Yeats, Henry, Osborne works feature in important Irish sales

Des O’Sullivan reports on a major sale of Irish art which includes a widely exhibited painting by Jack Yeats.

A widely exhibited Yeats’ painting from 1948 — Sleep by Falling Water - heads the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin next Wednesday at 6 pm. It is estimated at €120,000-€180,000. Prime offerings among the 165 lots are by Yeats, Paul Henry and Walter Osborne.

The catalogue cover is a dramatic composition by Paul Henry, Early Morning in Donegal (€70,000-€120,000) featuring a bent, bare, windswept tree against a lake and mountain backdrop. Walter Osborne’s 1899 Portrait of Mrs Meade has an estimate of €80,000-€120,000.

Styles vary from a Cubist Landscape by Mary Swanzy (€10,000-€15,000), through landscapes, seascapes, farm scenes, sculpture and portraits by artists from le Brocquy to Lavery and A Bank of Wild Flowers by Andrew Nicholl (€3,000-€5,000). The range encompasses a nude by Patrick Collins, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy of Adam and Eve in the Garden (€80,000-€120,000) and a selection of seven works by Mark O’Neill from the collection of the Sandhouse Hotel in Donegal. There is even a painting by Ireland’s Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats, who attended the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin in 1884-1885.

A small oil on board by the poet, Roundstone Bay, Co Galway, is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. Viewing from 2 pm to 5 pm tomorrow and 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The de Vere’s auction of Irish art at Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin next Tuesday at 6 pm caters for all tastes from the traditional landscapes of Letitia Marion Hamilton and Frank McKelvey to contemporary work by Donald Teskey.

An unusually large work by Markey Robinson, Unloading the Catch, is estimated at €14,000-€18,000 and Gerard Dillon’s Blue Nude with Dancing Pierrot has an estimate of €20,000-€30,000. Auctioneer, de Vere’s has included 15 lots of 20th century classic design furniture in this auction which is on view from noon to 6 pm tomorrow, 9.30 am to 8 pm on Monday and from 9.30 am to 3 pm on Tuesday.


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