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    Thursday, November 11th, 2021
    Jack Butler Yeats, The South Pacific, est. £200,000-300,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This fantasy 1937 oil on canvas – The South Pacific – by Jack B Yeats from the collection of Sir Michael Smurfit goes on view in Dublin today as part of the preview for Sotheby’s Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 23 and Sotheby’s online Irish art sale which runs from November 17-23. No less than 17 works from Sir Michael Smurfit’s collection are included. The sales feature many of Ireland’s most famous painters, including
    Jack B. Yeats, John Lavery, William Orpen, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy and Gerard Dillon. Viewing times at the RHA are from 2pm – 5pm today, 10am-5 pm tomorrow and Saturday and from 10am-3pm on November 14.


    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    A Paris of the West by Jack B. Yeats sold for a hammer price of £675,000 at Sotheby’s annual sale of Irish art in London today against an estimate of £500,000-800,000. The Man in the Moon has patience by Yeats made £325,000 at hammer over a top estimate of £250,000, Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry made £150,000 over a top estimate of £120,000, Errigal, Co. Donegal by Paul Henry made £125,000 at hammer over a top estimate of £60,000 and Paul Henry’s A Showery Day, Connemara made £60,000 over a top estimate of £35,000.

    Other top lots included: The Stevedore by Yeats (£225,000); A Moonlit Breton Landscape by Roderick O’Conor (£150,000); The Bones by Jack B. Yeats (£100,000): The Owl Run by Hughie O’Donoghue (£93,750): Tain by Louis le Brocquy (£87,500): Cork Bowler by Gabriel Hayes (£81,250) and Failing Better a maquette by Rowan Gillespie sold for 80,255.

    A Paris of the West by Jack B. Yeats


    Monday, September 10th, 2018

    Sotheby’s annual Irish Art sale in London on September 11 will be led by a major single-owner selection of works from the Joseph and Brenda Calihan Collection. In 16 oils, the Calihan Collection represents a superb distillation of Irish art across a hundred-year period, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. Led by Jack B. Yeats’ timeless and romantic Sunday Evening in September, the group is characterised by the exemplary and individual qualities of each piece. Acquired in the 1990s with passion and discernment, we are delighted to present the collection at auction to a new generation of collectors.

    Alongside the Calihan Collection are paintings by Roderic O’Conor, Paul Henry, John Lavery, Louis le Brocquy, works from the White Stag Group and a strong selection of contemporary paintings.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See posts on for August 15 and August 27, 2018)

    UPDATE:  The sale total, including buyers premium, was £2,680,125.  This is the highest total for a dedicated sale since the re-introduction of Irish art sales in 2015. The National Gallery of Ireland purchased two works by Kenneth Hall and The Yew Walk by Patrick Hennessy.

    HELL FOR LEATHER (£25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £50,000

    GOLD PAINTING 20 (£10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    IR JOHN LAVERY, R.A., R.H.A., R.S.A.
    PORTRAIT OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (£70,000-100,000)  UDATE: THIS MADE £181,250

    Evie Hone UNTITLED (£15,000-20,00) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £22,500


    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

    Mending Nets, Aran  by Gerard Dillon

    Mending Nets, Aran by Gerard Dillon

    The top lot at Sotheby’s Irish sale in London was Mending Nets, Aran by Gerard Dillon. It sold to an American buyer for £191,000 over a top estimate of  £150 ,000. The work sold at James Adam in Dublin for 80,000 euro six years ago.  A total of 65% of lots on offer found buyers.  The Cello Player by Sir John Lavery made £112,500 but Mary Borden and her family by the same artist, estimated at £150,000-250,000 failed to find a buyer.

    Charlie Minter of Sotheby’s said this years sale made £1.8 million.  This was ahead of the low estimate and built on the success of Sotheby’s Irish sale last year.  Auction records were set for Patrick Scott, Gottfried Helnwein, Rita Duffy and for a work on paper by Sean Keating.  Water Lillies by Yeats was unsold at auction, but changed hands privately immediately after the sale.

    (See posts on for September 11 and August 27, 2016)


    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)