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Irish Art

A Treasure Trove of Irish Art from the Estate of the Late Patrick Kelly

By Sotheby's

F or those who knew him, the nickname ‘Gentle Paddy’ evokes fond memories of one of Ireland’s most successful property developers. On 18 March 2020, Sotheby’s will offer works from the estate of the late Patrick Kelly (1942-2011), from 44 Fitzwilliam Square, the family’s Georgian home in Dublin.

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44 Fitzwilliam Square, the Home of Patrick Kelly

Preceding the sale, this autumn Sotheby’s will open the doors of 44 Fitzwilliam Square to reveal this special, private collection to the public.

The entire contents will be available for viewing in Dublin from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 October: 14 paintings on public exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy alongside highlights from Sotheby’s annual Irish Art sale on 19 November. See highlights from the 2019 sale here.

The remainder of Kelly's collection will be on display at the Fitzwilliam Square townhouse, by appointment, with viewing in many of the most elegant and beautiful rooms.

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William Scott, Deep Blues, Estimate £300,000–500,000

An avid collector, Patrick Kelly furnished his Dublin home with a stunning array of Irish pictures recognising the tradition of Irish painting from the 18th to 20th centuries and encompassing works by George Barret, Daniel Maclise, Paul Henry, Roderic O’Conor, Jack B. Yeats and William Scott, among others. These paintings were wonderfully complemented in the interiors of 44 Fitzwilliam Square with fine Georgian and Regency furniture, silver and decorative arts, amassed by Kelly from auctions and dealers over the past three decades. Highlights include a pair of important George II Irish mirrors supplied to Sankey Winter, Dean of Kildare and marquetry tables attributed to William Moore of Dublin.

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Inside 44 Fitzwilliam Square

The collection as a whole reveals Patrick’s passion for Irish art and his discerning eye, with pictures and furniture beautifully married within the elegant surroundings of his Georgian home. Central to the collection are five paintings by Jack B. Yeats, including The Showground Revisited, painted in 1950 (est. £150,000–250,000 / €170,000–282,000) and Young Men, painted in 1929 (est. £150,000–250,000 /170,000–282,000), and an exceptional work by William Scott, entitled Deep Blues (est. £300,000–500,000 / €339,000–565,000). The collection as a whole reveals Patrick’s passion for Irish art and his discerning eye, with pictures and furniture.

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