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  • WHYTE’S IRISH ART SALE IN DUBLIN ON MAY 21

    A complete set of Louis le Brocquy’s  20 Aubusson tapestries based on Ireland’s epic tale, The Tain, at Whyte’s Irish art sale at the RDS in Dublin on May 21 is estimated at 250,000-350,000.  Evening, Achill by Paul Henry is estimated at 90,000-120,000.  Sean Keating’s Past Definite, Future Perfect from 1928 has an estimate of 25,000-35,000.  The Pontoon by Yeats depicts a docklands scene and tackles the theme of old age. It has an estimate of 50,000-70,000.  Part of the collection of late senior counsel Jim O’Driscoll includes works by Patrick Collins, Tony O’Malley, William Crozier and John Shinnors.

    A Northern Ireland corporate collection offered on behalf of the liquidator includes works by Sir John Lavery, William Conor, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig and Maurice Wilks.  There is a large selection of work by Grace Henry from the collection of Dr. James Cruickshank. Contemporary artists in the sale include Camille Souter, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, Patrick Scott, Charles Tyrrell, Sean Scully and Pauline Bewick.  Here is a small selection (Click on any image to enlarge):

    UPDATE: The sale grossed over 1.3 million. The Tain tapestries made 245,000 net, 294,000 gross.

    Images from le Brocquy's Tain tapestries. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 245,000 AT HAMMER.

    James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944) AUTUMN, GLEN DUN, COUNTY ANTRIM (6,000-8,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,800 AT HAMMER.

    Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941) THE SOKO, TANGIER, 1891. (20,000-25,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER.

    Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935) WILD DUCK OVER CARAGH LAKE, KERRY. (!,000-1,500). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF W.B. YEATS, 1975. (4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,600 AT HAMMER.

    Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994) DRUID'S MOON, 1981(14,000-16,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER.

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