Sunday 26 February 2017

In the salerooms

Morgan O'Driscoll

Masonic jewellery
Masonic jewellery

An auction of Irish & International Art will take place at the RDS, Ballsbridge, on Monday, April 20. Highlights include a screenprint by Andy Warhol, Martha Graham: Letter to the World (the kick) (1986).

A unique colour variant from an edition of 100, it is estimated to make between €25,000 and €35,000. The Power, a painting by Michael Flatley, is estimated to sell for a flabbergasting €70,000 to €90,000. The celebrity dancer is described in the catalogue as "the only person to ever create paintings by dancing on canvas".

The relationship between value and meaning in art is a funny thing. Fabric of Memory II (Study III) (1987) by Hughie O'Donoghue is estimated between €6,000 and €9,000. It is a mixed media piece that combines oil and canvas, and panel with objects and bronze casting. Viewing is at the RDS between April 17-20 (www.morganodriscoll.com).

JOHN WELDON AUCTIONEERS

The next auction at John Weldon Auctioneers takes place on Tuesday, April 21 at 2pm. Among the selection of silver is a rare Limerick stuffing spoon (c. 1780-5) with a guide price of €2,000 to €3,000; a George III silver fish server (1815) by T Tudor of Dublin (€500 to €600); and a finely detailed silver dish ring with blue glass liner (1912), hailing from Birmingham and made by Williams Ltd (€600 to €800). Jewellery includes a fine diamond single stone, estimated weight of diamond 4cts, (€50,000 to €60,000) of a calibre that is more often sold abroad than in Ireland. There are also miscellaneous lots including several collections of Irish bank notes, variously guided between €50 and €200, and an esoteric collection of Masonic jewels and other medals (from €300 - €500), with medals from various lodges including the Offaly Preceptory. Viewing is from April 18-20 with full details on jwa.ie.

ADAM'S

Hearing the Nightingale (1936) by Jack Butler Yeats was the unexpected leading lot at Adam's sale of Important Irish Art on April 1. The 23 x 35cm oil-on-board, which had been estimated between €25,000 and €35,000, sold for €42,000.

Being (60), part of a series of paintings that Louis Le Brocquy began in 1957 under the umbrella title Presences, sold for €30,000. Still Life On Table, a lively exercise in 1950s cubism by Fr Jack P Hanlon, exceeded the upper estimate of €8,000 and sold for €18,000.

The painting shows a standard breakfast table, but it takes a little time to work out what's what.

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