Art season gets off to a dream start in Dublin

The summer has begun well for sellers, reports Des O’Sullivan

There was a successful kick-off to the Dublin summer art selling season at Whyte’s on Monday evening where the top lot, Paul Henry’s Western Landscape, made a hammer price of €100,000.

Mary in Black by Sir John Lavery made €75,000 and The Quay Worker’s Home by Jack B Yeats made €68,000 at hammer.

Other hammer prices included a still life with flowers by William John Leech (€60,000), a landscape by George Barret (€46,000), le Brocquy’s Thousand Heads tapestry (€38,000) and Lilian Lucy Davidson’s Potato Harvest (€28,000).

Drogheda 1970 by LS Lowry failed to sell.

Upcoming at the de Veres art and sculpture sale on June 11 is Rowan Gillespie’s Portrait of a Dreamer 1982 (Homage to John Lennon) with an estimate of €40,000-€60,000. Other works in this sale include a complex gold painting by Patrick Scott and A Horse with Rider by Michael Quane. Viewing of the auction’s sculpture will take place in the garden of The Merrion Hotel.

The selection at the Important Irish Art evening sale at James Adam on June 12 is more stately and sedate.Top lots here include works by Sean Keating, Paul Henry, Yeats and le Brocquy.

Viewing of sculpture will take place in the garden of The Merrion

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