The Irish art market ends the year in good shape

A hammer price of €160,000 for a small oil painting by Jack B Yeats at the James Adam sale in Dublin last week is a testament to the health of the Irish art market as 2021 draws to a close.

Through the streets to the hills measures just 9 inches by 14 inches and easily topped the $150,000 top estimate.

Bogland Connemara by Paul Henry made €100,000 and an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy made €80,000 at the hammer.

A Western Lake and Mountain Landscape by Henry sold for €75,000 and Composition by Evie Hone sold for €46,000.

This Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy commissioned for Maison Setanta fetched €80,000 at the hammer.

A cubist landscape by Mary Swanzy grossed €38,000 and look west by Dan O’Neill grossed €40,000.

At least £12m worth of Irish art changed hands during the winter sale season at Sotheby’s, from Veres, Bonhams, Whyte’s, Morgan O’Driscoll and Adam’s.

The market is rock solid, rather than frenetic as it was before the crash of 2008. At Adam’s, three works by Colin Middleton fetch €29,000, €25,000 and €23,000 respectively.

Liam O'Neill's 'Home to Cuas' fetched £14,000 at Morgan O'Driscoll.
Liam O’Neill’s ‘Home to Cuas’ fetched £14,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll.

A painting from The Bahamas by Tony O’Malley fetched €22,000 and Bird in Blue by Breon O’Casey fetched €20,000 out of a top estimate of €12,000.

Works by Basil Blackshaw, William Leech, George Campbell, Donald Teskey, Edwin Hayes, Edward McGuire, FE McWilliam and John Shinnors all sold well at James Adam last week.

Little Blue Piece, an etched, tinted and blown cut glass work by Cork-based Maud Cotter, fetched a hammer price of €2,400 from a high estimate of €1,600.

This 16th century oil on panel depicting
This 16th century oil on panel depicting “The Baptism of Christ”.

An Italian mannerist painting by The Baptism of ChristOnce in the collection of the Mayor of Cork, Augustine Roche, sold for the hammer price of £1,300 at Sheppards sale of the contents of Seafield House, Donabate, Dublin last week.

A pair of Louis XVI gilt consoles hammered €14,000 and a large Irish brass bound peat bucket made €3,400.

Welcome to Cuas by Dingle-based artist Liam O’Neill fetched £14,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s wall art auction last week. This is a colorful treatment of four men in a currach returning from a fishing trip.

Cuas is located near Brandon Creek, reputed to be St Brendan’s starting point for crossing the Atlantic in the sixth century.

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