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Art and antiques: auctions, results, fairs - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Auction results Tuesday (April 4th): De Vere’s, 35 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Irish Art Auction at the Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street. Some 90 per cent of 160 lots were sold, raising a total of €1 million. The highest price, €140,000, was paid for Lot 34, Still Life, by William Scott, making it the most expensive painting sold in Ireland in 2017 so far. From the Woods Shadow by Jack B. Yeats made €82,000. Jack’s House (Pink) by Basil Blackshaw sold for €27,000, while Jack’s House (Blue) by the same artist made €25,000. Muingingaun (Maiden Stream) by Hughie O’Donoghue soared above its estimate of €20,000-€30,000 to make €35,000, while at a hammer price of €16,000, Harbour Scene by Patrick Collins almost doubled its estimate of €8,000-€12,000. Louis le Brocquy’s tapes...
Avedon, Penn and LaChapelle photographs at Chr... - Saturday, April 15, 2017
Photography fans, feast your eyes on the catalogue for next month’s auction at Christie’s of London. The sale on May 18th will include works by such icons of 20th-century photography as Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Erwin Blumenfeld, as well as contemporary artists Richard Mosse and Julie Cockburn. A definite highlight will be Helmut Newton’s complete Private Property Suites I, II and III, a set of 45 stunning gelatin silver prints of superstars from the worlds of art and fashion estimated to make between €235,000 and €353,000; Irving Penn’s portrait of jazz maestro Miles Davis shaping the note C with his hand is expected to achieve between €82,000 and €106,000; and a contact sheet by Brian Duffy that documents David Bowie evolving into the character Aladdin Sane for the album ...
Ivory and tigers at home in Adam’s sale - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Trade in ivory (derived from elephant tusks) has been outlawed for decades by international rules on wildlife protection. But there’s an ongoing – and often bitter – debate about what should be done with pieces of antique ivory which were made long before the ban came into force. Ivory was widely used in the decorative arts – especially in Asia – and frequently turns up in antiques auctions. There is a good selection in Adam’s “At Home” auction in Dublin on Sunday, including Lot 105, “a Japanese silver, ivory and shibayama [lacquer] tusk vase”, estimated at €1,500–€2,000; Lot 110 “a Chinese carved ivory basket and cover, Canton 19th century”, €2,000–€3,000; and Lot 100, a dramatic Japanese bronze group (Meiji period) depicting an elephant being attacked by tigers, €1,000-€1,500)...
Auction results and forthcoming fairs - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Auction results Monday, April 3rd Whyte’s, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Online art auction with 240 lots of “affordable” art. Sixty-five per cent of lots sold. For prices achieved, see whytes.ie Tuesday, April 4th Sotheby’s, London. A complete set of Goya’s La Tauromaquia – 33 prints, depicting bullfighting, described as “virtually flawless examples of the first and only contemporary edition that was printed for Goya from large copperplates etched and aquatinted by him in 1815-1816, that were recently found in a French ducal library, sold for £512,750 (estimate £300,000-£500,000). Tuesday (April 4th) De Veres, Irish Art Auction, The Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Eighty-six per cent of lots sold. Lot 34, Still Life (1973) by William Scott, €140,000 (€60,00...
Life’s Work: Tom Kenny, art and bookdealer, Galway... - Saturday, March 25, 2017
Who? Tom Kenny is a director of Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Gallery, a family business in Liosbán Estate on the Tuam Road, Galway, which operates a retail and online bookshop, a book bindery and a commercial art gallery. They sell new, second-hand and antiquarian books, particularly those of Irish interest to collectors, libraries and institutions worldwide and also host regular art exhibitions for (mostly) Irish artists. Most of his time is spent in the art gallery. What’s your background? My mother came from Mohill, Co Leitrim, to UCG. On her first day, she met my father and “that was that”. After graduation, they married and in 1940, opened a small second-hand bookshop. They lived at the back of the shop, and it was there I was born. They moved house to Salthill enabling the firs...
Matthews to host jewellery, watches, silver and co... - Thursday, March 23, 2017
Well known Auctioneers Matthews of Oldcastle conduct a fine jewellery, watches, silver & collectables auction this Tuesday March 28th at 6pm in Th...
Clint Eastwood portrait by Basil Blackshaw found i... - Saturday, March 11, 2017
Following the death of Northern Ireland painter Basil Blackshaw last year at the age of 83, some 40 pieces of art from his studio in Co Antrim will be auctioned by Adam’s this month. It is holding a preview of the sale in the Ava Gallery on the Clandeboye Estate outside Belfast this week, which continues until Wednesday, March 15th. The most unexpected and unlikely image in the show is a portrait of Hollywood star Clint Eastwood by Basil Blackshaw. It’s not a commissioned piece and it’s understood that the two men never met. The painting was found in a stable beneath Blackshaw’s studio when he died and has never been on the market before. In a catalogue note the critic Eamonn Mallie said “Basil loved edge-of-the-town men, edge-of-society people, Travellers, doggie men, horsey peo...
Life’s Work: Phyllis MacNamara, antique jewellery ... - Saturday, March 11, 2017
Who? Phyllis MacNamara owns Cobwebs at 7 Quay Lane, Galway, which sells antique and vintage jewellery, fine diamonds and engagement rings as well as an eclectic mix of small antiques. What’s your background? I grew up in Galway in a house on Taylor’s Hill and went to school at the nearby Dominican Convent. My father, Jimmy Lydon, who died aged 96 last year, ran a large catering business (Lydon House in Galway and Tea Time Express in Dublin) and my ambition was to join him as soon as I could. In 1968, I went to Trinity to study business studies but by the end of the first week I knew I had made a dreadful mistake. There was no scope there for my artistic nature and I hated being one of five girls among 97 boys. But one good thing was that one of those boys turned out to be my h...
Auction Results - Saturday, March 11, 2017
Auction Results: Monday, March 6th: Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Skibbereen, Co Cork. Irish Art Online Auction. 88 per cent of lots sold. Lot 64, The White Bull of Cooley by Ann Griffin-Bernstorff €7,000 (€800-€1,200); Lot 2, Horse by Basil Blackshaw €4,400 (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 8, Farmstead with Cows Grazing by the River by Frank McKelvey €4,000 (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 79, Famine Family – bronze sculpture from an edition of nine by John Behan €1,800 (€2,000-€3,000). Tuesday, March 7th: Christie’s, London. Evening auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art. A drawing (oil stick on paper) Untitled 1982 a self-portrait by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, owned by the U2 guitarist Adam Clayton, sold for £2.2 million (€2.5m) – above the top estimate of £1.5 million (€1.7). Tuesday...
Head to Durrow for the family silver and jewels - Saturday, March 4, 2017
Anyone attending the auction viewing that opens at Sheppard’s in Durrow, Co Laois, on Saturday should make a beeline for Lot 406. At first glance, the bottle-green leatherbound album, estimated at €500-€800, doesn’t look much. But it opens to reveal five jewel-like, individually framed, oval family-portrait miniatures embedded in velvet. The album is labelled Lafayette, the famous Grafton Street photographic studio that flourished from 1880 and was the photographer “by appointment” to the viceroy and royal visitors to Ireland, including Queen Victoria herself. The portraits depict members of the Bowen family, big landowners and members of the Protestant gentry, who lived at Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois. Each is contained in a gilded silver frame, hallmarked for the renow...
Auction results and upcoming fairs - Saturday, March 4, 2017
Auction results Wednesday (March 1st) Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, hosted an auction of 19th century European, Victorian and British Impressionist art included two paintings of significant Irish interest. When the Boats Come In by Walter Frederick Osborne fetched £125,000 (€146,000), midway of its estimate (£100,000-£150,000); and Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen, a portrait by American painter John Singer Sargent of the 19th century Co Down-born Catholic barrister who became lord chief justice of England went for £125,000, well above its estimate (£60,000-£80,000). Please note that UK auction prices are inclusive of buyer’s premium. Forthcoming auctions Sunday (March 5th) Hegarty’s auction rooms, The Bypass, Bandon, Co Cork. Antiques auction at 4pm. Viewing on...
Vintage Vuitton trunk snapped up by Italian buyer ... - Saturday, March 4, 2017
Adam’s first big auction of 2017 – the “At Home” sale in the St Stephen’s Green salesroom last Sunday – achieved a sold rate of 81 per cent with bidders spending €400,000. Many lots sold for well above estimate which Adam’s said was due to the particularly good-quality lots, most of which had come from three private collections that had been well assembled and properly cared for. Managing director James O’Halloran said that viewing numbers, registered bidders and the volume of online bidders was noticeably higher than recent sales and that “perhaps the tide is beginning to turn”. Among the key prices achieved, Lot 1 – a George III silver entrée dish made by John Houle in London in 1814, sold for €4,500 (it was estimated to fetch €1,500-€2,500); Lot 11, a George III Irish silver...
Auctions & Fairs - Saturday, February 18, 2017
AUCTION RESULTS: Sunday (February 12th) Matthews Auction Rooms, house contents clearance at Beauparc Lodge, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Lot 433, “an African tribal mask” turned out to be a “sleeper” and sold for €5,000 – over 16 times the top estimate (€200-€300) – to an unnamed Irish buyer who beat off competition from French and American telephone bidders; Lot 147, a Victorian silver-mounted rhino-horn button hook, €260 (€200-€300); Lot 516, a set of six cast-iron avenue lanterns, €2,500 (€1,000-€1,500). Thursday (February 16th) Sotheby’s, London. “Erotic: Passion & Desire” auction featuring furniture, design, fine art, photography and contemporary sculpture. 76 per cent of lots sold. Lot 7, La Grande Névrose, a late 19th century white marble sculpture of a naked woman by Jac...
Life’s Work: Joan Murray, antiques fairs organiser... - Saturday, February 18, 2017
Joan Murray runs Antiques Fairs Ireland and organises antiques and vintage fairs in Dublin and throughout Leinster. She established the company in 1989 and arranges about 20 fairs a year. The main venues are the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire and Clontarf Castle Hotel. Some 30 to 40 traders regularly participate in the fairs. What’s your background? Having studied Spanish and German at Trinity College Dublin, I got the travel bug and, immediately on graduation in the late 1970s set off with my boyfriend to explore North and Central America for a few years – working for a time and then hitchhiking the length of the continent from Canada to Guatemala. We worked in Toronto and then hitched to Seattle on the US west coast and then decided to hitch right down to the tip of Sout...
Auction results and forthcoming sales - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Auction Results: Sunday & Monday (February 5th & 6th): Victor Mee Auctions, Cloverhill, Belturbet, Co Cavan. An 18th century Co Meath rushlight €1,700 (€500-€700); a Michael Collins jug €950 (€500-€750); a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) sword €775 (€400-€600). Monday (February 6th): Keighery’s City Auction Rooms, George’s Quay, Waterford. Lot 620, Red Apples – still-life oil painting – by Mark O’Neill €2,100 (€2,000-€3,000); Lot 640, an Art Deco mirror-door wardrobe €540 (€600-€1,000); Lot 663, a Victorian dining table €2,000 (€1,800-€2,400); Lot 758, an antique Irish crystal five-branch chandelier (“possibly ‘Old Waterford’”) €720 (€900-€1,200). Lot 501, a pair of 18th century silver George III candlesticks made in London in 1768 by John Chapman, estimated at €3,000 -€4...
Fine art, furs . . . and knickers - what got los... - Saturday, February 11, 2017
While the 1916 Rising may have precipitated Ireland’s freedom from British rule it also spawned one of the biggest mass-compensation claims in the country’s history. Details of the claims have come to light and reveal, in fascinating detail, the art, antiques, jewels and clothing that was either destroyed or looted in Dublin. The National Archives of Ireland has launched a new website detailing more than 6,500 compensation claims which were submitted to a committee established by the British authorities in the aftermath of the Rising. While most of the claims relate to damaged business and homes in Dublin, new light is also shed on personal effects that were lost. Archivist Niamh McDonnell, who managed the huge task of digitising the files, said the website will enable researc...
‘Love-boat’ bed star of first erotic art and desig... - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Love – or rather passion and desire – is in the air at Sotheby’s in the lead-up to St Valentine’s Day. The international auction house is holding its first auction of erotic art and design on Thursday, February 16th, and viewing – likely to raise a few eyebrows – begins at the New Bond Street salerooms today. The auction, titled: ‘Erotic: Passion & Desire’ features 107 lots of furniture, design, fine art, photography and contemporary sculpture that encompass representations of love and sex from antiquity to the present day, “exploring themes from the beauty of desire to representations of the male nude, to the carnal act itself, stripped of metaphor”, according to the auction house, which has posted a warning on its website that reads: “ Please be advised that this sale inclu...
Auction results and forthcoming sales - Saturday, January 28, 2017
Auction results Monday (January 23rd) Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, “Irish Art Online Auction”. Ninety per cent of lots sold. Lot 15, Threshing by Patrick Leonard, sold for €6,500 (it had an estimated price of €3,000-€5,000); Lot 8, Belfast Shipyard Worker, wax crayon on paper, by William Conor signed and dated, April 15th, 1912 (the day Titanic sank) €1,200 (€1,500-€2,500). Tuesday (January 24th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar Dublin 8. A military OBE (Order of the British empire) medal awarded to Captain JW O’Kelly of Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, (a British army officer during the War of Independence in 1921) along with two first World War medals sold for €850 (€500-€1,500); a pair of 18ct gold Patek Philippe cufflinks €900 (€800-€1,200); a string of black pearls €...
Is Trump driving you to drink? Try his Scotch whis... - Friday, January 27, 2017
Whether you’re drowning your sorrows or toasting the inauguration – a glass of Trump Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky could be the perfect spirit. A bottle signed by Donald Trump – before he became US president – has sold for £6,000 (€7k) at auction in Glasgow. Bottled in 2012 to commemorate the opening of the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, the limited edition 26-year-old GlenDronach single malt whisky went under the hammer earlier this month at McTear’s Fine Art Auctioneers sale of Rare and Collectable Whisky in Glasgow on January 13th. The bottle had a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£3,500 (€2.9k-€4.1k) but it sold after what the auctioneers said was “intense online, phone and in-room bidding” to an unnamed Canadian buyer for a hammer price of £6,000. They des...
Want to sell art and antiques in 2017? Then get cr... - Saturday, January 21, 2017
If you are planning to sell art and antiques at auction in 2017, then it is time to get cracking. Perhaps you’ve inherited at item you don’t really like or want? or you are downsizing or decluttering? Or just need to raise some cash? Auctioneers throughout Ireland are currently seeking consignments for the spring auctions and are offering free valuations. Good Irish paintings are especially in demand, according to auctioneers. Among some of the art auction dates already announced – and for which consignments are being sought – are: February 27th, Irish & International Art at Whyte’s in Dublin; March 29th, Important Irish Art at Adam’s in Dublin; April 4th, Irish Art at de Veres in Dublin; and April 27th; Classic Art at Sheppard’s in Durrow. One trend certain to accelerate i...
Auctions: forthcoming sales and fairs - Saturday, January 21, 2017
Today, Saturday (January 21st): Whyte’s, The Eclectic Collector auction at the Freemasons Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 at noon, featuring maps, historical manuscripts and documents, medals and militaria, weapons, sports memorabilia, vintage advertising, travel posters, coins and banknotes. Tuesday (January 24th): John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery, silver and gold coins at 2pm. A military OBE (Order of the British Empire) medal awarded to Captain J.W O’Kelly of Kinnegad, Co Westmeath (a British Army officer during the War of Independence in 1921), along with two first World War medals and associated paperwork, €500-€1,500; a pair of 18ct gold Patek Philippe cufflinks, €800-€1,200; a pair of 18ct gold diamond-set Boodles cufflinks,...
Matthews Auctioneers to hold Seasonal Antique Auct... - Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Matthews Auctioneers in Oldcastle, Co Meath will host a Seasonal Antique Auction on Friday December 30th at 2pm. Over 600 Lots of antiques and other i...
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