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Top-notch Irish art as part of sale in Dublin this week


A Moonlit Seascape by Roderic O’Conor will highlight the live, online sale of Important Irish Art by James Adam in Dublin next Wednesday evening (March 30).

Marine, au Clair de Lune is estimated between €150,000 and €200,000 and is one of many Irish works of contrasting styles and approaches from the 19th century to the present to mark this sale.

In addition to O’Conor, there are star lots from Jack B. Yeats, Tony O’Malley and James Arthur O’Connor.

The Boat, a late Yeats from 1948, is estimated at €80,000-120,000, Valley Wind, Jemisa, a 1995 painting of Lanzarote by Tony O’Malley is estimated at €30,000-40,000 and James Arthur’s Wooded Defile O’Connor with Figures and Distant Cattle dates from 1827. This masterpiece of Irish Romanticism is estimated between €25,000 and €35,000. These very different works highlight the dynamism and diversity of an Irish art sector which, in terms of the art market, continues to grow stronger.

“Returning from the Fair” by William Henry Bartlett at Bonhams (note the cattle in the water).

Artists tell stories and relate details that might otherwise be overlooked.

A magnificent work by William Henry Bartlett (1858-1932) at Bonhams in London next Wednesday, Back from the Fair, depicts the drama of cattle being towed to an island off the west coast. The boats owned by tenant farmers were too small, so the farmers and their wives had to tow the beasts through the treacherous sounds and perilous journey on which their livelihood depended. It is estimated between £20,000 and £30,000 (€23,829 and €35,744).

'Houses in Crookhaven, West Cork' by Brett MacEntagart RHA at Whyte's.
‘Houses in Crookhaven, West Cork’ by Brett MacEntagart RHA at Whyte’s.

In Dublin, Irish art in all price ranges will feature in the Affordable Irish Art sales at Whyte’s on Monday and at de Veres on Tuesday. The Spring Timed Online Auction at Whyte’s features works by many well-known Irish artists who are represented by lots at prices that are not stratospheric. This is an auction designed for would-be collectors tempted to dip their toes into the bargain. At Whyte’s Great Irish and International Art Sale earlier this month, Paul Henry’s Lobster Fishermen off Achill sold for a hammer price of £200,000.

Works by Colin Middleton, Dan O’Neill and Louis le Brocquy, each estimated between €10,000 and €15,000, highlight Veres’ Irish art auction now open for auction. This timed online sale of 156 lots ends on Tuesday (March 29). There are estimates from 100 €.

Following the highly acclaimed Yeats exhibition at the National Gallery, there are three works on paper by the artist in Adams, a 1906 interior of a shebeen, an untitled street scene and a work titled A Rest by the Wayside. Edwin Hayes’ Dalkey Sound shows a number of boats caught in a storm in the strait and makes the case for the artist to be considered Ireland’s finest maritime painter.

'Valley Wind, Jemisa' by Tony O'Malley at Adam's.
‘Valley Wind, Jemisa’ by Tony O’Malley at Adam’s.

The modern Irish school is represented with works from the 1940s to the present day. Being (no. 44) by Louis le Brocquy dates from 1957. girl with flower by Dan O’Neill also dates from the 1950s.

There are works by James Humbert Craig, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon, George Campbell, Patrick Swift and FE McWilliam. The catalog is online and the sale is now on view in St Stephen’s Green.

It all adds up to plenty of choice for Irish art collectors across different price points at next week’s sales.