THE game of catch-up is hotting up in the world of Irish art and antiques. Schedules are filling up rapidly as lockdown eases. There will even be physical viewings, though socially distant, at many sales in this emergent online world.
Whyte's will offer an interesting selection of 242 artworks at their timed online summer sale today week, July 6. There are landscapes by Paul Henry, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Cecil Maguire and George Gillespie. Modern and contemporary artists like Louis le Brocquy, William Scott, George Campbell, Dan O'Neill, Arthur Armstrong, Graham Knuttel, Arthur Maderson, Gladys MacCabe and Markey Robinson all feature as well as sculpture by Orla de Bri, Rory Breslin, John Behan, Joseph Sloan, Paddy Campbell and Eamon O'Doherty.
An interesting work of local interest is a 1937 image of Union Quay, Cork in which the old red brick garda headquarters is prominent. It is by the Welsh artist Edward Morland Lewis who worked under Walter Sickert as pupil and assistant. Many of his paintings were based on photographs of seaside towns in Wales, Ireland, northern France and Spain. The artist joined the staff of Chelsea College of Art where his colleagues included Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and John Piper. He died in North Africa in 1943 while on active service as a camouflage officer. The work is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. Also of Cork interest is a study of a young woman by the Dunmanway-born artist Thomas Hovenden -1840-1895-. He has art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum. There is a collection of 80 watercolour drawings of County Cork from 1882-1889 contained in a sketchbook by Susan Letitia Lyle. The estimate is €1,500-€2,000.
Salvador Dali, Banksy, Sir Terry Frost, Larry Rivers, Tracey Emin and Bob Dylan feature too. A painting by Dylan,, is estimated at €800-€1,000. Dylan has been making art since the 1960s when he came on the scene as a young folk singer. This piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Washington Green Fine Art.
Meanwhile, a total of 132 lots of art and design will come under the hammer at deVeres on Tuesday evening at 6pm. There is everything from smoked glass console tables to a set of nine 1970s French dining chairs, Italian chrome and gilt open shelves to a Danish leather sofa. There are sideboards, low tables, Barcelona chairs, hanging lights, art deco dining chairs, Italian coffee tables, adjustable French floor lamps, low tables and mirrors.
A selection of art to complement this design includes work by Charles Tyrrell, James O'Connor, Louis le Brocquy, Willie Evesson, Sean McSweeney, Eilis O'Connell and other artists. This auction is online at The Saleroom.