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    ZHENGDE LEYS JAR AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Sunday, September 25th, 2022
    CHINESE BLUE & WHITE LEYS JAR

    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.

    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

    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

    VIEWING OPENS TODAY IN CASTLECOMER FOR FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
    One of a pair of Irish Georgian period mahogany tables in the Chinese Chippendale style

    This table in the Chinese Chippendale style is lot 784 at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth autumn antique sale in Castlecomer on September 27 and 28. The Irish Georgian tables have a rectangular moulded top above an open fret cut frieze. The estimate for the pair is 5,000-7,000. Viewing for the sale of 1023 lots opens today and the catalogue is online.

    THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN AT VICTOR MEE’S PALACE COLLECTION

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2022
    Bronze sculpture of boys climbing a ladder made 7,200 at hammer

    This seasonal bronze sculpture of boys climbing a ladder made a hammer price of 7,200 at the opening evening of Victor Mee’s three day Palace Collection sale on September 20. Two Irish Georgian marble statuary fireplaces each made 14,000, a plaster cast statue of Venus of Arles made 4,600,, a bronze sculpture of a majestic stage made 3,600, an Irish Georgian longcase clock by John Irwin of Boyle made 4,000, an Irish Crystal 15 branch chandelier made 3,500 and a 17th century oak refectory table made 3,400. The online sale continues at 6 pm on September 21 and 22.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 16, 2022)

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTRY LEVEL COLLECTORS

    Sunday, September 18th, 2022
    Georgian lowboy (€300-€400). UPDATE: THIS MADE 470 AT HAMMER

    All auctions with antique furniture offer plenty of opportunities for entry level collectors.  The sort of value to be had is underlined at Woodwards sale in Cork on September 24. A selection of Georgian, William IV, Victorian and Edwardian furniture is all available at under €500. Many of these built to last venerable old pieces would have cost more two decades ago than they do today and defy every current trend simply by getting cheaper. If auction history teaches us anything it is that antique pieces from particular eras have to survive a period of unfashionability and a tendency to break them up. The time to come back into some sort of vogue is overdue.

    What is slightly puzzling is that in an era like this one when anything goes antique furniture is not at all unfashionable.  The best interiors are routinely drawn from many sources – eclectic if you like – and the stylish modern home offers huge scope for individual taste and style in furniture, art and collectibles. Even if we are about to be bled dry by energy costs and inflation we need to feather winter nests for the coming winter. Here are some examples from Woodwards with estimates in brackets:  Georgian lowboy (€300-€400);  concave cabinet (€300-€400); George II card table (€400-€500); Edwardian demi-lune card table (€300-€400);  William IV sideboard (€400-€500); Edardian twin pillar dining table (€300-€400); Edwardian sofa table (€300-€400) and a small bachelors chest (€150-€200).  The catalogue is online.

    ANNUAL PALACE COLLECTION SALE BY VICTOR MEE

    Friday, September 16th, 2022
    Irish Georgian marble breakfront chimney piece. UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    This Irish Georgian fireplace is among the top lots at Victor Mee’s annual Palace Collection sale which runs from September 20-22. Viewing gets underway at the former Bishop’s Palace, Kilmore, Co Cavan on September 17 and the catalogue is online. There are 1,748 lots of antique furniture, decorative interior pieces and garden furniture and the auction includes contents from Benmore House in Co. Fermanagh. The breakfront chimney piece with centre plaque illustrated here is estimated at €15,000-€25,000 and is lot 250b. It is one of a number of fireplace pieces in the sale. There is a big selection of antique furniture, art, collectibles and a variety with a wide appeal to all tastes across varying price ranges.

    WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO KAVANAGH

    Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
    UPDATE: THIS MADE £930,000 – A WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A V.C.

    The ‘Siege of Lucknow’ Victoria Cross awarded to Irishman Thomas Henry Kavanagh was sold for a world-record price of £930,000 (€1,073,355) by Mayfair-based auctioneers Noonans today. Bought by an un named collector in a sale of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria it was the first civilian V.C. of five to be awarded. Estimated at £300,000-400,000 it was one of only two not currently in a museum. The price includes a 24% buyer’s premium.

    Kavanagh, who was born on July 15, 1821 in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath was employed as a clerk in the Lucknow Office prior to the Siege, which occurred during the Indian Mutiny. In November 1857, he volunteered to leave the safety of the Residency disguised as a Sepoy accompanied by a Brahmin scout.  The pair jostled past armed rebels through the narrow Lucknow streets and talked their way past sentries in the moonlight, crossed deep rivers, tramped through swamps and narrowly avoided capture after startling a farmer who raised the alarm.  On finally reaching a British cavalry outpost, Kavanagh delivered a vital despatch to Sir Colin Campbell and ably guided his column to the relief of the Residency garrison.

    Oliver Pepys, Associate Director and Medal Specialist at Noonans said: “Kavanagh’s gallantry at Lucknow 165 years ago stands out as one of the most premeditated and sustained acts of gallantry in the history of the Victoria Cross and the price achieved at auction demonstrates the high regard which Kavanagh is still held in today.”

    Pierce Noonan, Chairman and CEO of Noonans auctions, said: “The record price achieved for Kavanagh’s Victoria Cross reflects not just Kavanagh’s extraordinary gallantry, but also the strength of the market for small collectibles more generally where the prices for high quality items continue to go from strength to strength.”

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for August 28 and August 18, 2022)

    MYSTERY MAKES AN IMPRESSIVE PRICE AT JAMES ADAM

    Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
    MYSTERY-SET SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND FLOWER BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

    THIS mystery set sapphire and diamond flower brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels made a hammer price of €110,000 at James Adam sale of Fine Jewellery and Watches in Dublin on September 13. Described by the auctioneers as rare and collectible it had been estimated at €30,000-€50,000. Patented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933 the Mystery Setting “is a technique which allows the jeweller to model any form, any movement”. The apparently invisible mounting of the stones without visible claws or prongs creates an effect which makes them almost look as though they are floating.

    MUGHAL PASHMINA CARPET FROM THE COURT OF EMPEROR SHAH JAHAN

    Monday, September 12th, 2022
    Royal Mughal pashmina carpet c1650

    An extraordinarily rare survivor from the golden age of Imperial Mughal carpet production comes up at Christie’s in London on October 27.  This Royal Mughal pashmina carpet woven for the court of the Emperor Shah Jahan is of ‘Lattice and Flower’ design, exemplary for its brilliant colour and pattern, woven with the most luxurious and costly materials with prized pashmina goat hair woven onto a fine silk foundation. One of only four 17th century pashmina carpets remaining in private hands. This one is estimated at £2,500,000 – 3,500,000.

    The carpet is an example of the Flower Style in Mughal India which became popular in architectural decoration and the decorative arts under the emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-58). A variety of flowers represented  in profile and organised in rows is a hallmark of the style. In most rug-weaving cultures, silk is the most valuable and sumptuous fibre. In Mughal culture, in northern India, this was not the case. The most highly prized fibre for the pile was goat hair, pashmina, the undercoat of the Himalayan mountain goat. Each pashmina fibre measures almost one sixth the width of a human hair, which meant that these Mughal carpets were among the finest carpets ever woven. The highest knot count exceeds 2,000 knots per inch, which goes beyond what the eye can “read.” The majority of examples fall between 400 and 1,000 knots and the carpet discussed has an average of 672 knots per sq. inch. It will be a leading lot in the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction.

    TABLE OWNED BY MARIE ANTOINETTE AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Monday, September 12th, 2022
    This table was once the property of Queen Marie Antoinette

    There is considerable provenance to lot 652 at Fonsie Mealy’s autumn Chatsworth auction in Castlecomer on September 27-28. According to the auctioneer the 18th century French Louis XVI oval walnut and tulipwood table pictured here was once the property of Marie Antoinette. Purchased in Paris by Lord Charles Beresford it was given as a gift to Mrs. Maude of Belgard Castle, Clondalkin, Dublin on the birth of her son Marcus “Markie” Maude in 1896. He died in Mesopotamia aged 24 and the table went by descent to Mount Juliet from Colonel Silcock. It was purchased by the present vendor at Mount Juliet.
    The table was made by Jean-Pierre Dusautoy (1719-1800) and is stamped. There is a three quarter pierced brass gallery and oval top with a tooled leather inset inside a crossbanded edge. It is estimated at 4,000-6,000. The two day sale of over 1,000 lots is brimful of interest and the catalogue is online.