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    ONE OF THE GREATEST COLLECTIONS OF IRISH ART

    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

    Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) – A Misty Morning, 1942.

    The paintings amassed by Brian P. Burns, billed as one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands, will come up at Sotheby’s in London on November 21.  It spans artists from the 18th century to the present day reaching over 200 works at its peak.  More than forty years ago, Brian P. Burns made a bet with himself: “Isn’t it possible that the Irish could be just as brilliant in the visual arts as they have been in music and literature?” His collection is a personal response to the challenge he set and he has been generous with loans of his art to exhibitions in America and Ireland. Sotheby’s will offer 100 works form the collection with estimates ranging from £1,000 to £300,000.

    Brian P. Burns, whose grandfather emigrated to Boston from Sneem in 1892, remarked: “Some have asked why Eileen and I have chosen this time to return a large group of paintings from our Irish art collection to the market. Many years ago, when I started collecting, I was advised by Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th Knight of Glin; Desmond Guinness, and other art advisors in Ireland to remember that no matter how many paintings I might acquire, I was only a custodian of them during my lifetime. Now at 80-plus years old, and with a collection of more than 200 works, it seemed an appropriate time. We have ensured that a number of paintings will be displayed in Chicago, New York and Boston before they “go across the pond” to be exhibited in Dublin and London before their sale this November.

    There are works by Yeats, Roderic O’Conor, Sir John Lavery, Sir William Orpen, Walter Osborne, William Leech, Nathaniel Hone, James Brenan, Rowan Gillespie and many other Irish artists and sculptors. Highlights will be exhibited at the RHA in Dublin from August 30 to September 1.

    A SEPTEMBER SUNDAY STROLL BY JACK YEATS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

    Jack B. Yeats – Sunday Evening in September, 1949  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £394,000

    Sunday Evening in  September, 1949 by Jack B. Yeats will highlight Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 11. Estimated at £300,000-500,000 it features a young couple taking a stroll on St. Stephen’s Green and is described by Sotheby’s as an evocative ode to the city, of carefree evenings and a timeless tour de force.

    The sale will be led by a single-owner selection of works from the Joseph and Brenda Calihan Collection. In 16 oils, the Calihan Collection represents a distillation of Irish art across a hundred-year period, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The group is characterised by the exemplary and individual qualities of each piece. The collection of the Pittsburgh based couple includes works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon and John Luke, and carries a combined estimate in the region of €1.6 million.  The works will be on view at the RHA on August 30 and September 1.

    YEATS, HENRY, CONOR, O’NEILL AT WHYTE’S

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, William Conor, Dan O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy and other leading artists feature at Whyte’s evening sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS in Dublin on May 28.  The lead lot is Morning Glory by Yeats, a 14′”x 18″  oil estimated at 80,000-100,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    MORNING GLORY, 1945 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 175,000 AT HAMMER

    LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW, 1929 JOHN LUKE RUA (1906-1975) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    WESTERN SKIES, c.1919 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER

    VIEWS OF THE SKELLIG ISLANDS (A PAIR) RICHARD BRYDGES BEECHEY ARHA (1808-1895) (2,000-3,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A YEATS TO LEAD BONHAMS MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH SALE

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

    Jack B. Yeats – Donnelly’s Hollow.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 391,475

    Donnelly’s Hollow by Jack B. Yeats will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on June 13.   The painting depicts the natural amphitheatre at the Curragh in County Kildare where, in 1815, the Irish boxer Dan Donnelly defeated the English champion, George Cooper. The victory assumed lasting political significance in Ireland as a symbol of resistance to the British occupation, and a commemorative monument was erected at the site.

    Donnelly was famous for the extent of his reach – he had unusually long arms – and for the ferocity of his punch which was delivered with bare knuckles (boxing gloves only became compulsory in 1867). He was, however, as wild out of the ring as in it. His prodigal lifestyle finally caught up with him, and he died penniless in 1820 at the age of 32. For many years, his right arm was displayed in a pub in Kilcullen.

    Boxing was a passion for the sports-mad Yeats, and Donnelly’s Hollow is one in a series of paintings that revisit in maturity the obsessions of the artist’s youth. The scene shows a group of visitors paying homage at the monument, and features Yeats himself standing on the hill looking down on it, meditatively. It is estimated at £300,000-500,000 (€340,000-570,000).

    STRONG SELECTION OF WOMEN ARTISTS AT ADAMS SALE

    Sunday, 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

    YEATS, BEWICK AND BALLARD AT AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AUCTION

    Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

    Jack Yeats, Pauline Bewick, Brian Ballard, John Kingerlee and Arthur Maderson are among those who feature in an online art auction of affordable Irish art at Morgan O’Driscoll until Monday August 14.  The catalogue, which features 337 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    MAURICE HENDERSON – WINTER TREE (500-750)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 380 AT HAMMER

    BRIAN BALLARD (B.1943)Tulips in a Blue Jug (2017) (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    PAULINE BEWICK (B.1935)Exercising (1974) (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    THE VOLUNTEER BY JACK B. YEATS (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    FIRST EDITION OF SYNGE’S THE ARAN ISLANDS AT SOTHEBY’S

    Sunday, April 9th, 2017

    A 1907 first edition of Synge’s The Aran Islands with drawings by Jack B. Yeats comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on April 24.  The limited edition is one of 150 large paper copies signed by both Synge and Yeats. This classic account of the people of the Aran Islands was important milestone in modern Irish publishing. It was the only book published by Maunsel and Co. to include hand colouring of an artist’s work. It is estimated at $7,000-10,000.

    The signatures of Synge and Yeats

    An illustration by Yeats from the book.

    A DONEGAL LANDSCAPE BY PAUL HENRY AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, February 20th, 2017
    A Donegal landscape by Paul Henry, two le Broquy tapestries, a horse painting by Yeats, and a selection of works by Tony O’Malley with estimates from 1,000 to 15,000 combine to make a varied and interesting selection at Whyte’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS on February 27.
    The sale features work by many important artists of the last two centuries including William Sadler, Walter Osborne, Sir John Lavery, James Humbert Craig, Sean Keating, Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton, William Scott, Alexander Williams, Daniel MacLise and Percy French.
    Paul Henry’s Lough Altan, Co. Donegal (60,000-80,000) has been in the family of the original purchaser since the 1930’s. Fresh Horses by Yeats dates to c1914 and once belonged to the actor Peter O’Toole. It is estimated at 40,000-60,000. Another famous previous owner was the late Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey, gifted a painting of Clifden by Eva Henrietta Hamilton  a cousin of his wife Joan Hamilton.  It is estimated at 3,000-5,000.

    The auction continues the disposal of the private art collection of George and Maura McClelland which includes a run of O’Malley paintings (lots 78 to 93).  The works by Louis le Brocquy include  a little known life study, Self (30,000-50,000), a Study for Riverrun: Procession (40,000-60,000) and two Aubusson tapestries Cherub 1952 (20,000-30,000) and Tain: Cuchulainn in Spasm 1969 (15,000-18,000) as well as a range of lithographs. Viewing at the RDS gets underway on February 25.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Lough Altan, Co. Donegal by Paul Henry (1876-1958) (60,000-80,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 58,000 AT HAMMER

    A Woman Swooning: Trio of Soldiers Beyond by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Fresh Horses by Jack B Yeats (1871-1957) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Early Morning, Bahamas 1979 by Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) (12,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,500 AT HAMMER

    AN ONLINE IRISH ART SALE AT DE VERES

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

    AN online only sale of Irish art is running at de Veres until February 6.  It comprises 250 lots, many with estimates of below 1,000.  Among the 20th century Irish paintings on offer there is work by  Jack B.Yeats, Nathaniel Hone, Robert Ballagh, Sean McSweeney, Pauline Bewick and Markey Robinson.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    Brian Bourke – Landscape Switzerland 72 (400-600)

    Nathaniel Hone RHA 1831-1917 HARVESTING (300-500)

    Nano Reid 1900-1981 PORTRAIT OF ESTELLA SOLOMONS (800-1,200)

    Pauline Bewick – Amarylis -snow outside (2,000-3,000)

     

    A GREAT LATE YEATS AT ADAMS

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
    Jack B. Yeats - Glory to the Brave Singer (250,000-350,000)

    Jack B. Yeats – Glory to the Brave Singer (250,000-350,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS PASSED AT 230,000

    A great late Yeats work will highlight the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art and Irish historical documents in Dublin on December 7.  Glory to the Brave Singer, which depicts a woman reclining in a landscape pointing towards a songbird, was exhibited at the RHA in 1951, at Victor Waddington’s in Dublin in October 1953 and at the Munster Fine Art Club annual exhibition in Cork in 1956. It was shown several times at Victor Waddington’s gallery in London in the late 1950’s and ’60’s but has rarely been seen in public since becoming part of a private collection in 1971. It is estimated at 250,000-350,000. It is one of four Yeats’ oils in what Adams describe as one of their finest sales in some years.

    There is a small section on Irish historical documents which includes the most expensively estimated lot, the final order of surrender written  by Padraig Pearse at Easter 1916 (1-1.5 million) and two original copies of the Irish Proclamation (each estimated at 250,000-350,000).

    The art sale features lots from the Smurfit Kappa Collection, which includes a self portrait by Sir William Orpen (the catalogue cover lot) and Paul Henry’s Connemara Landscape.  There are important works by traditional Northern painters like Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig and Maurice Wilks.  The back cover of the catalogue features one of Roderic O’Conor’s biggest and most ambitious paintings of the female nude. Etude du nu dates to 1914 and is estimated at 50,000-70,000. The sale features work by artists like Sir John Lavery, Joseph Malachy Kavanagh, Aloysius O’Kelly and Nathaniel Hill as well as four paintings by Patrick Hennessy who was the subject of an exhibition at IMMA during the summer.

    There is work by Mildred Anne Butler, Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Letitia and Eva Hamilton and Norah McGuinness.  Contemporary artists include Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Mark Francis, Donald Teskey and John Doherty.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE:   The Pearse surrender letter was unsold.  The sale grossed 1.35 million with 76% of lots sold.

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) Human Image (Woman) (1997) (40,000-60,000)

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Human Image (Woman) (1997) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) Etude de Nu (50,000-70,000)

    Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940)
    Etude de Nu (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980) The Bronze Horses of Saint Marks (1953) (15,000-20,000)

    Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)
    The Bronze Horses of Saint Marks (1953) (15,000-20,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 32,000 AT HAMMER

    Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980) Waterweeds on the Nore (4,000-6,000)

    Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
    Waterweeds on the Nore (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER