Antiques & Art: auction results and forthcoming sales and fairs

‘Self-Portrait, New York’, an oil-on-canvas by John Butler Yeats, goes for just under €100,000 at Sotheby’s in London – a new auction record for the artist

Auction Results

Monday (September 25th), Dix Noonan Webb, London, "Paper Money" auction. A collection of 78 Irish "Lady Lavery" 10-shilling notes all sold. The top prices were achieved for notes issued respectively on May 6th, 1937, and July 14th, 1947, which each made £1,440 (estimates were £200-£260 and £240-£300).

Tuesday & Wednesday (September 26th & 27th), Tuesday & Wednesday, Sheppard's Irish Auction House, Durrow, Co Laois. "The Legacy of the Big House" – two-day antiques auction. Some 86 per cent of the 1,500 lots sold. Lot 617, A half-length portrait of King Charles I wearing the Order and Ribbon of the Order of the Garter, oil-on-canvas by a "Follower of Daniël Mijtens" (a 17th-century Dutch artist), €28,000 (€2,000-€3,000); 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)", €11,500 (€5,000-€7,000).

Wednesday (September 27th), Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London. "Yeats: The Family Collection". Some 87.5 per cent of the 224 lots sold. Lot 205, The Sunset Belongs to You (oil-on-board) by Jack B Yeats, £212,500 (£100,000-£150,000); Lot 89, WB Yeats's writing desk £187,500 – over six times the top estimate (£20,000-£30,000); Lot 79, Portrait of WB Yeats (coloured chalks on paper, dated 1906) by Antonio Mancini, £112,500 – over nine times the top estimate (£8,000-£12,000); Lot 64, Self-Portrait, New York (oil-on-canvas) by John Butler Yeats, £87,500 – a new auction record for the artist – (£30,000-£50,000); Lot 19, Mrs Herbert of Muckross with a Maltese Terrier (oil-on-canvas) by John Butler Yeats, £43,750 (£15,000- £20,000); Lot 100, WB Yeats's Chinese ivory chess set £11,250 (£2,500-£3,500); Lot 103, The Yeats family dining table, acquired by WB Yeats with the money awarded to him in 1923 for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, £10,000 (estimate £1,500-£2,500); Lot 212, Jack B Yeats's artist's palette, £9, 375 – over 30 times the top estimate (£200-£300); Lot 91, WB Yeats's rosewood, monogrammed hair-brushes, £4,375 (£800-£1,200); Among the unsold were Lot 86, WB Yeats – letters to and from his first lover, Olivia Shakespear, (£250,000- £350,000); and, Lot 181, The Runaway Horse (oil-on-board) by Jack B Yeats (£150,000-£250,000).


Wednesday (September 27th), Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London. "Irish Art" auction. Some 63 per cent of lots sold. Lot 314, The Summit of the Jungfrau by Sir John Lavery, £212,500 (£150,000-£250,000) [see pic]; Lot 333, Northern Rhythm by John Luke, £187,500 (£100,000-£150,000); Lot 370, The Fall by Basil Blackshaw, £162,500 (£100,000-£150,000); Lot 357, Railway Refreshment Room by Jack B Yeats, £125,000 (£80,000-£120,000); Lot 313, Japanese Garden by Sir John Lavery, £62,500 (£50,000-£70,000); and Lot 306, Sun on the Sails by Mary Swanzy £87,500 (£50,000-£70,000). Among the unsold were: Lot 317, Nude Seated on a Chaise Longue by Roderic O'Conor, (£70,000-£100,000); and, Lot 336, The Widow Woman by Gerard Dillon (£20,000-£30,000).

Wednesday (September 27th), Adam's, 26 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. "Important Irish Art" auction. Some 85.5 per cent per cent of 224 lots sold. Lot 52, A Connemara Cottage by Paul Henry, €87,000 (€60,000-€80,000) [see pic]; Lot 23, Cottage Interior by Gerald Dillon, €46,000 (€25,000-€35,000); Lot 10, The Artist in the Country by Gerard Dillon, €39,000 (€15,000-€20,000); Lot 17, Woods in June by Colin Middleton, €37,000 (€15,000-€20,000); Lot 95, Laganside at Dusk by Basil Blackshaw, €35,000 (€40,000-€60,000); Lot 156, Women of Belfast III (bronze sculpture) by FE McWilliam, €35,000 (€12,000-€16,000); Lot 118, A Young Girl in a Village by Walter Frederick Osborne, €34,500 (€20,000-€30,000); Lot 59, The Launch by William Conor, €33,000 (€20,000-€30,000). Among the unsold was Lot 32, All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go by Daniel O'Neill, (€22,000-€30,000). For more results, see .

Please note that Dublin auctions report hammer prices whereas London auctions report prices including the buyer’s premium.

Forthcoming Auctions

Today & Tomorrow (Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1st), Sean Eacrett Auctions, on the premises sale of the contents of Doyle's Schoolhouse (a former restaurant and guesthouse), Main Street, Castledermot, Co Kildare. Daily at 10am. Over 1,800 lots including painting, prints, furniture, clocks collectibles and a taxidermy of a leopard (€800-€1,200).

Tuesday (October 3rd), Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, Auction of rare books and collectibles, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny 10.30am. Viewing from noon tomorrow, Sunday (October 1st). For catalogue and online bidding registration see

Tuesday (October 3rd), Oliver Usher's Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells, Co Meath. Antiques auction at 5pm. 600 lots.

Forthcoming Fairs

Saturday and Sunday (October 7th & 8th) The Annual Dublin Book Fair, 2017, Freemasons' Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Twenty leading booksellers from Ireland, England and Scotland selling rare books, prints, manuscripts and paper ephemera. Saturday: 12-6pm and Sunday: 11.30am-5pm. To coincide with the fair, its sponsor, London auctioneers Bonhams, is sending Matthew Haley, head of their Books and Manuscripts department, to provide free valuations on Friday, October 6th at Bonhams' Dublin office, 31 Molesworth Street and appointments can be made with Bonhams' representative in Ireland, Kieran O'Boyle.