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    A RANGE OF WORK AT DOLANS BANK HOLIDAY SALE IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, August 5th, 2017
    With work from artists as diverse as Sean Keating and John Shinnors, sculpture by John Behan as well antique furniture, collectibles and fashion, Dolan’s main summer sale at Balyconneely village in Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday and on Tuesday, is of interest to a wide range of collectors.
    Viewing is now underway for this auction of 550 lots to be spread over two days.   Along with Keating and Shinnors there is art by George Russell, Donald Teskey, Charles Harrper, Patrick Hennessy, Sir William Orpen, Mark O’Neill, Cecil Maguire and Norah McGuinness.
    Among the more contemporary art are paintings by Sean McSweeney, Henry Morgan and Carina Scott.  The sale includes work by Kenneth Webb, who is 90 this year and whose view of The Fish Market, Roundstone, was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s sale last week. It made 15,000 at hammer.  There is work by Arthur Maderson, George Campbell, Gerard Dillon, Arthur Armstrong and Robert Egginton.
    Lot 112, The 12 Bens from Inishnee, is by Sian Maguire whose work art features alongside that of her father Cecil. There is a collection of Connemara paintings by Rosemary Carr and a flower study by Philippe Grisel (1930-1998).

    A long case clock with brass dial and a French tortoiseshell and pewter mantle clock will be included as well as some 19th century Irish silver. Outdoor pieces include a pair of garden lions, a griffin, a pair of ornamental cannon and a ships anchor.  There are designer handbags by Chanel, Cartier, Fendi and Dior and a Rolex watch in its original case. Here is a small selection:

    A 19th century inlaid French mantle clock

    Na Fir on Oilean by Sean Keating (1889-1977)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000

    Child in interior by John Shinnors UPDATE: THIS MADE 21,500

    A RECORD FOR SEAN KEATING AT MEALY’S

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
    Sean Keating (1889-1977) - Portrait of an Aran woman and her children.

    Sean Keating (1889-1977) – Portrait of an Aran woman and her children.

    There was a record for a work by Sean Keating at Mealy’s today.  His  c1946 Portrait of an Aran Woman and Her Children has just sold for a hammer price of 130,000 at Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer. This large scale work – 49″ x 58″ – has not been seen in public since the 1940’s and was not on the open market before. According to the art historian Dr. Eimear O’Connor this is no ordinary Aran scene. The models are Sean Keating’s wife, May (née Walshe) (1895-1965), and the couple’s two sons, Justin (1930-2009) in the centre, and Michael (1927-2001), who all sat for him at various intervals throughout 1944. The cat, whose name is now lost to time, was a family pet. Keating’s plan was to exhibit the painting with the RHA, the Oireachtas, or with Victor Waddington that year. However, in spite of his good intentions, he put the canvas to one side and did not get back to complete it until 1946.

    Their eldest son, Michael, pictured in a youthful day dream, was to become a highly respected civil and mechanical engineer, while Justin, also deep in thought, qualified as a vet, and went on to become a politician of note.  The work had been estimated at 40,000-50,000.  The top price for a Keating was 190,000 and there has not been a six figure sum paid for a Keating since 2008.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 1, 2016)

    A LARGE FRESH TO MARKET KEATING PORTRAIT AT MEALY’S

    Thursday, December 1st, 2016
    Sean Keating - Portrait of an Aran Woman and her children.

    Sean Keating – Portrait of an Aran Woman and her children.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130,000 AT HAMMER

    A c1946 Portrait of an Aran Woman and Her Children at Mealy’s is a large work by Sean Keating that has not been on the open market before.  According to Dr. Eimear O’Connor the sitters in the portrait – lot 780 at Mealy’s Winter Sale in Castlecomer on December 6-7 – are the artist’s wife, two sons and pet cat.  The estimate is 40,000-50,000.  The auction will feature lots from the Gore-Booth family of Lissadell, the collection of Sir Anthony O’Reilly at Castlemartin and from the estate of Professor Anne Crookshank among others.  One of the more unusual lots is the Mountainstown House elk antlers. Around 11,000 years old the antlers of this Great Irish Elk were found on the estate by members of the Pollock family. The lot is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    An early 20th century Rolex silver and cobalt blue enamel ball pendant watch is believed to have belonged to Countess Constance Markievicz and is estimated at 700-1,100. An exceptional Regency rosewood breakfast table is estimated at 7,000-11,000, a 1st UK edition of The Lord of the Rings with all final impressions has a similar estimate and A Mountain Landscape by Paul Henry is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  There are 1,100 lots in total and the catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A Regency rosewood breakfast table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    A Regency rosewood breakfast table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    The ist UK edition of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.

    The ist UK edition of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    A Porsche diesel tractor (16,500-20,000)

    A Porsche diesel tractor (16,500-20,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    An Errard double action harp (1,500-2,500)

    An Errard double action harp (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER

    A French brass sonnerie repeater clock by Grohe.

    A 19th century French brass sonnerie repeater clock by Grohe.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A Rolex pendant ball watch.

    A Rolex pendant ball watch.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A set of Great Irish Elk antlers.

    A set of Great Irish Elk antlers. UPDATE: THESE MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    A TWO DAY SUMMER SALE BY DOLAN’S IN CONNEMARA

    Monday, July 25th, 2016

    The two day Connemara art and antiques auction by Dolan’s in Ballyconneely on August 1 and 2 is sure to be a crowd puller. There is an across the board selection of Irish art as well as antique furniture, collectibles, silver and rugs among around 500 lots on offer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Tony O'Malley - The Studio, New Ross, 1959

    Tony O’Malley – The Studio, New Ross, 1959

    Robert Taylor Carson - Lobster Man

    Robert Taylor Carson – Lobster Man  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,250

    Sean Keating - An Fear an Oilean

    Sean Keating – An Fear an Oilean

    John Schwatschke - Morning at Heuston

    John Schwatschke – Morning at Heuston

    YEATS’S HOBBY HORSES SOAR ABOVE ESTIMATE AT DOLAN’S

    Thursday, August 6th, 2015
    Sean Keating - Na fir an Oilean.

    Sean Keating – Na fir an Oilean sold for 10,500.

    Hobby Horses by Jack B Yeats sold for an above estimate 121,000 at hammer to become the top lot at Dolan’s two day sale in Clifden in Connemara. The howling gales that blew around the marquee for this high season summer auction failed to deter buyers.  The Yeats, with a top estimate of 85,000, was one of a number of lots which exceeded to high estimate. Among them was Sean Keating’s Na fir an Oilean which sold for 10,500 (7,000-8,000); Kenneth Webb’s Moonlight, Galway which made 9,500 (4,000-6,000), Tony O’Malley’s Sea Studio which made 9,000 (6,000-8,000), Gerard Dillon’s Blue Jug and Easel which made 11,000 over an estimate of 5,000-10,000 and Donald Hamilton Fraser’s Orange and Blue Headland which made 9,900 over an estimate of 3,000-5,000).

    A limited edition copy of Anna Livia Plurabelle signed by James Joyce and published in New York in 1928 sold for 2,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 27, 2015).

    THE ART OF IRISH FREE STATE BACON AT WHYTE’S AUCTION

    Thursday, May 21st, 2015

    Irish Free State Bacon at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on May 25 recalls an advertising campaign on British billboards in the late 1920’s.  The artist Sean Keating (1889-1977) was commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board to design three posters for the English market. Irish Free State Bacon, Irish Free State Dairying and Irish Free State Chicken were used between June and July 1929.  This was  a time when access to the English market was of vital importance to the fledgling Free State.  The gouache, pencil and coloured chalk work is estimated at 15,000-20,000.  There are 181 lots on Whyte’s catalogue, which is on line. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 15, 2015).

    Seán Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977) IRISH FREE STATE BACON, 1928 (15,000-20,000).

    Seán Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977) IRISH FREE STATE BACON, 1928 (15,000-20,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Stuart Morle (b.1960) STILL LIFE WITH SEASHELLS AND OSTRICH EGG (2,000-3,000).

    Stuart Morle (b.1960) STILL LIFE WITH SEASHELLS AND OSTRICH EGG (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) UNTITLED, 2000 bronze; (unique) (1,500-1,800).

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) UNTITLED, 2000 bronze; (unique) (1,500-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,100 AT HAMMER

     Patrick Swift (1927-1983) GIRL IN A GARDEN, c.1953   (20,000-30,000).

    Patrick Swift (1927-1983) GIRL IN A GARDEN, c.1953 (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 20,000 AT HAMMER

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) INDECISION, c.1950  (20,000-30,000).

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) INDECISION, c.1950 (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

     Roderic O'Conor (1860-1940) NUDE IN THE STUDIO (30,000-40,000)

    Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) NUDE IN THE STUDIO (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930) SAINT AUDEON'S ARCH, A BIT OF THE OLD CITY WALL, DUBLIN watercolour  (2,000-3,000).

    Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930) SAINT AUDEON’S ARCH, A BIT OF THE OLD CITY WALL, DUBLIN watercolour (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,100 AT HAMMER

     Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) VIEW OF BOLTON STREET, DUBLIN AT THE INTERSECTION WITH CAPEL STREET, c.1927 (4,000-5,000).

    Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) VIEW OF BOLTON STREET, DUBLIN AT THE INTERSECTION WITH CAPEL STREET, c.1927 (4,000-5,000).   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,600 AT HAMMER

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944) RAIN STORM, COUNTY ANTRIM, c.1920 (4,000-6,000).

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944) RAIN STORM, COUNTY ANTRIM, c.1920 (4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    KEATING SCENES FROM SYNGE’S PLAYBOY AT WHYTES

    Saturday, May 28th, 2011

    Sean Keating's illustration for The Playboy of the Western World at Whyte's. UPDATE: THIS MADE 41,000

    These illustrations from April 1922 are from five oils by Sean Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977) of  scenes from J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.  The images feature as lots 33 to 37 in Whyte’s sale of Irish Art in Dublin on May 30.  They feature models of contemporary Irish actors and actresses.
    The artist makes an appearance in the images as Christy Mahon’s father. Keating even posed nude in the image of lot number 37.

    This Sean Keating illustration is estimated at 15,000-20,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    An important commission for the artist, they formed part of his own collection.  He exhibited in them in various venues in the late 1920’s.  They were published by George Allen and Unwin, London, in 1927.
    Lot 33 (illustrated on the left), estimated at 30,000-40,000,  featured on a commemorative stamp issued by An Post in 2009 to mark the centenary of the death of Synge.  The five works are variously estimated at between 15,000 and 40,000.
    UPDATE:  Only one of these five oils sold. The auction grossed over 700,000 with a sell rate of 73%.

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 19.