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People’s Art on St.Stephen’s Green in Dublin

People’s Art on the Green – YouTube video by Pervaneh Matthews.

The next scheduled People’s Art on the Green takes place from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July, 2014

Further information here: http://www.peoplesart.ie

Strong results at Whyte’s Sale of Important Irish Art

Some interesting stats provided by Whyte’s show that their sale at the RDS on the 27th May, 2013, grossed €450,000 with 73% of the lots on offer sold. Sold above estimate 24% and within estimate 51%. The growing importance of Internet bidders is shown by the fact that they accounted for 25% of bids and bought 20% of the lots sold. Bidders were from Ireland , UK , France , Netherlands , Switzerland , UAE , USA , Canada , Hong Kong and Australia .

The top price was paid for Lot.69. a pair of 19th century equestrian paintings by the artist William Brocas (c.1794-1868) which reached the lower end of their estimate and were knocked down to a London buyer for €29,000.

Lot.38. “Bringing in the Turf” by William Conor achieved the second highest price going to an American buyer for €21,000.

The third highest price was paid by another London collector for Lot.45. an early Paul Henry (pic below) for €13,000 – (pre sale estimate €8,000-10,000). Surely a very shrewd investment!

Lot.45. "Connemara Landscape c.1910/11 by Paul Henry (1876-1958) sold for €13,000

Lot.45. “Connemara Landscape c.1910/11 by Paul Henry (1876-1958) sold for €13,000

The sale catalogue with prices realised is available here: Catalogue icon

A Feast of Irish Art at Whyte’s and James Adams’ forthcoming Important Irish Art Sales

Art Lovers – at least those with deep pockets – are spoilt for choice this coming week with Whyte’s sale of “Important Irish Art” at the RDS on Monday 27th May followed by James Adams sale on Wednesday 29th May also aptly titled “Important Irish Art”.

Both sales contain much to drool over and if only you hadn’t bought that second apartment in Bulgaria….Anyway, for those still with some spare cash, Whyte’s have some attractive early works by Paul Henry with relatively affordable estimates see video below. Also included are many landscape paintings by artists such as Frank Egginton, William Percy French, James Humbert Craig, Maurice Canning Wilks etc. many with very realistic estimates. Check out the sale details/catalogue links here: http://www.whytes.ie

James Adams sale at their St.Stephen’s Green salerooms on Wednesday 29th has more works by Paul Henry but this time with seriously high estimates – no Nama refugees need attend! Lot 21 a superb oil on canvas ‘The Potato Diggers’ has never been seen at auction before and carries a serious €250,000.00 – €350,000.00 estimate. Four other Paul Henry works make it into the top seven lots of the sale price-wise but none are as special.

Lot.21. 'The Potato Diggers' by Paul Henry. Est. €250,000-350,000

Lot.21. ‘The Potato Diggers’ by Paul Henry. Est. €250,000-350,000

Once away from the top ten lots, prices come down from the stratosphere to more affordable levels and include some nice William Percy French watercolours – just a pity that so many of his works are so small! Better value, and covering the same ground, are several larger works of more recent origin by Frank Egginton – Lot.169., below, carries a modest €500-700 estimate. Obviously the name doesn’t have the same cachet but if you’re buying for art rather than investment they are worth a look.

Lot.169. 'West of Ireland Bogland' by Frank Egginton. Est. €500-700

Lot.169. ‘West of Ireland Bogland’ by Frank Egginton. Est. €500-700

Full details of Adams sale here: Catalogue icon


Whyte’s (Dublin) Sale of Important Irish Art – At the RDS on Monday 21st May, 2012

Monday 21st May next sees Whyte’s Sale of ‘Important Irish Art’ take place at the RDS in Ballsbridge. The company’s Managing Director, Ian Whyte, says it is one of the most valuable sales to have been held by his firm in recent years. Amongst the many undoubted treasures on offer are works by Louis le Brocquy, Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats, Sir John Lavery, James Humbert Craig, Frank McKelvey and a host of other big names.  As Whyte’s pre-sale press release points out, in a sign of the times a number of the works come from a corporate collection in Northern Ireland being offered by the liquidator. With a lot of fine art now coming on the market in the next few weeks, in the middle of a very serious economic downturn, it will be interesting to see if prices hold up or will there be bargains to be had. Sotheby’s sale of ‘British & Irish Art’ on May 10th saw half the Irish lots on offer go unsold – including two works by Louis le Brocquy – whether this is a foretaste of things to come only time will tell. I imagine things will pan out in much the same way as the property market and quality will hold its value – so keep away from the work of Sean Scully, Michael Mulcahy, William Crozier etc.etc. To my mind the Paul Henry paintings in the sale are head and shoulders above the Le Brocquy and Yeats works and, in all probability, much more affordable!

Lot.44. ‘The Curragh’ a watercolour by Louis le Brocquy. Est. €5,000 – €6,000

Lot.63. ‘The Pontoon’ oil on board by Jack B Yeats. Est.€50,000 – €70,000

I wouldn’t give either wall space but then I’m only a peasant and am not sophisticated enough to appreciate ‘fine’ art! Give me the chocolate box art that launched a thousand railway posters any time – Paul Henry, the undisputed master of the genre, has four wonderful paintings in the sale. No need for any member of the intelligentsia to explain what the artist was trying to convey either!

Lot.76. ‘Cottages, West of Ireland’ oil on canvas by Paul Henry. Est.€60,000 – €80,000

Pre-sale videos, online catalogues etc. here: http://www.whytes.ie/

Ross’s (Belfast) Online Irish Art Sale

John Ross & Company  (MIAVI),

37 Montgomery Street, Belfast, Co.Antrim, BT1 4NX

Tel: (028) 9032 5448  Fax. (028) 9033 3642 – (048) from the Republic.

Email: info@ross.ie


319 lots of Irish Art, offered at highly competitive estimates.

Many well known artists including Graham Knuttel, Verner Finlay, Gregory Moore and all at very affordable prices. Most of the art on offer carries estimates in the low hundreds – and less!

Lot.93. “Sandycove”. Watercolour drawing by Carrie O’Duinn. Est.£250 – £350. A beautiful, if slightly surreal interpretation but then isn’t that Sandycove to a tee!

View catalogue click here: CATALOGUE

Starts: 9th May 2012 at 10:00am

Ends: 16th May 2012 at 7:00pm

(Bidding on lots will end at one min intervals from this time)

Sale Duration: 7 days

Gormley’s Online Auction of Affordable Art Tuesday 8th May at 7.00pm

Many of the familiar names are here again – Verner Finlay, Peter Knuttel, Gregory Moore, John Kingerlee, Graham Knuttel and most with very reasonable guide prices. Check out the catalogue link below.

Lot.2. "Galway Hookers" watercolour by Peter Knuttel. Guide: £240 to £340

On: Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 3.00pm. 

Viewing of any of the lots can be arranged in Gormley’s Dublin, Belfast or Omagh offices.

Telephone and absentee bidding are also available for this auction.

For further information contact:

(028) 822 47738    use (048) prefix from the Republic.

 Email: info@gormleysartauctions.com

Full catalogue/bidding information click here: AFFORDABLE ART AUCTION

Gormley’s Online Auction of Affordable Art Sunday 5th February, 2012

Some familiar names in Gormley’s latest Online sale, including Verner Finlay, Gregory Moore, J.P.Rooney, Graham Knuttel and John Kingerlee but it is the Lowryesque work (below) by John Ormsby that I fancy.

Lot.176. 'Winter Scene' by John Ormsby. Guide £200 to £250

On: Sunday 5th February 2012 at 3.00pm. 

Viewing of any of the lots can be arranged in our Dublin, Belfast or Omagh offices.

Telephone and absentee bidding are also available for this auction.

For further information contact:       (028) 822 47738

(048) prefix from the Republic.

 Email: info@gormleysartauctions.com

Full catalogue/bidding info: http://www.gormleysartauctions.com/auction.asp?AuctionID=79

Ross’s (Belfast) Online Sale of Irish Art – 2nd/9th November, 2011

Lots of goodies here and all with very reasonable estimates. Four of Gregory Moore’s timeless rural scenes are amongst the 266 lots on offer. Check the NI Auctions Page for full details: https://collectireland.wordpress.com/n-i-auctions-fairs/ and treat yourself to an early Christmas present!

Lot.134. 'Milking Time Near Slemish' Oil on board by Gregory Mooore. Est. £250 - £300