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    NATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIR AT LIMERICK

    Sunday, March 18th, 2018
    All roads lead to Limerick this Bank Holiday weekend for the National Antiques Fair – billed as Ireland’s biggest – at the South Court Hotel on March 18 and 19.  No matter what your area of interest – antique furniture, jewellery, silver, art, Oriental porcelain, collectibles of every sort – there is bound to be more than enough to whet the appetite from the display on offer.
    This flagship fair features nearly 100 antique shops, dealers, art galleries and vintage dealers.  Among them are various members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association.
    There is a large assembly of dealers from Dublin like James Weldon, Danker Antiques, IADA and Matthew Weldon and throughout the country like Treasures Irish Art, Athlone, porecelain dealer Brian Hurley of Kinsale and antique furniture from William Harnett of Newcastlewest to name but a few.  Underlining the importance of collectibles the Hunt Museum maintains a presence at this fair.  There promises to be something for everyone with prices in all ranges.

    Victorian dining table and chairs

    A 19th century Chinese export covered dish

    HALLMARKS OF TEFAF MAASTRICHT ARE RARITY AND QUALITY

    Saturday, March 10th, 2018

    Bartolomeo Ammannati – wax models from the 16th century are extremely rare.

    The daddy of all fairs, The European Fine Art Fair TEFAF is now underway in Maastricht in The Netherlands. Distinguished by the rarity and quality this is where curators and the wealthiest collectors in the world come to buy.  On the opening day the Rijksmuseum acquired an Italian sculpture from 1556.  The expressive wax model of a naked young man holding a globe as a symbol of the cosmos was made by Bartolomeo Ammannati.  Made for the Medici family it is a preparatory model for the fountain in the Palazzo Pitti.

    Torso of a Crouching Woman by Camille Claudel

    This large fair divided into a variety of sections is a hub for more than 280 of the worlds finest art, antiques and design dealers.  Sculpture from across the centuries is particularly well represented this year.  An extraordinary, evocative bronze piece, Torso of a Crouching Woman by Camille Claudel (1864-1943) at Daniel Katz Gallery is believed to reflect the destructive relationship between Claudel and Auguste Rodin in whose studio she worked for many years.

    At TEFAF Design Demisch Danant offer an impressive wall library crafted in 1958 and presented that year at the Brussels International Exposition where it was awarded the Grand Prix and Gold Medal.
    At TEFAF Modern Paolo Antonacci celebrates the first retrospective dedicated to the Italian artist Marino Marini at the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice.  He is showing the powerful Cavallo e Cavaliere, a 1952 oil on canvas by Marini (1901-1980).
    Richard Nagy will offer works by the Austrian master Egon Schiele, the centenary of whose death occurs this year.  Among these are Nude with Green Stockings 1918, a gouache and black crayon on paper.
    TEFAF Ancient Art enables visitors to view some of the oldest works of art available to buy today with objects from right around the world.  A highlight from The Merrin Gallery is a Mayan polychrome cylinder vase depicting young corn gods on a jaguar skin cushion which dats to 550-950 AD.

    TEFAF Tribal is the newest section of the fair, which made its first appearance last year.  Of note here is a standing statue from New Ireland, black Uli, which is shown by  the Belgian dealer Bernard de Grunne.  TEFAF continues until March 18.

    Black Uli, a Standing Statue from New Ireland

    The wall library was awarded the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Brussels Exposition of 1958

    A 20 PENCE COIN FOR 10,000 EURO

    Friday, February 16th, 2018

    An Irish twenty pence coin dated 1985, said to be worth 10,000, will be on show this weekend at a coin fair at the Talbot Hotel in Dublin this weekend.  Collectors and dealers from around Ireland and the UK are scheduled to attend the fair.  Another object of interest on display is a ten pounds note, issued in Dublin by the Northern Bank in 1929, valued at 20,000.

    The show is organised by Delmas Parker, a s Dallas based pecialist dealer in Irish coins and banknotes.  Opening times are from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW IN NEW YORK

    Friday, January 19th, 2018

    Now in its 64th year the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armoury in Manhattan until January 28 is billed as the leading art, antiques and design fair in America.  The works on display range from antiquity to the present day. No less than 70 of the worlds top dealers in fine and decorative arts are taking part.  Here is a small selection of what is on show:

    A Chinese screen at Apter Fredericks

    Teotihuacan, Ceremonial Mask at Throckmorton Fine Art

    Roger Capron Lampe Oiseau, Vallauris, France c1950 at Lebreton

    A pair of window benches from Mount Welcome, Baltimore County, Maryland at Kelly Kinzie

    A pair of zinc hounds at Barbara Israel garden antiques

    TEFAF FALL IN FULL SWING IN NEW YORK

    Sunday, October 29th, 2017

    Nicolas Mignard (1606-1668) – Portrait of Scipion du Roure (1628-1696) at Tomasso Brothers.

    Over 90 leading dealers representing the best of European and global antiques haved converge on the Park Avenue Armoury in New York  for the  for the fall edition of TEFAF (the European fine art fair) which runs until November 1.   The finest and rarest objects across a broad range of disciplines from ancient art to portrait miniatures to the arts of Oceania, Old Master paintings, furniture, silver, European ceramics, porcelain and glass are on offer.

    Tomasso Brothers, for example, have brought a rare portrait by Nicolas Mignard (1606-1688) of Scipion du Roure (1628-1696) of Nimes aged 30.

    Since last year TEFAF runs three fairs internationally, at Maastricht in The Netherlands and at New York in spring and fall.  The fall fair at the Park Avenue Armory will feature a cultural programme with institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick and Neue Galerie. An exhibition of new photographs by Vera Lutter is on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  The fair runs until November 1.

    A c1770-1780 Sevres Bleu Celeste Vase a Perles at Christophe de Quenetain.

    George I green japanned bureau cabinet almost certainly by John Belchier (active in London from 1687-1753) at Ronald Phillips.

    FRIEZE LONDON GETS UNDERWAY

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    Michael Craig Martin – Wheelbarrow (red) 2013 New Art Centre/Gagosian

    Frieze London runs from October 5-8 with a preview day on October 4. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will make London a mecca for the international art set this week.  The Focus section is devoted to emerging galleries and artists.  A new commission by the Danish trio Superflex is unveiled at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall today and will be on view until next April.  The fair is brimful of events and satellite fairs which will take place in various locations.  Many are pay into, but there is much that is free, like the temporary sculpture park in Regent’s Park. A Contemporary African Art fair will run at Somerset House from next Thursday until October 8.

    ALL THE FUN OF THE IADA FAIR AT THE RDS

    Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair previews at the RDS Dublin this evening.  Over 15,000 people are expected for an assembly of Ireland’s leading antique dealers exhibiting a wide range of rare and beautiful objects.  A series of lectures will take place throughout the fair. Sundays lecture by George Williams will be on Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath with the only surviving Robert Adams interiors in Ireland. Items owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside the best of Irish antique design classics at this year’s Fair.  Opening times are from 11 am to 9 pm on September 22 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 23 and 24.

    This emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring is at Weldon’s (150,000)

    A Josef Lorenzl bronze from the Jackie Collins Collection at the fair with Niall Mullen. (3,850)

    LADY GAGA’S GRAFFITI CORSET AT IADA FAIR

    Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    Lady Gaga’s iconic graffiti corset

    Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset is being drafted in to bring a younger audience to the Irish Antique Dealers Association fair at the RDS in Dublin from September 22-24.  On display will be items from the collections of David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Jackie Collins from Dublin based Pop Icons, who deal mostly in London, Los Angeles and New York.

    Laurence Carpenter of Pop Icons said:  “We will be displaying a collection of signed David Bowie lithographs – including his own charcoal drawing for an album press launch – alongside rare finds from Rihanna, Noel Gallagher and Lady Gaga. We will have a mixture of contemporary artists’ costumes such as the headpiece Beyonce wore in the video for Lemonade, Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset and signed guitars from some of the music world’s top icons such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page”.

    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)

    A THREE DAY ANTIQUES EVENT TO COINCIDE WITH THE HORSE SHOW

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    THIS Dublin 1776 sugar basket is one of the items at the fair.

    A three day antiques, fine art and jewellery fair to coincide with the Dublin Horse Show opens on August 9 at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge.  Organisers Vintage Ireland say that despite being a new venture it is something of a return to the traditional fairs of many years ago.  This is a smaller, intimate fair with hand-picked participants, focusing on showcasing high-quality items from well-established traders.

    The fair is a collaborative effort between long-established event organisers Vintage Ireland and a number of antiques, art and jewellery traders who previously exhibited at the RDS during the Dublin Horse Show. It has been organised in response to the introduction of new terms and conditions entailing an upper limit of 100 euro on the value of individual items of jewellery sold at the horse show. Among those who will participate are Dorothy Kenny of Nessador Antiques, Marie Curran, Moycullen Antiques, Gerd and Helmut Peters, and Treasures Irish Art.