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    Saturday, December 5th, 2020

    It is a mark of the healthy state of the Irish art market that just over 400 lots coming under the hammer at evening sales by Whytes, de Veres and Adams next week can be confidently expected to bring in millions. Collectors of Irish art across all price ranges have shown themselves to be not backward about coming forward in this year of pandemic.  There will be plenty of stiff competition for the appetising selection at these three major Dublin sales where no less than 11 lots have estimates in excess of €100,000.

    Artists like William Scott, Walter Osborne, Sean Scully, Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy, William Orpen and Gerard Dillon contribute the most expensively estimated lots to the catalogues of these auctions.  But never mind if your budget will not stretch that far, there is much to choose from in the lower reaches. At Whytes on December 7 there is no shortage of work in the €1,000-€10,000 range with a wide selection from artists including Donald Teskey, Kenneth Webb, Peter Collis, Arthur Maderson, Maurice MacGonigal, John Kingerlee and Derek Hill.  A number of major Paul Henry’s, including The Blue Hills of Connemara (€200,000-€300,000), Killary Bay (€150,000-€200,000) and The Stony Fields of Kerry (€90,000-€150,000) feature. Other top estimated works are: A Tale of the Sea by Walter Osborne (€300,000-€400,000), Sergeant Murphy by Sir William Orpen (€250,000-€350,000), Sculling by Jack Butler Yeats €200,000-€300,000) and The Tinker Family by Gerard Dillon (€80,000-€120,000).

    William Scott’s Still Life with Frying Pan at de Veres on December 8 is estimated at €200,000-€300,000. Untitled 3-7-86 by Sean Scully has an estimate of €80,000-€120,000 in a sale which de Veres rightly describe as being of outstanding quality which includes significant works by Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Dan O’Neill, Patrick Scott, Hughie O’Donoghue, Evie Hone, Roderic O’Conor, Norah McGuinness and Louis le Brocquy.

    A large colourful oil by Yeats, Sleep by Falling Water (€150,000-€200,000) is the most expensively estimated lot in the sale at Adams on December 9. There is a fine Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy entitled Mille Tetes B with an estimate of €50,000-€80,000 and a great selection which includes Walter Osborne, Tony O’Malley, Dan O’Neill, Colin Middleton and Norah McGuinness.All catalogues are online.

    Inscape by Tony O’Malley at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

    A timed online fundraising auction of work donated by Irish artists runs at Whyte’s until October 27. The Imogen Stuart Standing Stone fundraiser of 47 lots is for a piece of public sculpture at Otranto Park near Sandycove in Dublin. German by birth Imogen Stuart, now 92, is one of Ireland’s most respected artists and a Saoi of Aosdana (people of the Arts in Ireland). One of her most recent larger projects is a design for a granite sculpture, a ‘standing stone’ twelve feet in height and weighing between seven and eight tonnes. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has agreed to contribute to the erection of the sculpture and to maintain it once completed. But such a large piece of stone will be very expensive to quarry and carve, transport and install. A sum of probably more than 50,000 is needed and artists have donated work for the fundraiser for this project.

    Imogen Stuart RHA – The Good Shepherd. Design for sculpture for the Church of the Good Shepherd Churchtown Co Dublin. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 480

    A le Brocquy at Whyte’s online art sale

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020

    Hand (1971) is the title of this piece by Louis le Brocquy at Whyte’s autumn online art auction which continues until October 5. The lithograph on handmade paper, number 10 from an edition of 70, was exhibited at Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York in 1971. It is estimated at 1,000-1,500. More than 260 lots are on offer in this timed sale, all at reasonable estimates. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,800 AT HAMMKER


    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

    Among the works Dublin sculptor John Behan is famous for are his depictions of famine ships in bronze. A rare depiction on canvas of a famine ship by the artist comes up at Whyte’s timed online auction running now. The acrylic on paper has rippling which has led to cracking of the paint. It is estimated at 300-500. According to the auctioneers the sale of over 260 lots with guides from as low €60 to a top estimate of €5,000 will encourage both first-time buyers and seasoned bidders. Many famous Irish artists are represented and the auction runs to October 5.



    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

    A Sunny Day, Connemara by Paul Henry will highlight Whyte’s Irish and International art sale in Dublin on September 28. The catalogue is not yet published but it will feature art by Roderic O’Conor, William Orpen, William Leech, Mary Swanzy, Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness, Maurice MacGonigal, Harry Kernoff, Francis Bacon, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon, Dan O’Neill, Tom Carr, Louis le Brocquy, Tony O’Malley, Camille Souter, Donald Teskey and others.

    A Sunny Day, Connemara by Paul Henry


    Saturday, July 25th, 2020

    A copy of the Irish Procalamation from 1916 sold for a hammer price of 190,000 at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin today. It was taken from Marks jewellers shop opposite the GPO in Dublin on April 25, 1916.

    John O’Connor in The Story of the 1916 Proclamation, Abbey Press, Dublin 1986 stated that there were 17 examples extant, of which at least six were in public institutions such as Dáil Éireann, The National Museum and University College Dublin. Two also exist in British Government archives and there is one in the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace. Since 1986 about fifteen others have come to light from the original printing of less than 500. Most were destroyed during – or shortly after – the Rising. 


    Friday, July 24th, 2020

    The Wolfe Tone Archive, the Thomas Ashe Archive, 1798 and 1916 Proclamations, 1916 Rising medals and an Irish silver porringer from the Cromwellian Commonwealth period all feature at The Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s in Dublin on July 25 and online only on July 26. The Molesworth St., Dublin auctioneers say that this exciting sale is the most important held in recent years. Memories of the Northern Ireland Troubles include the archive of Loyalist leader William ‘Plum’ Smith.  And there is a unique collection of ephemera related to Count John McCormack. 

    The 1798 Proclamation composed by Wolfe Tone and issued by The General Commanding the French Army Jean Hardy to the People of Ireland has an estimate of €8,000-€12,000.  An  unsigned copy of Tone’s speech from the dock, four pages in his own hand, is estimated at €50,000-€70,000.A copy of The Proclamation, removed from the window of Hyman Marks, Jeweller, 31A Henry St. on April 25, 1916 by J. Brady in good condition though folded and slightly rubbed is estimated at €100,000-€150,000.  There are 1917 letters from Michael Collins to Thomas Ashe, as well as letters from Constance Markievicz and W.T. Cosgrave among a large archive of personal Ashe material.There is a huge and varied collection of material relating to The Easter Rising and the aftermath.  An archive of original letters, photographs and ephemera relating to Count John McCormack carries an estimate of €40,000-€60,000. The first part of the auction is at Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth St.  Part two, a timed online only auction, gets underway at 1 pm on July 26. There are collections of militaria, coins and banknotes. A one owner Irish coin collection has examples ranging from Viking Dublin to Georgian Ireland.

    (See post on for July 9, 2020)

    Wolfe Tone’s speech from the dock on November 10, 1798 in his own hand. UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER