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    Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
    Nano Reid, 1910-1981 – BOYNE FISHING I. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    This oil on board by Nano Reid is from the current art and design online auction by de Veres in Dublin. Lot 10 is estimated at 2,000-4,000. All viewing and bidding for this auction of 136 lots is online. The auction continues until January 25.


    Monday, March 30th, 2020

    Like so many auctioneers de Veres in Dublin postponed their Irish art sale scheduled for April 7. But the catalogue had been published online and the auction house is continuing to receive plenty of inquiries about the works it contains. So they have taken the unusual decision to open the catalogue to offers. These will be relayed to vendors, who will be advised accordingly. No bids below estimate will be considered at this point. And all bids should be made by e-mail to

    UPDATE: The open to offers sale closed with the sale of 60 lots and brought in more than €100,000. The Gerard Dillon below received an offer at the low reserve which was not accepted and it will feature at an auction in the future.

    Lot 79 is The Space Circus by Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) (15,000-20,000)


    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

    Art by Patrick Collins, Hughie O’Donoghue, Barrie Cooke, Basil Blackshaw, John B. Vallely and Markey Robinson performed well at de Vere’s in Dublin tonight. The walking cane once owned by Michael Collins made a hammer price of 11,000 over a top estimate of 4,000. F.E. McWilliam’s Anthropomorphic Bean once in the collection of Lehman Brothers failed to find a buyer. The top lot was Hughie O’Donoghue’s Return of Ulysses Blue Elegy which made 30,000 at hammer. Among the other top lots, with hammer prices in brackets, were: A memory of W.B. Yeats walking in Dublin by Patrick Collins (29,000); Moorland Water by Patrick Collins (26,000); Five Musicians by John B. Vallely (21,000); Frission by Mark Frances (20,000); Longshore VIII by Donald Teskey (18,000); Wind, Strings and Reeds by John B. Vallely (15,000); Big Forest Borneo by Barrie Cooke (14,500); Landscape by Basil Blackshaw (13,000); Image of Seamus Heaney by Louis le Brocquy (12,000); Arrival of the catch by Markey Robinson (11,000) and Winter Pattern by Tony O’Malley (10,000).

    (See post on for November 24, 2019)

    Hughie O’Donoghue – Return of Ulysses, Blue Elegy


    Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

    Still Life by William Scott (1913-1989)

    A 1973 Still Life by William Scott made a hammer price of 140,000 at de Veres sale in Dublin last night to become the most expensive painting sold in Ireland so this year. Chased by at least six bidders it was bought by an Irish private collector who lives abroad.  Though this was the most successful Spring art sale at de Veres for the past ten years, bringing over a million euro, Rory Guthrie commented that the art market in Ireland remains unpredictable.

    The good news is that this 160 lot auction aroused a lot of interest, particularly in the Irish collection of the late Michael Carroll of AIB.  A private collection like this always creates interest and all but two of the 75 lots in this part of the auction sold, mostly for above estimate. A close friend of  artists Tony O’Malley and Cecil King, Michael Carroll bought many of his works from the Dawson Gallery and latterly the Taylor Galleries.

    From the Woods Shadow by Jack B. Yeats made a hammer price of 82,000, Muingingaun (Maiden Stream) by Hughie O’Donoghue made 35,000, Jack’s House (Pink) and Jack’s House (Blue) by Basil Blackshaw made hammer prices respectively of 27,000 and 25,000, Eden, a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy made 24,000 and Connemara Mare by Patrick Hennessy sold for 16,000.  Tranquility by Kenneth Webb made 13,000 at hammer, Sawers Belfast by Hector McDonnell made 8,000, Head of a Traveller by Blackshaw made 15,000, Figures Connemara by Charles Lamb sold for 15,000, Spring Rooks by Tony O’Malley made 16,000, West Cork Waterfall by William Crozier made 8,000, Isobel by Daniel O’Neill made 15,500, Thinking of the South (France) by Camille Souter made 13,000, La Maternite by Evie Hone made 10,000, Interior by Tony O’Malley made 11,000 and Harbour Scene by Patrick Collins made 16,000.

    (See post on for March 16, 2017)


    Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

    AN online only sale of Irish art is running at de Veres until February 6.  It comprises 250 lots, many with estimates of below 1,000.  Among the 20th century Irish paintings on offer there is work by  Jack B.Yeats, Nathaniel Hone, Robert Ballagh, Sean McSweeney, Pauline Bewick and Markey Robinson.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    Brian Bourke – Landscape Switzerland 72 (400-600)

    Nathaniel Hone RHA 1831-1917 HARVESTING (300-500)

    Nano Reid 1900-1981 PORTRAIT OF ESTELLA SOLOMONS (800-1,200)

    Pauline Bewick – Amarylis -snow outside (2,000-3,000)



    Thursday, May 19th, 2016

    With highly desirable works by artists like Roderic O’Conor, Mary Swanzy, Jack B. Yeats and John Shinnors the Irish art auction at de Veres in Dublin on May 25 offers much to interest collectors. Whether it is a small Blackshaw or a large oil this is a sale of 150 lots that will appeal to collectors in a market short of top quality supply. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Mary Swanzy - A view of Semur en Auxois (30,000-50,000)

    Mary Swanzy – A view of Semur en Auxois (30,000-50,000)  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 41,000

    Jack Butler Yeats - A Riverside Inn (1946) (70,000-90,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats – A Riverside Inn (1946) (70,000-90,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 66,000

    Patrick Scott - Gold Painting (10,000-15,000)

    Patrick Scott – Gold Painting (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,500

    John Shinnors - Badgers, Her Place (25,000-35,000)

    John Shinnors – Badgers, Her Place (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000