Earlier this month, award-winning New York interior designer Amy Lau and co-founder of Design Miami was asked to list her top three pieces of furniture. Lau, who is considered one of the world’s top three interior designers, included Irish furniture maker Joseph Walsh’s Lumenoria table, describing his work as “the legacy of tomorrow.”
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Peregrine and Amanda Cavendish, are also fans of the self-taught designer who has a three-year waiting list for commissions and received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from University College Cork in 2015 In 2017, the couple commissioned Walsh to design rooms for Chatsworth House, their Class I stately home in the Devonshire Dales, which has been home to 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house, which holds significant collections including old masters such as Rembrandt and modern works by Lucien Freud, was used in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in 2005, and Cavendish recently noted that although they currently using the two dozen Enignum chairs Walsh created for their dining room, he expects one day they “will be considered too important to risk being damaged.”
The Mid-Century Modern Sale, November 2 at Adam’s of St Stephen’s Green, features a remarkable sculptural piece from furniture maker Cork who has taken the international design world by storm with his ethereal creations from his rural farmhouse studio. Dating from 2014 and part of his Opus collection, Lilium I is phenomenal in size with over 3m in diameter.
“It was originally purchased from the Oliver Sears Gallery [in Dublin], and Walsh wanted it to be suspended from a ceiling to fully appreciate the room, ”according to Nicolas Gore Grimes, auctioneer.
The room is so large that it would not pass through Adam’s Gates, so it is currently on display in another stately building, the Throne Room at Dublin Castle. Even if the estimate of 100,000 to 150,000 € is way over your budget, it is worth taking a look at the work, which will more than likely be purchased for a very large private house or as a centerpiece. for a company headquarters.
Included in the sale, which features legendary designers such as Ico Parisi, Arne Vodder and Angelo Lelli, is Gianfranco Frattini who has three pieces listed. Lot 4 is an elegant rosewood sideboard with two shutters (€ 3,000 to € 5,000) and if you are looking for a very clean and uncluttered desk, lot 19 is an offer in walnut estimated between 2,000 and 3 000 €. There is a large selection of Eames office chairs as well as a remarkable selection of statement lamps, including a Diplomat lamp by Louis Kalff from the 1970s. Two of these Z-shaped lamps were featured in the popular French TV series Call My Agent (Ten Percent) – a hilarious, cutting-edge look at the agents handling the everyday celebrity neuroses – where they were used as bedside lighting for singer Julien Dore.
From the collection of architect Michael Scott, pioneer and representative of contemporary architecture in Ireland, five works of art including Two Red Boots on a Black Background by Jim Dine (lot 93, € 8,000-€ 12,000) and Untitled, Fragment 7, a black and white silkscreen on plexiglass by Bridget Riley (€ 20,000-30,000).
Another silkscreen print by Riley, who had an exceptionally distinguished career winning the 1968 International Painting Prize at the Venice Biennale, will appear in Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International Art Sale on October 26, along with works on display. on RDS until Monday. afternoon. Two Blues, numbered 7 from an edition of 250 is priced between 2,500 and 3,500 €. Top lots in O’Driscoll’s auction include Turf Stacks in Connemara by Paul Henry, which comes from the estate of James Ford Strachan IV in Australia (lot 16, € 120,000 – € 160,000) and a composition of interlocking rectangles by Sean Scully, from a private collection initially purchased from the William Beadleston Gallery in New York (lot 23, € 60,000-90,000).
Banksy, whose irreverent gimmicks continue to mock the art world, is also presented with a color screenprint, Jack and Jill (Police Kids), numbered 320 on an edition of 350 and priced between € 60,000 and € 90,000.
Last week, Banksy’s Love is in the Bin, which was what was left of a shredded Girl with Balloon antique from a 2018 sale, hit a record high of £ 16million (€ 18.98million) against a reserve of 4 to 6 million pounds sterling (4.7 to € 7m). As the hammer fell when it was sold for £ 1million (€ 1.18million) in 2018, the coin shredded, so it looks like the owner made a handsome sum of 15million of pounds sterling (17.7 million euros) before commissions over three years, for the shredded pieces of paper. Other works by Banksy will be on sale at RDS Dublin, via Gormley’s at Art Source (12-14 November) as well as works by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst for a total amount of 1.3 million euros.
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