Irish art collectors can sharpen their focus with a busy auction period ahead

The fall sales season is underway with a vengeance. Art auctions, fairs and large sales of antiques and collectibles will keep many busy next week. The choice facing auction goers and collectors in Ireland at the moment is nothing short of dizzying.

Art collectors can sharpen their focus as visits are underway to Dublin for sales of Important Irish Art by Whyte’s next Monday (September 26) and at James Adam’s on Wednesday (September 28). A trip to Dublin this weekend also creates an opportunity to visit Timeless, Ireland’s antique fair which continues at the RDS today and tomorrow.

The Changing Dawn by Jack B Yeats at Whyte’s.

The capital exerts a strong pull, but an online sale of affordable Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll until Tuesday (September 27) offers opportunities to see in Skibbereen and a number of major sales across the country are also in sight.

In a context where the Irish art market is growing year on year, Whyte’s will offer two works from 1946 by Yeats, The Changing Dawn (€250,000 – €350,000) and River Mouth (€200,000 – 300,000 €). Among the works of a completely contrasting style in the 150-lot catalog are Chinese Orange III by William Scott (€40,000-€60,000), Black and White She Scarecrow by John Shinnors (€25,000-€35,000) and Interior Scene by Stephen McKenna (€8,000-€10,000).

Clown Dreaming by Gerard Dillon at Adams.
Clown Dreaming by Gerard Dillon at Adams.

A selection of works by Harry Kernoff at Whyte’s is led by Liberty Hall Dublin (Night) 1934 (€20,000-30,000). Good Old Stuff, 1928 by Sean Keating is estimated between €30,000 and €50,000 and there are important works by John Lavery, Dan O’Neill, Norah McGuinness, Donald Teskey, Louis le Brocquy, Maurice Wilks, Peter Curling and a 18th century portrait of Frederick the Great Circle of Dorothea Lisiewski-Therbusch.

The choice at James Adam extends from the end of the 19th century to the present day. A c1891 portrait of Roderic O’Conor, Le Marin Barbu (€60,000 – €80,000) and a self-portrait by Gerard Dillon titled Man on a Chair (€50,000 – €80,000) are the most expensive lots. Lobster Fisherman circa 1937 (€15,000-€20,000) by Charles Lamb depicting Padraic Ghrealis of Rinn, Connemara was once a key work on the wall of Lambs Restaurant at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, the artist’s home town .

Chinese Orange III by William Scott at Whyte's.
Chinese Orange III by William Scott at Whyte’s.

Two paintings in Norah McGuinness’ unmistakable modern style, Waterweeds and Day’s End, Dublin Bay – each estimated between £30,000 and £40,000 – once graced the walls of Ballymascanlon House Hotel near Carlingford in County Louth. A large-scale panoramic view of Clifden by Maurice MacGonigal is estimated at €15,000-20,000, as is Portrait of a Young Woman by Dan O’Neill. Estimates range from €200 to €800 on a collection of ten works on paper by Colin Middleton. The range of work offered to Adams encompasses artists from Nathanial Hone and Edwin Hayes to Donald Teskey and Hughie O’Donoghue. An oil on canvas from The Gap of Dunloe by Alfred de Breanski (1852-1928) is estimated at €3,000-5,000.

The Morgan O’Driscoll sale is due at Skibbereen next Monday and Tuesday and the catalog with bidding options is online. The auction offers a selection of 460 affordable works.

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