Fine Arts: Orpen’s bit of fun on offer at de Veres sale

After the Ball, a meditation on the Venice Carnival, has a estimate of €150,000-€250,000

After the Ball, by William Orpen (€150,000-€250,000)

November 23 will surely be the busiest day the Irish art market has seen in a long while. At de Veres, a stunning image by William Orpen delivers art as a magic carpet that whisks us across Europe to the most hedonistic of all celebrations – the Venice Carnival.

After the Ball is set in a moonlit courtyard: stars twinkle in the night sky and a pampered pooch is fast asleep on his satin pillow. ...