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    MAGNIFICENT BANTRY HOUSE DINING TABLE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, February 3rd, 2023
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY IRISH REGENCY MAHOGANY FIVE PEDESTAL DINING-TABLE © Christie’s Images Limited 2023

    THIS early 19th century Irish Regency dining table originally acquired for Bantry House in west Cork comes up at Christie’s in London on February 9. The estimate is £60,000-£90,000. It was probably acquired by Richard White, 1st Earl of Bantry (d. 1851) or his son, Viscount Berehaven, later 2nd Earl of Bantry (1800-1868). The table remained in Bantry House for many year before being sold anonymously at Christie’s in 2006 for £96,000.

    Bantry House has been the home of the White family and the Earls of Bantry since c1765. From about 1816 the 1st Earl (1767-1851) preferred to live at his shooting lodge, styled as a cottage orné in nearby Glengariff. After the death of his wife in 1835 he lived there permanently. It was around this time that Bantry House was made over to his eldest son, Viscount Berehaven (1800-1868), later 2nd Earl of Bantry.

    Viscount Berehaven was a collector, who travelled much of Europe and transformed Bantry House to what is seen today. He furnished the house with great opulence, which included such an outstanding array of items that Bantry House became known as ‘the Wallace Collection of Ireland’. The alterations to the house took place in the 1840s, and it is therefore possible that this table was acquired by either the 1st or 2nd Earl.

    The table comes up as lot 105 in a sale entitled An Opulent Aesthetic: An Important Private Collection from an English Country House. There are 266 lots in the sale including 19th century paintings, Old Masters and sporting art, antique furniture and decorative arts.

    REDISCOVERED WATTEAU AT CHRISTIE’S IN NEW YORK

    Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
    ANTOINE WATTEAU (1684-1721) – Le Pèlerinage a l’Ile de Cythère. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $1,860,000

    Le Pèlerinage a l’Ile de Cythère, a rediscovery of a major addition to the small canon of paintings by the French master, Antoine Watteau. comes up at Christie’s Old Masters sale in New York on January 25. Larger in scale than most of Watteau’s paintings the oil on canvas provides a crucial, previously unknown stage in the creation of the artist’s most celebrated masterpiece The Embarkation to Cythera in the Louvre. 

    The picture was catalogued in detail in a number of 18th-century collections and clearly identified as a work by Watteau. During the 19th century the attribution was lost. It has now been reattributed. Contemporaneous attributions are further supported by extensive scientific examination which has revealed that the painting was created using Watteau’s distinctive methods with materials consistent in age and type with his work. The work is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Alan Wintermute.

    2022 – A YEAR WHEN RECORDS TUMBLED ALL OVER THE SHOP

    Friday, December 30th, 2022
    Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn

    That was the year that was. With more than €16 billion worth of sales at the worlds three biggest auction houses – Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips – 2022 broke all sorts of records. Consolidated sales at Sotheby’s are projected to reach $8 billion, the highest in its 278 year history. One single owner sale at Christie’s made $1.5 billion and millions of people all around the world tuned in to livestreamed auctions to see paintings like Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn sell for $195 million at Christie’s in May to become the most expensive 20th Century artwork ever sold at auction. The market was driven by fresh to market single owner collections like that of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen whose collection – not yet entirely sold – has already made $1.5 billion. Phillips’s total sales reached $1.3 billion. Its highest-valued lot was an untitled painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat of a horned devil which sold in New York for $85 million in November.

    It is an exciting time for the market as the year turns. The burning question is: What will 2023 bring?

    HAUTE COUTURE WARDROBE ONLINE AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2022
    A VELVET DRESS ENTIRELY EMBROIDERED BY LESAGE WITH “TUDOR” PATTERNS AND REMOVABLE COLLAR WITH A BROWN SATIN UNDERSKIRT €4,000-6,000 | US$4,300-6,300 | £3,500-5,200 CHANEL BY KARL LAGERFELD HAUTE COUTURE AUTUMN-WINTER 1988-89. UPDATE: THIS MADE  €56,700

    The exceptional know-how, creativity and glory of Haute Couture will feature at an online sale by Christie’s Paris from January 11-25. The sale during Paris Fashion Week will highlight designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Valentino and others. There are 115 haute couture pieces including cocktail dresses, day dresses, evening outfits, embroidered garments, skirt and trouser suits dating mainly to the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Estimates range from €400 to €4,000-€6,000.

    UPDATE: THE SALE BROUGHT IN €694,890 OVER A PRE SALE ESTIMATE OF €101,100

    HIGHEST ANNUAL SALE TOTAL IN ART MARKET HISTORY AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, December 19th, 2022
    Christie’s Adrien Meyer, Co-Chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art, selling GEORGES SEURAT’s (1859-1891) – Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) for $149,240,000

    Global sales at Christie’s reached $8.4 billion in 2022, the highest annual sales total in art market history. In November Paul G Allen’s landmark sales maDe $1.62 billion to become the most valuable collection sale of all time. Five works sold above $100 million and there was four million online viewers. in 2022 the auction house sold Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn for $195 million, the second highest price ever achieved for an artwork at auction. They sold the top three collections of the year, Allen, Ammann ($359.2 million) and Bass ($363.1 million) as well as the top collection outside the US this year, Hubert de Givenchy (€118 million) in Paris.

    In 2022 35% of all buyers in 2022 were new to Christie’s, and 34% of these new buyers were millennials (up from 31% in 2021). A total of 46,322 lots were sold at auction. Altogether the Americas accounted for 40% of buyers, Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 34% and Asia-Pacific for 26%.

    JANE FONDA’S COLLECTION OF SOUTHERN BLACK ARTISTS

    Friday, December 16th, 2022
    THORNTON DIAL, JR. (B. 1952) – Untitled (Animal Bench in Red and White). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $9,450

    Things Grow in the United States: Works from the Collection of Jane Fonda will come up at Christie’s in New York on January 18. A group of 14 objects to be sold at the Outsider and Vernacular Art auction during Americana Week consists of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and assemblages by Thornton Dial, Arthur Dial, and Thornton Dial, Jr.

    Jane Fonda is an avid collector and champion of the Dials’ art. She is on the board of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation & Community Partnership, an organisation dedicated to promoting the work of Black artists from the American South and supporting their communities by fostering economic empowerment, racial and social justice, and educational advancement. Representing of two generations of southern vernacular artists these artworks include figurative and abstract examples and address a range of historical and sociopolitical issues.

    UPDATE: JANE FONDA’S COLLECTION TOTALLED $277,956,

    A LETTER WITH THE SEAL OF AN IRISH BISHOP AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, December 9th, 2022
    A letter with the seal of an Irish bishop UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £7,560

    A February 1261 letter with the seal of an Irish bishop relaxing twenty days of penance for those praying for the soul of Ralph de Sumertone, formerly canon of St Mary’s Priory, Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, and the souls of his parents is lot 77 at Christie’s online sale of the Collection of Marvin L Colker. The sale runs until December 12 and the letter is estimated at £2,500-£3,500. Written in Latin on vellum it contains the large green wax vesica-shaped pendant seal of William de la Hay, bishop of Connor [Ireland] (1260–62), depicting a full-length standing bishop holding a crozier and blessing, with the legend ‘Willelmi dei g[ratia Con]nerensis episco[pi]’.

    Marvin L Colver (1927-2020) was Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia, world-renowned palaeographer, classicist and author of the first comprehensive catalogue of the manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin (a herculean endeavour that took over 30 years), and collector of manuscripts. This sale is a testament to the breadth and depth of his collecting, spanning more than 1,500 years of written history and subject matters ranging from astrology to music, literature, medicine, Church history, humanism, liturgy, Hebraica, law and theology. There are leaves from important manuscripts such as the St Albans Abbey Bible, the Hungerford Hours, the Chester Beatty Book of Hours; manuscripts in Catalan, Picard, French, Italian and Hebrew; examples of Beneventan, Carolingian, Visigothic and Scandinavian script; and rare and unusual texts and authors.

    UPDATE: THE SALE TOTALLED £720,342

    STRONG BIDDING AND NEW RECORDS FOR OLD MASTERS

    Friday, December 9th, 2022
    HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER (1497-1543) AND WORKSHOP – PORTRAIT OF DESIDERIUS ERASMUS (1466-1536)

    Led by Hans Holbein the Younger and Workshop there was five new records at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in London last night. The auction brought in £13.1 million and the Holbein made £1,222,000. Records were also established for Jacob Savery the Elder (£544,400), Antonio Stom called Il Tonino (£138,600), Barnaba Agocchiari called Barnaba da Modena (£882,000) and Sebastiano Conca (£378,000) in a sale which attracted registered bidders from 15 countries and four continents.

    Leading the sale was Jean-François de Troy’s tableaux de mode Reading Party which achieved £2,922,000 bringing the combined total for the Collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock to £8,082,595 and Anthony van Dyck’s Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria  which achieved £2,442,000. There was strong competitive bidding throughout and 33% of lots sold above the estimate.

    CHRISTIE’S ACHIEVES $2 BILLION IN EIGHT DAYS OF ART SALES

    Friday, November 18th, 2022
    AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1884-1920) – Beatrice Hastings (devant une porte) Painted in 1915 Price Realised: $17,565,000

    In eight days of art sales in New York Christie’s has so far achieved $2 billion. The 20th Century evening sale and the 21st Century evening sale which ran consecutively at Christie’s in New York last night made $421,976,700. When combined with the results of the Paul Allen collection the total reached an unprecedented $2,044,226,200.

    The 20th Century sale made $307,945,300 and was 96% sold by lot and 88% by value. Mark Rothko’s Untitled and Amedeo Modigliani’s Beatrice Hastings  each sold for $17,565,000. Additional highlights included works by notable female artists. A massive canvas by Joan Mitchell made $14,130,000, and a rare self-portrait by Frida Kahlo made $8,634,000.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sugar Ray Robinson, was the top lot at the 21st century sale and made  $32,679,000. Results for female artists and artists of colour were strong. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Minjung Kim, Noah Davis and Rashid Johnson all set new records.

    UPDATE: The two weeks of sales concluded having achieved $2,170,537,204 over seven live auctions and one online.

    ALLEN ART COLLECTION TOTALS $1.622 billion

    Friday, November 11th, 2022
    GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (1887-1986) – White Rose with Larkspur No. 1 sold for $26,725,000

    On Thursday, November 10, 2022, Christie’s concluded Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection, a landmark philanthropic eventVisionary comprised 155 masterpiece objects spanning 500 years of art history. It was sold over a two-day series of auctions. In total, the collection realised $1,622,249,500, well in excess of the total high estimate. It was 100% sold. The regional breakdown by value was 33% Americas, 28% APAC, and 39% EMEA. There was great strength and depth in bidding across the collection, with an average of 5.6 bidders competing for each lot. Of all the registrants for the sales, nearly 15% were new to Christie’s.

    Seven artists records were set in the second part of the sale:

    1. Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Typewriter Eraser, Scale X – $8,405,000
    2. Joseph Kosuth, ‘Titled (A.A.I.A.I.)’ [text-context] – $289,8000 – for work on paper
    3. Jacques Lipchitz, Figure – $4,380,000
    4. Nancy Rubins, Study – $23,940
    5. Mildred Thompson, String Theory 4 – $138,600
    6. Alden Mason, Sweet Encounter – $189,000
    7. Guillermo Kuitca, Diarios – $567,000