‘A Village Kermesse near Antwerp’ by David Teniers II, purchased by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn and donated to State

One of the Beit paintings withdrawn from auction in London last year has been bought for €2 million and donated to the State. Businessman Lochlann Q(...)

Picasso’s ‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ sold for €158 million

The past 12 months saw a recovery in the Irish market and a continuing boom in international art and antique sales. Auctioneers face 2016 with confid(...)

‘Head of a Bearded Man’, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.

Businessman Denis O’Brien has spent more than €2 million on on a Rubens painting from Russborough House in Co Wicklow, which will be donated to the St(...)

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): Venus and Jupiter oil on oak panel, unframed. Alfred Beit Foundation

Fianna Fáil has claimed that the Russborough House trust would have been granted full tax relief for its art works if the historic house was based in (...)

Fianna Fáil has claimed that the Russborough House trust would have been granted full tax relief for its art works if the historic house was based in the Limerick constituency of the Minister for Finance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil has claimed that the Russborough House trust would have been granted full tax relief for its art works if the historic house was based in (...)

Interior of Furness House: both the house itself and its contents are for sale

Patrick Guinness, the brewing dynasty heir and president of the Irish Georgian Society, is to sell the contents of his Co Kildare home, the 13-bedroo(...)

A detail from ‘La Bocca della Verità’ by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder: a “masterpiece of German Renaissance painting”

Irish interest in last month’s London week of ‘Old Master’ auctions waned following the withdrawal from Christie’s by the Alfred Beit Foundation of th(...)

Russborough House: minutes of a meeting between then minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 2013 say the trust had looked at the “nuclear option” of closing  Russborough House

The trustees who run Russborough House have told the Government that the sale of “high art items” was not under consideration in 2013, according to (...)

Rubens portrait of the Bearded Man.

Christie’s has formally withdrawn seven pictures owned by the Alfred Beit Foundation from next month’s ‘Old Masters’ auctions in London. The action ho(...)

 Minister of State for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said on Tuesday “I just heard this morning that so-called white knights had emerged to acquire them on behalf of the State and that would be a very welcome and good development”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Christie’s in London has been wel(...)