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    Saturday, August 27th, 2016
    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)

    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 115,000

    An innocent child caught up in war is the peculiarly appropriate focus of a work by the artist Gottfried Helnwein entitled The Disasters of War at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13.  The painting is not about Syria, it is about humankind. The work of Helnwein, who lives and works at Gurteen Castle in Co. Tipperary, is informed by his upbringing in post war Austria where World War 2 cast a horrifying shadow.  This innocent child in this photo realist work bears the scars of adulthood’s violence and corruptibility.  Helnwein, whose works are in major public collections, moved to Ireland in 1997. His work was exhibited in Kilkenny (2001), at the Crawford in Cork (2004) and in Waterford (2008)

    An international platform like Sotheby’s  is an important springboard for Irish art.  Over the years and through booms and busts the auction house has found new buyers from countries around the world for our artists.  Modern and contemporary Irish art is to take centre stage again in London on September 13.  The roll call of artists in the sale includes Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, F.E. MacWilliam, Rowan Gillespie and Gottfried Helnwein.

    Highlights from the auction, which features important work by stalwarts like Lavery, Yeats and O’Conor as well as more contemporary artists like Elizabeth Magill, Melita Denaro, Eilis O’Connell, John Doherty and Rita Duffy, will be on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin next week.  Viewing at the RHA is from 10 am to 5 pm on September 1, 2 and 3  and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday September 4. The Irish viewing will include four Irish art works from David Bowie’s collection to be sold in November, Sleep Sound by Yeats, a watercolour entitled James Joyce by le Brocquy and two works by William Scott, Girl Seated at a Table and Winter Still Life No. 2.

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £32,500

     Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)

    Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, June 26th, 2016

    irish sothPaintings by Yeats, Lavery and Henry are to be offered at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13.  The three works were stolen from a house in Co. Wicklow in 2015 and are now being offered for sale by insurance company Chubb.  The combined estimate for the works is £47,000-70,000.

    The painting are Jack Butler Yeats’ The Fern in the Area, Paul Henry’s Landscape with Cottage, and Sir John Lavery’s Portrait de femme au chapeau.

    Charlie Minter, Sotheby’s Irish Art Specialist, said: “The remarkable recovery of these paintings has ensured that their fate looks immeasurably brighter and we look forward to finding new homes for them. The Lavery and Henry passed through our doors fifteen years ago and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them at auction again.”


    Thursday, May 12th, 2016
    SIR JOHN LAVERY (1856-1941) - MRS. OSLER

    SIR JOHN LAVERY (1856-1941) – MRS. OSLER

    A 1929 portrait by Sir John Lavery entitled Mrs. Osler comes up at Sotheby’s sale of 19th century European art in New York on May 18. In a catalogue note Professor Kenneth McConkey observes that the intimate interior and casual pose of the sitter epitomises the liberation that came with the Jazz Age.

    Before the Great War it would have been inconceivable to show a woman other than a courtesan lounging on a sofa with the abandon of the sitter.  The interior is interesting too.  Despite the growth of modernist decor after 1925 classical rococo room decoration signified high style and remained very much in vogue.

    This portrait was painted at the Osler’s villa in Cap d’Antibes.  On the recommendation of his painting pupil Winston Churchill, Lavery had replaced Tangier with the Cote d’Azur as a regular winter respite.  The estimate on the portrait, the property of a Canadian private collector, is $300,000-500,000.

    UPDATE:  This failed to sell.


    Thursday, November 26th, 2015
    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957) The Boat Builder

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957) The Boat Builder

    There was a good curtain raiser to the four upcoming sales of Important Irish art in Dublin at Christie’s in London last night.  Works by Yeats, Lavery, Paul Henry and Roderic O’Conor all found buyers.  Christie’s was confident that their Yeats – The Boat Builder – would find a buyer as works by the artist from this period are rare. It was painted in 1913.  Estimated at £300,000-500,000 it sold for £422,500.

    Sir John Lavery’s similarly estimated The Maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes sold for £338,500. The Village by the Lake by Paul Henry made £182,500 and O’Conor’s Baigneuse a la mer sold for £134,500.

    There are upcoming sales of important Irish art at Whytes, de Veres, Adams and by Morgan O’Driscoll, starting with Whytes at the RDS on November 30.

    (See post on for November 16, 2015)


    Sunday, June 7th, 2015

    Works by Sir John Lavery, Paul Henry and William John Leech will feature at Bonhams sale of Modern British and Irish art in London on June 10.  Moonlight – the Bridge by Lavery is estimated at £25,000-35,000 while The Pool in the Bog by Paul Henry has an estimate of £15,000-20,000.  Les Enfants and les Ombres by William John Leech is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

    A brace of paintings by Walter Osborne, A boy on a donkey in a landscape and Joe the Swineherd come up at Bonhams sale of 19th century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art in London on June 23.   Bonhams sale of Old Master Paintings in London on July 8 will include A Landscape Based on Dawson Grove, Co. Monaghan with the Artist Sketching by William Ashford.

    UPDATE:  William John Leech’s Les Enfants et les Ombres sold for £21,250 and The Bishop’s Castle Tearooms by Sir John Lavery sold for £37,500 over an estimate of £30,000-50,000.

    Moonlight - the Bridge by Sir John Lavery

    Moonlight – the Bridge by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The Pool in the Bog by Paul Henry

    The Pool in the Bog by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £25,000


    Monday, May 25th, 2015
    Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) GLADYS COOPER SOLD FOR 175,000

    Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) GLADYS COOPER SOLD FOR 175,000

    Sir William Orpen’s penetrating portrait of the English Academy Award nominated actress Gladys Cooper sold for a hammer price of 175,000 at Whyte’s in Dublin this evening. Painted in 1924 had been estimated at 80,000-120,000.

    Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941) A BACCHANTE, 1910 sold for 135,000 at hammer.

    Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941) A BACCHANTE, 1910 sold for 135,000 at hammer.

    This continues the trend established at the previous Whyte’s auction where many lots sold above the high estimate and where internet bidders competed from around the world for the best of Irish art.  After a prolonged period in the doldrums the market for the best of Irish art is once again on the rise.

    At the same sale Sir John Lavery’s A Bacchante sold for an above estimate hammer price of 135,000 at hammer. Painted in 1910 it had been estimated at 60,000-80,000.  It had been exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London in that year as Mrs. Ralph Peto.

    Whyte’s md Ian Whyte said the sale:  “Produced the best results for us since 2008”.  The auction grossed just over one million euro and was 85% sold.  There was significant interest from outside Ireland and but Irish collectors and dealers were active too.  About 70% went to Irish clients.

    (See post on for May 15, 2015)