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    THE BATTLE OF THE NILE IN ART

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020

    With a span of artists ranging from Yeats and Henry to Scott and le Brocquy the online Irish and International art auction which runs at Morgan O’Driscoll until November 23  is impressive. History buffs will find much interest in The Close of the Battle of the Nile by the Cobh painter George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884).  The 1798 battle between the British Royal Navy led by Admiral Nelson and the French resulted in victory for the British. The victory meant that Napoleon’s army in Egypt, cut off from help, vwas also forced to surrender. Napoleon had sought access to Egypt as a first step in a campaign against British India.Shown at The Cork Exhibition of 1883 Peter Murray notes that  Atkinson, who spent some years at sea as a ships carpenter, brought his skills as a seaman and an artist to bear.  The impressive composition accurately depicts at least 19 individual ships, their position and condition.  The work is estimated at €6,000-€9,000.

    The Close of the Battle of the Nile by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884). UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    O’NEILL INTERIOR AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Friday, November 20th, 2020

    Interior by Dan O’Neill is lot 41 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish and International Art on November 23. The oil on board is signed on the lower right. As is often the case with O’Neill’s portraits it is lit from one side. The estimate for the piece is 50,000-70,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 54,000 AT HAMMER

    MILLIONS OF EURO WORTH OF IRISH ART TO CHANGE HANDS

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020

    Millions of euro work of Irish art is due to come under the hammer at four pre-Christmas sales by Morgan O’Driscoll (November 23); Whyte’s (December 7); de Veres (December 8) and James Adam (December 9). More than 560 lots will come under the hammer at these sales. It is a mark of the improving condition of the Irish art market that no less than nine of them have estimates in excess of 100,000. Predictably the front runners are Jack B. Yeats, William Orpen, Walter Osborne, Paul Henry and William Scott. These stellar artists notwithstanding the upcoming sales offer an appetising selection by a wide variety of artists across all price points. The number of works with high estimates recalls an oft quoted phrase of modernising Irish Taoiseach Sean Lemass in the 1960’s – “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Irish art values are once again on the up and not before time.

    William Scott CBE RA, (1913-1989 STILL LIFE WITH FRYING PAN (1946) (200,000-300,000) at de Veres UPDATE: THIS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    A TEASING ABSTRACT BY SCOTT AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Friday, November 13th, 2020

    There is something teasingly abstract about Jug, this 1979 oil on canvas by William Scott from Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art auction which runs until November 23.  It is exactly what the artist intended. Scott wanted his pictures to be about something. In this work he uses a dark background to create an arresting image with the subject matter reduced to the bare minimum. “I am an abstract artist in the sense that I abstract” he explained once.  In the summer of 1953 Scott travelled to the US, met Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Franz Kline and Mark Rothko and concluded that their version of abstract expressionism was not for him.  Instead he made his own of the simplest domestic objects, a frying pan, eggs, a plate, a fish, green beans, a bowl, a jug.  Morgan O’Driscoll has another magnificent sale coming up, with work by  Yeats, Henry, Donald Teskey, Dan O’Neill, John Shinnors, Gerard Dillon, Robert Ballagh and others.  Jug, estimated at €80,000-€120,000, is a highlight.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 85,000 AT HAMMER

    AFFORDABLE IRISH ART AT UPCOMING ONLINE SALE

    Friday, October 30th, 2020

    THERE is an Edwardian feel to this Interior by the late Co. Wicklow artist Liam Treacy (1934-2004). It comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online art auction on November 2 with an estimate of 600-900. There is a wide variety of affordable art by Maurice Wilks, Gladys McCabe, Basil Blackshaw, George Gillespie, John Butler Yeats, Evie Hone, John Kingerlee and many others on offer. The catalogue is online. UPDATE: THIS MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    GREAT RESULTS AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL’S €2 MILLION ART SALE

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

    Andy Warhol’s  portraits of Mohammed Ali made €210,000 at hammer at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art sale last night.  With bidders from Ireland, the US, the UK and mainland Europe the online auction grossed €2 million.   The Ali portrait went to an Irish collector. Among the other hammer prices were Dan O’Neill’s Summer (€125,000); Bridget Riley R2114 (€100,000);  Sean Scully, 9.2.89 (€85,000); Jack Butler Yeats, A Hooker and a Nobbie (€70,000):  Banksy, Morons (Sepia) (€68,000);  Dan O’Neill, Girl with Flower (€60,000); Basil Blackshaw, Grey Mare (€36,000); Louis le Brocquy, Orange (€29,000);  Andy Warhol, The Nun from Ingrid Bergman (€28,000) and Harry Kernoff, The Twelve Pins, Renvyle, Connemara (€25,000).

    DANIEL O’NEILL (1920-1974). Summer sold for 125,000 at hammer

    IRISH AND INTERNTIONAL ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL ONLINE SALE

    Sunday, October 25th, 2020

    The Irish and International art online auction by Morgan O’Driscoll on October 27 has aroused significant interest at home and abroad.  The international selection, headed by Warhol’s portraits of Mohammed Ali, is strong and includes work by Banksy, Bridget Riley, Howard Hodgkin, Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Sol Lewitt and others. With 176 lots in total there is a good representation of leading Irish artists including Sean Scully, Louis le Brocquy, Jack Butler Yeats, William Crozier, John Butler Yeats, Sir William Orpen, Mainie Jellett, Kenneth Webb, Barry Castle, Tony O’Malley, Patrick Graham, Pauline Bewick and many more. There is sculpture by John Behan,  Sandra Bell,  Orla de Bri, F.E. McWilliam and others.

    BANKSY (20TH/21ST CENTURY) BRITISH – Morons (Sepia), 2007 (20,000-30,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 68,000 AT HAMMER

    IRELAND BY WILLIAM CROZIER AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL SALE

    Friday, October 23rd, 2020

    Ireland by William Crozier (1930-2011) is from Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art evening auction online on Tuesday, October 27. A Dublin viewing planned for this weekend had to be postponed due to the latest Covid-19 government restrictions but the sale will go ahead. This small work is signed and titled verso and is estimated at 1,500-2,500. There are 176 lots in the sale, which is headed by Andy Warhol’s portraits of Mohammed Ali. UPDATE: THE CROZIER SOLD FOR 3,200 AT HAMMER

    WARHOL’S ALI AT IRISH ONLINE ART SALE

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

    Global icon Mohammed Ali was ahead of the curve and larger than life. He looms large in Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International online art auction which runs until October 27.   A portfolio of four screenprints of Ali by Andy Warhol is, at €200,000-€300,000, the most expensively estimated lot in the sale.Long before Black Lives Matter, when Mississippi was burning, Ali embarked on a search for a more just society. His questioning, talented and interesting character made him a fascinating study for a portrait. Warhol conveys a strong sense of his persona using face, arms and clenched fists.  Ali was 37 at the time, an icon of the game. One of the portraits shows him looking down, as if in humility.In a note to the catalogue Peter Murray, the former Crawford Gallery curator, recounts how in 1977 Warhol was commissioned by Richard Weisman to paint silkscreen portraits of ten famous athletes. The resulting prints, titled Athletes, are among the artist’s best-known works.  Warhol took polaroid photographs of the boxer in fighting poses and at rest. The resulting images transferred to canvas using acrylic and silkscreen ink transformed into art that was instantly popular amongst art collectors and the public. The paintings were produced in a limited edition of eight, while the subsequent print edition, of which this is one, was limited to one hundred and fifty. 
    It is just one of a number of treasures, Irish and international, in an auction of 179 lots. Harry Kernoff’s treatment of a landscape in Connemara (€20,000-€30,000) could not be more different than the paintings of Paul Henry. Banksy’s Morons (Sepia) from 2007 is a send up of the art auction business estimated at €20,000-€30,000.  Sean Scully’s 9.2.89 has an estimate of €80,000-€120,000 and Hughie O’Donoghue’s Red Earth VI (1995) (€30,000-€50,000) is positively scorching. An original gouache by Bridget Riley is estimated at €100,000-€150,000 while a 2019 papercut portfolio by Ai Weiwei has an estimate of €14,000-€18,000.  This is a serious sale, which will be of huge interest to collectors in Ireland and abroad.  Through viewings in London and New York in pre-pandemic times Morgan O’Driscoll has built up a following for his major sales that has a long international reach.  In the process he has given Irish art and artists a welcome shot in the arm.

    ANDY WARHOL – MOHAMMED ALI. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 210,000 AT HAMMER.

    IRISH ART ONLINE SALE BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

    Fresh from the success of an online art auction on September 14 at which works by Donald Teskey and Markey Robinson each made 15,000 at hammer Morgan O’Driscoll will hold an online sale of affordable Irish art on September 21. The catalogue for the sale lists 420 lots. There is work on offer by Arthur Maderson, Liam Treacy, Evie Hone, Mark O’Neill, Maurice Wilks, Arthur Armstrong, Desmond Carrick and many more well known artists.

    Markey Robinson – North African Village sold for 15,000.