The Irish art market received a shot in the arm this week at two sales in Dublin. Following Tuesday’s successful outing at de Veres the works most sought after at James Adam’s sale of Important Irish Art sold for significantly above their high estimates. The catalogue cover lot at the James Adam sale in Dublin last night – The Long Road Home by Patrick Hennessy – sold for a hammer price of 16,000. This was significantly ahead of its top estimate of 10,000. A Still Life with Flowers by William John Leech made a hammer price of 23,000 over a top estimate of 15,000, Blue Gouache by William Scott made 31,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 20,000, Studio by Tony O’Malley made 15,000 over a top estimate of 10,000 and Colin Middleton’s Girl with Owl sold for 46,000. The complete set of Tain illustrations by Louis le Brocquy made 29,000 at hammer, a small landscape by Paul Henry made 28,000 and 25 hand coloured plates of James Malton’s Dublin views made 20,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 12,000.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 21 and March 5, 2014).