THE SALE of nearly 200 paintings by some of the country’s best known artists fetched nearly €76,500 in an auction in Limerick last weekend.
Hundreds of people attended the prestigious Dolan’s art auction in the Castletroy Park hotel on Sunday last, which featured the sales of two private collections by Limerick collectors.
Niall Dolan of the auction house said the auction had a 96% success rate, which he believed was due to the large number of works by Limerick artists for sale, “especially those which hadn’t seen the light of day for many years”.
Limerick artist Jack Donovan’s Nude on Bed from his Pinkie Downey series sold for €800, with six of his other works selling from €275 and upwards.
Des O’Malley, the 75-year-old former Fianna Fail deputy and founder of the Progressive Democrats, saw one of his works, entitled Water’s Edge, Summer, sell for €150.
Kenneth Webb was the most sought after artist on the day. His large oil on canvas of the evening light in Connemara fetched €4,300, the highest realised for a painting on the day. The 87 year-old London born artist founded the Irish School of Landscape Painting in 1957, and became the head of painting in the Ulster College of Art in 1953. Another Connemara scene, Collecting the Turf, sold for €4,000, while Blue Stones, Connemara, made €3,200. His signed mixed media work of Wild Poppies sold for €1,900.
An oil on canvas by Charles Harper, entitled Break, sold for €3,200.
Norman Teeling’s Flower Stall, Grafton Street, sold for €1,100.
London born Arthur K Maderson, who moved to Waterford in the late 1980s, saw his work Night Market sell for €1,150, while Henry Morgan’s Mountain Stream in Tipperary made €1,050.
Other artists who featured in the collection included Graham Knuttel, Peter Knuttel, George Gillespie, Douglas Hutton, Manus Walsh, and Thelma Mansfield of RTE fame.
Another auction in Limerick is scheduled for the autumn.