Sir John Lavery's masterpiece may sell for £500k at auction
Two major works by Irish painters Jack B Yeats and Sir John Lavery are expected to sell for up to £1 million at an auction next week.
Belfast-born Lavery's masterpiece The Maid Was In The Garden Hanging Out The Clothes will go for between £300,000 and £500,000, auctioneer Christie's predicts.
Painted in the style that he had gone to Paris to study at the end of 1881, the oil on canvas signals the then young painter's growing awareness of Impressionism.
Also on sale is Yeats' The Boat Builder with a guide price between £300,000 and £500,000. It was one of a series of 12 paintings commissioned in 1913 to illustrate a book about professions in rural Ireland.
Both paintings go under the hammer at Christie's Modern British and Irish Art sale at its London saleroom on November 25 and 26.
Works by Lavery and Yeats have reached record prices recently. An anonymous buyer paid $1.3 million for Lavery's The Green Sofa at an auction in New York in 2012. The previous year, Yeats' A Fair Day, Mayo, sold for £701,411 in Dublin. It was the highest price ever paid at auction for a work of art in Ireland.
Other notable Irish works at the upcoming Christie's sale include paintings by Paul Henry, Roderic O'Conor and Louis le Brocquy.