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    IRELAND/FRANCE: ART, LITERATURE, WINE AT SOTHEBY’S PARIS

    Friday, February 18th, 2022

    Irish delegates, with Eamon de Valera (centre), gather for ‘The World Congress of the Irish Race’, 1922, Paris

    A dedicated cross category sale entitled Ireland / France: Art, Literature, Wine will take place at Sotheby’s Paris on May 16. It will coincide with the cententary of The World Congress of the Irish Race when the newly founded Irish State participated in a week-long international conference in Paris. The aim of the event was to promote an independent Ireland on a world stage and display the country’s artistic and cultural uniqueness. For the occasion, a major, month-long Irish art exhibition of 300 works was also staged at Galeries Barbazanges a bold statement in the art capital of the world.

    Sotheby’s, which is currently seeking consignments for the sale in May, will offer key works by Ireland’s leading artists and writers with French connections or who were represented in the 1922 World Congress. France’s vineyards have also long attracted Irish connoisseurs and the sale will include a select group of lots with Irish links. Ulysses by James Joyce was first published in Paris in December 2020. There will be an online auction from May 9 – 16.

    Sotheby’s is currently seeking works by a variety of artists including August Burke, Harry Clarke, William Conor, Eileen Gray, Rowan Gillespie, Paul Henry, Mainie Jellett, Jack Yeats, William Leech, John Lavery, Countess Markievicz, Roderic O’Conor, Frank O’Meara, Louis le Brocquy, Walter Osborne, Evie Hone, William Scott, Sean Scully, Mary Swanzy, Leo Whelan and the writers James Joyce, J.M. Synge, Oscar Wilde and W B Yeats.

    FIVE MONETS AND A MAGRITTE

    Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

    NO less than five works by Claude Monet and a 1961 masterwork by René Magritte will highlight Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary evening auction in London on March 2. The sale spans Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Monet x Monet from an American collection presents five works by Claude Monet (with estimates of from £1.2 million to £15 million) painted during a formative fifteen-year period during his career, charting the artist’s pivot from an Impressionist painter to the father of Abstract Expressionism. 

    Claude Monet – Les Demoiselles de Giverny. UPDATE: THIS WAS THE ONLY ONE OF THE MONET’S TO REMAIN UNSOLD

    Magritte’s L’empire des lumières captures the visual paradox that lies at the heart of the artist’s originality. The instantly recognisable work 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.

    Rene Magritte – L’empire des lumières. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 59,422,000 GBP

    Here is a video from Sotheby’s about the Monet’s in the sale:

    THE ENIGMA BLACK DIAMOND SOLD FOR £3.16 MILLION IN CRYPTOCURRENCY

    Thursday, February 10th, 2022
    The Enigma

    The Enigma black diamond, weighing in at 555.55 carats, sold at Sotheby’s for £3.16 million. The buyer paid in cryptocurrency. The origins of the billion year old carbonado stone are shrouded in mystery and one theory is that it was carried to earth by an asteroid.

    Sotheby’s did not identify the purchaser but after the auction cryptocurrency entrepreneur Richard Heart took to social media to claim that he was the buyer of The Enigma. He told his more than 180,000 Twitter followers that “as soon as the payment’s gone through and possession’s been taken” the gem would be renamed the “HEX.com diamond”, in reference to the blockchain platform he founded.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 18, 2022)

    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.

    The Enigma. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £3,161,000

    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. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $100,800

    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. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR £37,800.

    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 UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    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. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $45.5 MILLION

    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. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £63,000

    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.