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    PRIVATE COLLECTION OF IRISH ART AT DREWEATTS

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

    A private collection of Irish art passionately collected over the past 30 years will come up at Dreweatts live online auction in Newbury, Berkshire on March 18. There is art by Gerard Dillon, William Conor, Colin Middleton, Markey Robinson, Gladys Maccabe, Maurice MacGonigal, Maurice Wilks, Frank McKelvey, Kitty Wilmer O’Brien, Henry Healy, Basil Blackshaw, Graham Knuttel, Sean McSweeney, Ciaran Clear and Felim Egan.

    Maurice MacGonigal (Irish 1900-1979)
    Landscape towards Letterfrack (£2,500-£3,500)

    GEORGE III CHIMNEY PIECE, POSSIBLY BOSSI, AT DREWEATTS

    Sunday, December 6th, 2020

    A George III marble and scagliola fire surround, possibly Dublin, in the manner of Pietro Bossi comes up at Dreweatts fine furniture, sculpture and ceramics sale online in Berkshire on December 10. Dating to the last quarter of the 18th century the fireplace showcases refined inlay of scagliola, also known as ‘Bossi work’. The Italian plaster worker Pietro Bossi was active in Ireland during the late 18th century. Though few chimney pieces securely attributed to Bossi survive, he was renowned for the depth and graduation of colour he achieved and his innovative Neoclassical designs. ‘Scagliola’ (Italian for ‘chips’) is a technique that involves manipulating pigmented plaster, modified with animal glue, to resemble pietra dura inlays. This piece is estimated at £600-800 but it is safe to assume it will go higher.

    UPDATE: This sold for £14,000 on the hammer, £17,500 with buyers premium.

    IRISH FOLK ART PORTRAIT TO HIGHLIGHT DREWEATTS SALE

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

    An Irish School family portrait dating to around 1816 is a highlight at Dreweatts online sale of the British, American and European Folk Art in Newbury, Berkshire on November 24. The portrait of William Winter and his family bears the inscription, ‘Oh pary accept this trifling gift/This token I am far from you/Yet I shall love you still/Though cruel fate has parted me/From my dear friends and loves/Yet may I soon return again/No more from you to roam’.  The portrait of Private William Winter and his family was most probably painted by a professional letter-writer while he was garrisoned in Dublin in February 1816 with the 1st battalion, 48th Regiment of Foot. As the inscription along the lower edge implies he commissioned it as a token of his affection for his family in Gloucestershire. On June 17 that year Winter deserted his regiment and by July 12 had been detained and committed to imprisonment at Chester. The regiment was soon after commissioned to serve in Sydney, New South Wales.

    The Pinkers Collection takes its name from a diminutive 17th century fisherman’s cottage on the Kent coast where it has grown in size over the last twenty years. It includes watercolours and oil paintings from the 17th to the early 20th Century. Many are in their original frames and in remarkably fresh condition. Folk Art has been described as ‘the unselfconscious creativity of academically untrained artists’ (Robert Young, Folk Art, 1999) and it is this quality that gives many of the works an immediacy and playfulness that has chimed with generations of collectors.

    IRISH SCHOOL FAMILY PORTRAIT (£4,000-6,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £15,500

    SHINNORS AT DREWEATTS SALE MAKES £40,000

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

    A large John Shinnors work from 1998 made a hammer price of £40,000 at Dreweatts saleroom in Newbury, Berkshire, today. Rising Kite, Clare Island Cycle from a corporate collection in the UK had been estimated at £10,000-15,000. It was one of the highlights at Dreweatts auction of modern and contemporary art. The auctioneers hailed the painting as: “a seminal example of Shinnor’s bold expressive style”. Represented by Taylor Galleries in Dublin the work of the Limerick artist is held by numerous public and private collections such as the Arts Council of Ireland, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Limerick City Art Gallery and the National Self Portrait Collection. 

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 11, 2020)

    John Shinnors – Rising Kite, Clare Island Cycle (143.5 x 284.5cm (56¼ x 112 inches)

    SHINNORS TO SHINE IN BERKSHIRE AUCTION

    Sunday, October 11th, 2020

    Rising Kite, Clare Island Cycle by the Limerick artist John Shinnors is a highlight at Dreweatts modern and contemporary art sale in Newbury, Berkshire on October 22. The work is estimated at £10,000-15,000. Dreweatts say that the painting, where abstract shapes are juxtaposed with motifs such as sheep, cattle, lighthouses and kites in contrasting light and dark pigments, is one of the showstoppers of the auction. UPDATE: THIS MADE £40,000 AT HAMMER

    John Shinnors – Rising Kite, Clare Island Cycle

    Here is a video about the work:

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE SELLS AT DREWEATTS

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

    This c1730 Irish George II mahogany side table sold for a hammer price of £36,000 at Dreweatts in Newbury, Berkshire today. The moulded frieze isvcentred by a carved mask of a bearded man, above a carved shell terminal. Each corner of the frieze is carved with a stylised ‘gargoyle’ mask above tapering cabriole shaped legs. An Irish George II c1750 side table made £13,500 and a twin pillar dining table, described as probably Irish, sold for £7,500.

    The c1730 Irish table