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    AN ONLINE ART AUCTION AT ADAMS IN DUBLIN

    Friday, July 2nd, 2021

    A timed online only auction of art at James Adam, Dublin runs until July 8. The lots on offer will be on physical view at Adams on July 6 and 7. Meantime the catalogue is online. Estimates are highly affordable and most lots are on offer at under 1,000.

    Ula Paine (1909-2001) Botanical Study, oil on canvas (400-600). UPDATE: THIS MADE 340 AT HAMMER

    HISTORY PAINTING MAKES €75,000 AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
    ENGLISH SCHOOL, ATTRIBUTED TO CAPTAIN ROBERT MELVILLE GRINDLAY (1786-1877)

    THIS historic English School portrait of a poignant moment in Indian history and one of triumph for Britain made a hammer price of €75,000 at the second day of the Fine Asian Art sale by James Adam in Dublin today. The unsigned oil on paper with a handwritten title on the back in French shows the king of Delhi and his suite at the time of his capture by the English army. The arrest of Bahadur Shah Zafar, King of Delhi and last Mughal Emperor took place 1857/09/20 before the Humayun’s tomb, where the former did find refuge. It was performed by Captain Hodson and did constitute a major event of the Sepoys Mutiny or First War of Independence, the first step towards the fall of the Mughal Empire. Captain Robert Melville-Grindlay is well-known for his illustrations transcribed in books of engravings such as Scenery, Costumes, and Architecture, chiefly on the Western Side of India.

    GREAT START TO ADAMS SALE OF FINE ASIAN ART IN DUBLIN

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

    The sale of Fine Asian Art at James Adam in Dublin got off to a rollicking start this afternoon. Bidders on various internet platforms, Drouot and on the telephone vied for Fine Art from China and Himalaya on the first day of the sale. The most expensively estimated lot of the auction, Lot 18 – a Chinese School scroll with the signature of Giuseppi Castiglioni, known as Lang Shining made a hammer price of €110,000 over an estimate of €10,000-€100,000. A yellow glazed Hundred Shou Qing Dynasty cup with an estimate of 500-700 made a hammer price of 3,800 and most lots so far have attracted considerable competition. The auction is continuing.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 19, 2021)

    THIS SCROLL BY GUISEPPE CASTIGLIONE SOLD FOR 110,000 AT HAMMER

    FINE ASIAN ART COMES UNDER THE HAMMER AT ADAMS

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
    UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

     THIS very large coral model of a standing lady with fan and lotus sprig comes up as lot 88 at the James Adam online sale of Fine Asian Art today and tomorrow. It dates to early 20th century China and is estimated at €20,000-€40,000. Fine Arts from China and Himalaya comes under the hammer today. Tomorrow it is the turn of fine arts from Vietnam, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Japan and Korea.

    FINE ASIAN ART AT JAMES ADAM MARKS CHANGING AUCTION WORLD

    Saturday, June 19th, 2021

    The global search for collectors of rare precious objects marks one way in which the auction world has adapted very quickly to changed circumstances. In 2021 there is nothing particularly unusual about the fact that an Irish firm –James Adam – has already held a Paris preview for a sale of Fine Asian Art due to take place in Dublin on June 29 and 30.The Paris view is not entirely unconnected to the fact that Adams has created its own Asian department and appointed Thibault Duval as its Dublin based head.  M Duval was latterly head of the Asian Art Department at Drouot in Paris.  This appointment marks a recognition of sorts that if major auction houses in Ireland are to survive and prosper in the 21st century they must open out to the new global realities and view Brexit as an opportunity rather than a threat.

    Qing Dynasty russet and white jade group. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    A company like Sheppards in Durrow, Co. Laois with a track record of breaking records for Asian objects and then breaking them again has amply demonstrated that if you can produce the goods the buyers will come.

    Adams has some interesting goods to offer in its sale on Tuesday and Wednesday week.  Notable consignments include a collection of rare Chinese antiques from the estate of Carlos Alfredo Tornquist Altgelt (1885-1953), a hound scroll painting inscribed with the signature of Jesuit painter Giuseppe Castiglione, also known as Lang Shining, from the collection of Juan Carlos Katzenstein (1925-2018) who served as Ambassador to the Holy See and a wooden ruyi scepter from  the collection of Nadezhda, widow of the Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov.  There is a famous portrait of Madame Rimsky-Korsakov by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in the collection of the Orsay Museum. In Chinese Buddhism a ruyi can be a ceremonial scepter or a talisman symbolising power and good fortune in Chinese folklore.

    Chinese School scroll by Giuseppe Castiglioni known as Lang Shining (1688-1766). UPDATE: THIS MADE 110,000 AT HAMMER

    There are Chinese jades last seen at auction at Drouot in 1925 and a jade horse formerly in the collection of Baron Pierre DeMenasce who contributed to an exhibition at the V & A Museum in 1975. A collection of Chinese Republican Period porcelains and an 18th century Meiping vase will feature among the 550 lots on offer.

    BIDDING UNDERWAY FOR JAMES ADAM AT HOME SALE

    Sunday, June 6th, 2021

    Bidding is  underday for the timed online At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin which begins to close at 10 am on June 9.  There is garden furniture, a big selection of silver including some Cork pieces, jewellery, antique furniture, art, porcelain and collectibles including a pair of 19th century brass starting cannons.

    19TH CENTURY CAST IRON AND BRASS SIGNAL CANNONS (300-500). UPDATE; THESE MADE 340 AT HAMMER

    IRISH SILVER DISH RING AT ADAMS AT HOME SALE

    Friday, June 4th, 2021

    This George III Irish silver dish ring is lot 48 at the James Adam timed online At Home sale in Dublin on June 9. It was made in Dublin c1775 by Ambrose Boxwell and is estimated at 800-1,200. The online catalogue lists 110 lots of silver and plate as well as a large selection of jewellery, furniture and collectibles. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    HENRY SOARS ABOVE ESTIMATE AT ADAMS IRISH ART SALE

    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
    PAUL HENRY (1877-1958) – COTTAGES IN ACHILL

    Cottages in Achill by Paul Henry made a hammer price of 210,000 over a top estimate of 160,000 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin this evening. Another top lot was an original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic signed by the printer Christoper Brady. Inscribed on the rear is that it was obtained in Sackville St., Dublin on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916. It made a hammer price of 170,000 over an estimate of 150,000-200,000.

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART ONLINE AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
    William Crozier HRHA (1930 – 2011) The Inlet UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    The Inlet by William Crozier is lot 17 at the online sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam this evening. It is estimated at 20,000-30,000. The catalogue lists 149 lots and offers work by Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats and Camille Souter. The sale gets underway at 6 pm in Dublin.

    ART SALES AT WHYTE’S AND ADAMS IN DUBLIN NEXT WEEK

    Saturday, May 29th, 2021
    Yellow Red (1994), an etching 18/30 by Sean Scully at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    Encompassing everything from genre paintings, still life, abstract art, landscapes and Saint Gobnait to an original copy of the Irish Proclamation and a large bronze plaque made for An Tostal in 1953 the art sales at Whyte’s on Monday and Adams next Wednesday are brimful of interest. Given that collectors have adjusted remarkably well to the online model it seems safe to predict that there will be no shortage of competitive bidding for the 160 works on offer at Whyte’s and the 149 at Adams.  In a welcome move towards normality the easing of Covid restrictions allows viewing for these sales by appointment. Online or in person there is much to see and appreciate.  Whyte’s kicks off online on May 31 at 6 pm.  Sean Keating painted his friend Harry Clarke thinking about St. Gobnait on the Aran Islands while working on a commission for his series of eleven windows at the Honan Chapel in Cork.  The acclaimed windows were installed in 1916. Gobnait is traditionally associated with Ballyvourney in Co. Cork and with the Aran Islands.  The resultant oil painting by Keating –  exhibited at the RHA in 1918 – is lot 45 at Whyte’s, with an estimate of €50,000-€70,000.Along with Yeats and Keating, Whyte’s has work by artists including Cedil Maguire, Nathaniel Hone, Walter Osborne, Charlotte MacCausland, Harry Kernoff, Patrick Leonard, William Leech, Mary Swanzy, Maurice MacGonigal, Dan O’Neill, Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Sean Scully, Donald Teskey and many others.  A bronze An Tostal commemorative plaque celebrating Irish life by the sculptor Gabriel Hayes (1909-1978) is estimated at €3,000-€4,000 and there are prints by Bob Dylan and David Bowie with estimates from €1,200 to €3,000.

    Over the Estuary  by John Shinnors at James Adam. UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    Original copies of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic are always much sought after.  The one at Adams next Wednesday evening, signed by the printer Christopher Brady and obtained in Sackville St. on Easter Monday, 1916, has an estimate of €150,000. The sky and sea are made of blues, blacks and purples in William Croziers’ structural landscape The Inlet which Adams estimate at €20,000-€30,000.  There is a more traditional approach in Cottages in Achill by Paul Henry (€140,000-€160,000) while the acclaimed Limerick artist John Shinnors took inspiration from the River Shannon for his magnificent and dynamic oil on canvas diptych Over the Estuary (€30,000-€50,000). Camille Souters’ Cycling to Chioggia, a little town south of Venice, is a memory painting from 1961 that was once in the collection of Sir Basil Goulding. It is estimated at €15,000-€25,000.  Another memory jogger is an Elkington and Co. bronze of Oliver Goldsmith after John Henry Foley RA RHA (1818-1874).  The estimate here is €3,000-€4,000. In a Dublin Waxworks by Jack B Yeats (€60,000-€100,000) once in the collection of the late Garech Browne at Luggala, recalls a popular attraction in the capital until it was burnt down during the 1916 Rising.