Picasso’s lady in a beret makes €56.7m

In Dublin, classic west of Ireland landscape makes €80k

A Picasso portrait of one of his muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter, that had never been seen on the market, has sold for €56.7 million. The painting, which dates from late 1937, the year that Picasso produced his most famous work Guernica, was sold on Wednesday (February 28th) at Sotheby's Bond Street salerooms. Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) fetched £49.8 million. In the same sale, Le Matador by Pablo Picasso £16.5 million (£14 million-£18 million); a bronze chandelier sculpture with figures of a man, a woman and a bird by Alberto Giacometti sold for £7.6 million.

Auction Results

Monday (February 26th) Whyte's of Molesworth Street Irish & International Art auction, RDS, Dublin. 80 per cent of lots sold.
Lot 30, Landscape, West of Ireland by Paul Henry €80,000 (€80,000-€120,000);
Lot 52, Reaching. Homage to John Montague by Louis le Brocquy €80,000 (€40,000-€60,000);
Lot 31, Old Men Bathing by Jack B Yeats €50,000 (€40,000-€60,000);
Lot 22, The Aran Island Turf Boat by Sean Keating €38,000 (€50,000-€70,000);
Lot 39, Summer Night by Daniel O'Neill €19,000 (€20,000-€30,000);
Lot 106 The Boru Mask (bronze sculpture, No 3 from an edition of 3 by Rory Breslin €10,000 (€5,000-€7,000);
Lot 48, Baghdad Street Scene by Hafidh Al-Droubi €4,800 (€5,000-€7,000);
Lot 118, Cove (watercolour) by Richard Brydges Beechey €1,900 (€2,000-€3,000);
Lot 122, Watermill and Cattle By a River by Andrew Nicholl €700 (€600-€800).
For more results, see whytes.ie

Sunday (February 25th) Adam's, 26 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. At Home auction. 80 per cent of lots sold.
Lot 220, Allegory of Poetry, oil-on-panel painting, described as by an artist in the Circle of Carlo Dolci (Florence, 1616-1687) sold for €22,000 – over four times the median estimate (€4,000-€6,000);
Lot 299, Venus and Mars, a neo-classical white marble sculpture After Antonio Canova €16,000 (€3,000-€5,000);
Lot 208, a set of 18 Georgian mahogany dining chairs €15,000 (€7,000-€10,000);
Lot 170, an Irish Regency giltwood convex mirror €5,200 (€4,000-€6,000);
Lot 206 a Victorian console table, €5,000 (€5,000-€8,000);
Lot 109, a pair of Victorian silver-plated candelabra, €4,200 (€2,000-€3,000);
Lot 302, a Georgian mahogany and satinwood inlaid "rent table" €3,800 (€4,000-€6,000);
Lot 68, a two-handled cup and cover made by 18th-century Cork silversmith Carden Terry €3,600 (€2,500-€3,500);
Lot 211, At the End of the Day, oil-on-canvas, by Wright Barker €3,400 (€3,000-€5,000);
Lot 61, a 100-piece "Old English" canteen of cutlery €2,200 (€1,500-€2,500);
Lot 470, an art déco walnut-cased radiogram, €1,200 (€700-€1,000);
Lot 187, a Chinese "Sancai" glazed horse and rider group (estate of Anne Bullitt) €500 (€500-€800).
Among the unsold were Lot 207, a William IV mahogany dining table (€6,000-€8,000); and, Lot 57, a Georgian silver fruit basket, dating from 1742 made in London by John Luff, (€6,000-€8,000).
For more results, see adams.ie

Sunday (February 25th) Hegarty's Auction Rooms, Bandon, Co Cork. A set of 10 Cork "11-Bar" dining chairs €4,500 (€4,000-€6,000).

Michael Parsons

Michael Parsons

Michael Parsons is a contributor to The Irish Times writing about fine art and antiques