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    Thursday, December 5th, 2019

    Red on Red by William Scott was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on December 4. It made a hammer price of 150,000 over an estimates of 150,000-200,000. A second Scott in the sale, Still Life with Pan and Bowl, failed to find a buyer. Other top lots, with hammer prices in brackets, were: Cottages by a lake by Paul Henry (90,000); Cottages by Water by Paul Henry (70,000); Portrait of J.P. Donleavy by Robert Ballagh (30,000); Moonstruck Youth by Gerard Dillon (28,000); Lake View by Paul Henry (26,000); Horses Exercising, early morning by Basil Blackshaw (22,000); Crouching figure with bowed head by Mary Swanzy (18,500); Boats by William John Leech (18,000); Mother and child by Sir John Lavery (15,000); Clifton, Connemara by George Campbell (15,000); Drover II by Basil Blackshaw (14,000); Still Life by Patrick Swift (14,000); Coastline by Donald Teskey (10,000) and Polo Match, St Moritz by Peter Curling (8,000).

    Red on Red by William Scott


    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


    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

    Bacchus by Rowan Gillespie made an above estimate £45,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London today. Conceived in 1984 and cast in 1985 the top estimate for the 51″ tall polished bronze piece was £25,000. It was a good day for Irish art at Bonhams. Still Life with Fish by William Scott sold for £81,000, Bog Pool by Paul Henry made £63,000, Achill Cottage, Lough Corrib and Turf Stacks with Mountains both by Paul Henry sold for £35,000 and £19,000.

    Two Forms by William Scott made £16,000; Ardglass by Colin Middleton made £15,000 and The Smooth Red Rock by Daniel O’Neill made £10,000.

    Rowan Gillespie – Bacchus


    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

    RTE’s William Scott mural made a hammer price of £187,500 at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British Art sale at Sotheby’s in London on November 19. This was well within the estimate of £150,000-250,000. Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) was commissioned by architect Ronald Tallon of Scott, Tallon and Walker in 1966.

    A second Scott in the sale, White with Black Predominating, from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy collection sold for £275,000 at hammer. It was bought by the couple after they had seen it at the Trinity College, Dublin exhibition in 1973. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, she set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin.

    William Scott – Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural)
    William Scott -White with Black Predominating


    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

    The William Scott mural being sold by strapped for cash RTE, Ireland’s state broadcaster, comes up at Sotheby’s in London on November 19. Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) is lot 25 at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British Art sale where it is estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    It was commissioned by Ronald Tallon of Scott, Tallon and Walker in 1966. The size was agreed beforehand that it was to be: ‘Height: not less than 5’0” and not more than 6’6”. Width: units of 2’6” not less than 5’)” overall’ and Scott’s resulting work centres on two abstracted forms painted thinly and presented on a grand scale.

    Lot 24, White with Black Predominating by William Scott is from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy Collection and is estimated at £250,000-350,000. It was bought by the couple after they had seen it at the Trinity College, Dublin exhibition in 1973. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, she set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin.

    UPDATE: White with Black Predominating sold for a hammer price of £275,000.

    William Scott – Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500 AT HAMMER.


    Friday, October 11th, 2019

    Hard on the heels of their Country House Collections auction at Townley Hall on October 15 the Dublin firm of James Adam will offer what is described as the most important single owner auction of Irish art in Dublin on October 23. On offer is around 200 lots of paintings, prints and sculpture from the collection of Antoinette and Pat Murphy. The total estimate for the sale is over one million euro. It is a collection of breadth and variety ranging from works by Nathaniel Hone, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats to contemporary work by Barrie Cooke, Basil Blackshaw and Camille Souter. The catalogue is online.

    William Scott – Two Pears (25,000-35,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 61,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

    Near Abstraction 7 is one of a number of works by William Scott at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction on September 10. The pencil and chalk on paper, signed and dated ’75, is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

    Sotheby’s has a number of valuation days in Ireland and Northern Ireland coming up as follows:

    5th September: Impressionist & Modern Art

    6th September: Jewellery & Watches

    24th September: European Sculpture & Works of Art

    25th September: 19th Century European Paintings

    9th October: Furniture & Decorative Arts



    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920-1960 is the title of an exhibition running at the State Apartment Galleries in Dublin Castle until August 18.  In his catalogue commentary curator David Britton notes that it took time before the influence of early 20th century advances in art reached these shores.  With the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 the culturally conservative government and middle class catholics favoured art depicting west of Ireland cottages (Paul Henry), Irish agricultural workers (Sean Keating) or people at leisure as shown by William Conor or James Humbert Craig. The main exponents of Surrealism were Colin Middleton and Nevill Johnson. Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone were the first artists to promote pure Cubism in Ireland, but other Irish artists like May Guinness and Mary Swanzy had studied in Paris before Jellett and Hone’s arrival there. When Jellett first exhibited pure abstract work in 1923  there was a hostile review by the artist/poet George Russell. In 1943 Jellett was instrumental along with le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Jack Hanlon and others in organising the first Irish Exhibition of Living Art.  Dublin Castle is one of the leading public sites of the OPW.  Visitor numbers have been rising and reached 440,000 last year. 



    Thursday, November 8th, 2018

    Mask by Henry Moore will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 14. Estimated at £1-1.7 million it is on the market for the first time in 80 years and has never before been at auction. Only four of the series of 12 masks remain in private hands with others at The Tate, Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds City Gallery.  There is a strong Irish representation in this sale with works by William Scott, Sir John Lavery and F.E. MacWilliam.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Sir John Lavery – Study for Ascot in Rain. UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500

    Henry Moore – Mask (£1-1.7 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,248,750

    William Scott – Still Life with Fish (££150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir John Lavery – S.S. Ophir (£7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £21,250

    F E MacWilliam – Reclining Figure (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, June 4th, 2018
    An Irish art auction by de Veres takes centre stage on June 12, hard on the heels of sales by Whyte’s, Morgan O’Driscoll and James Adam.  The leading lot at de Veres is William Scott’s Painting 1959 with an estimate of 250,000-350,000.
    The June 12 sale at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St. in Dublin will be on view at de Veres on Kildare St. from June 9. The catalogue is brimful of lots by artists as varied as Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Collins, Dan O’Neill, Roderic O’Conor, Michael Farrell, Camille Souter and John Doherty with sculpture by Rowan Gillespie, Patrick O’Reilly, Michael Farrell and other leading Irish lights.

    The growing confidence in the market for Irish art is reflected in estimates like 50,000-70,000 for Paysage des reves mauvais by Colin Middleton, 40,000-60,000 for  A Road in Connemara by Paul Henry, 30,000-50,000 for John Doherty’s photo realist depiction with acrylic on canvas of John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin and Swallows under the roof by Patrick Collins is estimated at 8,000-10,000.

    Painting 1959 by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 280,000 AT HAMMER

    John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin, Co. Kerry by John Doherty  UPDATE: THIS MADE 66,000 AT HAMMER