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    TWO DAY SALE OF INTERIORS AND JEWELS AT SHEPPARDS

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019

    The two day sale at Sheppards at Durrow in Co. Laois on November 26 and 27 contains much that is unusual and of interest. The varied catalogue, titled Desire: Sparkling Jewels and Inspirational Interiors, is online. Lot 502 is this pedestal William IV dining table with four extending leaves above a conforming frieze, raised on cavetto and leaf carved pedestals. It is estimated at 8,000-12,000. Viewing gets underway in Durrow on November 23.

    MAORI BLADE PRESENTED TO DR CROKE AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019

    Among the more unusual lots at Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Winter Fine Arts sale in Castlecomer on November 26 is this one. It is a 19th century Maori Pounamu green stone blade of about seven inches long. By tradition said to be used by a Maori chief it was subsequently gifted to Dr. T.W. Croke whilst he was Bishop of Auckland, New Zealand from 1870-1874. After this he became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland and was an important figure in the Irish nationalist movement. He was a Champion of the Irish National Land League in the 1880’s and Croke Park in Dublin is named after him. The auction will include antique furniture, paintings, Old Masters, Irish art, silver, collectibles, taxidermy and a private Irish collection of Oriental ceramics and art.

    A 19th century Maori Pounamu green stone blade (600-800).

    POLITICAL DIRTY TRICKS AND FIRST EDITION OF ULYSSES

    Monday, November 18th, 2019

    There is nothing new about dirty tricks in political campaigns as illustrated by lot 48 at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet auction at Laurel Park, Bray on November 23. The newspaper billboard poster for the Star headlines: “Parnell cross-examined”.  This was at a special commission set up by Gladstone’s government to investigate various charges against Parnell and his Home Rule party.  The basis was a letter in The Times in which Parnell appeared to give explicit support, after the fact, to the Phoenix Park murders.  The commission sat for 128 days to November 1889.  The following February one of the witnesses, Richard Piggott, admitted having forged the letters, then fled to Madrid and shot himself. Parnell’s name was fully cleared.

    A first edition of Ulysses, a pro-Treaty campaign poster for the 1922 general election, an electric guitar signed by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits  and a leather flying helmet from a Polish Air Force bomber which crashed on the Carlow Laois border in 1943 are among the lots.  Viewing is from next Wednesday and the auction is at 11 am on Saturday.

    CORK FREEDOM BOX AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019

    A gold Cork freedom box comes up at Bonhams Important Design sale in London on November 27.  The oval George III box inscribed with the arms of Cork surrounded by foliage and bright cut engravings was made by William Reynolds circa 1780.  There is a further gold freedom box by Reynolds, whose premises was at North Main Street in Cork, at the National Maritime Museum in London.  Bonhams estimate this one at £20,000-30,000.

    FLASK DISCOVERED BY SHEPPARDS MAKES 610,000

    Thursday, November 7th, 2019

    A round of applause greeted the sale of a rare Chinese moon flask discovered at a routine valuation at Blarney Castle for a hammer price of 610,000 at Sheppards in Durrow today. It had been estimated at 80,000-120,000. Unusually Sheppards had imposed a special condition of no internet bidding on the piece and registered bidders were required to pay a deposit. The blue and white flask, Bianhu, from a Co. Cork collection was discovered at a valuation by Sheppards at Blarney Castle in September.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 2, 2019)

    ART TOPS LOTS AT ADAMS MID CENTURY MODERN SALE

    Thursday, November 7th, 2019

    The most expensively estimated lots at the James Adam Mid Century Modern sale in Dublin on November 19 are all artworks. Linear Access by Mark Francis has an estimate of 15,000-25,000; Mother and Child (screenprint) by Andy Warhol; Mayo Series, Approaching Storm by Patrick Graham; Exposed Painting, Pewter by Callum Innes and Piccadilly by Albert Irvin are all estimated at 10,000-15,000. The evening auction of 158 lots Italian and Danish design furniture, Murano glass and a variety of collectibles.

    MARK FRANCIS (b.1962)
    Linear Axis. UPDATE: THIS MADE 31,000 AT HAMMER

    ANTIQUE PEDESTALS FROM AN IRISH COLLECTION

    Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

    This pair of Regency patinated bronze pedestals from a private Irish collection come up at Sotheby’s Style Private Collections sale in London on November 12. They are dated to c1810 and were acquired from Harold Caplin of Merrion Antiques around 1960. The estimate is £8,000-12,000.

    RE-DISCOVERED CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE FLASK AT SHEPPARDS

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

    The much anticipated auction of the Chinese blue and white flask uncovered by Sheppards at a charity valuation in Blarney Castle in September takes place in Durrow on November 7. Lot 134 is described as a rare and important Chinese blue and white flask.  This particular type of moon flask is also known as a bianhu or pot.  The flask is unglazed and a central raised roundel depicts an arabesque Islamic star with flower head.  There is leaf scroll and flower head decoration and a painted outer border in cobalt blue.  From a private collection in Co. Cork it is estimated at a whopping 80,000-120,000.  Unusually there will be no internet bidding on this lot, meaning that international buyers will have to travel to Durrow for the auction.

    Brimful of interest the auction of Masterworks is on view in Durrow from November 2. It is a small well chosen sale spanning centuries of artistic excellence. The catalogue lists just 148 lots.  Among them are an interesting pair of covered Cork glass cassoulets and a pair of Dublin hide upholstered antique armchairs.  An 18th century carved Chippendale overnmantle mirror with serpentine plate below a pagoda pediment is estimated at 4,000-6,000.Other lots include a 19th century Sevres clock garniture, Chinese porcelain, a pair of 19th century satinwood and painted Dublin pier tables, jewellery and wine in original boxes including a case of 12 bottles of 2005 Chateau Margaux estimated at 6,000-9,000. A large William IV circular dining table is estimated at 14,000-18,000 and a Killarney wood work table is estimated at 8,000-12,000.  Among the art lots is Soleil en Foret by Roderic O’Conor estimated at 65,000-85,000 and an antique Flemish tapestry.

    RARE CHINESE FLASK DISCOVERED AT CORK VALUATION EVEN ESTIMATED AT 80,000-120,000

    JEWELS WHICH BELONGED TO EMPRESS EUGENIE

    Friday, November 1st, 2019

    Historic jewels formerly in the collection of Eugénie, The Last Empress Of France, will come up at Christie’s sale of Important Jewels in London on November 27. A pair of 19th century natural pearl earrings is estiamted at £60,000-80,000. A mid-19th century ruby and diamond heart locket pendant, circa 1850-60 is estimated at £10,000-15,000. A glazed compartment on the reverse of the pendant contains a lock of hair reputedly belonging to Napoleon Ill.

    Married to Napoleon III, Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920) was a woman of great elegance, beauty and charm. Born in Granada, Spain, she was educated at the fashionable convent of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris, and contributed immensely to the grandeur of the French court. From the beginning of her reign in 1853, Empress Eugénie did much to enhance the reputation of French haute joaillerie, which at that time inspired the whole of Europe. Her love of jewellery being legendary, she had many Crown jewels remounted to suit her personal taste and also commissioned new pieces from the most famous jewellers in Paris including Bapst and Chaumet.

    ASIAN ART AND CERAMICS AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Friday, November 1st, 2019

    This pink ground Famille Rose tea tray is among the top lots at the James Adam sale of Asian Fine Art, Oriental sculpture and ceramics in Dublin on November 5. The tray, with Jiaqing mark, dates to 1796-1820. The central reserve has an Imperial poem relating to tea preparation and date corresponding to 1797. It is estimated at 20,000-30,000.

    UPDATE: The tray was unsold, a Qianlong Imperial Seal made 32,000 at hammer.