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    THOUGH his background is in news and political journalism Des O’Sullivan has had a long standing interest in antiques and fine art.  He has contributed a popular and successful antique and fine arts page to the Irish Examiner every Saturday for over 30 years.  In 1990 Irish art was an esoteric pursuit for the very few and the market, such as it was, was dominated by Yeats, Lavery and Orpen.  In the mid 1990’s Sotheby’s and Christie’s introduced their annual Irish Sales in London. The growing interest in Irish art abroad, partly fuelled by the Irish diaspora, was matched by a new appreciation of Irish art and artists at home.  Irish art is now in the mainstream.
    The market for antique Irish furniture continues to suffer, though the best pieces are recession proof.  There is a scarcity of the very finest pieces reaching the market. Regular auctions and fairs are a feature of the antique trade in Ireland. Here as elsewhere on-line bidding is growing in importance year on year.

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