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    Saturday, October 14th, 2017
    Affordable artwork by Robert Ballagh, Pauline Bewick, Barrie Cooke, Edward Delaney and Sir William Orpen will feature at Whyte’s autumn art sale in Dublin on October 23.  The auction will offer a range of 270 affordable works of Irish and international artists with estimates from 100 to 1,000.  The first 38 lots are from the collection of the late Judge Desmond Windle.

    Others among those whose work will be offered are Elizabeth Rivers, Sean Scully, Patsy Dan and Ruari Rodgers, Patrick Pye, Brian Bourke, Graham Knuttel, Cecil King and Louis le Brocquy.  The sale takes place at Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St. at 6 pm on October 23.

    William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) FULL HOUSE, 1910 (500-700)

    D aniel O’Neill (1920-1974) LANDSCAPE STUDIES (SET OF THREE ) (400-500)

    Patrick Pye RHA (b.1929) PROVINCIAL TOWN (500-700)

    Edward Delaney RHA (1930-2009) CATTLE SHELTERING, 1979 (300-500)


    Saturday, October 14th, 2017

    Winged Figure by William Crozier

    The Edge of the Landscape, the William Crozier exhibition on view at the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen in July and August, has just opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin.

    Best-known in Ireland for the lyrical landscapes made close to his home in West Cork from the mid-1980s, this exhibition of 30 works presents William Crozier’s early work, inspired by the Existentialist movement.

    The show, which runs to next April, is supported by the Crozier Circle: Mareta and Conor Doyle, Celtic Ross Hotel, Kelly’s Resort Hotel and other donors.


    Friday, October 13th, 2017


    The James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda this week grossed over two million. The timed internet auction worked very well and grossed just over 50,000.

    There were bidders from the US, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, the UK and Ireland north and south.

    Hammer prices for the top lots were as follows:  George Barrets Mountainous Wooded River Landscape (200,000);  a giltwood pier mirror by John and Francis Booker (50,000); a c1750 Irish armorial side table (40,000):  Wooded landscape with figure by Solomon Delane (38,000); a pair of massive mid 19th century porcelain vases (33,000); a Ming revival blue and white moon flask, Yongzheng (32,000); an Irish Regency four pillar dining table (28,000); Games Still Life by Raoul Hynckes (26,000): George III giltwood overmantle mirror (25,000) and Portrait of a Lady by Sir Francis Grant (22,000).

    (See posts on for October 8 and October 5, 2017)


    Monday, October 9th, 2017

    EUGÈNE DELACROIX (FRENCH, 1798-1863), Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830,

    Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830 by Eugène Delacroix will lead Christie’s Classic Week 19th Century European & Orientalist Art auction in London on December 14.. This autographed painting is the only known sketch in oil that fully outlines the intended final composition for Delacroix’s masterpiece La liberté guidant le peuple, in the collection of the Louvre in Paris. It is estimated at £700,000-1,000,000.

    Providing a rare insight into Delacroix’s creative process, the fast and fluid lines of the final composition takes form with the figure of Liberty at the centre, surrounded by the fallen men who populate the primary plane. A pivotal figure, looking up in hope and admiration, is present to the left in both the preparatory and the final painting.

    Arne Everwijn, Head of Sale, 19th Century European & Orientalist Art, London, said: “La Liberté guidant le people is one of the most iconic works in art history and we are extremely excited to present the only known oil sketch of Delacroix’s masterpiece to collectors this December, during Christie’s Classic Week. The fluidity of the sketch and the use of sharp diagonal lines exemplifies the artistic mastery of Delacroix, portraying the dynamism and movement for which the final composition is known.”


    Sunday, October 8th, 2017
    A particularly fine landscape by George Barret, a mirror by John and Francis Booker, an Irish armorial side table, a Killarney davenport and a Brussels tapestry are among the top lots at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale in Co. Louth on October 10.
    The highest estimated lot of A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape and Waterfall and Three Figures by George Barret (c1728-1784) is estimated at 200,000. Adams say it was most likely painted in Ireland before Barret’s move to London in 1763. An Irish Georgian giltwood pier mirror by the Booker Brothers still has its makers label attached and is estimated at 50,000. An Irish armorial side table dates to about 1850 and has an estimate of 20,000, as has a large Killarney davenport.
    A Wooded Landscape by Solomon Delane (1727-1812) is possibly of Tuscany and estimated at 40,000. There is a portrait of Frederick the Great of Prussia (3,000) and the 17th/18th Brussels tapesty of the Baptism of Clovis, often referred to as the first Christian King of France,  is large and estimated at 10,000.  A pair of compact George II giltwood mirrors attributed to Benjamin Goodison is estimated at 6,000.  The same model of mirror was illustrated in Buckingham Palace in a 1927 edition of Country Life.

    There is a Victorian sideboard from the Cornish house where Daphne du Maurier lived for decades and inspired her novel Rebecca. It is estimated at 10,000. There is a similar estimate on a Great Irish Deer set of antlers.  The auction is at Townley Hall near Drogheda. A section of nearly 200 lots at the end of the catalogue is being offered online and by written bids only.  These include the Moyne collection of miniatures, antiquarian prints and books. They will come up at a timed internet auction which will run to 6 p.m. on October 11.

    George Barret (c.1728-1784) A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape with Waterfall and Three Figures UPDATE: THS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    A giltwood pier mirror by John and Francis Booker  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 50,000 AT HAMMER

    A Killarney marquetry davenport  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Victorian sideboard from the Cornish house Daphne du Maurier lived in which inspired her novel Rebecca.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, October 7th, 2017

    Classic 20th century and contemporary design furniture will come under the hammer at de Veres in Dublin on October 15.  Lots on offer range from Danish and Italian design furniture from the 1960’s to the contemporary Nomos table designed by Sir Norman Foster which is estimated at 1,400-1,800. The auction will feature work from designers including Arne Vodder,  Osvaldo Borsani and Philippe Starck.  Estimates for a selection that includes tables, chairs, sideboards, lamps, cocktail cabinets, Murano glass and mirrors are reasonable.

    There is Irish art by Louis le Brocquy, Hughie O’Donoghue, Robert Ballagh, Patrick Scott, Felim Egan, Robert Ballagh and others among the 140 lots on offer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    French 1970’s rosewood lipstick floor mirror (600-900) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Eden by Louis le Brocquy (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER


    Friday, October 6th, 2017

    David Hockney – 15 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998)

    AN American landscape by David Hockney’s sold for £6 million at Sotheby’s in London on October. 5.  Considered one of the greatest Hockney landscapes in private hands 15 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon (1998) was painted in preparation for A Bigger Grand Canyon, the seven and a half metre wide masterpiece housed in the National Gallery of Australia.

    The painting’s importance is underlined by its inclusion in two of the most important exhibitions of the artist’s career, including his major 1999 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and his blockbuster retrospective in London at Tate Britain earlier this year.

    The enthusiasm for Hockney tonight was echoed elsewhere in the sale, with a succession of strong prices for other British artists, including Cecily Brown, Hurvin Anderson, Cecily Brown, Antony Gormley and Howard Hodgkin.  The Contemporary art evening sale brought in £18.4 million.


    Thursday, October 5th, 2017

    Artworks, furniture, porcelain, silver and collectors effects all feature at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall on October 10 at 11 a.m.  Lot 479, for example, is a pair of enormous mid 19th century Sevres vases estimated at around 7,000.  Viewing gets underway on October 7.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    An Irish Victorian Carlton House desk (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Irish George II card table (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    A Brussels style wall hanging, The Baptism of Clovis (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE:THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A skull and antlers of a great Irish deer (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A Georgian door lock (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER


    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    Michael Craig Martin – Wheelbarrow (red) 2013 New Art Centre/Gagosian

    Frieze London runs from October 5-8 with a preview day on October 4. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will make London a mecca for the international art set this week.  The Focus section is devoted to emerging galleries and artists.  A new commission by the Danish trio Superflex is unveiled at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall today and will be on view until next April.  The fair is brimful of events and satellite fairs which will take place in various locations.  Many are pay into, but there is much that is free, like the temporary sculpture park in Regent’s Park. A Contemporary African Art fair will run at Somerset House from next Thursday until October 8.


    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry (1876-1958)(80,000-100,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 100,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Sir John Lavery and Walter Osborne all feature at Whyte’s sale of Irish and International art at the RDS in Dublin this evening. More contemporary work from highly collectible artists like John Shinnors, Tony O’Malley, William Crozier and John Behan will feature too.

    There is a newly discovered pencil and watercolour drawing by Sir William Orpen from the estate of Judge Desmond Windle. On the Hill of Howth depicts a sitter believed to be Orpen’s daughter Mary and is estimated at 35,000-50,000.  West of Ireland Bog by Paul Henry is estimated at 80,000-100,000 and there are two lots by Jack B. Yeats, Against the Stream 1945 (60,000-80,000) and Sea Fog 1909 (8,000-12,000). There is sculpture by F.E. McWilliam and  an oil of West Cork, 1994 by William Crozier (10,000-15,000).  In total no less than 150 artists are represented among the 188 lots on the catalogue.

    UPDATE: Good prices were realised and the auction grossed just under one million.

    (See post on for September 27, 2017)