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

 

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