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    Sunday, September 20th, 2020

    A 19th century walnut bedroom suite once possibly at Castle Freke comes up at the online Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on September 26.  The nucleus of this 368 lot auction is two long undisturbed house contents, one at Monkstown, other at Rossa Street Clonakilty.  No less than six watercolours by Lady Kate Dobbin emerged from the house in Monkstown.  There is silver, period furniture, old swords, jewellery, glass, porcelain and antique paintings.

    It is known that lot 120, the walnut bedroom suite estimated at just €800-€1,200, emerged from one of the great west Cork house auctions of times past. Mr. Lynes speculates that this could well have been the three day contents auction of Castle Freke conducted by the venerable Cork firm of Marshs in October 1919.  Books on offer include Elephant  and Seladang Hunting in the Federated Malay States, London 1905 by Theodore R. Hubback (€1,000-€1,500).

    Walnut bedroom suite at Lynes and Lynes. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, September 19th, 2020

    A communal three handled drinking vessel previously on loan to the National Museum kicks off three days of online sales at Sheppards in Durrow on September 22, 23 and 24.  The design of the Liam McCarthy Cup is based on this particular medieval Celtic vessel, known as a mether.  Found at Corran, Co. Armagh it is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

    With everything from a portrait of an old man wearing a turban in the style of Rembrandt to a Japanese ivory chest this Legacy of the Big House sale offers an extraordinary range of art, furniture, Oriental pieces and collectibles. The Morgan Family collection of portrait miniatures is brimful of interest not least because of the portrait of Capt. Tony Morgan by Frederic Buck. This is almost certainly the same Tony Morgan who witnessed the charge of the light brigade in 1854.  Reports of this most famous incident of British military history are littered with references to him. Frederic Buck was a successful artist in Cork at a time when it was a busy port of embarkation for troops during the Peninsular War. He fulfilled many orders for portraits for officers going to war.  Based at Bunalun near Skibbereen the Morgan family were descendants of the Welsh born pirate captain whose name is synonymous with a brand of rum.

    Art on offer includes a limited edition bronze of Arkle and Pat Taaffe by Emma McDermott (€8,000-€12,000), a Head Study of a young girl after Renoir (€80,000-€120,000) and An Irish Jig by Nathanial Grogan (€1,500-€2,500). The auction offers a selection including silver, antique furniture, old maps, garden furniture, jewellery, an Irish taxidermy collection, Oriental porcelain, garden furniture, rugs and collectibles including a collection of more than 200 Irish whiskey labels from 1840-1950 (€5,000-€8,000).

    A medieval Irish three handled mether 

    Modern British Art sale at Christie’s

    Friday, September 18th, 2020

    Works from a range of Modern British masters, including Elisabeth Frink, Bridget Riley, Graham Sutherland, Patrick Caulfield, Henry Moore and Walter Sickert come up at Christie’s Modern British Art sale on September 29. Irish art is represented by sculpture by F.E. McWilliam and paintings and drawings by Augustus John, William Orpen, Mary Swanzy and James Humbert Craig.

    Mary Swanzy, H.R.H.A. (1882-1978)
    Pink-roofed town, France (£6,000-8,000).


    Thursday, September 17th, 2020

    Should Dublin move to Level 3 lockdown – as seems likely – it might mean that some upcoming auctions will be postponed. One of the biggest of the up and comings is Whyte’s Irish and International Art Auction scheduled to take place on September 28. This sale will be postponed if Dublin moves to Level 3, which prevents all indoor gatherings apart from weddings and funerals. UPDATE: THIS SALE HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 19.

    ALAMEDA DE HERCULES, SEVILLA, 1892 by SIR JOHN LAVERY RA RSA RHA (1856-1941) is lot 24 at Whyte’s


    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

    Fresh from the success of an online art auction on September 14 at which works by Donald Teskey and Markey Robinson each made 15,000 at hammer Morgan O’Driscoll will hold an online sale of affordable Irish art on September 21. The catalogue for the sale lists 420 lots. There is work on offer by Arthur Maderson, Liam Treacy, Evie Hone, Mark O’Neill, Maurice Wilks, Arthur Armstrong, Desmond Carrick and many more well known artists.

    Markey Robinson – North African Village sold for 15,000.


    Saturday, September 12th, 2020

    An exhibition of prints by George Wallace has just opened at the National Gallery of Ireland.  Drawn from the collection of 250 etchings, woodcuts, monoprints and drawings presented to the gallery by the Wallace family in 2016 the show marks 100 years since his birth in Dublin. Based in Canada for much of his life George Wallace (1920-2009) became Professor of Fine Art at McMaster University in Ontario. He specialised in printmaking and sculpture.  George Wallace:  Reflections on Life is on view until December 13.

    George Wallace – The Fun Fair at Dun Laoghaire (etching).


    Thursday, September 10th, 2020

    Artworks by Hughie O’Donoghue and Colin Middleton feature at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction online until September 16. The sale of art and objects by artists and makers working in Britain in the 20th and 21st offers paintings, works on paper, sculpture, prints, photography, design and studio and contemporary ceramics. There are ceramics by Lucie Rie and Jennifer Lee, paintings from Gary Bunt and Mary Fedden, photographs from Terry O’Neill and a selection of prints by David Hockney. A group of Donald Hamilton Frasers offered from the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum is included too.



    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

    This oval portrait miniature of Captain Anthony Morgan by Frederick Buck is lot 17 at Sheppards three day Legacy of the Big House sale in Durrow on September 22-24. This is almost certainly the same Tony Morgan who in 1854 witnessed the Charge of the Light Brigade into Balaclava Valley, the most famous incident in British military history. The Crimean chapters of the history of the Sherwood Forestors are littered with references to him. A member of the Protestant Ascendency in Ireland he was a descendant of the Welsh born pirate captain whose name is now synonymous with a brand of rum. After soldiering was done he retired to Ireland “in pursuit of feather, fin and fur”. Frederick Buck was a painter of miniatures in Cork at a time, during the Peninsular War, when it was a busy port of embarkation for troops. He fulfilled many order of portraits for officers going to war. The Morgan family were based at Bunalun near Skibbereen. The miniature is estimated at 300-500.

    Frederick Buck (1771-1839-40) – Captain Anthony Morgan. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,200 at hammer


    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

    The catalogue for Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auction of Irish art, which runs until September 14, lists 248 lots. There is a wide selection of art by well known and much loved artists available. Among them is Coastline by Donald Teskey.

    Donald Teskey – Coastline (8,000-12,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, September 7th, 2020

    Leading in the mares and foals at Gilltown Stud, Ireland is among the lots on offer at Sotheby’s online auction of the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone in New York until September 9. The work, by Peter Williams, is estimated at $4,000-6,000. Mr. Firestone celebrated his first great victory in May 1971 when King’s Company landed the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh before taking the Cork and Orrery Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1972. In 1980, following their purchase of Catoctin Stud, in Waterford, Virginia, Genuine Risk became the second filly in 65 years to win the Kentucky Derby and the only filly to place in all three races of the Triple Crown.  The Firestones operated the 1200-acre Gilltown Stud in Kilcullen, County Kildare. Important wins included BlueWind’s 1981 win at the Epsom Oaks and Flash of Steel’s win at the 1986 Irish 2000 Guineas. They also campaigned April Run, the champion three-year-old filly in France in 1981. Gilltown Stud, located close to Curragh Racecourse, was purchased by the Aga Khan in 1989 and continues to operate today under his auspices. The Firestones also won the second running of The Japan Cup with their horse Half-Iced. In addition, they were the breeders of Vintage Crop, the 1983 winner of the historic Melbourne Cup in Australia.

    Peter Williams – Leading in the mares and foals at Gilltown Stud. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $4,410