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    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.

    MASTERPIECE GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

    Thursday, June 29th, 2017

    Masterpiece, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading international fairs, gets underway in London today. It brings together 150 the world’s top gallerists and specialists. Masterpiece Presents, a new large-scale dedicated exhibition space which to transform the entrance, is launched this year. Boundaries are once again being stretched this year. The most contemporary work is a brand new immersive installation by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. He represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Navarro’s installation has been commissioned for the Fair by Paul Kasmin Gallery.  The fair continues until July 5.

    THE STUDIO: THE PAINTING OF A NUDE
    Walter Sickert AT PIANO NOBILE

    JUAN GRIS (1887 – 1927)- NATURE MORTE, 1916 AT DICKINSON

    A PAIR OF 3-LIGHT CANDELABRA WITH FIGURES OF BACCHANTES AND PUTTI AFTER CLAUDE I BALLIN (1615-1678) AND NICOLAS DELAUNAY (1646-1727), MASTER IN 1672 AND « DIRECTEUR DE LA MONNAIE DES MÉDAILLES » IN 1696 AT STEINITZ

    A SERIES OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC STILL-LIFE PAINTINGS OF THE SEASONS
    Giovanni Paolo Castelli, called lo Spadino at Colnaghi

    OLD MASTERS AND MODERN GIANTS RUB SHOULDERS AT MAASTRICHT

    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    If you want Old Masters or modern giants, from Breughel to Monet to Van Gogh to Picasso, TEFAF in Maastricht is the place to be.  The European Fine Art Fair which runs from March 10 to 19 is an assembly of art, antiques and antiquities like no other. Business has been brisk at a press preview where some of the leading curators in the world rubbed shoulders with billionaires in pursuit of the range of the sometimes gobsmacking delights on offer.  London dealers Colnaghi made a five million euro sale at preview. Their previously unknown masterpiece by  Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (1587-1625) has been in the same family collection for over a century and had been misattributed.

    Where else can you expect to find a Van Gogh on a stand at a fair? His view of The New Church and Old Houses in The Hague is priced at 2.25 million at the Dutch Gallery Albricht and they anticipate a quick sale.  Quality and rarity abounds.  Histoire Ancienne jusqu’à César and Fait des Romains, c.1370-80, an illuminated manuscript on parchment with 78 miniatures by the Master of the Coronation of Charles VI, is at Les Enluminures.  This historical chronicle, with impeccable provenance and once in the collection of Chester Beatty, is priced at $4.5 million.  A lime wood and walnut Julius Caesar, c.1551 is the earliest recorded work and only-surviving wood sculpture by master sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608).  Tomasso brothers are seeking a price in the region of 1.5 million.  Everything here is rigorously vetted for authenticity.  Here is a small selection:

    This rediscovered work by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi sold for 5 million at Colnaghi

    Vincent van Gogh – The New Church And Old Houses In The Hague at Galerie Albricht

    A cabinet on stand with 13 drawers signed ‘Josef Frank 1965’ at the Swedish firm Modern or Svenskt Tenn priced at 36,000

    A large Monteith at Luis Allegria Ida priced at 290,000

    A pair of armchairs by Diego Giacometti at L’Arc en Seine priced at 650,000

    A Royal Neoclassical Table En Commode For The Personal Use Of King Vittorio at Burzio priced at 250,000.

    A Pair of ‘Soldier’ vases and covers at Jorge Welsh priced at 625,000

    Julius Caesar by Giambologna at Tomasso Brother priced in the region of 1.5 million

    An illuminated manuscript at Les Enluminures priced at $4.5 million

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
    Mu Tamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers), Kinta Tamagawa at Galerie Tanakaya priced at 65,000