Irish Painting Consignment
Sotheby’s pioneered the development of the Irish art market in 1995, when we became the first auction house to hold a London sale dedicated to Irish works of art. Since then, we continue to lead this category which has expanded from a Dublin-based market into an international collecting category. Major highlights include auction records for William Orpen (£1,983,500), Jack Butler Yeats (£1,233,500), Roderic O’Conor (£792,000), Louis le Brocquy (£1,158,500), Gerard Dillon (£212,500), and Basil Blackshaw (£162,500).
Sotheby’s specialists with decades of experience are your most reliable resource for Irish art appraisal and consignment. We can help you identify your Irish painting and provide you with guidance on how best to sell it in today's market. We are the only international auction house to offer a dedicated Irish Art sale, which includes a travelling exhibition to Dublin before the exhibition and auction in London. This enables us to best capitalise on the national and international markets.
Our international Irish Art sales offer the best of Irish paintings, drawings and sculpture by Ireland’s leading artists from the 19th century to the present day, such as Sir John Lavery, Roderic O’Conor, Paul Henry, Sir William Orpen, Jack Butler Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon, Basil Blackshaw, John Behan, Gottfried Helnwein, Rowan Gillespie and Hughie O’Donoghue.
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Irish Paintings Consigned with Sotheby's
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my Irish art?Sotheby’s Irish Art sale takes place in September 2019. A major event in the auction calendar, the sale draws a steady stream of passionate collectors and established dealers who often compete fiercely against each other in the saleroom for the best works in the field. 2018 saw Sotheby’s sales of Irish art total £6 million – our strongest result in a decade and outperforming our competitors. If you wish to sell an Irish painting or other Irish artwork, simply send photographs, paperwork and other background information to Sotheby’s for an auction estimate.
- Why should I sell my Irish painting with Sotheby's?Sotheby’s auctions are followed by an international audience that includes top galleries, dealers and private collectors. When you sell an Irish painting, drawing or sculpture in a Sotheby’s auction, you gain exposure to a large and competitive group of global buyers who compete to purchase fine art for the highest price.
Our specialists have decades of experience and are connected to the top buyers in the market. We have been entrusted with major collections of Irish art including the Smurfit Group, the Yeats family’s private collection and most recently, with the Brian P. Burns Collection. If your artwork is a good fit for one of our auctions, your dedicated specialist will help you through the consignment and shipping process to make it a seamless and enjoyable selling experience.
- How do I ship my painting to Sotheby's for sale?Once our specialists have provided you with an auction estimate, they will help you with the shipping process. We work with the best fine art shippers around the globe to provide you with a seamless, insured and safe shipping experience.