All roads lead west for auction fans at two-day Clifden event

Go west young auction-goer, go west. Auction junkies in need of a fix this August Bank Holiday weekend should head to Clifden where viewing is now underway for the two day Connemara art and antiques auction by Dolans next Monday and Tuesday (aug 4-5).

All roads lead west for auction  fans at two-day Clifden event

Monday's auction will feature 268 lots of Irish art, silver, books and antique furniture. There are 30 lots from the private collection of Kenneth Webb, selected and acquired over the past 50 years by the 87 year old artist.

The Webb collection features work by Colin Middleton, Markey Robinson, Percy French, James Humbert Craig, Frank Egginton, Kenneth Webb and art from Joan, Susan and Bryn David Webb.

There is a 19th century bay window seat (€300-€500), a late 19th century rocking horse (€750-€850), a vintage croquet set (€125-€145), a 19th century walnut framed scroll back sofa (€600-€800), a George III rectangular cellarette (€800-€1,200), silver sauce boats, fish knives, tablespoons, glass decanters.

Lot one is the highly collectible World War I album of mounted photographs from Gateshead Works featured on these pages last week.

Art on offer next Monday includes Carraroe by Charles Lamb (1893-1964) with the guide of €7,500-8,500, who was one of a group of artists who found inspiration in the west of Ireland in the 1920's and '30's. Through the 1930's Lamb exhibited in Dublin, London, Brussels, Los Angeles and, in 1933, at the Chicago World Fair.

Cararroe has a Bell Gallery, Belfast label on the back and was exhibited at the World Fair. Tuesday's sale opens with garden furniture, there is affordable Irish art, some antique furniture and rugs. The auctions begin each day at 12.30 p.m. and are on view from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (sat aug 2) and tomorrow and from 10 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Birr Vintage Week is now underway and HIbernian Antique Fairs will be there next Wednesday and Thursday. More than 20 dealers will offer art, furniture, silver, jewellery, porcelain, coins, banknotes and collectible items. Among those in attendance will be Donegal Antiques, Treasures Irish Art, Athlone, Bridgend Antique Furniture, Belfast, Sandra Hogan silver and jewellery, Cork, Helen Newcombe, silver, Dublin and Richard Walsh, coins and banknotes, Co. Galway. The venue is the County Arms Hotel and opening times are from noon to 8 p.m. each day.

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