Irish art back in demand after London auction

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Harry Kernoff’s ‘North Bray Harbour’

The results of one of the latest auctions at Whyte’s in Dublin have highlighted the continued demand for quality Irish art.

The lot, ‘Important Irish Art’, fetched a grand total of €850,000 on May 30, with approximately 80 per cent of all works being sold.

Two works by Paul Henry, noted for his depictions of the West of Ireland landscape, fetched €100,000 and €82,000 respectively.

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Paul Henry’s ‘Connemara Landscape’

Two pieces by Belfast-born Gerard Dillon were also sold for high prices, his oil on board work ‘The Fish Eaters’ brought €24,000 while ‘West of Ireland Couple and Horses’ was purchased for €36,000.

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Sean Keating’s ‘Salud’

The third top price was the €52,000 paid for Sean Keating’s 1924 oil painting ‘Salud’ – a depiction of a bearded man smoking and drinking outside a whitewashed building. Though famous for his woodcuts, two paintings by Harry Kernoff were bought at the sale in Moleworth Street.

His evocative portrayal of Bray Harbour in the 1930s fetched €28,000 and his busy scene at Store Street in his adopted Dublin made €16,000. The lot was not restricted to older pieces, with more contemporary works also faring well.

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Tony O’Malley’s ‘Pond Reverie’

The highlights included Co. Kilkenny artist Tony O’Malley’s ‘Pond Reverie’ which brought €22,000 and abstract expressionist Barrie Cooke’s large triptych, ‘Forest’, which sold for €18,000. A list of unsold lots for sale at reserves is available on request or at


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