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    August 1st, 2021
    Youghal, Co. Cork by Norah McGuinness

    The Cubist influence is apparent in Norah McGuinness’s painting of Youghal, Co. Cork which comes up as lot number 2 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale next Tuesday evening.  The medium is gouache, the painting measures 14″ x 18.3″ and it is estimated at €1,500-€2,500. Born in Co. Londonderry Norah McGuinness studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and Chelsea Polytechnic. She worked in Dublin as an illustrator and stage designer in the 1920’s and went to Paris on the advice of Mainie Jellett in 1929 to study with Andre Lhote.  In the 1930’s McGuinness lived and worked in London and New York before returning to Ireland in 1939 and settling in Dublin.  Associated in Ireland with the modern movement in Ireland she  helped found the Irish Exhibition of Living Art.

    This high summer season sale of 256 lots runs until next Tuesday evening (August 3).   From an etching by Sean Scully to a landscape by James Arthur O’Connor the choice is wide and designed to suit all tastes. A brooding Co. Down landscape by Dan O’Neill stands in sharp contrast to a photo realist work by Eileen Meagher of the Erriff River at Delphi in Co. Mayo. There is work by Kenneth Webb, Pauline Bewick, Patrick Scott, Percy French, Mark O’Neill, Barrie Cooke, Mildred Anne Butler and many more acclaimed Irish artists and sculptors.


    July 30th, 2021

    Here is an informative video about the remarkable Giacometti family from the exhibition at the Fondation Maeght in Provence until November 14.


    July 29th, 2021

    This George III Irish provincial silver-gilt freedom box by Carden Terry & Jane Williams, Cork, 1798 made £7,650 at Bonhams in London on July 28. The Peter Ticher collection of Irish Silver was one of the stars of Bonhams Silver and Objects of Vertu sale in Knightsbridge. The 58 lot collection made a total of £87,678 with only four pieces failing to find a buyer.  More pieces from the collection are due to come up at Bonhams next October 19.

    A set of four mid-18th century Irish cast silver candlesticks by Michael Fowler, Dublin c1755 made £8,925: a George III Irish silver dish ring by Richard Williams, Dublin 1771 made £3,570; a rare Irish silver scissor wax jack by Thomas Walker, Dublin, c1735 made £5,355 and a George II Irish provincial silver bullet teapot by William Clarke of Cork, Dublin 1728 made £5,100.

    (See post on for July 14, 2021)


    July 29th, 2021

    George Wallace: Reflections on Life is on view for the second time at the National Gallery of Ireland. More than 60 artworks drawn from the large collection presented to the Gallery by the Wallace family in 2016 are on display in a show previously closed due to Covid. There are etchings, monotypes, woodcuts and drawings. George Wallace (1920-2009) was born in Dublin but lived in Canada for most of his life. The exhibition continues until August 29.

    George Wallace (1920–2009) Young Woman in a Striped Dress, 1993
    © Estate of George Wallace and CARCC, 2020 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland


    July 28th, 2021

    These William IV limestone gate piers and cast and wrought iron entrance gates are standout lots at Victor Mee’s one day summer garden sale online on August 4. The gate piers are estimated at €1,500-2,000 and so are the gates. This sale of almost 600 lots and will include an array of garden furniture, planters and statuary. A life size bronze model of a giraffe is estimated at €3,000-5,000, there is a copper and brass armillary sundial, a Lutyens bench and a life size moulded statue of a Greek discus thrower included in the sale.


    July 27th, 2021
    William Percy French (1854-1920) – Sunset in Mayo

    Sunset in Mayo, a watercolour by the noted songwriter and painter Percy French, is lot 30 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art which runs until August 3. The estimate is €4,000-€6,000. There are 256 lots on offer in a sale designed to suit all tastes. The many visitors to west Cork right now will have an opportunity to view this sale in person at Morgan O’Driscoll’s offices in Skibbereen. There will be in person viewing right over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The sale is on view from 11 am to 5 pm from July 30 to August 2 and from 11 am to 3 pm on the day of the auction.


    July 26th, 2021

    The artist Robert Fagan (1761-1816) is described by Strachan Fine Art as one of the outstanding, unconventional Irish talents who feature in the history of 18th century British art.  The London based portrait specialists will bring this unfinished portrait of the artist’s daughter Esther Maria Fagan (1792-1859) held by her nurse in an Italian landscape to the Cotswold Art and Antique Dealers Association fair at Compton Verney in Warwickshire from October 14-17.  Robert Fagan’s parents came to London from Cork and his father established a successful bakery business at Long Acre.  By 1781 he had settled in Rome where he painted portraits in the neoclassical style of English visitors.  In 1807 he moved to Sicily and was eventually appointed Consul General for Sicily and Malta. His daughter, known as Estina, married William Baker and after his death married Francis Acton, nephew of Sir John Acton, Prime Minister of Naples.


    July 25th, 2021

    THIS summer of auctions is continuing at a brisk pace. A variety of interesting and one off lots will come under the hammer in Ireland over the next few days. More than 600 lots will come under the hammer at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents from Osberstown House, Naas on July 27.  Osberstown is an  elegant country home with all the trappings that make such places special. Hunting through the catalogue you will find everything from a four poster bed and garden statues to antique furniture and rugs, a console mirror and even an Irish silver replica of the Phoenix monument at Phoenix Park. There are comfortable button back leather library armchairs, painting and limited edition prints by Pauline Bewick, a Victorian breakfront wardrobe, a walnut dining suite, an Arts and Crafts five drawer chest, a selection of artworks, a cylinder bureau, a cheval mirror and much more to choose from.Viewing by appointment will be available on Monday.  The catalogue is online and the sale will be online only from Castlecomer.

    UPDATE: The Osberstown House sale realised over €370,000 on the hammer. The top lot was a massive pair of recumbent Great Danes by Triton 2001 in a limited edition 21/100 which made €5,800 at hammer.

    This four poster bed is lot 61 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale. UPDATE: THIS BED WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE AUCTION

    If you picture yourself as a Viking warrior slashing and burning your way through oodles of Covid restrictions and combatting bureaucratic enemies more fearsome and confusing than any ancient dragons then Sean Eacretts auction in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on July 26 is for you. He is selling MGM props from Vikings and Game of Thrones online on Monday.  International interest is guaranteed but estimates are reasonable. A pair of tall metal candleabra from Game of Thrones is estimated at €400-€800 and King Ivor’s throne from Vikings season four is estimated at €300-500.  Or you might prefer King Alfred’s throne from season five.  There are special tables and boat chairs along with a selection of axes, cabinets and chests in highly decorative hardwood from the Great Hall of Kattegat as filmed in Ashford, Co. Wicklow.  The sale features fine art, antiques and collectibles as part one and MGM props as part two.

    Meantime Aidan Foley’s summer sale of antiques and interiors online from Kilcolgan, Co. Galway takes place today and tomorrow. There is art by George Gillespie, Maurice Wilks, Graham Knuttel, Arthur Maderson, John Skelton, Colin Middleton and others.   The auction offers Persian rugs, antique furniture, silver, Waterford Crystal, a pair of 19th century military epaulettes, old banknotes and garden furniture.The pub section, which is always popular, includes a Bendigo Tobacco mirror from a pub clearance in Ballyhaunis as well s prints, collectibles and glassware.  The online sale is on view today in Kilcolgan and the online auction is at 11 am tomorrow and on Monday.

    A selection of lots from Aidan Foley’s sale


    July 24th, 2021

    Bill Bowerman’s handmade prototype logo track spikes with waffle sole from the heart of Nike will be a highlight of Sotheby’s Olympic Collection, running online in New York until August 2.  When it came to shoe ingenuity and design Nike co-founder Bowerman –  obsessed with weight and performance – was one of the greatest innovators of his generation. He made this pair for Canadian track and field sprinter and Olympian Harry Jerome, who set seven world records in his career. Produced in the 1960’s and modified in the 1970’s these shoes are an important milestone in the origin of Nike and feature four prototype logos which resemble the Nike swoosh.   The waffle soles under each set of track spikes was the first notable innovation introduced by Nike when they premiered the moon shoe at the 1972 Olympic trials.  Not just any old pair they are estimated at $800,000-$1.2 million.  The online sale is an assemblage of over 50 lots of memorabilia, sneakers and collectibles related to Olympic athletes.

    These handmade Bowerman Nike shoes are estimated at $800,000-$1.2 million.


    July 23rd, 2021

    There will be 627 lots at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of contents from Osberstown House, Naas online from Castlecomer on July 27. There is a fine selection of antique furniture, art, lamps, mirrors, garden furniture and a variety of collectibles.

    Patricia Jorgensen – Arum Lilies ’94 watercolour (150-250). UPDATE: THIS MADE 520 AT HAMMER

    Here is a video from the house: