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    Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

    Rowan Gillespie – Reclining Bodyscape 9/9

    This signed and dated 2023 patinated and polished bronze Reclining Bodyscape by Rowan Gillespie comes up as lot 85 at de Veres Outstanding Irish Art and Sculpture timed sale in Dublin. It is is the final and largest piece from the edition of 9 maquettes for Reclining Bodyscape, first conceived in 1994. Two life-size casts are in private collections. The estimate is €8,000-€12,000. The timed online auction runs until May 28 and there will be viewing at Kildare St. from May 24-28.


    Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
    Lemon Queen by Genieve Figgis at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    Propelled on to the international stage by the use of Twitter Genieve Figgis has a contemporary rags to riches story that breaks the mould. In just a decade the Dublin born artist has gone from creating art on the kitchen table and working part time in a shop in order to get by to a secondary market (art already sold once) turnover of €2.6 million and a primary market at auction in Hong Kong. The work she posted on the social media platform attracted the attention of renowned American painter and photographer Richard Prince.  He bought some and subsequently introduced Figgis to New York where she is now represented by the Helwaser Gallery and has had a number of solo exhibitions. Figgis has been included in landmark exhibitions and is the first Irish artist commissioned by Dior to reinterpret their Lady Dior handbag.

    Lemon Queen by Genieve Figgis comes up at Whyte’s in Dublin with an estimate of €25,000-€35,000.  It is among an appetising selection at upcoming sales at Adams on September 27 and Whyte’s on October 2.

    The Kiss by Rowan Gillespie at James Adam. UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    The sale of Important Irish Art at Adams offers sculpture, oil paintings, watercolours and tapestries by some of our most admired artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. An atmospheric Yeats – On a Western Quay – is one of a number of lots by the artist.  Evening by Paul Henry is a pure landscape dating to 1924/25 and Eden, a late 1940’s Aubusson tapestry designed by Louis le Brocquy are among the main lots. There is striking art by Gerard Dillon and William Conor. 19th century art on offer includes rare works by Sir Thomas Alfred Jones, William John Hennessy and Howard Helmick along with art by James Arthur O’Connor and Thomas Rose Miles. The Kiss by Rowan Gillespie is a 16″ high bronze – number eight from an edition of nine – of a popular public full sized sculpture by Gillespie opposite the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin. It dates to 1990.  Torso by the same artist is from 1994.  Curiosities of the sale include a limited edition black and white photograph of Michael MacLiammoir by Fergus Bourke, the last ever stage photograph of the dramatist and actor and a leather bound journal by craft student  Norah O’Kelly with illustrations by Sir William Orpen and Harry Clarke.

     The last ever stage photograph of Micheal MacLiammoir at James Adam. UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    The sale by Whyte’s takes place at Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth St. with viewing at Whyte’s galleries.  The catalogue cover lot is The Currach, Kilronan by Gerard Dillon. Still Waters by Sean Keating is an Aran Island work exhibited at the RHA in 1947.  Another important lot is ‘He won’t bite you” by Sir John Lavery depicting an infant’s cautious encounter with a curious dog in a Scottish garden. The sale offers paintings by Letitia Hamilton, an early work by John Shinnors of Christine Keeler and a watercolour of Nassau St. in Dublin by Rose Barton once in the Mount Juliet collection of racehorse breeder Major Victor McCalmont and included in the Crawford Gallery Retrospective in 1987. Among the artists featured at Whytes are William Orpen, William Leech, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness and Louis le Brocquy.  There are small collections of art by Percy French, Charles Lamb and Patrick Leonard, an early portrait of Paul Henry by Robert Ponsonby Staples, and paintings by Arthur Maderson, Cecil Maguire, Ciaran Clear, Mark O’Neill, Graham Knuttel and Markey Robinson.

    Nassau St. from outside The Kildare St. Club by Rose Barton at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, November 12th, 2022
    Going to the Races by Jack B. Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE £226,800

    A feast of Irish art will be celebrated at Sotheby’s this month.  Jack B Yeats and Gerard Dillon will headline the Irish side of the Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 23.  An online sale of Irish art at Sotheby’s from next Wednesday will run until Tuesday, November 22 and a selection from these sales is on view at the RHA in Dublin this weekend. The introduction of relatively unknown artists to the world and important rediscoveries like The Fisherman’s Cottage by Gerard Dillon combine to offer Irish art an important shot in the arm.
    The global reach of Sotheby’s, the Irish diaspora, the fact that art lovers everywhere will find these sales relatively affordable compared to the stratospheric prices now achieved at the top, the presence in the catalogue of feted British artists like Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry and William Nicholson and the support of an international marketing campaign make this November a very good month indeed for Irish art and artists.

    There is much more than a sense of onwards and upwards at play.  The two atmospheric early Yeats oils Going to the Races, 1917 and Sunday Morning, 1921 and the fantastic rediscovery of The Fisherman’s Cottage, a c1950 Dillon from a private collection, have a combined value of £430,000-£670,000 (€495,000-€772,000). Dillon’s first encounter with Connemara in 1939 was a revelatory moment and this painting, set on Inishlacken looking across to Roundstone, ranks among the finest examples of his portrayals of the west of Ireland.

    The Settlers by Rowan Gillespie at Sotheby’s online sale. UPDATE: THIS MADE £47,880

    It is impossible not to be enthusiastic about the 74 diverse lots in an online sale with a range of paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 19th century to the present day. The combined estimate is €816,500-€1,231,600. There is a Gerard Dillon – Village on the Hill, a lively Paul Henry – The Entrance to Killary Bay – John Lavery’s last painting – Gypsies in Ireland and Last Bastion of the Old Theatre Royal by Harry Kernoff.  This second Theatre Royal closed its doors in 1934 and was demolished soon after.  There are 18 works from the collection of the late Irish American Brian P Burns, who amassed one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands.
    Contemporary artists and sculptors represented include Rowan Gillespie, Linda Brunker, John Behan, Patrick O’Reilly, Maser, Joy Gerrard, Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn, Blaise Smith and Melissa O’Flaherty and there are early works by Erskine Nicol and James Arthur O’Connor. There will be artists talks at the RHA at noon today by John Behan, Melissa O’Flaherty and Maser and at noon tomorrow by Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn and Blaise Smith.

    Glengariff from the Kenmare Road, Evening, 1862  by William McEvoy  from the Brian P Burns Collection at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE £6,300


    Friday, June 25th, 2021

    Green Predominating (Summer Suite) (1976) by William Scott is lot 36 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Important Irish Art which runs to June 28. The signed limited edition lithograph (27/40) is estimated at 5,000-6,000. There is work by artists ranging from George Barret, Evie Hone, Daniel MacLise and Jack B. Yeats to Mainie Jellett, Louis le Brocquy, Donald Teskey, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley and Sean Scully and sculpture by John Behan, Rowan Gillespie, Orla de Bri, Patrick O’Reilly and more. The catalogue is online. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, August 24th, 2020

    This patinated gold bronze of Galatea by Rowan Gillespie comes up at Bonham’s Modern British and Irish art sale in Knightsbridge, London on September 16. Cast in 1982 it is just over 29 inches high. It is signed, numbered and dated ROWAN 2/9/1982 on the base. It is actually from an edition of three and not nine as described on the base. The original mould was destroyed after the third casting. From a private collection in Norway it is estimated at £8,000-12,000.



    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

    Bacchus by Rowan Gillespie made an above estimate £45,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London today. Conceived in 1984 and cast in 1985 the top estimate for the 51″ tall polished bronze piece was £25,000. It was a good day for Irish art at Bonhams. Still Life with Fish by William Scott sold for £81,000, Bog Pool by Paul Henry made £63,000, Achill Cottage, Lough Corrib and Turf Stacks with Mountains both by Paul Henry sold for £35,000 and £19,000.

    Two Forms by William Scott made £16,000; Ardglass by Colin Middleton made £15,000 and The Smooth Red Rock by Daniel O’Neill made £10,000.

    Rowan Gillespie – Bacchus


    Thursday, June 13th, 2019

    Paul Henry’s Cottages in a Landscape was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It made a hammer price of 115,000. Other top hammer prices included Sean Keating’s Homeward Bound (76,000), Louis le Brocquy’s Aubusson wool tapestry Cuchulainn VIII 1999 (70,000), Gerald Leslie Brockhurst’s Portrait of Florence Forsyth (50,000), South of France Landscape by Mary Swanzy (32,000), A Lament for Art O’Leary, a set of six illustrations from 1940 by Jack Butler Yeats (19,000) and Girl in Stripy Jumper by Basil Blackshaw (18,000).

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) Cottages in a Landscape (1930-1940)

    Top prices for Irish art at Bonhams in London yesterday included Looking at the Moon by Rowan Gillespie (£56,313); Londonderry  by L.S. Lowry (£37,562); River scene, Londonderry  by L.S. Lowry (£30,062) and November Evening, Bangor Pier  by Colin Middleton (£22,562).


    Thursday, June 6th, 2019

    Upcoming at de Veres art and sculpture sale in Dublin on June 11 is Rowan Gillespie’s Portrait of a Dreamer 1982 (Homage to John Lennon) with an estimate of 40,000-60,000. Other works in this sale include a complex gold painting by Patrick Scott and a Horse with Rider by Michael Quane.  Louis le Brocquy is represented by three tapestries including ‘Allegory’ from 1950. Among the artists in the sale are Patrick Scott, Mainie Jellet, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley, Robert Ballagh, Stephen McKenna and Sean McSweeney. Viewing of the sculpture in this auction is to take place in the garden of The Merrion Hotel. The catalogue is online.

    Portrait of a Dreamer by Rowan Gillespie UPDATE: THIS MADE 67,500 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

    There will be a sale of Irish art by de Veres in Dublin on April 17. Artists represented include William Scott, Paul Henry, Roderic O’Conor, Gerard Dillon, Daniel O’Neill, Tony O’Malley, Mark Francis, Patrick Scott and Rowan Gillespie. The venue for the auction is the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.  Viewing opens on April 13 at de Veres on Kildare St.  The catalogue is online.

    Patrick Scott HRHA
    FIRE ISLAND (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    Gerard Dillon
    CLOAK & CUPBOARD (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

    When Hope and History Rhyme by Rowan Gillespie sold for a record of £161,000

    When Hope and History Rhyme by Rowan Gillespie sold for a record of £161,000

    There was a new world record for sculptor Rowan Gillespie at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London today.  When Hope and History Rhyme, a 2015 bronze, sold for £161,000 over a top estimate of £30,000. The eleven foot tall sculpture is a tribute to Seamus Heaney.  It was bought by a private collector.

    The top lot was Japanese Switzerland by Sir John Lavery which made £509,000, just over the top estimate of £500,000.  It too went to a private collector. The Talkers by Yeats made a within estimate £209,000 and The Trotter by the same artist made £100,000.  Both prices were comfortably within estimate.  In the West of Ireland by Paul Henry made £63,750 and Hastings Railway Station by Walter Osborne sold for £62,500.

    The sale realized over £1.8 million, but 26 of the 71 lots on offer failed to sell, including Orpen’s Nude Girl Reading.

    Grant Ford, Head of Irish Art, Sotheby’s, said: “We had a fantastic response to our exhibitions in Dublin and London, and today we saw strong results, for both established and emerging names. The top lot, Lavery’s beautiful Japanese Switzerland, made over £500,000, an extraordinary price, more than three times what it made in 1996. The Rowan Gillespie sculpture sparked a bidding war, reaching £161,000, a record for the artist at auction. There was great interest in the contemporary artworks, particularly Elizabeth Magill’s Heartland, which doubled pre-sale expectations to achieve an auction record. The appeal of these artists is truly global and we saw bidders not only from the UK and Ireland, but also the US and further afield, with several works purchased by buyers new to Sotheby’s. Today’s results are very encouraging for the Irish Art market and we are now looking forward to our next major Irish sale in 2016.”  The Magill sold for £40,000.

    (See posts on for October 13 and June 23, 2015)