What sold this week in fine art, antiques

World record price for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong

Auction Results

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].

Forthcoming Auctions

Sunday (October 8th) Matthews Auction Rooms: on the premises auction of contents of 43 Lwr Dodder Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin at 1.30pm.

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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).

Forthcoming Fairs

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.

Tomorrow, Sunday (October 8th) Antiques & Vintage Fair, Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. 11am-6pm.