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WEIGHTLESS AND HAPPY, 2003
WEIGHTLESS AND HAPPY, 2003
Martin Finnin (b.1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 1

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 77 by 17cm., 30.5 by 6.5in.
  • Provenance: The Printmakers Gallery, Limerick; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'The Origins of Optimism, an exhibition of paintings by Martin Finnin', The Printmakers Gallery, Limerick, 16 April - 7 May, 2003, catalogue no. 18, illustrated p.5
  • With a copy of the exhibition catalogue on reverse.

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SWORDSMAN, 1969
SWORDSMAN, 1969
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 2

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: signed, numbered and dated lower right
  • Medium: lithograph (no. 33 from an edition of 70)
  • Dimensions: 53 by 38cm., 21 by 15in.
  • Printed by Frank O'Reilly, Dublin as part of the Tain portfollio, which contained different prints or "lithographic brush drawings", illustrating the epic Ulster cycle of heroic tales. No. 17 in the series.

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NOISIU, 1969
NOISIU, 1969
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 3

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: signed, numbered and dated lower left
  • Medium: lithograph (no. 33 from an edition of 70)
  • Dimensions: 54 by 38cm., 21.2 5 by 15in.
  • Printed by Frank O'Reilly, Dublin as part of the Tain portfollio, which contained different prints or "lithographic brush drawings", illustrating the epic Ulster cycle of heroic tales. No. 13 in the series.

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TINKER CHILD BENEATH A LIGHT BULB, circa 1952-54
TINKER CHILD BENEATH A LIGHT BULB, circa 1952-54
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 4

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed upper left; inscribed by present owner on reverse; with le Brocquy's Albert Studios (established, spring 1952) business card displayed in the mount; inscribed on reverse "Bought in Folio 60s (late), Westbourn Park"
  • Medium: ink and collage with gouache on paper
  • Dimensions: 47 by 40cm., 18.5 by 15.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased by the present owner in the 1960s in Westbourne Park, London; Private collection
  • This understated work by le Brocquy is reminiscent of the artist’s Tinker Period circa 1945 to 1948 as well as indicative of aspects of his Grey Period which spanned the early years of the 1950s. The child figure is recurrent in le Brocquy’s oeuvre during this period and the little girl in particular recalls the figures from several other works from that period such as, Fairground Under Bray Head (1949), A Family (1951) and Caroline (1956). The diminutive Caroline which was first displayed in 1957 was described by John Montague as, "...Aristotelean in its premise that the eyes are the gateway to the soul, save that here the whole indistinct face provides that gateway." This work calls to mind the innocence and openness Montague described. The inclusion of the light bulb and the naive style in which the work is depicted is evocative of Picasso’s Guernica (1937) which employed the same object to illuminate the subjects of the work and to complement the angular composition of the work as le Brocquy has done here. With thanks to Pierre le Brocquy for his assistance in cataloguing this work.

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HUMAN IMAGE XII, 2005
HUMAN IMAGE XII, 2005
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 5

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed and numbered lower right; with original Taylor Galleries exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: screenprint (no. 7 from an edition of 75)
  • Dimensions: 86 by 60cm., 33.7 5 by 23.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
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TWO BACTRIAN VESSELS WITH PEWTER FLAGON
TWO BACTRIAN VESSELS WITH PEWTER FLAGON
Liam Belton RHA (b. 1947)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 6

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7000


LOVERS, 2007
LOVERS, 2007
Alice Maher (b.1956)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 7

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Medium: charcoal on Arches paper
  • Dimensions: 152 by 104cm., 60 by 41in.
  • Provenance: Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, 2007; Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, 2007; 'Natural Artifice', Brighton and Hove Museum; Djanogly Art Centre, Nottingham, 2007; 'Alice Maher: The Night Garden', RHA Gallgher Gallery, Dublin, 14 September - 28 October 2007
  • Lovers is an emblematic work from Maher’s ‘Night Garden series’ which draws inspiration from the intricately detailed masterpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1503-1504 by Hieronymus Bosch. It is a fitting source of inspiration for Alice Maher whose work is rooted in folklore and fairy tales as well as medieval and cultural history. Similar to the Dutch artist’s triptych, which is rich with enchanted scenes of carnal desire, Maher’s ‘Night Garden’ works explore and question the perils of life’s temptations through the medium of charcoal and pencil embodied in the profiles of what she calls ‘bestiary’. These ‘bestiary’ figures are fusions of human, animal, bird and fruit combinations as depicted by Bosch in his interpretation of the Fall of Mankind. Maher then embellishes the negative spaces created by these creatures with decorative patterns and motifs ranging from such diverse sources as eighteenth century wallpaper to Pompeian panels and contemporary headscarves. The fragility of these ‘beasts’ is reinforced by the artist’s choice of medium; the delicate charcoal dust. The Night Garden Drawings continue to influence Maher’s work and have provided her with fertile material for her forthcoming solo exhibition entitled, ‘The Music of Things’, which will take place in the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, 12 November to 23 December, 2009. This new body of work will comprise “film drawings” (a new departure for Maher), limited edition prints and two sculptural works.

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PALM HOUSE SERIES X, 2000
PALM HOUSE SERIES X, 2000
Amelia Stein RHA (b.1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 8

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed on reverse on Rubicon Gallery exhibition label
  • Medium: photograph on Ilford Paper (no. 1 from an edition of 20)
  • Dimensions: 48 by 48cm., 19 by 19in.
  • Provenance: Rubicon Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'The Palm House', Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 2001
  • This series of ‘Palm House’ photographs were based on Stein's residency in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin in 2001. They capture the time period prior to restoration work on the building which was carried out two years later. In these images Stein captures the raw and worn fabric of the edifice and its relationship with its subjects, the plants. These works formed the basis of her solo exhibition in the Rubicon Gallery in 2001. The themes of time, degeneration and loss frequently return as dominant subjects in Stein's work. She followed this 'Palm House' exhibition with 'Memory + Loss' in 2002 which explored the lives of her late parents. In 2003 the RHA elected Stein a member of the Academy. She is the first photographer to have achieved this status in Ireland.

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FIGURES, 1981
FIGURES, 1981
Dorothy Cross (b.1956)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 9

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: pencil, ink, wash, pastel, collage and silver paint on paper
  • Dimensions: 75 by 106cm., 29.5 by 41.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Vincent Ferguson; Private collection
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PALM HOUSE SERIES XXVIII, 2001
PALM HOUSE SERIES XXVIII, 2001
Amelia Stein RHA (b.1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 10

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: photograph on Ilford Paper (no. 1 from an edition of 20)
  • Dimensions: 48 by 48cm., 19 by 19in.
  • Provenance: Rubicon Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'The Palm House', Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 2001
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No. 3202, 1999
No. 3202, 1999
Gerard Byrne (b.1969)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 11

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: with inscribed Green on Red exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: photographic c-print mounted on aluminum (no. 1 from an edition of 5)
  • Dimensions: 99 by 150cm., 39 by 59in.
  • Provenance: Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Private Collection
  • Exhibited: 'Gerard Byrne: Theatre Bunker Archive Reception Area' Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, 9 September - 9 October, 1999, catalogue no. 5
  • Gerard Byrne is a visual artist working with photography, video, and installations. In his 1999 ‘Theatre - Bunker - Archives - Reception Area’ exhibition Byrne’s cryptic photography presents the viewer with a series of banal and impenetrable environments which he chooses to leave unexplained to his audience. All the works in this exhibition were made in New York where the artist was living that year and were shot at night from the outdoors looking indoors on spaces which were unfamiliar and out of the control of the artist. The space depicted by Byrne holds only hints at the function of the corporate space giving the viewer a sense of remote isolation akin to the artist's during the creation process. Although unsettling in nature, the overall composition and subject serves to intrigue the viewer and in Byrne's words, "...turn the most everyday of architectural interiors into dramatically "noirish" places. In a darkly comic manner, each photograph resembles a crime scene. This uncanny quality is emphasised in the impossible angles, and the ghostly reflections that inexplicable float across the photographs." In 2007 Byrne represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale.

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MARSH OF COWS, 2001
MARSH OF COWS, 2001
Hughie O'Donoghue (b.1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 12

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €6200

  • Signature: with inscribed Rubicon Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on paper
  • Dimensions: 30 by 30cm., 12 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Rubicon Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Naming the Fields', Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 23 October 2001
  • This painting formed part of an important body of work by the artist which documented and analysed the dramatic bog landscapes of North Mayo. Through these works O'Donoghue explored and recorded both the human impact on the natural habitat as well as aspects of Irish history, memory and the passing of time all of which continue to be significant and recurring themes in his oeuvre to date.

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DIDYMOSPHENIA GEMINATA, 2008
DIDYMOSPHENIA GEMINATA, 2008
Barrie Cooke HRHA (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 13

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed, titled and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 25 by 25cm., 10 by 10in.
  • Provenance: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Temple Bar Gallery and Studios 25th Anniversary Winter Salon Exhibition, 19 November - 20 December, 2008
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NUDE (3), 1986
NUDE (3), 1986
Barrie Cooke HRHA (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 14

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with original inscribed Hendriks Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: pencil and watercolour
  • Dimensions: 42 by 60cm., 16.5 by 23.5in.
  • Provenance: Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, September, 1986
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TABERNACLE, 2006
TABERNACLE, 2006
Patrick O'Reilly (b.1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 15

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: wax with white gold leaf
  • Dimensions: 57 by 57cm., 22.2 5 by 22.2 5in.
  • Provenance: RHA, Dublin; Private collection
  • In this robust work by O'Reilly we see the artist combine the discipline of sculpture with the conventional presentation of a painting. These unlikely fusions as well as the atypical choice of medium aptly encapsulate the artist and his work. O'Reilly frequently presents difficulties to those attempting to interpret and indeed categorise his art. Brian Fallon acknowledges this and has commented, "...Where to fit him, and how to describe or label him? As an installationist that among other things...O'Reilly is as eruptive, inventive and anarchic in his small pieces as in his large ones. He is perfectly at home in his wide variations of scale and has even constructed a street sculpture in Dublin which he calls the Rockets and which towers to fifty feet high. However it would be an injustice to regard him as essentially a virtuoso of startling effects and quick-fire technical invention; there is an underlying note of social compassion and an identification with the lonely, the misfits and the unwanted ones of society." In 2006, when this work was executed, O'Reilly won the Royal Hibernian Academy Sculpture Prize.

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UPTURNED, 2007
UPTURNED, 2007
Gillian Lawler (b.1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 16

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 70 by 80cm., 27.5 by 31.5in.
  • Provenance: Cross Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Gillian Lawler, who graduated from NCAD in 2000, has successfully exhibited in an array of Ireland’s most renowned galleries including the RHA, the Cross Gallery and the Rubicon. 2007 was a particularly rewarding year for the artist winning three prestigious awards, the Arts Council Travel and Training Award and The Hennessy Craig Award and the Whyte’s Award both at the R.H.A. Gallagher Gallery, Annual Show 2007.

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GARNISH ISLAND, WEST CORK
GARNISH ISLAND, WEST CORK
Gerard Byrne (b. 1959)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 17

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1450


THE MANHATTAN, 2009
THE MANHATTAN, 2009
Stuart Morle (b.1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 18

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1150

  • Signature: signed right of centre; with artist's details on reverse
  • Medium: oil on copper
  • Dimensions: 20 by 15cm., 7.75 by 6in.
  • The Manhattan on Harcourt Road is one of the most famous late night eating spots in Dublin. It opens it's doors each evening at 11:30 pm and closes at around 5am, depending on when the last diner leaves. It has served the great and the good of Dublin society, including Bono, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise amongst many other luminaries.

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EARLY MORNING, THE HA'PENNY BRIDGE, DUBLIN
EARLY MORNING, THE HA'PENNY BRIDGE, DUBLIN
Stuart Morle (b.1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 19

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on copper
  • Dimensions: 36 by 45cm., 14 by 17.7 5in.
  • The embracing women in this piece are a reference to the 'Visitation' by the Italian Mannerist, Pontormo, (1494-1557).

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KILLINEY BAY, SUGARLOAF, IV
KILLINEY BAY, SUGARLOAF, IV
Peter Collis RHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 20

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €6000


ARKLOW HARBOUR
ARKLOW HARBOUR
Liam Treacy (1934 - 2004)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 21

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €1100


BLESSINGTON STREET, DUBLIN, 2006
BLESSINGTON STREET, DUBLIN, 2006
Aidan Bradley (b.1961)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 22

Published Estimate: €1600-1800

Price Realised: €1500


THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
Markey Robinson (1918 - 1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 23

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €4000


WINTER LANDSCAPE
WINTER LANDSCAPE
Markey Robinson (1918 - 1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 24

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: 


TWILIGHT IN THE COUNTY DOWN
TWILIGHT IN THE COUNTY DOWN
Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 25

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1500


KIRWAN'S LANE, GALWAY
KIRWAN'S LANE, GALWAY
Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 26

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €4600


MENDING THE NETS
MENDING THE NETS
Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 27

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3600


LE BLE EN HERBE, 1982
LE BLE EN HERBE, 1982
Cecil Maguire RHA RUA (b. 1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 28

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2900

  • Signature: signed lower right; signed again and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 48 by 61cm., 18.7 5 by 24in.
  • The artist, Cecil Maguire, has informed us that this painting was fondly known by his family as “Little Boy Blue Come Blow Your Horn, the Sheep’s in the Meadow, the Cow’s in the Corn”. With thanks to the artist for this information

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TOWARDS POOLBEG, 1982
TOWARDS POOLBEG, 1982
Liam Treacy (1934-2004)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 29

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €1100

  • Signature: signed lower right; with artist's own inscribed studio label on reverse. contact details, including his then address in Arklow, County Wicklow.
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 29 by 34cm., 11.2 5 by 13.2 5in.
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GALWAY HOOKERS RACING AT ROUNDSTONE BAY, COUNTY GALWAY
GALWAY HOOKERS RACING AT ROUNDSTONE BAY, COUNTY GALWAY
Ivan Sutton (b.1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 30

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €3800


INTO MASS, ROUNDSTONE, CONNEMARA, 1972
INTO MASS, ROUNDSTONE, CONNEMARA, 1972
Cecil Maguire RHA RUA (b.1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 31

Published Estimate: €15000-18000

Price Realised: €14000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title and artist's details on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 89cm., 14 by 35in.
  • Provenance: Kenny Art Gallery, Galway; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'An Exhibition of Paintings by Cecil Maguire RUA', The Kenny Gallery, Galway, July 1972, catalogue no. 18
  • Into Mass, Roundstone, Connemara was one of fifty works exhibited by the artist in his third ever exhibition with the Kenny Gallery, Galway. At this point in his career Maguire was spending two months of the year living and painting in the West of Ireland. The 1972 exhibition catalogue aptly described the artist's particular attraction to the area, "…The buildings and the atmosphere of Galway have a particular appeal for him, as here he finds a timelessness which is a welcome relief from the stresses of present day life in Northern Ireland...He is concerned with recording the passing age. He wishes to portray artistically the tranquillity which is not normal in present day Ireland... His present exhibition illustrates the many facets of his artistic imagination and his sympathy with the Connemara way of life."

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MONTE CECERI, I, 1953
MONTE CECERI, I, 1953
Derek Hill HRHA (1916-2000)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 32

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; with original typed gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 23 by 32cm., 9 by 12.5in.
  • Provenance: The Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square, London; Whence purchased by Mrs L. d'Erlanger, June 1953; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Exhibition of Works by Derek Hill', Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square, London, June, 1953, catalogue no. 13
  • In 1953, the year in which this work was executed, Hill was appointed Art Director at the British School in Rome where he worked during the winter of the following two years. In 1954 Hill settled in County Donegal, but, until this time, his home had been I Tatti, celebrated American art historian Bernard Berenson's (1965-1959) lakeside Florentine villa and former rectory.

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THE TWO TRAVELLERS
THE TWO TRAVELLERS
Gerald Davis (1938 - 2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 33

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; with original typed Davis Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Davis Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
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VIEW OF THE VICO ROAD KILLINEY WITH SHANKILL BRAY AND GREYSTONES BEYOND, 1956
VIEW OF THE VICO ROAD KILLINEY WITH SHANKILL BRAY AND GREYSTONES BEYOND, 1956
Edward Cowley (American, 20th/21st century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 34

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500

  • Signature: signed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 86cm., 24 by 34in.
  • Artist and lecturer in the Department of Art at the University of Albany, New York State, Edward Cowley visited Ireland in the mid 1950s and is recorded in the The National College of Art & Design, Dublin’s (NIVAL) College Registers, 1955 – 56. This is a rare and exciting example of an American interpretation on the County Dublin coastline depicting the Italianate scenery seen from the Vico Road, Killiney. It is likely that Cowley travelled to Ireland in the 1950s in a professional capacity. The provenance of the work, which was gifted to the present owner from a professor in Trinity College, suggests a link to the two universities and the artist’s presence in the country during the mid 1950s.

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COUNTY DOWN LANDSCAPE
COUNTY DOWN LANDSCAPE
Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 35

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original Tom Caldwell Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on wooden panel
  • Dimensions: 27 by 30cm., 10.7 5 by 11.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Basil Blackshaw', Tom Caldwell Galleries, Belfast, June 1975, catalogue no. 40
  • This 1975 exhibition comprised forty-two works of varying medium and subject matter. The Tom Caldwell Galleries played host to regular Blackshaw exhibitions in the 1970s and 1980s.

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BY THE SEA
BY THE SEA
Noel Sheridan (1936 - 2006)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 36

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original inscribed Dawson Gallery labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 20 by 30cm., 8 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by Maurice Fridberg Esq.; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Dawson Gallery, Dublin
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SELF PORTRAIT, DOUBLE NUDE
SELF PORTRAIT, DOUBLE NUDE
Stella Steyn (1907 - 1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 37

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 85 by 90cm., 33.5 by 35.5in.
  • Provenance: Family of the artist; Private collection
  • This iconic double nude, dating from Steyn’s time at the Bauhaus School (1931-32), where she studied under Paul Klee (1879-1940) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), clearly shows the important influence of European Modernism in her work. Perhaps a self-portrait with model, this painting evokes a vulnerable yet serenely dignified presence. The poignant mix of melancholy and quizzical humour is emphasised by the stark background against which the subjects subtly vibrant colours are set. Here, Steyn has successfully absorbed elements of Picasso’s abstracted portraiture and Klee’s mystical poetry into her own vision. As Stella Steyn is the only Irish artist known to have attended this now legendary art school, it makes this powerful painting a rare example of the European avant-garde in twentieth century Irish art.

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RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH ROWING BOAT
RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH ROWING BOAT
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 38

Published Estimate: €2000-2500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 28 by 43cm., 11 by 16.7 5in.
  • Provenance: The Oriel Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
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WOMEN AT THE WELL
WOMEN AT THE WELL
George Campbell RHA (1917 - 1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 39

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: €14000

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 64 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.
  • This subject painted in Spain shows the influence of Campbell’s fellow painter Gerard Dillion who was a pivotal figure in the artist’s life. Campbell initiated a succession of lengthy visits to Cataluña and Malaga from 1915. At this point in his career Campbell had adopted a more structured style which employed a bold technique which he developed under Dillon and O’Neill. This work resembles many of Campbell’s other depictions of women from Cadiz in southern Spain as well as the Berber women of Morocco, many of which sold through the Victor Waddington Galleries in the 1950s and 1960s.

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PREGNANCY, 1968
PREGNANCY, 1968
Camille Souter HRHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 40

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: €19000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on paper
  • Dimensions: 69 by 47cm., 27 by 18.5in.
  • Provenance: James J. Stafford Esq.; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by James J. Stafford Esq.; The Irish Imagination, ROSC, 22 October - 29 December 1971
  • Literature: Garrett Cormican, 'Camille Souter: The Mirror in The Sea', Whyte's, Dublin, 2006, catalogue no. 254, illustrated p.92
  • Matter, weight and physicality probably aren’t the first words that spring to mind when one thinks of Camille Souter’s paintings. Indeed, people have usually associated her work with the opposite, with the vocabulary of Impressionism, loose brushwork, softly delineated contours and a focus on the intangible, fleeting shimmer of light. These ideas are not however as opposite as they initially appear. In the context of her landscapes, for example, Souter appears to be acutely concerned with the passage of the seasons, cycles of growth and decay produced by light. Physical processes of growth and decay are a recurring theme in Souter’s oeuvre. One thinks particularly of her paintings of dead fish, dead basking sharks and paintings of bloody meat from the 1970s. One could associate these with death alone but the fish and meat also provided food for people to eat. The dead basking sharks provided oil and other materials to sustain human life. Souter also painted subjects related to birth and regeneration. Pregnancy depicts a friend of the artist and was drawn directly from life. It is, like most of Souter’s paintings of people, an intimate and sympathetic portrait. Having given birth to five children herself (the last in 1965), Souter would have identified strongly with her model’s condition. (See footnote) While the brushwork might appear light and impressionistic, the figure with her distended belly and prominently positioned thighs seems to be anchored by a heavy weight. This is a private scene. The sitter does not look directly at the viewer and any recognisable facial features have been effectively concealed. Souter usually explains this by saying that she often finds back views more interesting, more mysterious. One can’t help feeling that there may be more to it than that though. Generally speaking, Souter tends to depict people as they actually are, shorn of all affectation – not always, perhaps, how they would like to be seen. In this instance, maybe, there is a concern that the sitter might have found the artist’s gaze intrusive and Souter would certainly understand if she did. Souter despises posing for photographs. She is not very keen to have her own portrait painted, either. In conversation, the artist usually refers to this work as Silese When Pregnant. It was, however, originally exhibited under the more generic title Pregnancy so that the identity or privacy of her sitter would be protected. Garrett Cormican November, 2009 Footnote: An earlier painting, Things Inside (exhibited under the alternative title Figures in Embryo), was inspired by the artist’s pregnancy in 1957 with her daughter Gino. This painting was sold at Whyte’s as lot 49 on 30 April 2007 for €22,000.

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TAHITIAN GIRLS
TAHITIAN GIRLS
Andre Roder (Hungarian, b.1933)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 41

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €500


THREE NUDES
THREE NUDES
Markey Robinson (1918 - 1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 42

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €1700


BARMAID
BARMAID
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 43

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: €19500

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Goodwin Galleries, Co. Limerick; Private collection
  • Although he attended some life drawing classes at the Belfast College of Art, Belfast born Dan O’Neill was a largely self-taught artist who was an electrician by profession. In 1946 the Victor Waddington Galleries in Dublin played host to the artist’s inaugural exhibition and from this point, until his death in 1974, the Gallery played vital role in the support and patronage of O’Neill whose varied subject matter garnered him mass appeal. Barmaid represents O’Neill at his very best and its subject, an alluring pensive female, remained a constant in the artist’s oeuvre. As is typical in O’Neill’s figurative works, in Barmaid one finds an unnerving yet mesmerising interaction between the principal character and their environment. In this case the woman is depicted within a public locale, framed by the wares of her occupation. The counter of the bar and the angle of the shelves to the right foreground guide the eye towards the focal point and the shady figures in the background serve to reinforce her state of preoccupation. In spite of the cool palette of blues, greys and greens this work has an almost continental feel. The light in the painting is artificial and adds to the unsettling nature of the interior environment. The attractive bejewelled barmaid with her red lips and painted nails broods in what might be considered a theatrical or somewhat Latino fashion. The romantic tone of the work is heightened not only by the reds in the palette but also by the inclusion of a vase of flowers and the solitary rose held in the barmaid’s hand. The flowers are a significant element in the work in that they are a recurring decorative and symbolic motif regularly employed by O’Neill. Daniel O’Neill’s work can be found in both public and private collections in Ireland and worldwide including, The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin, The Ulster Museum, Belfast, The Arts Council, Dublin, IMMA, Dublin, The Arts Council, Northern Ireland, The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and The Bishop Suter Gallery, New Zealand.

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SOLEIL NOIR
SOLEIL NOIR
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910 - 1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 44

Published Estimate: €5000-6000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 48 by 56cm., 19 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin, March 1978, catalogue no. 6
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BOX FOR STORING DREAMS, 1995
BOX FOR STORING DREAMS, 1995
Charles Brady HRHA (1926 - 1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 45

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title on reverse; also with original RHA exhibtion label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on linen
  • Dimensions: 33 by 46cm., 13 by 18in.
  • Provenance: RHA, 165th Exhibition, 1995; Private collection
  • Exhibited: RHA, 165th Exhibition, 1995, catalogue no. 30, p. 10 of exhibition catalogue
  • Boxes were the main theme of Brady’s exhibition in the Taylor Galleries, Dublin in 1995 as well as the artist’s principal preoccupation during this period in his career. The series began when Brady painted an empty box. Conscious of an Irish misinterpretation of the subject, he commented in a Sunday Independent article (24 September 1995 by Carmel Mooney) “…Ireland is very word-conscious so I thought carefully about the title. I came up with ‘Box for Various Dreams to be Stored in’. Then I did a whole series for boxes for dreams.” The Taylor Galleries exhibition was hugely successful. Known for his depictions of the banal and the everyday, this intimate understated canvas demonstrates another of Brady’s persistent preoccupations - light. In all of his work he strives to achieve the appropriate light and his studio during the mid 1990s, in the suburb of Dún Laoghaire, assisted in this challenge. Of his studio space the artist commented, “It’s not a room with a view… but there is good light – soft Irish light. Ultimately, that’s what I try to paint. When my work is successful, it’s because I’ve captured the light.” For a portrait of this artist see lot 195.

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GOODBYE
GOODBYE
Daniel O'Neill (1920 - 1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 46

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: €20000

  • Signature: signed lower left; with original Dawson Gallery Label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 55cm., 14.2 5 by 21.5in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
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LANDSCAPE SKETCH
LANDSCAPE SKETCH
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901 - 1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 47

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: inscribed with title on reverse; with Frederick Gallery exhibition label also on reverse
  • Medium: coloured crayon with felt-tip marker on paper
  • Dimensions: 17 by 23cm., 6.5 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Frederick Gallery, Dublin, 1996; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Norah McGuinness', The Frederick Gallery, Dublin, May 1996, catalogue no. 48
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VILLAGE IN GREECE
VILLAGE IN GREECE
Kenneth Hall (1913 - 1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 48

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2900

  • Signature: signed lower left; with typed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Exhibited: 'Kenneth Hall 1913-1946, A Retrospective Exhibition', European Modern Art, 5 Clare Street, Dublin, March 1991, catalogue no. 11, listed on p.10 of catalogue
  • In the 1930s Kenneth Hall and Basil Rákóczí travelled around Europe painting and absorbing the avant-garde artistic trends, such as Surrealism, which were prevalent on the continent at this time. This light-hearted work, painted at Glyfada, Greece, in 1938 is exemplary of Hall’s style at this time in his career. In the exhibition catalogue for the 1991 Retrospective exhibition Brian Kennedy comments, “…Before he came to Ireland, Hall’s work was conceived almost as flat pattern, with little suggestion of recession in space, forms and shapes being defined, as noted by the heavy line of fairly constant weight and thickness. His colours are laid flat with no attempt at modelling, the whole often having a child-like simplicity…” Later Hall’s works would take on a more sombre approach and would be greatly influenced by his Irish contemporaries from the White Stag Group, his patron and advocate Lucy Wertheim and, in the main, by the atmosphere and mood of the West of Ireland.

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HOLIDAY HUTS IN MARCH NEAR POULSHONE, COURTOWN, COUNTY WEXFORD, 1953
HOLIDAY HUTS IN MARCH NEAR POULSHONE, COURTOWN, COUNTY WEXFORD, 1953
Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 49

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed, titled and dated lower left; also titled lower right; with Peppercanister Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: gouache with pencil
  • Dimensions: 20 by 31cm., 7.75 by 12.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • In 1953 was an important year Tony O’Malley which saw his work included in both the Oireachtas and the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin. At this point O'Malley was in the very early stages of his career as an artist having only taken up painting a few years previously in 1947 at the age of 34 years.

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BRETON PORT, 1949
BRETON PORT, 1949
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901 - 1986)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30 November 2009 / 50

Published Estimate: €25000-35000

Price Realised: €20000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original Dawson Gallery label on reverse; also with original exhibition label for The Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1950
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 72 by 92cm., 28.2 5 by 36.2 5in.
  • Exhibited: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1950, catalogue no. 7
  • Having acquired a solid training in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in 1921, complemented by subsequent accolades and her first exhibition in the Royal Hibernian Academy 1924, McGuinness later developed her skills abroad, first, in London at the Chelsea Polytechnic, and later in Paris from 1929 to 1931 under André L’Hôte. McGuinness was a founder member of The Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943 and in 1944 when Mainie Jellett's health failed she became president. She exhibited with the Victor Waddington Gallery in 1944 and again in 1949 when this work was produced. At this point McGuinness was residing at 13 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. This lively and spontaneous canvas demonstrates the impact of McGuinness’ time spent in France and the influence of the artistic movements of cubism and fauvism that were prevalent at the time. In 1950 Norah McGuinness exhibited at the Venice Biennale along with fellow Irish artist Nano Reid. This work was one of four exhibited by McGuinness at the IELA in 1950. Other titles included, Concarneau (no. 10), Les Bigoudénes (ill., no. 59), and Morning in Rathgar (no. 64). Sourced from Anne Yeats’ Scrapbooks (1947-1971) (Vols. I & II) with the kind assistance of Eve Parnell, NIVAL.

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