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…Posted in General
I revisited ‘The Moderns’ at IMMA with a shrewd dealer from the North the other day, he was equally impressed. A few thoughts we shared: the Paul Henry room shows the artist at his magnificent best in two particularly fine figurative works. However, some of the landscapes, specifically two from the Bank of Ireland Collection are very poor indeed. It just proves my point that all artists have off days.
We also agreed that Louis le Brocquy is a great Irish artist and his recent price collapse in the salerooms is nonsense. It’s true he had been overpriced in a heated market, but it has now gone to the other extreme now. A hidden gem at the exhibition is a small landscape by Phelan Gibb, very much in the style of Roderic O’Conor.
Finally, Bonhams sale of Irish Art takes place on February 9th, the catalogue arrived yesterday. On their own admission they travelled the world collecting and yes they have a few good paintings in the 108 lots. However, it certainly illustrates the difficulty in tracking down good stock.Posted in