Exciting Irish art sales sure to whet appetites of collectors

MORE than 340 lots will come under the hammer at two sales of Important Irish Art in Dublin next week.

Whyte’s sale at the RDS at 6pm next Monday offers the most expensively estimated lot of the week, Sir William Orpen’s 1924 portrait of thrice Oscar nominated actress Gladys Cooper (€80,000-€120,000).

The most expensively estimated lot at James Adam at 6pm on Wednesday is a 1916 view of Roundstone by Yeats (€25,000-€35,000).

Whyte’s will offer Sir John Lavery’s A Baccante 1910. The portrait aided his election to the Royal Academy and is estimated at €60,000-€80,000.

The catalogue cover lot for Whyte’s is Patrick Swift’s Girl in a Garden (€20,000-€30,000) which features the American poet Claire McAllister. The auction is on view at the RDS from 10am to 6pm today, tomorrow and Monday.

Prime works at James Adam include John Luke’s A Farmstead, Co Armagh (€20,000-€30,000), Figures in a Tudor Garden by Louis le Brocquy (€10,000-€15,000), When the Mist Comes Down by Camille Souter (€15,000-€20,000), A Street in Rabat by Sir John Lavery and el Nene I by Colin Middleton (€15,000-€20,000).

The sale at Whyte’s will be on view from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow and from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


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