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    Saturday, June 4th, 2022
    Etruscan Evening (1989) by Stephen McKenna. UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    Viewing for Whyte’s Irish and International art sale gets underway today at the RDS.  There is art by Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Patrick Heron, Louis le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Sean Keating, Patrick Scott, Grace Henry, Peter Curling, Howard Helmick, John Behan, Patrick O’Reilly, Edward Delaney and a wide variety of other acclaimed painters and sculptors.  Viewing is from 10 am to 5 pm for the next three days and the auction is at 6 pm on Monday.


    Thursday, April 7th, 2022
    Vadim Tuzov (Irish-Ukrainian, b.1964) Shovelbill Duck Bronze 1/3

    This bronze by the Irish Ukrainian artist Vadim Tuzov made a hammer price of 4,800 over a top estimate of 3,000 at the white glove James Adam sale of collectors and artists for Ukraine organised by Suzanne MacDougald in Dublin today. All 36 lots sold and made over €90,000. When some generous cash donations are added the sale generated €116,000 for the Irish Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal.

    The top lot of the day was another piece of sculpture, ‘Liffey Oar Boat’ made and donated by John Behan RHA. It made €10,000. Rowan Gillespie’s diminutive ‘Kneeling Girl’, a bronze from 1982 and donated by a Co. Meath collector, sold for €6,500 while Orla de Brí’s ‘Cross Bearer’ made €4,600.

    The top price for a painting was shared by two works – Colin Davidson’s ‘Study of Seamus Heaney’ and Markey Robinson’s West of Ireland Landscape, both of which made €6,500.

    (See post on for March 31, 2022)


    Sunday, March 14th, 2021
    Waiting for the Ferry, low tide by Jack B. Yeats  UPDATE: THIS MADE 135,000 AT HAMMER

    A lone figure stands at the waters edge in Waiting for the Ferry, Low Tide, 1946.  This enigmatic Yeats work is the catalogue cover lot at Whyte’s evening sale of Important Irish and International Art in Dublin on March 22. It was acquired by American sculptor Helen Hooker O’Malley in the same year that she sought a divorce from the Irish revolutionary Ernie O’Malley.  The O’Malleys were important collectors of Yeats in the 1930’s and ’40’s.  His collection, sold by Whyte’s and Christie’s in Dublin in 1919, grossed €5.5 million. She bought it from Leo Smith, who had been co-director of the Waddington Gallery in Dublin before setting up the Dawson Gallery in 1944. Helen gifted it to Liam Redmond, with whom she founded the Dublin Players Theatre in 1944, and it is now estimated at €100,000-€150,000.  Redmond was married to Barbara MacDonagh, daughter of poet Thomas MacDonagh who was executed after the 1916 Rising.

    Share the Feeling by John Behan. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER

    The virtual auction of 153 lots features work by sculptors John Behan and Rowan Gillespie, paintings by Louis le Brocquy, Paul Henry, Patrick Scott, Camille Souter,  William Crozier, James Humbert Craig, Gladys Maccabe, Dan O’Neill and international artists Tracey Emin, Bob Dylan and Damien Hirst.Francis Bacon and Louis le Brocquy met in the 1940’s in London and remained friends until Bacon’s death in 1992.  Bacon penned the introduction to a le Brocquy retrospective in 1966. It was not until 1979 that le Brocquy created an image of Bacon and it was one of the few portraits of people he knew personally.  His oil of canvas Image of Francis Bacon is estimated at €120,000-€150,000.  A watercolour image of Beckett, estimated at €15,000-€20,000, is one of a number of works by le Brocquy in this sale. Spring in Wicklow, a 1920’s landscape by Paul Henry is estimated at €150,000-€200,000. There is much Irish work to choose from with art by Tony O’Malley, Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, William Crozier, John Kingerlee and others. Among these is a still life by Christy Brown with an estimate of €2,000-3,000.A small oil on canvas of ships in moonlight by the noted Dutch artist Johnan Barthold Jongkind (1819-1891) is estimated at €8,000-€12,000. A 2019 lithograph by Tracey Emin (75/200) entitled I Loved my Innocence has an estimate of €3,000-€4,000 and two unnumbered etchings by Damien Hirst from an edition of 68 are each estimated at €1,000-€1,500. Bob Dylan’s are has proved popular in Ireland at past sales and this auction offers three prints by the American singer songwriter at estimates ranging from €1,200 to €5,000.


    Thursday, March 4th, 2021

    From Sean Scully and John Behan to Pauline Bewick and Mainie Jellett the selection available at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online Irish art auction which runs to March 8 is comprehensive. Untitled 1996, a unique watercolour, No. 47 from a series of 50, by Sean Scully is estimated at 6,000-9,000. Abstract Composition in gouache by Mainie Jellett is estimated at 4,000-6,000. There is interest in Cat in Winter in the Glass House by Pauline Bewick (5,000-7,000) and John Behan’s Famine Tree (10,000-15,000) and many of the other works. The catalogue is online.

    Untitled (1996) by Sean Scully. UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

    Among the works Dublin sculptor John Behan is famous for are his depictions of famine ships in bronze. A rare depiction on canvas of a famine ship by the artist comes up at Whyte’s timed online auction running now. The acrylic on paper has rippling which has led to cracking of the paint. It is estimated at 300-500. According to the auctioneers the sale of over 260 lots with guides from as low €60 to a top estimate of €5,000 will encourage both first-time buyers and seasoned bidders. Many famous Irish artists are represented and the auction runs to October 5.



    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

    AN online sale of Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll runs to Monday March 2. There is paintings and sculpture from artists like John Behan, John Shinnors, George Campbell, Elizabeth le Jeune, Patrick O’Reilly, James Humbert Craig, Mark O’Neill, George Campbell and many more. The catalogue is online.

    John Behan – Westport Famine Ship (2018) 5,000-7,000 . UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
    A Galway seascape by Maurice MacGonigal, a still life by Patrick Hennessy and a flower study by Kenneth Webb are among the highlights at Dolan’s art and antiques auction in Ballyconneely, Connemara on August 6 and 7. Viewing is underway for the two day marquee sale which gets underway on Bank Holiday Monday at 12.30 p.m.  As well as paintings and sculpture the sale will feature some quality furniture, antiques and collectibles with silver, books, rugs, jewellery and a number of designer handbags from Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
    Artists include John Shinnors, George Russell, John Behan, Henry Morgan, Carina Scott and Mark O’Neill.  Lot 24 is an album of photographs showing the daily progress of the building of a railway gun wagon at Gateshead from September 1-13, 1914. The 47 photos are estimated at 1,000-1,500. A set of five US gold coins of various dates from 1873 to 1907 is estimated at  2,000-2,200. An Edwardian painted rocking horse and an early 20h century rocking horse will command attention and there is a selection of antique furniture.
    Among the furniture is a c1870 Victorian writing table, three longcase clocks, a walnut writing table and a circular late Georgian mahogany breakfast table.
    Sunlight on daffodils and azalea at Kilmurry, a watercolour by Mildred Anne Butler dated 1901 is estimated at 3,000-4,000.  Cattle in a meadow by her fellow Kilkenny artist Nassau Blair Browne, exhibited at the RHA in 1918, is estimated at 4,000-5,000.  Blair Browne served as Secretary to the RHA from 1911 to 1924 and was Governor the National Gallery of Ireland from 1918-1924.  Lot 191, Sweetpea in Bloom by Kenneth Webb is estimated at 9,000-10,000, Connemara Hooker, Roundstone Harbour by Maurice MacGonigal is estimated at  11,000-12,000 and Virgo and Letter by Patrick Hennessy is estimated at  10,000-12,000.   An oil on canvas by John Behan, primarily known as a sculptor, features fishermen in the west.  Signed and dated 2017 it is estimated at 3,500-4,000.  Much of the art in this auction of more than 500 lots will carry estimates which are lower than this. The catalogue is online.

    Sweetpea in Bloom by Kenneth Webb  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER


    Virgo and letter by Patrick Hennessy  UPDATE:THIS MADE 11,250 AT HAMMER

    An Edwardian rocking horse  UPDATE; THIS WAS UNSOLD

    O’Conor, Henry, Behan, Teskey and le Brocquy at Morgan O’Driscoll auction

    Monday, April 30th, 2018
    With everything from Figures in a pool by  Roderic O’Conor, Cottages by Paul Henry and The Eugenie off Queenstown by George Mounsey Atkinson to John  Behan’s sculpted bull and a painting of a bulldog by Basil Blackshaw Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale of Irish and International Art is at the RDS in Dublin this evening.

    There is art by John Shinnors and Donald Teskey, Percy French and Walter Osborne, Louis le Brocquy and Dan O’Neill.  On the international side there is a screenprint by Damien Hirst, a mixed media work by Joan Miro, a litho of Mao by Warhol and a screenprint and litho by Robert Motherwell.  Other artists featured among 147 lots include Sean Scully, Barrie Cooke, Felim Egan, Kenneth Webb, William Crozier, Alice Maher, and Charles Tyrrell.

    (See posts on for April 27 and April 22, 2018)

    Figures in a pool by Roderic O’Conor  UPDATE: THIS MADE 56,000 AT HAMMER

    The Eugenie off Queenstown (1887) by George Mounsey Atkinson  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, March 27th, 2017

    Skibbereen based art auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll will hold viewings in London on April 3, 4 and 5 for his upcoming Irish and International Art auction at the RDS on April 10.  Mr. O’Driscoll, who conducts a number of online art auctions every year, has found new buyers and an increased awareness of Irish art and artists by holding regular viewing in the British capital for his major sales.   The evening sale at the Minerva Suite of the RDS on April 10 will feature 185 lots, including 27 lots of sculpture. London viewings are at La Galleria at 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall and viewings at the RDS get underway at 2 pm on April 7.  Among the highlights is work by Paul Henry,  Frank McKelvey, Nathaniel Hone, Henry Jones Thaddeus, Evie Hone and Louis le Brocquy.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) Wandering Mr Bloom from Ulysses (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012) Torso (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADD 24,000 AT HAMMER

    CAREY CLARKE (B.1936) Still Life – Fruit & Flowers (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    FREDERICK EDWARD MCWILLIAM (1909-1992)The Judo Players (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER.

    EVIE HONE (1894-1955) Composition (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    An online auction of affordable Irish art is now underway at Morgan O’Driscoll.   It runs until January 30 at 6.30 pm.  The catalogue is online. Here is a selection:

    John Behan – PRCA Award (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    Patrick Scott (1921-2014) – Parade of the Guilds 1750 (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    Maurice Desmond – Landscape (1985) (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    Brian Ballard – Irises in a jug (700-900)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER