Celtic Tiger returns to the Art Salerooms!

Some serious prices paid at both Morgan O’Driscoll’s Important Irish Art Online Auction on 12th September and at Sotheby’s (London) Irish Art sale on the 13th September.

Plenty of quality art in both sales, but plenty of abstract rubbish too – particularly in Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale. That didn’t stop it selling though – surely a sign that the tiger’s back! No better item to illustrate my point than Lot.1. “The Horseman” by the late Basil Blackshaw. This piece – described as oil and mixed media – and which is in fact a poor daub on the back of an old cereal packet sold for an incredible €5,000 (€6,000+ when the Buyer’s Premium is included). A piece of jetsam from a greatly over-rated artist and probably something never intended to see the light of day in an auction room.

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Lot.1. “TheHorseman” oil and mixed media. Basil Blackshaw RUA (1932-2016)

Still, there was plenty of quality including works by lesser known artists such as Maurice Canning Wilks, Percy French, Frank Egginton etc. and much of it remarkably good value.

Full catalogue with prices realized here.

Meanwhile over at Sotheby’s there were some good prices paid for big names including Paul Henry’sThe Road by the Lake” which sold at £150,000 (£185k incl. Buyer’s Premium) against a pre-sale estimate of £60/80k; and Sir John Lavery’sThe Cello Player” which sold for £90,000 against a pre-sale estimate of just £20/30k.

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Left to right: The Road to the Lake” by Paul Henry and “The Cello Player” by Sir John Lavery.

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Above: An acrylic on canvas work by John Doherty Prescriptions accurately prepared” featuring Parke’s Chemist in Clonmel sold for a healthy £27,500 (pre-sale estimate £15/20k). A little too photographic for my liking but each to his own.

Full catalogue with prices realized here.

Woodward’s (Cork) forthcoming sale on the 17th September features several interesting works including this by George Mountsey Wheatley Atkinson – “HMS Conqueror off Queenstown” which carries an estimate of €5/7,000.

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Catalogue here: catalogue gif

 

Ireland’s biggest Antiques Fair is coming to Dublin – 15th & 16th October, 2016

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Dublin City Book Fair – Sunday 4th September, 2016

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Whyte’s Eclectic Collector Sale – Sat.17th September – A Veritable Treasure Trove!

Whyte’s Eclectic Collector Sale at the Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street on Saturday 17th September promises much and there is sure to be fierce competition for many of the 746 Lots on offer. There’s enough military hardware to equip a small army, medals to award the victors and coins/banknotes to finance the undertaking! Ephemera from 1916, the 1920s Mount Everest Expeditions, military uniforms, diving equipment, travel posters, postcards, maps and much more besides. Be sure to check-out the catalogue links at the bottom of the this item – viewing details etc. on the Auctions Page.

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Virtual catalogue here: catalogue gif

Downloadable/Searchable catalogue here: catalogue gif

Irish Railwayana a big hit at Victor Mee’s Auction!

Victor Mee’s recent two-day sale at Cloverhill saw serious prices achieved for some highly collectable items of Irish railwayana. Posters, signalling equipment, cast iron items, rare carpets and even the letters from the door to the Gents toilet at Ballybay station were knocked down to eager bidders. Some of the more interesting lots below.

MEE RESULTS

The full results for the sale are here but I’m not sure how long they will remain available.

 

Town of Books Festival 2016 – Graiguenamanagh – Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August

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More information here: www.graiguenamanaghtownofbooks.com

Sale of Props from “Penny Dreadful” TV series – Punchestown, Co.Kildare – 13th/15th September, 2016

Ashgrove Auctions are holding a three-day sale of Props from the popular “Penny Dreadful” TV series at the Punchestown Pavilion, Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare during September.

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Latest news here: Penny Dreadful Sale

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The 48th Birr Vintage Week – Antique & Art Fair

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Two New Sites for Irish Art Lovers

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