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    A LE BROCQUY HEAD AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S RDS AUCTION

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    Louis le Brocquy – Reconstructed Head of a Child  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This artwork by Louis le Brocquy is entitled Reconstructed Head of a Child. It comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS in Dublin on April 30. The catalogue note explains how an isolated human presence emerged from le Brocquy’s paintings in the 1950’s, until he felt he had exhausted the idea.  This feeling led to the destruction of a year’s worth of work.

    Then, inspired by a display of decorated Polynesian heads at the Musee de l’Homme in Paris, he found a new way of painting the human head, which is viewed by both Celts and Polynesians as a box that held the spirit prisoner. So he set out to paint the head in a new way, to paint it in pursuit of an archaeology of the spirit. Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) was one of Ireland’s  leading artists. He produced a celebrated series of heads including literary figures like Yeats, Joyce and Beckett.  This one is estimated at 80,000-120,000.
    The catalogue lists 147 lots.  Viewing at the RDS gets underway next Friday.

    SCULLY, YEATS, LAVERY, LE BROCQUY AT WHYTE’S

    Saturday, February 24th, 2018

    Nearly 200 works of Irish and international art will come under the hammer  at Whytes  sale at the RDS, Dublin on February 26.  The most expensively estimated lot is a west of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry, thought to be an Achill scene (80,000-120.000).  Another highlight is le Brocquy’s homage to the poet John Montague. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 19, 2018)

    UPDATE: Over 80% of lots were sold and the sale realised 820,000.

    NIGHT, 2005 SEAN SCULLY  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    WINTER IN GALWAY, FROM LADY GREGORY’S HOUSE, COOLE PARK, 1944 JACK BUTLER YEATS UPDATE: THIS AMDE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    KAID MACLEANS’ CAMP. A WET DAY SIR JOHN LAVERY RA RSA RHA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    ROOFTOPS, 1963 STELLA STEYN  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    William Scott’s First Triangles from a poem for Alexander  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, February 19th, 2018

    Reaching. Homage to John Montague by Louis le Brocquy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy’s homage to the poet John Montague is a highlight of Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and International Art in Dublin on February 26.  The strikingly modern work entitled Reaching. Homage to John Montague is constructed in six canvasses and is presented, as the artist intended, in its original frame.  The economic use of paint echoes the work of Francis Bacon while the preoccupation with the head and spirit of the sitter resonates with le Brocquy’s later work. It is estimated at 40,000-60,000.

    The most expensively estimated lot among 191 works on offer is Paul Henry’s Landscape, West of Ireland (80,000-120,000). It is thought to be an Achill scene.  The Aran Island Turf Boat by Sean Keating is estimated at 50,000-70,000) and a painting of old men bathing by Jack B. Yeats is estimated at 40,000-60,000.  Another Yeats, Winter in Galway from Lady Gregory’s House, Coole Park, 1944 is estimated at 25,000-35,000.
    Among the international works are two limited edition engravings by Salvador Dali of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a Baghdad Street Scene by Iraqi artist Hafidh Al-Droubi, Kissing You, a limited edition by Tracey Emin, a print and concrete relief by Banksy and bronzes by  Charles Robinson Sykes and Ernest Rancoulet.
    Lot 120, An Important Scrapbook of Art and Music compiled by Abigail Cohen in London in the 1830’s, has contributions from Daniel O’Connell, Samuel Love and the composers Michael William Balfe and George Alexander Osborne. It guides at 15,000-20,000.  A collection of 24 hand coloured aquatints of Dublin views by James Malton is estimated at 8,000-10,000.

    There is a wide cross section of Irish artists including Mildred Anne Butler, Arthur Maderson, Alicia Boyle, Elizabeth Cope, Percy French, Markey Robinson, Rowland Hill,  John Kingerlee, John Phillip Murray, Basil Blackshaw, Michael Cullen, Tony O’Malley, Robert Ballagh, Sean Scully, Patrick Scott and William Scott.

    Landscape West of Ireland (1915-1918) by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    The Divine Comedy, Paradise, Canto 18, Beatrice’s Splendour by Salvador Dali UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    The James Adam sale of the Christmas Collection Parts I and II will take place in Dublin on December 12 at 11 am and 6 pm respectively.  The first sale, with 381 lots, will feature vintage ports and wines, silver, jewellery and watches.  The most expensively estimated lot is an 18 carat gold Birmingham cigarette case dating from 1871 (4,000-6,000).  The evening sale of 215 lots features art.  The top lot is Howth Harbour, Evening by Harry Kernoff estimated at 2,000-4,000.  Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Sackville Street (litho) 1,000-1,500  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Howth Harbour, Evening (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    A LARGE GEORGE I IRISH SILVER GILT TWO HANDLED PRESENTATION CUP AND COVER, Dublin 1715, mark of Anthony Stanley (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER

    20TH CENTURY DESIGN AND IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Saturday, October 7th, 2017

    Classic 20th century and contemporary design furniture will come under the hammer at de Veres in Dublin on October 15.  Lots on offer range from Danish and Italian design furniture from the 1960’s to the contemporary Nomos table designed by Sir Norman Foster which is estimated at 1,400-1,800. The auction will feature work from designers including Arne Vodder,  Osvaldo Borsani and Philippe Starck.  Estimates for a selection that includes tables, chairs, sideboards, lamps, cocktail cabinets, Murano glass and mirrors are reasonable.

    There is Irish art by Louis le Brocquy, Hughie O’Donoghue, Robert Ballagh, Patrick Scott, Felim Egan, Robert Ballagh and others among the 140 lots on offer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    French 1970’s rosewood lipstick floor mirror (600-900) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Eden by Louis le Brocquy (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    AN ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE IRISH ART

    Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

    An online sale of affordable Irish art runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until June 26.

    GRETTA O’BRIEN – SUMMER REFLECTION (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    The catalogue, which is online, lists 330 lots. Here is a small selection:

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012 )Head of Strindberg 17/100 (600-900)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    BRIAN BALLARD (B.1943) Irises in a Blue Jug (900-1,200) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    Liam Belton – Vessels with Eggs (2008) litho 27/50 (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 240 AT HAMMER

    THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTING SOLD SO FAR IN IRELAND THIS YEAR

    Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

    Still Life by William Scott (1913-1989)

    A 1973 Still Life by William Scott made a hammer price of 140,000 at de Veres sale in Dublin last night to become the most expensive painting sold in Ireland so this year. Chased by at least six bidders it was bought by an Irish private collector who lives abroad.  Though this was the most successful Spring art sale at de Veres for the past ten years, bringing over a million euro, Rory Guthrie commented that the art market in Ireland remains unpredictable.

    The good news is that this 160 lot auction aroused a lot of interest, particularly in the Irish collection of the late Michael Carroll of AIB.  A private collection like this always creates interest and all but two of the 75 lots in this part of the auction sold, mostly for above estimate. A close friend of  artists Tony O’Malley and Cecil King, Michael Carroll bought many of his works from the Dawson Gallery and latterly the Taylor Galleries.

    From the Woods Shadow by Jack B. Yeats made a hammer price of 82,000, Muingingaun (Maiden Stream) by Hughie O’Donoghue made 35,000, Jack’s House (Pink) and Jack’s House (Blue) by Basil Blackshaw made hammer prices respectively of 27,000 and 25,000, Eden, a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy made 24,000 and Connemara Mare by Patrick Hennessy sold for 16,000.  Tranquility by Kenneth Webb made 13,000 at hammer, Sawers Belfast by Hector McDonnell made 8,000, Head of a Traveller by Blackshaw made 15,000, Figures Connemara by Charles Lamb sold for 15,000, Spring Rooks by Tony O’Malley made 16,000, West Cork Waterfall by William Crozier made 8,000, Isobel by Daniel O’Neill made 15,500, Thinking of the South (France) by Camille Souter made 13,000, La Maternite by Evie Hone made 10,000, Interior by Tony O’Malley made 11,000 and Harbour Scene by Patrick Collins made 16,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 16, 2017)

    LONDON VIEWINGS FOR SALE OF IRISH ART

    Monday, March 27th, 2017

    Skibbereen based art auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll will hold viewings in London on April 3, 4 and 5 for his upcoming Irish and International Art auction at the RDS on April 10.  Mr. O’Driscoll, who conducts a number of online art auctions every year, has found new buyers and an increased awareness of Irish art and artists by holding regular viewing in the British capital for his major sales.   The evening sale at the Minerva Suite of the RDS on April 10 will feature 185 lots, including 27 lots of sculpture. London viewings are at La Galleria at 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall and viewings at the RDS get underway at 2 pm on April 7.  Among the highlights is work by Paul Henry,  Frank McKelvey, Nathaniel Hone, Henry Jones Thaddeus, Evie Hone and Louis le Brocquy.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) Wandering Mr Bloom from Ulysses (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012) Torso (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADD 24,000 AT HAMMER

    CAREY CLARKE (B.1936) Still Life – Fruit & Flowers (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    FREDERICK EDWARD MCWILLIAM (1909-1992)The Judo Players (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER.

    EVIE HONE (1894-1955) Composition (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    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) UPDATE: THIS MADE 140,000 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA, RUA , 1932-2016
    JACK’S HOUSE (BLUE)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 25,000 AT HAMMER

    Jack B. Yeats RHA, 1871-1957
    FROM THE WOODS SHADOW (1953)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 82,000 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA 1916-2012
    EDEN, 1951 (AKA Womans Heel)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 24,00 AT HAMMER

    AN ONLINE SALE OF AFFORDABLE IRISH ART

    Friday, March 10th, 2017

    A sale of affordable Irish art runs online at Morgan O’Driscoll until March 13.  There is a wide cross section of styles on offer in a crowded catalogue, which is online. Here is a small selection:

    Ken O’Neill – Double Trouble (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER,

    Louis le Brocquy – Flight c1954 (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    KEN HAMILTON (B.1956) – Still Life on Tabletop (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MARKEY ROBINSON (1918-1999) – Entrance to the Estate (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    PAULINE BEWICK (B.1935) – Pati Looking at Geese (1970) (2,000 – 3,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER