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Cork lecture series on way - Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society (CorkDFAS) has announced more details of its programme of lectures for autumn/winter 2015/2016.On November 4th, Mary Jane Boland, a lecturer in the History of Art Department at UCC, will give a talk entitled Constructing Identity? Art and Patronage in Ireland 1800-1830. On December 2nd, calligrapher and printmaker Kevin Honan will give a lecture entitled The Spirit and the Letter: Pilgrims, Books and Wild Ink.Events in 2016 include a talk on on February 3rd on the designs in the Honan Chapel by James Cronin of the School of History and Adult Continuing Education in UCC; on March 2nd, Michael Waldron, author, researcher, lecturer in UCC, will give a talk on The Most Palatable Irish Holy Alliance of Pope and Prince: A History of Cork’s Ca...
Adam’s auction features exotic items with ‘empire ... - Saturday, October 10, 2015
Three days of viewing begin this morning at Slane Castle, Co Meath for Adam’s annual Country House Collections auction which takes place on Tuesday, October 13th. Highlights include “splendid Georgian pieces” of furniture such as Lot 371, a neo-classical giltwood mirror by Booker Brothers of Dublin, described as a “tour de force” (€40,000-€60,000) and, among the paintings, Lot 244, a late 18th century oil of a mother and child by Nathaniel Hone (€20,000-€30,000). Lot 92, is “an Italian carved white marble group depicting five putti musicians standing on an oval base, raised on a green marble fluted column” , attributed to Ferdinando Vichi in late 19th century Florence and estimated at €15,000-€25,000. There are also exotic silks, porcelains, jade and various “objets” from the In...
A real ‘Blueshirt’ to be auctioned at Whyte’s - Saturday, October 10, 2015
It’s one of the best-known uniforms in Irish political history but the real thing is very rare. An actual shirt and belt of the Army Comrades’ Association – better known as the “Blueshirts” – is among the lots in Whyte’s auction of historical memorabilia and collectibles in Dublin next Saturday, October 17th. The “blue cotton military-style shirt with epaulettes and breast pockets and embroidered shield-shaped Fine Gael badge stitched to the left breast; together with a blue cotton uniform belt” is estimated at €1,000-€1,500. The Army Comrades’ Association (ACA), later named National Guard, was a short-lived quasi-military organisation established in 1932 to provide physical security for Cumann na nGaedheal during the party’s handover of power to Fianna Fáil. The following year, ...
‘God Save the Queen’ clock sells for €115,000 - Saturday, October 10, 2015
There was standing room only in the saleroom at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare, on Tuesday when Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers sold the contents of Patrick Guinness’s Furness House and property from other unnamed clients. Although not one of the Guinness lots, the top price – €115,000 – was achieved for a large grandfather clock that plays God Save the Queen and was previously on loan to Leinster House. Known as the “Speaker’s Clock” it was once, reputedly, also part of the furnishings in the old Irish Parliament on College Green. The clock was bought by a telephone bidder and, while the price was above the estimate (€70,000-€90,000), represented a big drop in value since 2006 when it was sold privately for a price reputedly close to €500,000. The buyer of the clock has ...
Bonhams’ Dublin office to host ‘Dublin Fragments’ ... - Saturday, October 3, 2015
International auctioneers are not always selling. London-based Bonhams has announced that its Ireland office will host a non-selling exhibition called Dublin Fragments – a major exhibition of architectural artefacts, mainly from lost Dublin houses – at its offices in 31 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, from next Friday, October 9th until October 21st. Bonhams said the exhibition features the collection of memorabilia owned by the painter and architectural historian, Peter Pearson, who collected the pieces during the 1970s and 1980s, “a period when swathes of Dublin’s 18th and 19th century architectural heritage were being torn down for development and road widening”. The exhibition also includes a number of his paintings depicting various landmarks – such as Nelson’s Pillar – which h...
Auction Results - Saturday, October 3, 2015
Monday (September 28th) Whyte’s, Irish & International Art auction, RDS, Dublin 4. 80 per cent of lots sold. An original oil painting for the frontispiece of an edition of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World by Sean Keating sold for €65,000 (€35,000-€45,000); Group Portrait of a Family, with Mountains Beyond by Joseph Patrick Haverty €42,000 (30,000-50,000); Portrait of Vivian Hugh Smith (1867-1956), later 1st Baron Bicester of Tusmore Park by Sir William Orpen €26,000 (€10,000-€15,000); The Consecration of The Roman Catholic Church of St Mary’s, Pope’s Quay, Cork by James Mahoney €19,000 (€8,000-€10,000); a 2ft high bronze maquette (model) of the sculpture of poet WB Yeats (in Stephen Street, Sligo) by Rowan Gillespie €17,000 (€8,000 - €10,000); the Freedom of ...
Auctions & Fairs - Saturday, October 10, 2015
Auction Results Wednesday (September 30th) Sotheby’s, London. Rare travel books relating to the polar explorers. Described as “the first book printed in the Antarctic”, Ernest Shackleton’s Aurora Australis sold for £122,500 (estimated at £50,000-£70,000) – an auction record for this book, “one of the most celebrated travel books ever written”. The Heart of the Antarctic by Ernest Shackleton, published in London in 1909, which is signed by the author and “all of the shore party” and is “an account of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909” sold for £50,000 (estimated at £10,000- £15,000). Lion Heart Autographs, New York. Auction of Titanic memorabilia. A menu for the last lunch served aboard Titanic sold for $88,000 ($50,000-$70,000); a ticket for the weighing chair located in...
Last chance to see John Lavery - Saturday, October 10, 2015
A selection of important Irish paintings due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s “Irish Sale” in London later this month is on view, for the last time in Ireland, at the Royal Hibernian Academy gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, from 10am until 3pm today. The top lot is Japanese Switzerland – a painting of his wife and step-daughter in the Swiss Alps – by Sir John Lavery which has been on loan to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin for the last 20 years but is now being sold by its private owner and is estimated at £300,000- £500,000. Also on display are The Talkers by Jack B Yeats and Hastings Railway Station by Walter Frederick Osborne – both also previously loaned to the Hugh Lane; and, View from Howth by Sir William Orpen, previously on loan to the Hunt Museum in Limerick. The paintings w...
Chinese vases fetch a record €560,000 at Laois auc... - Saturday, September 26, 2015
Downton Abbey’s return to TV screens last weekend, with an opening storyline about a country-house auction, provided the perfect curtain-raiser to Sheppard’s two-day auction of the contents of Capard House in Co Laois this week. And big spenders, who hadn’t quite all been diverted to the ploughing, in nearby Ratheniska, were out in force. A couple who had travelled from Beijing to Ireland, especially for the auction, successfully bid €560,000 for Lot 143 – a pair of large Chinese “Qing period” powder-blue vases, each 2.5ft high and on individual carved giltwood stands – trouncing the estimate of €30,000-€40,000. The result was greeted with warm applause. The price is the highest ever paid at auction in Ireland for Chinese porcelain. Earlier in the sale, Lot 117, a pair of unrema...
Watercolours in Dún Laoghaire - Saturday, September 26, 2015
The 161st exhibition of the Water Colour Society of Ireland, opening at the Concourse Gallery, Dún Laoghaire County Hall on Monday, features some 280 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastels with drawings and limited-edition signed prints, on sale to the public with most prices in the €350-€850 range. Subjects include landscapes, seascapes, still life, animal and life studies, as well as botanical, floral, architectural and figure work. The exhibition includes two paintings by Cork-born Aine Divine “the only Irish artist and the only artist working in watercolour to make the finals of the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year Award” – a self portrait and a portrait of Neil Hannon, lead singer with The Divine Comedy.Among other artists exhibiting are the society’s president, Ann O’...
A matter of faith for Charles Darwin - Saturday, September 19, 2015
Charles Darwin, the Victorian naturalist who formulated the theory of evolution, revealed his private thoughts about religion to a young barrister in a private letter two years before he died. Bonhams auctioneers will offer the letter in its History of Science and Technology auction in New York on Monday.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published in 1859 and Darwin’s “faith” became the subject of public controversy. In a catalogue note explaining the background, Bonhams said Darwin refrained from public comment on religious matters, probably to respect the feelings of his friends and family. However, in November 1880, when Darwin was 71, a young barrister in London, Francis McDermott wrote to him with an unusual request: “If I am to have pleasure in read...
Remembering the artist Derek Hill - Saturday, August 22, 2015
Derek Hill may not be a household name but he is one of a select few Englishmen granted honorary Irish citizenship. President Mary McAleese conferred the honour on him in 1999. A year later Hill died on July 30th, 2000, aged 83. Born in 1916, he was a well-known artist in the second half of the 20th century mainly of landscapes and portraits. After working for the British Council in Rome, he moved to Ireland in 1953 after visiting Donegal, where he was commissioned to paint the portrait of Henry McIlhenny, a wealthy Irish-American who owned Glenveagh Castle. Hill settled in Co Donegal, where he bought a former rectory, Glebe House, at Churchill near what is now Glenveagh National Park. He spent months every year on Tory Island off the Donegal coast using a hut as his studio and e...
Sheppard’s to auction contents of Capard House - Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sheppard’s has announced a two-day auction in September of the contents of Capard House near Rosenallis, Co Laois. Both the viewing and the auction itself will take place “on-site” – a 13-bedroom Greek-revival Georgian mansion in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains. The event looks set to become the biggest country house auction since summer 2012 when 13,000 people flocked to the sale of the contents of Mount Congreve in Co Waterford conducted jointly by Christie’s and Mealy’s. Capard House has been owned for the past 25 years by Dublin businessman John Farrington who runs an antique jewellery business on Drury Street and is also a well-known collector of art and antiques. The house – on 100 acres – has recently been sold for an undisclosed price. It went on the market la...
Moment of truth as Lucas Cranach painting makes €1... - Saturday, August 15, 2015
Irish interest in last month’s London week of ‘Old Master’ auctions waned following the withdrawal from Christie’s by the Alfred Beit Foundation of the Russborough House paintings, including two by Rubens.Instead, the highlight turned out to be a stunning 16th century painting entitled La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. It sold at Sotheby’s for £9.3 million (€13.3 million). That exceeded the estimate of £6 million-£8 million and set a new world record price for the artist at auction.Cranach (1472-1553), who is regarded as one of the greatest German painters, was a key figure in the Reformation and was close to Martin Luther whose portrait he painted. He was famous for his religious paintings and mythological scenes, most of which ...
Ireland’s Loch Ness monster resurfaces after 144 y... - Monday, August 10, 2015
An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent - Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster - has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive.The “monster” was the subject of various reported sightings in the 19th-century, including one in 1850 when it was seen, improbably, “sunning itself near the Clare coast off Kilkee”. The most notable sighting was in September 1871, when the “large and frightening sea monster” was seen by several people, who “all had their nerves considerably upset by the dreadful appearance of this extraordinary creature” .The story first appeared in the Limerick Chronicle and quickly caught the a...
Auctions & Fairs - Saturday, August 8, 2015
Auction Results: Monday and Tuesday (August 3rd and 4th) Dolan’s Connemara Summer Art and Antiques Auction, Clifden, Co Galway. Hobby Horses by Jack B Yeats €121,000 (€78,000-€85,000); The Mall, Castlebar (Co Mayo) by Harry Kernoff €9,000 (€6,000-€10,000). Tuesday (August 4th) Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Skibbereen, Co Cork. Off the Wall, online art auction. Le Marché de Nuit by Arthur K Maderson €4,200 (€3,000-€4,000); Summer Birds (bronze sculpture) by John Behan €3,000 (€2,500-€3,500); Coral Strand, Connemara, by Kenneth Webb €2,800 (€2,500-€3,500); Heron’s Cove From the Harbour by Jules Thomas €240 (€300-€500). Forthcoming Auctions: Tuesday (August 11th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Jewellery, gold and watches. Hegarty’s Fine Art A...
The art of the Victorian seaside - Saturday, August 8, 2015
Like many of the best things in life, seaside outings were invented by the Victorians. The development of the railways in the mid-19th century opened up coastal resorts to the masses and destinations such as Bray and Tramore in Ireland and Blackpool, Ramsgate and Southport in England attracted huge numbers of day-trippers and longer-stay holidaymakers. Victorian artists responded enthusiastically to the newly found interest in all matters seaside. The most famous painting of the genre, Life at the Seaside: Ramsgate by William Powell Frith, was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy in 1854 and caused a sensation. It was bought for £1,000 by Queen Victoria who had visited Ramsgate (in Kent) seven years earlier and recorded in her journal that she “drove down to the beach with my maid...
Sotheby’s to relaunch ‘The Irish Sale’ in London - Thursday, August 6, 2015
Sotheby’s has signalled confidence in the Irish art market by announcing the relaunch of dedicated Irish art sales in London this autumn. The international auction house dropped the annual Irish Sale four years ago after Irish art prices crashed following the economic downturn.Arabella Bishop, head of Sotheby’s Ireland, said that over the last couple of years interest has increased and they had seen new collectors – both from Ireland and internationally – “actively buying and bidding” for Irish art. “The moment is right to relaunch a dedicated annual sale,” she said. Key event During the Celtic Tiger era, the Irish Sale was a key event in the social calendar and attracted high-spending bidders from Ireland and from throughout the diaspora to the Sotheby’s saleroom in London’s Ne...
West Cork online auction - Saturday, August 1, 2015
The sea is one of the principal themes in Off the Wall, an online art auction being run by west Cork-based Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers. Some 320 lots – paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture – are on view in the Skibbereen saleroom from noon today until bidding ends on Tuesday evening (August 4th.) Some of the paintings – lots 58-70 in the catalogue – have been donated by local artists and the proceeds of these will go to Uillinn, the architecturally controversial new West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Most of the lots have estimates under €1,000 – with many under €500 – and the viewing should attract interest from bank holiday visitors to west Cork. Included among the crowd-pleasing artists are Mark O’Neill, Markey Robinson, Graham Knuttel, Arthur K Maderson, Kenneth W...
Wicklow’s stolen paintings - Saturday, August 1, 2015
Art theft is a difficult crime to track not least because some paintings undergo a name change through the years. On Tuesday, gardaí in Baltinglass said that they had “recovered all the paintings stolen” during a burglary at a house in Donard, Co Wicklow, last October. The paintings were found at another location in Donard in a bin bag that had, apparently, been thrown into a ditch. The discovery was made by Denis Russell, a native of the village who now lives in London, but home on holiday, while “strimming furze bushes” in a field beside his house. Gardaí named the paintings as Portrait of a Lady by Sir John Lavery; Landscape with Cottage by Paul Henry and The Fern in the Area by Jack B Yeats. They were sold at auction by Sotheby’s in London in 2001 for a combined total of appr...
Bank holiday auction roundup - Saturday, August 1, 2015
Monday (August 3rd) Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Antiques and garden (furniture) auction at 2pm. A late 19th-century ladies’ crocodile-skin travel case, with silver-mounted contents, hallmarked London 1894, presented to Marchioness Conyngham “in memoriam of Victor George Henry Francis Fifth Marquess Conyngham, Slane, Co Meath 1885 – 1918 ADC to Lt – General Sir John Maxwell” (the British army leader who quelled the 1916 Rising) with a “letter of authenticity” €250-€350. Monday and Tuesday (August 3rd and 4th) Dolan’s Art Auction House, two-day bank holiday art and antiques auction, Harbour Road, Clifden, Co Galway, 12.30pm each day. Viewing under way. Hobby Horses by Jack B Yeats, €78,000-€85,000; The Mall, Castlebar (Co Mayo) by Harry K...
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