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    Thursday, May 6th, 2021

    This Man of Aran is a self portrait by the artist Sean Keating (1889-1978). The stained glass artist Harry Clarke introduced Sean Keating to the Aran Islands in 1912. They had met at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art the previous year and became firm friends. In the years leading up to Ireland’s Treaty of Independence the Aran Islands became the place of Keating’s artistic and political identity. As early as 1915 Keating began to portray himself on the islands, wearing typical island clothing. This charcoal drawing is a study for a painting, possibly I Fein (Me Myself) exhibited at the RHA in 1924. It comes up as Lot 98 at Dolan’s timed online auction of 360 lots of art and antiques with an estimate of 9,000-12,000. The auction runs to the evening of May 10. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, January 21st, 2021

    Artists who are much admired and collected in Ireland feature at Dolan’s first timed online auction which runs until January 25. A 1963 painting by Cecil Maguire of Purteen Harbour, Achill, offers dramatic west Coast views and is estimated at €6,000-€8,000.  There is a similar estimate on Girls on a Beach in PInk and Blue by George Russell, redolent of easy relaxation during long summer days. Mark O’Neill, Arthur Maderson, John Brobbel, Sean McSweeney, Markey Robinson and Robert Egginton are among the many artists who feature. An Ireland of days gone by is recalled in Market Day, Roundstone by Lady Kate Dobbin (€2,000-€3,000) while Girl with Umbrella, Reflected by John Shinnors (€3,500-€4,500) is an arresting work of an entirely different era and style.  Musicians by Manus Walsh (€600-€800) is a stained glass panel by an artist who created some of the windows for Galway Cathedral. The sale of more than 260 lots features some antique furniture, rugs, books and collectibles including a Steiff teddy bear and a Hornby train set.

    Girl with Umbrella, Reflected by John Shinnors. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Saturday, August 1st, 2020

    Art, antique furniture, collectibles and toys will all come under the hammer at Dolan’s two day summer auction in Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday and on August 4.  Art on offer ranges from contemporary work by John Shinnors to some Connemara scenes by Kenneth Webb.  There is a wide range of both established and emerging artists and no shortage of landscapes from the hugely scenic area around Ballyconneely like a watercolour entitled Market Day, Roundstone by Lady Kate Dobbin.

    This annual summer event in Connemara has a big local following and always attracts plenty of the visitors from around the country who holiday here. Among the 310 lots on offer on Monday is a Victorian writing table by the London firm of Howard and Sons in Oregon pine.  This company specialised in bespoke furniture and this piece comes complete with an inbuilt leather foot rest. Curiosities include a mahogany Victorian penny slot machine from a 19th century pub and there is a Chipperfields Circus model set by Corgi and an early 20th century rocking horse.One of the more expensively estimated lots, at €10,000-€14,000, is The Sparrow, a 1984 oil on canvas laid on board by the renowned Limerick artist John Shinnors.  There is a bronze by John Behan entitled Launching the Currach. An earlier treatment of the local area is Carraroe, Connemara by Charles Lamb.  There is work by well known artists like Sean Keating, Markey Robinson, George Campbell, Maurice MacGonigal, Robert Egginton, Norman Teeling, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson and Mark O’Neill.  

    The Sparrow by John Shinnors. UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER


    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)


    Monday, July 27th, 2015

    Hobby Horses, a 1927 oil by Jack B. Yeats, will be one of a number of highlights at the August Bank Holiday summer art and collectibles auction by Dolans in Clifden on August 3 and 4.  It is estimated at 78,000-85,000. The 540 lot auction includes a limited edition copy of Anna Livia Plurabelle signed by James Joyce and published in New York in 1928 estimated at 1,800-2,200.

    Photographs from the Lawrence Collection make up the opening lots on Monday, August 3.  The three 19th century albums focus on Counties Kildare, Donegal and Kilkenny. Each one is estimated at 350-450. There is art by Harry Kernoff, Norah McGuinness, Kenneth Webb, Sean Keating and a wide selection of artists like Frank Egginton whose work is closely associated with the west of Ireland.  European painting is represented by Lazlo Neogrady’s Winter Sunlight, a snow scene of quality estimated at 6,000-8,000.  Collectibles include an exceptionally large copper preserving pan and a miniature chest of drawers.  The second day of the sale kicks off with some advertising metal posters, signs and lithographs by Shell and Guinness. The auction features paintings, silver, books, furniture, antiques, collectibles and rugs.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Hobby Horses (1927) by Jack B. Yeats (78,000-85,000).

    Hobby Horses (1927) by Jack B. Yeats (78,000-85,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE A HAMMER PRICE OF 121,000

     Donald Hamilton Fraser's Seascape - Headland Orange and Blue (3,000-5,000).

    Donald Hamilton Fraser’s Seascape – Headland Orange and Blue (3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000 AT HAMMER

    A Victorian style rocking horse with horse hair mane (600-800).

    A Victorian style rocking horse with horse hair mane (600-800).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 750 AT HAMMER

    Sir William Russell Flint's red chalk drawing, Study of a Seated Nude (4,000-5,000)

    Sir William Russell Flint’s red chalk drawing, Study of a Seated Nude (4,000-5,000)   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000 AT HAMMER.