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    IRISH BOG YEW LIBRARY TABLE FROM THE 1851 GREAT EXHIBITION AT ADAMS

    Thursday, September 29th, 2022
    IRISH YEW WOOD LIBRARY TABLE by Arthur Jones & Co. Dublin

    This Irish library table comes up on day two of the James Adam Country House Collections sale at Townley Hall near Drogheda on October 18. It was made in Dublin by Arthur Jones and Co. for the 1851 Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in London. It was originally part of an 18 piece bog yew suite. There are four known surviving pieces of this suite today, a teapoy, a wine cooler, a whist table and this table. The teapoy was sold at Adams in 2014, the wine cooler was bequeathed to the National Trust of Australia by Samuel Henry Ervin and is in Sydney, the whist or card table is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The table, lot 428 in the sale, is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    DANIEL O’CONNELL’S POCKET WATCH MAKES 26,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
    The Liberator ‘Daniel O’Connell’s’ Timepiece made €26,000 at hammer

    This 19th century gold pocket watch personally commissioned by Daniel O’Connell made a hammer price of €26,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on September 28. Lot 694 was made by Donegan and Wright in Dublin with fusée movement. It is numbered 683. There is a decorative border on the face, Roman numerals and a central engraving of “Derrynane Abbey, Co. Kerry,” home of The Liberator. It is hallmarked with Dublin gold marks and date and supplied with a matching gold link chain. This pocket watch was subsequently gifted to the Ffrench Family, Castle Ffrench, Galway. It came to sale by direct family descent.

    LARGEST PEAR SHAPED FANCY PINK DIAMOND EVER AT AUCTION

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
    The Fortune Pink – an 18.18 carat fancy vivid pink diamond. (US$ 25,000,000 – 35,000,000)

    The largest pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered for sale at auction comes up at Christie’s in Geneva on November 8. The Fortune Pink will lead the Magnificent Jewels sale. Weighing an auspicious 18.18 carats the diamond’s weight literally translates to definite prosperity in Asia and is sure to garner interest from collectors across the globe. According to Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery, the colour is phenomenal.

    SELF-PORTRAIT BY GERARD DILLON AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
    Gerard Dillon (1916 – 1971) – Man on a Chair (Self-Portrait). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Adam’s sale of Important Irish Art on September 28 is a showcase for the west of Ireland with works ranging from the late 19th century up to the present day with diverse representations of life and landscape by artists such as Charles Lamb, Thomas Rose Miles, Gerard Dillon and Donald Teskey and many more. There are 161 lots and the catalogue is online. This work by Gerard Dillon is estimated at €50,000-€80,000.

    CHATSWORTH AUCTION BY FONSIE MEALY KICKS OFF TODAY

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
    PAIR OF LARGE GEORGIAN BRASS BOUND PEAT BUCKETS. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    This pair of Georgian brass bound peat buckets come up as lot 787 at Fonsie Mealy’s two day Chatsworth autumn antique sale which gets underway today. They are estimated at €5,000-€7,000. The catalogue cover is lot 691, a silhouette of Daniel O’Connell by Augustin Edouart dated to 1834. It is estimated at €1,500-€2,000. More than 1,000 lots will come under the hammer today and tomorrow. The catalogue is online.

    Augustin Edouart, French (1789-1861) “Daniel O’Connell. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    SUCCESSFUL EVENING ART SALE AT WHYTE’S

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
    RIVER MOUTH, 1946 – JACK BUTLER YEATS RHA (1871-1957). UPDATE: THIS MADE 180,000 AT HAMMER

    The Changing Dawn and Rivermouth by Jack B Yeats were the top lots at Whyte’s evening auction in in Dublin on September 26.  They made hammer prices of €220,000 and €180,000 respectively. William Scott’s Chinese Orange III made €110,000. Other top hammer prices were:  The Lady Parmoor by Sir John Lavery (€58,000); Portrait of Daniel O’Connell by Sir Martin Archer Shee (€34,000); The Bridge by Sir John Lavery (€30,000); Composition with Steps, Dun Laoghaire and Monkstown by Donald Teskey (€29,000)  The Good Stuff by Sean Keating (€28,000) and Black and White She Scarecrow by John Shinnors (€25,000).

    The auction grossed €1.65 million with 83% of lots sold on the night.

    WILDLIFT STEVE BURGESS PAINTING AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL AUCTION

    Monday, September 26th, 2022
    STEVE BURGESS (B.1960) CANADIAN – Amongst the Reeds. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    Amongst the Reeds by the Canadian artist Steve Burgess is lot 13 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s off the wall online art auction which runs until September 27. Steve Burgess is an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist. He explores the natural world through his artistic vision capturing the essence of nature through his detailed paintings. From the majesty of his North American wildlife scenes, to the drama of his African animals and contrasted with his British wildlife, Steve paints from a depth of knowledge and understanding. This work is estimated at 1,000-1,500. There is a wide range of art on offer in this sale and the catalogue is online.

    ZHENGDE LEYS JAR AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Sunday, September 25th, 2022
    CHINESE BLUE & WHITE LEYS JAR UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This Chinese blue and white Zhadou (leys jar) comes up at Sheppards three day sale in Durrow on September 27, 28 and 29. Lot 995 comes with a globular body and wide flaring neck. It is painted around the exterior with two bands of dragons chasing the flaming pearl amid scrolling lotus. The four-character mark of Zhengde (1506-21) is to the base. It is estimated at €8,000-€10,000. There are 1,374 lots in the sale and the catalogue is online.

    ANYONE FOR A 1932 AUSTIN SIX SALOON?

    Saturday, September 24th, 2022
     !932 Austin Six Saloon at Fonsie Mealy. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A 1932 Austin Six Saloon, an exceptional pair of Buhl pier cabinets and a set of chairs once in the collection of the Dukes of Leinster at Leinster House are among the delights awaiting collectors at auctions around the country in the coming week.  The Chatsworth autumn fine art sale by Fonsie Mealy in Castlecomer next Tuesday and Wednesday will run concurrently with three days of sales from Hatherton House, Dartry, Dublin and other clients by Sheppards in Durrow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Meantime Aidan Foley’s three day antique and home interior sale at Sixmilebridge gets going tomorrow.

    The Austin Six at Fonsie Mealy is petrol driven and estimated at €10,000-€15,000. The sale includes a George III breakfront bookcase by Thomas Graham of Clonmel once in the collection of the Villiers-Stuart family (€6,000-€8,000) and a set of 18th century giltwood armchairs in the manner of John Trotter (€4,000-€5,000). The provenance here relates to the Dukes of Leinster at Leinster House and Carton. 

    A pair of 19th century Buhl pier cabinets at Sheppards. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    Sheppards will offer more than 300 lots of furniture, 100 lots of Chinese ceramics, hundreds of paintings, mirrors and some architectural salvage.  Appetising antique furniture includes a pair of exceptional 19th century Buhl pier cabinets (€5,000-€8,000). A Chinese blue and white Leys jar is estimated at €8,000-€10,000. More unusual lots include a pair of Balinese hardwood windows and shutters, and a Balinese door.  Library bookcases, Persian rugs, Victorian sideboards and ga

    AUTUMN ART SELLING SEASON UNDERWAY IN IRELAND

    Saturday, September 24th, 2022
    The Changing Dawn by Jack B Yeats at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 220,000 AT HAMMER

    The autumn selling season is underway with a vengeance.   Art auctions, fairs and large sales of antiques and collectibles will keep many people busy next week. The choice confronting auction goers and collectors in Ireland right now is nothing short of dizzying. Collectors of art can sharpen their focus as viewings are underway in Dublin for sales of Important Irish Art by Whyte’s on September 26 and at James Adam on September 28.  A trip to Dublin this weekend also creates an opportunity to drop in to Timeless, the Irish Antique Dealers Fair which continues at the RDS today and tomorrow.

    The capital is exerting a strong pull but an online sale of affordable Irish art by Morgan O’Driscoll until Tuesday (September 27) offers opportunities to view in Skibbereen and a number of important sales around the country are on view too.Against a background where the Irish art market is growing year on year Whyte’s will offer two 1946 works by Yeats, The Changing Dawn (€250,0000-€350,000) and River Mouth (€200,000-€300,000).  Among the artworks of a  completely contrasting styles on the catalogue of 150 lots are William Scott’s Chinese Orange III (€40,000-€60,000), Black and White She Scarecrow by John Shinnors (€25,000-€35,000) and Stephen McKenna’s Interior Scene (€8,000-€10,000).

    Chinese Orange III by William Scott at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 110,000 AT HAMMER

    The choice at James Adam ranges from the late 19th century to the present day. A c1891 portrait by Roderic O’Conor, Le Marin Barbu  (€60,000-€80,000) and a self portrait by Gerard Dillon titled Man on a chair (€50,000-€80,000) are the most expensively estimated lots.  Fisherman with Lobster c1937 (€15,000-€20,000) by Charles Lamb which depicts Padraic Ghrealis of Rinn, Connemara was once a key work on the wall of Lambs Restaurant at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, hometown of the artist.Two paintings in the unmistakable Modern style of Norah McGuinness, Waterweeds  and Day’s End, Dublin Bay – each estimated at €30,000-€40,000 –  once adorned the walls of Ballymascanlon House Hotel  near Carlingford in Co. Louth.  A panoramic view of Clifden on a grand scale by Maurice MacGonigal comes with an estimate of €15,000-€20,000, as does Portrait of a Young Woman by Dan O’Neill. 

    Clown Dreaming by Gerard Dillon at Adams. UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER