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    IRISH FURNITURE AT NEW YORK’S WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW

    Thursday, January 12th, 2017

    An Irish mirror and an unusual full sized oak postbox  will feature on the Apter-Fredericks of London stand at New York’s Winter Antiques Show, which runs at the Park Avenue Armory from January 20-29.  The George III gilt wood pier mirror is, according to Apter-Fredericks, comparable to the work of Francis and John Booker. It exhibits many of the traits of Irish mirrors of this period, including naif rusticated columns, characteristic carving and the inclusion of an animal. The oak country house post box is of full height. Most were designed to sit on a table.  The golden colour oak is of fine quality and the condition is very good. The pieces have their original Strahan labels.

    A notable contingent of the 70 exhibitors at the leading art, antiques and design fair in America specialize in American fine and decorative arts. There is always a strong range of English, Continental, Asian and other non-Western art, ancient to modern. In keeping with the times, the Winter Antiques Show is gradually adding contemporary material to a mix that remains unapologetically historicist. “Exhibitors across all 32 disciplines want to engage new and younger buyers. Everybody is talking about cross-collecting. Our version of cross-presenting material is a natural extension, because many of our dealers have expanded into new areas in their galleries,” said executive director Catherine Sweeney Singer.

    The George III gilt wood Irish mirror

    The full size oak country house postbox.

    A RANGE OF ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AT LIMERICK FAIR

    Friday, November 11th, 2016
    No matter what area of interest you pursue as a collector you will get to take your pick from a range which includes everything from antique Irish furniture and contemporary art to Waterford and Murano glass, coins and medals at the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on November 12-13.
    In the beginning of the run up to Christmas Hibernian Antique Fairs come home to Limerick for what is one of the most popular events on their annual calendar. It is always a crowd puller.  There will be at least five art galleries, ten antique furniture stalls, twelve dealers with jewellery, silver and objets d’art and rare book dealers from around the country. In addition to all this a range of dealers big and small will bring Oriental furniture and effects, costume jewellery, vintage fashion, coins, banknotes, medals, militaria, china, porcelain, brass, copper, clocks, watches, gramophones and car memorabilia.
    Among those present will be George Stacpoole of Adare, the Irish Antique Dealers Association President and IADA members like Greene’s Galleries, Drogheda, Roger Grimes and Vanessa Parker of Co. Mayo and Weldons of Dublin.  This assembly of antique business professionals from all over the island of Ireland, North and South offers collectors an unrivalled opportunity to see what dealers from Belfast to Ballina and Dublin to Dromcollogher have in stock.

    A selection of Clarice Cliff

    A selection of Clarice Cliff

    This rare rose vase in nine carat gold was made in Birmingham in 1906 by Walker Hall and Co. Ltd. Commissioned for a 50th wedding anniversary it will be at the Charles Vivian stand

    This rare rose vase in nine carat gold was made in Birmingham in 1906 by Walker Hall and Co. Ltd. Commissioned for a 50th wedding anniversary it will be at the Charles Vivian stand

    TEFAF OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS AND RECORD CROWDS IN NEW YORK

    Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

    jorge-welshExhibitors at TEFAF New York Fall 2016 have been extremely positive about the event.  The light and airy atmosphere was much appreciated by attendees of the historic building that  is the Park Avenue Armoury.  It was completely transformed by Dutch designer Tom Postma especially for the fair, which runs until tomorrow.  The 94 world-class specialist dealers from 14 countries, showing museum-quality fine art and antiques, delivered the total “TEFAF experience.”

    Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art, who presented a remarkable “Park Avenue Pantheon,” said: “The VIP preview day was spectacularly crowded. There were many new faces along with well-known international collectors and an impressive number of people from the museum world, all with their eye on their next acquisition. We are extremely happy with TEFAF and their celebration of the Armory.”

    Jorge Welsh Fine Art of Kensington Church Street, London – exhibiting in New York for the first time in ten years –  have put together a group of  Chinese export porcelain pieces, resulting from the cultural encounter between West and East in the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.  Their stand is illustrated here.

    VIEW ONLINE SALES FROM HOME

    Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
    These days you can view many auctions from the comfort of your own home and buyers are increasingly doing just that.  Locally, nationally and internationally auction houses are finding new buyers on the internet. The online portal Invaluable is teaming up with the prestigious European Fine Art Fair TEFAF to connect with a collector base in 180 countries. TEFAF opens its debut fair outside Europe at the Park Avenue Armoury in New York today.

    Closer to home there are two online sales of Irish art running this weekend, at Whyte’s and Morgan O’Driscoll. Whyte’s are offering nearly 200 lots with estimates from 100 to 6,000 in an auction with examples from the McClelland Collection and work by Yeats, Lavery, William Conor, Nano Reid, Mainie Mellett, Harry Kernoff, Tony O’Malley and Basil Blackshaw.  There are 230 lots in Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale, which includes 13 works of sculpture.  The sale runs until 6.30 pm next Monday and is on view in Skibberen from noon to 5 pm today and tomorrow and from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday.  Whyte’s sale is on view at Molesworth St., Dublin from 1 pm to 5 pm today and from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday.  Their auction starts at 6 pm.

    River Bank I by Donald Teskey at Morgan O'Driscoll (4,000-6,000)

    River Bank I by Donald Teskey at Morgan O’Driscoll (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800.

     A drawing by Dame Elizabeth Frink at Whyte's online art auction (400-600)

    A drawing by Dame Elizabeth Frink at Whyte’s online art auction (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400

    TEFAF FALL NEW YORK TO BOOST ONLINE ART SALES

    Thursday, October 13th, 2016

    The online development of the market for art and antiques was boosted this week with the announcement that Invaluable will be marquee sponsors for both TEFAF New York and TEFAF Maastricht.  The new association is to launch at TEFAF New York Fall, which runs from October 22-26 at the Park Avenue Armoury.  TEFAF’s debut fair outside Europe will feature 94 of the world’s most illustrious dealers of fine art, design, furniture and jewelry from antiquity through the early 20th century.

    Invaluable’s experience is in helping galleries and dealers develop robust digital strategies and connect with the company’s collector base from 180 countries. In the coming months Invaluable and TEFAF will launch the TEFAF Digital Excellence Program powered by Invaluable to provide dealers with the digital tools necessary to grow their business and connect with new buyers online.

    The Lulworth Castle Dragon Chairs will be at the Apter Fredericks stand at TEFAF New York

    The Lulworth Castle Dragon Chairs will be at the Apter Fredericks stand at TEFAF New York

    Apter Fredericks of London will bring this pair of  George III mounted blue john perfume burners to TEFAF New York

    Apter Fredericks of London will bring this pair of George III mounted blue john perfume burners to TEFAF New York

    ANTIQUE FAIR AT TALBOT HOTEL, STILLORGAN, NEXT WEEKEND

    Monday, October 10th, 2016

    Hibernian Antique Fairs will bring what is billed as the Ist Dublin Antique, Art and Vintage fair to the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan on October 15-16.  More than 70 dealers from Ireland and abroad including 12 Irish Antique Dealers Association members. two London jewellery dealers and two jewellery dealers from Germany will be in attendance.  Among those exhibiting are 20 dealers from around Ireland who have not shown in Dublin before. There will be art, antique furniture, silver, jewellery, vintage items, fashion, glass, ceramics and an array of collectibles.  Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on both days.fair

    There will be art ceramics by Clarice Cliff.

    There will be art ceramics by Clarice Cliff.

    Weldon's will bring this pair of George II Irish candlesticks made in Dublin around 1745 by John Moore.  They are priced at 4,500.

    Weldon’s will bring this pair of George II Irish candlesticks made in Dublin around 1745 by John Moore. They are priced at 4,500.

    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.