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    LONG IRISH WAKE TABLE AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
    An unusually long Irish wake table comes up at Sotheby’s Collectors Sale in London on May 3. The late 18th century table is ten feet long with double gateleg action and is estimated at £20,000-30,000.
    Wake or hunt tables are versatile and mobile.  The narrow shape when the flaps are down is ideal for holding a coffin.  When it came to the hunt they were carried outside to hold drink.
    Sotheby’s say that many examples are still in situ in houses in Ireland such as Leixlip Castle, Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan, Mount Stewart, Co. Down and Luggala Co. Wicklow.
    Sotheby’s bi-annual Collections sale offers clients aN opportunity to acquire a wealth of fine and decorative art. With a focus on property sourced from private collections throughout Europe – often with an aristocratic or distinguished provenance – the sale will appeal to collectors and connoisseurs alike.

    VARIETY AT ADAMS AT HOME SUNDAY SALE

    Thursday, April 12th, 2018

    There is plenty of variety in the nearly 500 lots at the At Home sale at James Adam on Sunday April 15.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    A 1960S THREE PIECE “INDEPENDENCE” SOFA SUITE BY KARL WITTMANN, comprising two easy chairs and a sofa (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SENIOR (1795 – 1865) ‘Feeding time’ (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY LONGCASE CLOCK, by William Cartwright of Dublin (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A BURR WALNUT, EBONY AND IVORY INLAID SIDE CABINET IN THE AESTHETIC TASTE, C.1870, attributed to Lamb of Manchester (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    ANTIQUE AND GARDEN FURNITURE AT WOODWARDS

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

    Antique and garden furniture will be on offer at Woodwards sale in Cork on April 14.  There is a Sheffield five piece silver service (2,000-3,000), a pair of large garden vases (1,800-2,200), a Victorian d-end dining table (800-1,200) and a Georgian rosewood card table (800-1,200).

    Among the other lots are a yew chest of drawers (300-400), a pair of cast iron garden benches (1,500-2,000), a set of four garden statues (500-800), a set of balloon back dining chairs (300-400), a Victorian breakfront sideboard (400-600), a pair of Georgian lockers (300-400), a round walnut centre table I400-500) and a selection of bookshelves.  There is a selection of Waterford Crystal, jewellery, rugs, porcelain and collectibles.  The catalogue is online.

    Sheffield five piece silver service

    A pair of Georgian style chests

    IS CHANGE ON THE WAY TO BROWN FURNITURE MARKET?

    Sunday, April 8th, 2018

    This chair now at Apter-Fredericks was at the 1954 Grosvenor House Antiques Fair where it was described as having survived since about 1750 with the patina of age unspoilt by restoration.

    For many years now the market for so called “brown furniture” has been in the doldrums.  At last this just might be starting to change. Renewed interest in antique furniture has been noted on the international market.

    After the Winter Antiques Show in New York premier London dealers Apter-Fredericks reported that they had engaged with clients in a way that suggested brown furniture might be back. Since the January show Apter Fredericks say that English furniture continued to sell well in February and March.  Demand, they say, has returned and regular sales are continuing.
    New York’s winter show is the leading art, antiques and design fair in the US. If influential designers  and their clients there are showing interest in brown furniture it is safe to assume that the rest of the market will not be far behind.  Such a development is as welcome as it is long overdue.
    This should be of great interest in Ireland as we tend to mirror international trends very closely.  Things are improving here since the depths of the recession, but when it comes to antique furniture there is still an awful lot of ground to be made up.
    Apter-Fredericks, a long established third generation London institution based on Fulham Road in Chelsea, report that designers and clients alike are recognising the warmth that rich woods and patina bring to a room.  “As news of this renewed interest spreads so will the finer things start coming to the market”.  This institution will always select furniture based on colour, patination, originality and value.  And so should you.

    THE SPRING SALE AT MEALY’S IN CASTLECOMER

    Sunday, March 11th, 2018

    Nearly 700 lots will come under the hammer at Mealy’s  Spring sale in Castlecomer on March 13.  Among them is a portrait bust of the 19th century world famous Limerick soprano Catherine Hayes as well as antique furniture, art, collectibles and rugs.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 5)

    NINETEENTH CENTURY CHINESE LACQUERED AND CHINOISERIE DECORATED CHAMFER WOOD CHEST. (500-800)

    A GARNITURE OF THREE INDIAN SILVER STEMMED BOWLS. By Grish Chunder Dutt. Calcutta. c. 1900 (250-350)

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN MAHOGANY AND SERPENTINE FRONTED IRISH CARD TABLES (900-1,100)

    ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES HENRY COOK (1830-1906), ‘Irish Peasant Figures with Donkey and Poultry by a Thatched Cottage door (1,200-1,500)

    IRISH GEORGIAN STYLE CARVED MASK SIDE TABLE. (3,000-4,000)

    SHEPPARDS TWO DAY SALE IN DURROW

    Saturday, March 10th, 2018

    Classical Convergences, Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois over four sessions on March 13 and 14, is now on view.  There is period Irish, English and Continental furniture, rugs, carpets, prints, paintings, collectibles and watches.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRASS MOUNTED CARVED OAK TRUNK (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    18 CT. WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND (27.69 CARAT) NECKLACE, CENTER STONE 2.73 CARAT (35,000-45,000)

    EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PERIOD WALNUT AND HERRINGBONE INLAID CHEST (1,500-2,500)   UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY PERIOD GILT FRAMED MIRROR OF CUSHION FORM (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    WHITE CARARA AND SIENNA MARBLE CHIMNEY PIECE (6,000-9,000)  UPDATE:THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE GOES AHEAD ON WEDNESDAY

    Monday, March 5th, 2018

    Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Spring Fine Art sale in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny  has not fallen foul of the inclement weather experienced in Ireland last week.  The sale goes ahead on March 7  with a wide range of lots now on view in Castlecomer or online.  Here is a small selection:

    19th Century / early 20th Century Russian Icon (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 740 AT HAMMER

    Attributed to John Russell, British (1745 – 1806) “Portrait of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Irish Playwright and Whig Politician) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,500 AT HAMMER

    Satinwood demi-lune side cabinet by Hicks (4,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    A rare early 19th Century mahogany Gothic Hall Bench, after a design by A.W. Pugin (1,500-2,000)  UDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    Large 19th Century Native American, (possibly Navajo) green ground needlework rug (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    From  the Laytown Races in 1993 by Peter Curling to an elegant George IV Irish serving table Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on March 7  is brimful of interest.  The variety of lots on offer ranges from a 19th century carved Chinese ivory chess set (700-900) to silver, rugs, antique furniture and art including a preparatory study attributed to Sir Frederic William Burton for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs at the National Gallery of Ireland.  An early 19th century Killarney davenport is estimated at 6,000-8,000.  Around 600 lots are to be sold.  Viewing gets underway tomorrow and the auction is also online.

    19TH CENTURY JAPANESE IVORY PAGODA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    Peter Curling, Irish (b. 1955) Signed Coloured Print: “The Laytown Races, 1993  UPDATE: THIS MADE 260 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE IV IRISH SERVING TABLE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,300 AT HAMMER

    An early 19th century Killarney davenport  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,700 AT HAMMER

    WEATHER FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF AUCTIONS

    Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    A model of the US vessel Wacosta at Lynes and Lynes

    The Beast from the East bout of bad weather is playing havoc with upcoming auction schedules in Ireland.  Sheppards have postponed their two day sale due to be held in Durrow on March 6 and 7 to March 13 and 14.

    In Carrigtwohill Co. Cork Lynes and Lynes have postponed their sale scheduled for March 3 to Sunday, March 11 at 11 am.

    Meantime the interiors auction featuring items from Dublin hotspots including iconic venues Howl at the Moon, The Shelbourne, The Residence Club and Clery’s due to be held at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois next weekend has been postponed until March 12 and 13.

    A SALE AT LYNES AND LYNES ON MARCH 3

    Sunday, February 25th, 2018

    A set of Georgian Cork 11-bar chairs from Charleston, home of the late Senator Trevor West at Midleton, is among the highlights of the Lynes and Lynes sale in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork on March 3.  The auction of 470 lots  an antique kingswood bonheur du jour, an Irish dining table with four original leaves, a Georgian fire bellows, R.H, Rylands 1824 History of Waterford and a 1933 handbook for travellers by the Japanese Government Railways, Tokyo. The catalogue is online.

    A kingswood bonheur du jour

    A Georgian fire bellows