21 September 2004

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A SUMMER'S DAY, SANDYMOUNT STRAND
A SUMMER'S DAY, SANDYMOUNT STRAND
David Hone PPRHA (b.1928)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 103

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €11500

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 91cm., 24 by 36in.
  • Provenance: With the framing label of the Dawson Gallery, Dublin, on reverse
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CHRIST CHURCH CHAPTER HOUSE, DUBLIN
CHRIST CHURCH CHAPTER HOUSE, DUBLIN
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 104

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; gallery label supplying title and date [1978] on reverse
  • Medium: pencil and wash on paper
  • Dimensions: 29 by 41cm., 11.5 by 16in.
  • Exhibited: Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 27 November - 12 December 1981, catalogue no. 25
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THE CATTLEMEN, CLIFDEN, COUNTY GALWAY
THE CATTLEMEN, CLIFDEN, COUNTY GALWAY
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 105

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €2600


VIEW FROM CROAGH PATRICK
VIEW FROM CROAGH PATRICK
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 106

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €7500


NEAR ROSBEG, DONEGAL
NEAR ROSBEG, DONEGAL
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 107

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: 


BALLYGALLY HEAD, COUNTY ANTRIM
BALLYGALLY HEAD, COUNTY ANTRIM
Basil Blackshaw RHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 108

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €9000

  • Signature: signed and dated [1955] upper right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 61cm., 18 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Irene Calvert MP; Thence by descent
  • Exhibited: RUA, Belfast, 1955, as simply Landscape, catalogue no. 82, lent by Mrs. Irene Calvert
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RURAL LANDSCAPE
RURAL LANDSCAPE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 109

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €1900


THE TIDE CAN WAIT
THE TIDE CAN WAIT
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 110

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with the title on reverse; also with original typed gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 23 by 36cm., 9 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Waddington Galleries, Montreal; Private collection, Co. Down
  • Painted circa 1958.

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BRIDGE AT PEARL STREET
BRIDGE AT PEARL STREET
Donald Teskey (b.1956)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 111

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €8000


KERRY '98
KERRY '98
Richard Kingston RHA (1922-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 112

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €9500

  • Signature: signed lower left; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 76 by 61cm., 30 by 24in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1999, catalogue no. 246 (illustrated p. 32 of the catalogue)
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STUDY TOWARDS A HEAD OF SAMUEL BECKETT
STUDY TOWARDS A HEAD OF SAMUEL BECKETT
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 113

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1600


HEAD OF STRINDBERG
HEAD OF STRINDBERG
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 114

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and inscribed wirh edition (55/100) lower right
  • Medium: chromolithograph
  • Dimensions: 77 by 58cm., 30.5 by 23in.
  • In the years 1979-1980 le Brocquy painted several portraits of August Strindberg (1849-1912), the Swedish novelist and playwright. The present lithograph relates to that series.

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WATER LILY
WATER LILY
Patrick Collins HRHA (1911-1984)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 115

Published Estimate: €25,000-35,000

Price Realised: €31000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 42 by 44cm., 16.5 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: Tom Caldwell Galleries, Dublin; Colin G. Haddict, Newtownards, Co. Down; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: ’Patrick Collins’, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin, November 1976, catalogue no. 28; ’Patrick Collins: Retrospective Exhibition’, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, touring exhibition to Cork, Dublin and Belfast, 1982, catalogue no. 73
  • Literature: Frances Ruane, Patrick Collins, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Dublin; The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast [1982], pp. 776, 111
  • Painted in 1976 when Collins moved from Orne, Normandy, to “a roomy house that had seen better days in a small village near Nice, just across the valley from Louis le Brocquy.” Frances Ruane has written of this work in particular: “The 1976 pictures, like Water Lily, Landfall and Table with Exotic Fruit, are airy and spring-like, lit by a bright French light ... Water Lily (1976), a subject undeniably associated with Monet, shimmers delicately as the light reveals layers of colour that seem to hover beneath the surface”.

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FIELD
FIELD
Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 116

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left; dated [May 1973] lower right; inscribed with title lower centre
  • Medium: watercolour and crayon on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 by 18cm., 10 by 7in.
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EARTH BOX II
EARTH BOX II
Helen Comerford (b.1945)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 117

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1400


THE FISHERMAN'S MASTER
THE FISHERMAN'S MASTER
Patrick Pye RHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 118

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed in monogram upper right
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 66 by 61cm., 26 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney; Private collection, Belfast
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DOUBLE HEAD
DOUBLE HEAD
David Crone (b.1937)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 119

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1400

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated [1996] on reverse
  • Medium: oil and acrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Exhibited: 'David Crone', Crescent Art Centre, Belfast, February 1997
  • Literature: Gavin Weston, Sunday Times, 23 February 1997
  • In a review of Crone's exhibition Gavin Weston notes the visual references to the ancient Greeks in Double Head.

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MAGGIE'S GARDEN
MAGGIE'S GARDEN
Seán McSweeney HRHA (b.1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 120

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €4800


STILL LIFE WITH CUPS AND SAUCERS
STILL LIFE WITH CUPS AND SAUCERS
Neil Shawcross RHA (b.1940)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 121

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: €4000


BLUE PAINTING
BLUE PAINTING
Felim Egan (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 122

Published Estimate: €4,500-5,500

Price Realised: €4600


ISLAND
ISLAND
William Crozier HRHA (b.1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 123

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5200

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed and with exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Exhibited: 'William Crozier', Taylor Galleries, 5 March - 3 April 2004, catalogue no. 30
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THE ATTIC ROOM
THE ATTIC ROOM
Clement McAleer (b.1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 124

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 91 by 107cm., 36 by 42in.
  • Provenance: Fendereskey Gallery, Belfast; Private collection, Belfast
  • This painting is a preliminary work for the triptych in the City Hospital, Belfast. The view is taken from the artist’s studio window on the Lisburn Road, Belfast.

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PINK GHOST HORSE
PINK GHOST HORSE
Ross Wilson ARUA (b.1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 125

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3600

  • Signature: signed lower right; exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: mixed media on board
  • Dimensions: 39 by 55cm., 15.5 by 21.5in.
  • Provenance: Agnew's, London; Private collection, Dublin
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UNTITLED
UNTITLED
Francis Tansey (b.1959)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 126

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3300


COMPLEMENTARY ROTATION
COMPLEMENTARY ROTATION
Francis Tansey (b.1959)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 127

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4000


ACRYLIC ON BOARD I and IV (A PAIR)
ACRYLIC ON BOARD I and IV (A PAIR)
Brian Henderson (b.1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 128

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: each signed and dated [1973] lower right
  • Medium: acrylic on board
  • Dimensions: 38 by 65cm., 15 by 25.5in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin; On loan to the National Concert Hall, Dublin; Latterly on loan to University College Dublin
  • Exhibited: Brian Henderson, Dawson Gallery, Dublin 1977
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RED DIAMOND
RED DIAMOND
Michael Farrell (1940-2000)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 129

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €9000

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated [Dublin 1968] on reverse; also original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 122 by 122cm., 48 by 48in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin; On loan to the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace; Latterly on loan to University College Dublin
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GIRL LOOKING AT AN ANDY WARHOL
GIRL LOOKING AT AN ANDY WARHOL
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 130

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €3800

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with edition (1 of 35) lower left
  • Medium: giclée print on watercolour paper
  • Dimensions: 150 by 102cm., 59 by 40in.
  • A limited edition print published by Damien Matthews Fine Art Graphics, London.

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THE AMMONITE
THE AMMONITE
Niall O'Neill (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 131

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: cast bronze on a polished black limestone plinth
  • Dimensions: 15 by 0cm., 6 by 0in.
  • One of a limited edition of 8 maquettes of a larger statue commissioned by the developers of the Malahide Marina.

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SWAN GATE
SWAN GATE
Niall O'Neill 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 132

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: 


PREDATORY BULL
PREDATORY BULL
John Behan RHA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 133

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: 


CORA ANN: THE SPIRIT OF YOUTH
CORA ANN: THE SPIRIT OF YOUTH
John Francis Kavanagh RBS (1903-1984)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 134

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5500

  • Signature: signed and dated [1936] on fore-edge of base
  • Medium: cast bronze (unique)
  • Dimensions: 76 by 0cm., 30 by 0in.
  • Provenance: Commissioned as a memorial to the retiring headmistress of the Roundhay Girls' High School, Leeds; Private collection, Cumbria
  • Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1936 (maquette for the present work): 'John F. Kavanagh, Sculptor: An exhibition of Sculpture and Models from the Collection of the Artist', Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, August - October 1979, catalogue no. 5 (another ma
  • Literature: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists 20th Century, Merlin Publishing, Dublin, 2003 (2nd edition), p. 296
  • Born in Birr, Co. Offaly, and educated at the Christian Brothers’ College in Cork, Kavanagh began modelling in clay at the age of sixteen following a fall into a quarry which left him bed-ridden for three years. Discovering he had a talent for such work, he enrolled at the Cork School of Art and, in 1920-1921, at the Liverpool School of Art. He returned to Cork, only to win a scholarship in 1925 which enabled him to enrol in the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. There he studied under William Rothenstein, A. Ernest Cole, Gilbert Ledward and Henry Moore. In 1928, whilst still a student, he was appointed assistant to sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger and was responsible two years later for completing one of Jagger’s commissions: the cast elephants outside the New Residence in Delhi, India. In 1929 Kavanagh won the RCA travelling scholarship, with which he studied in Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Paris. The following year he enrolled at the British School in Rome and there won the Rome Prize in Sculpture. The Royal Academy subsidised a third year of study in Rome, so that between 1931-1933 Kavanagh was able to absorb the lessons of classical Greek and Italian art. He soon began exhibiting at the RA in London and at the Paris Salon, winning medals and honourable mentions. On his return from Rome in 1934 he was appointed Head of the Department of Sculpture and Modelling at the Leeds College of Art, a position he held for six years. During this period he completed numerous public commissions including the present work, which Snoddy (op. cit.) describes thus: “Dated 1936, and placed on top of a granite plinth some 140cm high [since lost], is a bronze 76cm high of a classical female athlete carrying a torch and set on a diamond shaped base at Roundhay School in Leeds”. Further successes followed. The Chantrey Bequest purchased his Head of a Russian Peasant in 1943 (now in the Tate Gallery, London). His eleven foot high statue of the Dominican preacher Father Burke stands in Galway, at the junction of the Grattan and Father Griffin Roads. In 1950 he won a competition to design a monument to those who died in the 1916 Easter Rising, to be situated outside the Customs House in Dublin. Sadly, he could not complete the commission, having been appointed Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at the Elam School of Fine Art in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. There he was to spend the rest of his years, with the Auckland City Art Gallery according him a retrospective towards the end of his career, in 1979.

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PORTRAIT OF LOUIS LE BROCQUY AS A YOUNG MAN
PORTRAIT OF LOUIS LE BROCQUY AS A YOUNG MAN
Anne Yeats (1919-2001)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 135

Published Estimate: €1,500-1,800

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed and dated [1943] lower left; initialled lower right
  • Medium: pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 by 20cm., 10 by 8in.
  • In 1942 the RHA rejected le Brocquy’s two entries The Spanish Shawl and Image of Chaos, prompting a furore which in part resulted in the establishment the following year of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA). Anne Yeats was among the exhibitors in the first IELA exhibition of 1943. She continued to do so throughout the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, joining le Brocquy on the IELA organising committee in late 1946.

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KNIGHT AND DAMSEL and A WELL DRESSED COUPLE (A PAIR)
KNIGHT AND DAMSEL and A WELL DRESSED COUPLE (A PAIR)
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 136

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €1900


Anne Madden, Louis le Brocquy; A Painter Seeing His Way
Anne Madden, Louis le Brocquy; A Painter Seeing His Way
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 137

Published Estimate: €700-900

Price Realised: €1050

  • Dimensions: 0 by 0cm., by in.
  • Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1994. First edition. PRESENTATION COPY to the painter ANNE YEATS, a lifelong friend of le Brocquy’s. Signed and dated [January 20th 1994] by Anne Yeats on front free endpaper. Inscribed by Anne Madden on half-title and signed by Louis le Brocquy under his photograph portrait opposite page 1. An unique copy.

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The Irish Landscape
The Irish Landscape
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 138

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €550

  • Dimensions: 0 by 0cm., by in.
  • Gandon Editions, Dublin, 1992. Number 1 from an edition of 250 copies, SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY THE ARTIST. Specially bound in a dark grey cloth stamped in silver with black morocco spine, and in the original matching slipcase. Profusely illustrated in colour and with an interview with the artist by George Morgan about his watercolour landscapes. A handsome collector’s piece.

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SURREALIST COMPOSITION
SURREALIST COMPOSITION
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 139

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: pen and ink with watercolour and pastel on paper
  • Dimensions: 37 by 25cm., 14.5 by 10in.
  • Provenance: Theo Waddington Fine Art, London; Private collection, Dublin
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METROPOLIS III
METROPOLIS III
Nevill Johnson (1911-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 140

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated [October 1992] lower left; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour, acrylic, collage, pen and ink on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 56cm., 20 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: 'Nevill Johnson', Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin, June - July 1992, catalogue no. 16
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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BOY
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BOY
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 141

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: 


PORTRAIT OF LENA, THE ARTIST'S SISTER
PORTRAIT OF LENA, THE ARTIST'S SISTER
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 142

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €3800


ARAN BOATMAN
ARAN BOATMAN
Seán Keating PRHA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 143

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €5700

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: charcoal and pastel on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 38 by 29cm., 15 by 11.5in.
  • Reproduced as a colour postcard in the 1940s (collection of the artist's family).

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FIVE ASSORTED PRINTS
FIVE ASSORTED PRINTS
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 144

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: two signed lower left; one signed lower right; two signed on reverse
  • Medium: 2 woodcuts; 1 lithograph; 2 lithographs pasted to board
  • Dimensions: 0 by 0cm., by in.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
  • The two woodcuts are both of Jewish subjects: Israeli, and an untitled scene of a meeting of Jewish elders. The lithograph is a futurist composition titled Highway, 2000 A.D., whilst the two coloured cut-out lithographs incorporate a harlequin head used for a number of Kernoff’s exhibition invites and catalogues, super-imposed on abstract patterns in pen, ink and watercolour.

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AUTUMN SYMPHONY
AUTUMN SYMPHONY
Moyra Barry (1885-1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 145

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: signed lower right; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 64 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, 1952, catalogue no. 96 (£52-10-0)
  • When exhibited at the RHA, a newspaper reviewer singled out this work for mention, describing it as “a quiet arrangement of warm yellows and gold” (undated clipping, artist’s scrapbook).

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APPLES AND WILLOW PATTERN
APPLES AND WILLOW PATTERN
Thomas Ryan PPRHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 146

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €1800


SUMMER BOUQUET AND CONCH SHELL
SUMMER BOUQUET AND CONCH SHELL
Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 147

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €6600

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Mr & Mrs Mahony, Co. Cork; Thence by descent; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Waddington Galleries, Dublin, circa 1943-1946 (details untraced)
  • Accompanied by an undated photocopied letter from Hennessy to the original owners of the work, Mr & Mrs Mahony, discussing various aspects of an exhibition just passed and expressing sympathy at the couples’ recent illness. The Mahonys appear to have bought the present work directly from Hennessy, prior to its being exhibited, for he writes: “Your picture had quite a devoted band of admirers, one of whom was so annoyed at being unable to buy it that she declared roundly that I had no right to sell the work prior to exhibiting it in Dublin, to which I replied that if she was so anxious to have the pick of the collection, she might be well advised to pay a visit to Cork during the summer and then we should all be happy. We parted on somewhat chilly terms ...”. A second letter, dated 10 January 1960, is addressed to the couple’s son, Major Mahony, offering condolences for his mother’s death and agreeing to sign the picture. The painting can be dated from the address at the top of the first letter (7 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin) and from a reference therein to Hennessy’s 1943 RHA exhibit, Exiles (now in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin).

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CHILDREN IN THE FOREST
CHILDREN IN THE FOREST
George Russell "Æ" (1967-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 148

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €11000


THE GREEN LOCKET
THE GREEN LOCKET
Lilian Lucy Davidson ARHA (1893-1954)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 149

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower left; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 75 by 39cm., 29.5 by 15.5in.
  • Provenance: Framing label of J. Bryce Smith Ltd, London, on reverse
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WOMAN WITH A BASKET ON A RIVER BANK
WOMAN WITH A BASKET ON A RIVER BANK
Fanny Wilmot Currey WCSI (1848-1917)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 150

Published Estimate: €1,500-1,800

Price Realised: €1100

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 24 by 34cm., 9.5 by 13.5in.
  • Fanny Currey was one of the founder members of the Irish Amateur Drawing Society, which later became WCSI. She was the daughter of Francis Edmund Currey, agent to the Duke of Devonshire and resident in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford. Among her friends were Helen O’Hara, the watercolourist, and the well-known authors Somerville and Ross. Aside from an extensive exhibiting career, she was also a published author and a passionate gardener. See Snoddy, pp. 122-123.

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THAMES EMBANKMENT and SHEEP GRAZING ON A MOUNTAIN, POSSIBLY THE KNOCKMEALDOWNS (A PAIR)
THAMES EMBANKMENT and SHEEP GRAZING ON A MOUNTAIN, POSSIBLY THE KNOCKMEALDOWNS (A PAIR)
Fanny Wilmot Currey WCSI (1848-1917)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 151

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: 


SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST SIGNING A BOOK
SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST SIGNING A BOOK
Sir William Orpen RA RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 September 2004 / 152

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: signed and inscribed "with all good wishes" lower right
  • Medium: pen and ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 22 by 17cm., 8.5 by 6.75in.
  • Sketched on the front free endpaper of the artist’s autobiography, Stories of Old Ireland & Myself (Williams and Norgate, London, 1924, first edition). Laid in is a signed typescript letter from Cecil F. Armstrong (author of various books on English theatre), dated 19 May 1925, addressed to “My dear Kathleen” and explaining how he had at last “got hold of Orpen” in order to sign her book, but that the artist had supplied rather more than just the signature. “He asks me to tell you that the smudges are quite intentional; sometimes they improve the drawing, and sometimes they dont! [sic] He is not quite sure in this case which has happened!!!”

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