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    LARGEST FANCY NATURAL COLOUR BLACK DIAMOND IN THE WORLD

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

    The Enigma, a 555.55 Carat Fancy Black Diamond, comes up online at Sotheby’s next month as part of RE(LUX), a Luxury Sale Series. A treasure from interstellar space, The Enigma is extremely rare and the largest Fancy Black Natural Colour diamond in the world. It was listed as the largest cut diamond in the world in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records. It is thought to have been created either from a meteoric impact or having emerged from a diamond-bearing asteroid that collided with Earth. 

    Cryptocurrency will be accepted as payment on the diamond, reflecting the fact that cryptocurrency has started to make its mark in the world of physical art and objects. Sotheby’s leads the way in the jewellery market, and last year.

    The Enigma

    A WORK THAT CAPTURES THE PARADOX OF MAGRITTE’S ORIGINALITY

    Thursday, January 13th, 2022
    René Magritte, L’empire des lumières, 1961

    René Magritte’s L’empire des lumières captures the visual paradox that lies at the heart of the artist’s originality. With an estimate in excess of $60 million this masterpiece of 20th century art will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary evening auction in London on March 2. It has been on loan to the Musée Magritte in Brussels from 2009-2020. It was created in 1961 for Baroness Anne-Marie Gillion Crowet, the daughter of Magritte’s patron the Belgian Surrealist collector Pierre Crowet, and has remained in the family ever since. 

    PORTRAIT BY SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE WITH AN IRISH LINK AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, January 10th, 2022
    Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
    Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne

    This portrait of Thomas Dawson by Sir Thomas Lawrence comes up at Sotheby’s online Master Paintings sale part II which opens in New York on January 18 and runs to January 28. It is estimated at $40,000-60,000. The sale includes a number of important Renaissance devotional paintings, 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, portraiture across the ages, landscapes and still lifes.

    Thomas Dawson was born in 1725, the third son of Richard Dawson of Dawson Grove, Monaghan, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Vesey, Archbishop of Tuam. He was a member of Parliament for Monaghan from 1749 to 1768. In 1770 he was made Baron Dartrey of Dawson’s Grove; in June 1785, Viscount Cremorne; and in November 1797 was named Baron Cremorne of Castle Dawson. He was first married to Anne Fermor, youngest daughter of the 1st Earl of Pomfret. Following her death in 1769, Dawson married Philadelphia Hannah Freame, daughter of Thomas Freame and granddaughter of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. Viscount Cremorne died in 1813. As he had no heirs, his titles became extinct.

    RARE SET OF FOUR TORCHERES AT SOTHEBY’S ROYAL AND NOBLE SALE

    Friday, January 7th, 2022
    Set of four George II mahogany torchères c1740

    This set of four torcheres come up as lot 69 at Sotheby’s Royal and Nobel sale, online from today until January 20. To have a set of four mahogany torchères from one source is extremely rare as they are often found as pairs. Originally used to supplement the fixed lighting arrangements in large rooms, torchères played an important role in the 17th and 18th century interior. The refined form of those in the present lot highlights the quality of the mahogany used in construction. According to Sotheby’s it seems that those offered here were bought or commissioned for the Long Gallery at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. They are estimated at £6,000-9,000.

    HISTORIC WRITING CASKET WITH AN IRISH CONNECTION

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2022
    Rare English Enamel Writing Casket 

    This c1775 English enamel writing casket bears the arms of Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1751-55. It comes up at Sotheby’s live sale of American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts in New York on January 19 with an estimate of $15,000-25,000. Measuring ten and a half inches long it is thought to be probably Birmingham.

    BOTTICELLI’S MAN OF SORROWS AT SOTHEBY’S THIS MONTH

    Sunday, January 2nd, 2022
    Sandro Botticelli – The Man of Sorrows

    A link between Botticelli and the buses, unknown to art history, has emerged on the art market.  You wait for ever and then two come along more or less together.  One of the last great masterpieces by the Renaissance master will highlight Sothebys annual Masters Week sale series in New York later this month.  The Man of Sorrows is estimated to make in excess of $40 million (€35.4 million).  It is a late period work from a time when the artist was greatly influenced by the fanatical preaching of hellfire Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola. The most distinctive features are the frontal presentation of the stunningly modern human portrayal of the resurrected Christ and a halo of angels holding the instruments of the passion.

    Works by Botticelli are exceedingly rare. In January 2021 Sotheby’s sold Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel for $92.2 million (€81.78 million).  It is the most valuable Old Master painting ever sold at auction.

    Sandro Botticelli – Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel.

    MARBLE AND HARDSTONES AT SOTHEBY’S ONLINE SALE

    Wednesday, December 29th, 2021
    A South Italian pietre dure, mother-of-pearl and marble table top, Naples, ate 17th century

    This late 17th century Italian table top in the manner of Cosimo Fanzago comes up at Sotheby’s Stone III sale online in London from January 3-19. It is estimated at £50,000-70,000. Exquisite works of art, objects and pieces furniture made of, or incorporating, marbles, hardstones and micromosaics feature in an auction which explores the incredibly rich use of these materials in European Decorative Arts, with an emphasis on their rarity, colour and craftmanship.

    GOOD YEAR FOR IRISH ARTISTS – ESTABLISHED AND UP AND COMING

    Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
    Cian McLoughlin – Eruption

    Eruption by Cian McLoughlin sold for £52,950 at Sotheby’s in London in November in what has been a very good year for Irish art and artists, established and up and coming. The top estimate was £18,000. McLoughlin features in in Ireland’s National Collection and is participating in the blockbuster Grayson Perry Art Club and Exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery until next September. Based on Perry’s tv series this is a show made by the public, established artists, and celebrities as powerful and very personal responses to the pandemic. Collectively, they form a lasting artistic record of these unprecedented times.

    PORTRAIT BY CHARLES JERVAS AT SOTHEBY’S ROYAL AND NOBLE SALE

    Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
    Studio of Charles Jervas (1675-1739)
    Portrait of a lady, said to be Catherine, Lady Paisley

    This oil on canvas portrait by the Irish artist Charles Jervas comes up at Sotheby’s online Royal and Noble sale in London which ends on January 20 with an estimate of £4,000-6,000. The sitter is said to be Catherine, Lady Paisley, wife of James Hamilton, Lord Paisley. Born in Co. Offaly Jervas succeeded Sir Godfrey Kneller as principal painter in ordinary to King George I in 1723 and was a popular artist often referred to in works by literary figures of the period. His portraits of his friends Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope are in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Bidding for the Royal and Noble sale opens on January 3.

    TREASURE TROVE OF ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH LITERATURE SAVED FOR UK

    Thursday, December 16th, 2021
    Robert Burns First Commonplace Book

    The most important Brontë material to come to light in a generation and two of the greatest Scottish manuscripts in private hands are among a treasure trove of English and Scottish literature at the Honresfield Library saved for the nation in the UK. The Friends of the National Libraries (FNL) has just announced that it has successfully raised over £15 million to acquire the historic manuscripts and books which includes manuscripts by the Brontës, Jane Austen, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. FNL will donate every manuscript and printed book to libraries and writers’ houses across the UK so that they are accessible to everyone.

    Earlier this year Sotheby’s announced that the manuscripts, first editions, letters and bindings that make up the legendary Honresfield Library – assembled with passion by self-made Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century – were to be offered at auction in a series of three sales starting in July 2021. Working together with the UK charity FNL Sotheby’s agreed to postpone the commencement of the auctions to allow for negotiations for the entirety of the library to be acquired by a consortium of institutions for the nation.

    Following the appeal to public and private donors over the course of the past few months, FNL has successfully raised over £15 million to purchase the library for the nation.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 25 and June 17, 2021)