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01 400 2014

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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 to branch out on his own to explore his artistic side and create items that would be […]

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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 the record price paid in 2010 of $11.5 million, and was also bought by a […]

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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 friend of Bacon and lover of Lucian Freud and her portrait is one of the […]

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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 comes as no surprise that there are 22 of Augustus John’s paintings in the sale […]

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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 US Secretary of the Treasury.  The wine cooler, which has not been seen by the public […]

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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 2010.  Compiled in 1827 and published for only eleven years the book is a four […]

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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 was undergoing restoration.  It was in fact a portion of the relic housed in Holycross.  […]

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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 art lovers who are flocking to the cathedral to catch a glimpse of it.

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William Orpen Paintings To Be Auctioned By Sothebys

Two portrait paintings by Irish artist Sir William Orpen will be auctioned on May 10th in London.  The subjects of the paintings are the 4th Marquis and Marchioness of Headfort whose marriage caused a scandal in Edwardian times, (he an aristocrat from Kells, Co. Meath and she a common music-hall chorus girl).  Known simply as Portrait […]

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“Domhnach Airgid” On View In The National Museum

A rare antique, priceless in both historic and cultural terms, is on display in The National Museum of Ireland.  Dating from 1350 this religious artifact, known in English as “Silver Church”, was designed to store a manuscript of fragments from 39 sheets of the Gospels but it is much more a piece of iconography.  Supposedly it was given […]

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