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    YEATS BREAKS THE MILLION BARRIER – TWICE

    Monday, November 25th, 2019

    NOT one but two works of art by Jack B. Yeats soared past the million euro mark at the sale of the Ernie O’Malley collection by Whyte’s and Christie’s in Dublin tonight. There were five major oils by the artist in the sale. The Enfolding Night, a work from 1947, was the first to go and it made 520,000 at hammer. This was followed minutes later by Reverie from 1931 which made 1.4 million at hammer. Each of these works had been estimated at 500,000-700,000. Lot 30, Evening in Spring, was similarly estimated and sold for 1.3 million. Death for Only One, which dates to 1937, made a within estimate hammer price of 470,000. Lastly The Fighting Dawn from 1945 made a within estimate 320,000 at hammer.

    The Land Eire 1940 by Mainie Jellett made 110,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 40,000. This was a hugely successful White Glove sale of 100 lots. The sale of the first lot, an 1899 sketch of the Castle of Kinvara by Yeats, for 14,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 1,500 was an important indicator of how things would go. Many lots, even minor sketches and pencil drawings, made significantly more than the top estimate. It underlines the importance of a good collection. Ernie O’Malley was a leading revolutionary an in Ireland from 1916-22 who went on to publish two books detailing his experiences. The sale and international exhibitions provided an opportunity to discover his private passion for art and the relationships he developed with artists he encountered in America and Ireland. 

    The sale grossed 5.5 million, the highest result ever achieved by an art auction in Ireland.

    Reverie by Yeats made 1.4 million at hammer

    EDWARDIAN KNIFE URNS ANYONE?

    Monday, November 25th, 2019

    This pair of Edwardian mahogany knife urns comes up at Sheppard’s two day sale entitled Desire: Sparkling Jewels and Inspirational Interiors in Durrow, Co. Laois on November 26 and 27. They are estimated at 400-600. The auction is now on view in Durrow and the catalogue is online.

    A VASE THAT IS SIMILAR TO THE YAMANAKA VASE

    Sunday, November 24th, 2019

    A reticulated Qianlong fish vase at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on November 26 is similar to the Yamanaka reticulated vase that made just over £19 million at Sotheby’s in 2018. That one was one of the most complex porcelains ever conceived by Tang Ying for the Emperor Qianlong and was a pair to a controversial sale in 2010. That one sold at hammer at north London auctioneers Bainbridges for £43 million to a Chinese billionaire who subsequently baulked at fees of 20%.  After a two year stalemate the sale fell through. The vase was eventually sold in a deal brokered by Bonhams to an unidentified buyer from the Far East who is believed to have paid up to £25 million for it. The fish vase at Fonsie Mealy is estimated at a mere 6,000-8,000.

    Viewing is underway in Castlecomer for Fonsie Mealy’s Winter Chatsworth Fine Art Sale.  There is furniture, paintings, Old Masters, Irish art, silver, objets d’Art, taxidermy and an Irish private collection of Oriental ceramics and art.

    The Fonsie Mealy vase. : UPDATE – THIS WAS UNSOLD
    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

    IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Sunday, November 24th, 2019

    A walking cane owned by Michael Collins is included in de Veres Irish Art Auction at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St. at 6 pm on November 26. The cane, lot 84, was given by Collins to John Cormack, his driver, who had been shot during a gun battle at Dublin’s Red Cow c1921.  It comes to auction through  Cormack’s grand-daughter and is estimated at 2,000-4,000.The catalogue cover lot, F.E. MacWilliam’s Anthropomorphic Bean (1965) was once in the collection of the infamous investment bankers Lehman Brothers and was housed at No. 3 World Financial Centre adjacent to the twin towers in New York on 9/11. It is estimated at 25,000-35,000.  Other highlights of the sale include four small Dan O’Neill oils, a Big Forest Borneo triptych by Barrie Cooke and A Memory of W.B.Yeats walking in Dublin by Patrick Collins.  Viewing is now underway at de Veres at 35 Kildare St. in Dublin.

    UPDATE: THE MICHAEL COLLINS WALKING CANE MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    Anthropomorphic Bean by F.E. McWilliam. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ERNIE O’MALLEY COLLECTION NOW ON VIEW AT R.D.S.

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

    The highlights are by Yeats but the Ernie O’Malley collection – which comes under the hammer at the RDS next Monday evening – represents a veritable who’s who of Irish art from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. The sale of 100 lots, by Whyte’s in association with Christie’s, includes work by Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton and Norah McGuinness.Ernie O’Malley, a revolutionary in Ireland from 1916-1922 who went on to publish two books detailing his experiences, knew all these artists and encouraged and patronised their early careers.  He met Yeats in Dublin in 1937 at the home of Constantine Curran and the two became friends, meeting and corresponding regularly.  Three Yeats paintings in the sale, The Enfolding Night, 1947, Reverie, 1931 and Evening in Spring, 1937 are each estimated at 500,000-700,000.There are other major Yeats’s in this sale as well as a range of sketches at prices which might encourage new collectors to own a work by the artist.  There are two of le Brocquy’s Tinker series from the 1940’s, Tinker Diviner (15,000-20,000) and A Young Tinker Woman (10,000-15,000).  Each one dates to 1945.Mainie Jellett’s The Land Eire is from 1940 and estimated at 30,000-40,000 and Colin Middleton’s (Group V) Saint John: Retrospect is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  Highlights have already been shown in New York and London and viewing at the RDS is from 10 am to 6 pm daily for the next three days. The auction is on Monday at 6 pm.

    The Land Eire by Mainie Jellett  UPDATE: THIS MADE 110,000 AT HAMMER A WORD RECORD PRICE FOR THE ARTIST

    AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL ONLINE

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019

    More than 400 lots will come under the hammer at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of affordable Irish art which gets underway at 6.30 pm on November 25. The catalogue is online.

    Mark O’Neill – Old town arch (1,500-2,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,100 AT HAMMER

    TWO DAY SALE OF INTERIORS AND JEWELS AT SHEPPARDS

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019

    The two day sale at Sheppards at Durrow in Co. Laois on November 26 and 27 contains much that is unusual and of interest. The varied catalogue, titled Desire: Sparkling Jewels and Inspirational Interiors, is online. Lot 502 is this pedestal William IV dining table with four extending leaves above a conforming frieze, raised on cavetto and leaf carved pedestals. It is estimated at 8,000-12,000. Viewing gets underway in Durrow on November 23.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    ANOTHER GOOD DAY FOR ROWAN GILLESPIE AT LONDON AUCTION

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

    Bacchus by Rowan Gillespie made an above estimate £45,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London today. Conceived in 1984 and cast in 1985 the top estimate for the 51″ tall polished bronze piece was £25,000. It was a good day for Irish art at Bonhams. Still Life with Fish by William Scott sold for £81,000, Bog Pool by Paul Henry made £63,000, Achill Cottage, Lough Corrib and Turf Stacks with Mountains both by Paul Henry sold for £35,000 and £19,000.

    Two Forms by William Scott made £16,000; Ardglass by Colin Middleton made £15,000 and The Smooth Red Rock by Daniel O’Neill made £10,000.

    Rowan Gillespie – Bacchus

    RTE’S SCOTT MURAL SELLS FOR £187,500 AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    RTE’s William Scott mural made a hammer price of £187,500 at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British Art sale at Sotheby’s in London on November 19. This was well within the estimate of £150,000-250,000. Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) was commissioned by architect Ronald Tallon of Scott, Tallon and Walker in 1966.

    A second Scott in the sale, White with Black Predominating, from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy collection sold for £275,000 at hammer. It was bought by the couple after they had seen it at the Trinity College, Dublin exhibition in 1973. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, she set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin.

    William Scott – Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural)
    William Scott -White with Black Predominating

    NOVEMBER SALE BY DOLAN’S ART AUCTION HOUSE IN LIMERICK

    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    There will be a varied selection of mostly paintings at Dolans sale of art and antiques in Limerick on November 24. The catalogue cover lot is by Arthur Madison and there is work by artists including John Brobbel, Carina Scott, Graham Knuttel, Sean Keating, Harry Kernoff, Kenneth Webb, John Behan. The sale will include a studio collection of Clare artist Michael Hanrahan, official artist for Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland in 2011. There is a selection of antique furniture, rugs and collectibles. The sale is at Castletroy Park Hotel at 2 p.m. on November 24 with viewing from November 22.

    Fairground Waltzer by John Brobbel (2,800-4,500)