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    ANTIQUE FURNITURE AT WOODWARDS SALE IN CORK

    Sunday, January 29th, 2023
    A set of eight Oriental dining chairs

    More than 300 lots will come under the hammer at Woodwards in Cork on February 4.  Furniture includes a set of eight Oriental dining chairs (€600-€800), a Victorian cylinder bureau (€600-€800), an inlaid display cabinet (€400-€600), a Regency sofa table (€400-€600) and Victorian and Georgian card tables at €300-€500 and €300-€400 respectively. A large Persian rug is estimated at €600-€800 and there is a selection of side tables, library tables and tea tables.  The auction will feature a selection of porcelain from makers like Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Spode as well as some Waterford Crystal and art lots.  The catalogue is online.

    VIEWING GETS UNDERWAY AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW TODAY

    Saturday, January 28th, 2023
    Large Donegal carpet

    An attractive, almost square Donegal carpet on a blue ground is among the top lots at Sheppards two day auction next ON January 31/February 1.  Measuring more than twelve feet on each side it is enclosed by a leaf scroll border. Lot 654 is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. Antique Donegal carpets from the factory established by Scottish textile maker Andrew Morton in Killybegs in 1898, are prized by collectors. The first Donegal carpet with a Celtic design was made for the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for their offices at the Cork Exhibition in 1902. The sale of 642 lots – the entire contents of Eden Hall, Kilkenny and other clients – goes on view in Durrow today and the catalogue is online.

    Two from a set of 10 Regency dining chair

    The most expensively estimated lot is a set of ten Regency mahogany dining chairs with a panelled Greek key scroll crest.  The estimate is €4,000-€6,000.The sale offers an impressive selection of antique furniture, art, Oriental and European porcelain, silver, plate and collectibles. Estimates are from €50-€80 up.

    JOHN MORRIS AT HEGARTY’S SALE IN BANDON

    Friday, January 27th, 2023
    JOHN MORRIS – DUN LAOGHAIRE HARBOUR

    This oil on canvas by John Morris comes up at Hegarty’s online interiors auction on January 31. Measuring nine inches by twelve it is estimated at €500-600. This is an auction of 250 lots of jewellery, antique furniture, art and collectibles. The catalogue is online at easyliveauctions.

    ORIGINAL LED ZEPPELIN ALBUM COVER ILLUSTRATION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, January 23rd, 2023
    George Hardie original artwork Led Zeppelin album cover. Couresy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2022. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $47,880

    George Hardie’s original album cover artwork for the 1976 Led Zeppelin soundtrack to the film The Song Remains the Same comes up at Christie’s Exceptional Sale in New York on January 27. The acrylic, ink and graphite front and back covers on illustration board are estimated at $50,000-80,000. The sale of extraordinary objects includes furniture, silver and decorative arts. Among the lots on offer are The Arizona Spike made in 1869 of steel clad in gold and silver to commemorate the completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad and an Ascot Trophy sponsored by Tsar Nicholas II.

    UPDATE: The Arizona Spike made $2.2 million, the Ascot Trophy made $302,400.

    KIM KARDASHIAN BUYS PRINCESS DIANA’S ATALLAH CROSS

    Wednesday, January 18th, 2023
    The Atallah Cross

    The Attallah Cross, a unique piece of jewellery, said to have been favoured by Princess Diana, sold for £163,800 / $197,453 to Kim Kardashian at Sotheby’s Royal and Noble sale in London. There were four bidders in action before the lot was bought by a representative for Ms. Kardashian at more than double its pre-auction estimate.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 22, 2022)

    PAIR OF SCAGLIOLA PEDESTALS SIMILAR TO THOSE AT CHATSWORTH

    Sunday, January 15th, 2023

    This pair of scagliola pedestals comes up at Sotheby’s timed online Stone IV sale which runs in London on January 17. Described as c1830 and made in England or Ireland, measuring 146 cms in height, they are estimated at £4,000-6,000. A pedestal of identical design is in the collections of Chatsworth House. UPDATE: THESE WERE UNSOLD

    MID CENTURY MODERN AT HEGARTY’S JANUARY AUCTION

    Sunday, January 15th, 2023

    This mid century modern style console table comes up at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, Co. Cork which continues until January 17. In excellent condition there is a polished chrome frame and shaped teak top. The estimate is 1,500-1,800. The online auction of 195 lots features a selection of antique furniture, art, jewellery, clocks and collectibles. UPDATE: THIS TABLE WAS UNSOLD

    CONTENTS FROM FIVE STAR HOTELS IN DUBLIN TO BE AUCTIONED

    Friday, January 13th, 2023
    Ox Blood Leather Chesterfield Three Seater Settee UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    This three seater Chesterfield comes up as lot 210 at Aidan Foley’s two day online auction of contents from a number of five star hotels on January 17 and 18. A total of 1115 lots of furniture, artwork and collectibles will come under the hammer. The most expensively estimated lot, at 5,000-7,000, is an artwork by Graham Knuttel titled Cocktail Girl. The chesterfield comes with an estimate of 600-1,000. There are lots from  Dublin’s Four Seasons (now Intercontinental), Westin and Trinity City Hotels, Glenlo Abbey in Galway and Powerscourt Resort and Spa in Wicklow along with memorabilia from Buck Whaley’s nightclub and Larry Murphy’s pub. The sale is on view today, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday at 67 Prussia St. in Dublin and the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: The auction was 97% sold and realised more than €200,000.

    THE BURNING QUESTION IS CAN 2023 KEEP UP WITH 2022?

    Saturday, January 7th, 2023
    This pair of mahogany baronial armchairs on hairy paw feet with tapestry based on The Lady and the Unicorn at the Musee de Cluny in Paris made €4,200 at hammer at Sheppards

    CAN 2023 keep up with 2022. That is the burning question facing the market as Christmas has drawn to a close. If 2023 can live up to 2022 in the world of art, antiques and collectibles everyone in the business will be more than happy. In Ireland art and collectibles made strong and steady gains, exactly the sort of progress minus the madness that market insiders like to see. Rare antique furniture was sought after, day to day antique furniture, though attractive,  continued to languish in the doldrums.

    On the international scene art was hot, hot, hot.  Records tumbled all over the place in what turned out to be a year for superlatives.  In November the collection of Microsoft founder Paul G Allen at Christie’s broke all records and made more than $1.6 billion, turning into the most valuable private collection of all time.  In May Christie’s sold Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn for ¢195 million, the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold.  These auctions lead a long list of sales where many new artists records were established and  diminished expectations fuelled by war and financial uncertainty were ridiculously confounded.Another plus was the growing post covid normalisation.

    Events like major international and local fairs, shut down in 2020 and 2021, gradually got going again.  One significant pandemic plus noted across the board is a whole new wave of tech savvy buyers unafraid of the internet and happy to buy unseen. Many major international sales reported waves of new and young buyers previously unknown to the auction houses.

    It was a good year for rare collectibles like this 1936 All-Ireland Hurling Final programme which made €6,500 at hammer at Fonsie Mealy

    RARE EXAMPLE OF IRISH RECUSANT SILVER

    Saturday, January 7th, 2023

    A rare example of Irish recusant silver,  a silver and partially gilt chalice dating to 1636, made £10,080 (€11,670) over a top estimate of £3,000 (€3,473) at Sotheby’s in London last month. Recusancy was the state of loyal catholics who refused to attend Protestant church services after the Reformation.   Measuring just eight inches in height it is inscribed in latin with the words: Orate anima moriarti heverin sacerdotis qui me fieri fecit anno domini 1636 (Pray for the soul of Moriarty Heverin, priest, who had me made, year of Our Lord, 1636). It was originally at the chapel of the now destroyed Ballynastragh House, Gorey,  Co. Wexford.