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    ALL THE FUN OF THE IADA FAIR AT THE RDS

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    The 51st annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair previews tonight at the RDS in Dublin. The best of antique furniture, silver, glass, silver, contemporary Irish art and design will be on display in a weekend fair which is expected to draw up to 15,000 people between now and closing on Sunday evening.  Legendary US interior designer Carleton Varney, who has designed for five US first ladies in a row from Jackie Kennedy to Barbara Bush and this year received four nominations in the international hotel awards, is among the speakers at the event.

    Julian Radcliffe of the Art Loss Register will host a talk on Protecting Irish Heritage, Recovering Stolen Art and Antiques in Ireland.  Antiques dealer Niall Mullen predicts a bumper year for the fair with an increase in demand for antique furniture driven by a strong domestic property market.  Here is a small selection from the very large offering available at the fair.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 17, 2016)

    An Irish William IV rosewood tea caddy at Treasures

    An Irish William IV rosewood tea caddy at Treasures

    An antique lock at The Store Yard

    An antique lock at The Store Yard

     Harp brooch by Waterhouse of Dublin c1850 at The Silver Shop.

    Harp brooch by Waterhouse of Dublin c1850 at The Silver Shop.

    A c1870 Archaeological Revival hinged bangle at Cobwebs.

    A c1870 Archaeological Revival hinged bangle at Cobwebs.

    A Victorian Louis XVI style French Kingwood bureau-de-dame at Adam Antiques.

    A Victorian Louis XVI style French Kingwood bureau-de-dame at Adam Antiques.

    THE IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR

    Saturday, September 17th, 2016

    The internet is bringing younger buyers to auction. In an attempt to involve the discriminating younger collector the focus of the Irish Antique Dealers Fair in Dublin has shifted in latter years to include quality contemporary and antique furniture and collectibles.  This years fair, which runs at the RDS from September 23-25, will feature the doyen of American designers Carleton Varney, president of the Dorothy Draper brand, the oldest established design firm in the US.

    He is pro antique and pro brown furniture, believing that for lifestyle you must incorporate the past with the now and leave room for the future. Mr. Varney is associated with the restoration of top hotels around the world including Adare Manor, Dromoland and Ashford Castle in Ireland and the Waldorf Towers and the Plaza Hotel in New York. He designed for five US first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Barbara Bush. In Dublin he will head a packed programme that these days manages to combine contemporary design with the best of Irish antiques.

    “For the past 51 years, people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home,” said George Stacpoole, chairman of the Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA), who has been present at every event so far. “The fair is a fascinating insight into great craftsmanship throughout the ages, attracting collectors and connoisseurs of all tastes. We have a carefully selected blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them”. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the fair. There is an invitation only preview on Thursday evening.

    George Stackpoole will bring this Henry Morgan work from 1849  entitled Cork Harbour Light House - Looking out to sea with lithography by William Spreat of Exeter

    George Stackpoole will bring this Henry Morgan work from 1849 entitled Cork Harbour Light House – Looking out to sea with lithography by William Spreat of Exeter

    The Whitley Gallery will feature this Georges Braque - Nature Morte a la Palette - at the 51st annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair

    The Whitley Gallery will feature this Georges Braque – Nature Morte a la Palette – at the 51st annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair

    A TRIBAL ART FAIR IN LONDON

    Thursday, August 18th, 2016

    Tribal Art London – the UK’s only art fair devoted exclusively to selling works from specialists in non-Western Art – runs at the Mall Galleries, SW1 from September 1-4.  The 22 international specialists involved will bring works ranging from dance masks to metalwork, textiles to tribal adornment, early photography to contemporary paintings at prices from under £100 to over £20,000.  Here is a selection:

    Beadwork crowns of the Yoruba, Nigeria at Joss Graham

    Beadwork crowns of the Yoruba, Nigeria at Joss Graham

    A 19th century Zulu wooden vessel carved from a single block of wood with no joins, half a metre tall.  POA at Jeremy Sabine

    A 19th century Zulu wooden vessel carved from a single block of wood with no joins, half a metre tall. POA at Jeremy Sabine

    A contemporary work interpreting the Songlines traced by women making their way to the  Western Desert Ancestral site of Munni Munni by Marlene Young Nungurrayi, born 1971 ( £7000 from Arjmand Aziz, specialist in Australian indigenous art)

    A contemporary work interpreting the Songlines traced by women making their way to the Western Desert Ancestral site of Munni Munni by Marlene Young Nungurrayi, born 1971 (£7,000 from Arjmand Aziz, specialist in Australian indigenous art)

    A powerfully abstract mbulu ngulu reliquary figure of the Kota people, Gabon, West Africa.  Kota mbulu ngulu are unique among African sculptural forms in their combination of wood covered with hammered metal, in this instance copper.  (£11,500 from David Malik)

    A powerfully abstract mbulu ngulu reliquary figure of the Kota people, Gabon, West Africa. Kota mbulu ngulu are unique among African sculptural forms in their combination of wood covered with hammered metal, in this instance copper. (£11,500 from David Malik)

    AN ANTIQUE FAIR AT THE ROSE OF TRALEE FESTIVAL

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
    A shamrock brooch.

    A shamrock brooch.

    It is that time of year again and for the first time this year Hibernian Antique Fairs will hit town from the annual Rose of Tralee festival.  The first Rose of Tralee Antiques Art & Vintage Fair takes place at  The Earl of Desmond Hotel on August 20 and 21.  Opening times are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 20 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 21.  There will be 40 antique shops, dealers, gallery’s and vintage dealers from around Ireland in attendance.  Among them will be Treasures Irish Art Athlone (IADA), Marie Curran Jewellery Dublin (IADA), Greene’s Antique Furniture Drogheda (IADA), Billy Harnett Furniture Co.Limerick, Robert Delahunty Fine Art, Clonakilty, Co.Cork, Tara Crystal Chandeliers,  Co.Waterford, Richard Walshe Coins & Banknotes Co.Galway, EIly Henry, Vintage Fashion, Co.Waterford and Sheila Poots, China & Porcelain Belfast.

    SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG AUTUMN SALES TO TEMPT COLLECTORS

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

    From Ming furniture and Chateau Petrus to exceptional Chinese ceramics and classical Asian art the autumn sale series at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong from October 1-5 offers much to tempt the collector.  In the weeks leading up to the sales selected highlights will travel to Jakarta, Singaport, Seoul and Taipei.  Here is a selection of some highlights:

    A Qing Dynasty Qianlong white jade  Mandarin Ducks and Rockwork group

    A Qing Dynasty Qianlong white jade Mandarin Ducks and Rockwork group

    Harry Winston diamond necklace

    Harry Winston diamond necklace

    Shiy De Jinn (1923-1981) - Young girl

    Shiy De Jinn (1923-1981) – Young girl

    Li Keran (1907-1989) - Buffaloes under autumn tree

    Li Keran (1907-1989) – Buffaloes under autumn tree

    Part of a selection of 99 lots and 11 vintages of Chateau Petrus

    Part of a selection of 99 lots and 11 vintages of Chateau Petrus

    MASTERPIECE CONTINUES TO DRAW THE CROWDS

    Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

    Masterpiece continues to draw the crowds in London.  Over 5,000 guests attended on the first public day and daily numbers are continuing at close to this level. The premier fair reflects at a very high level the cross collecting taste that is now so fashionable. At Masterpiece you can take your pick.  There is everything from a monumental fragment of a standing male statute leg and feet at Axel Vervoodt and the Louis XIV walnut Os de Mouton sofa at Rose Uniacke to the 1966 Rhthme Couleur by Sonia Delaunay at Helene Bailly Gallery and Graham Sutherland’s Study of Sir Winston Churchill from 1954 at Christopher Kingzett. This is a rare preparatory sketch for a portrait that was considered so unflattering that it was destroyed.  Royal Bank of Canada continues as the principal sponsor of Masterpiece.  Exhibitors continue to report sales across a wide range of disciplines.  Masterpiece continues until July 6.

     Monumental fragment from a standing male statue Leg and Feet on base Roman 2nd century A.D. Courtesy Axel Vervoodt

    Monumental fragment from a standing male statue Leg and Feet on base Roman 2nd century A.D. Courtesy Axel Vervoodt

    Sonia Delaunay Rythme Couleur 1966 Courtesy Hélène Bailly Gallery

    Sonia Delaunay Rythme Couleur 1966 Courtesy Hélène Bailly Gallery

    The Louis XIV Walnut ‘Os de Mouton’ Sofa France c1730  Courtesy Rose Uniacke

    The Louis XIV Walnut ‘Os de Mouton’ Sofa France c1730 Courtesy Rose Uniacke

    Graham Sutherland Study of Sir Winston Churchill  1954  Courtesy Christopher Kingzett at Masterpiece, London.

    Graham Sutherland Study of Sir Winston Churchill 1954 Courtesy Christopher Kingzett at Masterpiece, London.

    THE WARWICK VASE FROM HADRIAN’S VILLA AT MASTERPIECE

    Friday, July 1st, 2016
    The monumental Warwick Vase.

    The monumental Warwick Vase.

    The massive mid 19th century Warwick Vase is a highlight at Anthony Outred’s stand at Masterpiece, which runs until next Wednesday at the Royal Hospital at Chelsea in London. It is of ancient Roman origin and Bacchic inspiration and was discovered in fragments at Hadrian’s Villa in 1771 by Gavin Hamilton. It was restored to Piranesi’s designs by Sir William Hamilton and passed to his nephew George Greville, Second Earl of Warwick. It now resides in Glasgow as part of the Burrell Collection.

    England is represented on the stand by a pair of panoramic views of Westminster that span 300 years.  One shows the buildings of 1895, the other is based on engravings from the time of Henry VIII.  They are based on aerial studies and engravings by English artists William Brewer and William Lionel Wyllie executed from a balloon 1,400 up.  They were published in May 1884 in the weekly illustrated magazine The Graphic.

    Westminster in the late 19th century

    Westminster in the late 19th century

    A view of Westminster c1584.

    A view of Westminster c1584.

    AN ITALIAN FIREPLACE FROM IRELAND IN ENGLAND

    Thursday, June 30th, 2016

    A c1790 Italian chimney piece from a collection in Ireland was one of a number of Irish pieces spotted at Masterpiece, the pre-eminent London fair now running at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. At the stand of leading London dealer Ronald Phillips, where it is priced at a cool £850,000, the chimney piece is thought to have been commissioned by the Earl Bishop of Derry.  There are rosso antico plaques and micro-mosaic panels.  The last time such a fireplace came up at auction, at Sotheby’s around five years ago, it sold for £550,000.

    The bucket to the right of the chimney piece is one of a pair c1800 of Irish log buckets with brass handles and later brass liners.  They are unusually tall and priced at £205,000.

    More than 8,000 guests attended the opening day preview yesterday.  Many exhibitors reported robust sales.

    ONE OF A PAIR OF IRISH LOG BUCKETS

    ONE OF A PAIR OF IRISH LOG BUCKETS

    The c1790 Italian chimney piece from a private Irish collection.

    The c1790 Italian chimney piece from a private Irish collection.

    20th CENTURY ITALIAN ARTISTS FROM TORNABUONI ART AT MASTERPIECE

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
    Aligheiro Boetti - Mappa 1984

    Aligheiro Boetti – Mappa 1984

    Making its first appearance at Masterpiece – which previews in London tomorrow and runs from June 30 to July 6 – Tornabuoni Art will present a selection of work by modern and contemporary artists.  From Giorgio De Chirico’s early surrealist paintings to Turi Simeti’s latest works, the booth will reflect the 20th century Italian artistic panorama.

    Artists on show will include Alberto Biasi, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Giorgio De Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Marino Marini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Paolo Scheggi and Turi Simeti.  Here is a selection:

    Arnaldo Pomodoro - Cuneo con Frecce 2006

    Arnaldo Pomodoro – Cuneo con Frecce 2006

    Francesca Pasquali, Red Strawl 2016

    Francesca Pasquali, Red Strawl 2016

    ALBERTO BURRI - AI 1953

    ALBERTO BURRI – AI 1953

    JANE AUSTEN, BRAM STOKER, OSCAR WILDE 1ST EDITIONS

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
    1st edition, 1813, Pride and Prejudice: A Novel in three volumes.

    1st edition, 1813, Pride and Prejudice: A Novel in three volumes.

    Jane Austen, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde will all feature at Peter Harrington’s stand at the Paris Antiquarian Book Fair from April 22-24 at the Nef du Grand Palais. The Paris Fair, one of the most prestigious of its kind, offers  its ever increasing number of visitors a panorama of the highlights of our written heritage, together with a vast selection of engravings and drawings.

    Nearly two hundred national and international dealers will attend to unveil thousands of exceptional documents, representative of cultural history.

    Among the books at London dealer Peter Harrington is a 1st edition of Pride and Prejudice 1813 priced at £87,500, a 1st edition of Bran Stoker’s Dracula 1897 priced at £17,500 and and a trade issue 1st edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salome 1893 priced at £27,500.