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    A GREAT COLLECTION OF IRISH ART AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    Saturday, November 17th, 2018
    The Brian P. Burns collection of Irish art  comes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on November 21.  Internationally promoted this sale of 100 lots spans Irish artists from the 18th century to the present day and includes works by Yeats, O’Conor, Lavery, Orpen, Osborne, Leech, Nathaniel Hone, James Brenan and Rowan Gillespie.
    Now aged over 80 Sotheby’s describe the collection he formed over a lifetime as one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands.  He has generously loaned his collection to exhibitions in America and Ireland and created new audiences for and awareness of Irish art.  Here is a selection from the sale:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 22, 2018)

    Walter Frederick Osborne, At the Breakfast Table

    Roderic O’Conor, Seascape, Orange and Red Rocks

    ROWAN GILLESPIE – THE SETTLERS

    St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle by F.J. Davis

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Thursday, September 6th, 2018

    An online sale of Irish artworks at modest estimates from the Axa collection runs at de Veres in Dublin until September 10. Comprised of over 200 original artworks the collection was gathered by Axa Insurance under the guidance of artist Bernadette Madden. It was put together over a 20 year period with a view to supporting emerging Irish artists. The sale is on view at de Veres, Kildare St., Dublin from today and all bidding is online. The sale gets underway at 6 pm on September 10.  Here is a small selection:

    BERNADETTE MADDEN BESTIARY BEASTS WAX RESIST ON LINEN (200-400)

    AOIFE DWYER UNTITLED PRINT, ARTIST’S PROOF, (100-200)

    ANDREW FOLAN ARHA THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT LENTICULAR PRINT (100-200)

    ALBERT IRVIN LOUISE VII SCREENPRINT (100-200)

    SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM DE VERES IRISH ART SALE

    Monday, June 11th, 2018

    Among the highlights at the Irish art auction at de Veres in Dublin on June 12 are works by William Scott, Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Collins, Dan O’Neill and Camille Souter.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    PAUL HENRY – A ROAD IN CONNEMARA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 64,000 AT HAMMER

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 4, 2018).

    COLIN MIDDLETON – PAYSAGE DES REVES MAUVAIS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 50,000 AT HAMMER

    MARY SWANZY – HOUSE WITH RED SHUTTERS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    MAINIE JELLETT – FLOWER FORMS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

    Portrait of Maria Susanna Ormsby by Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (1734-1808)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    The Spring Sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin on March 27 will offer a range of work from the 18th century to the present day. One of the earliest is a rediscovered portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, arguably this country’s most important portraitist, of Maria Susanna Ormsby, daughter of the MP for Sligo William Ormsby.  This painting re-emerged in the dispersal of the Harlech Collection in Wales a year ago and is now estimated at 25,000-35,000.

    A Paul Henry, Looking Towards Achill from the East of Achill Sound, is estimated at 40,000-60,000. There are two large works by Tony O’Malley and two by John Shinnors from  very different periods.  The mid 20th century Northern Irish School is well represented by artists like Colin Middleton and Dan O’Neill which William Conor’s 1923 work Water Buckets is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  The catalogue is online and features 123 works.

    AFFORDABLE ART SALE AT WHYTE’S

    Saturday, October 14th, 2017
    Affordable artwork by Robert Ballagh, Pauline Bewick, Barrie Cooke, Edward Delaney and Sir William Orpen will feature at Whyte’s autumn art sale in Dublin on October 23.  The auction will offer a range of 270 affordable works of Irish and international artists with estimates from 100 to 1,000.  The first 38 lots are from the collection of the late Judge Desmond Windle.

    Others among those whose work will be offered are Elizabeth Rivers, Sean Scully, Patsy Dan and Ruari Rodgers, Patrick Pye, Brian Bourke, Graham Knuttel, Cecil King and Louis le Brocquy.  The sale takes place at Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St. at 6 pm on October 23.

    William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) FULL HOUSE, 1910 (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) LANDSCAPE STUDIES (SET OF THREE ) (400-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 460 at HAMMER

    Patrick Pye RHA (b.1929) PROVINCIAL TOWN (500-700)  UDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    Edward Delaney RHA (1930-2009) CATTLE SHELTERING, 1979 (300-500)  UPDATE: THISMADE 340 AT HAMMER

    A SALE OF IRISH ART AT DE VERES IN DUBLIN

    Saturday, September 16th, 2017

    Viewing for the Irish art auction at de Veres on September 20 at 6 pm gets underway at Kildare St. at noon today. The 131 lots offer a mix of 20th century and contemporary art.  Traditionalists will be taken by two works. A Muted Appeal – the little match girl by Richard Thomas Moynan whose subject is a flower seller who worked at Chatham St. off Grafton St. The second traditional offering is Gathering Beans by Arthur David McCormick, a work purchased at the James Gorry Gallery in 1988. There is art by Sean McSweeney, Charles Brady, Diana Copperwhite, John Shinnors, Robert Ballagh, Norah McGuinness and a wide cross section of Irish artists.  Viewing is at de Veres, the auction will be held at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online.

    Evening, Grand Parade, Cork by Cecil Galbally (1911-1995) (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,000 AT HAMMER

    : A Muted Appeal (the little match girl) by Richard Thomas Moynan (1850-1906) (6,000-9,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,500 at hammer

    JOHN LAVERY’S VIEW OF THE SUMMIT OF THE JUNGFRAU

    Friday, September 1st, 2017

    SIR JOHN LAVERY – THE SUMMIT OF THE JUNGFRAU  UPDATE: THIS MADE £212,500 AT HAMMER

    A powerful and masterly landscape of Switzerland: The Summit of the Jungfrau, 1912 by the celebrated  painter Sir John Lavery (1856 – 1941) will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s Irish sale in London on September 27.

    The painting’s lyrical curves lead the eye up to the pinnacle whilst maintaining a sense of composure and innate design which hints at the influence of Japanese art. The British love of the Alps dates back to the early 19th century, to Turner, Byron, Shelley and Ruskin; it was actually on the recommendation of Winston Churchill’s niece, Lady Gwendoline, that Lavery travelled to the Alpine village of Wengen for a two-month stay. The highlight of the visit was a journey up to Jungfraujoch station, an enormous engineering feat that had fortuitously opened in August 1912 Lavery was able to make his ascent with a full painting kit, creating a temporary studio and setting in order to make a swift sketch of the visiting party.

    The painting, which is estiamted at £150,000-250,000, is from a Hampstead Collection  assembled and enjoyed over many years in a beautiful house in this leafy corner of London.  The collection will be offered across nine auctions in London and Hong Kong between September and December.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 17, 2017)

    BRITISH AND IRISH ART MARKET ON THE UP AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016
    Paul Henry  (1876-1958) - The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000) sold for £79,300

    A mid year British and Irish art market report by Bonhams shows an increase of 22% in the year so far. They say that bullish conditions were evident at the June auction which totalled £8.3 million and was the company’s most successful to date. The sale was 86% sold by lot and 46% of lots sold above their high estimates.

    Irish art was 100% sold with strong prices for stalwarts like Sir John Lavery and Jack B. Yeats. The welcome surprise of the day, according to Bonhams, was the £79,300 paid for an 8″ x 10″ painting by Paul Henry. Bonhams say that work from the 1930’s and 40’s  experienced a particular surge and that right now there  is an overall hunger for quality.  The next major sale of British and Irish art is on November 23 and the closing date for entries is October 7.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 13, 2016)

    BONHAMS SALE OF MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH ART

    Sunday, November 15th, 2015
    Basil Blackshaw’s Blond Traveller is one of a number of Irish lots at Bonhams sale of Modern British and Irish Art at New Bond Street in London on November 18.  In 1984/85 the artist undertook a series of traveller paintings using sitters that he had met and become interested in.  The works were acclaimed for their raw colour and immediacy.  Blond Traveller is estimated at £18,000-25,000.

    A John Lavery view of house tops, Tetuan (37 miles east of Tangier) is estimated at £20,000-30,000, as is a west of Ireland oil by Paul Henry entitled Cabins on a Lough. The auction features 12 pieces by the acclaimed British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, who died in 1993.  A seated nude by Roderic O’Conor is estimated at £8,000-12,000. Other Irish artists featured include Daniel O’Neill, Gerard Dillon and Louis le Brocquy in a catalogue of 101 works in total.  Whytes, de Veres, Adams and Morgan O’Driscoll will all hold auctions of Irish art in Dublin in coming weeks.  UPDATE: The Henry and the Blackshaw were both unsold.

    Blond Traveller by Basil Blackshaw at Bonhams in London next Wednesday.

    Blond Traveller by Basil Blackshaw at Bonhams in London next Wednesday.

    Cabins by a Lough, West of Ireland by Paul Henry

    Cabins by a Lough, West of Ireland by Paul Henry

    A TOTAL OF 330 LOTS OF IRISH ART ONLINE

    Saturday, October 31st, 2015

    More than 330 lots are available at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online auction of Irish art.  The sale will run until November 9 at 6.30 p.m.  The catalogue is on line. Here is a small sampler.

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Boats on the Lagan, Belfast (4,000-6,0000.

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    Boats on the Lagan, Belfast (4,000-6,000).   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,800

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) Ruins in the Moonlight (4,000-6,000)

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Ruins in the Moonlight (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,200

    John Brian Vallely (b.1941) Into Battle (2,000-4,000).

    John Brian Vallely (b.1941)
    Into Battle (2,000-4,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Poppies in Summertime (4,000-5,000).

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    Poppies in Summertime (4,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,200