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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

 

Modern Art or Toddler Art?

Modern Art or Toddler

My eldest son presented me with this challenge tonight, and I’m proud  to say that I got 9/11 – all that trawling through the ‘art‘ of Sean Scully, Michael Flatley et al must be paying dividends!

It only takes a minute – see how you get on. Modern Art or Toddler Art?

The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd Art Sale at James Adams – Weds.3rd September, 2013

Judging from most of the offerings contained in Adams forthcoming sale http://www.adams.ie/The-Irish-Bank-Resolution-Corporation-Ltd-In-special-Liquidation-Art-Collection/03-09-2013?gridtype=listview from The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the bankers were as poor investors in Art as they were in running the banks. Amongst the works on offer there are pages of low grade abstract art prints (!) by Sean Scully, and mixed media by Felim Egan – both once very much in vogue with the intelligentsia of Corporate Ireland. In fairness, to Adams, they can only sell what’s before them but there’s mighty little worthy of wall space in the sale and I will await the results with interest. The six wonderful Pauline Bewick paintings stand out like beacons amongst the dross; there’s some value – and art – amongst the cheaper lots by lesser known artists. Paintings that you would enjoy looking at and showing off to your friends.

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Above one of the finest paintings in the sale and below some overpriced office boardroom/hotel lobby fodder.

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Scully Lot.55.