In the salerooms
A round-up of what's happening in the showrooms.
Whyte's auction of Irish and International Art takes place on Monday, February 23 at the RDS, Anglesea Road Entrance, with viewing Saturday, February 21 to Sunday 22 from 10am - 6pm daily (www.whytes.ie).
Among the usual ripe crop of old Irish masters by Paul Henry, William Leech and Daniel O'Neill, some more unusual pieces include Still Life With Lobster, a screen print from the New York Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein.
It's part of his mid-1970s Six Still Life Series and is expected to make between €12,000 and €15,000. There are also two prints by Banksy, the British artist best known for street art (est €2,000 - €3,000 each).
One of these, Grannies, shows a pair of nice little old ladies knitting jumpers with slogans "Punks not dead" and "Thug for life".
There will also be two pieces by the Irish street artist Will St Leger (est €300 - €500 each). The top lot, though, is a 1940s view of the west of Ireland by Paul Henry (est €60,000 - €70,000).
Weldon's of Clarendon street (weldons.ie) is one of the companies preparing to exhibit at Dublin's Irish Spring Antique & Fine Art Fair in the Ballsbridge Hotel on March 20-22, 2015.
Among items of interest are a rare Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring from around 1905, weighing 6.9 carats (€37,500), a fine 2.3ct cushion cut yellow diamond flanked by a pear-shaped diamond to each shoulder (€22,500), and an extremely rare Irish silver soup ladle with eagle head terminal and shell bowl.
It is a little over 14 inches long and hallmarked Dublin 1769 by Christopher Skinner (€3,500). The dealer will also show a sapphire and diamond bracelet by Raymond Yard of New York, a pair of Burmese ruby and diamond earrings from around 1890 (€7,500), and a rare Irish silver loving cup (€3,500) Dublin 1712 by Anthony Stanley, with the unusual engraving "Temple Patrick".
The top lots at the recent auction Adam's Attic, which took place at Adam's, Dublin on February 3, included a Victorian style extendable mahogany dining table which sold for €1,200 (the guide price was €500 - €800). A French kingwood and parquetry bombé commode with a marble top also sold well, reaching the top guide price of €1,150.