A good haul at de Veres art auction

Unloading The Catch by Seán Keating, €40,000-€60,000 at de Veres

Unloading The Catch by Seán Keating, €40,000-€60,000 at de Veres


After Adam’s and Whyte’s in May, the last of the “big three” Dublin summer art auctions takes place at de Veres on Tuesday.

Some 160 lots of mostly Irish art will go under the hammer in the Thomas Prior Hall, Bewley’s Hotel in Ballsbridge at 6pm.

Highlights include a watercolour Beach at Tramore by Mildred Anne Butler (€3,000-€5,000); Low Tide (probably at Rye in Sussex) by Walter Osborne, €10,000-€15,000, and The Return From The Picnic (town centre, probably Sligo) by Jack B Yeats, €40,000-€60,000.

Also estimated at €40,000- €60,000 is Unloading The Catch by Seán Keating. In a catalogue note, Keating’s biographer Dr Éimear O’Connor says his paintings of the Aran Islands, its people and their traditional working methods “proved extraordinarily popular; several were shown to critical acclaim in major exhibitions in Ireland, England and North America, and he received many private commissions for scenes such as that illustrated in Unloading the Catch”.

Most of the lots have more affordable estimates, among them Haddington Road Facade (watercolour) by Tom Nisbet (€500-€700); Fishing Boat on Burriana Beach, Nerja by William Carron (€700-€1,000); and, Children Playing With Ducklings, a 1905 painting by Austrian artist H Franz Schönhaüser (€2,000-€4,000).

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