Wednesday 22 November 2017

Le Brocquy tapestries 'could fetch €500,000'

Louis Le Brocquy047_3THE TÁIN. HURLING, 1969
Louis Le Brocquy047_3THE TÁIN. HURLING, 1969
Louis le Brocquy 047_6THE TÁIN. CÚCHULAINN IN WARP-SPASM II, 1969
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

A SERIES of tapestries by the late artist Louis le Brocquy, which sold for €875,000 11 years ago, are expected to fetch up to €500,000 when they go under the hammer next week.

Based on the Ulster epic 'The Tain', the series of 20 Aubusson wool tapestries have been given a guide price of between €250,000 to €300,000.

However, it will be the first major sale of Mr Le Brocquy's work since the artist died, aged 95, at home in Dublin last month -- and auctioneers Whyte's say the price could double due to international interest.

Whyte's say the auction of the tapestries was organised several months ago by the family of the late owner -- a collector from Belfast who bought them at auction in London for £700,000 (€875,000) in 2001.

It means the guide price is less than half the amount paid for them 11 years ago.

Born of some 80 stories about the Ulaidh, a people of early Ireland who gave their name to Ulster, 'The Tain' was part epic and part soap opera.

Louis le Brocquy was living in France in 1966 when he collaborated on a new translation of Ireland's oldest saga with poet Thomas Kinsella -- who reincarnated 'The Tain' as an Irish 'Iliad' with Cuchulainn as superhero.

The auction of 'The Tain' tapestries takes place at 6pm next Monday at the RDS in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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