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    WHYTE’S SALE OFFERS COLLECTORS KEY PIECES OF IRISH ART

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

    The evening sale of Important Irish Art at Whyte’s at the RDS in Dublin on November 26 will offer collectors an opportunity to acquire key pieces from this flagship winter sale.  Highlights include The Man with the Wrinkled Face by Yeats (80,000-120,000) and le Brocquy’s Image of Samuel Beckett (150,000-250,000) from 1994, one of a number of exemplary works by le Brocquy in the sale.  There are three horse paintings by Basil Blackshaw, some exceptional work by Irish women artists, a selection of sculpture and work by a wide variety of celebrated Irish artists.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    IMAGE OF SAMUEL BECKETT, 1994 LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012) (150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    THE MAN WITH THE WRINKLED FACE, 1944 JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) (80,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 245,000 AT HAMMER

    SELF PORTRAIT, c.1914 MARGARET CLARKE (NÉE CRILLEY) RHA (1888-1961) (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 48,000 AT HAMMER

    MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE, WEST OF IRELAND, 1913-1914 PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 44,000 AT HAMMER

    JOE BARRETT GAA MEDAL COLLECTION MAKES 40,000

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016
    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett GAA medal collection was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Books and Collectors sale in Kilkenny on September 28.   In 1929 Joe Barrett was the first Kerryman to lift the Sam Maguire trophy and his medal collection sold for a hammer price of 40,000.  It went to a private collector in Kerry.  The Phil Shanahan of Toomevara GAA medal collection went for 19,000.  A facsimile of the Book of Kells made 5,000 and  a Seamus Heaney handwritten foolscap manuscript critique of Celtic Art, an introduction by Ian Finlay made 2,000.  A pamphlet  presented by Heaney to Sean White complete with a three verse poem in Heaney’s own handwriting made 1,700 and an 1840 edition of The Ancient Music of Ireland edited by Bunting made sold for 1,600.

    Stirrings Still by Samuel Beckett, with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy and signed by both sold for 1,500.  A 1935 limited edition of Ulysses by James Joyce with illustrations by Henri Matisse signed by the artist sold for  1,400.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 23, 2016)

    BECKETT AND JOYCE – AN EARLY CRITIQUE

    Friday, August 19th, 2016

    beckettA first edition of an early critique by Samuel Beckett with and about James Joyce is available with London rare booksellers Peter Harrington. Published by Shakespeare and Company in 1929 “Our Exagmination Round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress” comes with letters of protest by G. V. L. Slingsby and Vladimir Dixon. This is copy 45 of 96 large numbered copies printed on Verge d’Arches. This early critique of Joyce’s final work was published some 10 years prior to the publication of Finnegan’s Wake.  Part of the incentive to publish was apparently to raise funds for the perennially impecunious Joyce. A myth surrounding this work is that one or both of the two letters of protest were written by Joyce himself. However both authors existed – indeed Beach herself commissioned Slingsby. Dixon’s effort was an unsolicited one by a Russian émigré who was to die in Paris in 1929, just as the book was published.

    The critique is priced at £4,750 and is one of a number of plays, novels, essays and inscribed items spanning Beckett’s career now available at Peter Harrington on Dover St. in London.