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    Monday, May 17th, 2021

    This limited edition lithograph of a portrait of Michael Collins by Sir John Lavery is signed by both men. The artists proof was published by Wilson Hartnell and is from a private collection. It comes up as Lot 6 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish art online auction which runs until May 24. The estimate is 3,000-5,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,400 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

    Sir John Lavery’s painting of the Viscountess Castlerosse at Palm Springs. comes up at Christie’s Modern British Art evening sale in London on March 1 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000. With all its connotations of the rich at play in the years between the First and Second World Wars it is redolent of an era long gone. Doris Delavigne married the 6th Earl of Kenmare in 1928. A similar version of the scene sold for €50,000 at de Veres in Dublin in 2014.

    Christie’s list the provenance as: The artist, and by descent to his granddaughter, Lady Ann Sempill.
    Her sale; Christie’s, London, 13 May 1966, lot 77, as ‘Portrait of Lady Castlerosse, seated on a springboard at Palm Springs’.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 22 May 1997, lot 264, as ‘Lady Castlerosse on a diving board’, where purchased by the present owner.

    SIR JOHN LAVERY, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941) The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs (the version sold at de Veres). UPDATE: THE WORK AT CHRISTIE’S SOLD FOR £862,500, A RECORD FOR A PORTRAIT BY LAVERY


    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

    THERE was another million euro plus sale of Irish art at Whyte’s in Dublin on May 27. The auction grossed 1.1 million and 70% of lots offered were sold. The top price of 100,000 on the hammer was achieved for Paul Henry’s Western Landscape, a typical later work.

    Western Landscape by Paul Henry made 100,000 at hammer

    Sir John Lavery’s Mary in Black made a hammer price of 75,000; Jack Yeats’ A Quay Workers Home made 68,000 and William Leech’sStill Life with Flowers in a Vase made 60,000. Works that exceeded expectations included Nevill Johnson Nurses, 1953, (21,000 ); Liam O’Neill The Cornfield, 1995, (6,000); Arthur Maderson Canal Du Midi, Near Castelnaudary, France (9,000) and Ciarán Clear Winter Night, Connemara Coast (6,800).


    Saturday, January 19th, 2019
    A Lavery portrait and a painting of the Cork quays by Norman McCaig (1929-2001) are among the prime lots at Hegarty’s west Cork country house auction in Bandon on January 27.  The auction will bring two family collections to market, from Lawn House and the Barber family, and will offer furniture, fine art, silver and jewellery.

    A portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) is stamped  “B. Kellerman Painters Supplies, New York”. It measures 28′ x 20′ and is estimated at 4,000-8,000. Among the furniture is a pair of Irish rosewood fold over card tables c1820 and an 18th century Irish mahogany hunt table.  There is an early 20th century Arts and Crafts silver goblet and a collection of jewellery.

    Portrait of Mrs. Gertrude Coutts by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    A pair of Irish 19th century fold over card tables.UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, November 8th, 2018

    Mask by Henry Moore will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 14. Estimated at £1-1.7 million it is on the market for the first time in 80 years and has never before been at auction. Only four of the series of 12 masks remain in private hands with others at The Tate, Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds City Gallery.  There is a strong Irish representation in this sale with works by William Scott, Sir John Lavery and F.E. MacWilliam.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Sir John Lavery – Study for Ascot in Rain. UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500

    Henry Moore – Mask (£1-1.7 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,248,750

    William Scott – Still Life with Fish (££150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir John Lavery – S.S. Ophir (£7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £21,250

    F E MacWilliam – Reclining Figure (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, November 26th, 2017
    A Swiss scene by Sir John Lavery is the leading lot at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS at 6 pm on November 27.  Evening Montreux shows Lake Geneva and a mountainous landscape beyond.  Paul Henry’s Coomasaharn, Co. Kerry has an estimate of  €50,000-70,000 and a Mayo view by Henry is estimated at  €50,000-60,000.

    There are eight works by Basil Blackshow with estimates ranging from 2,000 to 70,000 for Grey Horse in a Stable. Peony 1991 by Louis le Brocquy (35,000-45,000), Girls and Dogs by Dan O’Neill ( €25,000-35,000) and The Dodder in Flood by Jack B. Yeats ( €30,000-40,000) are among the other top lots.  The catalogue cover is Italian with Fowl 1948 by Gerard Dillon ( €50,000-70,000).  A later work by Dillon, Holy Island is estimated at  €30,000-50,000. There are 183 lots in total from artists including William John Leech, Percy French, Frank McKelvey, Maurice Wilks, George Campbell, Barrie Cooke, Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan and works from the estate of Robert Taylor Carson.

    UPDATE:  THE sale grossed 810,000.  Ian Whyte commented:   “We are very pleased with the results, which brings the total of Irish art sold at auction in the past week to over €4 million, which demonstrates the continuing strength of the Irish art market and the confidence collectors have in it. It has been our best year since 2007, albeit still only 50% of our turnover in that year, so, hopefully, there is still potential to improve”

    Evening Montreux by Sir John Lavery  UPDATE:THIS MADE 90,000 AT HAMMER

    Grey Horse in a Stable by Basil Blackshaw  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

    Sir John Lavery, 1856-1941
    The Golf Course, North Berwick, oil on canvas, 1922.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £187,500

    A 1922 view of the golf course at North Berwick by Sir John Lavery is one of a number of highlights at Sotheby’s Scottish art sale in London on November 21. Lavery painted a series of canvases depicting the famous golf links at North Berwick between 1919 and 1921.  Winston Churchill remarked of them: “He shows us sunlight in all its variety – buoyant and bracing, with a touch of grimness on a Scottish golf links…”   This one is estimated at £150,000-250,000.
    Thomas Podd, Sotheby’s head of Scottish art said:  “This is one of our strongest offerings of Scottish art in years. We’re thrilled to be able to present one of the most significant and diverse groups of works available on the market by Joan Eardley, whose recent retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art was a clear indication of how highly revered this visionary artist has become. The Scottish Colourists are headlined by truly great examples by all four proponents, including one of the best still lifes ever painted by George Leslie Hunter.  An exciting post-war section includes an absolute masterpiece by Anne Redpath, a top notch example of one of Robin Philipson’s paintings of red poppies, and a fantastic group of works by John Bellany from the 1970s. Last, but not least, one of John Lavery’s coveted golf course scenes make a welcome appearance, following the success of a painting from the same series in our sale last year”.


    Friday, September 1st, 2017


    A powerful and masterly landscape of Switzerland: The Summit of the Jungfrau, 1912 by the celebrated  painter Sir John Lavery (1856 – 1941) will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s Irish sale in London on September 27.

    The painting’s lyrical curves lead the eye up to the pinnacle whilst maintaining a sense of composure and innate design which hints at the influence of Japanese art. The British love of the Alps dates back to the early 19th century, to Turner, Byron, Shelley and Ruskin; it was actually on the recommendation of Winston Churchill’s niece, Lady Gwendoline, that Lavery travelled to the Alpine village of Wengen for a two-month stay. The highlight of the visit was a journey up to Jungfraujoch station, an enormous engineering feat that had fortuitously opened in August 1912 Lavery was able to make his ascent with a full painting kit, creating a temporary studio and setting in order to make a swift sketch of the visiting party.

    The painting, which is estiamted at £150,000-250,000, is from a Hampstead Collection  assembled and enjoyed over many years in a beautiful house in this leafy corner of London.  The collection will be offered across nine auctions in London and Hong Kong between September and December.

    (See post on for August 17, 2017)


    Thursday, August 17th, 2017


    A painting by John Luke considered by the artist to be his best work comes up at Sotheby’s Irish art auction in London on September 27. Luke remarked of the work, titled Northern Rhythm: “No painting has so much or so deeply expressed my own particular type or state of mind as Northern Rhythm”.

    Now estimated at £100,000-150,000 it was originally purchased from the artist in 1965.  Sotheby’s say that their sale on September 27 includes many examples of works that are either making their first appearance at auction or were last seen many years ago.  Other highlands include Sir John Lavery’s The Summit of the Jungfrau, Railway Refreshment Room by Jack B. Yeats and a newly discovered Yeats entitled A Fortune,  Mary Swanzy’s Sun on the Sails and Colin Middletons The Life Everlasting.


    Saturday, August 27th, 2016

    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)

    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 115,000

    An innocent child caught up in war is the peculiarly appropriate focus of a work by the artist Gottfried Helnwein entitled The Disasters of War at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13.  The painting is not about Syria, it is about humankind. The work of Helnwein, who lives and works at Gurteen Castle in Co. Tipperary, is informed by his upbringing in post war Austria where World War 2 cast a horrifying shadow.  This innocent child in this photo realist work bears the scars of adulthood’s violence and corruptibility.  Helnwein, whose works are in major public collections, moved to Ireland in 1997. His work was exhibited in Kilkenny (2001), at the Crawford in Cork (2004) and in Waterford (2008)

    An international platform like Sotheby’s  is an important springboard for Irish art.  Over the years and through booms and busts the auction house has found new buyers from countries around the world for our artists.  Modern and contemporary Irish art is to take centre stage again in London on September 13.  The roll call of artists in the sale includes Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, F.E. MacWilliam, Rowan Gillespie and Gottfried Helnwein.

    Highlights from the auction, which features important work by stalwarts like Lavery, Yeats and O’Conor as well as more contemporary artists like Elizabeth Magill, Melita Denaro, Eilis O’Connell, John Doherty and Rita Duffy, will be on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin next week.  Viewing at the RHA is from 10 am to 5 pm on September 1, 2 and 3  and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday September 4. The Irish viewing will include four Irish art works from David Bowie’s collection to be sold in November, Sleep Sound by Yeats, a watercolour entitled James Joyce by le Brocquy and two works by William Scott, Girl Seated at a Table and Winter Still Life No. 2.

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £32,500

     Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)

    Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD