Irish Art


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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).


‘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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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10 highlights from Sotheby’s upcoming auction of the Yeats collection

07 September 2017

A collection of paintings, drawings, sketch books, furniture, letters and previously unseen archive material relating to arguably Ireland’s most important artistic family will be offered at Sotheby’s in London on September 27. Here ATG picks out 10 lots from the Yeats family collection…


The Gillian Bowler Irish art collection sells at Adam’s

12 June 2017

A small vibrant work by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) from the collection of Irish art assembled by the late businesswoman Gillian Bowler topped Adam’s sale on May 31.


Abstract attractions at de Veres Irish sale

12 June 2017

Mirroring Whyte’s recent auction and its own Irish sale back in April, de Veres’ top performer on May 21 was another work by William Scott.


Phoenix rises from tiger's ashes at Irish auctions

12 June 2017

Spring sale results provide promising upturn as Irish art market shows signs of recovery.


Irish art on the road to recovery

18 March 2017

Private buyers hold strong in Dublin despite Brexit concerns keeping northern dealers at bay


The 18th century Dublin shines in 21st century sale

18 March 2017

Prints of Dublin as it would have looked in the late 18th century starred in an interiors sale held in the same modern-day city at Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium).

William Orpen drawing

Whyte’s broker sale of William Orpen archive to National Gallery of Ireland

21 December 2016

An archive of over 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) has been acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland in a deal brokered by Dublin auctioneers Whyte’s.

Matriarch by Frederick Edward McWilliam

Irish art dealer’s collection chalks up over €600,000 at Dublin auction

29 September 2016

Works from the estate of the late Irish art dealer George McClelland helped Dublin saleroom Whyte’s post their best result for an art auction since April 2008.