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    MULLEN’S TO SET UP A COLLECTIBLES DIVISION

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    Stuart Purcell is to head up a new Collectibles division at Mullens of Laurel Park, Bray, heralding a new era of collectibles sales at the auction house. He has for the past five years been head of collectibles at Whyte’s, where he developed the highly successful “Eclectic Collector” series of sales. Stuart Purcell previously worked with James Adam and Adams Blackrock and established his own valuation firm, Orrs and Co., in 2009.

    Mullens plan to hold their first Collectibles auction next November.

    Stuart Purcell. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

    COMPLETE EXAMPLE OF DEALER’S SEMINAL PORTFOLIO

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    The only known complete example of Les Peintures-Gravures published by the legendary art dealer Ambroise Vollard comes up at Sotheby’s in London on September 17. It features a magnificent example of Edvard Munch’s first ever colour lithograph alongside 21 prints by his contemporaries including Bonnard, Vuillard, Redon and Renoir. One of the most important art dealers and publishers of the 20th century, Ambroise Vollard was largely responsible for the validation of lithography as an art form, as well as the propagation of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists. Issued in Paris in 1896 the work is estimated at £500,000-1,000,000.

    Ambroise Vollard, Portfolio Composition – Les Peintres-Graveurs

    SOROLLA AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019

    Often referred to as ‘Spain’s Impressionist’, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida is one of Spain’s most popular artists. He is particularly well-regarded for technically accomplished treatment of water and light. The Sorolla exhibition which opens today at the National Gallery of Ireland comprises 52 quintessentially Spanish sun drenched scenes, spanning gardens and landscapes, seascapes, costume and fashion, portraiture, and genre scenes of daily life and culture. Sorolla gained a reputation in the final years of the nineteenth century for painting large-scale works with social subjects, several of which were awarded prizes at international expositions. But the character and atmosphere of the Valencian seaside remained in the artist’s blood.  This first exhibition of Sorolla’s work in Ireland is organised with the National Gallery, London in collaboration with the Museo Sorolla, Madrid. It runs until November 3.

    Sorolla’s Sewing the Sail from 1896.  Copyright Photo Archive – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

    CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY SALE IN BRAY

    Friday, August 9th, 2019

    This Georgian sideboard is at Mullen’s classic temporary and interiors sale at Laurel Park, Bray on August 12. It is estimated at 1,200-1,800. The auction of more than 680 lots features antique furniture, porcelain and a wide variety of collectible items. The catalogue is online.

    A Georgian sideboard at Mullen’s of Laurel Park.

    AN ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019

    Works by Cecil King, Colin Middleton, Jack Butler Yeats, Norah McGuinness, Mary Swanzy, Majella O’Neill Collins, Liam Treacy and many more feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s affordable off the wall online sale of Irish art. The sale begins at 6.30 pm on August 12 and it is on view in Skibbereen from August 9-12.

    Colin Middleton RUA RHA (1910-1983)
    The Drawing Room  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    AN IRISH ART AUCTION ON ACHILL ISLAND

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

    The art and antiques auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on August 11 is believed by auctioneers Dolan’s to be the first ever such sale on the island. The wild beauty and remoteness of the location has always drawn artists to Achill and to the west of Ireland. Just under 250 lots, mostly of art, will come under the hammer.

    Charles Vincent Lamb (1893-1964) – Carraroe, Connemara

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Sunday, August 4th, 2019

    Holidaymakers in west Cork can view Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art for themselves this August weekend.  Much of the viewing for the regular online sales by the Skibbereen based auctioneer takes place online.  This one is one view right over the weekend and the online catalogue at www.morganodriscoll.com lists 242 lots.A small Paul Henry of Turf Stacks in Connemara is one of more expensively estimated lots at 15,000-25,000 but there is much that the average punter will find more affordable than this. The sale offers contrasting styles of Irish art which includes work by Markey Robinson,Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, George Campbell, Maurice Wilks, Basil Blackshaw, Gerard Dillon, Lettia Marion Hamilton, Gladys MacCabe, Majella O’Neill Collins, Alice Maher, Sean McSweeney, Arthur Maderson and many more. 

    Paul Henry – Peat Stacks, Connemara  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY AUCTIONS IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

    August Bank Holiday auctions by Dolan’s take place in Ballyconneely, Connemara today and on Monday.   The sales will include paintings, antiques, fine wine and a Purdey shotgun from the old Rectory, Clifden, the property of John and Brenda Casey. Most lots will be sold without reserve.The auction today consists of furniture, collectibles, some paintings and the 1865 Purdey double barrel twin trigger shotgun.  This is estimated at 3,000-3,500. More substantial artworks will come up on Monday.  Lot’s Wife by John Shinnors is estimated at 18,000-22,000 and Fear agus Bean On Oilean by Sean Keating is estimated at 18,000-25,000. There is a similar estimate on Hayfield with Crows by Norah McGuinness.Monday’s auction will feature art by Maurice MacGonigal, Mildred Anne Butler, George Russell, Lady Kate Dobbin, George Campbell, Markey Robinson, Mark O’Neill, Kenneth Webb, Cecil Maguire, John Behan and a wide variety of contemporary Irish artists from Charles Harper to Arthur Maderson. Lithographs by Louis le Brocquy carry estimates of 500-800 and a small charcoal and pencil nude study by Roderic O’Conor is estimated at 2,400-2,800.

    Hayfield and Crows by Norah McGuinness UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A SHILLELAGH MAKES 5,100 AT FONSIE MEALY’S SALE

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

    A shillelagh from the massacre in the quiet Cork village of Ballinhassig in 1845 sold for a hammer price of 5,100 at Fonsie Mealy’s summer auction in Castlecomer last week.  From the collection of the noted Cork antiquarian Robert Day it had been estimated at 300-400.  The massacre followed faction fighting after the fair day and eleven people, ten men and a woman, were shot dead by police.  The shillelagh came with an engraved plaque, mounted and inscribed: “Retrieved after Fair Day Massacre, Ballinhassig, 30 June “45”.  The vast collection of Robert Day (1836-1914) was dispersed at major auctions before and after his death. It included gold, Viking silver, jewellery and medieval religious items. Much of it ended up in museums or in the hands of the world’s richest men, including Randolph Hearst. Robert Day was the president of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. The family business in saddlery and sporting goods meant he had a Cork city centre location for anyone wishing to sell something to him.

    The shillelagh

    A VIDEO OF DOLAN’S BANK HOLIDAY AUCTION IN CONNEMARA

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019