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    NANO REID WATERCOLOUR TO SET MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE UNDERWAY

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
    NANO REID (1905-1981) – Men of Drogheda

    Men of Drogheda by Nano Reid kicks off Morgan O’Driscoll’s current Irish art online auction which runs until February 26. Estimated at €1,000-€1,500 it has already attracted nine bids and exceeded the top estimate. Last July another watercolour by Reid, Sailing on the Boyne, made a hammer price of €48,000 at a Morgan O’Driscoll sale. The auction of 225 lots offers a wide variety of artists including Kenneth Webb, John Behan, James Humbert Craig, Moyra Barry, Markey Robinson, Graham Knuttel, Sandra Bell, Basil Blackshaw, Evie Hone, Dan O’Neill, Maurice Wilks, Mainie Jellett, Frank McKelvey, Brigid Ganly and Constance Gore-Booth.

    AFFORDABLE ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL ONLINE AUCTION

    Friday, January 26th, 2024
    MARTIN GALE (B.1949) – Owl (1978). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    This watercolour by Martin Gale comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current off the wall online art auction which runs until January 29. The auction of affordable art features work by a wide variety of practitioners including Peter Collis, Oisin Kelly, Elizabeth Magill, Markey Robinson, Alan Kenny, Thomas Rose Miles, Felim Egan, Cecil King, William Crozier, Peter Collis, Pauline Bewick and many more. The catalogue is online.

    A FELIM EGAN CLASSIC AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL AUCTION

    Friday, January 19th, 2024
    FELIM EGAN  – Untitled (2004) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    This small untitled work by Felim Egan kicks off Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until January 22. The estimate for the oil on board is just 400-600 but so far it has attracted 18 bids and will go higher. When he died in 2020 Egan was regarded as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in France in 1981 and the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil in 1985 and won the Unesco international prize for painting in Paris in its inaugural year of 1993. He exhibited widely in Europe and his work is held in many international collections including the European Parliament and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The catalogue for the sale is online.

    THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTING SOLD IN IRELAND IN 2023

    Thursday, January 4th, 2024
    SEAN SCULLY (B.1945) – Raval Rojo (2004)

    The most expensive painting sold in Ireland in 2023 was Sean Scully’s Raval Rojo. It made a hammer price of €580,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art sale last April. At Whyte’s total sales were just under €6 million, there was a new world record for a work on paper by Harry Clarke at James Adam and in 2023 Bonhams recorded the best every turnover in their 230 year history. Sotheby’s continued their Irish sales in Paris, along with London and Christie’s reported projected global sales for art and luxury goods in 2023 of €5.8 billion and say their is a promising pipeline of consignments already in motion for 2024.

    As we leave 2023 behind there is every reason to be optimistic about the coming year in the art, luxury and collectible end of things. At Christie’s last year there was a strong influx of new buyers (35%) and a growing participation of Millennials and Generation Z. Much of this is driven by popular culture. Think Freddie Mercury at Sotheby’s and Lady Diana’s dress at Julien’s.

    Whyte’s achieved the highest prices in Ireland in 2023 for Jack Yeats (€290,00), Sir John Lavery (€230,000) and Paul Henry (€155,000) – excluding buyers’ premium and VAT. A Seán Keating painting, The Goose Girl, made €62,000 in December. Adams sold over €500,000 worth of paintings by Paul Henry and Harry Clarke’s The Colloquy of Monos and Una, a 1923 illustration for Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, made a record €70,000 and joined the collection of the Crawford Gallery in Cork, where it is now on display.

    COLOURFUL BUTTERFLY SPIN AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL ART SALE

    Friday, December 29th, 2023
    DAMIEN HIRST (B.1965) BRITISH – Butterfly Spin. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    Butterfly Spin by Damien Hirst comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current off the wall online art auction which runs until January 8. The estimate for the acrylic on paper is €3,000-€5,000 and it is among the most expensively estimated works on offer in this sale. The catalogue is online now and there will be viewing in Skibbereen from January 4.

    NATIONAL GALLERY ANNOUNCES MAJOR HARRY CLARKE ACQUISITION

    Thursday, December 7th, 2023

    The National Gallery of Ireland announced today that it had acquired Titania Enchanting Bottom by Harry Clarke. It is undergoing conservation treatment and will be on display in the New Year. The luminous stained glass panel was sold by Morgan O’Driscoll last October 24 for a hammer price of €160,000. The acquisition was supported by the Patrons of Irish Art of the National Gallery of Ireland. Born in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day in 1889, Harry Clarke is one of Ireland’s best known and most beloved artists. He achieved significant acclaim in his short lifetime, working across different media including book illustration. His principal career was in the production of stained glass windows, mainly for churches and religious houses across Ireland, as well as in the UK, US and Australia. He also produced a small number of secular works in glass. 

    Titania Enchanting Bottom is the only glass work by Clarke that is inspired by Shakespeare. It depicts Act IV, Scene I, from Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Featuring characters from the play including Bottom, Puck, Titania, Peaseblossom, Cobweb and Moth, the work is adorned with botanical elements – a detail typical of Clarke’s work. From 1917 to 1922, Clarke made a unique series of miniature panels inspired by literature – including this one – adapting his talent and passion for book illustration to the medium of stained glass. These panels were set into bespoke cabinets, of which several, including this example, were designed by Dublin-born furniture maker James Hicks (1866-1936). Titania Enchanting Bottom is one of just five panels that survive. At the National Gallery of Ireland, it joins The Song of the Mad Prince (1917) which is on display in Room 20 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1987. These panels are significant to the understanding of Harry Clarke as an artist. They are the forerunners to the The Eve of St Agnes based on the Keats poem and The Geneva Window now at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami.

    MILDRED ANNE BUTLER AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Thursday, November 30th, 2023
    MILDRED ANNE BUTLER – THE WALLED GARDEN. UPDATE: THIS MADE €2,300 AT HAMMER.

    This watercolour by Mildred Anne Butler comes up as lot 14 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s off the wall online art auction which runs until December 5. It is estimated at €1,000-€1,500. A broad range of Irish artists, from Nano Reid to Jack B Yeats, feature in this auction with oils, gouaches, watercolours, lithographs, etchings, pencil drawings and mixed media works. The most expensively estimated work, at €3,000-€5,000, is The Flash Frigate, a pen and Indian ink on paper work by Jack B. Yeats from 1911. UPDATE: THE FLASH FRIGATE MADE €5,000 AT HAMMER

    A FELIM EGAN AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL DRAWS SPIRITED BIDDING

    Friday, November 24th, 2023
    FELIM EGAN – Wood Note A (1997). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    THIS acrylic and mixed media on wood by the late Irish artist Felim Egan comes up as lot 37 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until November 27. It is estimated at €800-€1,200 and is already the subject of some spirited bidding. A wide variety of art and artists characterise this sale. There is sculpture by John Behan, drawings by Yeats and Sean Keating, a screenprint by Andy Warhol, and a variety of high popular artists like Arthur Maderson, Graham Knuttel, Cecil Maguire, Mark O’Neill and Markey Robinson. The catalogue is online.

    AFFORDABLE ART AT O’DRISCOLL ONLINE SALE

    Thursday, October 26th, 2023
    EILEEN MEAGHER (20TH/21ST CENTURY) – Connemara Landscape (1988). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    Connemara Landscape, a small oil on canvas by Eileen Meagher, comes up as lot 12 in Morgan O’Driscoll’s off the wall online art auction which runs until October 31. The sale offers an affordable collection with lithographs and prints by William Crozier, Damien Hirst, Paul Henry, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, pencil drawings, watercolours and oils by a wide range of popular Irish and international artists. The catalogue is online.

    LUMINOUS HARRY CLARKE PANEL AT O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Saturday, October 21st, 2023
    Titania and Bottom, a 1922 stained glass panel by Harry Clarke. UPDATE: THIS MADE 160,000 AT HAMMER

    Harry Clarke, Paul Henry, Sir John Lavery and Sean Scully are among the leading Irish artists heading up Morgan O’Driscoll’s online art auction which gets underway on the evening of October 24. Major art of this calibre by established artists does not come cheap and estimates for these four range from €50,000 to €150,000. Any one of them would enormously enhance a serious collection of Irish art.

    Secret Garden, Ballinaboy by Kenneth Webb. UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    In a dazzling and vivid stained glass panel Clarke delves into a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Titania and Bottom dated 1922.  In a walnut and tortoiseshell cabinet by James Hicks it recreates a strange and marvellous world composed of fragments of transformed reality. Once in the collection of Ann and Gordon Getty, which realised more than $150 million (€143 million) across ten auctions at Christie’s last year, it is estimated at €100,000-€150,000.

    There is a similar estimate on Paul Henry’s atmospheric Cottages on Achill Sound which depicts three traditional thatched cottages in a path leading towards the seashore. Most of Henry’s work around Connemara and Mayo includes mountains. in this one the artist has turned away from the land and faces towards the ocean. The Beach, Evening Tangier by Sir John Lavery dates to 1920 and is estimated at €80,000-€120,000.  Scully’s Barcelona dates to 1998.  The estimate for this watercolour on paper is €50,000-€70,000.  These are atmospheric works with their own aura. So is Three Figures by Dan O’Neill, an evocative moonlit scene with three women, their heads covered by scarves, and estimated at €25,000-€35,000. Moonlight features in Connemara by George Campbell, a nightime view, and in Full by Elizabeth Magill.

    Studio Table by William Crozier. UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    In sharp contrast is Studio Table by William Crozier, bright with the artist’s palette of colours, and Harry Kernoff’s Madonna with Faun and Doves, inspired by religious icons.  Louis le Brocquy, Jack B Yeats, Evie Hone, Peter Curling, Pauline Bewick, Letitia M Hamilton, Kenneth Webb, John Shinnors and Colin Middleton are among the artists featured in an online catalogue that is brimful of interest.  The sale is on view at the RDS today, tomorrow and Monday and gets underway online at 6.30 pm next Tuesday.