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    Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    Vase of Flowers

    There was strong demand for works from the studio of Basil Blackshaw at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night.  Nearly all 47 lots from the studio of a much loved artist who died last May attracted spirited bidding and many sold above estimate.  The top lot was his portrait of Clint Eastwood which sold for a hammer price of 22,000 over a top estimate of 15,000. In a catalogue note Eamonn Mallie how the artist loved “edge of town” men and “edge of society” people like travellers, horsey people, doogie men, drinkers and so on. Clint Eastwood played roles in which he was always battling against the odds. A seated nude made 11,000 over a top estimate of 7,000, Vase of Flowers made 9,500 over a top estimate of 4,000, Plane and Car made 8,000 on an estimate of 7,000-10,000 and The Wall made 7,500 at hammer over a top estimate of 5,000.

    The Talent by Jack B. Yeats made 80,000 at hammer,  Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry made 35,000, The Startled Bird by Norah McGuinness sold for 28,000, The Struggle by Nano Reid made 8,000, La Parisienne by Grace Henry made 5,400, Woman Reading by Roderic O’Conor made 30,000, Girl in a Garden by Patrick Swift made 32,000 and Cu Chulainn by John Behan made 13,000.

    (See posts on for February 23 and March 24, 2017)