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    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

    THE Hunt at Woolwich Drag by Gilbert Halliday (1879-1937) made a hammer price of 7,500 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale at Glengarriff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on October 1. Other hammer prices included a pair of watercolour portraits by the same artist of Brigadier and Mrs. E.T. Boylan of Hilltown on horseback (6,000); Evening on a Highland River by Alfred de Breanski junior (6,600); A Rocky Landscape attributed to Jean Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808) (5,600); Market Scene by Pieter van Bredael (4,500) and a Busy Street Scene by David Teniers (4,200). A pair of Famille Verte Warnier vases made 2,600, an Arts and Crafts chaise longue made 3,200, an Irish fold over tea table from Ely House made 2,800 and a specimen table made 2,500. An Irish 18th century giltwood mirror made 4,600 and a cased pair of 12 bore double barrelled shotguns by William Powell made 3,400.

    The auction realised 250,000 on the hammer with 80% sold.

    The Hunt at Woolwich Drag by Gilbert Halliday.


    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

    Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, Mel Ramos and many other leading artists from the collection of Richard L Weisman will be offered through major sales at Christie’s in New York this autumn. This selection of paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculpture was assembled by a passionate collector throughout his lifetime. Featuring important images of American icons and iconography by some of the 20th century’s greatest Pop artists, the collection includes seminal works by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Peter Beard who all became friends of the colorful collector. Additional works by Norman Rockwell, Tom Wesselmann, Alberto Giacometti, and Roy Lichtenstein highlight Weisman’s diverse and unique aesthetic. His collection is expected to exceed $15 million.

    Andy Warhol – Jack Nicklaus CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019


    Saturday, August 24th, 2019

    There is more than a whiff of nostalgia in Aidan Foley’s auction at Sixmilebridge Co. Clare on August 27.  The sale goes back to the days when pubs were individual rather than generic, snug refuges with  open turf, log or coal fires dotted with the occasional utterly genuine conversation piece – pastiche was unheard of – and sawdust on the floor.  Original contents from a number of such establishments offer rich pickings to collectors at Sixmilebridge.  There is a big selection of pub memorabilia from the Murray family of Limerick. They owned nightclubs and pubs and when they added the highly traditional Scott’s Bar in Kilkee to their portfolio they retained many original contents.Some of these are included in this 1,200 auction which is, Aidan Foley promises, “original stuff”, the kind of thing that collectors go for.  A fine framed advertisement for Michael Egan’s finest Irish whiskey, Limerick, Ireland is redolent of an earlier age. Aidan Foley will include some original Cunard Line luggage label stickers from a long gone travel agency, a nostalgia tinged memory of the days when people left Ireland on ocean liners never to return. An early U2 Tick Tock Tour poster will attract a different sort of collector.

    An old Irish Whiskey advertisement UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER
    An early U2 poster


    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