAMS EXPECTATIONS

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020

    Works by the pioneering Irish born artist Phoebe Anna Traquair far exceeded expectations to sell for a total of £109,479 at Bonhams Scottish sale in Edinburgh on October 14. Reverie sold for £21,313 having been estimated at £1,000-1,500; and Portrait of a Girl sold for £20,063 against an estimate of £1,000-1,500.

    Bonhams Picture Specialist in Edinburgh, May Matthews, said: “Phoebe Anna Traquair holds a unique place in the history of Scottish culture. She was the first major woman artist in modern Scotland, and, in 1920, became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy. Traquair’s work rarely comes up at auction, and collectors responded enthusiastically to the chance to acquire one of these beautiful works.”

    The Scottish Sale made a total of £689,376.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 30, 2020)

    Reverie by Phoebe Anna Traquair sold for £21,313 

    PIONEERING IRISH WOMAN ARTIST AT BONHAMS SCOTTISH SALE

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

    No less than 33 works by Phoebe Anna Traquair, a pioneering Irish born artist in the Arts and Crafts Movement, come up at Bonhams Scottish sale in Edinburgh on October 14. Born in Kilternan, County Dublin, she studied at the School of Design at the Royal Dublin Society between 1869 and 1872. At the age of 22 the artist moved to Edinburgh. In 1920 she became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy.  She was also a muralist with work in four Edinburgh buildings: the two successive chapels for the Sick Children’s Hospital (1885-86, 1896-98), the Song School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral (1888-92) and Mansfield Place Church (today’s Mansfield Traquair Centre, 1893-1901). As the National Gallery of Scotland’s director James Caw wrote in 1900, she breathed extraordinary ‘visions of life and beauty upon dead walls’. Her work rarely appears on the market and this is a private collection from a direct descendant.

    Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) – Boy and sheep. (£2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10,063

    GILLESPIE’S GALATEA AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Monday, August 24th, 2020

    This patinated gold bronze of Galatea by Rowan Gillespie comes up at Bonham’s Modern British and Irish art sale in Knightsbridge, London on September 16. Cast in 1982 it is just over 29 inches high. It is signed, numbered and dated ROWAN 2/9/1982 on the base. It is actually from an edition of three and not nine as described on the base. The original mould was destroyed after the third casting. From a private collection in Norway it is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10,167

    BOOKING THE COOKS AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

    AN Irish manuscript cook book with recipes from 1755 onwards comes up at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in London on August 19. Lot 43, titled Rosconnel, February 25, 1755 / Receipts and cookery, includes 236 numbered recipes in several hands. There are 26 further pages of un numbered recipes including “A Friday Pudding”, “To make a Runnet”, “Dutch Beef, The Right Receipt”, “To Dry Cherrys in Bunches”, “To make Hartshorn Flumery”, “To dress Snails”, “Leg of mutton a la Daube”, “Pigeons in night gowns”, “Sauce for Wild Fowl”, “To Brew and distill Whiskey”, “To make a Devonshire Squab” , “Portable Soop”, “The famous Sally Lunn’s Breakfast Cakes” (“…by the time you have made three or four your hand will be in…”).

    One of the first mentions of the famous Sally Lunn bun comes in 1776 in a poem about Dublin by the Irish poet William Preston and the first recorded mention of the bun in Bath, where it originated, is in Captain Philip Thicknesse’s 1780 guidebook to taking the waters at Bath. The recipe became enormously popular and the Sally Lunn bun can still be sampled at Bath’s eponymous tea shop.

    The auction features Ruth Watson’s collection of Antiquarian Cookery Books. Lot 30 is a manuscript recipe book originally from the collection of the renowned Chicago food writer and restauranteur Arnold Shircliffe, including recipes “Written down for me by my Irish cook Margaret Berry 1854 – as done at their House”.

    An Irish recipe book. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £828

    IRISH GEORGE II SIDE TABLE SELLS AT BONHAMS

    Monday, August 10th, 2020

    An Irish George II mahogany side table sold for £2,422 at Bonhams Home and Interiors sale in Knightsbridge, London last week. The c1755 table is complete with one frieze drawer over a shaped apron carved with a characteristic central scallop shell.

    The George II side table

    LALIQUE STATUETTE AT BONHAMS

    Friday, August 7th, 2020

    This Lalique Thais statuette comes up at Bonhams sale of Decorative Art and Design in Knightsbridge, London on August 11. Gemma Sanders, head of 20th century decorative art and design at Bonhams describes it as one of the best pieces of Thais she has seen. The pre war Rene Lalique Thais statuette, introduced in 1925, is estimated at £18,000-22,000. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £21,312