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    50TH IADA FAIR OPENS IN DUBLIN THIS EVENING

    Thursday, September 24th, 2015

    Over 70 million euro worth of antiques will be on show at the 50th Irish Antique Dealers Fair in the RDS in Dublin. A special celebratory preview night will be opened by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys tonight and the Fair proper runs from September 25-27. Around 15,000 people are expected to discover the delights of Irish antiques at the fair.

    Antiques Roadshow stars Judith Miller and Mark Hill head a packed programme which has been organised to celebrate the golden jubilee of the annual fair that manages to combine contemporary design history with the best of Irish antiques. Here is a small sample of what you can find.

    A diamond double clip brooch.

    A diamond double clip brooch.

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    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 21, 2015).

    A selection of antique silver mounted claret jugs.

    A selection of antique silver mounted claret jugs.

    A pair of chiffoniers

    A pair of chiffoniers

     Late 19th century oval carved gilt-wood mirrors. English.

    Late 19th century oval carved gilt-wood mirrors. English.

    Pair of 19th century bronze statues on marble bases. Circa 1860. French

    Pair of 19th century bronze statues on marble bases. Circa 1860. French

    THE UPCOMING 50TH IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR

    Monday, September 21st, 2015

    The 50th Irish Antique Dealers Fair (IADA) runs at the RDS, Dublin from September 24-27.  A celebratory preview night will be opened by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys on September 24 and the Fair proper runs from September 25-27.  BBC Antique Roadshow personalities Judith Miller and Mark Hill head a packed programme organised to celebrate the golden jubilee of a fair that combines contemporary design history with the best of Irish antiques. The Fair was founded by Dublin entrepreneur Louis O’Sullivan at a time when most antiques were being exported from the country.

    “For the past 50 years, people have been attending the fair to discover something different, that magical piece that can make a home,” said George Stacpoole, IADA chairman. He has been present at every event so far. “We have a carefully selected blend of antique and contemporary exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the unique yet affordable design that appeals to them.”

    As usual there is a lecture series which covers topics such as Irish Country House Sales, changing trends in jewellery, Irish furniture, fakes and fences, what makes diamonds sparkle and the cult of mourning jewellery in the Georgian era. Ib Jorgenson will give a presentation on his life and times as a fashion designer and art dealer.  Here is a small selection:

    A Tara Brooch from the 1870’s by Waterhouse, Dublin (2,100 at Cobwebs)

    A Tara Brooch from the 1870’s by Waterhouse, Dublin (2,100 at Cobwebs)

    A  three-stone Victorian ring with an emerald flanked by .5ct diamonds on either side (7,500 at Cobwebs).

    A three-stone Victorian ring with an emerald flanked by .5ct diamonds on either side (7,500 at Cobwebs).

    Antique French turquoise glass silver topped scent bottle with gold overlay c1880 (495 at Courtville Antiques)

    Antique French turquoise glass silver topped scent bottle with gold overlay c1880 (495 at Courtville Antiques)

    Victorian reverse crystal painted Yorkshire Terrier c1890, (1,495 at Courtville Antiques).

    Victorian reverse crystal painted Yorkshire Terrier c1890, (1,495 at Courtville Antiques).

    IADA COMES OUT AGAINST SALE OF RUSSBOROUGH PAINTINGS

    Thursday, June 18th, 2015
    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) has come out against the proposed sale of eight works from the collection at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow at Christie’s. A statement from George Stacpoole, President of the IADA says it is in full support of any move to halt the sale of the Beit paintings. “The feeling of the Association is that, as these works of art were left to the Irish Nation, for the enjoyment of those living in Ireland and those frequenting Ireland, these international works of art should never have been allowed to be put up for sale”.

    They said that as the art was left as a gift to the nation and accepted as such the current government must bear responsibility of both the upkeep of Russborough House and the works of art housed within. “It must be recognised that these treasures are not only important for their unique values, but also as a source of revenue to the Irish State, as many tourists frequent Ireland just to see such wonderful treasures”.

    Works of art by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, David Teniers the Younger and Francesco Guardi are among the paintings from Russborough due to be sold at Christie’s in London in July.  The Alfred Beit Foundation said that the challenges in funding a house such as Russborough are immense.  Russborough needs a million euro a year to fund its operational costs. They say they are the owner of the relevant paintings, which were not left to the State by the Beits, and explored every other credible option before deciding on sale. As late as 2005, Lady Clementine Beit gave her personal collection of Italian bronzes to the Foundation with specific instructions that they be sold to help defray the costs of keeping Russborough open.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 11 and May 1, 2015).