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  • A total of 390 lots of important Irish Art comes under the hammer at two sales in Dublin this week.

    In Davy's Back Snug, Dublin (1936) by Harry Kernoff at Adams Bonhams


    The Adams Bonhams sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on Wednesday June 2 at 6 p.m. will feature 168 lots.

    There are three large works by Tony O’Malley from the McClelland Collection, recently on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Various Events 1979 is estimated at 40,000-60,000, Irish Inscape with Skull, Callan 1981 is estimated at 20,000-30,000 and Two Winter Drawings with Panels 1981 is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    Harry Kernoff’s In Davy’s Back Snug (1936) is estimated at 50,000-70,000 and Gerard Dillon’s In the London Flat has an estimate of 60,000-80,000. There are four works by Colin Middleton in the sale, the top two estimated at 40,000-60,000, another with an estimate of 30,000-50,000 and one at 20,000-30,000. Also featured are two tapestries by Louis le Brocquy estimated at 25,000-35,000 each and a watercolour from his Procession Series. Sir John Lavery’s Portrait of Mrs. Arthur Franklin is estimated at 40,000-60,000, Edward McGuire’s Owl with Oak Leaves has an estimate of 15,000-20,000 and George Collie’s monumental depiction of the fruit and vegetable market at Smithfield in 1927 is estimated at 30,000-50,000. Other artists featured include Daniel O’Neill, George Campbell, Jerome Connor, William Conor, James Humbert Craig, Lilian Davidson, Charles Lamb, Markey Robinson, Patrick Collins, Evie Hone, Letitia Marion Hamilton, Patrick Hennessy, Paul Henry, George Russell Æ, Mary Swanzy, J.B. Vallely and Jack B. Yeats. Viewing at St. Stephen’s Green is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 31 and June 1 and from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday June 2.

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    In the London Flat by Gerard Dillon at Adams Bonhams

    The Turn of the Road, c1941 by Paul Henry at Whyte's


    The Turn of the Road, a classical Connemara landscape by Paul Henry, features in the Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art on Monday May 31 at 6 p.m. Discovered during Whyte’s valuation day in Belfast in January it is estimated at 60,000-80,000. In Henry’s oeuvre this painting was previously untraced or unidentified by Henry expert Dr. S.B. Kennedy.

    There is particular Cork interest in this 222 lot sale as it includes 81 works from the collection of the late senior counsel Jim O’Driscoll, a former director of the Fenton Gallery in Cork and a supporter of local and national artists. Some of these are relatively new to the auction market, as their work is more likely to be found in contemporary galleries. Cork artists featured include Diarmuid O Ceallachain, Bridget Flannery, Maurice Desmond, Jill Dennis, Michael Mulcahy, William Harrington with sculptural works by Eilis O’Connell and John Burke.

    Of the contemporary artists championed by Jim O’Driscoll, Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, Charles Tyrrell and William Crozier dominate in this sale. His collection also features works by Gerard Dillon, Nano Reid, Brian Bourke, Patrick Scott and Louis le Brocquy. A le Brocquy watercolour from 1946 entitled Tinker Children at a Fair is estimated at 30,000-40,000 and there are works by Daniel O’Neill, Jack Yeats, Paddy Graham, Francis Bacon, George Campbell, Hughie O’Donoghue, Ciaran Lennon, Cecil King, Mainie Jellett and Basl Ivan Rakoczi. Viewing and the sale will take place at the Clyde Rooms in the RDS from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 29, 30 and 31.

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    Spectral Garden, Bahamas, 1987 by Tony O'Malley at Whyte's

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