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    NATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIR AT LIMERICK RACECOURSE THIS WEEKEND

    Friday, November 18th, 2022
    This table will be on Robin O’Donnell’s stand.

    The National Antiques Fair at Limerick Racecourse on November 19 and 20 will be an assembly of more than 80 dealers including a number of members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association. The racecourse venue proved to be a resounding success when it was first used last September. Organiser Robin O’Donnell will have his own stand among the antique shops, galleries and vintage dealers at the fair for the first time in many years.

    A WEEK OF AUCTIONS, FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS IN IRELAND

    Saturday, November 12th, 2022
    Killarney wood work table at Hegarty’s. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A busy week of  auctions, fairs and exhibitions on the home front is book ended by  Art Source at the RDS this weekend and the National Antiques and Vintage Fair at Limerick Racecourse next weekend. At Art Source Gormleys will feature an exhibition by Damien Hirst and the work of around 160 artists will be on display.

    Online auctions by O’Donovan’s in Newcastlewest and Aidan Foley in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway will take place respectively today and tomorrow. Sunday will also see a sale by Sean Eacrett in Ballybrittas, Co. Laois. On Monday it will be the turn of Milltown Auction Rooms, Dundalk.  Among the prime lots at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon on Wednesday is a 19th century Killarney work table. Viewing for Fonsie Mealy’s sale of Irish and International art on Wednesday gets underway in Castlecomer on Monday.  A fine Yeats, re-discovered Aran Island works by Sean Keating and works by John Shinnors, John Behan, Pauline Bewick and Daniel MacLise will feature.

    The National Antique Fair at Limerick Racecourse on November 19 and 20 will bring more than 80 dealers from right around Ireland.  Organiser Robin O’Donnell will exhibit at his own fair for the first time.

    Robin O’Donnell will offer this Irish Regency rosewood teapoy at the National Antique Fair.

    FRIEZE OPENS AGAINST A BACKDROP OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY

    Wednesday, October 12th, 2022
    Thaddeus Ropac will exhibit Bird Watch, 1988 by Robert Rauschenberg at Frieze

    Bringing together over 280 major league galleries from 42 countries, with specially curated sections Frieze London and Frieze Masters opens today at Regent’s Park. Frieze London will feature over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries. Frieze Masters will feature over 120 galleries, showing work from ancient to modern. The fair is taking place against the uncertain backdrop of inflation, a weakening pound, rising interest rates and energy prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Galleries are hopeful that a strong dollar will help sales. Frieze continues until October 16.

    STAMPA 2022, THE IRISH NATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION ON THIS WEEKEND

    Friday, October 7th, 2022

    STAMPA 2022, the Irish National Stamp Exhibition runs from October 7-9 at Griffith College conference centre, South Circular Road in Dublin. There will be exhibits of stamps and postal history from collections and leading Irish stamp dealers will be on hand.

    GORRY GALLERY AT TIMELESS – THE IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR

    Saturday, September 24th, 2022

    A pair of gouaches from Samuel Dixons mid 18th century “Foreign and Domestick Birds” are among the works being exhibited by the Gorry Gallery at Timeless, the Irish Antique Dealers Fair which continues today and tomorrow at the RDS.  This is Gorry’s first time exhibiting at the fair, which is designed to appeal to a broad audience.  There will be specialist interest too in a c1785 demi lune side table by renowned Dublin maker William Moore.  Contemporary pieces include an original Brionvega RR126 record player and speaker similar to a set in the collection of the late David Bowie. To be displayed by Acquired it will stand alongside mid century pieces like a Camelonda sofa by Mario Bellini.  Gallery Zozimus, which has opened at a new location at Francis St. in Dublin, is at the fair too.

    ANDY WARHOL PORTRAIT OF GRACE KELLY AT DUBLIN FAIR

    Monday, September 19th, 2022
    Andy Warhol – Grace Kelly,

    A portrait of Grace Kelly by Andy Warhol will be offered by Gormley’s at Timeless, the Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair at the RDS in Dublin from September 23-25 with a preview on September 22. Warhol’s portrait of the actress is based on a still from her first film, Fourteen Hours, in 1951. Gormley’s has priced the screenprint at €200,000. The artist completed the edition in 1984 two years after the actress’s death, aged 52. 

    “Grace Kelly is extremely popular with collectors and investors as there are very few on sale at any one time,” Oliver Gormley said. “We sold one in 2019 for €136,000 and we expect this to sell for around €200,000 at Timeless, which reflects the appreciation in value for Warhol and high-end contemporary art”.

    PICK A WINNER AT NATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIR IN LIMERICK

    Monday, September 5th, 2022
    A walnut crossbanded tilt top table at the National Antiques Fair in Limerick

    Time to giddy-up, clear all hurdles and chase over to Limerick Racecourse, the new and larger venue for the National Antiques Art and Vintage fair on September 10 and 11.  The race is on to this winners enclosure of rare, unusual, desirable and collectible pieces from right around the island of Ireland including Northern Ireland. Pick a winner from more than 60 antique shops, vintage shops, art galleries and collectibles dealers with everything from antique furniture to art, jewellery, books, silver, porcelain, coins, banknotes, militaria and vintage fashion.

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association will be represented by members including Martin Maguire of Mayo, Weldons Dublin, Donegal Antiques, Marie Curran, Dublin, Greenes Antiques, Drogheda, Treasures Irish Art, Athlone and Courtville Antiques, Dublin. With costume jewellery from €5 to top end diamonds at €50,000 there will be something here for everyone.  The odds are in favour of keen punters and collectors at this convenient location with ample parking.

    IRISH ANTIQUE DEALERS FAIR SET TO MAKE AN RDS RETURN

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2022
    A c1785 William Moore demi-lune table

    This c1785 demi lune table by the renowned Irish furniture maker William Moore will be a highlight at Timeless – The Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS in Dublin from September 23-25. Returning after an absence this year the fair will offer a blend of antique and contemporary focussed pieces and is designed to appeal to a wide audience. Contemporary pieces include an original Brionvega RR126 record player and speaker set similar to David Bowie’s personal model.  It will be displayed by Acquired and stand alongside their mid-century designs like an iconic Cameleonda sofa by Mario Bellini upholstered in green velvet mohair.  The demi-lune table by William Moore will be shown by McBain and Byrne.

    BIRR VINTAGE WEEK ANTIQUE FAIR

    Monday, August 1st, 2022
    Wendy’s Way of Life will present this selection at Birr Vintage Week antique and art fair

    The Birr Vintage Week antique and art fair takes place at the County Arms Hotel on August 1 and 2. There will be around 30 dealers in attendance from all over Ireland at this Hibernian Antiques Fair event.  Among those showing for the first time is Wendy Boonstra who has moved to Ireland from Holland.  Wendy’s Way of Life specialises in Italian and French costume jewellery.

    MASTERPIECE IN FULL SWING AT CHELSEA

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
    The 1851 Great Exhibition carved bog yew armchair by Arthur Jones of Dublin at Butchoff Antiques.awarded a Vetting Committee Highlight for the stand out piece of furniture at the fair.

    Masterpiece, in full swing at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London until July 6, is a place of discovery.  The UK’s premier antiques fair – making a welcome return after a three year gap – offers the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery from antiquity to the present day. The fair is remarkable for its depth, breadth and scholarship. Quality is a byword and everything on display has been rigorously vetted by a panel of 180 experts.

     This is an outing not just for the rich, who are catered for royally, but for the culturally curious. It offers much to discover in a non 21st century way.  “Search engines direct us to what we supposedly want or need.  I think Masterpiece does the exact opposite: it encourages people to discover things they weren’t expecting to find”,  Lucie Kitchener, the Masterpiece managing director said. You might not, for example, be expecting to find something by our remarkable Cork based sculptor Eilis O’Connell.  But you will, a carved Portuguese pink marble work entitled Thornmorph, at sculpture specialists Pangolin London  priced at £14,600.

    There was definitely something familiar about a heavily  carved Irish chair at Butchoff Antiques, also of London.  The 1851 Great Exhibition carved bog yew armchair, made by Arthur Jones of Dublin, had featured at a local auction in Ayr last December where it sold for a hammer price of £44,000 over a top estimate of £3,000. There is Irish furniture, as there is nearly always at the world’s leading fairs.  Among a number of Irish pieces displayed at Rory Rogers Ltd. is a wonderful c1780 glass oval mirror with original cobalt blue and opaque glass studs.  This one is enclosed in a carved giltwood frame.

     A pair of antique Irish  mirrors not too dissimilar in style turned up at Lynes and Lynes in Cork last Saturday where they made a hammer price of €4,600.A remarkable ceramic sculpture by Merete Rasmussen, another artist from the Pangolin stable, garnered much attention from the pre-fair publicity. The sinuous yellow sharp edged piece entitled Ouroboros dates to 2019 and is priced at £22,000.  The sculpture series curated by Melanie Vanderbrouck of the V and A considers innovative investigations of form and matter and how other disciplines may inform and enrich sculptural practice.

    The super rich on whom this fair relies are less affected by harsh financial reality than the rest of us. Challenges remain nevertheless.  It will be interesting to see whether Brexit will have an adverse impact on a selling event that is, in fact, global.  Russians are absent and Covid is present.  Possible good news is that Masterpiece is not immune to the pent up demand released everywhere by the ending of lockdown.In the face of all the adversities of 2022 Masterpiece – with 128 exhibitors including 27 from overseas – is a welcoming place that offers a visitor experience that is pretty much unrivalled.  From Roman statues to contemporary jewellery, Andy Warhol to a panelled Georgian Tavern settle, Tutankhamum (the centenary of the discovery of his tomb is being marked with a 21st century virtual display) to Rodin and Matisse, to jewellery, silver and furniture from across the ages this fabulous fair is a place for curators, collectors, the curious and those who want to learn.

     Irish oval mirror in a carved giltwood leaf frame at Rory Rogers Ltd.