Saturday 17 March 2018

In the salerooms


Portrait of Gladys Cooper
Portrait of Gladys Cooper

Results from Dolan's summer art and antiques auction, which took place at Kelly's Hotel, Rosslare, on Sunday, May 3, include Crimson Collection, a still life with peonies by Mark O'Neill which sold for €7,600. O'Neill's appealing sheepdog painting, Garden Guardian, exceeded its upper estimate by €2,000 to sell for €6,000. Charles Lamb's 1930s landscape, Carraroe, Connemara, also exceeded its estimate and sold for €8,500. For more details, see


This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Killarney Antiques Art & Vintage Fair, which takes place on Sunday, May 24 from 11am to 6pm.

The fair was originally held in the Great Southern Hotel and has now settled at the Dromhall Hotel Muckross Road, Killarney, where it is celebrating its first quarter of a century by offering free admission.

Items for sale will include hunting prints and paraphernalia, tin plate toys and steam engines, and high quality vintage smalls from Anne Hawkins of Dublin and Sheila Poots of Belfast.

For further information contact Robin O'Donnell on


An auction of Important Irish Art conducted by Whyte's will take place at the RDS, Ballsbridge on Monday, May 25 at 6pm.

Highlights of the sale include a haunting portrait of the actress Gladys Cooper by William Orpen dating from the 1920s and estimated to sell between €80,000 and €120,000.

Cooper sat for the portrait while in preparation for her role as Peter Pan in London's Adelphi Theatre.

Among other items of interest to serious collectors are A Baccante (1910) by Sir John Lavery, for which Ruby Peto sat wearing a cerise wrapper, a laurel wreath, and an expression of up-to-no-good (€60,000 to €80,000) and the stylised and slightly glum Girl in a Garden by Patrick Swift, painted in his studio in Dublin's Hatch Street in the 1950s (€20,000 to €30,000).

Viewing will take place on Saturday to Monday, May 23-24 May, 10am to 6pm, with full details on


In reflection of a recent lift in the fine art market, an auction of Important Irish Art will take place at Adam's on Wednesday, May 27 at 6pm.

At the upper end of the price range, a subdued landscape by Jack B Yeats, Roundstone, Connemara (1916), is estimated to sell between €25,000 and €35,000. The painting was previously owned by the poet Oliver St John Gogarty, who bought it for his new home at Renvyle in 1918.

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