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    SCOTT, YEATS, BLACKSHAW AND LE BROCQUY AT DE VERES

    Thursday, March 16th, 2017

    Works by William Scott, Jack B. Yeats, Basil Blackshaw and Louis le Brocquy will be among the highlights at de Veres first art auction of 2017 on April 4.  The 160 lots include works from private collections which are fresh to the market. The catalogue cover lot is a 1973 Still Life by William Scott and it is estimated at 60,000-90,000. From the Woods Shadow by Yeats depicts a boy in the Phoenix Park. It is estimated at 80,000-120,000. A brace of paintings by Basil Blackshaw, Jack’s House I and 2, are individually estimated at 25,000-35,000.  There is a similar estimate on a tapestry by le Brocquy entitled Eden.   The first half of the sale is dedicated to the collection of the late Michael Carroll OF AIB, who bought much of his collection at the Dawson Gallery and the Taylor Galleries.  The auction goes on view at the Taylor Galleries, Kildare St. from April 1 and the venue for the sale is the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    William Scott CBE RA, 1913-1989
    STILL LIFE (1973)

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA, RUA , 1932-2016
    JACK’S HOUSE (BLUE)

    Jack B. Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
    FROM THE WOODS SHADOW (1953)

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA 1916-2012
    EDEN, 1951 (AKA Womans Heel)

    THE IRISH ART MARKET NOW

    Monday, December 19th, 2016
    The big winter Irish art sales – by de Veres, Whytes, Morgan O’Driscoll and James Adam – grossed almost five million euro. This figure suggests that market for Irish art is in a state of rude good health.  The real story is more complex.  Bidding is brisk, turnover is up and the market has its problems. All auctioneers are finding it difficult to source top quality works.  “What incentive is there to sell when you can get no interest on your money” one asked.
    Right now this remains very much a buyer’s market. Prices are deflated and a correction upwards is long overdue.  The view is that this has to happen, the only question is when.  Meantime prices are far from stratospheric across all levels and ranges. Todays art buyer has become both discriminating and picky and there is a price above which they will not venture.
    The market in 2016 was unpredictable and threw up some surprising results.  Adams failed to get their main Yeats away at the latest sale but still grossed 1.35 million with 76% of lots on offer finding buyers. Morgan O’Driscoll capped off what he described as an unbelievable year with a Dublin sale that drew bidders from 12 countries and grossed over a million this month. The September sale at Whyte’s was the most successful since 2008 and a small west of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry made a hammer price of 87,000 at their latest sale. A large pastel by Sean Scully sold for 165,000 at the late November auction by de Veres, which grossed around 1.6 million. And Sean Keating’s Aran Woman and her Children sold for 130,000 at hammer a Mealy’s this month – the first time since 2008 that a Keating sold for a six figure sum. Sell through rates of around 75%-80% are being reported from most sales.

    The Bronze Horses of St. Marks by Patrick Hennessy made a hammer price of 32,000 at James Adam.

    The Bronze Horses of St. Marks by Patrick Hennessy made a hammer price of 32,000 at James Adam.

    Garden at Night by William Crozier sold for a hammer price of 19,000 at Whyte's

    Garden at Night by William Crozier sold for a hammer price of 19,000 at Whyte’s

    A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT AT DE VERES SALE OF IRISH ART

    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
    Caballero by Jack B. Yeats made 135,000 at hammer.

    Caballero by Jack B. Yeats made 135,000 at hammer.

    A Scully for 165,000 at hammer and a Yeats at a hammer price of 135,000 over a top estimate of 120,000 made for a successful night at de Veres sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin this evening. There was much competitive bidding for a sale characterised by strong works.  The Yeats, Caballero from 1949, measures just 14″ x 18″ and was a strong result.  Leo Whelan’s Waiting sold for 60,000 at hammer, A wet day, Cork by John Doherty made a hammer price at the top estimate of 20,000 , an abstract landscape by Mary Swanzy sold for 25,000 at hammer over an estimate of 20,000-30,000, The Night Garden by William Crozier made 13,000 over a top estimate of 10,000 and Camille Souter’s Time of Waiting made 24,500 at hammer over a top estimate of 20,000.

    Woman and a Bridget Reilly by Robert Ballagh made 12,000 over a top estimate of 6,000 and Man and a Tom Wesselman by the same artist made 25,000 over a top estimate of 12,000. A number of works by Patrick Scott made over the top estimate including Gold Painting 12.94 which made 32,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 30,000.  Amng other artists whose hammer prices exceeded the top estimate were Hughie O’Donoghue, Barrie Cooke, Patrick Graham, Neill Shawcross, Kenneth Webb, Liam Belton, Felim Egan and Charles Tyrrell.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 10, 2016)

    OUTSTANDING IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Saturday, November 19th, 2016

    A large pastel by Sean Scully highlights the sale of outstanding Irish art at de Veres at the RHA Gallery in Dublin on November 22 at 6 p.m.  This, according to the auctioneers, is one of the finest quality sales they have held in many years.  It includes a small collection owned by John de Vere White and his business partner Barry Smyth which was put together 15 years ago as part of a business plan.

    The pastel by Scully from the collection “1.6.92” was acquired from the Trinity Taylor Gallery in London and is estimated at 150,000-250,000. The collection, which includes signature pieces by Barrie Cooke, Patrick Collins, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley and John Shinnors, was at the Four Seasons Hotel (now the Intercontinental) in Ballsbridge for the past 12 years.

    All tastes are catered for in an auction which features collections of paintings by Patrick Scott and by Robert Ballagh.  There is work by Camille Souter, Louis le Brocquy, Melanie le Brocquy, Leo Whelan, George Russell, Donald Teskey, James H Craig, William Crozier, Basil Blackshaw, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Nevill Johnson and William Conor.  The catalogue is online.

    1.6.92 by Sean Scully (150,000-250,000)

    1.6.92 by Sean Scully (150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 165,000 AT HAMMER.

    Family Group by Neville Johnson (1911-1999) (14,000-18,000)

    Family Group by Neville Johnson (1911-1999) (14,000-18,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,500 AT HAMMER

    A HOUSE CONTENTS SALE BY DE VERES ON AILSBURY RAOD

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

    THE house contents auction by de Veres at Ailsbury Road, Dublin 4 on October 24 will feature 650 lots .  There is  fine Irish Georgian furniture, mirrors, lighting, paintings, silver, porcelain, books, fine wine, household items, Objets d’art and even a Maserati car.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A LARGE GEORIGAN MAHOGANY DOUBLE BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE (10,000-15,000)

    A LARGE GEORIGAN MAHOGANY DOUBLE BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000

     

    A PAIR OF IRISH GEORGIAN MAHOGANY AND BRASS BOUND PLATE BUCKETS (2,000-3,000)

    A PAIR OF IRISH GEORGIAN MAHOGANY AND BRASS BOUND PLATE BUCKETS (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    Norah McGuinness HRHA, 1901-1980 ENNISKERRY (1,500-2,000)

    Norah McGuinness HRHA, 1901-1980 ENNISKERRY (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,100

    A PAIR OF KINGWOOD AND PAINTED BOMBE SHAPED COMMODES (1,000-1,500)

    A PAIR OF KINGWOOD AND PAINTED BOMBE SHAPED COMMODES (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 2,200

    A SUNDAY SALE OF IRISH ART AT DE VERES ON MONDAY!

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

    The Sunday Sale of Irish art at de Veres is now to take place on Monday.  The venue is Buswells Hotel in Dublin on June 27.  The date was changed after Ireland’s win over Italy meant the country played France in Lyon on June 26.  The score was 2-1 in favor of France and Ireland moved out of the competition. There are 150 lots with estimates ranging from 100 to 5,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Charles Tyrell, b.1950 UNTITLED (watercolour~) 300-500

    Charles Tyrell, b.1950
    UNTITLED (watercolour~) 300-500

    Michael Cullen, Contemporary PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST WITH MIRROR (600-900)

    Michael Cullen, Contemporary
    PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST WITH MIRROR (600-900)

    Hughie O'Donoghue b.1953 BELLACORICK, MOUTH OF THE TURNING RIVER I (3,000-5,000)

    Hughie O’Donoghue b.1953
    BELLACORICK, MOUTH OF THE TURNING RIVER I (3,000-5,000)

    Alicia Boyle 1908-1997 ROISIN ISLAND, BURTONPORT (300-500)

    Alicia Boyle 1908-1997
    ROISIN ISLAND, BURTONPORT (300-500)

    STRONG DEMAND FOR BLACKSHAW AT DE VERES

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016
    Strong demand for Basil Blackshaw, the Northern Ireland artist who died earlier this month, was evident at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on May 25.  There were two works by Blackshaw in the auction.  Lot 92, an oil on paper entitled Farmhouse in a Landscape was estimated at 3,000-5,000 and sold for 12,500.   Lot 11, an oil on canvas titled Headland II dating from 1992, was estimated at 9,000-12,000 and sold for a hammer price of 11,500.
    The top lot in the sale was A Riverside Inn by Jack Butler Yeats which made 66,000.  The Ferry Boat by Yeats sold for 61,000 in a sale where 80% of lots on offer found buyers.  The sale total was 650,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 19, 2016)

    Basil Blackshaw (1932-2016) - Headland II

    Basil Blackshaw (1932-2016) – Headland II

    Basil Blackshaw (1932-2016) Farmhouse

    Basil Blackshaw (1932-2016) Farmhouse in a Landscape

    CLASSIC 20TH CENTURY DESIGN AT DE VERES

    Thursday, April 21st, 2016

    The sale of classic 20th century design & contemporary furniture at de Veres in Dublin on the evening of April 25 will feature Danish and Italian pieces from the 1950’s and ’60’s.  It includes work by makers Arne Jacobsen and Gianfranco Frattini.  A set of six c1925 Art Deco dining chairs by Gaetano Borsani is estimated at 3,000-5,000. Sculpture on offer includes work by F.E. MacWilliam and art includes work by Felim Egan, Pauline Bewick, Richard Gorman and Makiko Nakamura.  The venue for the sale is the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street and viewing takes place at de Veres at 35 Kildare St.  The catalogue with 159 lots is online.

    A 1960's Italian rosewood sideboard by Gianfranco Frattini (2,000-4,000)

    A 1960’s Italian rosewood sideboard by Gianfranco Frattini (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000 AT HAMMER

    One of a set of six Model 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen (1,000-2,000)

    One of a set of six Model 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen (1,000-2,000)  UPDATE: THE SET SOLD FOR 1,200 AT HAMMER

    JELLETT AND O’CONOR TO HIGHLIGHT DE VERES SALE

    Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
    Contrasting works made by Irish artists in Paris in the early years of the 20th century will highlight the auction at de Veres in Dublin on March 7.  The catalogue cover is Mainie Jelletts “Composition, Two Elements” from 1925, when Jellett and Evie Hone had embraced the teaching of their tutor Albert Gleizes.  It is estimated at 30,000-50,000.  Roderic O’Conor’s “Nature Morte – Flowers on a table” (60,000-90,000) was painted 15 years earlier under one of the large windows of his studio near Montparnasse. This is one of two O’Conor’s in the sale.  Both are from the artist’s studio sale at Hotel Drouot in Paris in 1956.

    The auction offers important works by Paul Henry, Walter Osborne, Louis le Brocquy, Jack Yeats, Gerard Dillon, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley and Sir John Lavery.  There are works by artists as diverse as William Leech, Patrick Hennessy, Donald Teskey, Barrie Cooke, Sean McSweeney, Charles Tyrrell, Jill Dennis and Felim Egan in a catalogue that lists 98 lots.  The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THE AUCTION REALISED 550,000

    Nature Morte, Flowers on a table by Roderic O'Conor

    Nature Morte, Flowers on a table by Roderic O’Conor. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 80,000

    Composition, Two Elements by Mainie Jellett

    Composition, Two Elements by Mainie Jellett.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 36,000

    YEATS PAINTING ON LOSS PROVES A WINNER

    Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
    Man in a train, Thinking by Jack Butler Yeats

    Man in a train, Thinking by Jack Butler Yeats

    A painting about a loser proved to be a winner at de Veres  auction of Irish art in Dublin tonight.  Man on a train, thinking by Jack B. Yeats sold for a hammer price of 220,000. It was the top lot in a successful sale which brought in 850,000 on the hammer and just over one million with fees.  Les Enfants et les Ombres by William John Leech made 56,000, A sunny morning in the fields, Pont-Aven by Walter Osborne made 38,000,Paul Henry’s Cottages, Connemara sold for 27,000, Anzio, The Overpass, III by Hughie O’Donoghue made 18,500.  Other prices achieved include Yellow Flags, Sligo by Norah McGuinness (9,000); Black Skirt still life by John Shinnors (15,500); Two by Rowan Gillespie (11,500); Box Four, 1969 by F.E. McWilliam (14,500): The Old Fountain, Madrid by Walter Osborne (17,ooo); A Hooker and a Nobbie by Yeats (40,000) and Painting, 1930 by Mainie Jellett (16,000).

    The story behind Man in a train, thinking was recounted by Yeats at a dinner of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1929. Travelling by train to the west of Ireland he met a sickly looking man in a buttoned up collar who looked ill.  Inquiring whether he was alright the man explained that he had bought a ticket for the Calcutta Sweepstake for one pound and sold it for two. It was the winning ticket and brought in 100,000. Yeats said words to the effect that if that had happened to him he would have cut his throat. To his consternation his fellow traveller replied:  ‘That is just what I have done, sir”.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 25, 2015).