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  • ORPEN PORTRAIT MADE £577,250, HALF THE IRISH WORKS FAILED TO SELL

    NATURE MORTE BY RODERIC O'CONOR (1860 - 1940) estimated at £50,000-80,000 did not sell.

    The top lot overall at Sotheby’s sale of British and Irish art in London on May 10 was Sir William Orpen’s portrait of Rosie, Fourth Marchioness of Headfort.  Exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1915 it sold for £577,250. Irish art accounted for five of the top ten lots in the sale, but less than half the 56 Irish artworks in the auction found buyers.  An oil on canvas by Roderic O’Conor, L’Approache de Lezaven, Pont-Aven made £151,250 over a top estimate of £100,000.  It was bought by the UK trade.  Private UK buyers accounted for the other three Irish paintings in the top ten.  All were by Paul Henry. A Connaught Fishing Village sold for £145,250, Among the Twelve Pins, Connemara and The Edge of the Lake both sold for £115,250.

    Two very different works on offer by the late Louis le Brocquy –  Travelling People from his celebrated Tinkers series and Masked Head from his head series  – failed to find buyers.  Two landscapes by James Arthur O’Connor (1792-1841) A View of Fin Lough and Delphi Lodge and A Mountain Road in Mayo sold for £36,050 and £22,500.  Sir John Lavery’s Kenmare River, Evening made £42,050. Among the unsolds were works by Orpen, Yeats, Henry, O’Conor, William Crozier, F.E. McWilliam, Patrick Scott, Dan O’Neill and Colin Middleton.

    See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for May 4, April 12 and January 16, 2012.

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