Fine art and antiques results – Swish family Robinson

Irish paintings in demand at Whyte’s while Sheppart’s host the Maureen O’Hara Collection

Monday (November 27th) Whyte's Irish Art Auction, RDS, Dublin. Some 75 per cent of lots sold. Evening, Montreux by Sir John Lavery €90,000 (€80,000-€100,000)[see pic]; Lot 11, Coomasaharn, County Kerry by Paul Henry €52,000 (€50,000-€70,000); Lot 41, Italian with Fowl by Gerard Dillon €48,000 (€50,000-€70,000); Lot 66, Peony by Louis le Brocquy €47,000 (€35,000-€45,000); The Dodder in Flood, Ballsbridge, Dublin by Jack B Yeats €33,000 (€30,000-€40,000); Lot 68, Horses Exercising by Basil Blackshaw €32,000 (€30,000-€40,000); Lot 50, Girls and Dogs by Daniel O'Neill €27,000 (€25,000-€35,000); Lot 166, Drawing Room of a House in Holland Park, London by Mark O'Neill €7,600 (€6,000-€8,000); Lot 23, Garden at Kilmurry, Co Kilkenny (watercolour) by Mildred Anne Butler €4,400 (€3,500-€4,500); and Lot 144, The Dodder at Milltown by Fergus O'Ryan €1,600 (€1,500-€2,000). Among the unsold were Lot 69, Grey Horse in a Stable by Basil Blackshaw (€50,000-€70,000); and, Lot 14, Mountainous Landscape, West of Ireland by Paul Henry (€50,000-€60,000). For more results see

Tuesday (November 28th) Sheppard's Irish Auction House, Durrow, Co Laois. The collection of Mary & Nick Robinson – contents of Massbrook House, Co Mayo. Some 74 per cent of lots sold. Lot 116, Bust of Mary Robinson (bronze sculpture) by Imogen Stuart €4,800 (€5,000-€7,000); Lot 465, a Georgian mahogany double-breakfront bookcase €4,400 (€5,000-€8,000); Lot 18, an 18th-century pine farmhouse table €2,100 (€800-€1,200); Lot 50, a pen-and-ink caricature by Nick Robinson of his wife Mary, wearing a mini-skirt about to deliver a speech on Crowd Control and the Criminal Law at Trinity College, Dublin in 1971 €360 (€400-€600); Lot 212, a Victorian garden roller €440 (€500-€800); Lot 19, Village Life a Zimbabwe School "folk art" painting by "Margret" €200 (€80-€120); Lot 181, a pair of escargotières (French ceramic dishes for serving snails) €70 (€100-€150); Lot 83, three Nicholas Mosse Pottery mugs €25 (€40-€60). Among the unsold were Lot 52, the original artwork for a cartoon entitled Rolls Royce, 'Oops' by Nick Robinson (€400-€600); Lot 222, Portrait of Mary Robinson by Derek Hill (€3,000-€5,000); and, Lot 223, Portrait of Nick Robinson by Derek Hill (€3,000-€5,000).

Wednesday (November 29th) Sheppard's Irish Auction House. The Maureen O'Hara Collection. Some 83 per cent of lots sold. Lot 845, an 8.30ct diamond ring €120,000 (€100,000-€150,000); Lot 969, an emerald and diamond bangle €70,000 (€60,000-€80,000); Lot 846, a diamond (5.03ct) solitaire ring €46,000 (€50,000-€70,000); Lot 927, an emerald and diamond suite of jewellery (necklace and earrings) €19,000 (€16,000-€18,000); Lot 941, a pair of emerald and diamond earrings €9,000 (€10,000-€15,000); Lot 934, a diamond and three-strand pearl necklace €5,000 (€5,000-€7,000); Lot 886, a sable fur coat by Sam Rone, Paris €4,000 (€4,000-€6,000); Lot 885, a silk-lined, hooded Christian Dior mink coat €2,800 (€3,000-€5,000)[see pics]; Lot 820, a Hèrmes silk scarf €850 (€100-€150); Lot 889, a midnight blue silk evening dress by Nettie Rosenstein €400 (€400-€600); Lot 806, a pair of Ray-ban sunglasses €380 (€50-€70); Lot 923. A Catholic Association – Lourdes Pilgrimage medal €70 (€30-€50).

Forthcoming Auctions:

Tomorrow, Sunday (December 3rd) De Veres auction in the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co Dublin at 1pm of the contents of Ballybrack House, Military Rd, Killiney. Catalogue at


Monday (December 4th) Mullen's Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Wicklow. A two-part auction, day and evening. Part 1 at 11am has 800 lots of antique furniture, silver, jewellery, light fittings and porcelain. Part 2, at 7pm, 200 lots of Irish and British art. Viewing under way. Catalogue at

Tuesday (December 5th) Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers sale of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Fine Wines at The Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. 10.30am. 750 lots. Viewing frm 1pm tomorrow, Sunday. see for catalogue.

Wednesday (December 6th) Victor Mitchell Auctioneers, Mount Butler Saleroom, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Antiques, Furniture & Interiors Auction at 10am. Over 700 lots. Viewing underway.