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    SCULLY’S LINOSA AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    A 1985 oil on canvas by Sean Scully comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art day auction in New York on May 17. Linosa is estimated at $300,000-400,000. It was exhibited at the Princeton show A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton Art Faculty 1975-1985.

    Sean Scully – Linosa

    LEONARDO’S LEDA AND THE SWAN ON SHOW IN NEW YORK

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    Leonardo da Vinci’s Leda and the Swan – one of the jewels of the famed Devonshire Collection – is to be included at Sotheby’s Treasures from Chatsworth exhibition in New York this summer.

    Created by Leonardo c1506 in Florence or Milan circa1506 – while he was working on the Mona Lisa – Leda and the Swan is a mythological preparatory drawing in pen, ink and wash. The work represents one of Da Vinci’s earliest designs for a composition of Leda, wife of the King of Sparta, and Jupiter, who has taken the form of a swan to seduce her. Hatching from the eggs at Leda’s feet are their offspring: the twins, Helen (later Helen of Troy) and Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. The drawing was acquired by the Devonshire collection in the first half of the 18th century. The painting for which the drawing served as a study did not survive.

    More than 40 masterworks have been selected for the Treasures from Chatsworth exhibition to represent the remarkable breadth of the Devonshire Collection – fine art from Rembrandt van Rijn to Lucian Freud, furniture and decorative objects from the 16th century to 21st-century design, and exceptional jewels, costumes, and archive materials commemorating historic occasions. It will run from June 28 to September 18 at Sotheby’s galleries at 1334 York Avenue, New York.

    Da Vini – Leda 001

    CLAUDIA CARDINALE’S WARDROBE ANYONE?

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

    Around 130 couture and ready-to-wear items from the wardrobe of ’60’s icon and award-winning film star Claudia Cardinale will come up at an online sale by Sotheby’s from June 28 to July 4. They were all created by the leading Italian designers of the day including Emilio Schuberth, Roberto Capucci, Irene Galitzine, Barocco and Balestra, as well as the Parisian house Nina Ricci, which regularly dressed the actress during the 1960s.

    Among the leading items is a long gown in fuchsia organza embroidered with floral motifs by Livia, worn by Cardinale for her first appearance at Cannes Film Festival in 1961 (estimate: €3,000-€4,000). There is a sheath dress entirely covered in black sequins and trimmed with pink and blue flowers, by Nina Ricci (Haute Couture collection, autumn-winter 1963-1964), which the actress modelled at the 37th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1965 as a presenter alongside Steve McQueen (estimate: €6,000-€8,000).

    DUTCH GOLDEN AGE WORKS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

    Works from the SOR Rusche collection, including this landscape with a view of Leiden, will come up at Sotheby’s Old Masters May sale on May 8. More will feature in an online sale on May 10, at Sotheby’s Old Masters day sale in London on July 4 and in another online auction next October.

    Spurred by the ethos ‘the best of the smallest’, four generations of the Rusche family built a collection of works by artists, many of whom, despite being held in high esteem in their day, were subsequently overshadowed by some of the biggest names in art history. A total of 225 works are to be sold across various auctions at Sotheby’s thisyear.

    Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos, Landscape with a view of Leiden £20,000 – 30,000

    TOULOUSE-LAUTREC’S IRISH HAUNT IN PARIS

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    Away from bohemian Montmartre The Irish and American Bar on the Rue Royale on Paris’ upscale Right Bank was Toulouse-Lautrec’s favourite haunt. This was the setting for a poster advertising the American journal, The Chap Book. An 1895 lithograph in colours by Toulouse Lautrec of The Chap Book comes up at Sotheby’s prints and multiples day sale in New York on April 30. From a private collection in Chicago it is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

    HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
    1864 – 1901
    IRISH AND AMERICAN BAR, RUE ROYALE – THE CHAP BOOK 

    MONET’S HAYSTACKS AT SOTHEBY’S IN MAY

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

    A painting from Claude Monet’s iconic Haystacks series will highight Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 14. Meules from 1890 is one of only four works from the series to come to auction this century and one of eight in private hands.  The other 17 examples reside in the distinguished collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris and, perhaps most notably, six in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is estimated to sell for more than US$55 million.

    Claude Monet, Meules, 1890 UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $110.7 MILLION A WORLD RECORD FOR MONET

    MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS LOST IN WAR RETURNED TO BONN UNIVERSITY

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019

    More than 600 books and manuscripts lost during the Second World War were today returned to Bonn University in Germany. The repatriation was facilitated by Sotheby’s. The books were discovered in a Belgian private collection. This is one of the largest single returns of objects lost during the war. Among them are numerous historical works of high cultural and material importance, including medieval and modern manuscripts, medieval documents, historical maps, early 15th-century prints, rare prints of the 16th century and numerous colored bird books. The most valuable bird book is Audobon’s The Birds of America.

    How exactly the books and manuscripts found their way to Belgium is not known. It is possible that they were taken by Belgian soldiers in the years after the war. Curator of Manuscripts and Historic Books at ULB, Dr. Michael Herkenhoff said: Many valuable volumes were stored between 1946 and 1950 in a bunker in Bonn. They may have been stolen during the period of the Belgian occupation in Bonn.”

    Charlotte Miller, Specialist in Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby’s in London explained that in 2017 a large collection of books was offered to Sotheby’s from a private collection in Belgium. Many had their library stamps expunged, bindings removed or title pages destroyed. Sotheby’s set out to discovered the true provenance of the library. The medieval manuscripts were listed on Bonn University’s Inventory of Losses.

    Left: A manuscript of the “Comoediae” of Terenz, written in the 13th century

    Centre: Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin [southern Netherlands (Bruges), c.1460-70

    Right: John James Audubon, The Birds of America from drawings made in the United States, printed in New York between 1840 and 1844 in 7 volumes


    A PRE-SCREEN CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE

    Monday, March 25th, 2019

    A cinematic masterpiece by Jean-Léon Gérôme will lead Sotheby’s annual Orientalist Sale in London on April 30. Rider and His Steed in the Desert is a unique work in Gérôme’s oeuvre. Dating to 1872 this highly charged picture captures both the stoicism of the North African tribespeople and a heroic struggle between man and nature. Estimated at £1-1.5 million the oil is one of five works by Gérôme in a sale comprising 79 paintings, watercolours and sculptures that together offer fascinating historical insights into the Arab, Ottoman, and Islamic worlds during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Claude Piening, Sotheby’s Head of Orientalist Paintings remarked: Rider and his Steed, the highlight of the sale, is an especially powerful and emotional image of a moment of tenderness between man and beast against the backdrop of the sun-drenched desert. Cinematic in its conception even before the medium of film existed, with its wide-angle perspective and bright luminosity, the viewer is drawn into the scene which engages our imagination and our empathy.

    Jean-Léon GérômeRider and his Steed in the Desert

    NEW RECORD OF £1.1 MILLION FOR ANY ITEM SOLD ONLINE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

    There was a new record for any item sold in an online only auction at Sotheby’s when Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science Prize medal made £1.1 million. It led a white glove online only auction of 27 lots from von Hayek’s personal collection. More than 1,000 bids were placed on the 27 lots.

    Elsewhere in the sale, von Hayek’s personal underlined and annotated copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, estimated at £3,000-5,000, sold for £150,000. The Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to von Hayek by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, estimated at £10,000-15,000, reached £112,500.

    The auction brought in £2.04 million, quadruple the pre -sale estimate.

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 3, 2019.

    The Nobel Prize awarded for Economic Science in 1974

    The previous benchmark for the most valuable item ever sold in a Sotheby’s online-only sale was $800,000, achieved the only complete archive of Supreme skate decks ain private hands which sold to Vancouver Collector Carson Guo in January 2019.

    AN ICON OF FRENCH ACADEMIC PAINTING TO HIGHLIGHT SOTHEBY’S NY SALE

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    La Jeunesse de Bacchus, the largest work of William Bouguereau’s career and an icon of French academic painting, will highlight Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art sales in New York on May 14.  The monumental canvas stands 20 feet in length and 11 feet in height. It has been in Bouguereau’s studio in Paris since it was completed in 1884 – the culmination of two years of work.   It has left the studio only three times;  when initially presented at the Salon in 1884, followed by exhibitions in London and Antwerp through 1885, for the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1889, and as part of a retrospective touring the Musée du Petit-Palais in Paris, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford in 1984-85.

    On offer this spring by the direct descendants of the artist, La Jeunesse de Bacchus will carry an estimate of $25/35 million.  Here is a video about the work.