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    BRITISH AND IRISH ART MARKET ON THE UP AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016
    Paul Henry  (1876-1958) - The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000) sold for £79,300

    A mid year British and Irish art market report by Bonhams shows an increase of 22% in the year so far. They say that bullish conditions were evident at the June auction which totalled £8.3 million and was the company’s most successful to date. The sale was 86% sold by lot and 46% of lots sold above their high estimates.

    Irish art was 100% sold with strong prices for stalwarts like Sir John Lavery and Jack B. Yeats. The welcome surprise of the day, according to Bonhams, was the £79,300 paid for an 8″ x 10″ painting by Paul Henry. Bonhams say that work from the 1930’s and 40’s  experienced a particular surge and that right now there  is an overall hunger for quality.  The next major sale of British and Irish art is on November 23 and the closing date for entries is October 7.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 13, 2016)

    BONHAMS SALE OF MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH ART

    Sunday, November 15th, 2015
    Basil Blackshaw’s Blond Traveller is one of a number of Irish lots at Bonhams sale of Modern British and Irish Art at New Bond Street in London on November 18.  In 1984/85 the artist undertook a series of traveller paintings using sitters that he had met and become interested in.  The works were acclaimed for their raw colour and immediacy.  Blond Traveller is estimated at £18,000-25,000.

    A John Lavery view of house tops, Tetuan (37 miles east of Tangier) is estimated at £20,000-30,000, as is a west of Ireland oil by Paul Henry entitled Cabins on a Lough. The auction features 12 pieces by the acclaimed British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, who died in 1993.  A seated nude by Roderic O’Conor is estimated at £8,000-12,000. Other Irish artists featured include Daniel O’Neill, Gerard Dillon and Louis le Brocquy in a catalogue of 101 works in total.  Whytes, de Veres, Adams and Morgan O’Driscoll will all hold auctions of Irish art in Dublin in coming weeks.  UPDATE: The Henry and the Blackshaw were both unsold.

    Blond Traveller by Basil Blackshaw at Bonhams in London next Wednesday.

    Blond Traveller by Basil Blackshaw at Bonhams in London next Wednesday.

    Cabins by a Lough, West of Ireland by Paul Henry

    Cabins by a Lough, West of Ireland by Paul Henry

    A TOTAL OF 330 LOTS OF IRISH ART ONLINE

    Saturday, October 31st, 2015

    More than 330 lots are available at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online auction of Irish art.  The sale will run until November 9 at 6.30 p.m.  The catalogue is on line. Here is a small sampler.

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Boats on the Lagan, Belfast (4,000-6,0000.

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    Boats on the Lagan, Belfast (4,000-6,000).   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,800

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) Ruins in the Moonlight (4,000-6,000)

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Ruins in the Moonlight (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,200

    John Brian Vallely (b.1941) Into Battle (2,000-4,000).

    John Brian Vallely (b.1941)
    Into Battle (2,000-4,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Poppies in Summertime (4,000-5,000).

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    Poppies in Summertime (4,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,200

    OUTLOOK ENCOURAGING FOR IRISH ART

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

    In the belief that the outlook for Irish art is encouraging Sotheby‘s resumed sale of Irish art in London on October 21 features work by Sir John Lavery, Sir William Orpen, Jack Butler Yeats, Walter Osbore, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy and Roderic O’Conor.  In the 20th anniversary year since the inaugural stand alone sale of Irish art in London there is also a selection of work by contemporary Irish artists. There are 71 lots in total and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    SIR JOHN LAVERY, R.A., R.H.A., R.S.A. JAPANESE SWITZERLAND £300,000-500,000)

    SIR JOHN LAVERY, R.A., R.H.A., R.S.A.
    JAPANESE SWITZERLAND £300,000-500,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £509,000

    BASIL BLACKSHAW, H.R.H.A FOINAVON (£18,000-25,000)

    BASIL BLACKSHAW, H.R.H.A
    FOINAVON (£18,000-25,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £23,750

    Barrie Cooke - Elk Meets Sweeney (a portion) - £12,000-18,000)

    Barrie Cooke – Elk Meets Sweeney (a portion) – £12,000-18,000)

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 23, 2015).

    BARRIE COOKE ELK MEETS SWEENEY (SMALL VERSION) (A portion) - (£12,000-18,000).

    BARRIE COOKE
    ELK MEETS SWEENEY (SMALL VERSION) (A portion) – (£12,000-18,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. THE TALKERS )£150,000-250,000)

    JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. THE TALKERS )£150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £209,000

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S ART SALE IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

    There is something to suit all tastes at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS on September 14.  The sale of 110 lots features mostly Irish art and sculpture, but some international artists are represented as well.  You do not, for example, see art by Robert Motherwell cropping up every day at auction in Ireland.  The screen print by Motherwell in this sale, from his London series, was at Marlborough Fine Art in London and then in a private collection.  The Pig Market by the Cork 19th century artist Charles Henry Cook (c1830-1906) is one rarity. It is estimated at 3,000-5,000. Born in Bandon he exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in the 1860’s and ’70’s from an address at Patrick St. in Cork.  St. Patrick’s Day by Cook is in the collection of the National Library of Ireland.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 2, 2015).

    ALICE MAHER (B.1956)RED ARCH / ARCHWAY (1995) (1,000-1,500).

    ALICE MAHER (B.1956) – RED ARCH / ARCHWAY (1995) (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991) AMERICAN LONDON SERIES I: UNTITLED (GREEN) (1971) (1,000-1,500)

    ROBERT MOTHERWELL (1915-1991) AMERICAN:  LONDON SERIES I: UNTITLED (GREEN) (1971) (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    Column by Edward Delaney (1,000-1,500).

    Column by Edward Delaney (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The Pig Market by Charles Henry Cook (3,000-5,000).

    The Pig Market by Charles Henry Cook (3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Saturday, July 25th, 2015

    An online auction of Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll continues until August 4 at 6.30 pm.  The sale of 320 lots, including sculpture, includes 29 lots donated by artists to raise funds for the newly opened West Cork Arts Centre.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Mark O'Neill (b.1963) The Balcony  (1,500-2,000).

    Mark O’Neill (b.1963)
    The Balcony (1,500-2,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Coral Strand, Connemara  (2,500-3,500).

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    Coral Strand, Connemara (2,500-3,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Aran Island Character  (1,500-2,500).

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)
    Aran Island Character (1,500-2,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600

    Naked Woman - limited edition litho by Louis le Brocquy (1,750-2,500)

    Naked Woman – limited edition litho by Louis le Brocquy (1,750-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400

    FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION OF IRISH ART IN LONDON FOR 30 YEARS

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
    Still Life, c. 1959 © Norah McGuinness. Courtesy AIB Collection.

    Still Life, c. 1959 © Norah McGuinness. Courtesy AIB Collection.

    The first major exhibition of Irish art in London for 30 years opens today at The Mall Galleries. Featuring over 70 works from 1900 to the present day it draws on the collections of paintings, photography, tapestry and sculpture from the AIB Collection and the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

    Works by open air painters Aloysius O’Kelly, Sir John Lavery and Roderic O’Conor are represented, together with the ‘Dublin Painters’, Sean Keating, Jack B. Yeats, Paul and Grace Henry. Artists who celebrated the Irish way of life, like Harry Kernoff, as well as other experimenters who embraced new styles and themes, including Mary Swanzy, Mainie Jellett and Norah McGuinness, also feature. The contemporary scene is represented with major works by Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton, Sean Scully, photographer Willie Doherty and Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue. Younger emerging artists such as Shane Blount and Caroline McCarthy demonstrate the strength and depth of Irish art today.

    The Art of a Nation runs until May 31.

    MORE THAN 300 LOTS OF ART AND COLLECTIBLES AT DOLAN’S

    Friday, April 24th, 2015

    More than 300 lots of art, antiques and collectibles will come under the hammer at Dolan’s Bank Holiday Sunday sale at Kelly’s Hotel in Rosslare, Co. Wexford on May 3. The catalogue is on-line.  Here is a small selection from the art on offer:

    David ffrench le Roy b.1971 SPRING FLOWERS (700-850)

    David ffrench le Roy
    b.1971
    SPRING FLOWERS (700-850)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 800

    Brian Ballard RUA YELLOW ROSES (950-1,250)

    Brian Ballard RUA
    YELLOW ROSES (950-1,250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,475

    James le Jeune RHA 1910 - 1983 CHILDREN ON THE BEACH (3,500-4,500)

    James le Jeune RHA
    1910 – 1983
    CHILDREN ON
    THE BEACH (3,500-4,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,600

    Mainie Jellett 1897 - 1944 THE WAVE (4,500-5,000)

    Mainie Jellett
    1897 – 1944
    THE WAVE (4,500-5,000)

    Markey Robinson 1918 - 1999 WATCHING THE BOATS (!,200-1,400).

    Markey Robinson
    1918 – 1999
    WATCHING THE BOATS (!,200-1,400).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000

    THE OLD FENIAN JOHN O’LEARY AT WHYTE’S IRISH ART SALE

    Saturday, October 8th, 2011

    The Old Fenian John O'Leary. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 2,600.

     

    This 19th century Irish School portrait of  The Old Fenian John O’Leary (1830-1907) is at Whyte’s Irish art sale in Dublin on Monday, October 10.  O’Leary, who studied both law and medicine, was imprisoned in England during the 19th century for his involvement with the Irish Republican Brotherhood.  The work is estimated at 1,500-2,000.

    In his poem “September 1913” W.B. Yeats laments the death of O’Leary with the line:

    "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone;
    it's with O'Leary in the grave".
    See antiquesandartireland.com post for October 3.

    VARIETY OF ARTWORK AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL CORK SALE

    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

    FROM Shinnors to Scott, Markey to Maderson  the Morgan O’Driscoll Irish art sale in Cork on October 17 has much variety to offer collectors. There are abstracts and still lifes, landscapes, portraits, beaches, horses and cliffs.  Despite the Yeats effect – the impact of the million euro Yeats’ painting at Adams at the end of September on the market for Irish art – the estimates in this sale represent good value.

    The 285 lot auction is at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork on October 17  at 6.30 p.m.  Here is a small selection from what is on offer. The entire catalogue is on-line:

    UPDATE:  THE sale brought in 212,000 at hammer.  The top lot was Potato Gatherers by Markey Robinson which made 6,400 and there were good prices for works by Mark O’Neill, Kenneth Webb, John Shinnors and Arthur Maderson.

    Sean Scully (b.1945) 'Horizon I' limited edition print 29/40 (2,000 - 2,500). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,900

    John Luke RUA (1906-1975) 'Villiage Scene' watercolour (3,000 - 4,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sean Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1978) 'Irish Free State Bacon' offset lithograph poster printed in colour Provenance: Commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board in 1929 as part of a campaign to market Irish produce in Britain. (600 - 900) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935) 'Yellow Man in Fig Tree' (8,000 -12,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953) 'Old Woman Sewing' (3,000 - 5,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200

    Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) 'Tulips and Green Bottle' (1,400-1,800). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,100.

    William Scott OBE RA (1913-1989) 'Pears' (2,000 - 2,500). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD