The sale of Irish and International art at Whyte’s in Dublin last night brought in a total of 1.2 million. Matriach, a cherrywood carving by F.E. McWilliam, was the top lot. It sold for 90,000 at hammer and went to a collector in London. There were some interesting results in an auction where 83% of lots on offer found buyers from among 100 bidders in the room, 50 telephone bidders and 150 internet buyers. About 15% of lots, totalling 125,000, were sold on the internet.
Other top prices were achieved for work by Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven, 1950, (85,000); Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) Travellers, 1948, (58,000); Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a landscape, (45,000); Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) Morning Light II, Paradise Island, Bahamas,1982, (30,000); Dame Lucie Rie (Austrian/British 1902-1995) Footed Bowl, c.1980, (30,000); Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983) Children at Play, 1939, (29,000); William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968) Bowl of Fruit c.1944, (22,000); Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005) A hot day in Rush, County Dublin, (18,000).