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    SHEPPARDS TWO DAY SALE IN DURROW

    Saturday, March 10th, 2018

    Classical Convergences, Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois over four sessions on March 13 and 14, is now on view.  There is period Irish, English and Continental furniture, rugs, carpets, prints, paintings, collectibles and watches.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRASS MOUNTED CARVED OAK TRUNK (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    18 CT. WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND (27.69 CARAT) NECKLACE, CENTER STONE 2.73 CARAT (35,000-45,000)

    EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PERIOD WALNUT AND HERRINGBONE INLAID CHEST (1,500-2,500)   UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY PERIOD GILT FRAMED MIRROR OF CUSHION FORM (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    WHITE CARARA AND SIENNA MARBLE CHIMNEY PIECE (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE:THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER

    CORK SILVER BOX AND ANTIQUE IRISH GARDEN NOTES AT BONHAMS

    Monday, March 5th, 2018

    Irish silver box by William Clarke, Cork c1730

    An 18th century Irish Provincial silver box comes up at Bonhams Home and Interiors sale in London on March 7.

    The c1730 box by William Clarke, Cork has a hinged cover chased with rococo decoration with butterflies on the base.  It is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

    On March 21 Bonhams will offer garden notes and a library catalogue for Burton Park, near Churchtown, Mallow, Co. Cork. It will come up as part of a fine books and manuscripts sale and comprises an account of seeds and plants in the garden and runs from April 1683 to February 1683-4.  The estimate is £1,000-1,500.

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE GOES AHEAD ON WEDNESDAY

    Monday, March 5th, 2018

    Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Spring Fine Art sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny  has not fallen foul of the inclement weather experienced in Ireland last week.  The sale goes ahead on March 7  with a wide range of lots now on view in Castlecomer or online.  Here is a small selection:

    19th Century / early 20th Century Russian Icon (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 740 AT HAMMER

    Attributed to John Russell, British (1745 – 1806) “Portrait of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Irish Playwright and Whig Politician) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,500 AT HAMMER

    Satinwood demi-lune side cabinet by Hicks (4,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    A rare early 19th Century mahogany Gothic Hall Bench, after a design by A.W. Pugin (1,500-2,000)  UDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    Large 19th Century Native American, (possibly Navajo) green ground needlework rug (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    From  the Laytown Races in 1993 by Peter Curling to an elegant George IV Irish serving table Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on March 7  is brimful of interest.  The variety of lots on offer ranges from a 19th century carved Chinese ivory chess set (700-900) to silver, rugs, antique furniture and art including a preparatory study attributed to Sir Frederic William Burton for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs at the National Gallery of Ireland.  An early 19th century Killarney davenport is estimated at 6,000-8,000.  Around 600 lots are to be sold.  Viewing gets underway tomorrow and the auction is also online.

    19TH CENTURY JAPANESE IVORY PAGODA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    Peter Curling, Irish (b. 1955) Signed Coloured Print: “The Laytown Races, 1993  UPDATE: THIS MADE 260 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE IV IRISH SERVING TABLE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,300 AT HAMMER

    An early 19th century Killarney davenport  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,700 AT HAMMER

    RARE PINK GROUND FALANGCAI BOWL TO MAKE MILLIONS

    Thursday, March 1st, 2018

    A SUPERBLY ENAMELLED, FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PINK-GROUND FALANGCAI BOWL
    PUCE-ENAMEL YUZHI MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI

    A superbly enamelled, fine and exceedingly rare pink-ground Falangcai Bowl is among the highlights at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Spring Sale Series 2018 on April 3.   This is without question the finest example of its type. A closely related example at the National Palace Museum, Taipei is painted with different flowers but the exact same colour ground. The rarity of the colours and the perfection of the firing make it likely the two were painted and fired side by side. Thrown and fired by potters at the Imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, the bowls were then painted in the Imperial Palace workshops in the Forbidden City in Beijing, possibly by Jesuits resident at the court of the Kangxi emperor, and fired a second time.  This one, from the celebrated collector Henry M. Knight, is expected to make more than US$25.6 million.

    The auction will feature a rediscovered imperial heirloom handscroll bequeathed by the last Emperor Pu Yi to his younger brother Pu Jie. Depicting ten landscapes the handscroll is the greatest masterpiece of renowned Imperial court painter Qian Weicheng.  It is estimated at US$6.4-8.9 million.

    The series of six sales will offer about 300 lots with a total estimate of nearly US$93.5 millionNicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, International Head and Chairman, Chinese Works of Art said: “There is extraordinary quality and breadth in our offerings of Chinese art this season, with possibly the finest assemblage of Qing porcelain on offer in recent memory.

    WEATHER FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF AUCTIONS

    Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    A model of the US vessel Wacosta at Lynes and Lynes

    The Beast from the East bout of bad weather is playing havoc with upcoming auction schedules in Ireland.  Sheppards have postponed their two day sale due to be held in Durrow on March 6 and 7 to March 13 and 14.

    In Carrigtwohill Co. Cork Lynes and Lynes have postponed their sale scheduled for March 3 to Sunday, March 11 at 11 am.

    Meantime the interiors auction featuring items from Dublin hotspots including iconic venues Howl at the Moon, The Shelbourne, The Residence Club and Clery’s due to be held at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois next weekend has been postponed until March 12 and 13.

    A SALE AT LYNES AND LYNES ON MARCH 3

    Sunday, February 25th, 2018

    A set of Georgian Cork 11-bar chairs from Charleston, home of the late Senator Trevor West at Midleton, is among the highlights of the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 3.  The auction of 470 lots  an antique kingswood bonheur du jour, an Irish dining table with four original leaves, a Georgian fire bellows, R.H, Rylands 1824 History of Waterford and a 1933 handbook for travellers by the Japanese Government Railways, Tokyo. The catalogue is online.

    A kingswood bonheur du jour

    A Georgian fire bellows

    AN AT HOME SALE AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

    Irish Regency convex mirror UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    More than 500 lots will come under the hammer at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on February 25.  Much of the lots on offer come from a Fitzwilliam Place townhouse developed in the 1980’s with furnishing supplied by some of Dublin’s leading antique dealers Chantal O’Sullivan and Gerald Kenyon.  Highlights include an Irish Regency giltwood convex mirror (4,000), a console table with white marble top (5,000), a set of 18 Georgian roll back dining chairs (7,000) and a Wiliam IV extending dining table (6,000).  There is a George III rent table and a French Empire overmantle and among the silver is a c1775 two handled cup and cover by the Cork maker Carden Terry.

    AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA
    Venus and Mars Carrara marble (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE; THIS MADE 16,000 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND SATINWOOD INLAID RENT TABLE (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    A set of 18 George IV dining chairs (7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    MASSIVE INTERIORS SALE AT THE HERITAGE, KILLENARD

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
    More than 3000 interiors lots will come under the hammer at a two day sale by Victor Mee Auctioneers in partnerhip with Niall Mullen at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois on March 5 and 6.  The sale will feature contents from iconic Dublin nightspots Howl at the Moon and the Residence Club. It also features documentation from Clerys including the original cheques from the sale of shares in the historic department store building.  There is also refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel and more than 200 items of Irish folk and pub memorabilia including a restored original Irish phone box from Westmeath.

    “There is a gorgeously opulent and eclectic look to the pieces from Howl at the Moon,” Niall Mullen said.  The nightclub had a major fit out in 2001 by publican Liam O’Dwyer. “Howl’s spectacular five-star furnishings include a two metre by two metre French chandelier, four full-size alabaster pillars, original works by artist Patrick O’Reilly, life-size bronze statues, two full-size bronze doors, a grand piano and a unique collection of Irish whiskey” he said.

    “The Clerys collection is of immense interest, as along with Denis Guiney’s original £241,000 cheque to purchase the entire share capital of Clery and Company in 1941, it includes old photographs, office journals and store record books going back 150 years. There is a beautiful selection of original refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel, and among the 150 pieces are some striking French bronze chandeliers. We also have the entire contents of the renowned private members club Residence, including the bars, mirrors, glassware and every item of their classic, yet contemporary, styled furniture”.

    Items from the interior of the Residence Club in Dublin

    A two metre tall chandelier from Howl At The Moon
    Pic: Paul Sherwood

    ALL ABOUT RUGS AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, February 10th, 2018
    Tabriz carpets from Northwest Persia, Aubusson carpets from France, a Mughal inspired carpet from Agra in India and a Donegal design carpet  after Alexander Morton and Company will kick off Sheppards sale of carpets, rugs and runners in Durrow on February 13. Estimates for the above mentioned prizes from an auction of 115 lots range from 2,500 to 6,000.  On offer is a range of floor coverings from the exotic East to the Dun Emer Guild by way of Aubusson and Donegal.
    Lot 11, a Donegal carpet after the English architect,  furniture and textile designer C F A Voysey, is one of a number of Donegal examples on offer and is estimated at 6,000-8,000.
    The most expensively estimated Irish carpet  – at 8,000-12,000 – is a late 20th century Dun Emer Guild Phoenix Design wool carpet measuring 12′ x 9′.  The Dun Emer Guild was founded by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats and Evelyn Gleeson in 1902 and was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement.

    The auction features carpets, rugs, kilims and runners from all over Persia, the southeast Caucasus and even Peking.  Many of these are from locations that were far more familiar to travellers of an earlier generation than they are now.  Thankfully this is beginning the change and the courtly delights of Persia are once again beginning to open up to western travellers.

    A late 20th century bespoke Dun Emer Phoenix design carpet :UPDATE THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A c1900 Heriz runner:  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600 AT HAMMER