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    MASTERWORKS AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019

    With just 129 pieces the Masterworks auction at Sbeppards in Durrow on May 16 is short on lots but long on interest.  The selection on offer is wide ranging and estimates vary from 140-180 for a first period Belleek basket to 35,000-45,000 for a signed watercolour head of Samuel Beckett by Louis le Brocquy which has been on loan to the University of Limerick for the last ten years.

    19th century Italian ebony pietra dura and ormolu cabinet on stand

    The sale kicks off with a 12 bottle case of 2006  Chateau Mouton Rothschild estimated at 3,500-4,500. It then ranges through a 19th century French ormolu clock garniture, an early Persian sword, Art Deco bronzes, a 2002 model Steinway boudoir grand piano, a Venetian violin to a Killarney work table. There are some Old Master paintings and a 19th century Italian cabinet on stand with Pietra Dura inserts estimated at 35,000-45,000. There are Meissen parrots, French panels, an 18th century Chippendale pier mirror, a Chinese rosewood screen, a pair of Venetian blackamoor figures and an early Sino-Tibetan bronze buddha.The catalogue cover lot is a Chinese Qing gilt bronze and polychrome censer in the form of a foo dog with an estimate of 15,000-20,000. The catalogue is online.

    Chinese Qing censer in the form of a foo dog UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 95,000

    ALL THE JEWELS AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019

    A girls best friend and more will come under the hammer at the James Adam sale of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin at 6 p.m. on May 14. The two most expensive lots in this auction are single stone diamond rings each estimated at 20,000-30,000. A c2000 cultured pearl and diamond Pushkin cocktail bracelet watch by Chopard is estimated at 20,000-25,000.

    A single stone brilliant cut diamond ring UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 20,000

    Adams jewellery specialist Claire-Laurence Mestrallet invited the fashion editor, stylist and author Annmarie O’Connor to go through the catalogue.  At the top of her wish list was an original 1930’s minaudiere or strapless evening back with an Art Deco vibe.  By Van Cleef and Arpels and with a diamond and ruby lid it is estimated at 15,000-20,000.  Many famous makers are represented in this auction, for which the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: The sale brought in 810,000 with a sell rate of over 70%. The top lot was a c1955 gold and diamond coffee bean demi-parure by Cartier which made 34,000.

    A diamond and ruby set evening bag by Van Cleef and Arpels UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER

    IRISH MOURNING JEWELLERY AT CHISWICK AUCTIONS

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019

    This image is of a c1905 mourning locket and a late 19th century citrine seal. From an Irish family it comes up at Chiswick Auctions jewellery sale in London on May 14.   The sale contains mourning jewellery from the Bligh and Brownlow families of Co. Meath.

    John Bligh, Fourth Earl of Darnley (1767-1831) was an Irish peer and cricketer who took part in 27 first-class cricket matches between 1789 and 1796.  His wife was Elizabeth Brownlow and they had seven children.  Mourning jewellery was popular in Georgian and Victorian times. Georgian jewellery featured skulls, coffins and other symbols of death. This changed in Victorian times to memory pieces often containing hair of the dead person.  The locket and seal here are estimated at £80-120.

    CLAUDIA CARDINALE’S WARDROBE ANYONE?

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

    Around 130 couture and ready-to-wear items from the wardrobe of ’60’s icon and award-winning film star Claudia Cardinale will come up at an online sale by Sotheby’s from June 28 to July 4. They were all created by the leading Italian designers of the day including Emilio Schuberth, Roberto Capucci, Irene Galitzine, Barocco and Balestra, as well as the Parisian house Nina Ricci, which regularly dressed the actress during the 1960s.

    Among the leading items is a long gown in fuchsia organza embroidered with floral motifs by Livia, worn by Cardinale for her first appearance at Cannes Film Festival in 1961 (estimate: €3,000-€4,000). There is a sheath dress entirely covered in black sequins and trimmed with pink and blue flowers, by Nina Ricci (Haute Couture collection, autumn-winter 1963-1964), which the actress modelled at the 37th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1965 as a presenter alongside Steve McQueen (estimate: €6,000-€8,000).

    GREAT IRISH INTERIORS AT SHEPPARDS

    Monday, April 29th, 2019

    Contents from Westport House, Luttrelstown Castle, Castle Durrow and Malahide Castle are among the lots at Sheppards two days sale Durrow next Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 1,200 lots will come under the hammer at auctions scheduled to begin at 10.30 am and 2 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is a French ormolu corner cabinet from Westport House, a brass lantern from Luttrelstown Castle, a 19th century tapestry from Malahide Castle with lurchers and the castle in the background and a pair of William IV ebony curtain poles from Castle Durrow.  Among the other lots from these sources are a pair of Irish mahogany side tables, a 19th century pine farmhouse table, an 18th century blunderbuss by Rigby of Dublin (3,000-5,000), a 17th century Italian School oil of The Last Supper, a pair of bronze Egyptian figures by Emile Louis Picault (1833-1915) and a 19th century classical urn.

    One of a pair of Irish mahogany side tables UPDATE: THIS LOT MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    MID-CENTURY MODERN AT JAMES ADAM

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019

    Mid Century Modern is the title of the auction at James Adam in Dublin at 6 pm on April 30. This is a sale of 123 lots of 20th century furniture, lighting, glass, mirrors, sculpture and art with work by Nevill Johnson, Felim Egan, John Shinnors, Alice Maher, Sean Scully, Mark Francis and others. The catalogue is online.

    Cecil King (1921-1986) Nexus II UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER
    EAMES SOFT PAD OFFICE CHAIR, by Vitra UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,400

    GREAT IRISH INTERIORS AT SHEPPARDS SALE IN DURROW

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019

    The Great Irish Interiors auction at Sheppards in Durrow on April 30 and May 1 will see more than 1,200 lots come under the hammer. There is a very good across the board selection at all price levels. There is garden furniture and statuary, art, silver, antique furniture, Oriental porcelain, brassware and a variety of collectibles. Adding even more interest is the fact that the sale will include lots from Westport House, Luttrellstown Castle, Castle Durrow and Malahide Castle. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LARGE 19TH-CENTURY FARMHOUSE TABLE
    The Last Supper – 17th century Italian School
    19TH-CENTURY TERRACOTTA CLASSICAL URN UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    PANELS FROM TITANIC SISTER SHIP AT AUCTION

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019

    Panelling from the Brittanic – sister ship of Titanic – will come up at auction in Killenard, Co. Laois on May 1 and 2. Rediscovered after their use in a Dublin city-centre cinema until 1972, both the first-class lounge and the second-class library panels are expected to generate international interest at the sale by Niall Mullen antiques at The Heritage golf resort.

    OAK PANELLING FROM BRITANNIC UPDATE: THE PANELLING SOLD FOR A COMBINED TOTAL OF 366,000 – EACH SET SOLD FOR 183,000.

    Britannic’s yard number, S-433, was one of the most significant identifying factors in these panels. The same number, 433, is to be the lot number for the panelling. Lot 433 is the second-class library, panelled and framed in maple, handsomely carved in a Colonial Adams-style design and includes a magnificent mahogany bar fronted with copper with a guiding price of €200,000 – €300,000. Lot 433a is the first-class lounge panelling, framed in richly carved polished oak and carved in Louis XV style, with a guiding price of €250,000 – €350,000.

    They were designed by Arthur Durand, who was heavily involved in all three Olympic Class liners and who had also worked on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Launched in 1914, the Britannic was intended to be superior to her twin the Titanic, which sank in 1912. During World War I the ship was requisitioned as a hospital ship and had the fittings removed. It hit a mine and sank in the Aegean Sea in 1916. The Britannic’s stored luxurious furniture and fittings were auctioned in Belfast in 1919.

    The panels will come up on May 1 when the first 600 of 1,500 lots in total will come under the hammer. The sale will also include contents from the Merrion, Burlington and Shelbourne Hotels in Dublin, an Anglo Indian curiosity cabinet originally at Lissadell House, maritime lots and items from embassies in Dublin.

    EASTER SUNDAY AUCTION IN CONNEMARA

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019

    Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for an Easter Sunday art and antique auction at 2 pm tomorrow.  Dolan’s art auction house will offer nearly 400 lots at a sale timed to coincide with the busy Bank Holiday weekend in the west of Ireland. Dolan’s holiday auctions in Connemara are always crowd pullers and this one features art by Kenneth Webb, Hughie O’Donoghue, Edward Delaney, Sean Keating, Harry Kernoff,  Sean McSweeney, George Campbell, Norah McGuinness, Tony O’Malley, Charles Harper, Mark O’Neill, Carina Scott, Arthur Maderson and many more.

    There are some vintage toy cars by makers like Triang and Dinky, a Hornby train set, a set of three antique ebony elephants with ivory tusks, ebonised and inlaid cabinets, antique furniture including easy chairs, dining chairs, a sofa table, long case clocks, rugs, porcelain, silver and glass. Estimates for the art on offer range from a couple of hundred euro to 12,500, the top estimate for an orange cat tapestry by Graham Knuttel.  This is inscribed “Tapisserie D’Aubusson Felletin” and the estimate is 7,500-12,500.

    Brooks Emporium, Baggot St. Lower by John Brobbel
    Standing Figures by Edward Delaney

    AN AUCTION WITH EXPLOSIVE CONTENTS

    Friday, April 19th, 2019

    A live shell from 1895 found in a suitcase sent for auction in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois was removed by gardai and bomb disposal experts. It was in one of four suitcases of historical memorabilia. Auctioneer Sean Eacrett noticed the live shell with primer and head still intact. The cases had been bought in a jumble sale more than 35 years ago and had remained in the attic at Marshalltown Cottage, Castledermott, Co. Kildare until last week. The entire contents of the cottage go under the hammer at Ballybrittas on April 27.

    The live shell