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    JEWELLERY AND DIAMONDS AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, December 2nd, 2019

    The catalogue for the James Adam evening sale of fine jewellery and watches on December 3 features 246 lots. Estimates range from 250 euro to 200,000 euro, the high estimate for a 6.74 carat rectangular cut diamond ring. A c1925 Art Deco diamond bracelet is estimated at 7,000-8,000, a diamond line bracelet by Boodles has an estimate of 4,000-5,000, a c1885 Faberge diamond and gold brooch is estimated at 3,000-4,000 and a pair of diamond ear studs is estimated at 50,000-60,000.

    A DIAMOND AND CHRYSOPRASE ‘ROSE DE NOëL’ BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, CIRCA 1980. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MAJOR SALES OF IRISH ART COMING UP IN DUBLIN

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019

    Major evening winter sales of art take place in Dublin at Whyte’s on December 2 and James Adam on December 4. There are two works by William Scott (1913-1989) at Adams purchased from his estate and never before on the market.  Still Life with Pan and Bowl is estimated at 200,000-300,000 and Red on Red has an estimate of 150,000-200,000.  Dated to 1967 this latter work featured in his retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1972 and is related to the RTE abstract of the same year commissioned for RTE which sold for £187,500 at Sotheby’s in London last week. In sharp contrast to this work Cottages by a Lake by Paul Henry, one of three paintings in this auction by an artist whose work achieves stellar results, is estimated at 80,000-120,000.  There is a portrait of J.P. Dunleavy painted by Robert Ballagh to mark his 60th birthday and The Irish Farm by Margaret Clarke is the original 1930 artwork for the Empire Marketing Board Free State Butter poster. There are some highly affordable artworks with low estimates of up to 600 by artists like Anita Shelbourne RHA, Imogen Stuart, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Rosamund Praeger, Ronald Ossory Dunlop and Elizabeth Rivers.  If the budget stretches to 1,000 and beyond the choice widens considerable. 

    Whyte’s, which goes on view at the RDS today hot on the heels of the sale of the Ernie O’Malley collection last Monday, offers art by Yeats, le Brocquy, Dan O’Neill, Sir William Orpen and Paul Henry alongside international artists like Andy Warhol and a selection of  19 North American works from the collection of Anglo Irish Banks.  These are from their New York office and are being sold by the special IBRC liquidator.  Why Anglo in their heyday did not avail of the opportunity to hang Irish art in their New York offices is yet another Irish banking mystery. The 238 lots on offer at Whyte’s includes a joyous Bahamas canvas by Tony O’Malley titled Air, Water, Light (40,000-60,000) which was purchased from the  collection of the Bank of Ireland almost a decade ago.  A painting of Glencree, Co. Wicklow by Paul Henry is estimated at 60,000-80,000. Given what Whyte’s describe as an upsurge of interest in the work of Irish women artists there should be plenty of bidders for a selection of paintings by Letitia Hamilton and one by her sister Eva.  A portrait of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy is estimated at 18,000-22,000 and a 1952 work by Maurice MacGonigal depicts the artists wife and family with dog at Errisberg, Co. Mayo (20,000-30,000). Lot 46, Figures on a staircase, York St., Dublin by Patrick Hennessy was painted in 1942 when the street was the site of a terrace of grand Georgian houses that had become one of the worst tenements in Dublin. They were pulled down in the 1960’s to make way for modern social housing. In this work Hennessy documents some of the grimmest poverty to be found anywhere in the country with large families in single rooms, no sanitation and no privacy. He depicts a woman reading a newspaper on the landing with another woman looking out nervously from her doorway at a time of war. The work is estimated at 8,000-10,000. 

    The Anglo collection was acquired mostly through artists agents and galleries and offers a selection of mostly contemporary North American artists at price guides ranging from 500 to  2,000. Three of the works, in sets of nine, five and three respectively, are more  expensively estimated.  They are Glass Series 2004 by Kermit Berg (4,000-5,000);  Scene Studies 2000 by Carla Arocha (3,000-5,000) and Seething City This is and We Experience by Gabart Farrar (2,000-3,000).

    The Irish Farm by Margaret Clarke at James Adam (12,000-16,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
    Air, Water, Light Bahamas by Tony O’Malley at Whyte’s (40,000-60,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    CHANGING HABITS OF IRISH AUCTION GOERS

    Sunday, November 10th, 2019

    The 158 lots on offer at the James Adam Mid-Century Modern evening sale in Dublin on November 19 demonstrate the changing habits of Irish auction goers and Irish auction houses. Buyers have largely turned their back on what can be described as ordinary antique furniture and no auctioneer can survive merely by offering this. Diversification has brought Italian made armchairs, glass topped 1950’s coffee tables, Murano glass pieces, furniture by noted designers, Art Deco wall lights, drinks trolleys, chrome side tables and even a pair of pear wood side tables by Pierluigi Ghianda for Christian Dior into the mix on offer at this sale.

    There is art by Mark Francis, Cecil King, Alice Maher, John Burke, Charles Tyrrell, Eilis O’Connell, Albert Irvin, Janet Mullarney, Sonja Landweer, Andy Warhol, Alan Davie, Patrick Graham and Robert Ballagh.  Viewing gets underway in Dublin next Friday.

    Welded steel sculpture by John Burke. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    ART TOPS LOTS AT ADAMS MID CENTURY MODERN SALE

    Thursday, November 7th, 2019

    The most expensively estimated lots at the James Adam Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin on November 19 are all artworks. Linear Access by Mark Francis has an estimate of 15,000-25,000; Mother and Child (screenprint) by Andy Warhol; Mayo Series, Approaching Storm by Patrick Graham; Exposed Painting, Pewter by Callum Innes and Piccadilly by Albert Irvin are all estimated at 10,000-15,000. The evening auction of 158 lots Italian and Danish design furniture, Murano glass and a variety of collectibles.

    MARK FRANCIS (b.1962)
    Linear Axis. UPDATE: THIS MADE 31,000 AT HAMMER

    IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM ON OCTOBER 23

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019

    The selection of Irish art on offer at the James Adam evening sale in Dublin on October 23 is deeply impressive.  This private collection contains great examples of work by Yeats, Henry, Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, May Guinness, Mary Swanzy, Nano Reid, Grace Henry, le Brocquy, Barrie Cook, Tony O’Malley and many more.Without resorting to much hyperbole Adams describe the Antoinette and Patrick Murphy collection as the most important single owner collection of Irish art ever to have taken place in Ireland.  They expect the auction of 200 lots to bring in more than a million euro.  Sotheby’s sold the US based Brian P. Burns collection of Irish art for more than £3.3 million in London last year and will offer 12 works from the Murphy collection at sales in London and Paris in the coming months. Patrick and Antoinette Murphy – he is a former chairman of the Arts Council, she opened the Peppercannister Gallery in 1999 – are downsizing.  Adams is impressed with the breadth and depth of their collection where early works by artists like Nathanial Hone were placed alongside contemporary artists like Basil Blackshaw. Estimates vary widely.  One of the highlights of the sale is Mary Swanzy’s White Tower which dates to 1926 and is estimated at 80,000-100,000. The catalogue is online.

    The White Tower by Mary Swanzy UPDATE: THIS MADE 90,000 AT HAMMER

    THE ORIGINAL VALENTINE FROM VALENTINE’S AT AINTREE

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

    ONE of the more unusual lots at the magnificent Country House Collections sale by James Adam is a painting of a famous horse complete with its skull. Valentine and Splendour are two historically important racehorses and each one is depicted in a pair of sporting paintings attributed to William Brocas. Valentine is best known for his performance at the 1840 Grand National in which he came third. A fence at Aintree is named after Valentine to this day. The horses’ skull is included in the lot which has come down through the Power family of Gurteen and Curraghchase.

    More than 720 lots will come under the hammer at the James Adam sale at Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co. Louth on October 15.

    VALENTINE from one of a pair of equestrian portraits estimated at 15,000-20,000 UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A SUNDAY INTERIORS SALE AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

    THE first Sunday interior sale of the new season at Dublin auctioneers James Adam takes place on September 8. It will feature antique furniture and collectibles in porcelain, silver, glass and art. The most expensively estimated lot is a Dutch landscape by Nicolaas Johannes Roosenboom (1805-1880) (2,500-3,500). These Sunday sales offer something for both new and established collectors. The catalogue, which is online, shows 454 lots.

    IRISH WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY FRAMED LIBRARY ARMCHAIR, c.1830 (400-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER

    AT HOME SALE AT JAMES ADAM DUBLIN

    Friday, June 28th, 2019

    The At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin at 11.30 a.m. on June 30 features a wide variety of lots including silver, art, antique furniture, jewellery and collectibles including a Lalique Ceylan glass vase and some Russian Gardner porcelain figures made in Moscow in the 19th century. The catalogue is online.

    A Russian Gardner porcelain figure of a peasant woman, Moscow, 19th century (1,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,500 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, June 7th, 2019

    Viewing gets underway in Dublin today for the auction of Important Irish Art at James Adam on June 12 at 6 pm. Prime lots include Homeward Bound by Sean Keating (60,000-80,000), Cottages in a Landscape by Paul Henry (60,000-80,000), Low Water, Spring Tide, Clifden by Jack B. Yeats (40,000-60,000) and Cuchulainn VIII, 1999, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy (30,000-50,000). The selection is broad and the catalogue is online.

    Seán Keating PRHA (1889-1977)
    Homeward Bound UPDATE: THIS MADE 76,000 AT HAMMER

    ALL THE JEWELS AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019

    A girls best friend and more will come under the hammer at the James Adam sale of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin at 6 p.m. on May 14. The two most expensive lots in this auction are single stone diamond rings each estimated at 20,000-30,000. A c2000 cultured pearl and diamond Pushkin cocktail bracelet watch by Chopard is estimated at 20,000-25,000.

    A single stone brilliant cut diamond ring UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 20,000

    Adams jewellery specialist Claire-Laurence Mestrallet invited the fashion editor, stylist and author Annmarie O’Connor to go through the catalogue.  At the top of her wish list was an original 1930’s minaudiere or strapless evening back with an Art Deco vibe.  By Van Cleef and Arpels and with a diamond and ruby lid it is estimated at 15,000-20,000.  Many famous makers are represented in this auction, for which the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: The sale brought in 810,000 with a sell rate of over 70%. The top lot was a c1955 gold and diamond coffee bean demi-parure by Cartier which made 34,000.

    A diamond and ruby set evening bag by Van Cleef and Arpels UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER