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MATTHEWS AUCTION AT HEADFORT HOUSE, KELLS

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

More than 500 lots will come under the hammer at Matthews sale at Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath on April 13.  Among the more unusual lots is an antique marble bust of August FitzClarence, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, and his Irish mistress Dorothea Jordan by Thomas Sharp and a marquetry jewellery box stamped Tahan, who was master cabinet maker to Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie.    Furniture includes a fine four door breakfront bookcase.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

Thomas Sharp (1805 - 1882) Marble Bust Dated 1831 of Augustus FitzClarance illegitimate son of Prince William later King William IV and his Irish mistress the actress Dorothea Jordan (1761-1816).

Thomas Sharp (1805 – 1882) Marble Bust Dated 1831 of Augustus FitzClarance illegitimate son of Prince William later King William IV and his Irish mistress the actress Dorothea Jordan (1761-1816).

A French marquetry jewellery box stamped Tahan (1,000-1,500).

A French marquetry jewellery box stamped Tahan (1,000-1,500).

Regency Mahogany Four Door Breakfront Bookcase (8,000-12,000).

Regency Mahogany Four Door Breakfront Bookcase (8,000-12,000).

A PORTRAIT OF 16th CENTURY QUEEN OF SPAIN IN WATERFORD

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Anna of Austria attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello.

Anna of Austria attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello.

A portrait of a 16th century Queen of Spain comes up at auction in Waterford on April 7.  Anna of Austria, Queen of Spain (1549-1580) is at R.J. Keighery’s sale in Waterford.  The Queen is depicted in a heavily embroidered  dress with lace collar.  The portrait is attributed to the Portuguese artist Alonso Sanchez Coello (1531-1588), a pioneer of Spanish portrait painting, and is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

It was purchased at the estate sale at Mount Loftus, Powerscourt, Co. Kilkenny in 1965.  It is lot number 903 in a sale of 959 lots which includes antique furniture, jewellery and collectibles.

UPDATE:  The work was withdrawn at 7,000 and remained unsold.

INTEREST PERKS UP AT ANTIQUES AND INTERIORS FAIR AT THE RDS

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Despite a prevailing economic gloom in many parts of Ireland interest was definitely on the up at the antiques and interiors fair at the RDS.  Outside the capital people are prone to remark that while the recession may be over in Dublin it is still jobless and cashless around here. These impressions are gleaned from a much reported improvement in property prices in certain parts of the city, fuelled by a strong pent up demand and an acute shortage of supply.  At the antiques and interiors fair now in full swing at the RDS where well heeled buyers are in evidence in some number, one dealer concurred with the impression that, in Dublin at least, the recession over.  There is plenty to drool over and the fair runs until March 23.  Here is a minute selection showing some rather special antique furniture and a large Chinese screen:

A rare George I Irish card table in original condition with scallop shell motif at Niall Mullen Antiques.

A rare George I Irish card table in original condition with scallop shell motif at Niall Mullen Antiques.

The c1740 Irish card table opened.

The c1740 Irish card table interior.  It is priced at between 10,000-20,000.

An early 19th century Irish American circular centre table at Niall Mullen Antiques.

An early 19th century Irish American circular centre table at Niall Mullen Antiques.  It is priced at between 20,000-30,000.

An exceptional late 19th century satinwood side cabinet with a design by Thomas Sheraton at Connaught Antiques.

An exceptional late 19th century satinwood side cabinet with a design by Thomas Sheraton at Connaught Antiques.  It is priced at between 20,000-30,000.

An early 19th century hand painted Chinese six panel screen priced 8,500 at John Carroll.

An early 19th century hand painted Chinese six panel screen priced 8,500 at John Carroll Antiques.

TWO DAYS OF SALES AT MEALY’S, CASTLECOMER

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The two day Irish Estates and Private Collections sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer on March 25-26 offers more than 1,250 lots of silver, plate, book bindings, ceramics, Chinese and Japanese art, Georgian, Victorian and 20th century furniture and art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

UPDATE:  The auction realized around 400,000, with 75% of lots sold.  Many items sold above their high estimates and the atmosphere at this sale was the best seen since 2007.  More than 800 bidders registered by phone and by internet and the salesroom was crowded.

Attributed to Stephen Catterson Smith (1806-1872) ,Portrait of Sir Henry Brooke of Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh (5,000-10,000)

Attributed to Stephen Catterson Smith (1806-1872) ,Portrait of Sir Henry Brooke of Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh (5,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500

An 18th century South German walnut marquetry and crossbanded commode (1,500-2,000).

An 18th century South German walnut marquetry and crossbanded commode (1,500-2,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

A rare Newton's two inch pocket globe 1818 (700-1,100)

A rare Newton’s two inch pocket globe 1818 (700-1,100)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 700

Gladys Wynne (1876-1968)  Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow (400-600)

Gladys Wynne (1876-1968) Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 400

Pierre Francis Connolly (1841-1902)  Carved bust of a gentleman (800-1,500).

Pierre Francis Connolly (1841-1902) Carved bust of a gentleman (800-1,500).

Eckersall James, clerk of kitchen to George II at St. James' accounting for rent money received from 1731 (400-600)

Eckersall James, clerk of kitchen to George II at St. James’ accounting for rent money received from 1731 (400-600)

An early 19th century percussion cap blunderbuss (700-1,000)

An early 19th century percussion cap blunderbuss (700-1,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900

A Victorian Irish silver claret jug by West and Son, 1886 (1,500-2,500)

A Victorian Irish silver claret jug by West and Son, 1886 (1,500-2,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500

DROVES OF BUYERS TURN UP FOR MARCILHAC SALE

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
This unique patinated gypsum and bronze cabinet, circa 1935 by Jean-Michel Frank made 3,681,500.

This unique patinated gypsum and bronze cabinet, circa 1935 by Jean-Michel Frank made 3,681,500.

Droves of buyers descended on Sotheby’s in Paris for the first of two days of sales of the collection of French Art Deco dealer and collector Félix Marcilhac.  Day one realised a combined total of 14,745,725, more than double the high pre-sale estimate.  The auction followed a nine day exhibition visited by over 5,000 people and more than 97% of lots were sold. Nearly 500 collectors registered their intention to bid on masterpieces of Decorative Art. Among the great collectors taking part in this evening’s sale was Dimitri Mavrommatis who bought five lots, including works by Dunand & Lambert-Rucki, Coard, Dominique and a superb pair of upholstered, shagreen and oak armchairs by Frank. The top lot was a patinated gypsum and bronze c1935 cabinet by Jean-Michel Frank which made 3,681.500 over a top estimate of 600,000.  There were 11 auction records.

(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for January 15, 2014).

UPDATE:  THE sale concluded with a total of 24,727,715, well ahead of the top estimate of 15.5 million.  More than 95 per cent of lots were sold in an auction which achieved a record for a sale of decorative arts at Sotheby’s. Assembled over 40 years, this landmark collection featured Art Deco treasures which had not been seen in public for decades. Many of these pieces boasted prestigious provenance, having belonged to the likes of Jacques Doucet, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Paul Cocteau and Jean-Michel Frank, whose c1935 cabinet was the top lot.

OAK LOWBOY FROM 1660 AT WOODWARDS

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A c1660 oak lowboy comes up at Woodwards sale in Cork on March 12.  This particular antique piece is estimated at 500-1,000.  The sale offers a variety of furniture and collectible items as well as art.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

A c1660 lowboy (500-1,000).

A c1660 lowboy (500-1,000).  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 220

One of a pair of cast iron garden seats (1,000-2,0000.

One of a pair of cast iron garden seats (1,000-2,000). UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,600

A set of six Cork 11-bar chairs (2,000-3,000).

A set of six Cork 11-bar chairs (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 800

A Cork Mansion House dinner service bowl (400-600)

A Cork Mansion House dinner service bowl (400-600) UPDATE: WITHDAWN, AND TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CORK SALE AT WOODWARDS ON APRIL 12.

Arthur Maderson - Tallow Horse Fair (4,000-5,000).

Arthur Maderson – Tallow Horse Fair (4,000-5,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000

ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT HEGARTY’S CARRIGALINE SALE

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
An early 19th century rosewood card table (1,600-2,500)

An early 19th century rosewood card table (1,600-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

Antique furniture, contents from Kilmaloda House in Timoleague, will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s auction at Carrigaline Court Hotel in Cork on March 3.  A collection of 18th and 19th century furniture will feature alongside glass, silver and collectibles. Latterly the residence of retired Royal Navy Commander Charles Mosely, Kilmaloda was built by the Beamish brewing family in 1799.  The catalogue will be online shortly.  Here is a small selection.

An early 20th Maples satinwood display cabinet (3,500-4,500).

An early 20th century Maples satinwood display cabinet (3,500-4,500).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200

A 19th century clock with swan neck pediment (2,000-3,000)

A 19th century clock with swan neck pediment (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2300

ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT MARSHS SALE IN CORK

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Antique furniture on offer at Marshs sale in Cork on Saturday, March 1 will include a pair of Regency foldover card tables.  From a Cork city collection they are estimated at 6,000 to 8,000.  In austerity driven Ireland estimates for quality antique furniture remain on the low side and there is plenty to attract bargain hunters.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

A pair of Regency foldover card tables.

A pair of Regency foldover card tables. (6,000-8,000).

A pair of rosewood polescreens.

A pair of rosewood polescreens.

killarney box

Bengal Tiger, Splash by Joan Sharrock.

Bengal Tiger, Splash by Joan Sharrock.

A four door breakfront Georgian bookcase is estimated at 2,000-3,000.

A four door breakfront Georgian bookcase is estimated at 2,000-3,000.

THREE DAYS OF AUCTION SALES AT SHEPPARDS

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Paradigms and the Unexpected is the title of three days of sales of period furniture, fine art and Chinese ceramics at Sheppards

A yellow gold diamond and emerald ring  (3,000-5,000)

A yellow gold diamond and emerald ring (3,000-5,000)

in Durrow on February 25, 26 and 27.  Among the wide range of lots on offer is a portrait of Joseph II, Emperor of Austria, as a young man, and Irish silver tray by Robert Breading, Dublin and an ivory and ebony model of the Atomium, Brussels.  Around 600 lots will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday with over 300 lots of Asian Art followed by fine wines on Thursday.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

Workshop of Martin van Meytens (1695-1770)  Portrait of Joseph II as a young man, later Emperor of Austria (20,000-30,000)

Workshop of Martin van Meytens (1695-1770) Portrait of Joseph II as a young man, later Emperor of Austria (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 34,000

Carved giltwood console table c1760 with rouge royale serpentine marble top (4,000-6,000)

Carved giltwood console table c1760 with rouge royale serpentine marble top (4,000-6,000)

James Humbert Craig, Donegal Landscape (3,000-5,000)

James Humbert Craig, Donegal Landscape (3,000-5,000)

Pair of Georgian Cary globes (8,000-12,000)

Pair of Georgian Cary globes (8,000-12,000)

An ivory and ebony model of the  Atomium, Brussels (1,000-1,500).

An ivory and ebony model of the Atomium, Brussels (1,000-1,500).  UPDATE; THIS MADE 900

An Irish silver tray, Dublin 1786 by Robert Breading (8,000-12,000)

An Irish silver tray, Dublin 1786 by Robert Breading (8,000-12,000)

IRISH LOTS AT STYLISH BONHAMS AUCTION

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Built in 1713 The Old Rectory near Canterbury is considered one of Kent's finest small Queen Anne country houses.

Built in 1713 The Old Rectory near Canterbury is considered one of Kent’s finest small Queen Anne country houses.

A number of Irish lots feature at the sale of contents of The Old Rectory in Kent at Bonhams in London on March 12. They are from the collection of architect, interior decorator and garden designer Giles Newby Vincent, whose Belgravia based company Giles Vincent Design numbers Elton John and Lord Heseltine among its clients. The outstanding private collection of carefully selected pieces ranges from fine early 18th century furniture, painting and silver to Delftware and antique textiles. Among the Irish pieces are a George III silver table, a chairback settee of similar vintage, an 18th century bog oak kettle stand and a George II Irish silver mug by Thomas Sutton, Dublin 1727.

The collection is to be sold to fund Giles’s latest project – refurbishing a dilapidated old villa in the South of France overlooking the sea near Saint Tropez. He comments; “Although I love many of these pieces – it has been a labour of love to assemble them – it is time for a new chapter.  I hope they will now find new owners who will appreciate them as much as I have.” The Old Rectory near Canterbury will be offered for sale in spring 2014.

A George III Irish carved mahogany silver table (£5,000-8,000).

A George III Irish carved mahogany silver table (£5,000-8,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

A very small 18th century Irish bog oak kettle stand (£2,000-3,000).

A very small 18th century Irish bog oak kettle stand (£2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

A George III mahogany double chairback settee (£5,000-7,000).

A George III mahogany double chairback settee (£5,000-7,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

A George II Irish silver mug by Thomas Sutton Dublin 1727  (£1,000-1,500).

A George II Irish silver mug by Thomas Sutton Dublin 1727 (£1,000-1,500).  UPDATE: THE tankard sold for £1,250.