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Thursday 2 October 2014

Two Austrian royal portraits sold at Irish auction for €100K

Published 26/02/2014 | 22:44

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The important portraits were acquired from a private collection from the Benelux region for a prestigious Irish project now abandoned.
Eighteenth-century full length portrait of Joseph II, as a young man (born 1741) later Emperor of Austria Oil on canvas. Provenance: Private Collection

TWO Austrian Royal Portraits will soon be winging their way back to their home country after being snapped up at an Irish auction.

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The rare 18th century portraits from Martin van Meytens, known for his royal  subjects including Marie Antoinette, went under the hammer for €100, 000 in total at Sheppard's Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois.

The portrait of Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria and mother of Marie Antoinette, will soon be gracing the walls of a well-known hotel after selling for €30,000.

The portrait of her son Joseph II, who was born in 1741, and went on to become Emperor of Austria , were picked up by an Austrian purchaser.

The auction's Philip Sheppard told how such portraits always attract interest from across Europe and from museums.

"The sale was healthy overall and items performed well," he said.

A oil portrait by painter George Romney of 'Lady Hamilton as Contemplation' sold for almost double it's estimate at €9,800 was described as "beautiful".

Among the Asian art on sale on Thursday is a Qing-period imperial gilt bronze urn with raised  five-claw dragon decoration, with an estimated sale price of €20,000 to €30,000, which is expected to attract strong interest.

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