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    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


    Saturday, October 21st, 2017

    A range of 270 affordable Irish and international artworks will come under the hammer at Whyte’s sale in Dublin at 6 pm on Monday October 23.  Estimates run from 100 to 1,000 and artists featured include Robert Ballagh, Edward Delaney, Brian Bourke, Pauline Bewick, Sean Scully, Elizabeth Rivers and Patsy Dan Rodgers.  Viewing is now underway.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935) EOIN’S CLASS, ELLA POSING, 2003 (800-1,200)  UPDATE  THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Ruairí Rodgers (b.1956) TORY ISLAND, COUNTY DONEGAL (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    Gladys Maccabe HRUA ROI FRSA (b.1918) VIEW OF A TOWN (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983) LANDSCAPE, 1969 (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, October 14th, 2017
    Affordable artwork by Robert Ballagh, Pauline Bewick, Barrie Cooke, Edward Delaney and Sir William Orpen will feature at Whyte’s autumn art sale in Dublin on October 23.  The auction will offer a range of 270 affordable works of Irish and international artists with estimates from 100 to 1,000.  The first 38 lots are from the collection of the late Judge Desmond Windle.

    Others among those whose work will be offered are Elizabeth Rivers, Sean Scully, Patsy Dan and Ruari Rodgers, Patrick Pye, Brian Bourke, Graham Knuttel, Cecil King and Louis le Brocquy.  The sale takes place at Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St. at 6 pm on October 23.

    William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) FULL HOUSE, 1910 (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) LANDSCAPE STUDIES (SET OF THREE ) (400-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 at HAMMER

    Patrick Pye RHA (b.1929) PROVINCIAL TOWN (500-700)  UDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    Edward Delaney RHA (1930-2009) CATTLE SHELTERING, 1979 (300-500)  UPDATE: THISMADE 340 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) ON THE HILL OF HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN, c.1912-14  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    A re-discovered Orpen drawing of bhemian youth features at Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and International Art at the RDS on October 2. On the Hill of Howth, Co. Dublin c1912-14 depicts a girl holding a knot of tiny flowers and stretching her right arm skywards in an attitude of abandon. From the estate of Dublin judge Desmond Windle it is estimated at 30,000-50,000.  He was a collector for over 60 years and  among the other artists in his collection in this sale are Patrick Collins, John Behan, Michael Kane, Charles Brady, Charles Harper, George Campbell and Sean McSweeney. The catalogue, which is online, lists 188 lots. Here is a small selection:

    Hughie O’Donoghue (b.1953) DUTIFUL SON, 2007/8 (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) SHOE BOX (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) ARCHER (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200

    Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994) THE HAPPY PRIEST, 1965 (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000


    Monday, September 11th, 2017

    Cast members copy of the script for The Quiet Man, winner of two Oscars and shot in Cong, Co. Mayo in 1951,

    A 1943 florin, Ireland’s rarest issued coin, was the top lot at Whyte’s eclectic collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  It sold for a hammer price of 7,500.  Other top lots which excited collectors included a set of photographic stills from The Quiet Man (4,200), The Quiet Man shooting script (3,600), a gold 1811 USA five dollars (3,200), a signed copy of The Beatles Love me Do (3,000), a trio of medals to a Scottish family involved in the 1916 Rising (2,700), a signed Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album (2,600), a signed first edition of At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’Brien (2,300) and a 1934 Irish Army Volunteer Force uniform (2,200).

    More than 80% of lots were sold.  The auction grossed 230,000.