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    THE STORY OF IRISH FOOTBALL AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

    The Fergus Reid Collection of Irish Football Programmes will be a feature at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  A devoted Bohemians supporters he was a lifelong collector of football programmes. The collection  follows the story of Irish football from the 1930’s to the new millennium.  The earliest international programme is for Ireland v Hungary in Dalymount Park in December 1936.  Some of the most sought after are for matches between domestic teams and the giants of European football like the game between Manchester United and a Home Farm selection at Dalymount Park in 1956 less than two years before the Munich air disaster. The match programme is signed by teams and managers.

    Collectibles including historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia, militaria, coins, banknotes, rare books, silverware and curios will all feature in this sale.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Busby’s Babes v Home Farm Selection, 1956

    IRELAND V. HUNGARY 1936

    19TH CENTURY SOUTHERN AFRICAN SPEARS

    AN EDWARD VII GOLD SOVEREIGN

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    WILLIAM IV CARD TABLES AT WOODWARDS IN CORK

    Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

    A  pair of William IV card tables and a pair of Coalbrookdale garden benches are feature lots at the Woodwards sale in Cork on August 26.  The auctioneers will offer contents from two estates and three house sales. There is an Eileen Gray c1027 chrome table, a Sheraton inlaid credenza as well as a commode, a bonheur du jour and a walnut desk all in the style Louis XV. There is a selection of collectible items including old comics, glass and porcelain.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A selection of comics and annuals

    An Eileen Gray e1027 table

    A Sheraton credenza

    A bonheur du jour

    PIANO PLAYED BY STEVIE WONDER AT McILROY WEDDING AT AUCTION

    Saturday, August 19th, 2017

    The Yamaha baby grand piano. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,800 AT HAMMER

    The baby grand piano played by Stevie Wonder at Rory McIlroy’s wedding is among the lots at Aidan Foley’s two day sale of contents from Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 21 and 22.  The black Yamaha is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The sale of around 900 lots will feature residual contents from the hotel before it was refurbished by its new owners.  On offer is everything from sideboards to mirrors to wine racks, occasional tables and upholstered armchairs.

    Two previous auctions of contents from Ashford Castle by Aidan Foley were sold out in July 2014 and February 2015.  The sale next week is of contents put aside for possible use in the refurbishment which were in fact never used. An Irish 18th century architects table with a panel bookcase top is estimated at 3,000-5,000, a 19th century serpentine walnut cabinet is estimated at 1,200-1,500.
    (See post on antiquesndartireland.com for August 16, 2017)

    THE LIVES AND LOVES OF THE YEATS FAMILY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, August 19th, 2017

    The lives and loves of the Yeats family will be illuminated in letters, works of art and personal effects to be sold at Sotheby’s in London on September 27.  The sale of over 220 lots from one of Ireland’s most internationally known families of the 20th century comprises the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his four children, poet W.B., embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack. Highlighting the collection is an archive of 133 letters from WB Yeats to his life long friend and first lover Olivia Shakespear spanning over 40 years from 1894 to 1936.  They offer drafts of his poems, advice on her novels, his work, life and reading and changes in Irish society in a total of about 350 pages.  The estimate is £250,000-350,000.

    The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack Yeats in the sale. It is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  The auction  contains the largest ever offering of works by John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) whose eleven sketchbooks depict his family, the Irish countryside and celebrated contemporaries and friends such as John O’Leary, Hugh Lane, Sarah Purser and Mary Walker.  His final self portrait commissioned by the New York lawyer, collector and patron of the arts John Quinn in 1911 is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

    The property is from the three children of Michael Yeats (WB’s son) from the family home near Dublin.  The family have made many generous donations to the National Library over the years including the WB Yeats medal for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Series of 133 letters signed by WB Yeats to his friend and early lover Olivia Shakespear (250,000-350,000)

    John Butler Yeats – Jack in a straw hat £10,000-15,000

    John Butler Yeats – Self Portrait, New York (30,000-50,000)

    MAN RAY PHOTOGRAPH OF JAMES JOYCE

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    James Joyce by Man Ray

    This 1922 photograph of James Joyce by Man Ray comes up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on September 9.  The framed photogravure print is estimated at 700-1,000.

    In other Joyce related material the auction includes a first signed American edition of Ulysses estimated at 1,500-2,000.

    There is a wide range of collectibles on offer.  The sale features historical documents and artefacts, sporting memorabilia including The Fergus Reid Collection of Irish Football Programmes, medals and militaria, edged weapons and firearms, a range of gold and silver coinage and banknotes.

    There are rare books including first editions by Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce and Flann Ó Briain; early printed maps of Ireland and America; Polar Exploration books and collectibles, antique silverware, vertu and curios.

    THIRD SALE OF ASHFORD CASTLE CONTENTS

    Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

    The remaining contents left over from the refurbishment by new owners of luxurious Ashford Castle Hotel are to be auctioned by Aidan Foley at the Old Sawmills in Cong, Co. Mayo on August 21 and 22.  Around 900 lots set aside for use in the re-vamped hotel are to be sold.  This is the third sale of contents from Ashford by Mr. Foley, who had huge interest in auctions in 2015 and 2016.  There will be antique Imari chargers, 50 pairs of curtains, Persian rugs, pants, bathroom accoutrements, collectibles and antique furniture in this sale.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    A selection of lots to be offered

    A large Imari charger  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000

    OLD IRISH RUGBY PROGRAMMES AT LIMERICK AUCTION

    Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

    Antique furniture and collectibles including Ireland rugby programmes will come under  the hammer at O’Donovan’s, Newcastlewest on August 26.  The sale includes contents from two houses in Limerick.   A large collection of Irish rugby match programmes from the 1950’s and ’60’s, many signed by team members, was found in one of these houses.  The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    International rugby match programmes

    A heavily signed programme

    A GATHERING OF TRIBAL ART IN LONDON

    Monday, August 14th, 2017

    Tribal Art London runs from September 6-9 with 23 exhibitors, the biggest in its ten year history.  There will be a diverse range of works with prices from the low hundreds to over £20,000.  Taking place a week prior to Parcours des Mondes Paris,  the biggest tribal art event in the world which runs this year from September 12-17 the event attracts many international specialist dealers and museum curators.

    Well-known tribal art collectors who attend the fair include Mark Blackburn (based in Hawaii, focusing on Oceanic art), collectors of Aboriginal and Oceanic art Sam and Sharon Singer (U.S.A.), Antonio Lunari (Italy), and African art collector Jonathan Lowen (UK). Institutions are always in attendance, such as Quai Branly, the British Museum and the Royal Academy.  Here is a small selection:

    An early Douala chief’s stool, Cameroon at Adam Prout

    Male statuette attributed to the Tabwa at David Malik

    Highlands Shield, Papua New Guinea at Bryan Reeves/Tribal Gathering

    SPORTING GUNS ONCE OWNED BY VINCENT O’BRIEN AT GLENEAGLES

    Sunday, August 13th, 2017
    A pair of 12 bore sporting guns once owned by legendary racehorse trainer Vincent O’Brien (1917-2009) will be among the highlights at 50th annual sporting sale in the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland on August 28.  They are included in  Gavin Gardiner’s sale of around 200 lots of fine modern and vintage sporting guns, rifles and accessories from 1860 to the present day.
    In 2003 Vincent O’Brien was voted the greatest trainer in horse racing history in a worldwide poll hosted by The Racing Post.  His six Derby winners included Nijinsky and Sir Ivor and he trained three Grand National winners in succession.  “The Premier Quality” sidelock ejector guns by E.J. Churchill were built in 1928.  They were subsequently owned by Vincent O’Brien and the case bears his initials.  They are estimated at £8,000-12,000.

    The Premier Quality” sidelock ejector guns by E. J. Churchill once owned by Vincent O’Brien.

    A close up of the pair of 12 bore ejector guns

    A RANGE OF WORK AT DOLANS BANK HOLIDAY SALE IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, August 5th, 2017
    With work from artists as diverse as Sean Keating and John Shinnors, sculpture by John Behan as well antique furniture, collectibles and fashion, Dolan’s main summer sale at Balyconneely village in Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday and on Tuesday, is of interest to a wide range of collectors.
    Viewing is now underway for this auction of 550 lots to be spread over two days.   Along with Keating and Shinnors there is art by George Russell, Donald Teskey, Charles Harrper, Patrick Hennessy, Sir William Orpen, Mark O’Neill, Cecil Maguire and Norah McGuinness.
    Among the more contemporary art are paintings by Sean McSweeney, Henry Morgan and Carina Scott.  The sale includes work by Kenneth Webb, who is 90 this year and whose view of The Fish Market, Roundstone, was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s sale last week. It made 15,000 at hammer.  There is work by Arthur Maderson, George Campbell, Gerard Dillon, Arthur Armstrong and Robert Egginton.
    Lot 112, The 12 Bens from Inishnee, is by Sian Maguire whose work art features alongside that of her father Cecil. There is a collection of Connemara paintings by Rosemary Carr and a flower study by Philippe Grisel (1930-1998).

    A long case clock with brass dial and a French tortoiseshell and pewter mantle clock will be included as well as some 19th century Irish silver. Outdoor pieces include a pair of garden lions, a griffin, a pair of ornamental cannon and a ships anchor.  There are designer handbags by Chanel, Cartier, Fendi and Dior and a Rolex watch in its original case. Here is a small selection:

    A 19th century inlaid French mantle clock

    Na Fir on Oilean by Sean Keating (1889-1977)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000

    Child in interior by John Shiners  UPDATE: THIS MADE 21,500