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    Saturday, October 16th, 2021

    Whyte’s will encourage new entrants to the art market as well as existing collectors with a timed online autumn art auction of 291 lots which runs to October 18.  There are artworks with estimates of from €80 to €5,000. Stalwarts like Louis le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Norman McCaig, Gretta O’Brien, Liam Treacy, Arthur Maderson, Markey Robinson, Robert Ballagh, Damien Hirst, Albert Irvin, Hughie O’Donoghue, Donald Teskey, Anita Shelbourne, John Kingerlee, Brian Maguire, Michael Cullen, Camille Souter and many more celebrated artists are all represented.

    Boat to Inishbofin by Norman McCaig (1929-2001). UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

    This 1943 painting of Loughshinny Harbour, Co. Dublin by Patrick Leonard made a hammer price of €34,000 at Whyte’s Irish and International Art auction on May 31. It had been estimated at €12,000-€18,000 and was a new record for an oil by the artist (a pastel made €40,000 in 2006). The sale grossed just under €900,000 with  80% of the 160 lots sold. The top price was €160,000 for a Jack Yeats oil depicting a horse and jockey – Muldoon and Rattlesnake, €10,000 above the top estimate. Seán Keating’s Thinking Out Gobnet – including a portrait of Harry Clarke in the scene – made €58,000 while an ink drawn illustration by Harry Clarke sold for over twice its pre-sale estimate at €12,500.


    Saturday, May 29th, 2021
    Yellow Red (1994), an etching 18/30 by Sean Scully at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    Encompassing everything from genre paintings, still life, abstract art, landscapes and Saint Gobnait to an original copy of the Irish Proclamation and a large bronze plaque made for An Tostal in 1953 the art sales at Whyte’s on Monday and Adams next Wednesday are brimful of interest. Given that collectors have adjusted remarkably well to the online model it seems safe to predict that there will be no shortage of competitive bidding for the 160 works on offer at Whyte’s and the 149 at Adams.  In a welcome move towards normality the easing of Covid restrictions allows viewing for these sales by appointment. Online or in person there is much to see and appreciate.  Whyte’s kicks off online on May 31 at 6 pm.  Sean Keating painted his friend Harry Clarke thinking about St. Gobnait on the Aran Islands while working on a commission for his series of eleven windows at the Honan Chapel in Cork.  The acclaimed windows were installed in 1916. Gobnait is traditionally associated with Ballyvourney in Co. Cork and with the Aran Islands.  The resultant oil painting by Keating –  exhibited at the RHA in 1918 – is lot 45 at Whyte’s, with an estimate of €50,000-€70,000.Along with Yeats and Keating, Whyte’s has work by artists including Cedil Maguire, Nathaniel Hone, Walter Osborne, Charlotte MacCausland, Harry Kernoff, Patrick Leonard, William Leech, Mary Swanzy, Maurice MacGonigal, Dan O’Neill, Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Sean Scully, Donald Teskey and many others.  A bronze An Tostal commemorative plaque celebrating Irish life by the sculptor Gabriel Hayes (1909-1978) is estimated at €3,000-€4,000 and there are prints by Bob Dylan and David Bowie with estimates from €1,200 to €3,000.

    Over the Estuary  by John Shinnors at James Adam. UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    Original copies of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic are always much sought after.  The one at Adams next Wednesday evening, signed by the printer Christopher Brady and obtained in Sackville St. on Easter Monday, 1916, has an estimate of €150,000. The sky and sea are made of blues, blacks and purples in William Croziers’ structural landscape The Inlet which Adams estimate at €20,000-€30,000.  There is a more traditional approach in Cottages in Achill by Paul Henry (€140,000-€160,000) while the acclaimed Limerick artist John Shinnors took inspiration from the River Shannon for his magnificent and dynamic oil on canvas diptych Over the Estuary (€30,000-€50,000). Camille Souters’ Cycling to Chioggia, a little town south of Venice, is a memory painting from 1961 that was once in the collection of Sir Basil Goulding. It is estimated at €15,000-€25,000.  Another memory jogger is an Elkington and Co. bronze of Oliver Goldsmith after John Henry Foley RA RHA (1818-1874).  The estimate here is €3,000-€4,000. In a Dublin Waxworks by Jack B Yeats (€60,000-€100,000) once in the collection of the late Garech Browne at Luggala, recalls a popular attraction in the capital until it was burnt down during the 1916 Rising.


    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

    A White Star Line illustrated promotional booklet from 1911 showing Olympic and Titanic was the sleeper lot at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin. The 72 page booklet made €5,800 over a top estimate of €300. The auction grossed €600,000 with over 90% of lots sold. More than 1,000 bidders registered online.

    (See post on for May 8, 2021)


    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

    In the Scorsese film The Irishman hitman Frank Sheehan, played by Robert de Niro, says he “paints houses”. This is Mafia slang for killing people. The phrase was also used by the IRA in Ireland’s War of Independence. One of their favourite weapons was a Mauser pistol nicknamed “Peter the Painter”. A fine example of this deadly weapon, now deactivated, comes up at Whyte’s timed online Eclectic Collector sale on May 15 and 16. Bidding is now open. The Mauser at Whyte’s has a history of ownership going back to an IRA Volunteer in Co. Kildare. Lot 168 is estimated at €4,000-€6,000.

    This annual sale, which attracts collectors from around the world, offers a mix of historical artefacts, manuscripts, books, maps, militaria, coins, banknotes, tribal objects and even rare whiskies.

    A Mauser pistol at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE €6,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, March 14th, 2021
    Waiting for the Ferry, low tide by Jack B. Yeats  UPDATE: THIS MADE 135,000 AT HAMMER

    A lone figure stands at the waters edge in Waiting for the Ferry, Low Tide, 1946.  This enigmatic Yeats work is the catalogue cover lot at Whyte’s evening sale of Important Irish and International Art in Dublin on March 22. It was acquired by American sculptor Helen Hooker O’Malley in the same year that she sought a divorce from the Irish revolutionary Ernie O’Malley.  The O’Malleys were important collectors of Yeats in the 1930’s and ’40’s.  His collection, sold by Whyte’s and Christie’s in Dublin in 1919, grossed €5.5 million. She bought it from Leo Smith, who had been co-director of the Waddington Gallery in Dublin before setting up the Dawson Gallery in 1944. Helen gifted it to Liam Redmond, with whom she founded the Dublin Players Theatre in 1944, and it is now estimated at €100,000-€150,000.  Redmond was married to Barbara MacDonagh, daughter of poet Thomas MacDonagh who was executed after the 1916 Rising.

    Share the Feeling by John Behan. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER

    The virtual auction of 153 lots features work by sculptors John Behan and Rowan Gillespie, paintings by Louis le Brocquy, Paul Henry, Patrick Scott, Camille Souter,  William Crozier, James Humbert Craig, Gladys Maccabe, Dan O’Neill and international artists Tracey Emin, Bob Dylan and Damien Hirst.Francis Bacon and Louis le Brocquy met in the 1940’s in London and remained friends until Bacon’s death in 1992.  Bacon penned the introduction to a le Brocquy retrospective in 1966. It was not until 1979 that le Brocquy created an image of Bacon and it was one of the few portraits of people he knew personally.  His oil of canvas Image of Francis Bacon is estimated at €120,000-€150,000.  A watercolour image of Beckett, estimated at €15,000-€20,000, is one of a number of works by le Brocquy in this sale. Spring in Wicklow, a 1920’s landscape by Paul Henry is estimated at €150,000-€200,000. There is much Irish work to choose from with art by Tony O’Malley, Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, William Crozier, John Kingerlee and others. Among these is a still life by Christy Brown with an estimate of €2,000-3,000.A small oil on canvas of ships in moonlight by the noted Dutch artist Johnan Barthold Jongkind (1819-1891) is estimated at €8,000-€12,000. A 2019 lithograph by Tracey Emin (75/200) entitled I Loved my Innocence has an estimate of €3,000-€4,000 and two unnumbered etchings by Damien Hirst from an edition of 68 are each estimated at €1,000-€1,500. Bob Dylan’s are has proved popular in Ireland at past sales and this auction offers three prints by the American singer songwriter at estimates ranging from €1,200 to €5,000.


    Thursday, January 7th, 2021

    With three auctions planned for the first quarter of 2021 Whyte’s has reported that sales in 2020 reached €7 million. This compares to €8.5 million in 2019. Increased demand for art and collectibles offset the worst of the effects of the pandemic. Demand was driven by savings made from not travelling abroad, not eating out, not drinking in pubs, not commuting and not buying clothes for work. The imposition of negative interest rates on bank deposits has encouraged cash rich individuals to purchase tangible assets such as art and collectibles.

    Whyte’s anticipate that 2021 will be another challenging year with the continuance of pandemic restrictions and Brexit. This will cause problems for trading in art between the EU and the UK. Individual collectors will have to pay 13.5% VAT on importation of art, and 21% on importation of collectibles from the UK. UK collectors and businesses will only pay 5% VAT on imports of art and most collectibles from Ireland. Irish VAT registered businesses will account for the importation VAT in their returns to Revenue. Customs clearance charges will add an extra 1% to the cost of importing art and collectibles. Thus a painting bought in the UK for €10,000 could cost an extra €1,450 to import to Ireland, and a €1,000 collectible will be charged €220 on arrival.

     Whytes will hold sales of Irish & International Art on March 1, The Eclectic Collector on March 27 and a Spring Art Sale on April 13-19. 

    This 1916 Procalamation of the Irish Republic sold for €190,000 in July


    Thursday, December 17th, 2020

    A facsimile of the Book of Kells sold for 7,500 at Whyte’s Christmas art and collectibles sale in Dublin. The first and only complete facsimile of the most precious illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages was published by Verlag, Lucerne, by the authority of the board of Trinity College, Dublin in 1990. This was number 1,206 of number 1,480. The Tajidar – Sacred Bird Celtic Design illustration c1940 and a 1934 seascape woodcut print by Art O’Murnaghan (1875-1953) sold for 3,800 over a top estimate of 2,000 and a Studio and Still Life by Peter Collis made 6,000 over a top estimate of 5,000.


    Friday, December 11th, 2020

    AN online only Christmas auction at Whyte’s runs from today until December 16. There is a selection of contemporary paintings and prints from a wide range of eminent Irish artists, artworks by Damien Hirst, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, posters, collectibles including silverware by Padraig O Mathuna (1925-2019), an early 20th century gramophone and a 19th century music box with Irish and Scottish airs. There is facsimile of the Book of Kells, a small selection of fine wines and some port. The sale is on view by appointment at Whyte’s galleries from 1 pm to 5 pm on December 12 and 13 and from 10 am to 5 pm on December 14-16.



    Monday, December 7th, 2020

    The winter art sale season in Dublin – online this year – kicks off this evening at Whyte’s, followed tomorrow by de Veres and on Wednesday at James Adam. These auctions, coupled with an online sale of affordable Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll this evening, have never been more accessible. All you need these days is a computer and if 2020 has demonstrated anything it is that this does not bother buyers in the slightest. It promises to be a busy few days for Irish art with buyers out in force for an appetising and wide ranging selection across all price points.

    Bog Farm by Norah McGuinness at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER