Work by Jack Butler Yeats and a model of the Church of St Anne are stand-outs, writes Des O’Sullivan.

Irish art comes under the hammer at two major sales in Dublin next week, at Whyte’s in the RDS on Monday and at James Adam, Stephen’s Green on Wednesday.

A 1929 Yeats, A Man Doing Accounts, is the top lot at Adam’s, estimated at €200,000-€300,000. 

Exhibited in Dublin, Chicago, and at the Tate Gallery in London in 1948, it was purchased at Christie’s by Derek Quinlan in 2007 and bought by the present owner in 2011.

Among the other works by Yeats in this sale is The Talent with an estimate of €100,000-€150,000. 

‘Matriarch 1935’ by FE McWilliam at Whyte’s in Dublin on Monday (€100,000- €150,000)
‘Matriarch 1935’ by FE McWilliam at Whyte’s in Dublin on Monday (€100,000- €150,000)

There is a strong selection by artists of the calibre of Seán Keating, Nathanial Hone and Paul Henry and a good selection of more affordable work. 

A curiosity of the auction is a Victorian silver model of the Church of St Anne, Shandon, hallmarked in Dublin in 1883 with an Egan’s mark. It is estimated at €4,000-€6,000.

A Victorian silver model of the Church of St Anne, Shandon, Cork at James Adam’s next week (€4,000-€6,000).
A Victorian silver model of the Church of St Anne, Shandon, Cork at James Adam’s next week (€4,000-€6,000).

Matriarch,1935, a cherrywood carving by FE McWilliam, is the most expensively estimated lot at Whyte’s. It has an estimate of €100,000-€150,000. 

A 1950 work by Jack B Yeats, Singing Under the Canopy of Heaven, is estimated at €90,000-€120,000. 

Other top lots include Children at Play by Colin Middleton (€30,000-€50,000) and a 1980 work by Tony O’Malley, Morning Light, Paradise Island, Bahamas (€15,000-€20,000).

The autumn auction of Irish and international art includes 78 lots from the estate of George and Maura McClelland. 

‘Travellers 1948’, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy at Whyte’s in Dublin next Monday (€60,000-€80,000).
‘Travellers 1948’, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy at Whyte’s in Dublin next Monday (€60,000-€80,000).

There is work by Gerard Dillon, Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, William Conorand others. 

Viewing at the RDS today, tomorrow and Monday from 10am to 6pm. 

There is viewing at Adam’s tomorrow from 2pm to 5pm and from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Both sales are at 6pm.

Rare Republican silver teapot on offer

Silver stamp used for only three months in 1922, says Des O’Sullivan.

An important Republican silver teapot by William Egan of Cork, one of only two known, comes up at Sheppard’s four-day sale at Loughton House, Moneygall, Co Offaly next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The catalogue lists 2,573 lots and the sales get underway each day at 10.30am and 2pm. 

A Republican silver teapot, one of only two known.
A Republican silver teapot, one of only two known.

The apple-shaped, Cork teapot is lot number 684 and comes up on Wednesday morning. 

It is marked with the Republican stamp only used from July to September 1922 when Egan’s of Cork was unable to send silver to the Assay Office in Dublin due to the Civil War. 

It is estimated at €15,000-€25,000. A pair of Irish silver-covered ewers by Thomas Walker, Dublin, dating to 1741 are estimated at €60,000-€80,000.

The auction features exceptional Irish silver and furniture, garden statuary, historic Irish portraits, rugs, art, collectibles and vintage and classic cars. 

Viewing at Loughton House is from 10am to 5pm today, tomorrow and Monday.

An 18th century brass bound lacquered cabinet on stand.
An 18th century brass bound lacquered cabinet on stand.

Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and collectors sale at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny at 10.30am next Wednesday will be a huge draw for collectors of GAA and sporting memorabilia. 

In 1929 Joe Barrett was the first Kerryman to lift the Sam Maguire, his GAA medal collection is estimated at €30,000-€40,000, the group of six medals won by Phil Shanahan (1928-2012) of Toomevara is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. 

There are rare books and bindings, illustrated Irish books, literature, poetry, biography, sports programmes and collectible items in an 800-lot sale. 

It is on view from 1pm to 6pm on Monday and from 10.30am to 6pm on Tuesday.


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