What sold this week in fine art, antiques
World record price for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong
‘Portrait of Mary Barron Tottie’ by Sir John Lavery sold for €24,000
A very rare example of ‘Ru guanyao’, the court ware of the late Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)
Monday (October 2nd) Whyte’s Irish & International Art auction, RDS, Dublin 4. Some 79 per cent of the 180 lots sold. Lot 21, West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry €100,000 (€80,000-€100,000); Lot 29, Against the Stream by Jack B Yeats €92,000 (€60,000-€80,000); Lot 35, On The Hill of Howth, Co. Dublin (drawing) by Sir William Orpen €30,000 (30,000-50,000); Lot 41, Portrait of Mary Barron Tottie by Sir John Lavery €24,000 (€30,000-€40,000)[see pic]; Lot 20, Men of the West by Maurice Canning Wilks €17,000 – almost three times the median estimate (€5,000-€7,000); Lot 60, The Happy Priest by Patrick Collins €14,000 (€15,000-€20,000); Lot 11, The Gardens, Maida Vale, London by William Leech €13,000 (€15,000-€20,000); Lot 124, Oarboat (sculpture) by John Behan €10,500 – over double the top estimate (€3,000-€5,000). Among the unsold were Lot 34, Nude Bathing by Roderic O’Conor (€15,000-€20,000); and, Lot 43, Girl Feeding Calves by Walter Frederick Osborne (€18,000-€22,000.)
Tuesday (October 3rd) Sotheby’s, Hong Kong. A new world record price for Chinese ceramics was achieved when a 900-year old brush washer (a shallow dish used to wash paint brushes) sold to an anonymous bidder for HK$294.3 million (approx €32 million) after a 20-minute bidding battle. The brush washer, with a blue-green glaze and “ice-crackle” pattern, is a very rare example of “Ru guanyao”, the court ware of the late Northern Song (960-1127) dynasty and was commissioned by the Chinese imperial court. Sotheby’s is one of only four known heirloom Ru wares in private hands [see pic].
Sunday (October 8th) Matthews Auction Rooms: on the premises auction of contents of 43 Lwr Dodder Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin at 1.30pm.
Monday (October 9th) Mullen’s Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray Co Wicklow. “Interiors” auction at 11am on October 9th. Antique furniture, paintings, clocks, silver, jewellery, mirrors. Viewing today and tomorrow (Saturday & Sunday) 10am-5pm .
Tuesday (October 10th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows’ Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Auction of Jewellery, silver & collectibles at 2pm. Viewing underway. Some 440 lots including a diamond and tanzanite cluster ring set in platinum, with a valuation which states the tanzanite is 2.52cts and diamonds total 0.75cts, valued at €10,900 in April 2017, €2,000-€3,000; an Irish one kilo bar of sterling silver, numbered 004, dated, €600-€800 (see pic); and, a marine chronometer by John Skellorm, which £18 pounds in 1881, the year it was made, €2,500-€4,500.
Sunday (October 15th) de Veres “Design” auction at 2pm. Includes 20th century furniture and lighting. On view at 35 Kildare Street from Wednesday (October 11th).
Today & Tomorrow (Saturday & Sunday, October 7th & 8th) The Annual Dublin Book Fair, 2017, Freemasons’ Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Twenty leading booksellers from Ireland, England and Scotland selling rare books, prints, manuscripts and paper ephemera. Saturday: 12-6pm and Sunday: 11.30-5pm.