Friday 15 December 2017

Le Brocquy tapestries auctioned for €250,000

Edel O'Connell

A COLLECTION of 20 tapestries by the late artist Louis le Brocquy have sold for €250,000 to an Irish collector.

The collection was part of an extensive series of Irish art auctioned by Whyte's auction house at the RDS last night.

More than 200 people attended the event -- and hundreds more placed online and telephone bids.

Based on the Ulster epic 'The Tain', the series of 20 aubusson wool tapestries were given a guide price of between €250,000 and €300,000.

The tapestries provided the illustrations for Thomas Kinsella's celebrated translation of the Irish epic 'An Tain Bo Cuailnge' which recounted the legendary battle fought by queen Medb and the men of Connaught against Cuchulainn.

According to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Tain Tapestries rank among the best-known artworks ever created in this country.

Whyte's had expected the guide price to be doubled following the numerous tributes paid to le Brocquy since he passed away last month, aged 95.

The Irish buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, intends to keep the collection together.

Irish Independent

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