Art by Guggi, Dorothy Cross and Shane MacGowan features in sale in aid of Gaza

Proceeds of auction will go to Médecins Sans Frontières

A number of leading Irish artists, including Imogen Stuart, Guggi and Brian Bourke, have generously donated works of art for the Art for Gaza, three-day exhibition at Copper House Gallery, in the heart of Portobello, Dublin.

The exhibition will be opened by Sabina Higgins on February 29th, and the entire proceeds of the auction, without deduction of costs, will go to Médecins Sans Frontières, which is working on the ground in Gaza.

Artwork for sale also includes pieces by Mick Mulcahy, Charlie Tyrell, Brian Henderson, Alice Hanratty, Tim Booth, Dorothy Cross, Jay Murphy, James English, Domino Whisker, John Behan, Brian Maguire, Suzy O’Mullane, Maria Simmonds Gooding, Abigail O’Brien, Michael Kane, Constance Short, Michele Sweetman, Brona Anderson, Shane MacGowan, Annette McNamee, Jim Fitzpatrick, Rowan Gillespie, Roisin Murphy, Orla de Brí, John Noel Smith, Shevaun Doherty, Eric Luke, Pauline Bewick, John Gerrard and Michael Landy.

The timed online auction, which is being held by Whyte’s, started on February 22nd and will continue to Sunday, March 3rd.


House sale

Meanwhile at Sheppard’s, the auction house is readying the sale of contents of Moyaliffe House, Co Tipperary, as well as consignments from other important clients, as part of its Paradigms and The Unexpected sale.

The sale, which will take place on March 5th and 7th, with a preview preceding that, on March 2nd to 4th, is said to feature “an exceptional array of fine library furniture, lighting, Irish and European art, early tapestries, sculpture and objets d’art, Irish and continental art, Irish silver, rare Killarney furniture and collectibles”.

Among the many items for auction is a late 17th-century Aubusson tapestry, which depicts exotic birds in a wooded landscape, with a castle in the distance. It is enclosed by an elaborate armorial decorated border and has an estimate of €3,000-€5,000.

For those of a musical persuasion, there is a Bechstein baby grand piano (Lot 75, €3,000-€5,000).

Lot 150 is an important pair of Regency Cork side tables, each with a rectangular gadrooned top with rounded corners to the fore, below a three-quarter panelled gallery rail, raised on spiral turned legs to the fore terminating on hairy paw feet. The side tables were purchased at the dispersal sale of Kilkenny Castle, seat of the dukes of Ormonde, and have an estimate of €4,000-€6,000.

A particularly beautiful item is Lot 125, a 19th-century Ormolu jewellery table cabinet. It has a lift-up lid, which opens to a silk-lined interior, above two tortoiseshell and painted panelled doors enclosing fold-out gilded reticulated trays, over two painted panelled doors enclosing silk-lined drawers, raised on scroll feet. It has an estimate of €5,000-€8,000.;

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