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    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.

    GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT THE TOP LOT AT WHYTE’S

    Sunday, April 7th, 2019

    An official copy of the final draft of the Good Friday Agreement was the top lot at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on April 6. It made a hammer price of 28,000. Printed at Stormont it contains autograph signatures of forty-four participants including Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, George Mitchell, David Ervine, Brid Rogers, Billy Hutchinson, Seamus Mallon et al. This rare example of this historic document with amendments annotated runs to 67 pages. It had been estimated at 5,000-7,000.

    This highly successful sale grossed 480,000 with 87% of lots on offer sold. (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 1, 2019)

    THE OFFICIAL COPY OF THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE AGREEMENT

    ROCKET LAUNCHER ANYONE? WHYTE’S SALE THROWS UP RANGE OF COLLECTIBLES

    Monday, April 1st, 2019

    A 1953 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winners medal, a 20 pence piece from 1985 20 valued at 5,000-6,000, an archive of 25 lots from Mount Cashell and a rocket launcher from the Northern Ireland conflict are among the rich selection on offer at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on April 6.Defending champions Cork, captained by Christy Ring, retained their All-Ireland crown in 1953 with a 3-3 to 0-8 win over Galway.  A nine carat gold medal from that final is estimated at 4,000-6,000.The sale of the RPG-7 rocket launcher is not without controversy.  The catalogue says it was used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles. Bulgarian made it was decommissioned in Birmingham in 2013 and is being sold with two inert rocket propelled grenades, an inert booster rocket and accessories.  From a Republican collector the lot is estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    More constitutional politics is represented in the sale in lots like a 1966 Presidential Election Fine Gael Poster for defeated candidate Tom O’Higgins and 1973 and 1989 general election posters. The old 20 pence coin is what is known as a trial piece issued in advance of production to various companies to facilitate the calibration of vending machines and coin operated devices.  Less than 50 of the 500 issued by the Central Bank were not returned and about 10 examples have been recorded to date in private hands.  This makes the 20 pence piece one of the rarest of modern Irish coins, even rarer than the 1943 florin.  An old Lady Lavery £20 wartime bank note from 1943 is estimated at 5,000-6,000. The Mount Cashell Archive consists of 18 lots ranging from the 1692-1711 records of the town of Clonmel to the diaries of Stephen Moore, 3rd Earl of Mount Cashell (1792-1883)  Tipperary estate map including tenants names to an 1893-1943 photograph album of the Coshmore and Coshbride hounds, Ballynatray, Co. Waterford and photograph albums of the Moore, More Smyth and Holroyd Smyth families. A Victorian Royal County of Limerick militia officer’s shako (military hat)  with white metal plate is estimated at 1,500-2,000. The sale includes historical documents and artefacts, militaria, coins, banknotes, rare books, early maps, antiques and curios, rock and pop collectibies and advertising and sporting memorabilia among more than 600 lots.

    UPDATE: The rocket launcher sold for a hammer price of 10,000, the diaries of Stephen Moore (1792-1883), 3rd Earl of Mount Cashell made 8,000, an Easter Rising and War if Indeoendence medal awarded to Herbert Conroy made 6,200, a Howth mauser rifle and converted bayonet made 10,500, the rare trial 20 pence piece made 5,400, a 1682 gold five guineas sold for 6,600, a Lady Lavery war code £20 note made 10,500, an 1871 Howth Mauser rifle and converted gras bayonet made 10,500 and the 1953 All Ireland winners Cork medal made 6,500.

    A Limerick shako or military hat UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,800 AT HAMMER
    1953 All Ireland senior hurling medal UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER

    LEADING IRISH ARTISTS FEATURE AT WHYTE’S SALE

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019
    Yeats, Henry, Orpen, le Brocquy, O’Malley, McGuinness and many other leading Irish artists will feature at Whyte’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS on March 4.  Whyte’s enjoyed a record breaking year of art sales in 2018 and anticipate that more than a million worth of Irish art will change hands in this sale of 208 lots.

    There are two oils by Jack B. Yeats, A passage is Required for 1953 and Justice from 1946. Each is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  Study for a Family by Louis le Brocquy is one of a series that culminated in his celebrated work A Family in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland  This 1951 work is estimated at 50,000-70,000.  There are portrait heads of W B Yeats and Francis Bacon in the sale as well as an offering of le Brocquy’s Tain Prints guiding at 1,500-2,000 each. A Kerry Bog by Paul Henry dates to 1934-35 and is estimated at 60,000-80,000 and Margaret Clarke’s Double Portrait of Two Girls is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  The sale offers work by Banksy, Samuel Brocas, Mildred Ann Butler, William Conor, Barrie Cooke, Sir Terry Frost, Sean Keating, Tony O’Malley, Estella Solomons, Kenneth Webb and a watercolour of the proposed new post office in Sackville Street – the GPO in O’Connell St., Dublin – by its architect Francis Johnston among numerous works.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    FRONT ELEVATION OF THE PROPOSED GENERAL POST OFFICE, DUBLIN, 1814 FRANCIS JOHNSTON RHA (1760-1829)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    Justice (1946) by Jack B Yeats  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 150,000 AT HAMMER

    A Kerry Bog by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 66,000 AT HAMMER

    Study for a Family 1951 by Louis le Brocquy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 49,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1953 OIL BY JACK B. YEATS AT WHYTE’S SALE IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

    Jack b. Yeats – A Passage is Required, 1953  UPDATE: THIS MADE 115,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1953 oil by Jack B. Yeats will lead Whyte’s spring auction of Irish and International art in Dublin at 6 pm on March 4.  A Passage is Required is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  The sale offers collectors and exciting opportunity to acquire rare artworks.  Highlights consigned include an oil by Margaret Clarke, a piece of stained glass from the workshop of Harry Clarke and a 1950’s oil by Norah McGuinness.  There is work by James Humbert Craig, Camille Souter, Evie Hone, Sean Keating, Roderic O’Cnor, Gerard Dillon, Louis le Brocquy, Kenneth Webb and others.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:U

    ANNIE, 1956 NORAH MCGUINNESS HRHA (1901-1980) UPDATE: THIS MADE  8,500 AT HAMMER

    OLIVER GOLDSMITH, 1861 JOHN HENRY FOLEY RA RHA (1818-1874) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Louis le Brocquy – Study for A Family, 1951  UPDATE: THIS MADE 49,000 AT HAMMER

    Studio of Harry Clarke – Stained glass door panel. UPDATE: THIS MADE 25,000 AT HAMMER