Sunday 18 February 2018

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 (


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


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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