Paul Henry RHA RUA (1876-1958) The Potato Diggers (1910-11)
Price Realised €500,000
Paul Henry RHA RUA (1876-1958) The Potato Diggers (1910-11)
Price Realised €500,000
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) The Storm
Price Realised €125,000
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) The Storm
Price Realised €125,000
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989) Red and Red (WS119) (1967)
Price Realised €188,000
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989) Red and Red (WS119) (1967)
Price Realised €188,000
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) By Merrion Strand (1929)
Price Realised €560,000
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) By Merrion Strand (1929)
Price Realised €560,000
Paul Henry RHA RUA (1876-1958) The Potato Diggers (1910-11)
Price Realised €500,000
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) The Storm
Price Realised €125,000
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989) Red and Red (WS119) (1967)
Price Realised €188,000
JACK B YEATS RHA (1871-1957)A Fair Day, Mayo
Price Realised €1,250,000
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) By Merrion Strand (1929)
Price Realised €560,000

Important Irish Art

Adam's were the first fine art auctioneers to explore the potential of Irish art by instituting specialist sales of Irish paintings and sculpture. We began, in 1973, to hold our now famous quarterly sales in our St. Stephens Green auction rooms. Almost fifty years later, we continue to celebrate our passion for Irish Art. Our catalogues, which are more akin to reference books, boast articles written by academics and critics at the forefront of their fields and our experts work year round to mount some of the best sales of Irish Art held anywhere in the world.

As a long-established firm, we pride ourselves in providing the most professional and personal service. Whether you are thinking of selling, or are seeking advice on buying, our team is always on hand to advise you. Across the spectrum of Irish paintings, sculpture, drawings & watercolours we have set many world and Irish records, achieving some phenomenal prices. Our Irish art sales have grown from a market with domestic roots to one with an international audience, with bidders participating from all around the globe, in person, via telephone and on the internet.

If you are interested in buying or selling Irish art, please contact one of our specialists in total confidence and without any obligation.

Important Irish Art

Important Irish Art

Adam's were the first fine art auctioneers to explore the potential of Irish art by instituting specialist sales of Irish paintings and sculpture. We began, in 1973, to hold our now famous quarterly sales in our St. Stephens Green auction rooms. Almost fifty years later, we continue to celebrate our passion for Irish Art. Our catalogues, which are more akin to reference books, boast articles written by academics and critics at the forefront of their fields and our experts work year round to mount some of the best sales of Irish Art held anywhere in the world.

As a long-established firm, we pride ourselves in providing the most professional and personal service. Whether you are thinking of selling, or are seeking advice on buying, our team is always on hand to advise you. Across the spectrum of Irish paintings, sculpture, drawings & watercolours we have set many world and Irish records, achieving some phenomenal prices. Our Irish art sales have grown from a market with domestic roots to one with an international audience, with bidders participating from all around the globe, in person, via telephone and on the internet.

If you are interested in buying or selling Irish art, please contact one of our specialists in total confidence and without any obligation.

Contacts for this department

James O'Halloran
Managing Director

James O'Halloran

BA FSCSI FRICS

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 Stuart Cole
Director

Stuart Cole

MSCSI MRICS

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Nicholas Gore-Grimes
Associate Director

Nicholas Gore-Grimes

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Adam Pearson
Fine Art Department

Adam Pearson

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Giorgia Chiesa
Fine Art Department

Giorgia Chiesa

Email Address

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Adams private sales provides a tailored service where you can meet one-on-one with a Claire, a graduate gemmologist to discuss your requirements. Our skilled specialists are delighted to offer advise if you are considering buying and selling at auction or you can simply view particular pieces without being tied to the auction calendar.

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Carat

A carat is the international metric unit of weight for a diamond. Large diamonds are much rarer than small ones, so the value of a diamond rises in proportion to its carat weight.

Colour

Diamonds are graded on a colour scale from D to Z, D being colourless and Z having a light colour tint. All D to Z diamonds are considered white, although they contain varying degrees of colour. With white diamonds the absence of colour is most sought after and so too the value increases with lack of body colour. Diamonds do come in a variety of colours such as pinks, blues and yellows, known as fancy colours. Although fancy colour diamonds are graded on a separate colour scale.

Clarity

The “birthmarks” or small imperfections on the surface (called blemishes) and inside the diamond (called inclusions) are known as clarity characteristics. Clarity refers to the degree to which clarity characteristics are present.  The clarity scale has 6 categories (FL, IF, VVS’s, VS’s, SI’s and I’s) divided into 11 grades and diamonds with less inclusions have a higher value.

Cut

The ability of a transparent diamond to play with white light is largely down to the cut of a stone. The faceted faces of a diamond act like a hall of mirrors bouncing light inside a diamond and returning it as brilliance (white light), fire (flashes of colour) and scintillation (pleasing pattern of light and dark areas). A well-cut diamond is very lively and bright. Round brilliant diamonds are more expensive than fancy-cut diamonds, as more rough is cut to produce the diamond.

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ADAM'S IRISH ARTIST DIRECTORY

Welcome to Adam's Irish Artist Directory where you will find biographical information on artists whose work has been sold by Adams, or which features in an upcoming auction. This directory is constantly evolving and it is our intention to cover all artists of significance in Irish Art. Each artist is listed alphabetically by surname, with details of both current and previous lots for sale at Adam's Auctioneers.

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PSRA Registration Number #001959
James Adam & Sons Ltd
Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
26 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2,
D02 X665, Ireland