Des O’Sullivan previews an Irish and international art auction with an embarrassment of riches.

A Co Donegal landscape by Paul Henry, two le Brocquy tapestries, a horse painting by Yeats, and a selection of works by Tony O’Malley with estimates from €1,000 to €15,000, combine to make an interesting and varied selection at Whyte’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS on February 27.

The sale features work by many important artists of the last two centuries including William Sadler, Walter Osborne, Sir John Lavery, James Humbert Craig, Sean Keating, Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton, William Scott, Alexander Williams, Daniel Maclise and Percy French.

‘Early Morning, Bahamas’ 1979 by Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) at Whyte’s art sale in Dublin on February 27. (€12,000-€15,000)
‘Early Morning, Bahamas’ 1979 by Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) at Whyte’s art sale in Dublin on February 27. (€12,000-€15,000)

Paul Henry’s Lough Altan, Co Donegal (€60,000-€80,000) has been in the family of the original purchaser since the 1930s. Fresh Horses by Yeats dates to c1914 and once belonged to the actor Peter O’Toole. It is estimated at €40,000-€60,000. 

Another famous owner was the late archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, who was gifted a painting of Clifden by Eva Henrietta Hamilton. 

A Woman Swooning: Trio of Soldiers Beyond by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) at Whyte’s art sale in Dublin on February 27. (€4,000-6,000)
A Woman Swooning: Trio of Soldiers Beyond by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) at Whyte’s art sale in Dublin on February 27. (€4,000-6,000)

It is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. The auction continues the disposal of the private art collection of George and Maura McClelland which includes a run of O’Malley paintings (lots 78 to 93). 

The works by Louis le Brocquy include a little-known life study, Self (€30,000-€50,000), a Study for Riverrun: Procession (€40,000-60,000) and two Aubusson tapestries, Cherub 1952 (€20,000-€30,000) and Tain: Cuchulainn in Spasm 1969 (€15,000-€18,000) as well as a range of lithographs.

‘Fresh Horses’ by Jack B Yeats (1871-1957) at Whyte’s art sale in Dublin on February 27. (€40,000- €60,000)
‘Fresh Horses’ by Jack B Yeats (1871-1957) at Whyte’s art sale in Dublin on February 27. (€40,000- €60,000)

A small oil on canvas by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) of a woman swooning with a trio of soldiers beyond has a Swedish label on the back and is estimated at €4,000-€6,000. 

Moonlight, Inner Harbour, Boston 1905 by Carrigtwohill-born William Gerard Barry (1864-1941), is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. 

Viewing at the RDS gets underway next Saturday. The sale is at 6pm on Monday week.

‘At Home’ sale to interest decorators 

Des O’Sullivan looks ahead to a sale of furniture and collectables

Adam’s says its first ‘At Home’ auction of 2017 in Dublin tomorrow will provide decorators and homemakers with remarkable opportunities for layering — the currently fashionable interior trend with lots of mixing of textures, colours and styles.

An Irish mahogany and marble top side table in the Georgian manner at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow (€8,000-€12,000).
An Irish mahogany and marble top side table in the Georgian manner at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow (€8,000-€12,000).

More than 350 lots of silverware, jewellery, antique furniture, porcelain, collectables and paintings, at very reasonable estimates, are to be sold. 

Silver rarities include a pair of Limerick mustard spoons (€150) by Thomas Burke and a 17th-century, trefid tablespoon by Benjamin Watts of London (€400).

There are two still life studies by artist Cecil Kennedy from the estate of a Co Cork collector. 

Bought through the London gallery of McConnell Mason, they are estimated respectively at €6,000 and €5,000.

A George III black and gilt Japanned clock c1760 inscribed John Dene Dublin at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow (€2,000-3,000)
A George III black and gilt Japanned clock c1760 inscribed John Dene Dublin at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow (€2,000-3,000)

An early-Victorian, 85-piece Mason’s dinner service and a Dun Emer Guild wool carpet with a Celtic pattern, are each estimated at €2,000.

A vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk and a tan leather suitcase are estimated at €3,000 and €300, respectively. 

Antique furniture includes a 19th-century hunt table (€5,000) and a George IV console table in the manner of Del Vecchio of Dublin (€4,000).

Viewing at St Stephen’s Green is from 11am to 5pm today and the sale starts at 11am tomorrow.


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