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  • A HOLY GRAIL OF IRISH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

    November 30th, 2017
    Fonsie Mealy will offer a book of Irish photos described as the Holy Grail of  illustrated Irish books at his rare book sale at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin on December 5.   W D Hemphill of Clonmel was one of the pioneers of early photography in Ireland. HIs book of stereoscopic illustrations of Clonmel and the surrounding country, including abbeys, castles and scenery, dates to 1860, is in fine condition and estimated at 7,000-10,000.
    Also of great topographical interest is an original Irish coloured plate book of James Malton’s views of Dublin taken in 1791. This is estimated at 7,000-9,000. Other rarities at this large upcoming sale include the unauthorised US first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses published in eleven issues of Two World’s Monthly.  This is estimated at 1,200-1,500.
    The auctin will include the library of the late Capt. H.C.P. Hamilton of Moyne, Co. Laois, the final portion of the library from Barne, Co. Tipperary, books from the family of W.B. Yeats, the fishing library of A.A. Luce and maps, atlases, manuscripts and fine wines.
    UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,750 AT HAMMER

    MAUREEN O’HARA’S JEWELS MAKE FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING

    November 29th, 2017

    THIS Colombian emerald pendant sold for 70,000.

    The jewellery of Hollywood film star Maureen O’Hara attracted competitive bidding at Sheppard’s sale in Durrow today. An 18 carat white gold brilliant cut 8.3 carat diamond ring with baguette diamond shoulders sold for 120,000 at hammer.  A solitaire 5.03 carat diamond ring made a hammer price of 46,000.

    A natural Colombian emerald pendant made 46,000 and a Colombian emerald and brilliant cut diamond bangle sold for 70,000.  Her full length Dior white mink coat made 2,800 at hammer.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 26)

    AESTHETIC REVIVAL TABLE FROM ROBINSON COLLECTION FAILS TO SELL

    November 28th, 2017

    The Aesthetic Revival table.

    An Aesthetic Revial oak library table from the collection of former President Mary Robinson failed to sell at Sheppards in Durrow today.  The table, from Massbrook Lodge in Co. Mayo, had been estimated at 5,000-7,000.  By Holland and Sons London it contains an expansive oval tooled leather top above a leaf carved frieze.

    Other lots from the Robinson collection, like a Dublin George III hanging hall lantern originally from a doctor’s house on St. Stephen’s Green, easily found buyers.  The lantern sold for 1,800 at hammer against and estimate of 1,500-2,500.  The sale continues on November 29 with lots fro the collection of the late actress Maureen O’Hara.

    A HOUSE SALE BY DE VERES AT KILLINEY

    November 28th, 2017

    Around 350 lots will come under the hammer when de Veres auction the contents of Ballybrack House, Killiney, Co. Dublin on December 3 at 3 p.m. Racing art in the auction include a selection of paintings by Peter Curling, hunting and Snaffles prints and a bronze bust of Lester Piggott by Gary Trimble. There is a selection of 18th and 19th century furniture.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    A PAIR OF STONE ARMORIAL LIONS (1,000-1,500)

    Peter Curling FACING IN TO THEM (15,000-20,000)

    A MAHOGANY SERVING TABLE, MID 19th CENTURY (1,500-2,000)

    A LARGE BRASS BOUND MAHOGANY PEAT BUCKET (1,500-2,000)

    EVENING MONTREUX BY SIR JOHN LAVERY AT WHYTE’S

    November 26th, 2017
    A Swiss scene by Sir John Lavery is the leading lot at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS at 6 pm on November 27.  Evening Montreux shows Lake Geneva and a mountainous landscape beyond.  Paul Henry’s Coomasaharn, Co. Kerry has an estimate of  €50,000-70,000 and a Mayo view by Henry is estimated at  €50,000-60,000.

    There are eight works by Basil Blackshow with estimates ranging from 2,000 to 70,000 for Grey Horse in a Stable. Peony 1991 by Louis le Brocquy (35,000-45,000), Girls and Dogs by Dan O’Neill ( €25,000-35,000) and The Dodder in Flood by Jack B. Yeats ( €30,000-40,000) are among the other top lots.  The catalogue cover is Italian with Fowl 1948 by Gerard Dillon ( €50,000-70,000).  A later work by Dillon, Holy Island is estimated at  €30,000-50,000. There are 183 lots in total from artists including William John Leech, Percy French, Frank McKelvey, Maurice Wilks, George Campbell, Barrie Cooke, Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan and works from the estate of Robert Taylor Carson.

    UPDATE:  THE sale grossed 810,000.  Ian Whyte commented:   “We are very pleased with the results, which brings the total of Irish art sold at auction in the past week to over €4 million, which demonstrates the continuing strength of the Irish art market and the confidence collectors have in it. It has been our best year since 2007, albeit still only 50% of our turnover in that year, so, hopefully, there is still potential to improve”

    Evening Montreux by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE:THIS MADE 90,000 AT HAMMER

    Grey Horse in a Stable by Basil Blackshaw  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    DIAMONDS AND DIOR MINK OWNED BY MAUREEN O’HARA

    November 26th, 2017

    Maureen O’Hara’s Christian Dior full length white mink coat comes up at Sheppards sale in Durrow next Wednesday. Trimmed with Arctic fox fur and lined with silk it represents the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour and luxury.  The west Cork collection of the Hollywood actress, who died in 2015, includes diamond rings and  a Colombian emerald pendant and bangle.

    The two day sale next Tuesday and Wednesday also features the collection of former President Mary Robinson  who is downsizing from Massbrook Lodge in Mayo to Dublin.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm today, tomorrow and Monday.

    Maureen O’Hara’s Dior mink coat.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    An 18 carat white gold brilliant cut diamond ring owned by Maureen O’Hara with a centre diamond of 8.3 carats (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 120,000 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT WHYTE’S RDS SALE

    November 23rd, 2017

    There is a great choice across various price ranges at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS in Dublin on November 27.  There are eight variously estimated works by Basil Blackshaw and a Swiss scene by Sir John Lavery is, at 50,000-70,000, the most expensively estimated lot in the auction.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:A

    Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996) STUDIO STILL LIFE (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry – Mountainous landscape West of Ireland (50,000-60,000)  UPDATE:  THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) ITALIAN WITH FOWL, 1948 (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000 AT HAMMER

    William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968) ST. GILES, HOLBORN, FROM CHARING CROSS ROAD, LONDON (9,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    SHELBOURNE HOTEL FURNITURE AT HERITAGE AUCTION

    November 22nd, 2017

    SHELBOURNE HOTEL SUITE WITH OBJECTS TO BE SOLD

    Furniture from Dublin’s iconic Shelbourne Hotel’s suites will come under the hammer at The Heritage, Killenard, Co.Laois on November 29.  A total of 250 lots of upholstered chairs and specially-made mahogany furniture are among the items from the hotel to be sold.  Auctioneers say that two container loads of stock from the Shelbourne includes many unused items of furniture still in their original packaging.

    The auction will include 1,000 lots from Brown’s Barn bar and restaurant on the Naas Road. Among them are the 30-foot long stainless steel bar structure and all furniture and memorabilia.  The sale will be conducted by Sean Eacrett Auctions and the full catalogue can be viewed online at www.easyliveauction.com.

    ART, ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AT DOLAN’S LIMERICK SALE

    November 21st, 2017

    A total of 288 lots of art, antiques and collectibles will come under the hammer at Dolan’s sale at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on Sunday, November 26. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Carina Scott – Atlantic Blues (1,000-1,500)

    Markey Robinson – Studio View to the Harbour (3,800-4,500)

    Mark O’Neill – A FLORAL GIFT (3,500-5,000)

    Self Portrait by Terry Wogan (600-800)

    STRONG SELECTION OF WOMEN ARTISTS AT ADAMS SALE

    November 19th, 2017

    There is an unusually strong representation of Irish women artists at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on November 22 at 6 pm.  The catalogue features artists May Guinness, Eva Hamilton, Letitia Hamilton, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness, Kitty Wilmer O’Brien, Margaret Stokes, Barbara Warren, Stella Steyn, Sarah Purser, Estella Solomons, Mildred Anne Butler, Rita Duffy, Sandra Bell, Melanie le Brocquy, Nancy Wynne Jones, Anne Madden and several others.

    By Merrion Strand by Jack B. Yeats is the most expensively estimated lot (€300,000-500,000).  Night Rider by Basil Blackshaw from the collection of journalist Eamon Mallie has an estimate of €100,000-150,000 and A  Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry is estimated at €60,000-80,000).  Blue and White by William Scott was originally in the collection of architect Michael Scott and The Storm by Mary Swanzy is from the estate of PJ Mara. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    By Merrion Strand (1929) by Jack B. Yeats  UPDATE: THIS MADE 450,000 AT HAMMER

    Blue and White (1964) by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 33,000 AT HAMMER

    Above the Bay by Norah McGuinness  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    The Storm by Mary Swanzy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000 AT HAMMER

    A Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 65,000 AT HAMMER