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    IMAGE OF BECKETT BY LE BROCQUY TOPS SOTHEBY’S IRISH SALE IN PARIS

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

    COLIN MIDDLETON – HALLOWEEN SOLD FOR €63,500

    An image of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy was the most expensive lot sold at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in Paris today. It made 88,900 against an estimate of 40,000-60,000 in a sale that brought in €529,463. Halloween by Colin Midleton made 63,500 against an estimate of 50,000-80,000 and an image of James Joyce by le Brocquy brought in 63,500 against an estimate of 50,000-70,000. Among the other top lots were A Shining Palace, Venice by William Leech (50,800), Tangier by Sir John Lavery (38,100), Two Clowns Fooling by Camille Souter (21,590), Later Love by Rowan Gillespie (19,050) and Head by Louis le Brocquy (19,050). A 1922 drawing of Michael Collins by Hazel Lavery made 13,970 against a top estimate of 5,000.

    EDEN TAPESTRY BY LOUIS LE BROCQUY AT ADAMS

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
    Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) – Eden (1952). UPDATE: THIS MADE 28,000 AT HAMMER

    Eden is the title of the 1952 tapestry by Louis le Brocquy from the sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin this evening (September 27). Lot 12 is estimated at €25,000-€35,000. According to the catalogue note the artist was approached by Edinburgh Tapestry Weavers in 1948. They wanted him to design a tapestry. Interested in how colour could convey emotion and the pure colour of tapestry could convey this he complied. He created his own detailed, precisely colour-coded patterns, or linear templates, a pre-Renaissance technique learned from Jean Lurçat. Le Brocquy created several series of tapestries with Edinburgh and with Aubusson in France andthe Eden series spans both studios. The woman’s heel on the upper right refers to the divine pronouncement that the serpent, blamed by her for her fall from grace, will bruise her heel – though she will crush it.

    In his catalogue note Aidan Dunne states: “The dazzling, twisting form of the snake suggests that the artist takes a more uplifting view of the possibilities presented by the tree of knowledge, and the dawning of human consciousness and imagination, than religious judgement might decree.” This tapestry is from an edition of nine by Atelier Tabard Frères & Soeurs.

    O’BRIEN AND LE BROCQUY AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Sunday, August 6th, 2023
    Vase of Flowers by Geraldine O’Brien  UPDATE: THIS MADE 550 AT HAMMER

    A still life by the noted Limerick based botanical artist Geraldine M O’Brien and an arresting 1970 lithograph of Noisiu – lover of Deirdre of the Sorrows of Celtic mythology – by Louis le Brocquy are among the works at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current off the wall online Irish art auction. The evening sale on August 8 follows hard on the heels of a successful auction by Morgan O’Driscoll last Monday.  This time around the offerings are  more affordable. The le Brocquy is a lithograph, number 46 from an edition of 70, and is estimated at €1,500-€2,500. Though Geraldine O’Brien was a celebrated and popular artist her work remains affordable.  Still Life – Vase of Flowers is estimated at just €700-€1,000.   With a selection from Arthur Maderson and Graham Knuttel to Michael Hales and Annemarie Bourke this big sale has something to suit everyones taste.  The catalogue is online.

    Noisiu (1970) by Louis le Brocquy. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    CLASSICAL HENRY LANDSCAPE AND LE BROCQUY’S YEATS AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
    PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) – TURF STACKS IN THE WEST, c.1934-36. UPDATE: THIS MADE 130,000 AT HAMMER

    Turf Stacks in the West by Paul Henry comes up as lot 18 at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art on November 28. Measuring 16″ x 24″ it is estimated at €120,000-180,000. In the catalogue note Dr. Mary Cosgrove writes: “The subject matter and style of this painting points to the 1930s as the date of production, by which time Henry’s work was regularly exhibited in London, New York and Boston as well as at home. It had also been reproduced on internationally distributed railway posters. Although depicting the harsh realities of deforestation, depopulation, emigration and unemployment that the artist knew only too well from working with the Congested Districts Board, Henry’s landscapes appealed to Irish-Americans during the Depression, achieving better prices than in Ireland during its own economic crisis.”

    The catalogue cover lot is Louis le Brocquy’s Image of W.B. Yeats, which also comes with an estimate of €120,000-180,000. Viewing for the sale is underway in Dublin and the catalogue is online.

    LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012) – Image of W.B. Yeats, 1989. UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE SALE

    INSIDE THE WORLD OF FRANCIS BACON AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2022
    FRANCIS BACON’S PALETTE

    Inside the World of Francis Bacon: Works from the Collection of Majid Boustany at Sotheby’s in Paris on October 24 is a capsule collection which will include twenty works spanning over fifty years. There is art by Bacon, historic objects of ephemera, works by Bacon’s acquaintances such as Graham Sutherland, Louis Le Brocquy and Roy de Maistre, as well as portraits of the artist by photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Don McCullin and Peter Beard.

    The most expensively estimated lot, at €3.5 million – €5 million, is Figure Crouching from 1949 which has never been on the market before. There is an image of Francis Bacon by Louis le Brocquy which is estimated at €12,000-€18,000. Bacon’s palette is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.

    Francis Bacon – ‘Figure Crouching’

    WIDE RANGE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Saturday, June 18th, 2022
    DANIEL O’NEILL (1920-1974) – HEAD UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    Dan O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy, Jack B Yeats, John Shinnors and Mr. Brainwash all feature at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online evening sale of Important Irish Art on June 20.  The auction kicks off with a Study for a Stained Glass Window by Evie Hone and there is art by Mainie Jellett, Percy French, Arthur Maderson, Cecil Maguire, Flora Mitchell, Sean Keating, Rose Barton, Mildred Anne Butler and a wide variety of Irish artists whose work is sought after.  The catalogue is online.

    ANYONE INTERESTED IN A COLOURFUL BUNCH OF PLAYBOYS?

    Friday, April 29th, 2022
    LOUIS LE BROCQUY (1916-2012) – Playboys of the Western World. UPDATE: THIS MADE €1,600 AT HAMMER

    This set of six lithographs framed as one by Louis le Brocquy comes up as lot 15 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s affordable online Irish art auction which is running now. The estimate is 800-1,200. The catalogue, with work by a wide variety of artists, is online now and bidding ends from 6.30 pm on May 3.

    WINTER SELLING SEASON OF IRISH ART TO SURPASS €10 million

    Sunday, December 5th, 2021

    The sizzling winter season of Irish art sales is on track to surpass €10 million this week.   Sales at Sotheby’s, de Veres, Bonhams, Whyte’s and Morgan O’Driscoll have already achieved an aggregate of at least €9 million.  A big sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam next Wednesday is certain to bring this figure racing past the €10 million post. At Whyte’s the most expensively estimated Yeats painting ever at auction –  The Shouting at €1.5 million – €2 million – made a hammer price of €1.4 million (€1.74 million with fees and VAT).  Women artists fared particularly well and works by Grace Henry, Letitia Hamilton and Nano Reid shot past their top estimates.  The Fortune Teller by Grace Henry made €37,000 at hammer over a top estimate of just €7,000, a new world record for the artist. There was also a new world record for Graham Knuttel.

    This Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy at Adams was commissioned for Setanta House. UPDATE: THIS MADE 80,000 AT HAMMER

    Adams will offer major works by Yeats and Colin Middleton next Wednesday. Among the le Brocquy’s at Adams is Ancestral Head (€60,000-€80,000) and Cavannagh, an Aubusson tapestry commissioned from the artist for Setanta House (€80,000-€120,000).  There is a Composition by Evie Hone (€30,000-€40,000) and Cubist Landscape, Trees, Houses by Mary Swanzy (€20,000-€30,000). The auction features three landscapes by Paul Henry headed by Cottages and Turfstacks in the West of Ireland (€140,000-€180,000) along with sculpture by F E McWilliam, John Behan, Imogen Stuart, Breon O’Casey, Rory Breslin, Cliodna Cussen and paintings by Sir William Orpen, George Campbell, Camille Souter, Dan O’Neill, Tony O’Malley, Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors, John Boyd and Donald Teskey.  This sale promises to bring a remarkable season to an exciting close.

    AN ONLINE AUGUST SALE OF IRISH ART

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
    LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012), “THE TÁIN. THE BULL OF CUAILNGE [BLUE]”, 1989. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    This lithograph by Louis le Brocquy comes up at Hegarty’s art auction online until August 15. Number 84 from an edition of 140 it is estimated at 2,000-3,000. The catalogue for the sale, with more than 150 lots, is online. Among the artists included are John Butler Yeats, Martin Finnan, Tom Cullen, Michael Gemmell, John Kingerlee, Norman Wilkinson, Maurice Canning Wilks, Gretta O’ Brien, Anne P. Jury, Ann Mueller, Lorna Millar, Colin Flack, Markey Robinson, Terry Delaney, Con Campbell, Declan Marry, George Gavin Duffy, J. P Rooney, Annie Robinson and Adam Kos

    HIGHLY SUCCESSUL ART SALE EVENING AT DE VERES IN DUBLIN

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

    ADAM and Eve in the Garden, a colour inverted Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy, made a hammer price of 130,000 over a top estimate of 90,000 at de Veres in Dublin this evening. This has been a highly successful sale of high quality art billed as Outstanding Irish Art and Sculpture. A Still Life by Roderic O’Conor made 75,000; The Little Horse at Play by Jack B. Yeats made 240,000; A Sunny Day, Connemara by Paul Henry made 105,000; The Good Grey Morning by Yeats made 220,000: Scarecrow Portraits by John Shinnors made 125,000; a sculpture entitled Nunca Sobremos by Ana Duncan made 21,000; two works by F.E. McWilliam made 15,000 and 14,000 respectively; Bitch in a birch by Orla de Bri made 5,000, as did Frozen Fountain by Killian Schurmann and Ecce Homo by Catherine Greene made 7,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 18 and June 12, 2021)