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    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)


    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.


    Thursday, November 21st, 2019

    Among the more unusual lots at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Winter Fine Arts sale in Castlecomer on November 26 is this one. It is a 19th century Maori Pounamu green stone blade of about seven inches long. By tradition said to be used by a Maori chief it was subsequently gifted to Dr. T.W. Croke whilst he was Bishop of Auckland, New Zealand from 1870-1874. After this he became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland and was an important figure in the Irish nationalist movement. He was a Champion of the Irish National Land League in the 1880’s and Croke Park in Dublin is named after him. The auction will include antique furniture, paintings, Old Masters, Irish art, silver, collectibles, taxidermy and a private Irish collection of Oriental ceramics and art.

    A 19th century Maori Pounamu green stone blade (600-800).


    Thursday, November 21st, 2019

    A small private Irish collection to be sold at Bonhams fine wine sale in London on November 28 comes with an interesting history. The 23 bottles, with a combined upper estimate of £40,000, are the remains of an entire drinks cellar purchased in a private sale in 1955 for £500 – equivalent in buying power to £12,500 today. From the 1945 vintage there are bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc as well as a case of Château Latour 1948 (£6,000-8,000) and five bottles of Cheval Blanc 1948 (£4,000-5,000). Most of these wines are all that remain from a cellar purchased by the vendor’s father from his cousin, based on a valuation by Berry Bros. & Rudd, who had originally suppled many of them.

    The auction will be led by wines from a Paris cellar, with an emphasis on Burgundies from top Domaines, Coche-Dury and Jacky Truchot.

    A case of Chateau Latour 1948


    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


    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


    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)


    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    A Paris of the West by Jack B. Yeats sold for a hammer price of £675,000 at Sotheby’s annual sale of Irish art in London today against an estimate of £500,000-800,000. The Man in the Moon has patience by Yeats made £325,000 at hammer over a top estimate of £250,000, Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry made £150,000 over a top estimate of £120,000, Errigal, Co. Donegal by Paul Henry made £125,000 at hammer over a top estimate of £60,000 and Paul Henry’s A Showery Day, Connemara made £60,000 over a top estimate of £35,000.

    Other top lots included: The Stevedore by Yeats (£225,000); A Moonlit Breton Landscape by Roderick O’Conor (£150,000); The Bones by Jack B. Yeats (£100,000): The Owl Run by Hughie O’Donoghue (£93,750): Tain by Louis le Brocquy (£87,500): Cork Bowler by Gabriel Hayes (£81,250) and Failing Better a maquette by Rowan Gillespie sold for 80,255.

    A Paris of the West by Jack B. Yeats


    Monday, November 18th, 2019

    There is nothing new about dirty tricks in political campaigns as illustrated by lot 48 at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet auction at Laurel Park, Bray on November 23. The newspaper billboard poster for the Star headlines: “Parnell cross-examined”.  This was at a special commission set up by Gladstone’s government to investigate various charges against Parnell and his Home Rule party.  The basis was a letter in The Times in which Parnell appeared to give explicit support, after the fact, to the Phoenix Park murders.  The commission sat for 128 days to November 1889.  The following February one of the witnesses, Richard Piggott, admitted having forged the letters, then fled to Madrid and shot himself. Parnell’s name was fully cleared.

    A first edition of Ulysses, a pro-Treaty campaign poster for the 1922 general election, an electric guitar signed by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits  and a leather flying helmet from a Polish Air Force bomber which crashed on the Carlow Laois border in 1943 are among the lots.  Viewing is from next Wednesday and the auction is at 11 am on Saturday.


    Sunday, November 17th, 2019

    If the number of sales now underway in this busy season can be taken as a guide then the market for Irish art is in a healthy state across all levels.  Over the next few weeks million of euro worth of Irish art will change hands. It would be wrong to assume that this market exists only for the wealthy.  Big sales tend to grab the headlines.  But a small amount of discretionary income and a love or art, or even just a particular piece, can get anyone on board. There are prices to suit every pocket.The online sale by Morgan O’Driscoll on Monday will be followed by Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale in London on Tuesday, Bonhams in London on Wednesday and Dolan’s in Limerick on Sunday week.  Also on the schedule are sales by Whyte’s in association with Christie’s, de Veres, James Adam and further sales by O’Driscoll and Whyte’s.  Art will feature strongly in a variety of mainstream sales between now and Christmas, from Sheppards in Durrow to Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Aidan Foley in Sixmilebridge and the James Adam Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin next Tuesday evening.The selection at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale on Monday evening includes work by Donald Teskey, Kenneth Webb, Roderic O’Conor, Patrick O’Reilly, John Shinnors, Sean Scully, Mark O’Neill and a wide variety of well known and less well known Irish artists.

    Sotheby’s has worked hard to promote their annual Irish sale, which will be the subject of considerable interest in London. Charlie Minter, head of Irish art at Sotheby’s, describes this years sale in the following words:  “The vibrancy of Ireland’s cultural and artistic scene has always been a cause for celebration. This year’s Irish Art sale celebrates both past and present, from legendary figures such as Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, William Orpen and Louis le Brocquy, to new blood from Ireland’s dynamic contemporary art scene. The heart of Irish culture is encapsulated in a diverse selection of works with subjects ranging from literary icons to immediately recognisable landscape motifs, many of them making their auction debut.”Among a strong selection of works by Irish artists at Bonhams sale of Modern British and Irish art in London on Wednesday are works by Paul Henry, William Scott, Rowan Gillespie, Basil Blackshaw, Dan O’Neill and William Crozier.
    The sale by Dolan’s at Castletroy Park Hotel in LImerick next Sunday week will include a studio collection of the work of Clare artist Michael Hanrahan, official artist for the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in 2011.  These paintings will be sold without reserve.  The auction goes on view next Friday.

    The Man in the Moon has Patience by Jack B. Yeats at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE £325,000 AT HAMMER