Des O’Sullivan previews the August bank holiday weekend auctions in Ballyconneely, Connemara.
August bank holiday auctions by Dolan’s take place in Ballyconneely, Connemara, today and on Monday.
The sales will include paintings, antiques, fine wine and a Purdey shotgun from the Old Rectory, Clifden, the property of John and Brenda Casey. Most lots will be sold without reserve.
The auction today consists of furniture, collectibles, some paintings and the 1865 Purdey double-barrel twin-trigger shotgun. This is estimated at €3,000-€3,500.
More substantial artworks will come up on Monday. Lot’s Wife by John Shinnors is estimated at €18,000-€22,000 and Fear agus Bean on Oilean by Sean Keating is estimated at €18,000-€25,000. There is a similar estimate on Hayfield with Crows by Norah McGuinness.
Monday’s auction will feature art by Maurice MacGonigal, Mildred Anne Butler, George Russell, Lady Kate Dobbin, Grace Henry, George Campbell, Markey Robinson, Mark O’Neill, Kenneth Webb, Cecil Maguire, John Behan and a wide variety of contemporary Irish artists from Charles Harper to Arthur Maderson.
Lithographs by Louis le Brocquy carry estimates of €500-€800 and a small charcoal-and-pencil nude study by Roderic O’Conor is estimated at €2,400-€2,800.
There are some fashion items including a Chanel black leather handbag (€1,800-€2,200), a Louis Vuitton handbag (€500-€700), a Ferragamo shoulder bag (€150-€250) and a Hermes scarf depicting hot-air balloons (€200-€300) as well as some vintage children’s toys.
On offer today is a Belfast-made Victorian longcase clock (€600-€800), a selection of West of Ireland paintings by Richard Haworth with estimates of €300-8400, several cased lots of wines and spirits from the Old Rectory, some Persian rugs, antique furniture and collectibles and art.
Lots one to 217 will go under the hammer at 12.30pm today and lots 218 to 461 come under the hammer at 12.30pm on Monday.
Dolans will follow this up with an auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on Sunday, August 11, which is, as far as they are aware, the first time ever an art auction has been held on the island.