Monthly Archives: January 2012

Condition Vs Provenance?

A white porcelain imperfect Meissen lioness created a stir when it sold for €1,100,000.00 in Lempertz auction rooms in Germany.  The lioness was fired in one piece and is seated on its hind legs with its head turned slightly to its right.  Despite … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor Painting

A painting owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $2million in Christies auction in New York.  “Portrait of a Man” was painted by the Dutch Master Frans Hals in 1630s.  Previously owned by Taylor’s art dealer father, he gave it to her in the … Continue reading

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The Work of Émile Gallé

Born in France in Nancy in 1846 Émile Gallé’s life was preordained in so far as he would go into the family business making ceramics.  He was happy to do this and worked there for some years but he was innovative and needed … Continue reading

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Auction Updates

The wine cooler given by George Washington to Alexander Hamilton made $782,500.00 well in excess of the top guide price of $600,000 and was bought by a private collector while the John Aubudon book of North American Birds made $7,922,500.00, well below … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon Painting To Be Auctioned

Christies in London will auction a painting of a nude female by Francis Bacon on 14th of February.  Painted in 1963 the work, entitled “Portrait of Henrietta Moraes”, is expected to make in excess of £21million.  Henrietta Moraes was a … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Art Collection

Now that all of Taylor’s jewellery have found new owners Christies have one more sale to arrange, the sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s Art Collection.  Her father, Francis, was an art dealer and was agent to Artist Augustus John.  Therefore it … Continue reading

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George Washington Gift

A four-bottled silver plated Sheffield wine cooler which was a gift from George Washington to one of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, in 1797 is to be auctioned by Christies in New York on 19th of January.  Hamilton was also … Continue reading

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World’s Most Expensive Book?

Christie’s will auction what could be the world’s most expensive book on January 20th.  The book is a copy of John James Aubudon “The Birds Of America” and the last time one came to auction it made £7,321,250.00 in December … Continue reading

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True Relic Returned To Holycross Abbey

A piece of the True Cross has been gifted to Holycross Abbey by the Ursuline Convent in Cork.  The ancient antiquity was given to the convent by Archbishop Thomas Morris in grateful appreciation for storing their relic while the abbey … Continue reading

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Fresco Restored

Layers of paint on the walls of St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny have been peeled away to reveal a fresco by renowned Church artist Harry Clarke.  Hidden from view for 60 years, the restored 1930’s fresco has caused a stir among … Continue reading

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