A cheerful bank-holiday scene by Kernoff at Dolan’s auction

Art and antique auction is full of interesting, mostly contemporary paintings, writes Des O’Sullivan.
A cheerful bank-holiday scene by Kernoff at Dolan’s auction

A cheerful 1930s bank-holiday beach scene, painted on Killiney Beach by Harry Kernoff long before there was a May bank holiday in this country, is the catalogue cover lot for Dolan’s art and antique auction at Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare at 2pm tomorrow.

This is a varied sale of mostly Irish contemporary paintings and a selection of antique furniture, collectibles, silver, rugs, and books. More than 300 lots will go under the hammer.

‘The Slaney near Enniscorthy’ by Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) from 1974 at Dolan’s Rosslare sale tomorrow (€1,400-€2,400)
‘The Slaney near Enniscorthy’ by Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) from 1974 at Dolan’s Rosslare sale tomorrow (€1,400-€2,400)

Encouraged early on by Sean Keating and Maurice MacGonigal, Harry Kernoff was one of the few artists to depict Dublin and its people from the 1920s onwards. His work is always popular.

Among his portraits in the collection of Ireland’s National Gallery, are depictions of literary figures like Sean O’Casey, Peig Sayers, and Brendan Behan.

Bank Holiday, Killiney is a small watercolour measuring 23.5cm x 33cm and is estimated at €4,800-€5,500.

A late 19th century Ayres wooden rocking horse with horse hair mane and tail at Dolan’s sale in Rosslare (€1,800-2,200).
A late 19th century Ayres wooden rocking horse with horse hair mane and tail at Dolan’s sale in Rosslare (€1,800-2,200).

Other artists in the sale include Kenneth Webb, Evie Hone, Sean Keating, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Hans Iten, Helen O’Hara, and Markey Robinson.

There are six mostly early 1950s works by Tony O’Malley (with estimates from €500 to €3,500) as well as later pieces by artists including Mark O’Neill, Sean McSweeney; Norman Teeling; Carina Scott; Arthur Maderson; Henry Morgan; Charles Harper; Mat Grogan and Cecil Maguire. There is sculpture by John Behan and Cynthia Moran.

‘Warrior Boat’ by John Behan at Dolan’s sale in Rosslare tomorrow (€3,500-4,000).
‘Warrior Boat’ by John Behan at Dolan’s sale in Rosslare tomorrow (€3,500-4,000).

Collectible items include a Victorian rocking horse (€1,800-€2,200), a cast metal steam locomotive, a pedal driven three-foot long metal children’s car from 1931 (€80-€100) and two ships in bottles (€150-€200).

A walnut duet music stand is estimated at €750-€850 and most of the antique furniture in the sale, for example, an early Victorian Pembroke table at €140-€160, is reasonably estimated.

The sale is on view at Kelly’s Hotel today from 10am to 8pm and from 10am tomorrow.

Regency Irish pieces highlights in Bandon

A pair of c1810 Regency Irish card tables will be a furniture highlight at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on May 9 at 7 pm. The 300-lot auction will feature contents from The Glebe House at Nohoval which dates to 1816.

A Queen Anne Welsh dresser at Hegarty’s in Bandon on May 9 (€500- €1,000).
A Queen Anne Welsh dresser at Hegarty’s in Bandon on May 9 (€500- €1,000).

Another prime piece of furniture is an 18th century Irish half moon side table in the manner of William Moore. Both lots are estimated at €6,000-10,000.

An early Victorian long case clock is labelled ‘Patterson of Fermoy’, and is estimated at between €2,000 and €4,000.

There is some English oak furniture including a Queen Anne Welsh dresser (€500-1,000), a large hall bench (€500-1,000), and a Jacobean style mirror backed pedestal sideboard (€500-1,000).

An 18th century Irish demi-lune side table at Hegarty’s in Bandon (€6,000-€10,000).
An 18th century Irish demi-lune side table at Hegarty’s in Bandon (€6,000-€10,000).

Collectibles include a lady’s silver vanity set with Birmingham marks to around 1899-1900.

Artists whose work will feature include Martin Finnin, Marie Carroll, Graham Knuttel and Arthur Maderson.

Viewing is from noon to 5pm next Friday and Saturday, and on Monday week; from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday week; and from noon to 7pm on May 9.

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