Irish Art


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Bidders show a homing instinct

20 January 2020

Private domestic demand rather than trade drives bidding at Scottish and Irish art auctions.

‘Reverie’ by Jack Butler Yeats

Jack Butler Yeats dominates auction of Ernie O'Malley collection in Dublin

02 December 2019

One of the highest-ever totals for an art auction in Ireland was set last week when the sale of the Ernie O'Malley collection held by Dublin saleroom Whyte's in association with Christie's raised a premium-inclusive total of €5.42m (£4.65m).

Evening in Spring by Jack Butler Yeats

Irish auction house Whyte’s teams up with Christie’s to disperse the Ernie O’Malley collection

04 November 2019

Dublin auction house Whyte’s will be offering works from the collection of leading Irish revolutionary Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) on November 25. The sale is held in association with Christie’s and will take place at the Royal Dublin Society.

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Guinness is toast of Irish sales

21 October 2019

Cubist work by often-overlooked artist fuels keen bidding before heading to California.

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Patrick Procktor works prove popular at auctions thanks to Redfern provenance

14 October 2019

A near sell-out show at The Redfern Gallery in London in 1963 immediately established Patrick Procktor (1936-2003), the Dublin-born painter, as a star of the London art scene at the age of just 27.

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Missing painting by John Lavery discovered by Dublin auctioneer Whyte's

04 October 2019

A painting by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) consigned to Irish auctioneer Whyte’s by a man in Lancashire, has been identified as having been stolen 25 years ago from a British public school.

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Turf stacks turn up Down Under

26 August 2019

Works by the Irish artist Paul Henry (1877-1958) appear frequently in Irish and UK salerooms but it is far more unusual for a painting by the Belfast-born painter – whose favoured subject matter was views of the west of Ireland – to emerge in Australia.

Turf Stacks in Connemara by Paul Henry

“A little landscape dad bought on his travels” – works from the Strachan art collection offered at Melbourne auction

21 August 2019

Among the pictures from a notable Australian art collection that have emerged at Melbourne saleroom Leonard Joel is a small landscape with turf stacks by Irish artist Paul Henry (1877-1958).

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A flight to quality in the Irish art market

01 October 2018

Pittsburgh entrepreneur Joseph Calihan and his wife Brenda bought their first piece of Irish art – an oil by Paul Henry – in the early 1990s.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

24 September 2018

Gracing the catalogue cover of Whyte’s Irish & International Art auction in Dublin on October 1 is this work by Séan Keating (1889-1977).

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‘One of the greatest’ Irish art collections makes auction debut

10 September 2018

“Isn’t it possible that the Irish could be just as brilliant in the visual arts as they have been in music and literature?”

Brian and Eileen Burns

10 highlights from Sotheby’s Irish art sales going on view in Dublin

30 August 2018

Works from two prominent collections of Irish art are going on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin this week ahead of being offered at Sotheby’s in London. They feature works by some of Ireland's greatest painters.

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Female Irish artists pack a punch at auction

11 June 2018

Though their output was dwarfed by their male counterparts, talented 20th century Irish female artists pack a punch in the saleroom when their art does appear at auction.

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Sunny outlook for Irish art in Dublin

11 June 2018

John Magnier, the Irish horse breeder and art collector, reportedly made a five-fold return on his Amadeo Modigliani reclining nude when it sold at Sotheby’s New York last month for $139m (£102.2m).

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Hone bidder secures Sarah Siddons miniature

26 March 2018

Among Horace Hone’s (1756-1825) most renowned depictions was the 18th century actress Sarah Siddons.

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Study emerges at auction for famous Irish view of star-crossed lovers

26 March 2018

Like Romeo and Juliet, Hellelil and Hildebrand’s relationship was doomed from the start.

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Le Brocquy heading back up in value

26 March 2018

The work of Dublin painter Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012) is strengthening after the value of his work went spiralling downwards at the height of the Celtic Tiger crash nearly a decade ago.

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Yeats sale generates controversy and bidding at Sotheby’s

02 October 2017

The sale of the Yeats collection at Sotheby’s in London brought mixed results: the highest estimated lot failed to sell but strong competition emerged elsewhere.

 WB Yeats by Antonio Mancini

Philip Mould and National Gallery of Ireland among buyers at Yeats collection sale at Sotheby’s

28 September 2017

Dealer Philip Mould was among the bidders at Sotheby’s sale of the Yeats collection this week.

WB Yeats desk

Desk used by WB Yeats sells at five times top estimate at Sotheby’s sale but letters to lover fail to sell

27 September 2017

The desk used by poet WB Yeats has sold for £150,000 (£187,000 inc premium) this morning, five times its top estimate of £30,000.

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