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    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

    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