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    Saturday, January 13th, 2018
    From the Indian Mutiny to a group image with Michael Collins, an 1866 engraving of the opening of the Cork Macroom Railway to car travelling in the south of Ireland in 1836 Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on February 3 promises to be brimful of interest.
    These auctions have thrown up a huge variety of fascinating items of interested to all sorts of collectors.  Not surprising then how popular they have proved to be.
    The 1922 photo of Michael Collins with Free State army officers shows a group of five, four in uniform, one in civilian clothing, standing on a roadway.  The handwritten caption reads:  “Col. Dunphy – Michael – Dalton – McMahon – O’Hegarty”.  Pasted on a mount it is estimated at 200-300.
    There is a set of six Bianconi prints by Michael Angelo Hayes and signed by Bianconi on car travelling in the south of Ireland in 1836. Born in Italy in 1786 and a refugee from Napoleon’s armies Carlo Bianconi came to Ireland at the age of 16 and started out as an engraver and printseller in Dublin. In Clonmel in 1815 he established the first reliable public transport in Ireland when he began a regular carriage service between Clonmel and Cahir. The cost was one penny farthing a mile. The service continued to the 1850’s by which time there were a number of railway services in Ireland. Framed in rosewood and gilt frames the prints are estimated at 800-1,200.

    A collection of 13 hand coloured engraved topographical views of Munster includes four views of Cork and environs after Bartlett, four views of west Cork and Kerry by Day and Haghe and four views of Limerick and Tipperary by Alexander Hogg. They are estimated to make 150-200.  Viewing for the sale of over 500 lots gets underway on January 31 and the catalogue is already online.

    A 1922 group roadside photograph with Michael Collins  UPDATE: THIS MADE 360

    An engraving by Michael Angelo Hayes signed by Bianconi  UPDATE: THIS MADE 750 AT HAMMER

    Wilkinson’s Sword – a Victorian 1845 sword by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London  UPDATE: THIS MADE 440 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

    THE furniture sculptures of Pierre Cardin are not installed along the walls, but in the centre of the room so that it is possible to walk around them.  This January Sotheby’s Paris is mounting an exhibition of the utilitarian sculptures of Cardin from 1970. With their extravagant and organic forms these pieces are still very much in demand.  At the  age of 96, Pierre Cardin remains a man and a brand, the sign of absolute success, still celebrated and exhibited in all four corners of the world.  The exhibition runs from January 17-24.

    Selette 1976 – a fridge, bar, cabinet.

    Presentoir 1980


    Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

    A contemporary English oak Irish pawfoot bench is among the highlights of Christie’s Interiors sale in London on January 31.  By Howe Modern it is estimated at £2,500-3,500.  The array of lots in the Interiors sale includes  property from the collection of Sir David and Lady Tang, property from Bywell Hall, Northumberland and property from Howe London.  The auction will offer a mix of old and the new, decorative and eclectic, from both collectors and individuals.

    A key highlight from the sale includes a selection of property from the London home of Sir David and Lady Tang, an unabashed socialite and bon vivant Sir David Tang was often referred to as ‘London’s best connected man’ .  Here is a small selection:

    An English oak Irish pawfoot bench by Howe Modern

    A set of 20 Louis XV style chairs

    An Austrian baby grand piano by Bosendorfer


    Sunday, January 7th, 2018

    The Victory Jack.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £297,000

    A selection of 256 royal and aristocratic heirlooms at Sotheby’s in London on January 17  is spearheaded by 79 objects celebrating Lord Horatio Nelson. The “Of Royal and Noble Descent” sale will include a large fragment of the Union Jack believed to have flown from  HMS Victory at the battle of Trafalgar.  It is estimated at £80,000-100,000.  Nelson’s grog chest  with its carefully cased set of fine decanters kept in his cabin at sea has an estimate of £35,000-45,000.  Love letters from Nelson to his mistress Lady Hamilton shed light on a liaison that scandalised England in the 18th century.

    Nelson’s victory at the battle of Trafalgar confirmed Britain’s  naval supremacy for the next hundred years. His Nelson’s legend is increased by his death at the very moment of his greatest triumph – shot down in the heat of battle, in the midst of his men, leading from the front.

    The sale offers furniture, paintings, decorative arts and precious objects  from European dynasties and historical figures, including the Duchesse du Berry, the House of Bourbon and a number of German princely families.


    Saturday, January 6th, 2018

    Havana by Dietrich Blodau

    Dietrich Blodau, A Life of Observation runs for just one more week at the Hunt Museum in Limerick.

    The show, which marks the 80th birthday of the artist, records the contribution he has made over four decades to the arts in Ireland. He came to the Limerick College of Art  in 1970.  The show includes paintings, illustrations, prints and posters.  It runs until Sunday, January 14.


    Monday, January 1st, 2018
    The annual January exhibition of Turner watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland  this year is a conversation across the centuries. Good Morning Mister Turner – Niall Naessens and J.M.W. Turner – brings together the gallery’s Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours and a series of etchings and drawings by the Brandon based printmaker who worked as master printer in the Graphic Studio for many years.
    Naessens approaches Turner’s works obliquely, not as images to be imitated or interpreted, but as a means of looking at the landscape. He has created an artists book with 13 small etchings in a yellow box, eleven framed prints and five drawings for the exhibitions.

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) -Ostend Harbour, c.1840 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Niall Naessens (b.1961) – Artist Seen Taking in the Morning, 2017 © Niall Naessens