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    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)

    LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW, 1929 JOHN LUKE RUA (1906-1975) (4,000-6,000)

    WESTERN SKIES, c.1919 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (50,000-70,000)



    Saturday, April 28th, 2018

    This poster for Ryan’s Daughter is at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on May 5.  Shot on location in Kerry the 1970 film starring Robert Mitchum and Trevor Howard won two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Cinematography).

    Directed by David Lean and set in 1917/18  the epic romantic drama tells the story of an affair between a  married Irish woman and a British Army officer during World War 1.  This troubled romance occurred in the wake of the 1916 Rising against a background of moral and political opposition. It was panned by the critics and a box office success.

    The unrestored British quad poster displays signs of use and is estimated at 150-200.  The sale includes historical documents and artefacts,  sporting, film and rock and pop memorabilia, medals, banknotes and collectibles. It will be on view from next Wednesday.



    Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

    A poster of the sitting of the First Dail in 1919.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 AT HAMMER

    A poster of the sitting of the First Dail in the Mansion House, Dublin in 1919 is among the lots at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on May 5.  Centred with a photograph of the sitting the poster is surrounded by oval photograph portraits of the elected members. In an oak frame it is estimated at 300-500.

    The auction will offer historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia, film posters, rock and pop collectibles, medals and militaria, coins and a collection of James II “Gunmoney”, banknotes, rare books, early printed maps of Ireland and elsewhere, antique silverware and curios including antique tribal masks from the Congo.  More than 500 lots will come under the hammer.


    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


    Thursday, February 1st, 2018

    Bronze Irish dagger – 2nd millennium BC (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800AT HAMMER

    The oldest item at Whyte’s eclectic collector auction in Dublin on February 3 is an Irish bronze age dagger dating to the second millennium BC. Found in Co. Antrim it was formerly in the collection of the British archaeologist Chris Rudd and is estimated at 1,500-2,000.  The array of lots in the sale includes historic artefacts, manuscripts, documents, ephemera, maps, books, photographs, posters, advertising signs, jewellery, militaria, weapons, coins, banknotes and curios.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Trans Atlantic liner poster (500-600) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A late 19th century American silver dish ring owned by ‘Boss’ Croker (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    1899-1902 Boer War, plate with French cartoon. (100-150)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 95 AT HAMMER

    1866-67 Irish Republic Twenty Dollars ‘Fenian Bond’. (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000


    Saturday, January 13th, 2018
    From the Indian Mutiny to a group image with Michael Collins, an 1866 engraving of the opening of the Cork Macroom Railway to car travelling in the south of Ireland in 1836 Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on February 3 promises to be brimful of interest.
    These auctions have thrown up a huge variety of fascinating items of interested to all sorts of collectors.  Not surprising then how popular they have proved to be.
    The 1922 photo of Michael Collins with Free State army officers shows a group of five, four in uniform, one in civilian clothing, standing on a roadway.  The handwritten caption reads:  “Col. Dunphy – Michael – Dalton – McMahon – O’Hegarty”.  Pasted on a mount it is estimated at 200-300.
    There is a set of six Bianconi prints by Michael Angelo Hayes and signed by Bianconi on car travelling in the south of Ireland in 1836. Born in Italy in 1786 and a refugee from Napoleon’s armies Carlo Bianconi came to Ireland at the age of 16 and started out as an engraver and printseller in Dublin. In Clonmel in 1815 he established the first reliable public transport in Ireland when he began a regular carriage service between Clonmel and Cahir. The cost was one penny farthing a mile. The service continued to the 1850’s by which time there were a number of railway services in Ireland. Framed in rosewood and gilt frames the prints are estimated at 800-1,200.

    A collection of 13 hand coloured engraved topographical views of Munster includes four views of Cork and environs after Bartlett, four views of west Cork and Kerry by Day and Haghe and four views of Limerick and Tipperary by Alexander Hogg. They are estimated to make 150-200.  Viewing for the sale of over 500 lots gets underway on January 31 and the catalogue is already online.

    A 1922 group roadside photograph with Michael Collins  UPDATE: THIS MADE 360

    An engraving by Michael Angelo Hayes signed by Bianconi  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    Wilkinson’s Sword – a Victorian 1845 sword by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London  UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, December 7th, 2017

    Original works by many well-known names in the art world along with a range of collectibles at affordable prices will all feature at Whyte’s annual Christmas auction in Dublin at 6 p.m.  on December 11.  The sale will include 100 works by the renowned Donegal artist, Robert Taylor Carson, offered by his estate.

    There is some rare and interesting wine and whiskey, jewellery and silver from the early 1800s to the 1920s. Other attractive lots include rare limited edition books,  entertainment and sporting memorabilia and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Chateau D’ Yquem Sur Saluces 1962. Two bottles. (150-200)  UPDATE; THIS SOLD FOR 220 AT HAMMER

    Locke’s Kilbeggan Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 1946, one bottle. (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 750

    Cinema poster – Carry on Cowboy (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Chinese blue and white porcelain garlic-mouth bottle vase. (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,900

    Markey Robinson (1918-1999) STILL LIFE WITH JUG AND FRUIT (700-900) UPDATE:THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) CONNEMARA WOMAN ADMIRING THE PONIES, 1999 (600-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, November 30th, 2017

    Paintings from the studio of Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) will comprise the opening section of Whyte’s Christmas auction in Dublin on Monday, December 11.  The artist is synonymous with the Donegal landscape.  Offered on behalf of his estate the paintings in oil and watercolour date from 1947 to 2004.  Reserves are low.  Here is a small selection:

    Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) VACANT COTTAGE, CARRIGART, COUNTY DONEGAL, 1962 (1,000-1,500)

    Lot 6: Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) BEACH AT DOWNINGS, COUNTY DONEGAL (1,500-2,000)

    Lot 6: Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) BEACH AT DOWNINGS, COUNTY DONEGAL (1,500-2,000)



    Sunday, November 26th, 2017
    A Swiss scene by Sir John Lavery is the leading lot at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS at 6 pm on November 27.  Evening Montreux shows Lake Geneva and a mountainous landscape beyond.  Paul Henry’s Coomasaharn, Co. Kerry has an estimate of  €50,000-70,000 and a Mayo view by Henry is estimated at  €50,000-60,000.

    There are eight works by Basil Blackshow with estimates ranging from 2,000 to 70,000 for Grey Horse in a Stable. Peony 1991 by Louis le Brocquy (35,000-45,000), Girls and Dogs by Dan O’Neill ( €25,000-35,000) and The Dodder in Flood by Jack B. Yeats ( €30,000-40,000) are among the other top lots.  The catalogue cover is Italian with Fowl 1948 by Gerard Dillon ( €50,000-70,000).  A later work by Dillon, Holy Island is estimated at  €30,000-50,000. There are 183 lots in total from artists including William John Leech, Percy French, Frank McKelvey, Maurice Wilks, George Campbell, Barrie Cooke, Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan and works from the estate of Robert Taylor Carson.

    UPDATE:  THE sale grossed 810,000.  Ian Whyte commented:   “We are very pleased with the results, which brings the total of Irish art sold at auction in the past week to over €4 million, which demonstrates the continuing strength of the Irish art market and the confidence collectors have in it. It has been our best year since 2007, albeit still only 50% of our turnover in that year, so, hopefully, there is still potential to improve”

    Evening Montreux by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE:THIS MADE 90,000 AT HAMMER

    Grey Horse in a Stable by Basil Blackshaw  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

    There is a great choice across various price ranges at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS in Dublin on November 27.  There are eight variously estimated works by Basil Blackshaw and a Swiss scene by Sir John Lavery is, at 50,000-70,000, the most expensively estimated lot in the auction.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:A

    Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996) STUDIO STILL LIFE (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry – Mountainous landscape West of Ireland (50,000-60,000)  UPDATE:  THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) ITALIAN WITH FOWL, 1948 (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000 AT HAMMER

    William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968) ST. GILES, HOLBORN, FROM CHARING CROSS ROAD, LONDON (9,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER