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    Saturday, June 15th, 2024

    A Cork silver freedom box by George Hodder c1760 at the National Antiques Fair in Limerick.

    With everything from a rare Cork silver freedom box and a vintage rocking horse to an eyecatching contemporary photograph of Loop Head, stylish oil lamps and elegant vintage furniture the National antiques, art and vintage fair at Limerick Racecourse today and tomorrow (June 15-16) offers an extraordinary range.  Here you will find antique shops, art galleries, vintage dealers with fine and rare pieces and nostalgic collectibles in a roomy setting with ample easy parking.  Irish art, an array of antique furniture from dealers like Greene’s of Drogheda, Oriental rugs from Annamoe Antiques in Co. Wicklow, hats and handbags from vintage fashion dealer Eily Henry, porcelain, antique glass, a portable HMV gramophone at and a vintage copper Irish Distillers hot whiskey dispenser at the stand of Sean and Breege Cassidy, coins, banknotes, rare books and even a Norwegian ladle at Edwin and Lorna Mercier’s stand combine to make Ireland’s biggest fair an event with something for everyone.

    More than 70 dealers from all round the country will be in attendance.  James Weldon of Dublin will bring the Cork freedom box illustrated above, made in 1760 by George Hodder and a George III Cork coffee pot by John Nicholson to the fair on Sunday, and is unable to attend today.  Opening times on both days are from 11 am to 6 pm.

    A striking photograph of Loop Head by Camille Seaman at the Purple Onion Gallery at the National Antiques Fair in Limerick.


    Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

    Among more than 70 dealers at the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair at Limerick Racecourse on June 15 and 16 will be Edwin and Lorna Mercer. Among the items they will have on display is a selection of tea strainers, a Georg Jensen serving spoon, tea caddy spoons and Norwegian ladle. There will be dealers in antique furniture, art and more than 15 jewellery dealers along with dealers in porcelain, glass, coins, banknotes, militaria and all sort of collectibles.


    Saturday, June 1st, 2024

    A Still Life by Graham Knuttel at the Purple Onion gallery at Lismore Antiques Fair.

    There is everything from antique furniture, art and jewellery to porcelain, vintage fashion and collectibles at the two day Bank Holiday weekend Lismore Opera Festival antiques and vintage fair today and tomorrow (June 1 and 2).   Fairs are for browsing and discovering new areas of interest and this one offers much to hold the attention of all sorts of collectors. Choices range from Knocknagow by Charles Kickham at Jim Hyde books, a still life by Graham Knuttel at The Purple Onion Gallery, exotic hats at Eily Henry’s vintage collection, a c1830 William IV Irish work table by Butlers, beautiful porcelain at Brian Hurley’s stand, coins and banknotes and even a Christian Dior plaster mannequin from 1946 at Le Belle Epoque. 

    Brian Hurley will bring this decorated Booths china dish to the Lismore Antiques Fair.


    Monday, May 6th, 2024

    This George III chest with later paint in Willow Pattern and similar lined drawers is on the stand of Drennan and Sturrock at the Spring Decorative Fair at Battersea Park in London from May 7-12. The fair will feature furniture, lighting, decoration, art, textiles, jewellery and bags. The chest can be found on stand B29 and is priced at £4,200.


    Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
    This 17th century Safavid Mirror was acquired from Sao Roque by the Aga Khan Foundation in Toronto for around €200,000 at TEFAF Maastricht.

    Major institutional sales, seven figures sales and a growth in international private collectors were notched up in Maastricht this month.  Over eight days nearly 50,000 visitors flocked to The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) to see 7000 years of art history displayed by 270 exhibitors from 22 countries across ancient art, antique furniture, paintings, modern and contemporary art and design and works on paper. With 300 museum directors and 650 curators attending the emerging trends noted were juxtaposing the old and the new and huge interest in female artists, cultural heritage and preservation.   Displays of ancient art on contemporary furniture and delicate porcelain contemporary flowers on 17th century Delftware fragments sold to private collectors for six figure sums. The Rijksmuseum acquired the only signed painting by Gesina ter Borch (1631-1690).

    The asking price was €4.5 million for Van Gogh’s Head of an old peasant woman with a White Cap at New Orlean’s based gallery M S Rau, sold for an undisclosed sum. Koopman, which sold the personal seal of Lord Nelson to a private collector, reported that clients were aggressively chasing the top objects. The Aga Khan Foundation in Toronto acquired a 17th century Safavid mirror for €200,000. Against a background of multiple seven figure sales an insiders collecting guide drew specific attention to objects priced at under €20,000.  This is just a flavour from a fair which showed the international market to be in a state of rude good health.

     Tête de Paysanne à la Coiffe Blanche by Van Gogh was sold by New Orleans based M S Rau for several million euro at TEFAF.


    Saturday, March 16th, 2024
    A dramatic Irish weatherscape by Camille Seaman

    St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland and if you drive to Limerick racecourse today and tomorrow you can hunt for all sorts of treasures on this long weekend of national celebration.  There will be dear little shamrocks and plenty of other expensive baubles too. With its ample parking and ease of access Limerick Racecourse has proved itself to be an ideal venue for this extensive quarterly National Antiques, Art and Vintage.  With its antique shops, art galleries and vintage dealers this one will welcome a selection of new dealers along with members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association and regulars like Eily Henry with vintage fashion, Weldons with collectible silver and jewellery and Treasures with Irish art. Newcomers like Rory O’Hanlon will offer a selection of metal objects in brass and bronze along with watches and Gloria Neumann offers antique furniture, porcelain and glass. The Purple Onion Gallery will bring dramatic work by acclaimed American photographer Camille Seaman who lived near Kilkee, Co. Clare for a few years. The national antique fair is a fully indoor event where you can expect the unexpected and even get a new collecting habit underway.  Anyone for some colourful Murano or militaria?

    A vintage headpiece 


    Tuesday, March 12th, 2024
    A selection of wine glasses c1740-1758

    Among many treasures at the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair at Limerick Racecourse on March 16 and 17 are these 18th century wine glasses. They will be on the stand of Norman Allison from Annamoe Antiques of Co. Wicklow, who will bring a selection including Oriental rugs and carpets, Chinese bronze vases and antique furniture. All the wine glasses pictured here have engraved scenes but what is most remarkable to contemporary eyes is their capacity, or lack of it. Wine glasses have been getting bigger and bigger over the centuries as the world has become wealthier and more wine is being produced in more places. There will be plenty of scope at this upcoming fair – billed as Ireland’s largest – for a little bit of whatever you fancy yourself.


    Saturday, March 9th, 2024

    The starting point for the Sarah Myerscough Gallery exhibit at TEFAF Maastricht, which opens to the public today and runs until March 14, is monoliths.  Place one in the landscape and the surroundings are changed.  Structures like Stonehenge or the metal monoliths of Utah signal other worldly and mystic influences.  Myerscoughs Monolith exhibition presents work that supports a magical view of the world while being at the same time grounded in the expertise and innovation of contemporary designers.  Pictured here is Conical 2024 by John Makepeace, made of oak, ripple sycamore, bog oak, magnolia and cotton velvet. Widely regarded as the world’s premier fair for fine arts, antiques and design the 37th edition of TEFAF has brought 270 prestigious dealers from 22 countries to Maastricht.


    Friday, March 8th, 2024
    Lavinia Fontana – Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales, 1592T

    This re-discovered portait of Antonietta Gonzales by Lavinia Fontana is at Rob Smeets Gallery of Geneva on Stand 348 at TEFAF Maastricht which runs until March 14. Like her father and siblings Antonietta suffered from hypertrichosis or werewolf syndrome, a genetic disease that causes invasive hair growth. Her father Petrus Gonzales was offered to Henri II, King of France, as a gift for his coronation and worked at the royal court under the title Monsieur Sauvage. His eventual marriage to Catherine Raffelin, Antonietta’s mother, is believed to be the basis for the story of Beauty and the Beast.

    Lavinia Fontana, regarded as the first professional woman artist in European art history, is able to capture the tenderness of the ten year old Antonietta with a clear empathy between artist and sitter.


    Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
    Ludovico Mazzolino – The Crossing of the Red Sea

    The programming schedule for TEFAF Maastricht includes Conversations on Conservation on March 9 at 3 pm. This will focus on the conservation of Ludovico Mazzolino’s (c. 1480–c. 1530) masterpiece, The Crossing of the Red Sea (1521). The National Gallery of Ireland has received funding from TEFAF to restore the work, which has been part of its collection for over a century. The painting, in its current fragile state, cannot be safely displayed. The Crossing of the Red Sea requires extensive conservation efforts. The National Gallery of Ireland will collaborate with experts in Mazzolino’s work to better understand his artistic practice so that this rare large-scale painting can be sensitively restored and made accessible to the visiting public.

    TEFAF will run from March 9-14 at the MECC Maastricht. It will be preceeded by invitation only days on March 7 and 8.

    (See post on for January 16, 2024).