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    Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

    A George II gold Irish freedom box is among the highlights of the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller which Christie’s is touring prior to sales at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in New York in late spring. The freedom box, to the far right of the composite image above,  is by William Currie, Dublin and estimated at $30,000-50,000.  Christie’s has confirmed additional dates and locations for preview exhibitions of the collection to its flagship galleries in London (February 21 – March 8), Beijing (April 6 – 7), Los Angeles (April 6 – 12), and Shanghai (April 10 – 11). With each stop on the pre-sale tour, additional works of art and objects will be unveiled, revealing new facets of this storied, multi-category collection. The exhibitions, which are open to the public, are sponsored in partnership with private aviation company VistaJet.

    As a guide for collectors, Christie’s has launched a special issue of Christie’s Magazine dedicated to the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. The issue re-acquaints readers with the Rockefeller family’s unique place in American history, and their long legacy in the realms of art collecting, commerce, and philanthropy. All of the estate proceeds from the sale of the Collection will benefit established charities.


    Saturday, January 13th, 2018
    From the Indian Mutiny to a group image with Michael Collins, an 1866 engraving of the opening of the Cork Macroom Railway to car travelling in the south of Ireland in 1836 Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on February 3 promises to be brimful of interest.
    These auctions have thrown up a huge variety of fascinating items of interested to all sorts of collectors.  Not surprising then how popular they have proved to be.
    The 1922 photo of Michael Collins with Free State army officers shows a group of five, four in uniform, one in civilian clothing, standing on a roadway.  The handwritten caption reads:  “Col. Dunphy – Michael – Dalton – McMahon – O’Hegarty”.  Pasted on a mount it is estimated at 200-300.
    There is a set of six Bianconi prints by Michael Angelo Hayes and signed by Bianconi on car travelling in the south of Ireland in 1836. Born in Italy in 1786 and a refugee from Napoleon’s armies Carlo Bianconi came to Ireland at the age of 16 and started out as an engraver and printseller in Dublin. In Clonmel in 1815 he established the first reliable public transport in Ireland when he began a regular carriage service between Clonmel and Cahir. The cost was one penny farthing a mile. The service continued to the 1850’s by which time there were a number of railway services in Ireland. Framed in rosewood and gilt frames the prints are estimated at 800-1,200.
    A collection of 13 hand coloured engraved topographical views of Munster includes four views of Cork and environs after Bartlett, four views of west Cork and Kerry by Day and Haghe and four views of Limerick and Tipperary by Alexander Hogg. They are estimated to make 150-200.  Viewing for the sale of over 500 lots gets underway on January 31 and the catalogue is already online.

    A 1922 group roadside photograph with Michael Collins

    An engraving by Michael Angelo Hayes signed by Bianconi

    Wilkinson’s Sword – a Victorian 1845 sword by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London


    Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

    A contemporary English oak Irish pawfoot bench is among the highlights of Christie’s Interiors sale in London on January 31.  By Howe Modern it is estimated at £2,500-3,500.  The array of lots in the Interiors sale includes  property from the collection of Sir David and Lady Tang, property from Bywell Hall, Northumberland and property from Howe London.  The auction will offer a mix of old and the new, decorative and eclectic, from both collectors and individuals.

    A key highlight from the sale includes a selection of property from the London home of Sir David and Lady Tang, an unabashed socialite and bon vivant Sir David Tang was often referred to as ‘London’s best connected man’ .  Here is a small selection:

    An English oak Irish pawfoot bench by Howe Modern

    A set of 20 Louis XV style chairs

    An Austrian baby grand piano by Bosendorfer


    Sunday, January 7th, 2018

    The Victory Jack.

    A selection of 256 royal and aristocratic heirlooms at Sotheby’s in London on January 17  is spearheaded by 79 objects celebrating Lord Horatio Nelson. The “Of Royal and Noble Descent” sale will include a large fragment of the Union Jack believed to have flown from  HMS Victory at the battle of Trafalgar.  It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.  Nelson’s grog chest  with its carefully cased set of fine decanters kept in his cabin at sea has an estimate of £35,000-45,000.  Love letters from Nelson to his mistress Lady Hamilton shed light on a liaison that scandalised England in the 18th century.

    Nelson’s victory at the battle of Trafalgar confirmed Britain’s  naval supremacy for the next hundred years. His Nelson’s legend is increased by his death at the very moment of his greatest triumph – shot down in the heat of battle, in the midst of his men, leading from the front.

    The sale offers furniture, paintings, decorative arts and precious objects  from European dynasties and historical figures, including the Duchesse du Berry, the House of Bourbon and a number of German princely families.


    Monday, December 18th, 2017
    The Winter Sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on December 19 is more than a Christmas special.  It contains much of interest to collectors across a wide variety of price ranges. Antique furniture afficionados will be particularly interested in a Regency serving table by the Dublin makers Mack Williams and Gibton.  It is estimated at 4,000-6,000.  An Irish cellarette by the same makers is estimated at 2,500-3,500.
    The selection of Oriental and Chinese porcelain includes a Chinese Wanli blue and white Kraak dish with an estimate of 4,000-6,000.  The centre roundel is decorated with three ducks and a river bank.  There are vases, plates, lamps and bowls to choose from.

    The sale offers rugs, carpets, a selection of Manchester United match programmes, a collection of the Georgian Society records of Domestic Architecture and Decoration in Ireland and an unusual wooden pedal horse (350-450), a happy relic from the ghost of Christmas past. There is art and furniture ranging from a heavy brass club fender (300-500) to an 18th century carved walnut drop leaf dining table (500-700), a French walnut bureau plat (1,400-1,500), a George III secretaire cabinet (1,500-1,700), a Regency settee (300-500) and a Victorian dining table (700-1,100) and a small Georgian chest on chest among more than 350 lots.   The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection;

    A Regency serving table by Mack Williams and Gibton  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A crested mahogany wine cooler  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,100 AT HAMMER

    A Cbinese Wanli blue and white Kraak dish  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A man o war firing a salute by Adriaen van Diest (1655-1704  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER


    Friday, December 15th, 2017

    There will be much to tempt collectors at Mealy’s Christmas sale in Castlecomer on December 19.  This is a sale of 650 lots of  art, antiques and collectibles from various private estates.  Viewing gets underway at noon on Sunday. The catalogue is online. Here is a sample:

    The Georgian Society records of 18th century domestic architecture in Ireland.  UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 370 AT HAMMER

    A French Empire gilt boudoir mantle clock  UPDATE: THIS MADE 180 AT HAMMER

    A compostion marble bust of Diana.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 270 AT HAMMER


    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    The James Adam sale of the Christmas Collection Parts I and II will take place in Dublin on December 12 at 11 am and 6 pm respectively.  The first sale, with 381 lots, will feature vintage ports and wines, silver, jewellery and watches.  The most expensively estimated lot is an 18 carat gold Birmingham cigarette case dating from 1871 (4,000-6,000).  The evening sale of 215 lots features art.  The top lot is Howth Harbour, Evening by Harry Kernoff estimated at 2,000-4,000.  Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Sackville Street (litho) 1,000-1,500  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Howth Harbour, Evening (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER



    Thursday, December 7th, 2017

    Original works by many well-known names in the art world along with a range of collectibles at affordable prices will all feature at Whyte’s annual Christmas auction in Dublin at 6 p.m.  on December 11.  The sale will include 100 works by the renowned Donegal artist, Robert Taylor Carson, offered by his estate.

    There is some rare and interesting wine and whiskey, jewellery and silver from the early 1800s to the 1920s. Other attractive lots include rare limited edition books,  entertainment and sporting memorabilia and collectibles.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Chateau D’ Yquem Sur Saluces 1962. Two bottles. (150-200)  UPDATE; THIS SOLD FOR 220 AT HAMMER

    Locke’s Kilbeggan Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 1946, one bottle. (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 750

    Cinema poster – Carry on Cowboy (500-700)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Chinese blue and white porcelain garlic-mouth bottle vase. (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,900

    Markey Robinson (1918-1999) STILL LIFE WITH JUG AND FRUIT (700-900) UPDATE:THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008) CONNEMARA WOMAN ADMIRING THE PONIES, 1999 (600-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

    The World Described; or A New and Correct Sett of Maps, shewing the Several Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, Principalities, Provinces & c., in all known parts of the Earth sold for a hammer price of 30,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s rare books sale in Dublin today.  Hermann Moll’s C1726 opus is complete with fine contemporary hand coloured folding maps with 30 large hand coloured maps.  Map Number 7, of North America, shows California as an island.

    The London cartographer’s maps are entitled: 1. The World in Two Hemispheres 2. A Map of the Whole World 3. Europe 4. Asia 5. The East-Indies 6. Africa 7. North-America 8. The Dominions of the King of Great Britain on the Continent of North-America 9. The North Part of America 10. The West-Indies 11. South-America 12. A New and Exact Map of the Coasts Countries and Islands within the limits of the South Sea Company 13. Moscovy, Poland, Prussia, Little Tartary 14. Denmark & Sweden 15. A New Map of the Baltick 16. Great-Britain 17. The South Part of Great-Britain 18. The North Part of Great-Britain 19. Ireland 20. Germany 21. The Electorate of Brunswick – Lunenburgh 22. A New Map of the Course of the Rhine 23. The United Provinces of The Netherlands 24. Flanders or The Austrian Netherlands 25. France 26. Spain & Portugal 27. Italy 28. The Upper Part of Italy 29. The Turkish Empire 30. An Historical Map of the Roman Empire


    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

    A fancy coloured diamond ring (50,000-80,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 60,000 AT HAMMER

    A fancy coloured diamond ring is the most expensively estimated lot at the James Adam evening sale of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin on December 5.  The seven carat cushion shaped diamond is estimated at 50,000-80,000. There are rings, watches, bangles, necklaces, earrings and brooches among the offerings.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A gentleman’s Rolex Oyster watch (5,500-7,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    A diamond bracelet (12,000-14,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    A sapphire and diamond ring (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER