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    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

    Jack B. Yeats, Frank McKelvey and Camille Souter all feature at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on April 28. The Wood Stream, a 1901 watercolour by Yeats is estimated at £2,000-3,000; Pastoral Landscape by Frank McKelvey has an estimate of £2,000-3,000 and Outside Mullingar, Early Morning from 1971 by Camille Souter is estimated at £8,000-12,000. The sale will feature a single owner collection of art by Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006), regarded as the supreme painter of Welsh landscape in the 20th century. 

    Camille Souter – Outside Mullingar, Early Morning. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £9,562


    Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

    The iconic Brunswick bar from Dublin’s Cafe en Seine, established on Dawson St. in 1993, will come under the hammer at Victor Mee’s Iconic Dublin Nightlife sale on May 15 and 16. The auction of 1,544 lots will showcase interior pieces from venues like the Trinity Hotel, The George Nightclub, Howl at the Moon, Cafe en Seine, Bad Bobs and the Dance Macabre Club. Brunswick bars are large, ornate, neo-classical style bars originally created in the 1800s for use in American saloons. Over the years they quickly became recognised features in bars and pubs throughout the world and are now highly sought-after by collectors. Complete with pillars, mirrors and shelving this one is estimated at €3,000-5,000.

    The Brunswick bar from Cafe en Seine. UPDATE: THIS MADE €13,500 AT HAMMER


    Monday, April 19th, 2021

    A painting by celebrated Indonesia-based Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur re-discovered in Dublin less than two months ago will highlight Bonhams Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong on April 22. Two Women Arranging Flowers in the Interior is an intimate depiction of Le Mayeur’s home in Bali – a traditional Joglo house which in his own words served as his ‘little paradise’. Le Mayeur lived for most of his life in Bali, and his home has been converted into a museum of his work. This painting of the interior of his home is extremely rare, only a handful are known to exist. It was bought directly from the artist and his wife by Dutch collector Isaac van Bueren in the 1950’s and passed down in the family to the current owners, who live in Dublin. The guide price is HK$ 1,800,000-2,800,000 (Euro 194,510 – 302,505). 

    Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur –  Two Women Arranging Flowers in the Interior c1950. UPDATE: THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SALE MAKING HK$14,052,500 (approx. US$1.8million) €1,507,633


    Monday, April 19th, 2021

    A 1957 drawing of Eamon de Valera by Frank Sanquest, a Clarice Cliff vase, a camel back Irish design settee, an antique fireplace and a William IV Irish dining table which fully extended can seat 12-14 are among the lots at the online  Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on April 24. 

    A magnificent c1840 Irish dining table UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER

    Estimated at €2,500-€3,500 the c1840 dining table can adjust to different sizes and the end section can be used as a side table. Auction sales in Ireland have become far more competitive because of the introduction of import duties from the UK due to Brexit, a fact not lost on collectors and the trade.  This one offers 266 lots including executors contents from properties in west Cork and Cork city.  There is a collection of books from a Glanmire residence and an oil on canvas by Eric Patton of The International Brigade, Spain 1936-39. The artist  Eric Patton designed a series of Irish stamps to commemorate Irish Impressionist painters in 1980 and a series of paintings on The Wild Geese, Irish brigades in the service of France in the 17th and 18th century. A lithograph of Queenstown by R.L. Stopford is estimated at €200-€300. 

    Frank Sanquest – Eamon de Valera. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 130

    The late artist Frank Sanquest drew Eamon de Valera from life when he was Ireland’s President.  The portrait is estimated at €300-€500.  There are framed 18th century panoramic views of both Cork City and Kinsale, each estimated at €200-€300.The sale offers a camel back Irish design settee (€300-500), a pine Victorian breakfront cabinet with carved back  (€300-€500), an antique pine fireplace (€400-€600) and a set of Cork 9-bar chairs (€1,000-€1,500).  There is an unusual Edwardian travelling wardrobe in the form of a leather suitcase, a stitched 18th century china tureen and a copy of Hugh Lane by Thomas Bodkin, with an inscription from the author to Senator Jennie Dowdall, the first female Lord Mayor of Cork. 


    Saturday, April 17th, 2021

    With art to suit all tastes and price points for all budgets Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International Art sale next Monday is well worth dropping into.  The online catalogue offers 196 lots with estimates from €300 to €150,000.  Louis le Brocquy’s Images of Shakespeare and Strindberg, each estimated at €100,000-€150,000, might be beyond the budgets of most of us but even if we are merely window shopping it is no bad thing to reference these major Irish artworks.  Untitled 3-7-86 by Sean Scully is estimated at €70,000-€100,000 but there are lithographs by both Scully and Bridget Riley for €4,000-€6,000. There are contrasting styles in Fountain and Loggia (1935) by Mainie Jellett (€800-€1,200) and the more traditional Western Village (1928) by Paul Henry (€25,000-€35,000).  Earthenware plates by Picasso jostle with emotional sculpture by John Behan and charming 1843 Cork pencil drawings by Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853). There are wonderful maritime paintings, all sorts of treatments of landscape and abstract and engaging work by artists like Sir Terry Frost, William Scott and Charles Tyrrell.  If you would like to upgrade your existing collection or find something new and exciting for the home this sale is a good starting point.

    Fountain and Loggia by Mainie Jellett 


    Friday, April 16th, 2021

    A rare example of an Irish scene by renowned Scottish artist Anne Redpath comes up at Bonhams in Edinburgh on May 13. Dun Laoghaire Harbour was painted in the late 1940’s after a visit to Ireland in 1947. Although the label on the back of this painting just provides a title of The Harbour – Dublin, it was always known in the family as Dunlaoghaire Harbour and has not been seen in public since 1958. Redpath is listed as exhibiting a painting with the title Dunlaoghaire Harbour in London, with the Society of Scottish Artists in 1947 and again at the Royal Academy in 1949. It comes up at The Scottish Art sale on May 13, a sale which includes paintings by all four of the Scottish Colourists – Samuel Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Francis Cadell and J.D Fergusson.

    The Harbour, Dublin (£10,000-15,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £29,000 (€33,668)


    Thursday, April 15th, 2021
    Cork silver tankard by Robert Goble

    A Queen Anne Irish silver tankard by Robert Goble, Cork c1700 sold for £21,250 at Christie’s in London today. From the collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II from Eaton Square in London and Turville Grange in Buckinghamshire it had been estimated at £3,000-£5,000.

    Also from the Kathleen Ford collection was a set of seven George III silver dishes by Robert Calderwood, Dublin c1760. Complete with the St. Leger arms from Doneraile in Co. Cork these sold for £17,500 over a top estimate of £8,000. The arms are those of St. Ledger with Deane in pretence, for Hayes St. Ledger, 4th Viscount Doneraile (1702-1767), of Doneraile Court, Co. Cork, M.P. for Doneraile, and his wife Elizabeth (d.1768), daughter and heiress of the Rt. Hon Joseph Deane (1575-1715), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer of Ireland, whom he married in 1722. The large meat dish was at the sale of the property of Mary, Viscountess Doneraile; Sotheby’s, London, at Sotheby’s in London in 1958 and from there it passed into the estate of Henry Ford II. A pair of George II Irish silver counter dishes by John McLoughlin, Dublin c1740 and an Irish silver salver by George Hodder, Cork c1760 sold as one lot for £10,000 over a top estimate of £3,500.

    Two paintings by May Guinness RHA, Girl Reading and Autumn Flowers sold for £18,750 and £16,250 over top estimates of £8,000 and £10,000.

    The auction achieved £3.98 million and was 96% sold by lot and 93% sold by value. The final total for the combined Ford Collection sales was £22.5 million. Bidders from 35 countries took part.

    (See posts on for February 8, March 27 and April 11, 2021)

    A set of seven George III silver dishes by Robert Calderwood


    Thursday, April 15th, 2021

    A rare Nude by Marie Vassilieff from her cubist period was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art and Works on paper sale in Paris. It made €680,000, the second highest price achieved for the artist at auction.  The sale total was €10,347,375 and there was bidding from 30 countries. The second part of the collection “De Caillebotte à Calder” achieved a combined total of €938,750 including two emblematic works by Raoul Dufy, Le port du Havre which sold for €325,000 and Nu dans l’atelier de la place Arago à Perpignan which realised €375,000.

    Marie Vassilieff, Nude (1915)


    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
    Georges Seurat – Paysage et personnages  (La jupe rose), 1884 ($7-10 million)

    Two exceedingly rare studies for Georges Seurat’s masterpiece Un Dimanche d’été à l’Ile de La Grande Jatte will highlight Christie’s 20th Century livestreamed evening sale in New York on May 11. The two oil panels, being sold from the family of Boston collector Robert Treat Paine II, are among the few examples of Seurat’s extensive preparatory practice for this masterpiece to remain in private hands. More than half of the oil studies for La Grande Jatte are in the collections of prestigious museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, London. Seurats Bathers at Asnières, 1884 has long been one of the most popular paintings in London’s National Gallery.

    Both Seurat panels remained in the artist’s possession until his untimely death in 1890, at which point, Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose) was acquired shortly thereafter by a fellow artist, the Belgian painter Jean de Greef. The painting would pass through the collection of the Symbolist poet and art dealer Charles Vignier during the early twentieth century, before crossing the Atlantic in the mid-1920s. Similarly, Le Saint-Cyrien was gifted by the artist’s mother to the painter Henri-Edmond Cross, a close friend of Seurat. It subsequently passed to Félix Fénéon, the influential French art critic who coined the term Neo-Impressionism, before also making its way to the Americas, where it was reunited with Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose) in 1929.

    Un Dimanche d’été à l’Ile de La Grande Jatte is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Georges Seurat – Le Sainte Cyrien. $3-5 million


    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

    This 17th century William and Mary oak and elm refectory table is lot 17 at the James Adam timed online Library Collection sale which begins to close at 2 pm today. The planked top is in figured elm above a carved frieze with a trailing leaf pattern. It is carved with the initials WB and dated 1649. The table is estimated at €5,000-8,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS BID TO 4,200 AND WITHDRAWN.