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    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

    A second sale dedicated to ‘Star Wars’ collectibles runs at Sotheby’s until December 13. ‘Star Wars Online’ offers around 100 lots from the acclaimed franchise ahead of the highly-anticipated release of the final film in the sequel trilogy, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’. As well as original posters, stickers and action figures, the auction will include many early, rare and prized collectibles associated with the film series. The 2015 Star Wars sale at Sotheby’s was a sellout.

    Clive Barker – Bring me the head of Darth Vadar 1999 (£6,000-9,000)


    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

    A Sean Scully work from a private collection in Paris comes up at Sotheby’s Art Contemporain day sale on December 5. The pastel on paper 5.27.91 is estimated at 150,000-200,000 euro. It was previously at the Mayor Rowan Gallery in New York.



    Sunday, December 1st, 2019

    THIS portrait of Lady Evelyn Herbert by Sir William Orpen comes up at Sotheby’s sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist art in London on December 10.  She was the only daughter of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, accompanied him to Egypt on several occasions and had the distinction of being the first woman to enter the antechamber of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922.  Despite the supposed Curse of Tutankhamun, fuelled in part by her father’s tragic death in 1923 in Cairo as a result of a mosquito bite, she lived to the ripe old age of 79 and died without incident in January 1980.  The portrait is estimated at £40,000-60,000.


    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    RTE’s William Scott mural made a hammer price of £187,500 at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British Art sale at Sotheby’s in London on November 19. This was well within the estimate of £150,000-250,000. Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) was commissioned by architect Ronald Tallon of Scott, Tallon and Walker in 1966.

    A second Scott in the sale, White with Black Predominating, from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy collection sold for £275,000 at hammer. It was bought by the couple after they had seen it at the Trinity College, Dublin exhibition in 1973. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, she set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin.

    William Scott – Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural)
    William Scott -White with Black Predominating


    Sunday, November 17th, 2019

    If the number of sales now underway in this busy season can be taken as a guide then the market for Irish art is in a healthy state across all levels.  Over the next few weeks million of euro worth of Irish art will change hands. It would be wrong to assume that this market exists only for the wealthy.  Big sales tend to grab the headlines.  But a small amount of discretionary income and a love or art, or even just a particular piece, can get anyone on board. There are prices to suit every pocket.The online sale by Morgan O’Driscoll on Monday will be followed by Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale in London on Tuesday, Bonhams in London on Wednesday and Dolan’s in Limerick on Sunday week.  Also on the schedule are sales by Whyte’s in association with Christie’s, de Veres, James Adam and further sales by O’Driscoll and Whyte’s.  Art will feature strongly in a variety of mainstream sales between now and Christmas, from Sheppards in Durrow to Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtwohill, Aidan Foley in Sixmilebridge and the James Adam Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin next Tuesday evening.The selection at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale on Monday evening includes work by Donald Teskey, Kenneth Webb, Roderic O’Conor, Patrick O’Reilly, John Shinnors, Sean Scully, Mark O’Neill and a wide variety of well known and less well known Irish artists.

    Sotheby’s has worked hard to promote their annual Irish sale, which will be the subject of considerable interest in London. Charlie Minter, head of Irish art at Sotheby’s, describes this years sale in the following words:  “The vibrancy of Ireland’s cultural and artistic scene has always been a cause for celebration. This year’s Irish Art sale celebrates both past and present, from legendary figures such as Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, William Orpen and Louis le Brocquy, to new blood from Ireland’s dynamic contemporary art scene. The heart of Irish culture is encapsulated in a diverse selection of works with subjects ranging from literary icons to immediately recognisable landscape motifs, many of them making their auction debut.”Among a strong selection of works by Irish artists at Bonhams sale of Modern British and Irish art in London on Wednesday are works by Paul Henry, William Scott, Rowan Gillespie, Basil Blackshaw, Dan O’Neill and William Crozier.
    The sale by Dolan’s at Castletroy Park Hotel in LImerick next Sunday week will include a studio collection of the work of Clare artist Michael Hanrahan, official artist for the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in 2011.  These paintings will be sold without reserve.  The auction goes on view next Friday.

    The Man in the Moon has Patience by Jack B. Yeats at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE £325,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

    The William Scott mural being sold by strapped for cash RTE, Ireland’s state broadcaster, comes up at Sotheby’s in London on November 19. Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) is lot 25 at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British Art sale where it is estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    It was commissioned by Ronald Tallon of Scott, Tallon and Walker in 1966. The size was agreed beforehand that it was to be: ‘Height: not less than 5’0” and not more than 6’6”. Width: units of 2’6” not less than 5’)” overall’ and Scott’s resulting work centres on two abstracted forms painted thinly and presented on a grand scale.

    Lot 24, White with Black Predominating by William Scott is from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy Collection and is estimated at £250,000-350,000. It was bought by the couple after they had seen it at the Trinity College, Dublin exhibition in 1973. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, she set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin.

    UPDATE: White with Black Predominating sold for a hammer price of £275,000.

    William Scott – Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500 AT HAMMER.


    Monday, November 11th, 2019

    There is an interesting story behind Cork Bowler, an oil on panel by Gabriel Hayes at Sotheby’s Irish Sale in London on November 19.  In a painting dating to c1941 a road bowler is poised, ready to release his steel ball.  Beside him another man stares with considerable concentration down the road.The setting is Lough Gur, Co. Limerick where the artists’ husband Sean P. O’Riordain, an archaeologist and lecturer at UCC, was excavating.  The model for the bowler was the foreman of the excavation, Jock Kiely and the onlooker is Lar Gorey, a local farmer.This is a very rare glimpse indeed of the art of road bowling expressed as pictorial art.  The artist and sculptor Gabriel Hayes (1909-1978) is best remembered for her sculptured panels on the Department of Industry on Kildare St. in Dublin. Remarkably for a woman in Ireland of that era she worked on these panels while suspended in a wooden cage 23 metres above ground level on the street.  Hayes also designed the coins for the new decimal currency introduced in Ireland in 1971. She was taught by Sean Keating at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin and his influence can be seen clearly in the realist tradition of this work. It is from the collection of Eddie Jordan and was previously owned by the Dwyer family of Monkstown, Cork.  It is estimated at £30,000-50,000.Works at Sotheby’s Irish sale this year span the 19th century to the present day from paintings to sculpture.  Many are appearing at auction for the first time.  There is art by Yeats, Orpen, Paul Henry, Nathaniel Hone, Roderic O’Conor, Sir John Lavery and a wide variety of more contemporary artists and sculptors.  Among these are Rowan Gillespie, F.E. MacWilliam, John Behan and Patrick O’Reilly.  Estimates range from £500 to £500,000 for the top Yeats’ in sale, A A Paris of the West.

    Cork Bowler by Gabriel Hayes. UPDATE: THIS MADE £81,250 AT HAMMER.


    Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

    This pair of Regency patinated bronze pedestals from a private Irish collection come up at Sotheby’s Style Private Collections sale in London on November 12. They are dated to c1810 and were acquired from Harold Caplin of Merrion Antiques around 1960. The estimate is £8,000-12,000.


    Thursday, October 24th, 2019

    The roots of A Moonlit Breton Landscape lie in the nocturnes Roderic O’Conor created during his first extended visit to Brittany. The moon has risen behind the curtain of trees, half glimpsed through patches of dark cloud whilst down below, in the foreground, a circle of figures seems to engage with a firework display or a lantern procession. Although the setting is rural and no buildings are visible, the subject is most likely observational, possibly painted en plein air, until the fading light demanded that the canvas be brought into the studio for completion.

    The work comes up at Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale in London on November 19. Highlights from the auction are on view at the RHA in Dublin until October 27. In 2018, the first museum show in over 30 years to focus on the painted and graphic work of Roderic O’Conor was held at the National Gallery of Ireland. The painting is estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    Roderic O’Conor – A Moonlit Breton Landscape, oil on canvas, circa 1898-1900. UPDATE: THIS MADE £150,000 AT HAMMER.


    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

    Paintings, furniture, silver and art from the 44 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin home of one of Ireland’s more successful property developers, the late Paddy Kelly (1942-2011), will come up at Sotheby’s in London on March 18. There will be more than 120 lots on offer. Central to the collection are five paintings by Jack B. Yeats, including The Showground Revisited, painted in 1950 (est. £150,000-250,000 / €170,000-282,000) and Young Men, painted in 1929 (est. £150,000-250,000 / €170,000-282,000), and an exceptional work by William Scott, entitled Deep Blues (est. £300,000-500,000 / €339,000-565,000).

    The entire contents will be available for viewing in Dublin from October 24- 27 and 14 paintings will be public exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy alongside highlights from Sotheby’s forthcoming annual Irish Art sale in London on November 19. The rest of the collection will be on view by appointment at the Fitzwilliam Square house.

    Arabella Bishop, Head of Sotheby’s Dublin Office, commented: “I have known Patrick and his collection for many years. 44 Fitzwilliam Square was a truly stunning setting to showcase the paintings, furniture, and objects which he collected from around the world over a number of decades. In holding a dedicated auction, we are able to celebrate Patrick’s vision and look forward to sharing it with collectors not only in Ireland but internationally.”

    A view of the interior of the townhouse at 44 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin.