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    MAJOR SALES OF IRISH ART COMING UP IN DUBLIN

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019

    Major evening winter sales of art take place in Dublin at Whyte’s on December 2 and James Adam on December 4. There are two works by William Scott (1913-1989) at Adams purchased from his estate and never before on the market.  Still Life with Pan and Bowl is estimated at 200,000-300,000 and Red on Red has an estimate of 150,000-200,000.  Dated to 1967 this latter work featured in his retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1972 and is related to the RTE abstract of the same year commissioned for RTE which sold for £187,500 at Sotheby’s in London last week. In sharp contrast to this work Cottages by a Lake by Paul Henry, one of three paintings in this auction by an artist whose work achieves stellar results, is estimated at 80,000-120,000.  There is a portrait of J.P. Dunleavy painted by Robert Ballagh to mark his 60th birthday and The Irish Farm by Margaret Clarke is the original 1930 artwork for the Empire Marketing Board Free State Butter poster. There are some highly affordable artworks with low estimates of up to 600 by artists like Anita Shelbourne RHA, Imogen Stuart, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Rosamund Praeger, Ronald Ossory Dunlop and Elizabeth Rivers.  If the budget stretches to 1,000 and beyond the choice widens considerable. 

    Whyte’s, which goes on view at the RDS today hot on the heels of the sale of the Ernie O’Malley collection last Monday, offers art by Yeats, le Brocquy, Dan O’Neill, Sir William Orpen and Paul Henry alongside international artists like Andy Warhol and a selection of  19 North American works from the collection of Anglo Irish Banks.  These are from their New York office and are being sold by the special IBRC liquidator.  Why Anglo in their heyday did not avail of the opportunity to hang Irish art in their New York offices is yet another Irish banking mystery. The 238 lots on offer at Whyte’s includes a joyous Bahamas canvas by Tony O’Malley titled Air, Water, Light (40,000-60,000) which was purchased from the  collection of the Bank of Ireland almost a decade ago.  A painting of Glencree, Co. Wicklow by Paul Henry is estimated at 60,000-80,000. Given what Whyte’s describe as an upsurge of interest in the work of Irish women artists there should be plenty of bidders for a selection of paintings by Letitia Hamilton and one by her sister Eva.  A portrait of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy is estimated at 18,000-22,000 and a 1952 work by Maurice MacGonigal depicts the artists wife and family with dog at Errisberg, Co. Mayo (20,000-30,000). Lot 46, Figures on a staircase, York St., Dublin by Patrick Hennessy was painted in 1942 when the street was the site of a terrace of grand Georgian houses that had become one of the worst tenements in Dublin. They were pulled down in the 1960’s to make way for modern social housing. In this work Hennessy documents some of the grimmest poverty to be found anywhere in the country with large families in single rooms, no sanitation and no privacy. He depicts a woman reading a newspaper on the landing with another woman looking out nervously from her doorway at a time of war. The work is estimated at 8,000-10,000. 

    The Anglo collection was acquired mostly through artists agents and galleries and offers a selection of mostly contemporary North American artists at price guides ranging from 500 to  2,000. Three of the works, in sets of nine, five and three respectively, are more  expensively estimated.  They are Glass Series 2004 by Kermit Berg (4,000-5,000);  Scene Studies 2000 by Carla Arocha (3,000-5,000) and Seething City This is and We Experience by Gabart Farrar (2,000-3,000).

    The Irish Farm by Margaret Clarke at James Adam (12,000-16,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
    Air, Water, Light Bahamas by Tony O’Malley at Whyte’s (40,000-60,000). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    SCULLY AND O’MALLEY TO FEATURE AT SOTHEBY’S MADE IN BRITAIN SALE

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

    An etching by Sean Scully and two works on paper by Tony O’Malley will feature at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in London on March 20. Sotto Voce by Scully, an etching and aquatint in colours, is estimated at £1,000-2,000.  O’Malley’s Three birds from a window  and another work entitled Winter Forms are each estimated at £1,000-1,500.  Both are charcoal, pastel and oil on paper.

    Sean Scully – Sotto Voce

    Tony O’Malley – Three birds from a window

    EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES AT WHYTE’S SALE

    Friday, March 1st, 2019

    Whyte’s evening auction of Irish & International art at the RDS on March 4 promises to deliver another exciting opportunity for collectors to acquire rare artworks.  Viewing is from 10 am to 6 pm each day from March 2. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE:  Just under 90% of lots sold with a gross total of 1.25 million.  The highest price paid was €150,000 for a Jack Yeats 14 by 18 inches oil, titled “Justice”. A smaller Yeats oil – “A Passage is Required”, 9 by 14 inches, took a winning bid of €115,000. Both went to collectors in Dublin. A very large oil by James Humbert Craig, which was painted for the Empire Marketing Board in the 1920s for use on a poster promoting the linen industry, well exceeded its pre-sale estimate of €20,000 to €30,000, going to a Dublin collector who outbid a Northern Ireland institution at €54,000.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 24 and February 13,  2019)

    TONY O’MALLEY HRHA (1913-2003) – Abstract 1976 (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE:   THIS WAS UNSOLD

    MAINIE JELLETT (1897-1944) – Abstract Design (9,000-12,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957) – At the Feis (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,800 AT HAMMER

    SIR WILLIAM ORPEN – Lord George Hell (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    WEBB, O’MALLEY, SHINNORS, BLACKSHAW

    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    Artists like Kenneth Webb, Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, Basil Blackshaw, James Humbert Craig and Harry Kernoff all feature in Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online Irish art auction.  Bidding is open until the evening of Monday September 18.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Harry Aaron Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Connemara Cailin (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) The Orchard (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    Wild Flower Meadow (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    AN ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT WHYTE’S

    Sunday, March 26th, 2017

    The Spring online sale of Irish art at Whyte’s next April 3 offers art lovers an opportunity to acquire quality artwork from Ireland’s best-known artists at a more a modest price point. Examples from the McClelland Collection are included in the sale.  Estimates range from 100 to 2,000 across 240 lots.  There is work by  Jack Yeats, William Conor, Estella Solomons, Colin Middleton, Tony O’Malley, John Skelton, James Humbert Craig, Frank McKelvey, Maurice Canning Wilks, Thomas Ryan, Patrick Leonard, Markey Robinson, Basil Blackshaw, and others.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Estella Frances Solomons HRHA (1882-1968) THE ROSSES, COUNTY DONEGAL (400-600) UPDATE: THIS MADE 380 AT HAMMER

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) UNTITLED (STILL LIFE), 1964 (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 850 AT HAMMER

    Brian Bourke HRHA (b.1936) POLLING, 1966 (600-800)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) MILL WORKERS, BELFAST, 1906 (1,000-1,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,050 AT HAMMER

    Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005) SKETCHES [AT THE PUMP] (SET OF THREE) (200-300)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 220 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT WHYTE’S AT THE RDS

    Friday, November 25th, 2016

    The Important Irish Art sale at Whyte’s at the RDS on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. will include a number of lots from the McClelland Collection.  Art from this collection boosted the last art sale at Whyte’s in September.  It grossed over 1.3 million and was the most successful art auction there since April 2008.  McClelland lots in this sale include works by Tony O’Malley (lots 67-79) ranging in estimate of 1,000 to 20,000, William Conor (lists 16 to 23) with some drawings modestly estimated at around 2,000-3,000 and paintings by Colin Middleton (lots 47-50) estimated at from 2,000-5,000.   The auction will include significant works by Paul Henry, Mary Swanzy, Dan O’Neill, Basil Blackshaw, Harry Kernoff and William Crozier.  Viewing gets underway tomorrow at the RDS. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983) STRIPED FIGURE, RED , 1967 (3,000-5,000)

    Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)
    STRIPED FIGURE, RED , 1967 (3,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003) MORNING FLIGHT, PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS, 1980 15,000-20,000)

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003)
    MORNING FLIGHT, PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS, 1980 15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) SUR LE BORD DE LA FORET [FIGURE WITH SHELL] (25,000-35,00)

    Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)
    SUR LE BORD DE LA FORET [FIGURE WITH SHELL] (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) THE TRAM, DUBLIN NOCTURNE,1926 (12,000-15,000)

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)
    THE TRAM, DUBLIN NOCTURNE,1926 (12,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,000 AT HAMMER

    SINGING UNDER THE CANOPY OF HEAVEN BY YEATS AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

    Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven (90,000-120,000)

    Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) – Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven (90,000-120,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 85,000

    A striking oil by Jack B. Yeats entitled Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven is among the many highlights at Whyte’s sale of Irish and international art sale at the RDS in Dublin on September 26. The work, which dates from 1950, is estimated at 90,000-120,000. It is one of a number of late Yeats paintings which focusses on strolling players and performers in the Irish countryside.   There are from the McClelland Collection in this auction but the Yeats is not one of them. The catalogue lists 180 lots. Here is a small selection.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 6 and August 25, 2016)

    Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003) THE NIGHT PAINTER, 1981 - (12,000-15,000)

    Tony O’Malley HRHA (1913-2003) THE NIGHT PAINTER, 1981 – (12,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000

    Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) PORCELAIN BOTTLE, c.1960 (10,000-15,000)

    Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) PORCELAIN BOTTLE, c.1960 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    Jean Lurçat (French, 1892-1966) LE TAURERGOT, 1949 (4,000-6,000)

    Jean Lurçat (French, 1892-1966) LE TAURERGOT, 1949 (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,000

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a Landscape (30,000-40,000)

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) Figure in a Landscape (30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 45,000 AT HAMMER

    THE McCLELLAND’S PRIVATE COLLECTION AT WHYTE’S

    Thursday, August 25th, 2016

    The private collection of the late George and Maura McClelland is to be sold through a series of auctions at Whyte’s in Dublin in 2016-17. George McClelland was an art dealer of renown in Ireland and Britain for over fifty years. He sold most of his stock to a private collector in 2006, who in turn donated a large part to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. George and his wife Maura retained about 200 works which they especially treasured. These are now offered at Whyte’s. Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy - Travellers, 1948 (60,000-80,000)

    Louis le Brocquy – Travellers, 1948 (60,000-80,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 58,000 AT HAMMER

    William John Leech - Bowl of Fruit (12,000-15,000)

    William John Leech – Bowl of Fruit (12,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    F. E. McWilliam - Woman Kneeling (100,000-150,000)

    F. E. McWilliam – Woman Kneeling (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 90,000 AT HAMMER

    Morning Light, Paradise Islands, Bahamas, 1980 by Tony O'Malley (15,000-20,000)

    Morning Light, Paradise Islands, Bahamas, 1980 by Tony O’Malley (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    A TWO DAY SUMMER SALE BY DOLAN’S IN CONNEMARA

    Monday, July 25th, 2016

    The two day Connemara art and antiques auction by Dolan’s in Ballyconneely on August 1 and 2 is sure to be a crowd puller. There is an across the board selection of Irish art as well as antique furniture, collectibles, silver and rugs among around 500 lots on offer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Tony O'Malley - The Studio, New Ross, 1959

    Tony O’Malley – The Studio, New Ross, 1959

    Robert Taylor Carson - Lobster Man

    Robert Taylor Carson – Lobster Man  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,250

    Sean Keating - An Fear an Oilean

    Sean Keating – An Fear an Oilean

    John Schwatschke - Morning at Heuston

    John Schwatschke – Morning at Heuston

    A WIDE VARIETY OF IRISH ART AT WHYTE’S

    Monday, May 30th, 2016

    There is a wide variety of Irish art in various media at Whyte’s at the RDS in Dublin this evening.  The catalogue, which is online, features 171 lots and the auction will be live online.  Here is a taste of the sale:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 24, 2016)

    Pond Reverie I 1994) by Tony O'Malley (20,000-30,000)

    Pond Reverie I 1994) by Tony O’Malley (20,000-30,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,000 AT HAMMER

    Charles Tyrrell Borderland XXX1 1991 (5,000-7,000)

    Charles Tyrrell Borderland XXX1 1991 (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,800