London viewings to bring bidders to Dublin art auction

A Paul Henry painting is among the works going under the hammer at the RDS, writes Des O’Sullivan.

London viewings to bring bidders to Dublin art auction

If reaction in London earlier this week is anything to go by, Morgan O’Driscoll need not have too many worries about getting his Paul Henry away at auction at the RDS next Monday evening.

The 1916-17 work, Sailing Boat on a Loch, measures just 14 x 16 inches and is estimated at €60,000-€80,000.

There was considerable interest in the work by London viewers, who also paid close attention to art by Frank McKelvey, Basil Blackshaw, William Crozier and John Behan.

‘Sailing Boat on a Lough’ by Paul Henry from Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale at the RDS next Monday evening. (€60,000-€80,000)
‘Sailing Boat on a Lough’ by Paul Henry from Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale at the RDS next Monday evening. (€60,000-€80,000)

The Skibbereen-based auctioneer is generating repeat business and new buyers for Irish art abroad from pre-sale viewings in London.

Strong demand for Basil Blackshaw was evident at James Adam in Dublin last week where most of the 47 works from the studio of the artist found buyers, many at above their high estimate.

A number of works by the artist, who died last year, are in Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale. Two in particular featuring animals, caught the eye of London viewers.

‘Tribal Dance’ by Michael Flatley at Morgan O’Driscoll (€25,000-€35,000).
‘Tribal Dance’ by Michael Flatley at Morgan O’Driscoll (€25,000-€35,000).

The subject matter of The Dust Settles (€20,000-€30,000) is a cockfight while Jack the Lad (€15,000-€25,000) is a horse painting.

Children in the Park by Frank McKelvey has an estimate of €35,000-€45,000; The Dark Pool by William Crozier has an estimate of €14,000-€18,000 and there are a number of works by sculptor John Behan.

Lord of the dance, Michael Flatley, has an offering in the sale called Tribal Dance and it is estimated at €25,000-€35,000.

On the international side, there is an etching by the Spanish artist Antoni Tapies (1923-2012) entitled Objects and estimated at €3,000-€4,000 and a c1905 etching and aquatint by Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is estimated at €1,000-1,500.

Curved Oar Boat III by John Behan at Morgan O’Driscoll (€4,000-€6,000).
Curved Oar Boat III by John Behan at Morgan O’Driscoll (€4,000-€6,000).

A 1953 ceramic by Picasso entitled Picador from an edition of 500 is estimated at €2,000-€4,000. There are etchings by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) and Joan Miro.

The 185 lot Irish and International art auction is on view at the Minerva Suite at the RDS from 11am to 6pm today.

Viewing continues tomorrow and from 11 am to 4 pm on Monday.

The live and online sale gets underway at 6pm.

Choice of antique furniture on offer 

Des O’Sullivan on some high-end sales at Bandon and Dublin rooms

A selection of interesting antique furniture comes up at two sales tomorrow.

Auction-goers and collectors will have to choose between Hegarty’s in Bandon at 4pm and Adams in Dublin at noon.

Victorian boulle credenza at James Adam (€1,500-2,000).
Victorian boulle credenza at James Adam (€1,500-2,000).

Hegarty’s will offer contents from Glebe House, Skibbereen, the former home of AIB chief David Duffy in an auction of around 300 lots headed by a Killarney wood centre table (€10,000-20,000), a Regency Irish card table (€2,500-3,500) and an oil on board entitled Point of Sunset, Lismore by Arthur Maderson (€1,400-1,800).

In Dublin around 400 lots will come under the hammer at the sale of fine period interiors at James Adam.

A Regency fold over card table at Hegarty’s (€2,500-3,500).
A Regency fold over card table at Hegarty’s (€2,500-3,500).

Furniture at Adams includes a late George III three pillar dining table (€5,000-7,000), a George IV serving table (€2,000-3,000) and a Georgian style side table (€1,500-2,000).

There are chests of drawers, glazed bookcases, tables, chairs, mirrors, silver, porcelain, rugs and art including a mare and foal by John Frederick Herring senior (€1795-1865) estimated at €5,000-7,000.

Both sales are on view today and viewing continues in Bandon tomorrow.

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