Two-day antiques auction in Connemara over bank holiday weekend

At the height of summer comes this art and antiques auction, writes Des O’Sullivan.    

Two-day antiques auction in Connemara over bank holiday weekend

Eva Hamilton’s Clifden Market is redolent of summer fair days’ in Ireland long ago and it’s at Dolan’s two-day Connemara art and antiques auction in Ballyconneely next Monday and Tuesday at 12.30pm on each day.

There is a strong sense of a busy fair day about the work, a situation auctioneer Niall Dolan is no doubt hoping to see recreated at his two-day, high summer bank holiday sale of around 500 lots.

‘Clifden Market’ by Eva Hamilton (1876-1960) on offer at Dolan’s in Connemara (€3,000-€4,000).
‘Clifden Market’ by Eva Hamilton (1876-1960) on offer at Dolan’s in Connemara (€3,000-€4,000).

Paintings, antiques, and collectibles come under the hammer on both days and there will be silver, books, and rugs on Tuesday.

The range of collectible items on offer encompasses everything from a set of wooden blocks for decorative printing, to a Hornby O gauge clockwork train set (below) with engine, tender, two wagons, lumber wagon, buffer stops, and a quantity of track.

There are three paintings by Tony O’Malley acquired by the vendor’s mother directly from the artist in the 1950’s.

The Studio, New Ross 1959, an oil on board, is estimated at €4,000-€6,000, Burning of the Kelp Stores on Clare Island, an oil on paper, is estimated at €1,500-€2,500 while a watercolour of Bennettsbridge Mills in April is estimated at €800-€1,200.

There is work by Louis le Brocquy, Sean Keating, Kenneth Webb, Markey Robinson, Brian Bourke, Norah McGuinness, Robert Taylor Carson, Mark O’Neill, Hans Iten, John Schwatschke, and a selection by new and emerging Irish artists.

‘Purple Bog’ by Carina Scott at Dolan’s auction (€1,000-€1,500).
‘Purple Bog’ by Carina Scott at Dolan’s auction (€1,000-€1,500).

Antique furniture on offer includes a two-door Chinese lacquered cabinet (€400-€500), a 19th-century breakfast table (€50-€700), a George III walnut drop leaf table, a Victorian marquetry display cabinet, and a pair of gilt wood marble top console tables.

The auction is on view in Ballyconneely from 10am to 7pm today, tomorrow and from 10am Monday and Tuesday.

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