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    RUGS GET SHEPPARDS OFF TO A GOOD START AT COOLATTIN

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    THIS CHELABERD EAGLE KAZAK CAUCASIAN RUG MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Persian and Irish rugs and runners got Sheppards two day country house collections sale at Coolattin House, Co. Wicklow off to a good start today.  The first lot, a bespoke Gavin Morton and G.K. Roberstson 21st century Donegal design carport made 3,900.  Lot two, a Kazak rug made 8,500 and lot three, a bespoke C.F.A. Voysey Donegal design carpet made 3,700. A North West Persian Heriz carpet made 3,800 and a large Turkish Isparta carpet on gold ground sold for 8,000. Later in the morning a 19th century ormolu and pietra dura clock garniture sold for 6,500 and a nude attributed to Roderic O’Conor estimated at 2,000-3,000 sold for 7,500.

    Later in the auction a 19th century satinwood and marquetry Carlton House desk sold for 18,500, a pair of Dublin Edwardian wing back armchairs made 14,000, a pair of Japanese Imari urns made 17,500 and a pair of 19th century kingwood and parquetry commodes made  13,500.  Prime lots from the morning session on June 28 included a pair of 18th century bronze canons from Malahide Castle which sold for 17,000 at hammer and a late 17th century Brussels tapestry which made 26,500.  The sale continues.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 25, 2017)

    A LARGE SALE BY SHEPPARDS AT COOLATTIN IN CO. WICKLOW

    Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    The great Irish country house collections sale by Sheppards of Durrow at Coolattin House in Co. Wicklow on June 27 and 28 features 1341 lots.  The sale will  be broken into four sections, at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each day.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LATE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BRUSSELS TAPESTRY (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 26,500 AT HAMMER

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY SATINWOOD AND MARQUETRY CARLTON HOUSE (15,000-25,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,500 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY IRISH MAHOGANY SIDE TABLES (5,000-8,000) UPDATE: THESE MADE 13,500 AT HAMMER

    NORTH WEST PERSIAN HERIZ CARPET (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    ART, FURNITURE AND COLLECTIBLES AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    The country house auction at Hegarty’s in Bandon on June 25 features part two of the collection from The Glebe House in Skibbereen.  Collectibles include an early Worcester plate with the Arms of Cork and the auction will feature a selection of  antique furniture, silver, art, collectibles and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    One of the main rooms in the sale.

    A rosewood campaign secretaire  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,750

    A William IV rosewood side table  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,050 AT HAMMER

    A Cork Mansion House service plate at Hegarty’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE 480 AT HAMMER

    ANTIQUE IRISH FURNITURE AT LYNES AND LYNES

    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
    An Irish Georgian long case clock by William Maddock of Waterford and a telescopic Georgian dining table are among the prime lots at the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on June 24.  Each is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    The selection offer includes a seascape by Edwin Hayes (1,000-1,500), a c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000), a set of Cork 11-bar dining chairs (1,500-2,000), a large wing back armchair (1,000-1,500) and an antique cast iron garden seat (1,000-1,500).
    Auctioneer Denis Lynes reports that there is already interest in a Georgian sofa table (400-600).  Also typical of Cork furniture are lots 255 and 256, a pair of hall chairs and a cellarette on tripod base.  Each has a low estimate of 100-200.  Other lots include a pair of rare official standard brass pint measures (100-200), a neat Georgian window or hall seat (200-400), a 19th century couch (200-400), an Irish Georgian stool with needlework drop in seat (600-800) and a pair of old terracotta chimney pots (40-80).

    There are GAA programmes and medals, a Guy’s Munster Directory, an abstract polished steel sculpture, an oil on canvas by Anthony Ruby entitled The Jolly Gluttons and a silk screen limited edition Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven print.

    A c1860 Victorian ebonised and amboyna inlaid credenza (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 780

    A Cork Regency cellarette on tripod (100-200)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300

    A 19th century couch (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 240 AT HAMMER

    A c1860 Chinese cabinet with lacquered panels (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000

    REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF TUSCAN CASSONE PANELS

    Friday, June 16th, 2017

    REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF TUSCAN CASSONE PANELS

    A remarkable collection of Tuscan Renaissance Cassone panels will come up at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in London on July 6. Typically commissioned to commemorate marriages of the Florentine or Sienese elite until the mid-fifteenth century the collection comprises eight panels in total. The highlight is an unusually well-preserved cassone front by Giovanni Toscani (1370/80–1430). The panel has been recognised as the pendant to that in the National Gallery of Scotland and depicts Scenes from the tale of Ginevra and Bernabò of Genoa and Ambrogiuolo of Piacenza. 

    A TALE OF TWO AUCTIONS IN CORK CITY

    Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

    A set of twelve chairs at Woodwards (€800-€1,500)

    A SET OF TWELVE CHAIRS AT WOODWARDS ( 800-1,500 )

    With sales at Marshs and Woodwards Cork city auction goers will be spoiled for choice on June 17.  Woodwards on Cook St. kicks off at 11 am with a sale that includes a ten foot long mahogany dining table and a set of twelve chairs (800-1,500), a pair of rosewood tea tables (1,000-2,000), a pair of chesterfield couches (800-1,500) and a French gilt three piece suite (800-1,000).

     

    A pair of William IV rosewood card tables at Marshs (€2,000-€2,500)

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM IV ROSEWOOD CARD TABLES AT MARSHS (2,000-2,500)

    Anitique furniture features prominently at Marshs sale which is scheduled to get underway at noon around the corner at Rochford’s Lane off South Mall/Grand Parade. Lots on offer here include a Georgian breakfront four door bookcase (2,500-3,000), a pair of William IV rosewood card tables (2,000-2,500), a Regency rosewood Cork marble topped side cabinet (1,000-2,000) and a 19th century Chinese carved padouk display cabinet (600-800). A curiosity at this sale is a Victorian carved grizzly bear 45″ high (700-800). Other Georgian furniture on offer includes an early  mahogany chest on stand, a rosewood brass inlaid drop leaf table and an inlaid demi lune tea table

     

     

     

    COLLECTION OF RAINE, COUNTESS SPENCER AT CHRISTIE’S IN JULY

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

    The collection of Raine, Countess Spencer (1929-2016) comes up at Christie’s in London in July. Only daughter of romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland and stepmother to Diana, Princess of Wales she enjoyed a position at the centre of London society for over 60 years. Lady Spencer had an appreciation of the fine and decorative arts; 18th century France was of special interest, and she assembled a collection of paintings by some of the greatest artists of that period, including Boucher, Fragonard and Vernet. She collected fine furniture on which she displayed ormolu clocks, objets d’art and Chinese works of art – including intricately carved jades; the Art Deco was also a period of particular inspiration. Highlights from Lady Spencer’s collection of French 18th century Old Master paintings will be offered at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale on July 6.  This will be followed by a sale featuring furniture, Old Master paintings, objets d’art and jades and a selection of couture, jewellery and accessories from her personal wardrobe on July 13. Here is a small selection with all images courtesy of Christie’s.

    Claude Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris)
    A Mediterranean sea-port with fishermen unloading cargo (£300,000-500,000)

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
    The goddess Aurora triumphs over night, announcing Apollo in his chariot, while Morpheus sleeps – a bozzetto (£150,000-200,000)

    One of several ‘Lady Dior’ handbags, this one of black leather with stud work decoration (£1,000-1,500)

    A LOUIS XVI COMMODE
    CIRCA 1770-75, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE-PIERRE FOULLET (£60,000-90,000)

    THE COLLECTION OF A PRINCE AT MEALY’S SUMMER SALE

    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    Fine and decorative art, antiques, garden furniture, statuary and interiors will feature at Mealy’s summer sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on May 30.  The auction of 700 lots will include the collection of the late Prince and Princess Guirey, who had a home at Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.  His title is a Khanate of the Crimea, formed in 1449 as an independent state by clans of the Mongolian Golden Horde.  Among his ancestors are Haci Giray first ruler of the region, believed to be a descendent in the 11th generation of Genghis Khan (1162-1227) founder of the Mongol Empire. She was daughter of Lady Omerod of Nassau in the Bahamas and the late Frederick Sigrist, aviation pioneer and one of the founders of Hawker Siddeley.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A BOW-FRONTED MAHOGANY DEMI-LUNE SIDE CABINET (200-300)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 140 AT HAMMER

    UNUSUAL SMALL LIGHT-BLUE AND IRON-RED CHINESE PORCELAIN VASE (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,100 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY FOLD OUT THAI MANUSCRIPT (500-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE III PERIOD MAHOGANY CHEST-ON-CHEST (800-1,200)  UPDATE: THIS  MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004), ‘Sumo Monte Carlo, Tashkin 1999’ number 09924, of a worldwide edition of ten thousand copies. (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    A CLEVER VICTORIAN OVAL SILVER POCKET FLASK, by Leuchap London & Paris (250-350)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 260 AT HAMMER

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    CENTRAL BANK FURNITURE ON SALE IN CO. LAOIS

    Monday, May 22nd, 2017

    A boardroom table.

    The entire contents from the former Central Bank buildings in Dame Street, Dublin are to be sold at The Heritage, Killenard, Co. Laois on May 30.  More than 5,000 objects, including furniture specially designed for the building by architect Sam Stephenson, will be sold.  It took 25 articulated lorries to clear out the recently-vacated four-building complex.  The contents were purchased by well known antique dealer Niall Mullen.

    “All of the boardroom furniture, desks, chairs and ancillary items were left on site along with all the catering and restaurant furniture,” he said. “The Bank went through all the procedures in order to maximise the return to the State of the contents, but there was no-one willing to take the good, the bad and the ugly in one lot. The auction will contain many of the original desks and tables from Sam Stephenson’s time, including many original pieces designed by the architect. There is also spectacular boardroom furniture from the 7th floor, made by top Irish furniture designers Klimmek, with side tables, marble-topped sideboards and high-end executive chairs”. Viewing gets underway on May 19.

    AN EXTRAORDINARY HOUSE CONTENTS SALE IN LONDON

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017
    The Belgrave Square home of Irish tycoon Edward Haughey has been described as the Downton Abbey of our times.  Contents from his extraordinary London home – which formed a backdrop to life at the highest levels of British society – will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s on May 23 and 24.
    The Kilcurry, Co. Louth born pharmaceutical magnate Lord Ballyedmond (no relation of the late Taoiseach)  who died in a helicopter crash in 2014 was a keen collector with very deep pockets. Inspired by the Regency and neoclassical designs of Robert Adam he transformed a once dormant property in one of London’s most prestigious squares into a modern evocation of a great Georgian town house. Along the way he amassed a collection of paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture.
    Among the lots are a silver wine cistern capable of accommodating over 70 bottles of champagne. This is a 1992 reproduction of a 1719 original by Paul de Lamerie and is estimated at £80,000-120,000. A 19th century dinner service with the arms of the Thurn & Taxis family is estimated at £2,500-3,500, a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of Mrs. Richard Pennant has an estimate of £20,000-30,000 and a Louis XV tapestry is estimated at £12,000-18,000. Other lots include a silver aviary, chandeliers, marble sculptures, clocks and collectibles.

    Born in 1944 Lord Ballyedmond is renowned as only the second person in history after the Marquess of Lansdowne in the 1920’s to have sat in the upper houses of both the Irish and British  parliaments. A second sale, the Ballyedmond collection part II: Gentlemen’s Accessories Online, will open on May 23.  It will feature objects like cufflinks, tie pins and watches by makers including Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany. Estimates range from £150 to £6,000.

    UPDATE:  THE sale totalled £4.4 million with bidders from every continents and a sell through rate of 94.3%.  Most lots went able the high estimate.

    The dining room at Belgrave Square.

    The parlour at Belgrave Square.

    A reproduction silver wine cistern capable of holding 70 bottles of champagne modelled on a 1719 original by Paul de Lamerie (£80,000-120,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS THE TOP LOT OF THE SALE AND MADE £112,500

    Sir Joshua Reynolds – Portrait of Mrs. Richard Pennant 1816 (£20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £25,000