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    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


    August 3rd, 2019

    A shillelagh from the massacre in the quiet Cork village of Ballinhassig in 1845 sold for a hammer price of 5,100 at Fonsie Mealy’s summer auction in Castlecomer last week.  From the collection of the noted Cork antiquarian Robert Day it had been estimated at 300-400.  The massacre followed faction fighting after the fair day and eleven people, ten men and a woman, were shot dead by police.  The shillelagh came with an engraved plaque, mounted and inscribed: “Retrieved after Fair Day Massacre, Ballinhassig, 30 June “45”.  The vast collection of Robert Day (1836-1914) was dispersed at major auctions before and after his death. It included gold, Viking silver, jewellery and medieval religious items. Much of it ended up in museums or in the hands of the world’s richest men, including Randolph Hearst. Robert Day was the president of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. The family business in saddlery and sporting goods meant he had a Cork city centre location for anyone wishing to sell something to him.

    The shillelagh


    August 2nd, 2019

    A 23,000 bottle of rare Irish whiskey

    August 2nd, 2019

    An extremely rare 1880’s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevan Whiskey in a sold for 23,000 at Victor Mee’s pub memorabilia sale of The Clermont Collection in Cloverhill, Co. Cavan this week. The unopened hand blown bottle is one of only two known. The other is housed in the Irish Whiskey museum. It had been estimated at 5,000-10,000.

    In latter years the Ballykelly Mill at Monasterevan has been restored by businessman Paddy McKillen. He plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on the site and revive the local heritage of producing fine whiskey.


    August 2nd, 2019

    There is a selection of work by gallery and invited artists at the Summer Group Show at the Taylor Galleries on Dublin’s Kildare St. It features work by Martin Gale, Diarmuid Breen, William Crozier, Makiko Nakamura, Charles Tyrrell, Melita Denaro, Peter Burns, Anne Madden, Louise Neiland, Pat Harris, John Doherty, Beatrice O’Connell, Colin Harrison, Michael Cullen, Alex Sadkowsky, Jane O’Malley, Brian Henderson, George Potter, T.J. Maher, Seán McSweeney, Danny Osborne, William Crozier, Patricia Burns, Brian Bourke, Jill Dennis, Mary Lohan, Micheal Farrell, Martin Healy, James O’Connor and Janet Mullarney. It is now open and runs to September 7.

    Michael Cullen, Studio Scene with Still Life and Irises,


    July 31st, 2019

    Viewing for Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art on Tuesday August 6 gets underway in Skibbereen on August 2 and continues every day over the Bank Holiday weekend.  There are 242 lots on offer with work by Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Norah McGuinness, Louis le Brocquy, Arthur Maderson, Graham Knuttel, Markey Robinson, Maurice Wilks, Frank McKelvey, Desmond Carrick, George Gillespie and a variety of Irish artists and sculptors. There is a linocut by Picasso, an etching by Sean Scully, a print and concrete hand painted section of wall by Bansy, a lithograph by Henry Moore and a lithograph by Joan Miro. The catalogue is online.

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) – Pique (1962) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER


    July 30th, 2019

    Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for a  staggered Saturday and Monday art and antiques auction by Dolan’s over the August Bank Holiday weekend. There is art by artists ranging from John Brobbel  to Sean Keating, Grace Henry, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson, Robert Egginton, Carina Scott and John Behan at the sales on August 3 and August 5.  There is paintings, antiques, fine wine and a Purdy shotgun from The Rectory, Clifden, the property of John and Brenda Casey. On offer too are handbags by Louis Vuitton and Chanel.  Dolans will follow this up with an auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on Sunday, August 11.

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868 – 1953) FARMHOUSE IN BRITTANY UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,700


    July 29th, 2019

    Property from the life and career of Mae West will come up at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood on November 1 and 2 next. The event celebrates the trailblazing career and style of the 1930’s American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol. The star coined legendary one liners such as, “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better”. The auction will showcase a dazzling collection of ornate headdresses, tiaras, jewellery, wigs, film and stage worn bodiced gowns and more.

    Mae West brought her famous Broadway Diamond Lil character, now renamed “Lady Lou,” to the screen in She Done Him Wrong (1933), starring opposite a young and relatively unknown Cary Grant in one of his first major film roles. The film was a box-office hit and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture which grossed over $2 million (equivalent of $140 million today) and saved Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy. The auction is part of the Legendary Women of Hollywood auction which will take place live and online.

    Mae West’s Diamond Lil gown


    July 27th, 2019

    What better venue for an antique auction than the The Temperance Hall in Kinsale, Co. Cork with its old fashioned name? In fact the new owner of lot  287 could put their newly acquired Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker (estimated at 30-50) to good use by concocting that classic blend of bourbon and rye known far and wide as an Old Fashioned.All set for another good night out in Kinsale then at the first session of a two part auction operated jointly by Castlemartyr based Ryan Auctioneers and Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath.  The sales are at 6 pm on July 29 and noon on July 30 with more than 800 lots of antique furniture, jewellery, collectibles and art due to come under the hammer.The opening lots, including a Persian rug, an articulated skeleton clock, an ormolu gilded tazza of Rococo form and an ethnic carved figure of river people offer a flavour of the variety on offer.  This is an auction with all kinds of everything.Among the more expensively estimated furniture lots are a George II red walnut side table with carved shell decoration (5,000-8,000), a William IV dining table (2,000-3,000), a mid Victorian credenza with brass mounts (3,500-5,000), a Rococo form bureau bookcase (700-1,200), a Georgian mahogany bureau (600-900), a console table with brass grill (1,000-1,500) and a set of 12 Chippendale style dining chairs (500-800), There are books, including works of Cork interest, Oriental and European porcelain, lamps, artworks, silver, plate, jewellery and collectibles among 485 lots in the opening evening session. Among them is an emerald and diamond cluster ring (8,000-10,000), a white gold jade and diamond cluster ring (4,500-6,500) and a pair of Colombian emerald cluster earrings (3,000-5,000). The catalogue is online at  Where but Kinsale would you shop for a cocktail shaker in a Temperance Hall?

    Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker UPDATE: THIS MADE 70 EURO AT HAMMER


    July 26th, 2019

    The centenary of the Bauhaus is being marked at the National Gallery of Ireland with a display of print portfolios. The set of four Bauhaus portfolios, displaying a diverse range of print techniques, is on loan from Germany’s Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.  Dating from the early 1920’s they were produced to promote the work of the Bauhaus internationally and benefit the school financially. Credited as the birthplace of modernism the German art school centred on Weimar, Dessau and Berlin fell foul of the Nazis and eventually closed its doors in 1933.  But the influence of the Bauhaus, which encouraged teachers and students to pursue their crafts together in design studios and workshops, has been pervasive and has impacted on all our lives. Subjects ranged from painting and graphics to architecture and interiors. Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios runs until December 1.