Lots of variety coming up at art sales

At the Cottage Door, an 1875 watercolour by Cork born artist William Magrath (1838-1918) is at Adams in Dublin next Wednesday. The estimate is €1,000-€2,000.

Lots of variety coming up at art sales

ART collectors have much to choose from with art sales in Cork and Dublin next week. Viewing starts at noon tomorrow at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork for Morgan O’Driscoll’s 250 lot art sale at 6.30pm on Monday.

In Dublin there is viewing at James Adam tomorrow afternoon, and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for a 220 lot sale of important Irish art next Wednesday at 6pm

Morgan O’Driscoll has a varied selection ranging from the hyper realism of John Doherty to landscapes by Maurice Wilks, interiors by Mark O’Neill, abstractions by Tony O’Malley and Colin Middleton and a set of nine carborundum prints by Hughie O’Donoghue, whose show at the Royal Academy in London runs until Oct 14.

Estimates are reasonable and the sale is well worth viewing. Advance bidding is a feature of such a sale. As a result of the viewing which took place in Dublin last weekend more than 30 bids have already been left by Dublin bidders.

Meanwhile three works by the Cork artist William Magrath (1838-1918), who is represented in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and whose portrait of fellow Cork painter Thomas Hovenden is in the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, will feature at Adams on Wednesday.

All are estimated at €1,000-€2,000. This auction will feature the corporate collection of Independent News and Media, 67 works in all headed by Louis le Brocquy’s Procession with Lilies (€250,000-€350,000).

There are seven paintings by Jack B. Yeats. Sean Keating’s ‘The Port Authority’ is estimated at €150,000-€250,000 and there are five works by Paul Henry headed by ‘The Bog at Evening’ (€150,000-€250,000).

Other artists featured include Gerard Dillon, George Campbell, Tony O’Malley, Cecil King, Father Jack Hanlon and Anne Yeats.

Woodwards autumn sale

IN Cork Woodwards will hold their first sale of the autumn season next Wednesday at 6pm. It will feature a set of Cork 11-bar chairs and a d-end dining table by O’Connells of Cork estimated at €3,000-€4,000. A Chippendale dining table and chairs has an estimate of €2,000-€2,500, as has a Cork Georgian bookcase.

Other furniture lots include a set of 12 Queen Anne dining chairs (€1,000-€1,500), a Georgian card table (€500-€700), a Regency drop leaf table (€400-€600), a Georgian pollard oak library desk (€500-€800), a sarcophagus shaped wine cooler (€500-€800) and a Georgian Canterbury (€400-€600).

There is a selection of Waterford glass, including a chandelier (€500-€800), porcelain, silver plate, jewellery and a collection of Ferrari model cars.

Works by Arthur Maderson Barbara von Seida and John Morris also feature. Viewing 2pm to 5pm today and tomorrow and 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


The Lynes and Lynes sale at Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork at 11am today includes a rare topographical early view of St. Patrick’s Bridge, Cork as well as contents from a period residence in Mitchelstown among 400 lots. Significant interest is expected in Shipping At Spithead, dated 1845 by William Callcott Knell (1830-1880), especially as these British naval boats sailed regularly to Queenstown. Fresh to the market it is estimated at €3,000-4,000.

Mealy’s will hold a rare book and collectors sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny next Wednesday and Thursday. The two-day sale with more than 1,200 lots will feature rare books on Wednesday and collectors’ items, including sporting memorabilia, on Thursday.

Viewing starts in Durrow, Co. Laois today for Sheppard’s three-day sale of 1,617 lots entitled The Legacy of the Big House. Viewing 10am to 5pm for each of the next three days and sales will begin at 10.30am next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

In Dublin the sale at O’Reilly’s of Francis St. at 1pm next Wednesday will feature 400 lots of antique and vintage jewellery, silverware and paintings. It is on view from noon to 4pm tomorrow, 11am to 5 p.m on Tuesday and from 10am to 12.30pm on Wednesday.

The top lot at RJ Keighery’s silver sale in Waterford this week was a silver wine flagon by Paul Storr, London 1807. It made €4,400. A c1748 Irish silver water pot by Robert Calderwood made €3,900 and 230 grams of scrap nine carat gold sold for €3,200. A pair of London silver candlesticks sold for €2,600 and an Irish silver punch bowl made €2,400. Keighery’s said that gold prices at the auction were “excellent”.

In Cork, viewing starts next Friday for a sale at Cork Auction Rooms on Sunday week at noon. Lots include a pair of Victorian haberdashery doors with two pairs of original brass handles with harp decoration, a Georgian library chair, and an Art Deco dining table with matching chairs.

Traditional and more contemporary style watercolours by 110 artists will feature at the Water Colour Society of Ireland“s show at Dun Laoghaire from next Monday until Oct 6. More than 290 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastels, as well as drawings and prints, will be on show. Most works are in the €350-€850 price range. Among those exhibiting are Desmond Carrick RHA, Brid Clarke, John Coyle RHA, Chris Dearden RUA, Joe Dunne RHA, Edward Freeney, Olivia Hayes, Les Jones ARUA, John Keating, Vincent Lambe, Grania Langrishe, Nancy Larchet, Anthony Loughran, Fergal MacCabe and Brett McEntagart RHA.

There will be an antique and fine art auction at Matthews, 116 Capel St., Dublin next Tuesday at 6.30pm.

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