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    A TWO DAY HOUSE CONTENTS AUCTION IN DUN LAOGHAIRE

    Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer at a two day house contents sale in Dun Laoghaire on July 22 and 23.  Auctioneer Damien Matthews of Oldcastle will conduct the sale at 15 Royal Terrace West.  It will include antique furniture and silver, antiquarian books, jewellery and collectibles from various estates.  The catalogue is online.

    An interior shot with some of the items to be auctioned.

    15 Royal Terrace West, Dun Laoghaire

    A PIONEER OF CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS IN IRELAND

    Saturday, September 5th, 2015
    No less than ten pieces by John ffrench (1928-2010) – the great pioneer of contemporary ceramics in Ireland – come up at a house auction at Lifford, Co. Donegal tomorrow. The ten pieces to be sold are from the collection of Albert and Eva Johnson, The Diamond, Lifford, Co. Donegal.  They are to be included in a house sale by Matthews of over 500 lots.   About 25 pieces of Irish ceramic as well as a good selection of antique furniture, art and collectibles including a pair of Irish silver Celtic Revival bowls will come under the hammer.
    John ffrench studied in Italy for four years and returned to set up the Ring Studio in Kilkenny with Peter Brennan in 1956. He began to create sculptural, experimental pots inspired by the Cubism of Picasso and Braque, unlike any previously seen in this country. In the 1950’s mass produced and imported work was standard in Ireland.  The country had virtually no craft pottery tradition. ffrench founded the Arklow Studio Pottery, was closely involved with Kilkenny studios and exhibited at the Waddington Gallery in Dublin. His work is included in the permanent collection at the Crawford Gallery.

    Four ceramic bowls by John ffrench (50-80 each).

    Four ceramic bowls by John ffrench (50-80 each).

    John ffrench wall charger with blue bird motif (100-150).

    John ffrench wall charger with blue bird motif (100-150).

    John ffrench unique hand painted egg (40-70).

    John ffrench unique hand painted egg (40-70).