Season for buyers at Dolan’s sales

Paul Henry’s Old-Age Pensioners comes up at Bonhams in London on November 14. It is estimated at £100,000-£150,000.

THE estimates for Dolan’s auction of Irish art at Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick tomorrow says it all. This is the season for buyers.

Contemporary Irish art by well-liked artists is available for estimates which range from under €200 up to around €4,000. Price guides in these ranges would have seemed ridiculously low a few short years ago.

The catalogue for Dolan’s Irish Art auction in Limerick features 193 lots. Artists in the sale include Markey Robinson, Mark O’Neill, Ivan Sutton, Geraldine O’Brien, David ffrench le Roy, Robert Egginton, Kenneth Webb, Charles Harper, Elizabeth Brophy, Arthur Maderson, Tom Greaney, Gladys MacCabe, Brian Ballard and Norman Teeling. The auction is on view in Castletroy from 10am to 9pm today and from 10am to the start of the sale at 3pm tomorrow.

Youghal Carpets in the frame

An exhibition with 15 large photographs documenting the last days at Youghal Carpets goes on show in Lismore this weekend.

The End of Carpets at Youghal is an exhibition by Derek Speirs and Marcella Reardon. The project was initiated in 2006 by Marcella Reardon, who lives in Youghal.

With the cooperation of the workers, they went into the factory in December 2006 to mark the factory’s last days, as the machinery was being dismantled and final carpets were being finished. The close interaction between Marcella Reardon and the workers resulted in a series of photographs which are at times emotional and evocative, capturing a sense of a major impact upon a tight-knit community. Many of the employees were Lismore/West Waterford residents.

Organised by Lismore Castle Arts the exhibition is at St Carthage Hall, Chapel St, Lismore on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until November 25. Opening times are from 1pm to 6pm.

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