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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...
Auction houses looking for autumn consignments - Saturday, August 8, 2015
Thinking of selling art or antiques? Some auctioneers have already announced auction dates and are actively seeking consignments this month. All offer valuations. Sheppard’s is holding an attic sale at its Durrow, Co Laois, saleroom on September 1st, and is seeking consignments by August 17th. Whyte’s will hold an Irish and international art sale in the RDS, Dublin, on September 28th and is seeking historical memorabilia – especially 1916-related items – for a history, literature and collectibles sale on October 17th. Adam’s of St Stephen’s Green is seeking consignments for its country house collections auction at Slane Castle on October 12th and 13th. Sotheby’s has announced the relaunch of The Irish Sale – in London on October 21st – and will provide free valuations of Irish ar...
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...
Painting ‘en plein air’ – or plain rain - Saturday, August 1, 2015
Watching paint dry doesn’t sound promising as a tourism offering but it is the unexpectedly enjoyable aspect for visitors to Ireland’s outdoor painting festival under way in the southeast. Europe’s largest plein air (outdoor) painting festival Art in the Open – International Plein Air Festival now in its eighth year concludes this weekend in Wexford and involves some 145 artists from Ireland and worldwide including Australia, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the UK and US. The artists travel daily to a pre-arranged venue for a “paint-out”, set up their easels at random spots and simply paint what they see. The public gets a rare chance to see painters at work and watch them interpret local landmarks and scenery. The locations vary each year and this year’s venues were all in Co ...
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...
Roger Casement letter sells online for $11,025 - Saturday, July 25, 2015
A historically significant, unpublished letter written by Roger Casement in 1913 – three years before he was hanged for treason – has sold at auction for $11,025 (about €10,100).South Africa-based online auctioneers antiquarianauctions.com said the letter was sold to a private buyer in Ireland. Although headquartered in Cape Town, the company’s pricing is US dollar-based. The letter had been expected to sell for $5,500 and had a reserve price of $3,750.Casement wrote the eight-page letter to friends in South Africa while returning from a trip there in May 1913. It sheds new light on his growing disenchantment with the British empire and hints at his eventual downfall. Among the revealing quotes is his statement: “I only want to be ‘an Irishman’ – to me it is the proudest title up...
Belfast publican pays €18,000 for Donegal carpet - Saturday, July 18, 2015
An exceptionally large Donegal carpet, believed to be one of the biggest ever made in the former Killlybegs factory, sold for €18,000 at Mealy’s sale on Wednesday afternoon. The estimate was €15,000-€25,000. The blue carpet, measuring about 14m by 5m (45ft by 16ft), was commissioned by the New Ireland Assurance company for its Dublin boardroom, in 1964, but later sold off after an office refurbishment. Belfast publican Willie Jack bought the carpet. He told The Irish Times he and his business partner, Bruce Kirk, planned to put it on display in one of their pubs in the city. They own three of Belfast’s best-known pubs: the Duke of York, the Harp Bar and the Dark Horse. Mr Jack, who is also “a collector of Irish breweriana” (antiques and collectibles related to brewing and distill...
Charles Dickens and the ‘exceedingly whimsical’ fa... - Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Victorian novelist Charles Dickens was also a prolific – and wonderful – journalist. He was the founder, in 1859, and editor of a weekly magazine, All Year Round, for which he wrote numerous articles and which serialised two of his novels: A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. Dickens could, and did, write brilliantly about any subject. In 1870, not long before he died, he undertook an unusual assignment: a review of an exhibition of fans at London’s South Kensington Museum. He wryly observed: “There is something exceedingly whimsical about the idea of this exhibition of objects so entirely frivolous and wanting in seriousness, held in a solemn government institution, and under the sanction of the ‘Science and Art Department’ itself’.” After looking around the gallery...
Auction results - Saturday, July 11, 2015
Auction Results Monday (July 6th) Mullen’s Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Wicklow. An ebonised, brass-inlaid and red-tortoiseshell-inlaid centre table originally in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly , sold for €1,800 (estimated at €1,800-€2,600). Monday (July 6th) Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Online Art auction. 90 per cent of lots sold. Bahamas Collage by Tony O’Malley sold for €3,800 (€3,500-€4,500); Lily Pond by Kenneth Webb made €2,400 (€2,500-€3,500). Michael Collins by Noel Murphy, estimated at €8,000-€10,000, failed to sell when bidding stalled at €7,000 but sold after the auction for €7,500. Forthcoming Auctions Tuesday (July 14th) Oliver Usher’s Auction Rooms John Street, Kells, Co. Meath. Antique furniture auction at 5pm with 600 lots. Wednesday (July 15th) ...
Mechanical rodent for the rich - Saturday, July 11, 2015
At Sotheby’s “Treasures” auction on London on Wednesday evening, the Siberian Mouse – a pearl, gold and enamel automaton mouse – sold for £365,000 (about €508,000). Consigned to auction by an unnamed “lady of title” and estimated at between £200,000 and £300,000, it was made in about 1805 and is attributed to Henri Maillardet, a Swiss-born, London- based craftsman renowned for his clocks, watches and small automata.The life-size mouse has “enamelled fur set with irregularly shaped baroque pearls, chased gold ears and paws, round ruby cabochon eyes” and “when a button below the perky mesh tail is pressed the mouse skitters, twirls and pauses to sniff the air and nibble in a most realistic manner”. Sotheby’s said the colouring indicated this was a “Siberian mouse, whose grey fur wa...
€25,000 Donegal carpet for auction - Saturday, July 11, 2015
Catalogued as the “New Ireland Carpet”, an exceptionally large Donegal carpet measuring about 13.7m by 5m will go under the hammer in Mealy’s auction on Wednesday . The blue carpet was commissioned by the New Ireland Assurance company (a subsidiary company of Bank of Ireland) for its Dublin offices in 1964 and features a woven “central medallion with a harp and a crest of the four provinces with an inner Celtic band and inscribed “Mo Dia – Do Dia, Mo Tír – Do Tír” (“My God – Your God, My Land – Your Land”) with Celtic style interlaced gold link-style border in ivory, gold and light blue”. It was made in the once-famous Killybegs factory – now closed – that also supplied carpets for the Oval Office and Buckingham Palace. Mealy’s said the carpet had been consigned by “a Dublin gent...
Portrait of Michael Collins in west Cork auction - Saturday, July 4, 2015
Michael Collins has long been a popular subject for Irish artists and portraits of the key figure in 20th-century Irish history always attract interest. One of the most high-profile – because it is on display in the office of the Taoiseach – is by Sarah Cecilia Harrison and is part of the State’s art collection under the care of the Office of Public Works. Collins was a native of west Cork where Skibbereen-based Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers has a portrait of the local hero in an online art auction currently under way. Michael Collins – an oil-on-board, measuring approximately 4ft by 3.5ft – by Noel Murphy, the London-born (in 1970) and Belfast-based artist, best known for winning a commission to paint the Northern Ireland Assembly in session, is estimated at €8,000-€10,000. The ...
Auction results - Saturday, July 4, 2015
Auction Results: Friday (June 26th) Christie’s, London. Auction of Modern British & Irish Art, London. Two paintings by Jack B Yeats went under the hammer: The Light of Towns – painted in 1947 – sold for £67,300 (estimated at £40,000- £60,000); and The Tops of the Mountains – painted circa 1925-26 – made £25,000 (£20,000-£30,000); also, Maidenhead Regatta – a 1932 painting by Sir John Lavery, sold for £52,500 (£40,000-£60,000). Tuesday (June 30th) Christie’s, London. Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer, painted in 1967, by Francis Bacon made £12.2 million (£8 million-£12 million); Two Men in a Field, painted in 1971, by Francis Bacon sold for £10.7 million (£7 million-£10 million). Forthcoming Auctions: Monday (July 6th) Mullen’s Laurel Park, Bray, Co Wickl...
The Irish bishop and his tiger skin trophy - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Chance items in auction salerooms can bring to life the most unexpected aspects of our history. Among the lots on view at Sheppard’s in Durrow, Co Laois this weekend, is the skin – complete with stuffed head – of a tiger shot in India in 1911. The hunting trophy, which has been carefully preserved by a taxidermist, was brought home to Ireland as a souvenir of the British Raj. Remarkably, a photograph of the moment the tiger was shot has also survived and the rare combination will go under the hammer with an estimate of €800-€1,200. Despite appearances, this particular huntsman doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of a pith-helmeted, British colonial official. He was, in fact, a Church of Ireland bishop. Eyre Chatterton was born in Monkstown, Co Cork and educated at Trinity College Du...
Mixed results for first editions of James Joyce’s ... - Saturday, June 27, 2015
A first edition copy of Ulysses, inscribed “To Lewis Galantière” by James Joyce, estimated at £60,000-£80,000 (€82,000-€110,000) failed to sell at Bonhams auctioneers in London on Wednesday in a sale of books consigned from the library of an unnamed “deceased Irish collector” who lived in the United States. However, a copy of the first English printing of Ulysses, published in 1936 and signed by Joyce, did sell for £12,500 (estimate £10,000- £15,000).A copy of a 1935 edition of Ulysses with illustrations by Henri Matisse, “one of 250 copies signed by both author and artist”, sold for £6,250 (£6,000-£8,000). A first edition copy – with the “very rare” dust-jacket – of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce’s semi-autobiographical first novel, sold for £40,000 (£20,000-£30,...
Artist couple’s personal collection to be sold - Saturday, June 20, 2015
An auction at Adam’s in St Stephen’s Green on Wednesday – the last before the summer break – features the art collection of the late sculptor Conor Fallon and his wife, the painter Nancy Wynne-Jones. The catalogue details works by both the artists themselves which includes works from the London and St Ives schools of the 1950s and works they had collected over the years by artist friends, including paintings by Tony O’Malley and sculpture by Melanie le Brocquy. Conor Fallon was born in Dublin in 1939 and grew up in Co Wexford, where his father, the poet Pádraic Fallon, worked as a civil servant. In the 1960s he moved to St Ives – an artists’ colony in Cornwall – where he met and married the Welsh painter Nancy Wynne-Jones. The couple later returned to Ireland and settled at Ball...
Terry O’Neill photos of Hollywood stars for auctio... - Saturday, June 13, 2015
The renowned English photographer Terry O’Neill, now aged 76, was born to Irish emigrant parents in London – his father was from Cork; his mother from Waterford. He first rose to fame with his images of London in the “Swinging Sixties”, and his subjects included politicians, actors, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the British royal family. A decade later, he took a famous series of photos of Hollywood star Faye Dunaway the morning after she won an Oscar. (He and Dunaway married in 1983 and split up in 1987). At Bonhams ‘Entertainment Memorabilia Sale’, in London on June 24th, some of Terry O’Neill’s gelatin silver print photographs will go under the hammer. Among them are photographs of Brigitte Bardot (£4,000-£5,000); Frank Sinatra (£4,000-£6,000); Steve McQueen (£2,000-£3,0...
Lucien Freud’s golden eggs for the duchess - Saturday, June 13, 2015
A postcard-size oil painting of four eggs on a plate, measuring just 4in by 6in, is expected to sell for £150,000 – or more – at Sotheby’s in London next month. They’re not just any old eggs, though. The auctioneers said “the exquisitely beautiful painting” was given to the late Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire – known as “Debo” – as a gift by the painter Lucian Freud in 2004.Deborah (nee Mitford), the youngest of the famous six English sisters, in 1941 married Andrew Cavendish who became the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1950. She was, Sotheby’s said, “famed for a somewhat eccentric pursuit for a society beauty, a passion for chickens” which she kept at Chatsworth – the family seat in Derbyshire and also at Lismore Castle in Co Waterford, the Devonshire family’s Irish home. A...
Sketch for Manet’s ‘Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère’ for... - Saturday, June 13, 2015
One of the world’s most famous – and popular – paintings is Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère made in 1881 by the French Impressionist artist Édouard Manet. It is regarded as priceless and hangs in the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Folies-Bergère was a Paris music hall, where, according to French writer Maupassant, the barmaids were “vendors of drink and of love”. The painting shows a barmaid named Suzon in front of a mirror which reflects the audience watching a performance. Manet made preparatory sketches there, but he painted the final version in his studio. Now, Sotheby’s in London has announced that the “first version” – a preparatory sketch in oils – of Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère will be offered at auction on June 24th with an estimate of £15 million-£20 million (€21 million...
Auctions and Fairs - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Auction Results Wednesday (June 10th) Bonhams, London. Auction of Modern British & Irish Art. The Bishop’s Castle Tearooms by Sir John Lavery, £37,500 (£30,000-£50,000); The Pool in the Bog (Achill Island) by Paul Henry, £25,000 (£15,000- £20,000); Mule Team by the first World War artist CWV (Christopher) Nevinson estimated at £250,000- £350,000 failed to sell. Forthcoming Auctions Monday (June 15th) Keighery’s City Auction Rooms, Waterford. Antiques auction at 10.30am. Tuesday (June 16th) De Veres, Buswell’s Hotel, Kildare St. Irish Art Auction at 6pm. Viewing under way at 35 Kildare Street including Pears on Pewter Platter by Hilda van Stockum, €1,000-€2,000. Wednesday (June 17th) O’Reilly’s Auction Rooms, 126 Francis St, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery, silver and watches ...
Postcards from the past - Saturday, June 6, 2015
Whyte’s auction in Dublin next Saturday certainly lives up to its title: “The Eclectic Collector” with more than 500 lots of interest to collectors of postcards, coins, banknotes, entertainment memorabilia, medals and badges, vintage cameras, photographs, sporting items and, rock and pop memorabilia. A huge selection of Irish postcards – mostly topographical scenes from the period 1900 to 1920, amassed by Dublin collector Peter Holder, will be sold in batches such as Lot 53, which has 29 cards including early 20th century images of Grafton Street with shops, trams and carriages (€80-€100). A 19th-century mahogany coin cabinet “containing a good range of Roman Republic and Imperial denarii and dupondii” is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. An Ireland Currency Commission Lady Lavery £100...
Dorothea Sharp painting comes to light in Schull - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
An untitled painting by the English artist Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) has come to light in West Cork. Hegarty’s auctioneers said the “fresh- to-the-ma...
Christmas jewellery auctions in Dublin - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Antique jewellery, vintage watches, silverware and gold coins go under the hammer in three Dublin auctions this week that are timed to capture Christm...
Owens' Olympic medal sells for over €1m - Wednesday, December 11, 2013
An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record 1.4 million US dollars in an online auction. SCP Auctio...
Barrel of wine sells for €10,000 - Thursday, December 12, 2013
A barrel of organic white wine produced by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's estate in south of France sold for more than €10,000 at auction recently, wi...
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