Big names from art world in the picture for Easter auction

The sale of 400 lots in Connemara tomorrow promises to be a crowd-puller, says Des O’Sullivan.

Big names from art world in the picture for Easter auction

Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for an Easter Sunday art and antique auction at 2pm tomorrow.

Dolan’s art auction house will offer nearly 400 lots at a sale timed to coincide with the busy bank holiday weekend in the West of Ireland.

Dolan’s holiday auctions in Connemara are always crowd-pullers, and this one features art by Kenneth Webb, Hughie O’Donoghue, Edward Delaney, Sean Keating, Harry Kernoff, Sean McSweeney, George Campbell, Norah McGuinness, Tony O’Malley, Charles Harper, Mark O’Neill, Carina Scott, Arthur Maderson, and many more.

'Orange Cat Tapestry’ by Graham Knuttel.
'Orange Cat Tapestry’ by Graham Knuttel.

There is a scene of Roundstone village — Ballyconneely is located between Clifden and Roundstone — by Lady Kate Dobbin, who studied drawing and painting at the Crawford in the early 1890s, and whose husband was High Sheriff of Cork.

She exhibited regularly at the RHA from 1894 to 1947.

There are some vintage toy cars by makers like Triang and Dinky, a Hornby train set, a set of three antique ebony elephants with ivory tusks, ebonised and inlaid cabinets, antique furniture including easy chairs, dining chairs, a sofa table, long-case clocks, rugs, porcelain, silver, and glass.

‘Standing Figures’ by Edward Delaney.
‘Standing Figures’ by Edward Delaney.

The catalogue cover lot is a 1986 oil on board by Cecil Maguire of a Galway Hooker, The American Mór at Roundstone, estimated at €4,800-€6,000.

Estimates for the art range from a couple of hundred euro to €12,500, the top estimate for a cat tapestry by Graham Knuttel.

This is inscribed “Tapisserie D’Aubusson Felletin”, and the estimate is €7,500-€12,500.

Viewing is from 10am to 7pm today and from 10am to the start of the sale at 2pm tomorrow.

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