A very rare Irish £20 note from 1943 comes up at Dix Noonan Webb in London on March 28 with an estimate of £9,000-£12,000.
The fresh, original note is dated December 22, 1943, with the serial number 01X075381 and wartime code letter A. It has Brennan McElligott signatures. The auctioneers say it is the only example they have ever offered.
1,500 lots for sale
Doneraile-based auctioneer Aidan Foley will offer over 1,500 lots at two days of sale in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, next Monday and Tuesday.
The sale will include fine antique furniture, garden furniture, Waterford Crystal, books, porcelain, silver, jewellery, clocks and collectibles.
Among the many artists whose work will feature are William Mulready, Arthur Maderson, Graham Knuttel, Majella O’Neill Collins, Robert Egginton, Gladys MacCabe, Matt Grogan, Martin Finnin and Gretta O’Brien.
Viewing is from 11am to 5pm today, 2pm to 5pm tomorrow, from 11am to the start of the auction at 2pm on Monday and 9am to 10am when the sale starts Tuesday.
Top lots at Morgan’s sale
Fresh from the success of Monday’s auction an online sale of affordable Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll runs until next Tuesday evening; see www.morganodriscoll.com Grey Cloud over Blackwater Valley by Arthur Maderson made a hammer price of €4,600 at O’Driscoll’s online art sale last Monday.
Other top hammer prices include the following: Where Ladybirds Play by Sean McSweeney (€4,400): Flower Seller, Christmas Eve, Ann St, Dublin by Louis le Brocquy (€4,000); Fenian Cycle, Tir na nOg by Martin Finnin (€4,800); Harvest Time, Allihies by Maurice Henderson (€1,500); The Gate by Mark O’Neill (€1,700); Market Stall, The Liberties by Kenneth Webb (€2,100); Still Life and Landscape by Markey Robinson (€2,100); Wicklow by Sean McSweeney (€2,500) and Still LIfe by Neil Shawcross (€2,500).
Sotheby’s will conduct an Irish art valuation day in Cork next Wednesday. Arabella Bishop and Charlie Minter of Sotheby’s will be available by appointment through Sotheby’s Dublin office on 01-644 0200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
European fine art fair
TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, is now open at Maastricht and runs until March 24.
Treasures on display, include 23 highlights from the famed State Apartments at Dresden built 300 years ago by August the Strong and due to re-open next September, is a large, newly-discovered and unpublished early work by influential Antwerp painter, draftsman and etcher Frans Floris de Vriendt, more renowned in his day than Bruegel the Elder.
The painting depicts Susanna and the Elders and it is at Carlo Orsi Trinity Fine Art.
Bonhams Ireland will hold valuation days Molesworth St., Dublin, for European ceramics on March 25 and antiquities on March 27.
Two major Irish art auctions, by de Veres and James Adam, will be held in Dublin on March 26 and 27 respectively.