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    ALL ABOUT GARDENS AT SHEPPARDS

    Thursday, May 24th, 2018

    Garden sculpture and architectural ornaments, sundials,  vases, fountains, benches, spheres, gates, tables and troughs will come under the hammer at Sheppards sale in Durrow on May 29.  Viewing is at Glantelwe Gardens, Mill Road, Durrow.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    PAIR OF LARGE ESTATE ITALIANATE STONE LIONS (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CLASSICAL TERRACOTTA JARDINIERES (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    19TH CENTURY CAST-IRON BENCH (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER

    PAIR OF CAST IRON FRENCH JARDINIERES (400-600)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    FOUR DAYS OF ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE AUCTIONS IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 17th, 2018

    A massive four day clearance auction of architectural salvage gets underway in Dublin on May 18. Matthews of Oldcastle, Co. Meath will offer a collection which includes a full Edwardian court room, Georgian cut granite stones, cobbles, lintels, sash windows, antique, pub and related furniture and old pine.  The sale is on May 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 11.30 a.m. each day.  More than 4,000 lots, the contents of an architectural salvage yard at 326-28 South Circular Road,  will come under the hammer.  The catalogue is online.

    An old English court room.

    Some intact architectural salvag

    SRI LANKAN SAPPHIRE BRACELET AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, May 14th, 2018

    This Sri Lankan sapphire and diamond bracelet, designed in the 1950’s, epitomizes the style of its era. Following a period of austerity which accompanied the war, the 1950’s heralded a decade of welcome prosperity. From a private Irish collection and estimated at 60,000-80,000 it is the main highlight of the evening jewellery sale at James Adam in Dublin on May 15.

    Mounted in platinum and gold the bracelet is set with seven cushion-shaped sapphires weighing approximately 45 carats, joined by articulated segments of geometric design with old cushion, round and baguette-cut diamonds weighing around 25 carats.  Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is home to an abundance of gemstones of superior quality and is sometimes referred to as the island of jewels.  The auction offers 247 lots of  contemporary and period jewellery and the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 53,000 AT HAMMER

    PERFECT 102 CARAT DIAMOND SOLD PRIVATELY THROUGH SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, April 6th, 2018

    102.34 carat perfection

    The only known round brilliant diamond over 100 carats to have achieved perfection by all critical criteria: colour, clarity, cut and carat has been acquired through Sotheby’s Diamonds by a private collector.  The identity of the new owner has not been revealed.  Sotheby’s say it was purchased for a price per carat which far exceeds that for any colourless diamond sold at auction.  The current auction record price per carat for a white diamond is US$260,252, set at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in 2013.

    Coinciding with the sale of Sotheby’s has sourced  two white stones, each one weighing over 50 carats, and both of the same extraordinary colour and clarity as the 102.34 carat stone.  They will come up in Geneva on May 15.

    The first of the two stones is a round, brilliant cut diamond which, at 51.71 carats, ranks as the second largest D Flawless brilliant-cut diamond ever to have appeared at auction.  It is estimated at US$8.2-9.5 million. The second stone, similarly perfect, weighs 50.39 carats but is oval, rather than round; it too is the second largest D Flawless diamond of its shape ever to have come to auction. It is estimated at US$7.3-8 million.

    THE FARNESE BLUE – A WITNESS TO HISTORY

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

    The Farnese Blue

    After three centuries in the same family one of the foremost historic diamonds – The Farnese Blue – will come to market  for the first time in history this spring. Given to Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain (1692-1766), worn on a diadem that formerly belonged to the last Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette (1755-1791), the legendary diamond has subsequently passed down through four of the most important royal families in Europe: Spain, France, Italy and Austria. Witness to 300 years of European history the diamond has travelled across the continent for centuries.  It was kept secretly in a royal casket.  Few knew of its existence. The 6.16-carat pear shaped blue diamond will be offered in Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on May 15 2018 with an estimate of US$ 3.7 – 5.3 million.

    Blue has often been identified as the colour of the Kings and in the 17 and 18th centuries, blue diamonds were viewed as the ultimate royal gift. Like the famous Hope and Wittelsbach diamonds, the Farnese Blue was certainly found in the famed Golconda mines of India, which was the sole source of diamonds until the discoveries in Brazil in the 1720’s.

    David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division and Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, said: “It is difficult to put into words the excitement of holding between thumb and forefinger a gem discovered centuries ago, knowing it originated in the legendary Golconda diamond mines of India. This stone has witnessed 300 years of European history, and in colour is reminiscent of historic Golconda blue gems such as the Hope diamond.”.

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR US$6.7 MILLION

    PRINCE PROPERTY AT JULIEN’S HOLLYWOOD

    Saturday, February 10th, 2018
    Property from the life and career of music legend Prince will come up live and online at Julien’s Auctions, Hollywood on May 19. The seven-time, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s personal collection of signature wardrobe, guitars and memorabilia feature as part of Juliens two day auction on May 18 and 19, with Prince and historical items by other music legends to be announced later on May 19.  Highlights include a Schecter “White Cloud” electric guitar commissioned by Prince in 2002 and styled as the same guitar first made known in the film Purple Rain (Warner Bros., 1984) designed by Dave Rusan and gifted to a Paisley Park employee ($10,000-$20,000); a custom electric blue ensemble (pictured) worn on stage in a 1999 performance pay per view concert at Paisley Park with Lenny Kravitz ($40,000-$50,000); a custom two piece purple glitter outfit worn on the Jam of the Year and New Power Soultour (1997-1998); Prince’s two piece Devoré costume worn in his role as Christopher Tracy in the film Under the Cherry Moon($8,000-$10,000); a custom-made floor-length red tunic with high slits on each side with a pair of custom-made red satin booties with “Andre #1” label and zips with Prince‘s signature love symbol ($10,000-$20,000) and a black velvet sequined coat worn by Prince during his performance at Studio 54 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 2, 1999 ($10,000-$20,000).

    EARLY IRISH POSTERS AVAILABLE ONLINE

    Thursday, January 25th, 2018

    The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life has made a collection of early travel and tourism posters, used to promote Ireland in the infancy of the tourism sector, available to view online for the first time.

    The posters form part of the National Folklife Collection and were previously on display at the museum in the exhibition Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century, which was curated by the late Dr Séamas Mac Philib.

    A number feature images that have become almost iconic representations of a romantic Ireland which marketers were keen to promote throughout the 1900s. The Museum collected the posters to help inform the story of Irish folk culture from 1850 to 1950, which is represented in the Country Life branch in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

    MAUREEN O’HARA’S JEWELS MAKE FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING

    Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

    THIS Colombian emerald pendant sold for 70,000.

    The jewellery of Hollywood film star Maureen O’Hara attracted competitive bidding at Sheppard’s sale in Durrow today. An 18 carat white gold brilliant cut 8.3 carat diamond ring with baguette diamond shoulders sold for 120,000 at hammer.  A solitaire 5.03 carat diamond ring made a hammer price of 46,000.

    A natural Colombian emerald pendant made 46,000 and a Colombian emerald and brilliant cut diamond bangle sold for 70,000.  Her full length Dior white mink coat made 2,800 at hammer.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 26)

    DIAMONDS AND DIOR MINK OWNED BY MAUREEN O’HARA

    Sunday, November 26th, 2017

    Maureen O’Hara’s Christian Dior full length white mink coat comes up at Sheppards sale in Durrow next Wednesday. Trimmed with Arctic fox fur and lined with silk it represents the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour and luxury.  The west Cork collection of the Hollywood actress, who died in 2015, includes diamond rings and  a Colombian emerald pendant and bangle.

    The two day sale next Tuesday and Wednesday also features the collection of former President Mary Robinson  who is downsizing from Massbrook Lodge in Mayo to Dublin.  Viewing in Durrow is from 10 am to 5 pm today, tomorrow and Monday.

    Maureen O’Hara’s Dior mink coat.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    An 18 carat white gold brilliant cut diamond ring owned by Maureen O’Hara with a centre diamond of 8.3 carats (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 120,000 AT HAMMER

    FLAWLESS 163 CARAT DIAMOND SELLS FOR $33.5 MILLION

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

    The Art of de Grisogono

    A diamond necklace featuring a flawless 163-carat diamond – the largest of its kind to be auctioned – sold for $33.5 million at Christie’s in Geneva. The colourless diamond was taken from a 404-carat stone found in Angola. The finished piece, made from white gold, diamond and emeralds, was designed by Swiss jewellery maker de Grisogono. It took more than 1,700 hours to make.

    The necklace, named The Art of de Grisogono, sold for $29.5 million plus $4 million premium – exceeding pre-sale predictions of $30 million.  The auction followed a series of public viewings in Hong Kong, London, Dubai and New York.