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    Sunday, August 30th, 2020

    The Sick Bed by Jack B. Yeats at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 2 is as topical in the pandemic as it was months ago in March when this auction was originally scheduled to take place.  This 1950 painting, with an estimate of  €250,000-€350,000, highlights an auction that includes new to market works by leading Irish artists and 16 paintings by Terence P.Flanagan from the estate of his widow Sheelagh. The Sick Bed is a late Yeats work which depicts the psychological and emotional interaction between a man in a dark blue suit sitting at the bedside of a woman whose head reclines on the pillow.Hay Stooks with Cottages by Paul Henry, from a private Cork collection, is estimated at  €50,000-€70,000 as is Bound for the Islands by Yeats. Bogland Kerry by Paul Henry has an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.
    In his catalogue introduction the art historian Dickon Hall chronicles the position  of Terence and Sheelagh Flanagan in the cultural life of Northern Ireland at a time of intense political upheaval.  He places this art in the context of work by William Scott and F E McWilliam, as well as that of Seamus Heaney, all of whom were friends of the Flanagans.  The paintings on offer range from early works from the 1960’s to 2005 with estimates from €1,500-€10,000.Dan O’Neill’s Four Provinces of Ireland is a set of four oil paintings featuring Mount Errigal, Carrantuohill, Glendalough and The Twelve Bens. These small works are estimated at €20,000-€30,000.
    An Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy of  oranges in a cloud of greenery against a deep blue sky is estimated at €30,000-€50,000. A watercolour image of Samuel Beckett  by le Brocquy is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.Colin Middleton’s Birth of David dates to 1944 and comes with surreal references to the life of King David and perhaps the Star of David at a time of persecution of jews in Europe (€20,000-€30,000).There is contemporary art by Patrick Collins, Donald Teskey, Nano Reid, Sean McSweeney, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness and David Crone and sculpture by Jacob Epstein, John Behan and Sandra Bell.

    UPDATE: Hay Stooks with Cottages by Paul Henry made 100,000 at hammer, Connemara Landscape by Paul Henry made 70,000 at hammer, Coastal Report 1 by Donald Teskey made 34,000 over a top estimate of 15,000, Bound for the Islands by Jack B. Yeats sold for 90,000 over a top estimate of 70,000, The Sick Bed by Yeats was unsold. A portrait by Sir Gerard Festus Kelly of Man Than E made 36,00 and Ucello, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy made 65,000 at hammer, Bogland Kerry by Paul Henry sold for 36,000 and The Four Provinces of Ireland by Dan O’Neill made 20,000.

    The Sick Bed by Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Friday, August 28th, 2020

    In the Woods at Marley by Evie Hone is Lot 19 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 2. The watercolour is estimated at 2,500-3,500. This is the re-scheduled 2020 Spring Sale which was to have taken place on March 25. There are paintings and sculpture from a variety of Irish collections and the catalogue is online.

    Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)
    In the Woods at Marley. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

    A total of 341 varied lots will come under the hammer at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on August 23. There is silver, jewellery, watches, paintings, collectibles and antique furniture including this c1830 Irish rosewood three seater settee in the manner of Mack, Williams and Gibton. The catalogue is online and this will be a live webcast sale with online, room, telephone and absentee bidding.



    Thursday, August 6th, 2020

    Baigneuse Assise, a soft ground etching by Pierre Renoir, comes up at the James Adam online Works on Paper sale which runs until August 10. From an edition of 1,000 a complete with the artist’s stamped signature, it is estimated at 800-1,200. The sale of 435 lots includes old Irish maps, engraved views and etchings, handcoloured Cuala Press prints, art, various documents, photographs and books.

    Pierre Auguste Renoir – Baigneuse Assise. UPDATE: This made 900


    Sunday, July 26th, 2020

    From 1960’s Italian armchairs and a chaise longue designed by Le Corbusier to the art of Bridget Riley, John Doherty and Callum Innes the Mid Century Modern sale at Adams in Dublin at 2 pm on July 28 represents modernity in all its glorious diversity. The catalogue will undoubtedly appeal to well heeled younger collectors who still tend to turn their backs on the glories of previous ages, more is the pity.  The rewards of a keen appreciation for art, craft, skill, creativity and design span every era and can eclipse the angst of this one.  If lockdown has highlighted a necessity for change in your domestic environment this sale offers a chance to pick up a conversation piece, brighten up a dull corner and generally ease the pain of a pandemic that is not going away.

    Would a c1960 Italian sideboard by Dassi (€2,000-€3,000) offer both form and function to suit you? An appealing set of six c1940 dining chairs in the manner of Louis Majorelle (€1,000-€1,500) would look good anywhere and could be set off to great effect with Pink Dawn by Felim Egan (€4,000-€6,000).  A rosewood swivel chair by Ico Parisi for Mim (€600-€800) would definitely draw the eye at a zoom meeting in your home office.The most expensively estimated lots in the sale are all artworks, headed by Untitled No. 76 (2010) by Callum Innes (€15,000-€20,000). The most expensive  furniture lots are a pair of upholstered lounge chairs and a pair of glass topped tables both by Ico Parisi and estimated at €4,000-€6,000.The sale offers Murano glass, a black lacquered console table, ceiling lights, floor lights, wall lights and lamps, Eames chairs, tables, drinks trolleys and lockers in a variety of styles and designs. 

    Bridget Riley – Echo (screenprint). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, July 4th, 2020

    A set of 12 William IV rosewood dining chairs with an estimate of €3,000-€5,000 is the most expensively estimated lot at the James Adam At Home online sale in Dublin on July 5.  Bidding options for this 347 lot sale of antique furniture, paintings, books, jewellery, silver and collectibles are available at Adams. A c1780 Limerick silver tablespoon by Morris Fitzgerald is estimated at €300-€400 and a pair of large Meissen models of exotic birds carry an estimate of €1,000-€2,000.There are Waterford Crystal chandeliers, rugs, mirrors, Sevres urns, a wine cooler and a 19th century giltwood marble topped console table. A selection of Chinese export porcelain will generate interest. One of the more unusual lots is Robert Morrissons (1782-1834) 19th century dictionary of the Chinese language.  In three parts this is estimated at €3,000-€4,000.  A Russian Gardener porcelain figure of a glazier made in Moscow in the 19th century is estimated at €1,000-€1,500. UPDATE: The dictionary sold for a hammer price of 12,000, the Gardener porcelian made 2,800 and the chairs made 3,000.

    A pair of 19th century Meissen models of exotic birds. UPDATE: THESE MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 11th, 2020

    In Dublin Adams has re-scheduled a number of postponed sales to July and September. The Important Irish Art sale which had been scheduled for March is now to take place on September 9. The most expensively estimated lot in this sale is The Sick Bed by Yeats at 250,000-350,000.

    The Mid-Century Modern sale is now scheduled for July 28. The auction will be held as a live auction with telephone, commission and internet bidding all available, but there will be no bidding in the room. There will be a timed Works on Paper auction and a timed fine wines and spirits sale on July 31. There will be an At Home sale on August 23 and the fine jewellery and watches sale will now take place on September 15.

    Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)
    In the Woods at Marley (2,500-3,500) AT ADAMS IRISH ART SALE


    Monday, March 16th, 2020

    ALL auctions at Adams in Dublin have been postponed temporarily. The Collector’s Cabinet auction scheduled for Mullen’s of Laurel Park on March 28 has also been postponed.

    The sale scheduled for Hegarty’s in Bandon on March 22 will go ahead as an online only auction. E-mail the auctioneer for condition reports, absentee bids or telephone bids. The two day sale by Matthews of Oldcastle in Kells on March 21 and 22 will go ahead.

    MIDI” at Hegarty’s online only sale in Bandon. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    McGuinness lobster pots at James Adam art sale

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

    This painting of Lobster Pots, Brittany by Norah McGuinness is undated but appears to be from the late 1940’s or early ’50’s. T|here are known examples of paintings by McGuiness of the Breton landscape, such as the Les Bigoudenes in the Niland Collection, Sligo which depicts the Breton women wearing traditional tall lace headdresses of the Pays Bigouden region. This painting appeared in an exhibition of McGuinness work at the Leicester Galleries, London, in 1951. Another titled Breton Port which was exhibited in The Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1950. Lobster Pots is lot 48 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on March 25. It is estimated at 15,000-20,000.

    Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)
    Lobster Pots, Brittany


    Friday, February 21st, 2020

    A total of 530 lots of silver, furniture, jewellery, porcelain and collectibles will come under the hammer at the At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin on February 23. There are silver brooches by Georg Jensen, some Irish provincial silver, artworks including some Art Deco chrome plated figures, mirrors, antique furniture including sets of chairs, Oriental bronzes and Donegal carpets. The catalogue is online.

    A large Donegal wool carpet in the Neo-classical taste. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER