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    Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

    The James Adam on the premises house contents auction at Courtown House and Stud, Kilcock, Co. Kildare on April 22 offers some expensively estimated fine furniture of interest to international collectors. But there are plenty of pickings for serious collectors of more modest means.  Here is a small selection.  The catalogue is online. (See post on for April 8, 2015).

    A British public telephone box with Royal cypher (1,000-1,500).

    A British public telephone box with Royal cypher (1,000-1,500).

    A suite of three Irish George III silver salvers, Dublin 1782 (12,000-16,000)

    A suite of three Irish George III silver salvers, Dublin 1782 (12,000-16,000)

    An Irish George II gilt wood mirror with later carved eagle (6,000-10,000).

    An Irish George II gilt wood mirror with later carved eagle (6,000-10,000).

    An Irish George III carved gilt wood and rosewood console table (4,000-6,000).

    An Irish George III carved gilt wood and rosewood console table (4,000-6,000).

    An Irish William IV tea poy by William and Gibton (800-1,200).

    An Irish William IV tea poy by William and Gibton (800-1,200).

    A gilt metal standard lamp in Rococo revival style (500-800).

    A gilt metal standard lamp in Rococo revival style (500-800).

    A Palladian revival carved gilt wood side table (5,000-7,000).

    A Palladian revival carved gilt wood side table (5,000-7,000).

    A 19th century carved gilt wood sofa in Louis XVI style (3,000-5,000).

    A 19th century carved gilt wood sofa in Louis XVI style (3,000-5,000).


    Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

    Jazz Babies, a 1929 work by Jack B. Yeats at Adams. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE A HAMMER PRICE OF 480,000.

    An key transitional work by Jack B. Yeats  – Jazz Babies from 1929 – features at the James Adam sale of important Irish art in Dublin on December 5.  The pre-sale estimate is 500,000-700,000.  Adams achieved one million euro for A Fair Day, Mayo, a 1925 work by Yeats, at their sale in September. Jazz Babies demonstrates a move from his early realism to the more expressionist approach of his later work.   It was first shown at the RHA exhibition of 1929.

    Another Yeats in this sale, Evening Kildare (1936), once belonged to George Bernard Shaw. It is one of 14 works from the Beaulieu House collection.  They are being sold to finance continuing restoration of the finest and best preserved 17th century house in Ireland.

    Beaulieu House in Drogheda remains in the ownership of the family who built it in 1660/7.  Works from here include Mary Swanzy’s lush Gauguinesque view of a banana grove in Samoa dating from 1919/25.  When first exhibited in Paris in 1925 this work received positive reviews from New York Herald critic Georges Bal.  It is estimated at 20,000-30,000. There are two works by Norah McGuinness, a pair of early works by Dan O’Neill and art from Kitty Wilmer O’Brien, Cecil French Salkeld and Colin Middleton from Beaulieu in this auction.

    UPDATE:  Jazz Babies sold for 480,000 at hammer, Evening Kildare made 36,000 and the auction realised 2 million euro, with 80 per cent of lots on offer sold.


    Thursday, October 6th, 2011

    HERE is some Irish furniture from the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Slane Castle, Co.  Meath on October 11.  The auction of 700 lots features fine furniture, silver, glass, porcelain, pictures and photography. You can click on any image to enlarge.  (See post on for September 30).

    An early 18th century Irish walnut framed wing sofa with modern plaque Apter Fredericks Eighteenth Century English Furniture, 265-167 Fulham Road, London and with the paper label of P.J. Walsh & Sons, 20 Bachelor's Walk, Dublin. Illustrated in Glin/Peill Irish Furniture, No 46 p.215. (10,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A satinwood crossbanded and marquetry inlaid commode by James Hicks of Dublin (6,000-10,000). UPDATE. THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER.

    A set of four Irish c1740 red walnut single chairs. Provenance : The Property of The Honourable Irish Society 2,000-3,000. UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,800.

    A 19th century Irish mahogany centre table in Georgian style, 3,000-5,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000

    A c1800 Irish George III mahogany hunt table, 10,000-15,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,000


    An 18th century Irish mahogany tilt top tea table (600-1,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,400.


    Friday, September 30th, 2011

    A set of five Irish neoclassical hall chairs from Rokeby Hall, County Louth, (3000-5000) (Click to enlarge).

    This rare Irish Georgian mirror is a highlight at Adams Slane Castle sale. UPDATE: IT WAS ESTIMATED AT 15,000-25,000 BUT FAILED TO SELL.

    THERE is an emphasis on fine furniture at the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Slane Castle, Co.  Meath on October 11.  The auction of 700 lots features fine furniture, silver, glass, porcelain, pictures and photography.

    There are pieces from the late Senator Edward McGuire and from the estate of Henriette and Serge Boissevain formely of Ballynatray House, Co Waterford.

    The strong silver section centres on items commissioned by Archbishop Ryder of Tuam in the mid-18th century.

    Highlights include the rare Irish Georgian giltwood mirror illustrated here.  Exceptionally decorated, it is expected to make up to 20,000.

    The sale is on view at Slane Castle from Saturday, October 8.  UPDATE: THERE WAS A 70 PER CENT SELL RATE IN A SALE THAT REALISED 960,000 AT HAMMER.

    A George III mahogany longcase clock signed Thomas Sanderson of Dublin. Provenance:The Hon. A.E. Guinness (3,000-5,000). Click to enlarge.

    A nest of three Chinese hardwood tea tables. Provenance : Estate of the late Henriette and Serge Boissevain, formerly of Ballynatray, Youghal, Co Cork 300-500. (Click on image to enlarge).


    Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

    A Fair Day, Mayo by Jack Yeats sold for one million at Adams.

    A Jack Yeats masterpiece made a hammer price of one million euro at the James Adam auction of Irish art this evening to become the most expensive Irish picture to sell at auction this year. This gives an Irish art market a much needed shot in the arm.  The Irish market has lingered in the recessionary despite a strong recovery in the international art market.

    A Fair Day, Mayo which dates to 1925 also became the highest priced painting ever sold at auction in Ireland.  The best of Irish art has made its top prices at the London Irish art sales.

    The painting, which once hung in the office of Eamon de Valera, had been in the same family for 67 years.  It was chased by four bidders. The underbidder was a London agent acting on behalf of an unnamed client. A number of telephone lines were booked in advance of the sale.  There was spirited bidding in the room before the painting eventually wold on the telephone to an anonymous bidder.  Adams believe the picture will stay in Ireland.   A Fair Day, Mayo’, was originally sold for IR£250 to Mr. J. P. Reihill Snr in 1944 by Leo Smith and has remained in the Reihill family ever since.    After it was painted, the artist lent the picture to the leader of the new Fianna Fail party, Eamon de Valera who displayed it in his offices at Suffolk Place in Dublin. The subject is a bustling country fair and probably appealed to de Valera’s vision of Ireland.

    “The 24 x 36” work had never been on the market before, yet had been seen in a number of very prestigious exhibitions including “Images in Yeats” at Monte Carlo in 1990 and at  “The Moderns” at IMMA earlier this year.” A second painting by  Yeats – ‘The Dawn” – also featured in the sale and made 80,000.

    Adams managing director James O’Halloran said: “This picture was one of the largest and most valuable works by Yeats to appear on the market for many years and this evening’s result now proves that the market for Irish art is clearly here in Dublin, with Adam’s.

    See posts for September 19 and September 23.


    Monday, July 4th, 2011

    An interiors and collectibles sale at James Adam in Dublin on July 12 will feature more than 650 varied lots.  There is furniture, silver, books of Irish historical interest,  arms, medals, militaria,  art, glass and toys.  The entire catalogue is on-line at

    Here is a small selection from the catalogue:

    A large George IV giltwood girandole convex mirror is estimated at 6,000-10,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir Frederic William Burton RHA, Portrait of Mary Florence Vanderbyl, dated August 5, 1870 (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200

    This William IV rosewood breakfast table is estimated at 2,000-3,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000

    A Victorian display cabinet with a large collection of stuffed birds and butterflies estimated at 800-1,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300

    An Edwardian painted and inlaid occasional table estimated at 400-600. UPDATE: THIS MADE 450

    This c1800 Irish sideboard is estimated at 2,000-3,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    The James Adam auction of the Kelly Collection brought in over half a million euro on June 21.  The sale of contents from the elegant interior of a stately Georgian home at 24 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, attracted large numbers of buyers.  There was some disappointment when the top lots failed to sell in these recessionary times but buyers were out in force for some of the less expensively estimated lots. The contents were on view at Fitzwilliam Square, the sale took place at the James Adam salesroom on St. Stephen’s Green.

    There were posts about the sale on on June 7 and June 17.  Here is a selection of some lots which were sold, (click on any image to enlarge it):

    This George III breakfront sideboard, possibly Irish, made 4,600.

    One of a pair of Louis XVI painted fauteuils, attributed to G.W. Gourdin and upholstered in blue silk, which made 16,500.


    A George III inlaid serpentine serving table made 4,000.

    A pair of French ormolu cylindrical hall lanters in the Louis XVI style made 7,000.

    One of a set of four Regency dining chairs which sold for 1,500.

    A George III fruitwood chest sold for 2,800.

    A Georgian style chandelier made 3,400.

    This George III Pembroke table made 2,600.

    One of a pair of Napoleon III giltwood console tables in the Louis XV style which made 6,000.


    Friday, June 17th, 2011

    IN Dublin James Adam will auction the contents of the superior interior of 24 Fitzwilliam Square on Tuesday, June 21 at 11 a.m.  The sale takes place at the James Adam Salerooms on St. Stephen’s Green. It is on view on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at nearby Fitzwilliam Square.

    See post for June 7.

    UPDATE: Trade buyers were in short supply in a sale which brought in a hammer price of 510,000 against a lower estimate of 700,000.  The most expensive pieces were left unsold, which seems to be a developing trend of the moment in major international antique furniture events. There were some remarkable prices for the less expensively estimated pieces.

    Here is a selection of some of the lots on offer:

    This Directoire games table, purchased from Galerie Saint-Germain, Monte Carlo, 1995, is estimated at 2,000-4,000. Update: this was unsold.

    An Irish George III brass bound mahogany plate bucket is estimated at 800-1,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,600.

    A George III terrestrial globe by W & T.M. Bardin, London, estimate 10,000-15,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,000.

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (German, 1646-1723), Portrait of a Young Lady estimated at 25,000-35,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A Lyon and silk damask double bed, headboard and canopy estimated at 3,000-5,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000.

    A Louis XV ormolu mounted kingwood and amaranth commode with rouge marble top is estimated at 1,500-2,000. UPDATE: This made 2,100.


    Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
    An exhibition celebrating Irish art and modernism runs at the Ava Gallery at Clandeboye in Northern Ireland from June 16 to September 3.  Comprising 49 paintings and sculptural objects it features work by Jack B.Yeats, William Orpen, Mainie Jellett, Charles Lamb, Colin Middleton, F.E. McWilliam, Evie Hone, John Luke, and Gerard Dillon.

    Gerard Dillon, Tea Break from the exhibition. (Click on image to enlarge)

    William Orpen, Portrait of Dolly Stiles. (click on image to enlarge)

    The show marks the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking exhibition and book ‘Irish Art & Modernism’ by Dr. B S Kennedy.  This work surveyed the period 1880 until 1950, and was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title held at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery in 1991.
    The Adam’s exhibition at the Ava Gallery looks to recreate the original show, but largely concentrates on the latter half of the period. It focuses on areas including the Pupils of William Orpen; the Traditionalists, including Keating, McCaig and McKelvey; the Dublin Painters, based on the school established by Paul and Grace Henry; the Ulster Unit, featuring Middleton, O’Neill, Luke, Campbell and Dillon; the White Stag Group and the early Living Art Exhibitions, heralded by Le Brocquy, Jellett and McGuinness.
    David Britton, Director, Adam’s & Ava Gallery, said: “We have gone to great efforts to feature almost every artist that was included in the original 1991 exhibition, and in three cases we were able to source the original paintings – Christopher Campbell’s ‘Self Portrait’ of 1950, Charles Lamb’s ‘Hearing the News’, c. 1920-2, and Nick Nicholl’s ‘Contemplation, 1944’. Furthermore a number of works were recently included in the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s (IMMA) ‘The Moderns Exhibition’, including Evie Hone, Paul Henry & Jack B. Yeats. Many of the works we’ve selected weren’t available for exhibition twenty years ago, so we hope this 20th anniversary collection provides further insight to Irish modernism, and perhaps puts the original exhibition into a newer context”.
    Further information is available online at An exhibition catalogue can be downloaded.


    Friday, May 20th, 2011

    Jack B. Yeats RHA (1871-1957) The Westering Sun ( 1950 ) at Adams on June 1. The estimate is 80,000-120,000. (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 135,000

    Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1984) Landscape with Flying Bird (1973) at Adams. The estimate is 25,000-35,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    CONTRASTING styles of Irish art are illustrated in these images from the James Adam evening sale in Dublin on June 1. A total of 155 carefully chosen lots will be offered in this summer auction of Important Irish Art.

    The range and style of work on offer is considerable.  This is a sale with something to suit all tastes.  The venue for the auction is the Adam Salesroom at St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin.

    UPDATE:  The sale brought in 1.1 million.  More than 70 per cent of lots on offer found buyers.

    William Scott OBE RA (1913-1989) Cup and Pan Blues Silkscreen print estimated at 6,000-8,000 at Adams. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 7,500

    Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904) Insolvent (1862) Exhibited: The Royal Academy London 1863 estimated at 15,000-20,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 36,000