Prestigious art auction in Limerick this weekend

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Nude on bed:  Jack Donovan's painting is one of those up for sale at the Dolan's art auction
NEARLY 200 paintings by some of the greatest artists in the country will go under the hammer this weekend at Dolan’s art auction house.

NEARLY 200 paintings by some of the greatest artists in the country will go under the hammer this weekend at Dolan’s art auction house.

Some 54 lots are from two private Limerick collections and will be sold without reserve this Sunday, March 2, at 2pm in the Castletroy Park hotel.

Eight works by acclaimed Limerick artist Jack Donovan, who will turn 80 next week, are up for sale, with a guide reserve of €1,200 for his Nude on Bed from his Pinkie Downey series.

Other artists who feature in the collection include Des O’Malley, the former Fianna Fail TD and founder of the Progressive Democrats, Charles Harper, Graham Knuttel, Peter Knuttel, Henry Morgan, George Gillespie, Arthur K Maderson, Douglas Hutton, Manus Walsh, Thelma Mansfield, and many others.

With reserves on some paintings starting at just at just a couple of hundred euro, the auctioneers are promising that valuable works could be snapped up for bargain prices. One of the more expensive works is a landscape painting in Connemara by Kenneth Webb, aged 87, with a reserve of between €4,000 to €6,000.

The viewing times are this Friday, from 12pm-9pm, on Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

In addition to paintings, there is also a selection of antiques from clocks to mirrors to light fittings, silver and furniture, cut glass and sculpture. Among the items is a George III drop leaf table from the 1820s, which the auctioneers said represents “incredible value” at just a few hundred euro.