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    JAMES JOYCE’S PINCE NEZ MAKE 17,000 AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

    An original pair of pince-nez glasses owned by James Joyce sold for a hammer price of 17,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and memorabilia sale in Dublin today.  The pair, complete with, gilt fittings and chain and in a velvet lined morocco case from a Dublin optician, was from the collection of Joyce’s friend Thomas Pugh.  By tradition these are Joyce’s own glasses used when writing Ulysses. In good condition they are familiar from many photographs, including his passport.

    A letter written to Thomas Pugh by James Joyce in 1934, from the Grand Hotel Britannique, Spa, Belgique made 14,000 at hammer.  In it Joyce requested Pugh to visit him when next in Paris and also asks if Pugh knows of any illustrated weekly published in Dublin around 1904 for the use of Henri Matisse, who was working on designs for a new de luxe edition of Ulysses. (Pugh supplied the illustrations but the illustrations by Matisse are drawn entirely from Greek myth).

    A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, published by Jonathan Cape in 1953, sold for 9,500 at hammer.

    JOE BARRETT GAA MEDAL COLLECTION MAKES 40,000

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016
    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett GAA medal collection was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Books and Collectors sale in Kilkenny on September 28.   In 1929 Joe Barrett was the first Kerryman to lift the Sam Maguire trophy and his medal collection sold for a hammer price of 40,000.  It went to a private collector in Kerry.  The Phil Shanahan of Toomevara GAA medal collection went for 19,000.  A facsimile of the Book of Kells made 5,000 and  a Seamus Heaney handwritten foolscap manuscript critique of Celtic Art, an introduction by Ian Finlay made 2,000.  A pamphlet  presented by Heaney to Sean White complete with a three verse poem in Heaney’s own handwriting made 1,700 and an 1840 edition of The Ancient Music of Ireland edited by Bunting made sold for 1,600.

    Stirrings Still by Samuel Beckett, with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy and signed by both sold for 1,500.  A 1935 limited edition of Ulysses by James Joyce with illustrations by Henri Matisse signed by the artist sold for  1,400.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 23, 2016)

    EXCEPTIONAL MATISSE INTERIOR AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

    An exceptional painting by Henri Matisse, which has emerged after 85 years in a private collection, is among the highlights at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern and Surreal Art evening sales in London on February 3.  Highlights from these sales will preview in Hong Kong from January 5-8.  Matisse’s La Lecon de piano combines two of the artist’s passions, music and art. Painted in 1923 this fine interior composition is from his early Nice period when he produced some of his boldest and most life affirming works.  It is estimated at £12-18 million.

    There is a rare example of one of Francis Picabia’s machinist compositions from his DADA period. Le Ventilateur was painted in 1917 and is estimated at £1.8-2.5 million.

    The year 2015 was a record one for Sotheby’s sales of Impressionist & Modern Art worldwide. Sales achieved a grand total of US$1.72 billion – the highest annual figure for the company in this category.

    Henri Matisse - La lecon de piano.

    Henri Matisse – La lecon de piano.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10.8 MILLION

    Francis Picabia - Le Ventilateur

    Francis Picabia – Le Ventilateur  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £2.3 MILLION