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    RUSSBOROUGH ARTWORKS SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, July 8th, 2016

    Three works of art from the Alfred Beit Foundation at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow, originally due to have been sold at Christie’s in London a year ago, were sold this week.  Venus Supplicating Jupiter by Sir Peter Paul Rubens sold for £1,314,500.  Two Views of Venice by Francesco Guardi each sold for  £164,500.  There was controversy over the sale by the Foundation, a charitable trust at runs Russborough, which led to its postponement.  The Trust said they needed the money for necessary repairs and maintenance.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1, 2015)

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN, WESTPHALIA 1577-1640 ANTWERP) VENUS SUPPLICATING JUPITER sold for £1,314,500

    SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN, WESTPHALIA 1577-1640 ANTWERP)
    VENUS SUPPLICATING JUPITER sold for £1,314,500

    Francesco Guardi - Piazza San Marco, Venice sold for £164,500

    Francesco Guardi – Piazza San Marco, Venice sold for £164,500

    A RESCUED RUBENS FOR IRELAND’S NATIONAL GALLERY?

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    It looks as if the Rubens from Russborough and other artworks scheduled to auctioned at Christie’s last July have now been rescued for the relatively impecunious Irish state. Rubens Head of a Bearded Man was the main lot in a planned sale of works from Russborough in Co. Wicklow designed to raise funds to maintain the house and grounds.  It is reported that the businessman Denis O’Brien has bought the Rubens for more than two million euro, though he has refused to confirm this.

    The Russborough Foundation said the process of finding donors for the works is ongoing. Under the S1003 scheme designed to encourage donations to Irish cultural institutions a taxpayer can write off 80% of the purchase cost with a ceiling of six million in respect of any single year. It is also reported that businessman John Gallagher has paid just under one million for another one of the works, The Adoration of the Shepherds by Adriaen Van Ostade, with the intention that it goes on display at the National Gallery. The businessman Lochlann Quinn has already acquired A Village Kermesse near Antwerp by David Teniers the Younger from the Russborough collection for the National Gallery.  All the works had been in storage and had not been seen in public for many years.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1, 2015).

    IADA COMES OUT AGAINST SALE OF RUSSBOROUGH PAINTINGS

    Thursday, June 18th, 2015
    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) has come out against the proposed sale of eight works from the collection at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow at Christie’s. A statement from George Stacpoole, President of the IADA says it is in full support of any move to halt the sale of the Beit paintings. “The feeling of the Association is that, as these works of art were left to the Irish Nation, for the enjoyment of those living in Ireland and those frequenting Ireland, these international works of art should never have been allowed to be put up for sale”.

    They said that as the art was left as a gift to the nation and accepted as such the current government must bear responsibility of both the upkeep of Russborough House and the works of art housed within. “It must be recognised that these treasures are not only important for their unique values, but also as a source of revenue to the Irish State, as many tourists frequent Ireland just to see such wonderful treasures”.

    Works of art by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, David Teniers the Younger and Francesco Guardi are among the paintings from Russborough due to be sold at Christie’s in London in July.  The Alfred Beit Foundation said that the challenges in funding a house such as Russborough are immense.  Russborough needs a million euro a year to fund its operational costs. They say they are the owner of the relevant paintings, which were not left to the State by the Beits, and explored every other credible option before deciding on sale. As late as 2005, Lady Clementine Beit gave her personal collection of Italian bronzes to the Foundation with specific instructions that they be sold to help defray the costs of keeping Russborough open.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 11 and May 1, 2015).

    RUBENS, TENIERS AND GUARDI FROM RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, May 1st, 2015
    Russborough House.

    Russborough House.

    Works of art by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, David Teniers the Younger and Francesco Guardi are among eight paintings from Russborough House to be sold at Christie’s in London in July.  They are being sold by The Alfred Beit Foundation to safeguard the long term future of Russborough in Co. Wicklow.

    Two magnificent panels by Rubens – Head of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) and Venus and Jupiter (£1.2-1.8 million) – lead the Old Masters to be offered. A Kermesse (religious festival) by David Teniers the Younger dating to the 1640’s is estimated at £1.2-1.8 million, Adoration of the Shepherds by Adriaen van Ostade is estimated at £600,000-800,000 and a pair of Venetian views by Franceso Guardi is estimated at £300,000-500,000.  They come up at Christie’s Old Master evening auction in London on July 9 and will be exhibited in New York, Hong Kong and London prior to the sale.

    Three further lots to be sold are Francois Boucher’s Aurore et Amour tenant une torche (£30,000-50,000) at the Old Master Drawings auction on July 7.  Two views of Yew Court, Scalby, Scarborough by John Atkinson Grimshaw will come up at the sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art on June 16. They are estimated at £50,000-70,000 each.

    Built almost 300 years ago Russborough is in continuing need of restoration and improvements to the main house, the wings, the colonnades, outbuildings, estate grounds, walkways, water features and visitor facilities. Acquired in 1952 by Sir Alfred Beit it was the scene of four major art robberies. In 1986 Sir Alfred and Lady Beit made a gift of many of the most celebrated works from their world famous art collection to the National Gallery of Ireland.  These included masterpieces by Vermeer, Gabriel Metsu, Jacob van Ruisdael, Goya and Gainsborough, all now house in the Beit Wing at the gallery.
    Following the four notorious robberies in the 1970’s, ’80’s and early 2000’s six of the eight lots being auctioned have not been in view or even in storage at the house for many years. Judith Woodworth, chair of the Alfred Beit Foundation, said the endowment fund to be established with the proceeds is an absolute necessity.  The roofs, stonework, electrical and heating systems all need attention, the interiors need refurbishment and conservation.
    UPDATE:  Christie’s formally withdrew the works following a request from the Beit Foundation for a postponement.
    Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Venus and Jupiter (£1.2-1.8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
    Venus and Jupiter (£1.2-1.8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Francesco Guardi (1712-1793).  One of a pair of Venetian views: >The Piazza San Marco looking towards the Basilica  © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Francesco Guardi (1712-1793). One of a pair of Venetian views:
    >The Piazza San Marco looking towards the Basilica © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens - Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 201

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690)  - A village inn with peasants dancing and merry making to the music of a hurdy-gurdy (£1.2-1.8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) – A village inn with peasants dancing and merry making to the music of a hurdy-gurdy (£1.2-1.8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015