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.
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.
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.
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 www.whytes.ie