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    IRISH ART AT BONHAMS LONDON SALE

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

    Jack B. Yeats, Frank McKelvey and Camille Souter all feature at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on April 28. The Wood Stream, a 1901 watercolour by Yeats is estimated at £2,000-3,000; Pastoral Landscape by Frank McKelvey has an estimate of £2,000-3,000 and Outside Mullingar, Early Morning from 1971 by Camille Souter is estimated at £8,000-12,000. The sale will feature a single owner collection of art by Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006), regarded as the supreme painter of Welsh landscape in the 20th century. 

    Camille Souter – Outside Mullingar, Early Morning. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £9,562

    DUBLIN DISCOVERY HIGHLIGHTS ASIAN AUCTION

    Monday, April 19th, 2021

    A painting by celebrated Indonesia-based Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur re-discovered in Dublin less than two months ago will highlight Bonhams Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong on April 22. Two Women Arranging Flowers in the Interior is an intimate depiction of Le Mayeur’s home in Bali – a traditional Joglo house which in his own words served as his ‘little paradise’. Le Mayeur lived for most of his life in Bali, and his home has been converted into a museum of his work. This painting of the interior of his home is extremely rare, only a handful are known to exist. It was bought directly from the artist and his wife by Dutch collector Isaac van Bueren in the 1950’s and passed down in the family to the current owners, who live in Dublin. The guide price is HK$ 1,800,000-2,800,000 (Euro 194,510 – 302,505). 

    Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur –  Two Women Arranging Flowers in the Interior c1950. UPDATE: THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SALE MAKING HK$14,052,500 (approx. US$1.8million) €1,507,633

    DUN LAOGHAIRE PAINTING BY ANNE REDPATH AT BONHAMS

    Friday, April 16th, 2021

    A rare example of an Irish scene by renowned Scottish artist Anne Redpath comes up at Bonhams in Edinburgh on May 13. Dun Laoghaire Harbour was painted in the late 1940’s after a visit to Ireland in 1947. Although the label on the back of this painting just provides a title of The Harbour – Dublin, it was always known in the family as Dunlaoghaire Harbour and has not been seen in public since 1958. Redpath is listed as exhibiting a painting with the title Dunlaoghaire Harbour in London, with the Society of Scottish Artists in 1947 and again at the Royal Academy in 1949. It comes up at The Scottish Art sale on May 13, a sale which includes paintings by all four of the Scottish Colourists – Samuel Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Francis Cadell and J.D Fergusson.

    ANNE REDPATH OBE RSA ARA LLD ARWS ROI RBA (BRITISH, 1895-1965)
    The Harbour, Dublin (£10,000-15,000)

    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