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London’s Calling

Posted on Feb 04, 2011

Off to London today to view Bonhams and look at the other auction houses, where some really major Art works are going under the hammer next week. Always plenty going on in London, it’s good for the soul.

Our clearance sale on March 6th is really coming together. To date we have catalogued over 200 works and there are plenty of really nice things, including works by Tony O’Malley, Nick Miller, Elizabeth Magill, Doreen Vanston, etc . Our intention is to clear our store so don’t miss it. You will be able to pick up original pieces of artwork at very modest estimates.

Our next major auction is on March 30th and the quality is beginning to surface. This week we received in for auction this wonderful le Brocquy tapestry, “Cherub“, which dates from 1952 and was acquired from Leo Smith in The Dawson Gallery in 1972.

Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916),

Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916), "Cherub" (1952)

Also, this large Robert Ballagh, titled “L’Origine Du Langage”, commissioned  by Michael Fitzgerald in the early 1990’s for “The Commons Restaurant”, which was about to open in Newman House, on St Stephens Green. Michael wanted to celebrate James Joyce and specifically his masterpiece ‘Ulysses’ and asked Ballagh and other artists, including Michael Farrell, Tony O’Malley and Louis le Brocquy to paint a work based on this theme.

Robert Ballagh (b.1943), "L'Origine Du Langage"

Entries for this auction close on March 1st, so give me a call if you would like to include anything. Talk to you next week, with news from London. Have a good weekend.


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Goodbye to January

Posted on Jan 31, 2011

January is traditionally a very quiet month in our business but we have been kept on the go. Yesterday’s seminar saw approximately 200 people attend at the The D4 Hotel, to listen to my ramblings along with the very polished Robert O’Byrne. I hope it was enjoyable to all and it is something we will do again over the summer.

We came across one or two discoveries at the valuation session, including a charming Jack Yeats pen and watercolour.  This came as a very pleasant surprise to the owner, as she had been misinformed that it was a print. A bit of an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ moment, minus the cameras!

Roll on February…

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