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THE 49TH ANNUAL IADA FAIR AT THE RDS IN DUBLIN

September 19th, 2014

The 49th annual Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) Fair takes place at the RDS in Dublin from September 25 to September 28.  With everything from rare silver and Egyptian Revival gold bangles to Irish and international art and antique and cutting edge contemporary furniture by Zelouf and Bell this annual IADA showcase promises to be a must see event for anyone serious about antiques in Ireland.  There will be free lectures on September 26, 27 and 28 on subjects as diverse as the art of lacquer and the glamour of vintage fashion to key figures in Irish painting.  The fair is comprehensive.  Here is a small selection from what can be found here.

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 3, 2014)

Niall Mullen Antiques: Pair of Irish inlaid mahogany book cases by James Hicks : Signed : Date 1930 : €28,500.

Niall Mullen Antiques: Pair of Irish inlaid mahogany book cases by James Hicks : Signed : Date 1930 : €28,500.

Zelouf and Bell Gimlet cocktail cabinet in blue ripple sycamore inlaid with polished aluminum, mirror-finish stainless steel base, with ivory ripple sycamore, sapphire stone, leather, sterling silver pulls. Limited edition 1/6.  W780 D430 H1255mm

Zelouf and Bell Gimlet cocktail cabinet in blue ripple sycamore inlaid with polished aluminum, mirror-finish stainless steel base, with ivory ripple sycamore, sapphire stone, leather, sterling silver pulls. Limited edition 1/6.
W780 D430 H1255mm

A rare Edwardian natural pearl and diamond brooch in original case, Swedish, maker Nordiska Compania, signed, circa 1910 at Courtville Antiques

A rare Edwardian natural pearl and diamond brooch in original case, Swedish, maker Nordiska Compania, signed, circa 1910 at Courtville Antiques

Yellow gold Egyptian Revival bangle, circa 1870, attributed to Carlo Giuliano at Cobwebs.

Yellow gold Egyptian Revival bangle, circa 1870, attributed to Carlo Giuliano
at Cobwebs.

A 1964 Omega Constellation at John Brereton.

A 1964 Omega Constellation at John Brereton.

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UNRECORDED BUST OF HOMER BY HARWOOD FOUND IN IRELAND

September 19th, 2014
Bust of Homer by Francis Harwood.

Bust of Homer by Francis Harwood.

A previously unrecorded marble bust of Homer discovered in Ireland will be offered at Sotheby’s in London on December 3 with an estimate of £70,000-100.000.  It is by Francis Harwood, one of the most celebrated British sculptors of the 18th century. Dated 1757 the sculpture is unrecorded and the earliest known Harwood depiction of the ancient Greek poet.  It has been in a private collection in Ireland since the 1950’s.

There are only two other extant versions of Harwood’s Homer. One dated 1764 is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The other, dated 1760 is at Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire.  Francis Harwood (1726/7-1783) was mostly active in Florence where he was highly favoured by British visitors on the Grand Tour.  Harwood forged a successful career in Italy, where he remained for 30 years. The young Antonio Canova visited his studio in October 1779 and made a detailed note in his diary about what he saw there.

The Bust of Homer was housed in Dublin and then in Co. Louth. It was purchased by Canon Joseph Furlong, known as Kilcullen’s only flying priest, from Powerscourt.  Fr. Furlong came to Kilcullen in 1952 as parish priest and regularly took the skies in his monoplane. He died in 1971 and the sculptor passed by descent to the present owner. Sotheby’s European sculpture and works of art specialist Christopher Mason will provide free appraisals in Dublin and countrywide by appointment on September 23-24 and November 11-12.

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BANTRY HOUSE AUCTION POSTPONED DUE TO IRISH BUREAUCRATIC DELAYS

September 18th, 2014

Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull have been forced to postpone to a later date the sale of contents from Bantry House in west Cork. The much anticipated sale was to have taken place on October 21.  Today in a statement Lyon and Turnbull said the company had been forced to postpone the sale due  due to delays in obtaining a licence from the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

Gavin Strang, Director of Lyon & Turnbull said “We have unfortunately had to postpone the sale because we have not yet been able to obtain a licence from the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) which will allow us to hold an auction in Ireland. This licence was introduced in 2012 and under new legal requirements auctioneers, as well as estate agents, lettings agents and management companies, now need an operating licence issued by the PSRA.

He continued “We began the process in July with the PSRA. Providing them with the extensive information they require from us has taken longer than anticipated. We have waited as long as we can, but as the deadline for printing the catalogue is now upon us, the difficult decision to postpone the sale has had to be made.”

The postponement has echoes of a debacle involved the world renowned country singer Garth Brooks in Ireland this summer.  Brooks ended up cancelling a series of comeback shows at Croke Park in Dublin in July after a bureaucratic wrangle with Dublin City Council.  The cancellation is believed to have cost untold millions of euro worth of lost revenue to the city of Dublin and Irish tourism.

A portrait of George III in coronation robes from Bantry House.

A portrait of George III in coronation robes from Bantry House.

The drawing room at Bantry House.

The drawing room at Bantry House.

(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for August 18 and June 19, 2014)

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A WORLD HISTORY IN IRISH AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION

September 18th, 2014
A history of the world in the first half of the 20th century is contained in 17 lots from a Skibbereen autograph collector to be sold at Whyte’s in Dublin on September 20.  Political leaders from Konrad Adenaur and Paul Spaak to Moshe Dayan, Archibishop Makarios and Constantine Karamanlis, military personnages like Field Marshall Montgomery, literary figures like Boris Pasternak, British Prime Ministers Anthony Eden and Clement Attlee and celebrities like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and James Cagney are peppered through this collection.
Michael O’Sullivan, now retired and still living in Skibbereen, wrote to and received replies from people like Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser and Franco of Spain, Admiral Jerauld Wright, Commander in Chief, the US Atlantic Fleet and astronomer Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell, builder of the Jodrell Bank telescope which tracked Sputnik in 1957. There were apologetic refusals from, among others, The Queen of England, Winston Churchill, Harold MacMillan, Lord Home, President Eisenhower and the Shan of Iran. Many responded with signed photographs.  Most replies are on official notepaper.
The autographs were locked away safely for 50 years. Now he has decided to sell them.

A letter, typical of many, which arrived at Michael  O'Sullivan's home in Skibbereen inthe 1950

A letter, typical of many, which arrived at Michael O’Sullivan’s home in Skibbereen in the 1950’s

An autograph from Boris Pasternak, best known outside Russia as author of Doctor Zhivago.

An autograph from Boris Pasternak, best known outside Russia as author of Doctor Zhivago.

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AUCTION OF OCEANIC ART BREAKS RECORDS

September 18th, 2014

THERE was a world record for a sale of Oceanic Art at Sotheby’s in Paris this week. The auction of the collection of 49 works from Canadian Murray Frum achieved 7.53 million. There were world records for an Uli memorial figure from New Ireland and a Maori statue from New Zealand.  They sold for 1.6 million and 1.4 million respectively. Three works made over one million and 14 sold for over 100,000 in a auction that ws 100 per cent sold.

The ancestral carving of a powerful clan leader from New Ireland includes a rare secondary character and once belonged to the Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor Serge Brignoni. The head of a staff god from Raratonga in the Cook Islands made 1.2 million.

Ancestor figure, uli Northern New Ireland SOLD: 1,609,500€

Ancestor figure, uli
Northern New Ireland
SOLD: 1,609,500€

Figure Pou whakairo Maori, New Zealand SOLD: 1,441,500€

Figure Pou whakairo
Maori, New Zealand SOLD: 1,441,500€

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DUCHESS OF WINDSOR TIGER JEWELLERY BY CARTIER

September 16th, 2014
The Cartier Tiger Jewels.

The Cartier Tiger Jewels.

Two pieces of tiger jewellery by Cartier, formerly from the legendary collection of the Duchess of Windsor and given to Sarah Brightman by her then husband Andrew Lloyd Webber, are the early highlights of the upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s in Geneva on November 11. The two tiger pieces comprising of an onyx and diamond clip brooch and bracelet, with emerald eyes, were both made in the 1950s and are to be sold as one lot with a combined estimate of US$1,800,000-2,500,000. The Cartier Tiger Collection has been a highlight of 20th century jewellery design since it first appeared in 1928.

They were bought at the 1897 auction of the duchesses jewels by Andrew Lloyd Webber as a present for Sarah Brightman to celebrate the huge London and Broadway success of The Phantom of the Opera. Sarah Brightman intends to offer a portion of the proceeds from the sale to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which supports various arts projects.

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JEWELLERY AT O’REILLY’S OF FRANCIS ST., DUBLIN

September 16th, 2014

Calling all jewellery lovers.  There will be an auction of gems and silver at O’Reilly’s, Francis St., Dublin on September 24.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

A twist design diamond ring (3,000-4,000).

A twist design diamond ring (3,000-4,000).

An antique two stone diamond ring (1,000-1,200).

An antique two stone diamond ring (1,000-1,200).

A ruby and diamond dress ring (1,800-2,000)

A ruby and diamond dress ring (1,800-2,000)

A diamond and sapphire cross over ring (6,000-7,000)

A diamond and sapphire cross over ring (6,000-7,000)

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ICONIC GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AT SOTHEBY’S AMERICAN ART SALE

September 15th, 2014
Georgia O'Keeffe - Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1

Georgia O’Keeffe – Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1

One of the most iconic works by Georgia O’Keeffe ever to appear at auction will come up at Sotheby’s sale of American Art in New York on November 20. Jimson Weed/White Flower No. I is estimated to make $10-15 million.  It  is one of the most well-known examples of O’Keeffe’s celebrated flower paintings, which stand among the most recognizable images in both art history and popular culture. The painting is one of three works by the American artist that are on offer from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund. Also on offer from the Museum’s collection is On the Old Santa Fe Road ($2-3 million) and Untitled (Skunk Cabbage) ($500,ooo-750,000).

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 was owned originally by the artist’s sister Anita O’Keeffe Young, whose estate was sold at Sotheby’s in December 1987. It was subsequently included in two private collections before being donated to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum by The Burnett Foundation in 1996. The work hung in the White House for 6 years at the request of First Lady Laura Bush, and has been featured in nearly every major retrospective on the artist, including those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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SUNDAY INTERIORS AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

September 15th, 2014

More than 500 lots will come under the hammer  at the James Adam Sunday Interiors sale in Dublin on  September 21.  The auction offer furniture, silver, jewellery, art, rugs and a variety of collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

AN EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY TUB BACK LIBRARY ARMCHAIR c.1840 (2,000-3,000)

AN EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY TUB BACK LIBRARY ARMCHAIR c.1840 (2,000-3,000)

A JAPANESE CARVED IVORY GROUP, 19th Century (600-1,000)

A JAPANESE CARVED IVORY GROUP, 19th Century (600-1,000)

A LATE 19TH CENTURY DAPPLED GREY ROCKING HORSE (1,000-1,500)

A LATE 19TH CENTURY DAPPLED GREY ROCKING HORSE (1,000-1,500)

IVAN SUTTON (b.1944) Launching the Currach, Inisheer Aran Islands (1,000-1,500)

IVAN SUTTON (b.1944) Launching the Currach, Inisheer Aran Islands
(1,000-1,500)

A FINE SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD AND ROSEWOOD CROSS BANDED SEMI ELLIPTICAL COMMODE, in George III style (2,000-4,000)

A FINE SATINWOOD, HAREWOOD AND ROSEWOOD CROSS BANDED SEMI ELLIPTICAL COMMODE, in George III style (2,000-4,000)

A VICTORIAN COALBROOKDALE CAST IRON HALL STAND (500-700)

A VICTORIAN COALBROOKDALE CAST IRON HALL STAND (500-700)

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FRANKLIN EXPEDITION FIND PROVES TIMELY DUBLIN AUCTIONEERS

September 13th, 2014
Joseph Randall from Wexford and his Arctic and Crimean medals.

Joseph Randall from Wexford and his Arctic and Crimean medals.

For Whyte’s auctioneers the announcement from Canada’s Prime Minister this week that one of two ships from the Franklin expedition which vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found proved timely.  Lot 578 in their sale collectibles sale in Dublin on September 20 is the Arctic and Crimean medals awarded to Wexford man Joseph Randall, who sailed on the HMS Herald in 1848  in a search for the lost expedition.  Joseph Randall’s medals are estimated at 1,000-1,500.

Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The expedition’s disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration.The loss of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which was built in Topsham, Devon, prompted one of largest searches in history, running from 1848 to 1859. The search resulted in the discovery of the Northwest Passage, which runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Arctic archipelago.

The Canadian government began searching for Franklin’s ships in 2008 as part of a strategy to assert Canada’s sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, which has recently become accessible to shipping because of melting Arctic ice. Expedition sonar images from the waters of Victoria Strait, just off King William Island, clearly show the wreckage of a ship on the ocean floor.

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