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    AN 1827 IRISH LANGUAGE EDITION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

    An 1827 edition of the Old Testament printed in Irish in Dublin and a 19th century ebonised credenza are among the highlights at a sale in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick on November 11.  The auction by O’Donovan and Associates will include a large collection of cinema posters from Latchfords Cinema in Newcastlewest in the 1960’s.

    AN EBONISED CREDENZA AT O’DONOVANS

    A CINEMA POSTER AT O’DONOVAN’S

    A STRONG SELECTION AT ADAMS ‘AT HOME’ SALE

    Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

    Antique furniture, art, Oriental porcelain and collectibles all feature among a strong selection at the At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon on November 12.  Nearly 500 lots will come under the hammer. The catalogue is online. Here is a taste of what it contains:

    A NEAR PAIR OF CHINESE CELADON GLAZED HU-FORM VASES, Guangxu (1875-1908) (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 21,000 AT HAMMER

    ALFRED DE BREANSKI JUNIOR (1877-1955)
    Autumn Morning in Co. Galway (6,000-8,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    A KILLARNEY ARBUTUS AND MARQUETRY INLAID FOLDING TOP CARD TABLE, mid-19th century, (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE IV MAHOGANY FRAMED DINING CHAIRS (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGE II IRISH MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND PLATE BUCKET (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    A DRESDEN MONKEY ORCHESTRA AT MEALY’S

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017
    The Kings of the Swingers, a 12 piece Dresden monkey orchestra, will come up at Mealy’s two day sale in Castlecomer next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Lot 494, which will come up towards the end of day one, is an attractive set of monkeys, each playing a different instrument and including a conductor and vocalist.  Just the thing to jazz up your home. The orchestra is estimated at 1,300-1,500.
    The sale will include art, antiques and interiors from a number of period homes.  There is a selection of lots relating to, and once the property of, Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator.  Among these is a fine plaster bust of O’Connell after the eminent Cork sculptor John Hogan (2,000-3,000), a large portrait of him attributed to Joseph Crowley (1819-1857) (2,000-3,000), a large and heavily chased silver crested salver (5,000-7,000) and a large English porcelain jug together with a letter to Ms. McCarthy of 62 Dawson St., Dublin in which O”Connell refers to the purchase of the jug and another letter which refers to the jug which was presented to him while in prison. It is estimated at 2,000-3,000.

    Nearly 1,000 lots will come under the hammer and the sale will be live on the internet.  There is a George III style architectural fire surround and overmantle (2,400-2,600), some heavy cast iron garden benches and statuary, an Irish Georgian style reeded brass bound peat bucket,  a Regency chaise longue, a long 19th century Irish pine kitchen table,  a Cork silver soup ladle by Carden Terry and Jane Williams, a large Edwardian silver epergne, some jewellery and pistols a a c1920’s-30’s mechanical toy bank by Saalheimer and Strauss of Germany (1,500-2,000).  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A monkey band  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    A portrait of Daniel O’Connell  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A bust of Daniel O’Connell  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,000

    A German made toy mechanical bank from the 1920’s-30’s UPDATE; THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    THE WINTER SALE AT MEALY’S IN CASTLECOMER

    Monday, October 30th, 2017

    The winter sale at Mealy’s in Castlecomer, which takes place on November 7 and 8, features contents from a selection of country and city houses around Ireland.  The auction will feature material formerly the property of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator (1775-1847).  Viewing gets underway in Castlecomer on November 5.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    VICTORIA (DUBOURG) FANTIN-LATOUR, FRENCH 1840-1926, “Still Life, Roses in a Glass bowl, on a Marble Ledge (2,000-3,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    THE DANIEL O’CONNELL SILVER CRESTED SALVER, A LARGE HEAVY CHASED SILVER SALVER, by Richard Sawyer of Dublin 1839 (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,500 AT HAMMER

    SERPENTINE-SHAPED NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH BRASS-MOUNTED PARQUETRY AND WALNUT LADIES WRITING TABLE (600-700)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,000 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE III STYLE ARCHITECTURAL FIRE SURROUND AND OVERMANTEL (2,400-2,600) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ROSEWOOD, WALNUT AND SATINWOOD-BANDED CABINET-ON-STAND (3,500-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    FORMER PRESIDENT MARY ROBINSON TO SELL CONTENTS FROM MAYO ESTATE

    Saturday, October 28th, 2017

    Derek Hill (1916-2000) – Portrait of Mary Robinson

    Contents from the Mayo home of Ireland’s first woman President Mary Robinson will come under the hammer at Sheppards in Durrow on November 28 and 29 next.  The contents of Massbrook  include antique and contemporary furniture, art, glass, porcelain and collectible items.   Around 200 lots from the estate will go under the hammer and the catalogue for the sale is being prepared.  Among the lots to be sold are portraits of Mary Robinson and of her husband Nick by Derek Hill.

    Mary Robinson served as president from 1990 to 1997.  The family bought the Massbrook estate in 1994 and lived there when she left office. Mrs. Robinson served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.

    TOWNLEY HALL SALES GROSSES OVER 2 MILLION

    Friday, October 13th, 2017

    THIS PAIR OF MASSIVE MID 19TH CENTURY ORMOLU MOUNTED SEVRES PORCELAIN VASES MADE 33,000

    The James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda this week grossed over two million. The timed internet auction worked very well and grossed just over 50,000.

    There were bidders from the US, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, the UK and Ireland north and south.

    Hammer prices for the top lots were as follows:  George Barrets Mountainous Wooded River Landscape (200,000);  a giltwood pier mirror by John and Francis Booker (50,000); a c1750 Irish armorial side table (40,000):  Wooded landscape with figure by Solomon Delane (38,000); a pair of massive mid 19th century porcelain vases (33,000); a Ming revival blue and white moon flask, Yongzheng (32,000); an Irish Regency four pillar dining table (28,000); Games Still Life by Raoul Hynckes (26,000): George III giltwood overmantle mirror (25,000) and Portrait of a Lady by Sir Francis Grant (22,000).

    (See posts on antiqueandartireland.com for October 8 and October 5, 2017)

    LANDSCAPE BY GEORGE BARRET AT ADAMS COUNTRY HOUSE SALE

    Sunday, October 8th, 2017
    A particularly fine landscape by George Barret, a mirror by John and Francis Booker, an Irish armorial side table, a Killarney davenport and a Brussels tapestry are among the top lots at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale in Co. Louth on October 10.
    The highest estimated lot of A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape and Waterfall and Three Figures by George Barret (c1728-1784) is estimated at 200,000. Adams say it was most likely painted in Ireland before Barret’s move to London in 1763. An Irish Georgian giltwood pier mirror by the Booker Brothers still has its makers label attached and is estimated at 50,000. An Irish armorial side table dates to about 1850 and has an estimate of 20,000, as has a large Killarney davenport.
    A Wooded Landscape by Solomon Delane (1727-1812) is possibly of Tuscany and estimated at 40,000. There is a portrait of Frederick the Great of Prussia (3,000) and the 17th/18th Brussels tapesty of the Baptism of Clovis, often referred to as the first Christian King of France,  is large and estimated at 10,000.  A pair of compact George II giltwood mirrors attributed to Benjamin Goodison is estimated at 6,000.  The same model of mirror was illustrated in Buckingham Palace in a 1927 edition of Country Life.

    There is a Victorian sideboard from the Cornish house where Daphne du Maurier lived for decades and inspired her novel Rebecca. It is estimated at 10,000. There is a similar estimate on a Great Irish Deer set of antlers.  The auction is at Townley Hall near Drogheda. A section of nearly 200 lots at the end of the catalogue is being offered online and by written bids only.  These include the Moyne collection of miniatures, antiquarian prints and books. They will come up at a timed internet auction which will run to 6 p.m. on October 11.

    George Barret (c.1728-1784) A Mountainous Wooded River Landscape with Waterfall and Three Figures UPDATE: THS MADE 200,000 AT HAMMER

    A giltwood pier mirror by John and Francis Booker  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 50,000 AT HAMMER

    A Killarney marquetry davenport  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A Victorian sideboard from the Cornish house Daphne du Maurier lived in which inspired her novel Rebecca.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER

    20TH CENTURY DESIGN AND IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Saturday, October 7th, 2017

    Classic 20th century and contemporary design furniture will come under the hammer at de Veres in Dublin on October 15.  Lots on offer range from Danish and Italian design furniture from the 1960’s to the contemporary Nomos table designed by Sir Norman Foster which is estimated at 1,400-1,800. The auction will feature work from designers including Arne Vodder,  Osvaldo Borsani and Philippe Starck.  Estimates for a selection that includes tables, chairs, sideboards, lamps, cocktail cabinets, Murano glass and mirrors are reasonable.

    There is Irish art by Louis le Brocquy, Hughie O’Donoghue, Robert Ballagh, Patrick Scott, Felim Egan, Robert Ballagh and others among the 140 lots on offer.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    French 1970’s rosewood lipstick floor mirror (600-900) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Eden by Louis le Brocquy (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    WIDE SELECTION OF COUNTRY HOUSE ITEMS AT TOWNLEY SALE

    Thursday, October 5th, 2017

    Artworks, furniture, porcelain, silver and collectors effects all feature at the annual James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall on October 10 at 11 a.m.  Lot 479, for example, is a pair of enormous mid 19th century Sevres vases estimated at around 7,000.  Viewing gets underway on October 7.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    An Irish Victorian Carlton House desk (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    Irish George II card table (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    A Brussels style wall hanging, The Baptism of Clovis (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE:THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    A skull and antlers of a great Irish deer (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A Georgian door lock (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600 AT HAMMER

    20th CENTURY DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    Furniture, lighting, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork by leading designers of the last 120 years will come up at three sales at Christie’s in London on October 18.  Design; Historical Design and the private collection of couturier Wolfgang Joop will feature sought after works by British, European and Asian designers, spanning Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau to mid-century Italian and Nordic design.  In addition there will be 16 unique creations by contemporary Asian designers.  Here is a small selection:

    GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
    A RARE SET OF THREE MODULAR COFFEE TABLES, CIRCA 1945
    £30,000–40,000

    VENINI (EST. 1921) A UNIQUE LIGHT-SCULPTURE, 1960s
    £40,000–60,000

    ALEXANDRE CHARY: A UNIQUE ‘HEXA’ SCREEN, 2017 £4,000–6,000

    STUDIO MVW: A ‘JINSHI’ COFFEE TABLE, 2017
    £20,000–25,000