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    AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY FOR IRISH COLLECTORS

    Friday, November 15th, 2019

    Billed by Whyte’s as an historic opportunity for Irish collectors the sale of the Ernie O’Malley Collection in Dublin on November 25 will be on view at Christie’s in London this weekend and at the RDS in Dublin from November 23. The sale is by Whyte’s in association with Christie’s and highlights have already been seen at Christie’s in New York. The auction of 100 lots is highlighted by five major oils by Yeats and contains works by a number of leading Irish artists from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 15, 2019)

    A YOUNG TINKER WOMAN, 1945 LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012)

    MAGRITTE TOPS THE BILL AT CHRISTIE’S IN NEW YORK

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

    Le Seize Septembre by Rene Magritte was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York last night. It was $19.6 million in an auction which totalled $191.9 million. Buyers participated from 31 countries across five contintents.

    Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by Umberto Boccioni made $16.1 million, an artist record. Femme dans un fauteuil by Picasso made $13.3 million and Jardin et poulailler chez Octave Mirbeau, Les Damps, by Camille Pissarro made $10,2 million.

    Rene Magritte – Le seize Septembre

    JEWELS WHICH BELONGED TO EMPRESS EUGENIE

    Friday, November 1st, 2019

    Historic jewels formerly in the collection of Eugénie, The Last Empress Of France, will come up at Christie’s sale of Important Jewels in London on November 27. A pair of 19th century natural pearl earrings is estiamted at £60,000-80,000. A mid-19th century ruby and diamond heart locket pendant, circa 1850-60 is estimated at £10,000-15,000. A glazed compartment on the reverse of the pendant contains a lock of hair reputedly belonging to Napoleon Ill.

    Married to Napoleon III, Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920) was a woman of great elegance, beauty and charm. Born in Granada, Spain, she was educated at the fashionable convent of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris, and contributed immensely to the grandeur of the French court. From the beginning of her reign in 1853, Empress Eugénie did much to enhance the reputation of French haute joaillerie, which at that time inspired the whole of Europe. Her love of jewellery being legendary, she had many Crown jewels remounted to suit her personal taste and also commissioned new pieces from the most famous jewellers in Paris including Bapst and Chaumet.

    BOCCIONI’S UNIQUE FORMS AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

    Conceived in 1913 and cast in 1972 Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space will come up at Christie’s in New York on November 11. It is the first time in nearly 50 years that one of the artist’s revolutionary sculptures has been offered at auction. The estimate is $3.8-4.5 million.

    Max Carter, International Director, Head of Department, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarked: “In his brief life, Boccioni reimagined time, space and movement. Where other works of art are rooted in the past, Unique Forms of Continuity of Space – Boccioni’s greatest achievement and one of the most important sculptures of the 20th century – was, is and will always be the future.”

    The architect Sir Norman Foster said of this piece that … it resonates across time. It even has a science fiction aspect—you can almost see Darth Vader [in it].” The work stands not only as the culmination of the artist’s pioneering form of Futurist sculpture, but as a powerful visual embodiment of the Futurists’ iconoclastic and revolutionary artistic aims. Boccioni has taken one of the most revered subjects in the Western tradition of art—the human figure—and split it apart before reconstructing it in a complex, abstract structure of dynamic, interlocking facets and graceful planes that penetrate and activate the space surrounding it. Striding boldly forward it presents a new conception of man, as well as sculpture, in the 20th-century: mechanical, forward moving and entirely modern.

    Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space,

    ERNIE O’MALLEY’S YEATS’S TO BE SOLD IN DUBLIN

    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

    Works from The Ernie O’Malley Collection, highlighted by five paintings by Jack Butler Yeats, will be offered by Christie’s in association with Whyte’s in Dublin on November 25. Comprised of 100 lots, including early sketches by Yeats and work by the artists Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton and Norah McGuinness, the auction will form an anthology of Irish art from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Ernie O’Malley was IRA commandder who fought in Ireland’s War of Independence and on the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War. He went on to publish two books detailing his experiences. The sale and international exhibitions provide an opportunity to discover his private passion for art and the relationships he developed with artists he encountered in America and Ireland. Highlights will be on view in New York from 23 to 27 October 23-27, in London from November 16-18 November and at the RDS from November 23.

    Jack Butler Yeats, The Enfolding Night (1947,) (€500,000-700,000)

    CONTEMPORARY ART ACHIEVES £89 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019

    With bidders from 46 countries across all continents Christie’s Contemporary Art evening sales achieved £89 million in London last night. The Post War and Contemporary sale achieved £64.5 million. Basquiat’s Four Big was the top lot at £8.6 million. There was much interest in work by ariists like Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Pierre Soulanges and Carl Andre. The Thinking Italian sale totalled £24.5 million and the top lot was Sacco by Alberto Burri which made £4.5 million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25, 2019)

    Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)
    Alpenveilchen/Flowers SOLD FOR £5.6 MILLION

    PIONEERING ARTISTS AT CHRISTIE’S CONTEMPORARY SALE

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

    The evening Post War and Contemporary art auction at Christie’s in London on October 4 during Frieze Week  will be followed by the annual sale dedicated to Italian artists. The sale showcases artists who pioneered new directions for the medium of paint ranging from Sigmar Polke’s dotted raster technique to Gerhard Richter’s ‘Abstraktes Bild’ series and from Joan Mitchell to Kazuo Shiraga. The auction will be led by Basquiat’s Four Big (1982) (\£7.5-9.5 million).

    JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960–1988)
    Four Big UPDATE: THIS MADE £8.6 MILLION

    ONLINE SALE OF BANKSY EDITIONS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    BANKSY – MORONS, GIRL WITH BALLOON AND CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

    AN online auction of Banksy editions runs at Christie’s until September 24. It features 30 editions by the artist. The sale is led by an extremely rare artist’s proof Girl with Balloon  (£150,000-£250,000). This initially appeared as a series of stencil murals sprayed in various locations across London, with the first example appearing on the steps of Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank in 2002.

    MILES DAVIS DESIGNED TRUMPET AT EXCEPTIONAL SALE

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

    A trumpet designed and played by Miles Davis, one of the most significant jazz musicians of all time, comes up at the Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in New York on October 29. The ‘Martin Committee’ Trumpet in B Flat, model T3460, by the Martin Co., was commissioned circa 1980 and features a deep blue lacquer and gilt crescent moon and stars, designed according to Davis’s specifications. The ‘Moon and Stars’ trumpet is estimated at $70,000-100,000.

    In a performing and recording career of almost fifty years Miles Davis produced many critically acclaimed albums and Kind of Blue, recorded in just two sessions in 1959, remains the best-selling jazz album of all time.

    ‘Martin Committee’ Trumpet in B Flat, Model T3460

    THE COLLECTION OF EILEEN AND I.M. PEI AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

    Seminal works by Barnett Newman, Jean Dubuffet, and Zao Wou-Ki are included in the Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei which will come up at Christie’s this autumn. All were friends of the celebrated international architect and his wife. Their collection, acumulated over the course of their 72 year marriage, features an exceptional selecton of paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculpture. Additional works by Franz Kline,Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, Jacques Lipchitz, Xu Shiqi and Isamu Noguchi highlight the diversity of the couple’s aesthetic interests and influences. The full collection of 59 works is expected to exceed $25 million. It will be offered through sales at Christie’s in New York, Hong Kong and Paris.

    Eileen and I.M. Pei, Hong Kong, 1988 | Courtesy Eileen and I.M. Pei Family Archive