A Connemara Village by Paul Henry was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It sold for a hammer price of 119,000 over a top estimate of 100,000. Four telephone bidders hotly pursued the work, which measures just 14 x 15 ¾”. A smaller work by Paul Henry (five by six and a quarter inches) Cumulus Clouds, Dugort with a top estimate of 10,000 sold for 15,000 on the hammer with no less than eight bidders in pursuit, including one in Abu Dhabi.
In fact very few lots at this auction had only one bidder, which is indicative of a continuing pick up in the Irish art market. The sale realised 855,000 with premium with a sell through rate of 81%.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for January 8 and March 16, 2016).