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    THE COLLECTION OF HUBERT DE GIVENCHY 100% SOLD

    Monday, March 6th, 2017

    Diego Giaconette (1902-1985) – Table aux deux oiseau et coupelle vers 1978 sold for 962,500

    The Giacomettis of Hubert de Givenchy auction at Christie’s in Paris today achieved a total of 32,748,500 with 100% of the lots sold above their pre-sale estimate. The top price of the evening was Diego Giacometti’s octogonal table aux caryatides et atlantes, executed circa 1980 which made 4,162,500 (estimate: €600,000-800,000) establishing a new auction record for the artist.

    Active international biddings demonstrated the continued demand for exceptional pieces with prestigious provenance. Hubert de Givenchy’s long collaboration and friendship with Diego Giacometti started in the 1960’s when Givenchy met him for the first time thanks to Gustav Zumsteg, the director of the fabric company Abraham.

    MUCH TO TEMPT IRISH COLLECTORS IN KILKENNY AND LAOIS

    Saturday, March 4th, 2017
    Sales in Durrow, Co. Laois and Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny next week offer much to tempt Irish collectors. There is fine furniture, art and collectibles rarities at clashing two day sales by Sheppards and Fonsie Mealy which both take place on March 7 and 8.
    In Co. Laois part contents of Milltown Park, Co. Offaly and the former contents of the Dower House at Emo Court will come up at Sheppards. In Co. Kilkenny Fonsie Mealy has a number of lots once in the collection of Ballynahinch Castle in Co. Galway.
    Certain to cause considerable interest at Sheppards is a selection of GAA All Ireland hurling and football programmes from the 1940’s, ’50’s and early 60’s.  Among them is the official programme for the 1946 All Ireland senior hurling final at Croke Park at which Cork defeated Kilkenny on a score of 7-5 to 3-8.  Estimates are in the 50-300 range.
    Something that does not crop up too often is a Regency surtout de table, or long mirrored table centrepiece.  Sheppards estimate theirs at 20,000-40,000. A large Irish side table by Mack Williams and Gibton and a roll top desk by Francois LInke are each estimated at 15,000-25,000. A c1710 Irish gilt wood console table with grey marble top is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    The desirable collectibles at Fonsie Mealy include a set of six Cork silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll (1,200-1,800) who produced  portraits and caricatures of the inhabitants of Cork in Victorian times. Some of his work is in the Franks Collection in the British Museum. A silver table spoon with trifid terminal probably made in Galway is estimated at 3,000-4,000 and there is some Tribal art from Africa. Both sales offer a selection of art and quality antique furniture at a time when the market for furniture in particular remains depressed.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm from today until Monday.  There is viewing at Fonsie Mealy from noon to 5 pm tomorrow and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Monday. Catalogues for both auctions are online.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 26 and February 24, 2017).

    One of six silhouettes by Stephen O’Driscoll at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer (1,200-1,800).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 850 AT HAMMER

    The 1946 All Ireland senior hurling championship official programme at Sheppards (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 240

    ART AND ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT HEGARTY’S, BANDON

    Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

    Art and furniture will come under the hammer at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon, Co. Cork on March 5.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A 19th century inlaid bureau bookcase  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,700

    Mark O’Neill – Still Life UPDATE: UNDERSOLD AND UNDER OFFER

    A Killarney wood box with inlaid harp  UPDATE: THIS MADE 850

    John Francis Skelton – Lights, edge of Beara Peninsula  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900

    ART, FURNITURE ONCE AT BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, February 26th, 2017
    Art, furniture, clocks, silver and porcelain once housed at Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway will come under the hammer at the two day Fonsie Mealy sale in Castlecomer on March 7 and 8 next.  Latterly housed at a gothic revival house known as The Aske at Shankill, Co. Dublin the Ballynahinch lots will include paintings by Gerrit van Hees, Theobald MIchau and Frank McKelvey.
    The auction will include collections from private clients including paintings from the Murnaghan collection.  An arts and crafts dining suite by Gillows which has been in the possession of the Harding family of Tulach Nore, Co. Laois for 100 years.  There is a collection of taxidermy by Derek Frampton, whose work can be found at The Natural History Museum in London.  Among the Old Master paintings is a suite of 17th century portraits attributed to the Flemish painter Justus Sustermans (1597-1681) estimated at 40,000-60,000.

    One of a suite of 17th century life size portraits attributed to Justus Sustermans

    Part of an Arts and Crafts walnut dining suite by Gillows

    LOUIS XV COMMODE AT DURROW AUCTION

    Friday, February 24th, 2017

    A Regency gilt bronze surtout de table (20,000-40,000) and a Louis XV parquetry commode (15,000-25,000) are among the top furniture lots at Sheppards two day sale in Durrow, Co. Laois on March 7 and 8 next. There is a similar 15,000-25,000 estimate on a large Irish side table by Mack Williams and Gibton originally from Loughton House in Co. Offaly, a pair of monumental carved wood console tables and a c1900 ormolu mounted roll top writing desk by Francois Linke. A c1790 French Hepplewhite silver table is estimated at 4,000-6,000 and a pair of mahogany satinwood and amboyna banded card tables by James Hicks is estimated at 3,000-5,000 in a sale with much interesting furniture. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection.

    A Louis XV commode (15,000-25,000).

    A pair of monumental carved wood console tables (15,000-25,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 17,000

    A Regency gilt bronze surtout de table (20,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 22,500

    A roll top desk by Francois Linke  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 14,000 AT HAMMER (15,000-25,000)

    Large Irish side table by Mack, Williams and Gibton (15,000-25,000).

    A c1790 silver table (4,000-6,000).

    ADAMS ‘AT HOME’ SALE IN DUBLIN ON FEBRUARY 26

    Saturday, February 18th, 2017
    Adams say that their first At Home auction of 2017 in Dublin on February 26 will provide decorators and home makers with remarkable opportunities for layering – the currently fashionable interior trend with lots of mixing of textures, colours and styles.  More than 350 lots of silverware, jewellery, antique furniture, porcelain, collectibles and paintings at very reasonable estimates are to be sold.
    Silver rarities include a pair of Limerick mustard spoons (150) by Thomas Burke and a 17th century trefid tablespoon by Benjamin Watts of London (400).

    There are two still life studies by artist Cecil Kennedy from the estate of a Co. Cork collector.  Bought through the London gallery of McConnell Mason they are estimated respectively at 6,000 and 5,000.  An early Victorian Mason’s 85 piece dinner service and a Dun Emer Guild wool carpet with Celtic pattern are each estimated at 2,000. A vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk and a tan leather suitcase are estimated at 3,000 and 300.  Antique furniture includes a 19th century hunt table (5,000) and a George IV console table in the manner of Del Vecchio of Dublin (4,000).  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY STYLE VERNIS MARTIN INLAID AND PAINTED KINGWOOD VITRINE CABINETS (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 1,900 AT HAMMER

    A 19TH CENTURY CUT GLASS JUG (200-500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 160 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGE III INLAID MAHOGANY COMPACT SIDEBOARD (700-1,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 700

    An Irish mahogany and marble top side table (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A George III black and gilt Japanned clock c1760 inscribed John Dene Dublin (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    COTSWOLD SCHOOL FURNITURE BY PETER WAALS

    Sunday, January 29th, 2017

    A collection of 15 lots of Cotswold School Furniture will come up at Bellmans Auctioneers of Winchester on February 14. Estimates range from £100 to £8,000. Most were made by Peter Waals (1870-1937) in the tradition of Ernest Gimson at his workshop in Chalford in Gloucestershire between 1922 and 1936.  Furniture by Waals was widely collected by some of the leading English industrial families of the day like the Cadbury’s and the Pilkingtons.  These pieces are from Lyndwood, Stoughton Road in Leicester, former home of the Goddard family who patented silver polish in the 19th century.

    An oak and macassar ebony side table (£4,000-6,000)

    Chequer inlaid oak chest of drawers by Peter Waals (£5,000-7,000)

    THE JANUARY SALE AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

    Around 375 lots will come under the hammer at the January sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon on January 29.   There is an affordable selection of silver, art, dining chairs, lighting, antique furniture,  glass, porcelain, mirrors.  rugs and collectible items.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    WYCLIFFE EGGINTON RI RCA (1875-1951)
    Still life of roses in a mug watercolour (300-400) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 570 AT HAMMER

    A CHINESE BLACK LACQUER CABINET (400-600)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGIAN INLAID WALNUT AND CROSSBANDED KNEEHOLE WRITING DESK (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 160 AT HAMMER

    SET OF SIX IRISH BRIGHT CUT ENGRAVED SILVER TEASPOONS, Dublin 1894, together with a similar small Irish silver scroll end soup ladle, Dublin 1896 (80-120)  UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 120 AT HAMMER.

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT HEGARTY’S IN BANDON

    Monday, January 23rd, 2017
    Antique furniture and a Killarney wood jewellery box are feature items at Hegarty’s first sale of 2017 in Bandon on January 26 at 7 p.m.   A c1850 Irish silver table with shell motif is at 6,000-10,000 the most expensively estimated lot in the auction. Among the other top lots are a Regency circular drum table (3,000-5,000), a 19th century gilt wood pier glass (2,000-3,000), a pair of William IV brass inlaid bookcases (2,000-3,000) and an early 19th century rosewood fold over card table (1,200-1,800).

    The Killarney jewellery box is estimated at 1,500-2,000 and there is a similar estimate on a 19th century Irish gilt wood mirrors.  There are two Cork silver bowls by Carden Terry and Daniel McCarthy estimated respectively at 3,000-4,000 and 2,000-3,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A c1850 Irish silver table with shell motif (6,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 6,400

    19th century Killarney jewellery (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,650

    AN ATTIC SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW THIS WEEK

    Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

    Paintings, furniture and collectibles will come under the hammer at the Attic2 auction at Sheppards in Durrow on January 26.  This clear out sale, which is now on view, will feature objects from the attics, stables and storerooms of the clients of this auction house.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRASS MOUNTED AMBOYNA, SATINWOOD AND FRUITWOOD BANDED GLOVE BOX (100-150)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY RUSSIAN PAINTED POLYCHROME ICON (100-150)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY MAHOGANY CIRCULAR LOW TABLE (200-300)

    AN EDWARDIAN PERIOD CHINESE CHIPPENDALE BOOKSTAND (200-300)

    A c1800 writing bureau (800-1,200)