writes Des O’Sullivan.


A busy week in prospect for collectors of high-end Irish art

Sales at Whyte’s, de Veres, Adams and Morgan O’Driscoll will offer plenty of choice, writes Des O’Sullivan.

A busy week in prospect for collectors of high-end Irish art

With upcoming Irish art sales at Whyte’s, de Vere’s, Adam’s and Morgan O’Driscoll, discriminating collectors of Irish art will have much to choose from in the run up to Christmas. The series kicks off at Whyte’s sale at the RDS next Monday at 6pm.

This is highlighted by an ethereal le Brocquy work entitled Being (€80,000-100,000). It is from the ‘Presence’ series in a body of work called Human Images. From around the middle of the 1990s to 2005 Louis le Brocquy returned to this earlier preoccupation. Whyte’s will offer a strong selection of art in a catalogue with 161 works now on view at the RDS.

After a viewing this weekend at Kildare St, de Vere’s will return to the RHA for the first time since 2007 for what they describe as their highest quality auction of 2015 at 6pm, next Tuesday. It is headed by a Jack Yeats work entitled Man in a train, thinking.

The sense of loss evoked in this work was inspired by a man the artist met who had bought the winning ticket on the Calcutta Sweepstake for one pound and sold it on for two. The painting is estimated at €200,000-300,000.

On Wednesday, Adam’s will offer a still life study with fruit and pottery by Roderic O’Conor (€30,000-50,000) in an auction of 241 lots with artworks estimated as low as €300.

The sale at St Stephen’s Green is at 6pm. It includes A Prospect of Clonmacnoise by Patrick Hennessy (€6,000-8,000), George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson’s painting of the paddle steamer, Prince on the River Lee in Cork (€6,000-8,000) and a fine painting of The Gap of Dunloe by Sir John Lavery from around 1924 (€8,000-12,000). Viewing kicks off at Adam’s tomorrow afternoon and catalogues for all the art sales are online.

There are fine examples of work by Jack Yeats and Paul Henry at Morgan O’Driscoll’s auction at the RDS on Monday week at 6pm.

A Yeats entitled Business, once in the Jefferson Smurfit collection, is estimated at €200,000-300,000, and Killary Bay, Connemara by Paul Henry has an estimate of €80,000-120,000.

Dublin viewing for this sale will begin next Friday. Meantime, it will be on view at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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