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    RUGS GET SHEPPARDS OFF TO A GOOD START AT COOLATTIN

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    THIS CHELABERD EAGLE KAZAK CAUCASIAN RUG MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Persian and Irish rugs and runners got Sheppards two day country house collections sale at Coolattin House, Co. Wicklow off to a good start today.  The first lot, a bespoke Gavin Morton and G.K. Roberstson 21st century Donegal design carport made 3,900.  Lot two, a Kazak rug made 8,500 and lot three, a bespoke C.F.A. Voysey Donegal design carpet made 3,700. A North West Persian Heriz carpet made 3,800 and a large Turkish Isparta carpet on gold ground sold for 8,000. Later in the morning a 19th century ormolu and pietra dura clock garniture sold for 6,500 and a nude attributed to Roderic O’Conor estimated at 2,000-3,000 sold for 7,500.

    Later in the auction a 19th century satinwood and marquetry Carlton House desk sold for 18,500, a pair of Dublin Edwardian wing back armchairs made 14,000, a pair of Japanese Imari urns made 17,500 and a pair of 19th century kingwood and parquetry commodes made  13,500.  The sale continues today.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 25, 2017)

    A LARGE SALE BY SHEPPARDS AT COOLATTIN IN CO. WICKLOW

    Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    The great Irish country house collections sale by Sheppards of Durrow at Coolattin House in Co. Wicklow on June 27 and 28 features 1341 lots.  The sale will  be broken into four sections, at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each day.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LATE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BRUSSELS TAPESTRY (6,000-9,000)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY CARLTON HOUSE (15,000-25,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,500 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY IRISH MAHOGANY SIDE TABLES (5,000-8,000) UPDATE: THESE MADE 13,500 AT HAMMER

    NORTH WEST PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    ART, FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    The country house auction at Hegarty’s in Bandon on June 25 features part two of the collection from The Glebe House in Skibbereen.  Collectibles include an early Worcester plate with the Arms of Cork and the auction will feature a selection of  antique furniture, silver, art, collectibles and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    One of the main rooms in the sale.

    A rosewood campaign secretaire  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,750

    A William IV rosewood side table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,050 AT HAMMER

    A Cork Mansion House service plate at Hegarty’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
    An Irish Georgian long case clock by William Maddock of Waterford and a telescopic Georgian dining table are among the prime lots at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on June 24.  Each is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    The selection offer includes a seascape by Edwin Hayes (1,000-1,500), a c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (1,500-2,000), a large wing back armchair (1,000-1,500) and an antique cast iron garden seat (1,000-1,500).
    Auctioneer Denis Lynes reports that there is already interest in a Georgian sofa table (400-600).  Also typical of Cork furniture are lots 255 and 256, a pair of hall chairs and a cellarette on tripod base.  Each has a low estimate of 100-200.  Other lots include a pair of rare official standard brass pint measures (100-200), a neat Georgian window or hall seat (200-400), a 19th century couch (200-400), an Irish Georgian stool with needlework drop in seat (600-800) and a pair of old terracotta chimney pots (40-80).

    There are GAA programmes and medals, a Guy’s Munster Directory, an abstract polished steel sculpture, an oil on canvas by Anthony Ruby entitled The Jolly Gluttons and a silk screen limited edition Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven print.

    A c1860 Victorian ebonised and amboyna inlaid credenza (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 780

    A Cork Regency cellarette on tripod (100-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300

    A 19th century couch (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 240 AT HAMMER

    A c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000

    THE SWORD CANE OF IRELAND’S LORD LIEUTENANT AT LONDON AUCTION

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

    THE SWORD CANE

    The sword cane of Sir Henry Paget (1768-1854), who became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1827, comes up at Thomas Del Mar’s auction of arms and armour in London on June 28. He was a comparatively popular Lord Lieutenant because of his evident sympathy for the cause of Catholic emancipation this was a role in which he was in constant personal danger. Initially he served in Ireland for one year and was re-appointed in 1830-33.

    It is possible the sword cane was purchased in Anglesea prior to his passage to Ireland. As Earl of Uxbridge he enjoyed the confidence of Wellington and commanded the Allied Cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.

    He lost his leg towards the end of that battle and walked thereafter with the aid of a bespoke prosthetic right leg. Immediately after the battle he was created Marquess of Anglesea.  The sword cane is estimated at £3,000-5,000.

    DOUBLE GOURD VASE MAKES 740,000 AT SHEPPARDS

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    A Chinese Blue and White Shep Vase.

    A Chinese blue and white vase sold for 740,000 at Sheppards in Durrow on July 17.  It had been estimated at just 800-1,200.  It went to a Paris based buyer.

    The Qing double gourd vase had come from a Dublin based vendor. It was the top lot at Sheppards sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art. The sale had been on view at Kilkenny Castle.

    In 2010 a 12 inch high Ming style pear shaped Chinese vase with an asking price of just 150 made 110,000 at a sale in Sheppards.  It turned out to be an authentic vase from the Imperial House in the  Forbidden City.

    ORDER OF SURRENDER SPARKS BIDDING WAR

    Thursday, June 15th, 2017

    Surrender Order

    There was a bidding war at Bonhams in London on June 14 for a typed Order of Surrender from the 1916 Rising.  Signed by Patrick Pearse it sold for £263,000 over an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

    Bonhams representative in Ireland, manuscript specialist Kieran O’Boyle, said, “The Order of Surrender is one of the most significant documents in Irish 20th century history, and I am not surprised that it was so keenly sought after, nor that it sold for such an impressive amount.”

    The order ended the Easter Rising in April 1916.  The nationalist uprising, which broke out on Easter Monday under the overall leadership of Pearse was met with uncompromising and overwhelming force by the British authorities.

    COLLECTION OF RAINE, COUNTESS SPENCER AT CHRISTIE’S IN JULY

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

    The collection of Raine, Countess Spencer (1929-2016) comes up at Christie’s in London in July. Only daughter of romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland and stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales she enjoyed a position at the centre of London society for over 60 years. Lady Spencer had an appreciation of the fine and decorative arts; 18th century France was of special interest, and she assembled a collection of paintings by some of the greatest artists of that period, including Boucher, Fragonard and Vernet. She collected fine furniture on which she displayed ormolu clocks, objets d’art and Chinese works of art – including intricately carved jades; the Art Deco was also a period of particular inspiration. Highlights from Lady Spencer’s collection of French 18th century Old Master paintings will be offered at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale on July 6.  This will be followed by a sale featuring furniture, Old Master paintings, objets d’art and jades and a selection of couture, jewellery and accessories from her personal wardrobe on July 13. Here is a small selection with all images courtesy of Christie’s.

    Claude Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris)
    A Mediterranean sea-port with fishermen unloading cargo (£300,000-500,000)

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
    The goddess Aurora triumphs over night, announcing Apollo in his chariot, while Morpheus sleeps – a bozzetto (£150,000-200,000)

    One of several ‘Lady Dior’ handbags, this one of black leather with stud work decoration (£1,000-1,500)

    A LOUIS XVI COMMODE
    CIRCA 1770-75, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE-PIERRE FOULLET (£60,000-90,000)

    APOLLO 11 BAG AND MOON DUST AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

    The bag used to bring back to earth the very first sample of lunar material ever collected comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on July 20 – the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Traces of the moon dust and small rocks are still embedded in the fabric of the bag, which is labeled “Lunar Sample Return”.  Nearly all of the equipment from that historic mission is housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian; however a recent court ruling has allowed this to be the only such artifact in private hands. It comes up at an inaugural Space Exploration sale and is estimated at $2-4 million.

    Cassandra Hatton, Vice President and Senior Specialist in charge of the sale commented: “This seemingly modest bag was part of mankind’s greatest journey, and played a crucial role in the single most important scientific task of the Apollo 11 mission – to bring back the very first sample of lunar material ever collected. To be able to see such an object in person is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is one thing to read about going to the moon; it is quite another to hold in one’s hands an object that was actually there, and that still carries traces of that faraway place.”

    JAMES JOYCE MANUSCRIPT TOP’S FONSIE MEALY’S SALE

    Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

    AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAGE FROM FINNEGAN’S WAKE

    An original manuscript from Finnegan’s Wake was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s rare books, literature, manuscripts and sporting collectibles sale in Dublin on May 30.  The opening of the Anna Livia Plurabelle section, 16 pages written in James Joyce’s hand, sold for a hammer price of 27,000 against an estimate of 7,500-10,000.  A 1915 All Ireland hurling final medal won by Laois made 11,000 at hammer over an estimate of 7,000-10,000. The Ned Ryan GAA medal collection made 6,500 but the Louth GAA medal collection awarded to Johnny Brennan with dates from 1905 to 1915 failed to find a buyer.

    An archive of five folders of texts and documents by Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien) sold for 10,000 over a top estimate of 8,000 and the author’s secretaire bookcase, which featured on the front page of the catalogue, sold for 3,400. A rare first edition of At Swim Two Birds made 6,200 and a set of signed copies by Seamus Heaney made 5,600.

    A total of 75% of lots were sold on the hammer and the auction realised 380,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 25, 2017)