THE ART broker Sotheby’s will be hosting a dedicated Irish Art auction on September 13, with a diverse collection of Irish works on show.
The collection was on display at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin last week but will now move to London for auction.
Lots vary from an early 19th-century view of Dublin Bay to Lazy Lady — a one-meter-long bronze by Blackrock native Rowan Gillespie.
One piece from a private collection includes the fiery Brittany seascape Blue Sea and Red Rocks by Roderic O’Conor, a Roscommon painter who died in 1940.
The piece remained in O’Conor’s studio all his life, before passing into an Australian collection and remaining unseen for half a century.
Blue Sea and Red Rocks is expected to fetch a whopping sum — somewhere in the region of between £80,000 and £120,000.
Orpen was a Stillorgan artist who died in 1931 and worked mainly from London.
The Fiddler depicts a barefoot fiddle-player and his vagabond family, as part of Orpen’s Irish Trilogy which reflected upon the legacy of war in Europe.
Lots include Rowan Gillespie’s Trapped, a 39cm alloy from 1977 depicting a figure trapped within a resin, and Olivia Musgrave’s Standing Amazon With Dog, a 59cm bronze of a woman, a horse and a dog that was cast this year.
Sotheby’s reintroduced their annual Irish Art sale last year, which got off to a slow start but eventually did well enough to justify another year’s auction.
2016’s roll-call of artists is even more impressive than the previous year’s, with renowned artists such as Sir John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Roderic O’Conor, Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, F.E. McWilliam, Rowan Gillespie and Gottfried Helnwein all represented.