Rich pickings for art collectors at upcoming Dublin and London sales

Des O’Sullivan previews the Irish art on offer at upcoming Dublin and London sales 

Rich pickings await collectors at two sales of Irish art in Dublin and one in London next week.

The evening sale of art and sculpture at de Veres next Tuesday offers three tapestries by le Brocquy including Allegory from 1950 (€60,000-€90,000). This series rarely appears at auction.

There is as well a fine watercolour from his Tinkers series (€40,000-€60,000).

The auction features work by artists like Patrick Scott, Mainie Jellett, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley, Robert Ballagh, Stephen McKenna and Sean McSweeney.

A feature of this auction is the sculpture section, on view in the garden of The Merrion Hotel. The first piece on view is a massive bronze GI Bear by Patrick O’Reilly standing outside the hotel on Merrion Street (€80,000-€120,000).

Interest in the work of Mary Swanzy has hugely increased in latter years, helped no doubt by her major exhibition currently at the Crawford in Cork previously on show at IMMA. Her South of France Landscape dating from around 1915 is lot 38 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on Wednesday evening. It is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.

Low Water, Spring Tide, Clifden by Jack B Yeats dates to 1906 and is his first oil painting, created when he was moving on from watercolour. It is estimated at €40,000-€60,000 at Adam’s.

The sale offers a number of fine 18th and 19th-century landscapes by artists including William Sadler, John Henry Campbell, Frederick Brocas and William Ashford.

Lot 62 is a monumental bronze by Edward Delaney featured in an RTE still photograph of the poet Patrick Kavanagh in 1962. Titled Cathedral, it is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.

There are abstract works by Cecil King, William Scott, Felim Egan and Michael Farrell, A Connemara Landscape by Paul Henry and a 1920s portrait by the English painter Gerald Leslie Brockhurst of Florence Forsythe.

Adam’s points out that a portrait of film star Merle Oberon by Brockhurst sold last year for $290,000. Adam’s has a more modest estimate of €20,000-€40,000 on its example.

The Irish selection on offer at Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on Wednesday is headed by Yeats’ Romeo and Juliet featured last week on these pages.

There are two Irish sketches by LS Lowry as well as works by Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton, Rowan Gillespie, William Scott, Sean Scully and Sir John Lavery.

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