THE Wrestling Scene in “As You Like It”, by Cork born artist Daniel Maclise comes up at Christie’s sale of Victorian and British Impressionist Art in London, on December 13. Christie’s say it is one of his finest works and estimate it at £300,000 to €500,000.
Maclise loved the theatre and two of his closest friends, novelist Charles Dickens and journalist and critic John Forster, were amateur actors.
The artist often drew inspiration from Shakespeare but this is a rare illustration on such a scale.
One of Ireland’s best known history paintings, “The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife” by Maclise, is currently undergoing a major restoration at the National Gallery funded by a grant from the Bank of America.
AROUND 500 lots of Irish art will go under the hammer in the Dublin season of important Irish art sales which kicks off with Whytes at the RDS next Monday evening at 6pm.
This will be followed by de Veres art sale at the Clyde Court Hotel on Tuesday at 6pm Adams will hold their art auction on Tuesday, Dec 4 at 6pm.
In New York last week, a whopping one billion dollars of contemporary art was auctioned by Christie’s and Sotheby’s in a global art market which exceeded all expectations. However, the Irish art market has been adversely affected by recession and a shortage of buyers was evident at London sales at Sotheby’s and Bonhams.
The three upcoming sales in Dublin offer significant value and estimates are reasonable.
This is a very good time to start a collection of Irish art or to add to an existing collection.
Viewing for the three day sale at Sheppard's in Durrow, Co Laois, which starts next Tuesday gets underway at 10am today. Highlights in this auction include a Ming-style blue white yuhuchunping vase estimated at €150,000-200,000, a silver salt cellar from a Fabergé workmaster in St. Petersburg and a mid 18th century Irish cutlery stand. The sale is at 10.30am on each day with viewings from 10 am to 5pm on today, tomorrow and Monday.
Along with furniture, art and jewellery there will be a strong focus on vintage items at tomorrow’s antique fair at Midleton Park Hotel. Vintage dealers present will include Eily Henry of Waterford, Sharon O’Keeffe of Midleton and Zoe Tennison of Cork. Among the 30 dealers attending are Billy Hartnett Furniture, Limerick; Desmond Gallagher Antiques, Belfast; Treasures Irish Art, Athlone; Clanrye Antiques of Co Down; Sandra Hogan, Cork; John Vanweensveen, Westport and Michael Cooley coins and bank notes, of Co Laois. Organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs, the opening times are from 11am to 6pm.
In Doneraile there will be viewing from 11am today (Nov 24) for the Aidan Foley auction at the Schoolhouse Auction Rooms at 1.30pm.
Viewing is underway at Cork Auction Rooms for the antique and general sale scheduled to get underway at noon tomorrow (Nov 25). The auction is on view from 10am to 8pm today and from 9am to the start of the sale tomorrow.
More than 600 lots will come under the hammer at RJ Keighery in Waterford next Monday (Nov 26) at 11am There will be antique and later furniture, jewellery, silver, rugs, Waterford crystal and paintings and around 400 lots of shipping and pub memorabilia. The sale will include contents from the Guillemot Maritime Museum of Kilmore Quay, include the Guillemot bell, mast heads, old photos, model ships and paintings. Viewing is from noon to 5pm today (sat) and tomorrow.
Lynes and Lynes had a successful sale at Carrigtwohill last Saturday at which the cabinets from Wallaces Jewellers on North Main St in Cork brought in €1,800, An antique walnut and rosewood desk made €1000; a rosewood sofa table made €1,400; a Cork longcase clock made €1,000; a Regency library table made €2,200 and a Georgian Cork side table made €950.
Landscapes, portraits and sculpture all feature in Bomb-Fire, an exhibition by artists which opens today at the Grain Store in Ballymaloe. The show, with work by Jennifer O’Connor, Dee Pieters, Lolger Lonze and an artist named Gentian, continues until December 9.
Opening times are from noon to 5pm daily.
There will be an auction of 227 lots of jewellery and watches at James Adam, Dublin next Tuesday (Nov 27) at 6pm.