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    Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

    The Adam’s sale of nearly 500 lots of fine period furniture and decorative arts brought in €250,000 on Tuesday, April 13.  A total of 65% of  lots sold.

    The top lot  was a portrait of Vera Wandesforde by Edwin Swan which made €14,000, more than ten times its top estimate. There was 10,500 for an allegorical oil (Circle of Jacopo da Ponta Bassano) and €7,500 for A Study of a Satyr, Style of Jusepe de Ribera.

    Furniture highlights included a mahogany longcase clock by Evans of Handsworth which sold for 4,600, and an Irish Georgian silver table which made 4,000. Top silver lots included a pair of Irish George III rococo loving cups at 2,700 and a pair of London George II salvers at 1,900.


    Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

    An oil on board by Jack B. Yeats entitled Returning Home was the top
    lot at the 500 lot sale in the Kerry Auction Rooms, Moyderwell, Tralee
    on Wednesday April 21 at 4 p.m.  It made  15,000.

    Returning Home is the title of this oil on board by Jack B. Yeats.

    Measuring  17cm x 23cm it had been  estimated at 18,000 – 20,000.

    A 19th century mahogany Wellington chest made €600, a Victorian walnut upholstered chaise longue made €410, a small oil on board by Terence Attridge Williams sold for €160 and a trio of British World War 1 medals awarded to a member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers sold for €250.


    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    Orange is the title of this 1972 oil by Louis le Brocquy which features at the Morgan O'Driscoll sale in Cork on April 26

    The top lot at the next Morgan O’Driscoll Irish art auction at the Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Cork on Monday, April 26 is a scorching Louis le Brocquy work entitled Orange. Painted in 1972 it bears the label Gimpel Fils Gallery on the back and is estimated at 50,000-70,000 euro.

    Many of the works on offer are far more affordable with estimates from about 300 euro up.

    The sale of 285 lots offers something for every collector at all price
    ranges.  This is a buyer’s market and there is plenty of evidence to
    suggest that more and more buyers are waking up to this fact.
    This is a sale with much of interest
    from William Harrington’s charcoal and wash drawing Chatting from 1973
    (600-900) to a wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary by Markey Robinson
    estimated at 400-600 and a limited edition colour print by Picasso
    entitled Au Bain estimated at 1,500-2,000.
    Among the major works on offer are Going to Mass by Daniel O’Neill
    which is estimated at
    20,000-30,000, Morning South by John Shinnors (20,000-30,000), Wilton
    by Sir John Lavery (10,000-15,000), Dunmanus Bay by Letitia M Hamilton
    (10,000-15,000), Rock Pool, Connemara by Kenneth Webb (12,000-18,000),
    Parkland by Basil Blackshaw (12,000-15,000) and Golden Frog by
    Pauline Bewick (10,000-15,000).
    Many lots have no reserves and Morgan O’Driscoll remarked that there
    is value that has not seen for the last 10 years.

    Viewing is from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday April 25 and from 10 a.m. to the start
    of the sale at 6.30 p.m on Monday, April 26.


    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    Sir John Lavery's portrait of his wife Hazel in a gold turban

    The Gold Turban is considered one of the finest portraits by Lavery of his wife Hazel (1880-1935). Painted in 1929, it is the most significant late portrait of one of Lavery’s most glamorous subjects and his favourite model. Estimated at £400,000-600,000 (€441,000-665,000), the picture showcases the artist’s skilful handling of paint in the sitter’s headwear – rendered in shimmering tones – luminescent skin and slash of red lipstick. These elements are accentuated by the contrasting dark background and costume.

    Spanish Shawl by Louis le Brocquy

    Spanish Shawl, A Study in White painted in 1941 by Louis Le Brocquy is the most important early masterpiece by the artist. It was exhibited in 1943 at the inaugural ‘Irish Exhibition of Living Art’. Never before offered at auction the painting captures an informal gathering at le Brocquy’s family home in Dublin. Spanish Shawl, A Study in White is estimated by Sotheby’s at £300,000- 500,000 (€331,000-555,000).
    Over 65 works from the Sotheby’s Irish Sale for 2010 will be on view at Lismore Castle Arts in Co. Waterford on Saturday April 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. on April 18.  Highlights from the sale of over100 lots go on view at 16 Molesworth St. in Dublin from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 20 and from 10 a.m to 5 p.m on Wednesday April 21.  Viewing takes place at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday April 23 and Saturday April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each day.
    The sale takes place in London on Thursday, May 6 and it will be on
    view at Bond St. from Friday, April 30.


    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    James Adam will hold a sale of more than 500 lots of fine period furniture and decorative arts on Tuesday April 13 at 11 a.m.
    It features paintings, furniture, silver, porcelain and collectibles.
    There are a number of Old
    Master attributions like Francesco Solimena, Josepe de Ribera and
    Jacobo de Ponte Bassano. The Bassano, An Allegory of Spring, is
    estimated at 8,000-12,000. Other noteworthy paintings include Charles
    Vasnier’s portrait of Gala, wife of Salvador Dali (€1,000-1,500), John
    Martin’s Landscape with Children at a Cemetary (€1,000-1,500) and a
    Caribbean School portrait of Toussaint L’Overture (€1,000-1,500).
    Furniture includes a mahogany and rosewood sideboard in the manner of
    Thomas Sheraton (3,000-5,000), a George III style mahogany partner’s
    desk (3,000-5,000), an Irish longcase clock by William Betagh
    (3,000-5,000), a longcase clock by Evan’s of Handsworth (1,000-1,500)
    and an Irish Georgian pine and gesso fire surround (8,000-12,000).
    The sale is on view at St. Stephen’s Green from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday April 11
    and from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.


    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    CHRISTIE’S will not hold a specific sale dedicated to Irish Art this year. The next sale of 20th Century British & Irish Art will be held on May 27 2010. As part of a re-organisation late in 2009 Christie’s made the decision to focus on British Art overall and not to offer dedicated sales of Irish Art.

    Woodwards Sale in Cork

    Thursday, April 8th, 2010

    THIS Sheraton demi-lune side table will be sold at Woodwards on April 14

    THE Woodwards sale in Cork next Wednesday (april 14) at 6 p.m. will
    feature some prime antique lots including a Georgian d-end dining
    table (2,000-3,000), a Regency crossbanded sofa table (2,000-2,600)
    and a Regency gilt mirror (1,500-2,500).
    The sale includes lots from the Loretto Convent in Fermoy and
    residences in Sydney Park, Cork and Skibbereen.
    Other lots include a Sheraton inlaid demi-lune card table (1,000 –
    1,500), a Regency inlaid games table (1,000 – 1,600), a Georgian linen
    press (1,000-2,000), a Sheraton inlaid knife box (300-600), a Georgian
    bowfront chest of drawers (800 – 1,200), a Georgian cellarette (400 –
    800), a pair of Georgian hall chairs (400 – 600), an Oriental marble
    topped stand (200 – 400) and a Georgian mahogany hall table or server
    (400 – 800).
    Among the artists whose work will feature are Gerard Dillon, Kenneth
    Webb, Patrick Collins, Robert Ballagh, Pauline Bewick and Brian
    The sale is on view from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday April 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p. m. on April 13 and 14.


    Thursday, April 8th, 2010

    Skibbereen based auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll will hold a 258 lot Irish art action at the Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Cork on Monday, April 26 next. The sale will be on view on Sunday, April 25 from noon to 10 p.m. and on Monday, April 26 from 10 6.30 p.m.

    Sheppards will hold an interiors and exteriors sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on
    Tuesday, April 27 at 10.30 a.m.

    Whyte’s History Literature and Collectibles Auction takes place in Dublin on Friday April 23.

    IN London the The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s takes place this year on Thursday May 6.

    In Dublin O’Reilly’s of Francis St. will have an auction of jewellery,
    silverware and paintings on Wednesday April 28 at 1 p.m.  It is on
    view from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Tuesday
    and from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    R.J. Keighery will have a sale of 350 lots of garden furniture,
    contemporary art and books of local interest at the City Auction Rooms
    in Waterford on Tuesday April 27 at 7 p.m.