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    Saturday, November 18th, 2023
    Edwin Mercer will display this Victorian lady’s vanity box at the Limerick fair this weekend.

    In the run up to Christmas the antique and art season is beginning to really hot up. Limerick racecourse is the venue for the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair today and tomorrow. Outstanding Irish art will come under the hammer at de Veres in Dublin next Tuesday and Sotheby’s expects around €2 million worth of Irish art to change hands at evening and day sales in London on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    The calendar for the next few weeks is brimful of interest and offers a huge array of choice to eager collectors across all price levels and genres. Limerick Racecourse has proven to be an ideal venue for Hibernian Antique Fairs.  There is easy access and lots of space for antique shops, art galleries and vintage dealers.  An across the board selection this weekend includes a Victorian vanity box complete with travel accessories, bottles and even hat pins. Along with a covetable selection of antique furniture including a c1790 Irish double sided library table with hairy paw feet and Irish art there are selections of clocks and watches, militaria, jewellery, porcelain and silver.

    Rugby Sculpture (2007) by Barry Flanagan at de Veres. UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000

    Art by Paul Henry, Walter Osborne, Gerard Dillon, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness, William Scott, John Shinnors and Barry Flanagan will feature strongly at de Veres on Tuesday evening.  Bidding on this timed online sale which draws to a close from 6 pm on November 21 is already open.  It is on view at Kildare St. in Dublin for the next four days.

    Bathers, Naylor’s Cove, Bray by Harry Kernoff at Sotheby’s in London. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The evening and day sales at Sotheby’s in London on November 21 and 22 are part of British and Irish art week, a series of events celebrating the art of Ireland and Britain from the 19th to the 21st centuries.  A total of 54 lots of Irish art will feature with the evening sale headed by two works from Sir John Lavery and two by Jack B Yeats.  The Lavery’s have emerged from the collection of the artists family.  Another evening highlight is a significant early carving by F.E. McWilliam titled Woodhenge.  The estimate for the piece is €229,220-€343,830. Meantime Bonhams first sale on the island of Ireland is now open for bidding online.  The Irish Sale: Vision and Voice will offer art by Paul Henry, Donald Teskey, Sir William Orpen, Maeve McCarthy, Margaret Clarke, Frank McKelvey, Wiliam Leech and Jack B Yeats along with an annotated typescript of Finnegans Wake by James Joyce and  handwritten lyrics of Your Song Saved My Life by Bono.  The auction will be on view at the City Assembly House in Dublin from November 24-28, when the sale will be held.

    Woodhenge by F.E. McWilliam at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, April 2nd, 2023
    Harry Kernoff – La Place du Tertre Montmartre at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in Paris. UPDATE; THIS MADE €50,800

    Art by Harry Kernoff,  Hughie O’Donoghue and Rowan Gillespie will feature  among a strong selection at Sotheby’s second Irish art sale in Paris in May.  Highlights from the auction will be on view at Sotheby’s on Molesworth St. in Dublin on April 3, 4 and 5. Already consigned are works by William Leech, Roderic O’Conor, John Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Sean Scully,  Patrick Scott, Basil Blackshaw, Camille Souter, LM Hamilton, Jack Coulter, Maser and Richard Hearns.

    In his painting La Place du Tertre, Montmartre Harry Kernoff discreetly places himself wearing his customary trilby hat in a cafe named Jeune Peinture.  It is estimated at €40,000-€60,000.  Hughie O’Donoghue’s Medusa III (€15,000-€20,000) is from a series in which he engages with the past using personal records of his father’s experience of World War II to create intense and emotionally powerful images. Given that the book was first published in Paris  Ripples of Ulysses, Study, 1999 (€10,000-€15,000) by Rowan Gillespie is especially apt. It relates to two life sized James Joyce sculptures, one at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin the other at Regis University, Denver.  The artist places Joyce at the centre of his masterpiece, Ulysses, the words of which ripple outwards in 18 concentric circles. The sculpture spins because it is never ending.

    Hughie O’Donoghue – Medusa III at Sotheby’s Paris. UPDATE; THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Incrementum 2020/2023 by Richard Hearns is estimated at €8,000-€12,000. Born in Beirut during the civil war and adopted as an infant by an Irish UN peacekeeper the Burren based painter has said his dual heritage has inspired his paintings. He is considered to be one of the most exciting abstract painters working in Ireland today by Sotheby’s.
    The inaugural Irish art sale in Paris in May 2022 saw strong international bidding and a world record for a work on paper by Mainie Jellett. It also led to the return of many Irish artworks to this country.  The success of that sale, which coincided with the centenary of the World Congress of the Irish Race in 1922, has spurred Sotheby’s on to repeat it in 2023.  All international exposure of Irish art is to be welcomed.  Bidding for this sale opens online on May 4 and runs until May 10. The auction will be on view at Sotheby’s, Paris on those dates.


    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022
    Harry Aaron Kernoff – Last Bastion of the Old Theatre Royal. UPDATE: THIS MADE £17,640

    Last Bastion of the Old Theatre Royal by Harry Kernoff – a rare record of Dublin past – comes up at Sotheby’s timed online Irish art sale which closes this afternoon with an estimate of £15,000-£25,000. Kernoff painted the remains of the Second Theatre Royal, which closed its doors in 1934, and was demolished shortly after. The first Theatre Royal was built 1821 and destroyed by fire in 1880. In 1897, the actor-manager Frederick Mouillot and a group of Dublin businessmen set about rebuilding the historic site, which was eventually redesigned by Frank Matcham.  The theatre was noted for its opera and musical comedy, and in later years it was converted into a cinema. Mouillot worked tirelessly to draw in big name stars and companies to perform. In the early 1900s the theatre attracted Edward VII, who attended a state performance, and Charlie Chaplin, who performed as part of a musical act. A third Theatre Royal was built in 1935, and was a lively feature of the Dublin nightlife well into the 1960s.

    Kernoff was extremely in the theatrical community and like his contemporary Lilian Lucy Davidson produced theatre designs throughout his career. In Kernoff’s portrayal, the theatre retains a certain a sense of its former glory, towering above the street like a medieval Cathedral.

    UPDATE: Village on the Hill by Gerard Dillon made £94,500 over a top estimate of £60,000 and Paul Henry’s Entrance to Killarney Harbour made £75,600 over a top estimate of £60,000.


    Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
    A set of 13 masquerade costumes by Harry Kernoff UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    Irish art sales continue their merry way at de Vere’s in Dublin on October 11.  There is art by Sean McSweeney, Charles Brady, Tony O’Malley,  Anne Yeats, Markey Robinson, Brian Maguire, Gerard Dillon and many others among 170 lots on the catalogue. A set of 13 masquerade costumes by Harry Kernoff is, at €8,000-€12,000 the most expensively estimated lot. A nude by Donald Teskey is estimated at €6,000-€9,000 and a landscape by Dan O’Neill is estimated at €5,000-€7,000. A wooden sculpture of an Irish dancer by Oisin Kelly is estimated at €1,000-€2,000. All price points are catered for and estimates range from €100-€12,000.

    Irish Dancer by Oisin Kelly. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 16th, 2022
    Harry Kernoff, R.H.A. – Sunday Evening – Place du Combat, Paris – sold for 94,500

    A 1937 oil by Harry Kernoff – Sunday Evening, Place du Combat, Paris – sold for €94,500 over a top estimate of €60,000 at Sotheby’s Ireland / France : Art and Literature sale in Paris today. Roderic O’Conor’s Rocks and Foam, St. Guénolé sold for €352,800; Pieta by Mainie Jellett made €88,200 over a top estimate of €25,000; A Sandhill near Tralee Bay by Jack B Yeats made €50,400 as did Bottle Still Life by William Scott and The Newly Married Man by Sean Keating made €44,100. The sale total was €928,116.


    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)



    Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    Kenneth Webb, John Butler Yeats, Cecil Maguire, Harry Kernoff, Dan O’Neill,  William Conor, Charles Brady and John Shinnors are among the artists whose work features at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online sale of Irish art.  Bidding runs to Monday, September 24 between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm and there is viewing in Skibbereen from September 20. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Figures in a Landscape (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Men Fishing, West River Falls, Nova Scotia (1957) (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) Envelopes (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Men of Steel (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    The James Adam sale of the Christmas Collection Parts I and II will take place in Dublin on December 12 at 11 am and 6 pm respectively.  The first sale, with 381 lots, will feature vintage ports and wines, silver, jewellery and watches.  The most expensively estimated lot is an 18 carat gold Birmingham cigarette case dating from 1871 (4,000-6,000).  The evening sale of 215 lots features art.  The top lot is Howth Harbour, Evening by Harry Kernoff estimated at 2,000-4,000.  Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Sackville Street (litho) 1,000-1,500  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Howth Harbour, Evening (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER



    Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

    Harry Kernoff – Up the Workers’ Republic Ireland.

    Up the Workers’ Republic, Ireland is the title of this arresting watercolour by Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) which sold for a hammer price of 1,600 over a top estimate of 1,200 at Whyte’s sales of Irish and International Art in Dublin.  The title of the work appears in nautical code (the International Code of Signals) on the rows of the flags.

    The auction grossed 850,000 with 78% of lots sold.  More than half went for over the top estimate. Over 250 bidders competed in the room, on-line, on the book or on the telephone. In this auction only 20% of lots sold went to internet buyers, which is lower than in previous art sales.

    Auctioneer Ian Whyte said that they are very pleased with this confident start of the 2017 series of art auctions, continuing the trend set in 2016.  Whyte’s will host an internet auction on April 3 and their next sale of Important Irish Art is on May 29.

    (See posts on for February 20 and February 15, 2017)


    Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

    A Connemara Landscape by Paul Henry is the top lot at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS on May 30.  The sale offers 171 lots of classical, modern and contemporary Irish art.  The catalogue is online and internet bidding is available. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Kernoff - Miscellaneous Objects (30,000-50,000)

    Harry Kernoff – Miscellaneous Objects (30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 28,000

    Paul Henry, Connemara Landscape (80,000-120,000)

    Paul Henry, Connemara Landscape (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000 AT HAMMER

    Barrie Cooke, Forest Triptych 1976 (20,000-30,000)

    Barrie Cooke, Forest Triptych 1976 (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000

    Walter Osborne - Joe the Swineherd 1890 (60,000-80,000)

    Walter Osborne – Joe the Swineherd 1890 (60,000-80,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD