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    Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

    An art and antiques auction by Dolan’s takes place at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on November 25. Paintings include Endymion, a Dubliner mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses.  Endymion was the nickname of James Farrell, a Dublin eccentric born in 1851 who worked for a time as an excise officer, reputedly in Guinness. He was injured when he tried to rescue a colleague who had fallen into a brewery vessel. In Dublin lore according to Oliver St. John Gogarty he went ‘natural’ after falling into an empty vat and breathing the fumes. He became eccentric and suffered from delusions. He lived in rented accommodation at various addresses in Dublin, which included boarding houses in Pleasants Street, off Camden Street, on Charlemont Road, Clontarf and Baggot Street, but was harmless and well liked.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Kernoff RHA, Endymion, (2,500 – 3,500 )

    George Campbell, City Blues, Toledo, (8,000 – 10,000)

    Chanel Bag, (1,800-2,400)

    Markey Robinson, Men of the West, (2,000 – 3,000)



    Friday, July 27th, 2018

    Sean Keating HRA, HRSA (1899-1977) Fear agus ban on Oilean.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The catalogue cover lot for Dolan’s two day sale in Ballyconneely, Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday August 6 and on the following day is a cheerful pastel and charcoal portrait by Sean Keating (1889-1977),  Fear agus bean an Oilean is estimated at 25,000-30,000.  Born in Limerick Sean Keating  studied under Sir William Orpen.  He won the Taylor Scholarship in 1914 and went to visit the Aran Islands with Harry Clarke.  This was a turning point in his career and the islands and their inhabitants became the subject of many of his works.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy and represented Ireland at the New York World Fair of 1939.

    Dolans art and antique auction is to be a marquee sale in Ballyconneely.  Viewing there gets underway at noon on July 29 and continues until the start of the sale at 12.30 pm on August 7.


    Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

    The Red Scarf by William Conor made 10,000 at Dolan's.

    The Red Scarf by the Northern Ireland artist William Conor (1881-1968) was the top lot at the Dolan’s summer Irish art auction at Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co. Galway on August 3.  It made 10,000.

    The artist is celebrated for his portrayals of working class life in Belfast.  The Red Scarf, a wax crayon on paper piece, is signed and dated 1922.  It was estimated at 10,000-12,000.

    The Ulster Museum holds more than 50  works in crayon and watercolour by William Conor.  He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in 1921 and in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1918 to 1967.  He was awarded an OBE in 1952 and was president of the Royal Ulster Academy from 1957 to 1964.

    The auction was over 80 per cent sold and the majority of the most expensively estimated lots found buyers.

    See post for July 26.