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    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    Paul Henry’s tranquil Sailing Boat on a Lough, possibly Achill Sound in 1916-17, was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction in Dublin last night. It mad a hammer price of 62,000. Other top lots included The Park Pond by Frank McKelvey (24,000),  Torso by Louis le Brocquy (24,000), Jack the Lad by Basil Blackshaw (18,000), The Dark Pool by William Crozier (16,000), 9.13.02 by Sean Scully (16,000) and Ventral by Mark Francis (10,000).  Tribal Dance by Michael Flatley failed to find a buyer in an auction where 67% of lots were sold.

    Sailing boat on a Lough by Paul Henry sold for 62,000 at hammer.


    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) – PICADOR (1953) (120/500) SOLD FOR 2,200

    Curved Oar Boat III by John Behan madd 3,800 at hammer.


    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


    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


    Monday, February 27th, 2017

    An Irish art online auction with 193 lots is running at Morgan O’Driscoll‘s until March 6.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    Horse (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    Gladys MacCabe ROI FRSA MA HRUA (b.1918) Going to Mass (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    John Kingerlee (b.1936)
    Grid Series (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) Bull (2005)
    unique bronze (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Brian Maguire (b.1951)
    Untitled mixed media on paper (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    An online auction of affordable Irish art is now underway at Morgan O’Driscoll.   It runs until January 30 at 6.30 pm.  The catalogue is online. Here is a selection:

    John Behan – PRCA Award (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    Patrick Scott (1921-2014) – Parade of the Guilds 1750 (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    Maurice Desmond – Landscape (1985) (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    Brian Ballard – Irises in a jug (700-900)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, January 19th, 2017

    Bidding is underway on Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art.  It runs until Monday, January 23.  The catalogue, which lists 213 lots, is online.  Here is a small selection:

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944)
    Cushendun (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    Trees in Winter (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    Abstract Composition by Barrie Cooke (1931-2014) (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    Sweet Pea in a Black Pot (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER


    Monday, January 16th, 2017

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    Belfast Shipyard Worker on 15th April 1912  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    The significance of this image of a Belfast shipyard worker made by William Conor (1881-1968) is the date – April 15, 1912. The seated worker looks contemplative. It is easy to imagine from the image that he has just had a real shock.

    The significance of the date is that this was the day the Titanic sank in the early hours. The pose of the sitter suggests that the news had just broken at the Harland and Wolff  shipyard where she was built.

    The wax on crayon is both signed by William Conor and, unusually, dated. He did not normally date his work. Estimated at 1,500-2,500 it comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s first Irish art online auction of 2017 which runs to January 23.  It is one of 213 lots in total and the catalogue is online.

    These days the Titanic Centre in Belfast is one of the most visited attractions on the island of Ireland.


    Saturday, December 31st, 2016
    Red Earth VI by Hughie O'Donoghue sold for a hammer price of 28,000 at Morgan O'Drsicoll

    Red Earth VI by Hughie O’Donoghue sold for a hammer price of 28,000 at Morgan O’Drsicoll

    In 2016 the most notable antique and art market trends are an increasing use of online bidding and a growth in younger, wealthy buyers.  This will impact on taste in the year to come.

    In Ireland younger buyers new to a market are that has been dominated for what seems like forever by Yeats, Henry, Orpen, Lavery et al are more likely to opt for more cutting edge contemporary work into the future.  The most expensive artwork sold in the winter season of Dublin art sales was a pastel on paper entitled 1.6.92 by Sean Scully which made 165,000 at hammer at de Veres.
    Research by art and antiques search engine aggregator Barnebys – covering 1,600 auction houses carrying half a million objects at any one time – shows that about 35% of bids now come in over the internet.  Millennials are logging on to buy, instead of searching the high street. Growth by younger buyers is anticipated. The environmental aspect of buying at auction – upmarket recycling – appeals in particular to this segment. Another consequence of the internet is that auctioneers are making huge savings by cutting back on the number of catalogues they print, using online catalogues instead.
    This year the market performed strongly at the top. Auctioneers are increasingly focused on the middle and lower markets. Unique items – think of Marilyn Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr. President dress making $4 million on the hammer at Juliens – are achieving prices not seen since 1990 and before the 2008 crash.  The middle market is struggling but the lower end is growing, thanks to the internet.
    The real excitement for new investors in emerging art markets is in contemporary African and Indian art, Latin American art and Cuban art. Barneby’s predicts that there will be an increasing focus on African art, and this will include sculpture. In terms of auction results right now artists from South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana are leading the pack.
    Globally the hunt is on for female artists.  Gallery owners, dealers and museums will place great emphasis on finding new artists and the best works by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Irma Stern and Frida Kahlo. These four already enjoy high profiles and achieve strong prices at auction.
    Another growth area is 20th century design.  Demand has been growing since the late 1990’s and it is expected that this will continue.


    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


    Monday, December 5th, 2016
    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    The final figures are not yet in but Morgan O’Driscoll Irish and International art auction grossed over one million euro at the RHA in Dublin this evening.  Characterised by spirited bidding in the room and on the internet this was his most successful sale ever and his best result since March 2008.  There were a number of bidders from the UK, when Mr. O’Driscoll held viewings last week.

    The three Paul Henry’s in the sale all attracted spirited bidding. The top Henry, Evening in Achill, made a hammer price of 135,0o0. The Palladian Bridge at Wilton by Sir John Lavery made 42,000 at hammer, Louis le Brocquy’s Study towards an image of William Shakespeare made a hammer of 26,000, The Hurdy Gurdy player by Sir Walter Osborne made 36,000 at hammer, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps, 1990 made a hammer of 37,000, Festival 2006 by Banksy made 23,000 and Andy Warhol’s Martha Graham Lamentation made 15,000 at hammer.  Three Boatmen by Dan O’Neill made 23,000 and The Sage by Michael Flatley sold for 27,000. Bronze Famine Ship, a unique piece by John Behan from 2014, sold for 19,000 at hammer and Nude on a Couch by Roderic O’Conor made 17,000.

    (See post on for November 29, 2018)