Antiques and art: Auction results and forthcoming sales

1920s saphire and diamond ring fetches €22,000 at Adam’s

Auction Results:

Monday (September 18th)

Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Skibbereen, Co Cork.

‘Irish Art’– Online Auction. 82 per cent of the 235 lots sold.


Lot 10, Mountain Bay by Markey Robinson €6,000 (€7,000-€10,000); Lot 18, The Wedding Party by John Shinnors €4,800 (€5,000-€7,000); Lot 14, Portnablagh, Co Donegal by James Humbert Craig €4,800 (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 25, Wild Flower Meadow by James S. Brohan €3,600 (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 17, The Orchard by Basil Blackshaw €2,800 (€3,000-€5,000); Lot 26, Connemara Cailín (watercolour) by Harry Kernoff €2,600 (€3,000-€5,000); Lot 66, The Garden Pond by Robert Taylor Carson €1,800 (€2,000-€4,000). Among the unsold was Lot 16, Irish Landscape (Autumn) (1962) by Tony O'Malley (€5,000-€7,000).

Tuesday (September 19th)

Adam’s. 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Auction of Fine Jewellery and Watches. Lot 30, a sapphire and diamond ring, dating from circa 1920, featuring a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire, weighing approximately 23cts, € 22,000 (€16,000-€20,000).

Wednesday (September 20th)

de Veres, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

‘Irish Art’ auction. 80 per cent per cent of the 132 lots sold.

Lot 69, Scarecrow by John Shinnors €14,500 (€6,000-€9,000); Lot 48, A Muted Appeal – The Little Match Girl, by Richard Thomas Moynan €10,500 (€6,000-€9,000); Lot 44, Gathering Beans by Arthur David McCormick €6,200 (€4,000 – €6,000); Lot 19, Morning Light – Galley Head, Co Cork by Carey Clarke €5,250 (€3,000-€4,000); Lot 56, Farmhouses, Wicklow by Peter Collis €3,000 (€3,000-€5,000); Lot 61, Mare and Foal (bronze sculpture) by Enzo Plazotta €1,000 (€1,000-€1,500).

Among the unsold was the top lot, A Wet Day, Ireland by Gerard Dillon (€30,000-€35,000).

Forthcoming auctions:

Tuesday & Wednesday (September 26th & 27th)

Sheppard's Irish Auction House, Durrow, Co Laois.

'The Legacy of the Big House' – two-day antiques auction with over 1,500 lots at 10.30 am each day. Among the art are 12 religious paintings consigned by an unnamed Irish religious institution including the stunning Lot 3, Descent from the Cross an 18th century oil-on-canvas measuring approximately 6ft by 4ft, in a carved giltwood frame by a 'Follower of Pompeo Batoni (Italian)' estimated at €5,000-€7,000 (see photo). Viewing underway.

Wednesday (September 27th)

Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London. 10.30am

'Yeats: The Family Collection' – auction of art and personal effects from John Butler Yeats and his four children: the poet WB Yeats, artist Jack, embroidery designer Lily, and printing press pioneer Lolly. 224 lots including Lot 86, WB Yeats – letters to and from his first lover, Olivia Shakespear (GBP 250,000-GBP 350,000); Lot 181, The Runaway Horse (oil-on-board) by Jack B Yeats GBP 150,000-GBP 250,000).

Wednesday (September 27th)

Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London.

The annual 'Irish Art' auction at 2.30 pm. 74 lots including Lot 314, The Summit of the Jungfrau by Sir John Lavery (GBP 150,000-GBP 250,000); Lot 370, The Fall by Basil Blackshaw (GBP 100,000-GBP 150,000); Lot 333, Northern Rhythm by John Luke (GBP 100,000-GBP 150,000); and Lot 357, Railway Refreshment Room by Jack B Yeats (GBP 80,000-GBP 120,000).

Saturday (September 30th)

Woodward Auctioneers, Cook Street, Cork.

Antiques auction at 11am to include contents from ‘Montana’, Crab Lane, Blackrock; ‘Alverna’, Douglas Road and other residences in Currabinny and Youghal. A set of 10 Cork 11-bar dining chairs €3,000–€5,000.

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Forthcoming Fairs:

Today & Tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday (September 23rd & 24th)

The 52nd annual Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) Fair, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. 11am-6pm daily.