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    ART FOR CHRISTMAS AT WHYTE’S

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

    Turf Cutting by Letitia Marion Hamilton is one a number of unsold lots from Whyte’s Irish art sale on December 2 now on offer as part of Art for Christmas at Whyte’s on Molesworth St. in Dublin. A selection of art is now available at Whyte’s galleries, which will remain open until December 23. Estimated in the auction at 10,000-15,000 Turf Cutting is priced at 12,500 including commission and VAT on commission. Offers are invited and will be transmitted to the owners.

    Letitia M Hamilton (1878-1964) – Turf Cutting

    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

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT WHYTE’S

    Thursday, November 28th, 2019

    Irish and International art will come under the hammer at Whyte’s in Dublin on December 2. The auction will include 19 lots from the New York offices of Anglo Irish Bank on behalf of the special liquidator of the IBRC. On offer is a selection of contemporary North American art at very affordable prices. Orpen’s 1919 portrait of Capt. Robert John Woods of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers is described thus by Prof. Kenneth McConkey: “A handsome fellow has lost his youth, his greatcoat weighs him down, and behind his eyes are the horrors he has seen. Long, slow looking, patience, and an accurate eye provide for great psychologicalpenetration in Orpen’s picture of this quiet Ulsterman in uniform.” The portrait is estimated at 25,000-30,000.

    SIR WILLIAM ORPEN – CAPTAIN ROBERT JOHN WOODS. UPDATE: THIS MADE 34,000 AT HAMMER

    YEATS BREAKS THE MILLION BARRIER – TWICE

    Monday, November 25th, 2019

    NOT one but two works of art by Jack B. Yeats soared past the million euro mark at the sale of the Ernie O’Malley collection by Whyte’s and Christie’s in Dublin tonight. There were five major oils by the artist in the sale. The Enfolding Night, a work from 1947, was the first to go and it made 520,000 at hammer. This was followed minutes later by Reverie from 1931 which made 1.4 million at hammer. Each of these works had been estimated at 500,000-700,000. Lot 30, Evening in Spring, was similarly estimated and sold for 1.3 million. Death for Only One, which dates to 1937, made a within estimate hammer price of 470,000. Lastly The Fighting Dawn from 1945 made a within estimate 320,000 at hammer.

    The Land Eire 1940 by Mainie Jellett made 110,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 40,000. This was a hugely successful White Glove sale of 100 lots. The sale of the first lot, an 1899 sketch of the Castle of Kinvara by Yeats, for 14,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 1,500 was an important indicator of how things would go. Many lots, even minor sketches and pencil drawings, made significantly more than the top estimate. It underlines the importance of a good collection. Ernie O’Malley was a leading revolutionary an in Ireland from 1916-22 who went on to publish two books detailing his experiences. The sale and international exhibitions provided an opportunity to discover his private passion for art and the relationships he developed with artists he encountered in America and Ireland. 

    The sale grossed 5.5 million, the highest result ever achieved by an art auction in Ireland.

    Reverie by Yeats made 1.4 million at hammer

    ERNIE O’MALLEY COLLECTION NOW ON VIEW AT R.D.S.

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

    The highlights are by Yeats but the Ernie O’Malley collection – which comes under the hammer at the RDS next Monday evening – represents a veritable who’s who of Irish art from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. The sale of 100 lots, by Whyte’s in association with Christie’s, includes work by Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton and Norah McGuinness.Ernie O’Malley, a revolutionary in Ireland from 1916-1922 who went on to publish two books detailing his experiences, knew all these artists and encouraged and patronised their early careers.  He met Yeats in Dublin in 1937 at the home of Constantine Curran and the two became friends, meeting and corresponding regularly.  Three Yeats paintings in the sale, The Enfolding Night, 1947, Reverie, 1931 and Evening in Spring, 1937 are each estimated at 500,000-700,000.There are other major Yeats’s in this sale as well as a range of sketches at prices which might encourage new collectors to own a work by the artist.  There are two of le Brocquy’s Tinker series from the 1940’s, Tinker Diviner (15,000-20,000) and A Young Tinker Woman (10,000-15,000).  Each one dates to 1945.Mainie Jellett’s The Land Eire is from 1940 and estimated at 30,000-40,000 and Colin Middleton’s (Group V) Saint John: Retrospect is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  Highlights have already been shown in New York and London and viewing at the RDS is from 10 am to 6 pm daily for the next three days. The auction is on Monday at 6 pm.

    The Land Eire by Mainie Jellett  UPDATE: THIS MADE 110,000 AT HAMMER A WORD RECORD PRICE FOR THE ARTIST

    AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY FOR IRISH COLLECTORS

    Friday, November 15th, 2019

    Billed by Whyte’s as an historic opportunity for Irish collectors the sale of the Ernie O’Malley Collection in Dublin on November 25 will be on view at Christie’s in London this weekend and at the RDS in Dublin from November 23. The sale is by Whyte’s in association with Christie’s and highlights have already been seen at Christie’s in New York. The auction of 100 lots is highlighted by five major oils by Yeats and contains works by a number of leading Irish artists from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for October 15, 2019)

    A YOUNG TINKER WOMAN, 1945 LOUIS LE BROCQUY HRHA (1916-2012). UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT WHYTE’S IN DUBLIN

    Sunday, September 15th, 2019

    Many major names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hone and Basil Blackshaw and international artists like Andy Warhol and Raoul Dufy feature in Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and international art at the RDS in Dublin on September 16. A 1946 oil by Yeats depicting an elemental night time scene at sea entitled Hope is, at 150,000-180,000, the most expensively estimated lot.  A selection of Yeats’s drawings include The Lottery 1913, an ink and watercolour (8,000-10,000).An image of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy was first shown at ROSC ’80 and is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  A selection of his Tain prints are guided at 1,500-2,000.  A tapestry by the artist Cuchulainn mounting his Chariot from 1969 is estimated at 20,000-30,000. Woman with Red Hair by May Guinness dates from her time in Paris studying with Andre Lhote (6,000-8,000).  There are watercolours by Percy French and works by Fr. Jack Hanlon, Charlotte McCausland, George Russell and Nathaniel Hone from an earlier era.A Park Corner by the French artist Raoul Dufy (20,000-30,000) was purchased in Paris in 1963 by Charles Bewley, the “Irish Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary” in Berlin from 1933 to 1939.  Andy Warhol’s Space Fruit (Cantaloupes) marks a shift in his interests from the commercial images of the 1960s to art historical subjects and is estimated at 10,000-15,000.Woman with Birds by Colin Middleton (20,000-30,000) depicts a subject central to the artist throughout his career.  Tree by Basil Blackshaw has an estimate of 15,000-20,000 and there is work by Tony O’Malley, Felim Egan, Brian Maguire, Michael Kane, Kenneth Webb, Cecil Maguire and William Scott as well as sculpture by John Behan, Rory Breslin and Anthony Scott.  The sale will include the Butler Gallery Benefit Auction of contemporary art.

    Hope by Jack Butler Yeats UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
    Space Fruit Cantaloupes by Andy Warhol  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    SOME SWETE MINIATURES AT WHYTE’S ART SALE

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019

    This collection of portrait miniatures at Whyte’s sale at the RDS in Dublin on September 16 relates to the Swete family.  The portrait of a girl with short hair against a dark background is attributed to Henry Kirchhoffer RHA (1781-1860) and contains his signature and other works are attributed to Frederick Buck (1771-1839). The 12 portrait miniatures are accompanied by five Victorian photographs. The Swete family were prominent landowners in west Cork.  Various members were married into many local families over the generations.  They once owned Ballinacurra House, Kinsale and had estates in Bandon, Lissarda and east Carbery.  The miniatures are estimated at 4,000-6,000.  The catalogue for the auction is online. UPDATE: THE MINIATURE PORTRAITS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    L S LOWRY AT WHYTE’S DUBLIN SALE OF IRISH ART

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019

    The artist L.S. Lowry, one of Britain’s favourite painters, loved to visit Ireland. Proud of his Irish roots he made pictures dated 1956, 1964, 1969 and 1970 with scenes in Dublin, Skerries, Drogheda and Belfast. In fact this was the only country he travelled to outside Britain.

    Drogheda 1970 by L.S. Lowry UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Drogheda 1970 complete with a few small matchstick figures by Lowry comes up at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art at the RDS on May 27.  Made with coloured inks on paper and measuring just 12″ x 16″ it is estimated at 15,000-20,000.The top works in the sale of 205 lots are by Jack Butler Yeats and Paul Henry.  The Quay Workers Home by Yeats is estimated at 60,000-80,000, Henry’s Western Landscape has an estimate of 100,000-150,000. Following a very successful million euro plus sale in March, with 90% of lots sold and many works selling ahead of estimate, Whyte’s are optimistic about this upcoming auction. The catalogue is online and viewing is underway at the RDS.

    The Quay Workers Home, a 1927 work by Jack B. Yeats UPDATE: THIS MADE 68,000 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH NURSES AT WHYTE’S ART SALE

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

    Nurses (1953) by Nevill Johnson which comes up at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on May 27 is one of his few surviving paintings of the 1952-53 period. In a catalogue note Dickon Hall notes that the artist’s affection for Dublin was that of an outsider, an Englishman who had lived in Belfast for twelve years before moving there in 1946 in response to becoming one of the group of young artists whom Victor Waddington put under contract to his gallery. Hall writes: “This group of nurses relaxing in a garden suggests a specific experience seen and recalled by the artist, but by reducing each figure to their uniform Johnson emphasises the abstract formal arrangements within the composition, as well as creating a dreamlike quality that is reinforced by a muted palette lifted by unexpected pink tones”. Hall adds: “Nurses is a painting that balances satisfying aesthetic qualities with the surreal incongruity that Johnson recalled so nostalgically from his Dublin years and creates an ambiguous and mysterious mood that seems to define the elusive tone of the post-war world”. It is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    NURSES, 1953NEVILL JOHNSON (1911-1999) UPDATE: THIS MADE 21,000 AT HAMMER

    The sale will include works by George Barret, William Leech, Sir John Lavery, William Orpen, George Russell (“AE”), Jack Yeats, Paul Henry, Lilian Lucy Davidson, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Laurence Stephen Lowry, Colin Middleton, Louis le Brocquy, Basil Blackshaw, Hughie O’Donoghue and others.