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    INTERNATIONAL DEMAND FOR COLLECTIBLE HANDBAGS

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

    An exceptional Hermes matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with palladium hardware made £162,500 at Christie’s handbags and accessories auction on June 11. The 2015 model had been estimated at £70,000-90,000. A 2007 Hermes crocodile Birkin 25 made £118,750 and a 1999 Hermes shiny vert celadon alligator Kelly made £63,750. The auction totalled £3.36 million with sell through rates of 97% by value and 93% by lot. There was bidding from 41 countries across six continents.

    The Hermes matte white Birkin 35

    MAGNIFICENT MAHARAJAH AND MUGHAL JEWELS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

    The Maharajahs and Mughal Magnificent sale at Christie’s in New York on June 19 promises to be the most valuable jewellery auction ever – eclipsing that of Elizabeth Taylor which totalled $144 million in December of 2011.The mystic east at its most fabulous is revealed in this unprecedented group of jewels, gemstones, and decorative objects from The Al Thani Collection. It consists of almost 400 lots spanning more than 500 years.The Al Thani family rules Qatar and many of the pieces in the sale have been seen at exhibitions of their collection at The Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Among many highlights are the Patiala Ruby Choker created by Cartier Paris in 1931 which is considered by many to be the finest ruby necklace ever made and a riviere necklace from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad with nearly 200 carats of fine Golconda diamonds.Works from the Al Thani Collection will be shown at a new museum space due to open in central Paris next year.  The museum will provide for the long term display of select pieces drawn from across the entire collection.

    THE PATIALA RUBY CHOKER

    Significant historical pieces are complemented by an important selection from the 20th century by the houses of Bulgari, Cartier, Janesich, Lacloche, Linzeler, Mauboussin, and Mellerio.  The Patiala Ruby Choker was commissioned by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, one of the Cartier’s most important Indian clients of the 1920’s and ’30’s.  He often travelled to Paris with trunks of diamonds and gemstones from his treasury for Cartier’s workshops.

    The Arcot II, D Colour, Internally flawless, one of two diamonds presented to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, by Muhammad Ali Wallajah, Nawab of Arcot.

    IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON

    Friday, May 31st, 2019

    Leger and Picasso will highlight Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 18. Fernand Léger’s Femme dans un fauteuil (1913) and Picasso’s Homme et femme (1968) offer radical visions of the female form as the artists pushed the boundaries of representation during the 20th century.

    Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Femme dans un fauteuil CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019

    The Landscape of a Mind: A Private Collector’s Surreal Vision, a group of 13 Dada and Surrealist work, will include paintings by Yves Tanguy and René Magritte and a drawing by Salvador Dalí.

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Homme et femme nus CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019IM

    Henri Matisse’s Le collier d’ambre (1937) is another highlight. An odalisque painting, it is amongst the most rigorously designed and strikingly orchestrated compositions Matisse painted after the First World War. Henri Laurens’s Homme à la pipe (1919) and Otto Dix’s Soldat mit Tabakspfeife (1918) are both presented to the market for the first time since the early 1960s when they were separately acquired for private collections. The sale consists of 34 works, many of which have been in private collections for many years.

    KOONS’ RABBIT BREAKS RECORD FOR A LIVING ARTIST

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019

    Jeff Koons’ Rabbit sculpture sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s in New York last night, a new world record price for a living artist. The steel cast of an inflatable created in 1986 made more than $20 million over the top estimate.

    Jeff Koons (b1955) – Rabbit

    The Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale brought in $538,971,750. There were 56 lots offered and 51 were sold. Koons’ Rabbit and Robert Rauschenberg’s Buffalo II ($88.8 million) were the two top lots of the auction. Spider by Louise Bourgeois sold for $32,055,000 million, a world auction record and the second highest price at auction for a woman artist.

    There were world auction records for Koons’, Rauschenberg, Bourgeois, Frank Stella, Larry Rivers, Jonas Wood and Daniel Buren. Koons previously held the record for a work by a living artist with Balloon Dog (Orange). Last year the honour went to David Hockney Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) which sold for just over $90 million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 27, 2019)

    NEW YORK ART SALE SEASON APPROACHES

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

    With the May art sales in New York fast approaching Christie’s and Sotheby’s are gearing up for an important selling season.  On May 13 Christie’s will offer a dedicated selection of 11 works from Princess Titi von Furstenberg, who died in 2006, in its evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art.The collection of more than 30 artworks ranges from Pablo Picasso to Mark Rothko, Andre Derain and Lucio Fontana.  Further lots will be offered in the day sale on May 14, the Post War and Contemporary Art sale on May 16 and in a Paris sale of African Art next October.  Born in Houston in 1919 Titi von Furstenberg’s father was Robert Lee Blaffer, founder of the company now known as Exxon Mobile.  Her maternal grandfather William Thomas Campbell was among the founders of Texas Oil, now known as Texaco. Amadeo Modigliani’s limestone sculpture Tete carved c1911-12 in the same sale is estimated at $30-40 million. This is one of the 26 pieces that defined his sculptural output and one of the last in private hands. Modigliani’s oil portrait of his muse Lunia Czechowska from the collection of Drue Heinz (1915-2018), the English born wife of Jack Heinz of the food empire, is in the sale as is a 1939 work by Balthus, Therese sur une banquette estimated at $12-18 million.  Therese was just 14 when she posed for this piece, one of ten portraits in which she featured reading or doing nothing but dreaming all painted between 1936 and 1939.One of the finest examples of Monet’s series known as Haystacks will come up at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 14.  The series if famous for the way in which the artist repeated the same subject to show the effects of different light and atmosphere at different times of the day, across the seasons and in different weather.  Meules from 1890 is one of only eight from the series of 25 works remaining in private hands. Sotheby’s expected it to sell for more than $55 million.This sale features important works by Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Francis Picabia and Marc Chagall.The Contemporary Art evening auction on May 16 will be highlighted by Mark Rothko’s Untitled 1960 from the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This sale is further distinguished by Francis Bacon’s Study for a Head from 1952 and by the same artist’s Study for a Portrait, 1981, the last of his famous portraits of his love and muse George Dyer.

    Amadeo Modigliani – Lunia Czechowska from the collection of Drue Heinz at Christie’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $25,245,000

    Francis Bacon – Study for a Portrait 1981 at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $14.5 MILLION

    MODIGLIANI SCULPTURE AT CHRISTIE’S IN MAY

    Friday, April 19th, 2019

    An example of Modigliani’s defining work as a sculptor comes up at Christie’s in New York in May. The limestone Tete, carved c1911-12, is among the finest examples of the approximately twenty-six carved stones that defined Modigliani’s sculptural output, and one of the last left in private hands. Estimated at $30-40 million it comes up at the New York evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art. It is from a European private collection.

    Amedeo Modigliani,Tête UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $34.3 MILLION

    KOONS, CEZANNE, WARHOL AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

    Art by Cezanne, Warhol and Koons will feature among eleven works from the collection of S.I. Newhouse at Christie’s in New York in May. They will come up at the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 13 and Post War and Contemporary Art on May 15. Representing Newhouse’s globally renowned taste and unfailing instinct for quality and historical significance, these works together trace key developments in the evolution of modern art, from the exceptional compositional inventiveness of Cézanne’s Bouilloire et fruits, 1888-1890 (estimate in the region of $40 million) to the quintessential image from Andy Warhol’s incomparable Death and Disaster Series, Little Electric Chair, 1964-1965 (estimate: $6-8 million). No work is more emblematic of Newhouse’s intuition for the revolutionary and sublime than Jeff Koons’ 1986 sculpture, Rabbit (estimate: $50-70 million). The group of 11 works is expected to exceed $130 million throughout 20th Century Week.

    Jeff Koons (b1955) – Rabbit UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $91.1 MILLION, A NEW RECORD FOR A WORK BY A LIVING ARTIST

    Tobias Meyer, advisor to the Newhouse Family said:“Si Newhouse was one of the most important collectors of the 20th century and well into the 21st. He personified the rare combination of a great intuitive eye and equally great intellectual curiosity. He read voraciously about the artists he admired, and nothing could stop him once he decided to acquire a work of art that measured up to his exacting standards. Learning from Si was a privilege, and now helping his family is the highest honor of my career. It is a real pleasure to work with these amazing paintings and sculptures.”

    PAUL CÉZANNE (1839-1906) Bouilloire et fruits UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $59 MILLION

    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) Little Electric Chair UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $8.2 MILLION

    CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM TIBOR COLLECTION

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    One of the most significant collections of Chinese export porcelain in the world, the Tibor Collection, will come up in a sales series at Christie’s this year.  It begins with a single owner sale on April 10 in New York and continues with top pieces in The Exceptional Sale in New York, London and Paris.  Comprising more than 500 pieces the collection – which ranges from late Ming blue and white to 18th century armorial and European subject wares – is expected to exceed $6 million.

    A RARE PAIR OF SOUP TUREENS, COVERS AND STANDS
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) ($100,000-150,000)
    A PAIR OF HISPANIC MARKET VERTE-IMARI JARS AND COVERS
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722) ($80,000-120,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS THE TOP LOT OF THE SINGLE OWNER SALE AND MADE $106,250

    HOCKNEY DOUBLE PORTRAIT SELLS FOR £37.6 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

    David Hockney – Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott.

    David Hockney’s double portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott sold for £37,661.250 at Christie’s in London tonight.  The portrait features Hockney’s close friend Henry Geldzahler, legendary curator, critic and king of the New York art world, and his then boyfriend Christopher Scott.  David Hockney became the world’s most expensive living artist last November when his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures) sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s in New York. The 1969 double portrait of Geldzahler and Scott is one of seven double portraits, including the pool with two figures.  The acrylic on canvas captures Geldzahler at a time when he was organising the most revolutionary exhibition of his career, New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    There was world auction records for Jordan Casteel  whose Patrick and Omari from 2015 made £299,250; for Jonathan Yeo, whose 2013 painting Claire’s Room (Grayson Perry) made  £125,000; and for Barry Flanagan, whose  Nijinski Hare  was acquired for £1,451,250.

    The Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale totalled £79,282,000 and was 93% sold by lot and 94% by value.

    OUTSTANDING RESULTS AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON TONIGHT

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    Gustave Caillebotte Chemin montant

    With world records for Paul Signac and Gustav Caillebotte Christie’s  Impressionist and Modern Art the the Art of the Surreal sales achieved  £165,674,500 in London tonight.  This is the second highest total for an Impressionist season in London.  The auctions were 82% sold by lot and 72% sold by value.

    Signac’s Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez) sold for £19,501,250, Caillebotte’s  Chemin montant made £16,663,750.  There were strong results for  Cezanne, Magritte and Renoir.  The top lot of the evening was Cezanne’s Still Life with Peaches and Pears which made £21.2 million. Magritte’s Le Lieu Commune made £18.3 million and Renoir’s Sentier dans le bois sold for £12.6 million.

    Paul Signac Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez)

    Paul Cézanne Nature morte de pêches et poires