James Adam and Sons Ltd, trading as Adam's, is Ireland's leading Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers. Founded in 1887, it is situated in the heart of Dublin on St Stephen's Green.

Over the last century the company has developed its expertise in many fields and currently offer specialist sales ranging from Important Irish Art, Fine Period Furniture, Silver & Object's Of Vertu, Contemporary & Modern Art, Militaria & Memorabilia as well as Vintage Wine Sales and are adept at the appraisal and sale of private collections.

Adam's also off er a comprehensive valuation service for the purposes of insurance, probate, family division etc. Adam's is proud of its relationship with its clientele and as a privately held company, can off er flexible and competitive terms. Numerous world records have been achieved in these salerooms, particularly in the sale of Irish art. Today, James Adam & Sons, is one of the fastest growing companies in its field, offering a service of distinction as Ireland's principal auction house.

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Objects "Adam's"

Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957), The Talent (1944), Oil on canvas, 35.5 x 46cm (14 x18''), Signed, Provenance: Purchased by Lady Nelson, 1944, later with Lord Killanin c.1949/50 and Victor Waddington by 1970. Exhibited: 'Jack B. Yeats: National Loan Exhibition', National College of Art Dublin, June/July 1945, Cat. No.153, where lent by Lady Nelson;, 'Jack B. Yeats Exhibition', Waddington Galleries London, April/May 1971, Cat. No.12;, 'Jack B. Yeats Centennial Exhibition', Coe Kerr Gallery New York, November 1971, Cat. No.7. Literature: 'Jack B. Yeats' exhibition catalogue, London 1971, illustrated in colour; 'Jack B. Yeats Catalogue Raisonne of Oil Paintings' by Hilary Pyle, London 1992, Cat. No.661. The Talent, evokes a memorable performance in a Dublin playhouse. A strong shaft of white light beams down on to the diminutive figure of a woman. She sings into a large microphone and stands at one end of a large otherwise empty stage. Hilary Pyle has identified the venue as the Queen, s Theatre. Yeats had a fascination with performing and the theatre and several of his paintings focus on the performance and its impact on the audience. Yeats was himself a prolific playwright and compulsive theatre goer who rarely missed a production at any of Dublin, s theatres. The stage setting and the distinctive appearance of the artiste, with her blonde hair and blue dress, is reminiscent of an earlier work, Singing the Minstrel Boy, , (1923, Model, Sligo). But in, The Talent, the viewpoint takes in more of the interior of the auditorium and the audience. The form of the singer appears to dissolve beneath the powerful electric beam of the floodlight. This almost engulfs her, making her appear small and fragile. The stage is sketched out in thin blues and reds on a virtually bare canvas. Although loosely indicated by the broad strokes of paint, the audience, seated in the boxes, appear engrossed. They lean towards the performer or sit back in their seats. Their bodies contrast with the erect pose of the diva as she sings her song and mesmerises her public. While a figurative work of art, the painting has a strong abstract quality. Line and colour build up dramatic and complex contrasts between light and shade, and positive and negative form. Dr Roisin Kennedy September 2016Read more

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Low estimate
42 300 GBP

Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014)

Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014), Forest Light (Borneo Series), Oil on canvas, 61 x 45.7cm (24 x 18¾''), Signed and dated (19)'76 verso, Exhibited: 'Barrie Cooke Exhibition', David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, April/May 1976, Catalogue No.21, where purchased by current owner. The artist wrote about his trip to Malaya and Borneo in the 1976 catalogue:, "These paintings are the result of a stay of three months in the equitorial forests of Malaya and Borneo. They are an effort to explain to myself something of the complication and vitality of what I experienced there. That a certain bamboo can grow ten inches in a day and die in a couple of months I had guessed at, having seen spring corn shoot in cold Kilkenny (and tomatoes erupt in a hot-house), but that this could take place beside a tree 200 feet tall and as many years old, I found hard to reconcile. I have always imagined process; now I began to realise that it was my good fortune during those weeks in the tropics to live inside the most intense, diverse and complex ecological system remaining on this earth. Nowhere else is there such heat, such rain, such sun, such dark. All forming; all adjusting; all competing; all supporting. Nowhere else can 30 sorts of leaves from half-an-inch to three feet across be found in a space of 10 cubic feet. Rain forest is a state of the world where Form as we normally sense it, jelled and realizable, hardly exists."Read more

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  • 1d 6h
Low estimate
1 700 GBP

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26 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2, Ireland
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