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    ANTIQUE IRISH SILVER CHALICE SELLS FOR £20,000

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020

    A Charles I Irish provincial silver chalice dating from 1643 sold for £20,000 over a top estimate of £6,000 at Sotheby’s online sale of decorative and fine art in London yesterday. With an inscription reading ‘This Challice was made for Terlagh O Briene and Ellinorie Brieñe of Comoragh the 26th of 8bre [i.e. October] 1643″ it is from the collection of the late Garech Browne at Luggala in Co. Wicklow. Comoragh Castle was in Co. Waterford.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 11, 2020).

    A CORK CLOCK AT SOTHEBY’S ONLINE

    Monday, May 18th, 2020

    A fine Cork clock from the collection of the late Garech Browne at Luggala comes up at Sotheby’s Decorative and Fine art online sale which runs to May 20.  The c1780 George III mahogany and Chinoiseries carved fretwork longcase clock by James Aickin is reasonably estimated at just £800-1,200.  Several other lots of Irish interest in this sale include an Irish provincial silver chalice from 1643, also from Luggala.Part of Garech Browne’s cellar is scheduled to come up at Fonsie Mealy’s next online sale at the end of June.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE £1,625

    COLLECTION OF MAYFAIR DEALER DANNY KATZ ONLINE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, May 15th, 2020

    A total of 140 works from the collection of London dealer Danny Katz will be offered at a dedicated online sale at Sotheby’s from May 20-27. They span a wide range of collecting disciplines including Antiquities, Old Master and 19th Century paintings and drawings, Modern British art and European sculpture. The Mayfair dealer said: “As I near my 72nd birthday I want to slow down my business and work differently, turning my focus to my interests in philanthropy, academia, music, dance and neurology. This is an opportunity for others to start collecting. An opportunity for people who are spending more time in their homes right now to explore and buy something reasonably priced and beautiful, and when they get them home, to enjoy them as much as I have.”

    The Daniel Katz Galery will donate 100% of the sale of ten works to raise vital funds for two national charities, Refuge and Trussell Trust. The funds will be split equally between the two organisations who are providing essential support for those most in need during the pandemic.

    This has been an unprecedented year for online sales at Sotheby’s. More than 50 dedicated online sales have totalled over $80 million.

    Estelle by the Irish American artist Sir James Jebusa Shannon RA (1862-1923) (£50,000-70,000).

    ANTIQUE IRISH CHALICE AT SOTHEBY’S ONLINE SALE

    Monday, May 11th, 2020

    A Charles I Irish provincial silver chalice dating from 1643 is among the lots at Sotheby’s Decorative and Fine Art online sale which runs until May 20. From the collection of the late Garech Browne at Luggala, Co. Wicklow it is estimated at £4,000-6,000. The inscription reads: ‘This Challice was made for Terlagh O Briene and Ellinorie Brieñe of Comoragh the 26th of 8bre [i.e. October] 1643′. Comoragh Castle was in Co. Waterford.

    The year 1643 found Ireland in turmoil at the beginning of the Confederate Wars (1641-1652). Hostilities had begun in 1641 when a group of Catholic landowners unsuccessfully challenged the English administration in Ireland under Charles I. Their aim had been to gain concessions for Catholics but their defeat led to widespread unrest when English Protestant settlers suffered attacks by the native Irish population. It is believed that Terlagh and Eleanor O’Brien sought safety in Kilconnell, co. Galway, 110 miles north of the disturbances in the vicinity of their native Comeragh.

    THE 1643 CHALICE. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £20,000

    CUSTOM MADE FOR A PRINCE OF MUSIC

    Monday, May 11th, 2020

    Prince’s 1984 custom made blue cloud guitar became part of his iconography after featuring in Purple Rain. It comes up at Julien’s Music Icons sale in Beverly Hills on June 19-20 with an estimate of $100,000-200,000.  As well as Prince the sale will feature memorabilia relating to Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, the Rollings Stones, Queen, David Bowie, The Police, Guns N’Roses, Bob Marley, Elton John, Phish, Whitney Houston and many more.

    The original Bob Dylan lyrics for his Blond on Blond album are included in Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Childrens Books and Illustrations sale which runs online until May 12.  They are estimated at £12,000-15,000.

    Prince’s Blue Cloud guitar

    STING TOPS THE BILL FOR NOW – THEN STOLE THE SHOW!

    Friday, May 8th, 2020

    AS of the morning of May 8 in Europe a private virtual recording with Sting is the most popular lot at Sotheby’s Mayday Covid-19 charity auction which runs to 7 pm New York time today. The sale of virtual experiences to aid the International Rescue Committee is heavily subscribed. The private virtual recording with Sting has been bid up to $38,000 and has so far attracted 63 bids.

    UPDATE: THE recording session with Sting eventually sold for $137,500 and was the most expensive lot in a 24 lot auction which raised $451,375. Charles Stewart, Sotheby’s CEO, commented: “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support we received for this special charity auction to raise much-needed funds for the International Rescue Committee and their Covid relief efforts. We are also extremely grateful to our partner Google for providing the support needed to bring these virtual experiences to life, as well as sincerely thankful to each participant who so generously donated their time for this important cause.”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 27, 2020)

    Sting

    DOUBLE PORTRAIT BY BLACKSHAW AT AUCTION

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

    The catalogue note by Eamonn Mallie tells us that Basil Blackshaw was not normally given to making double portraits. Graham and Jude was an exception almost by accident. At the heart of Northern Ireland’s art scene Graham and Jude Gingles – he a sculptor and painter, she Blackshaw’s sitter for more than three decades with a doctorate in anthropology – attended a party at the home of Northern Ireland sculptor Bob Sloan in 2001. There Blackshaw executed a quick sketch of his good friends and prevailed on Bob Sloan to take some photographs of the couple. The artist identified the potential in the backdrop of the parallel lines of the venetian blinds sliced down the middle by the two figures. The resulting portrait is lot 88 at Sotheby’s Eclectic online auction which runs to May 18. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

    BASIL BLACKSHAW, H.R.H.A | GRAHAM AND JUDE

    INCREASED COLLECTOR ENGAGEMENT IN A CHANGED WORLD

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

    With 37 online auctions totalling nearly $70 million since March Sotheby’s reports increased collector engagement. An update today from ceo Charles Stewart highlighted their plan to hold evening and day sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art in New York the week of June, 29 pending the lifting of certain restrictions and confirmation from the relevant authorities. The Spring sales series in Hong Kong will take place from July 5-11.

    Sotheby’s has invested in its “buy now” capability with significant inventory for sale. The Gallery Network launched with some of New York’s most pre-eminent galleries allows galleries make immediate sales through Sotheby’s website. The ceo reports continued demand and competition for rare and iconic works across categories. A Cartier tutti frutti bracelet achieved $1.3 million last week.

    Roy Lichtenstein’s White Brushstroke I from 1965 will be a highlight Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in New York on the week beginning June 29.

    AN ARRESTING IMAGE OF KATE MOSS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

    Sotheby’s is offering an arresting image of Kate Moss in a torn veil, Marrakesh 1993  by Albert Watson at an online sale entitled Eclectic, London which runs to  May 7. It is estimated at £7,000-10,000.  Bonhams will offer British and Irish art online on May 12 with Irish lots by artists Cecil Maguire, Graham Knuttel and  William Crozier. Meantime the London Original Print Fair, normally held at the Royal Academy, is online this year. It continues for the entire month of May.

    IRISH BIBLE FROM 1690 AT SOTHEBY’S ONLINE SALE

    Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

    An Irish bible from 1690 comes up at an online sale of English literature, Children’s Books and illustrations running at Sotheby’s London from May 5-12. The pocket edition was published at the expense of the Hon. Robert Boyle and others in Roman letter expressly for the use of the Gaelic-speaking Highlanders of Scotland. The transliteration from Irish letter was made by Robert Kirk, minister of Aberfoyle and author of the metrical Psalter in Gaelic of 1684. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500.