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    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).


    Saturday, January 27th, 2024
    Annamoe Antiques will feature this 19th century Amharic Ethiopian wall painting on linen

    Whether it be pre-loved Rolex watches, art, antique jewellery, collectible silver, vintage fashion or collectibles the National Antiques Fair at Limerick Racecourse has it on offer this weekend.  Dealers from right around the country will bring their  collections and contribute to an extraordinary assemblage of desirable objects to tempt collectors.  Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on both days.


    Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024
    Living in Style Gallery will feature this mid-century modern Italian lotus shaped desk lamp

    The Winter 2024 Decorative Fair opens today at Battersea Park in London and runs until January 28. Since 1985 the design trade has flocked to The Decorative Fairs, which run three times a year, to source the finest choice of unusual and practical English and European antiques, super-stylish 20th century pieces, garden antiques, and a multitude of truly distinctive decorative items that are the making of unique and individual interiors and exteriors. Top trends currently include antique blue and white china and delftware, old-fashioned hall chairs, statement lights, traditional mahogany side tables, art nouveau glass, classical garden statuary, farmhouse refectory tables, modernist studio ceramics, dressers and small decorative mirrors.  Landscape pictures and portraits are also making a comeback.


    Monday, January 22nd, 2024
    Colin Meyler of Inch, Co. Kerry will bring this oil on paper by Mary Swanzy to the National Antique Fair in Limerick next weekend.

    The National Antiques Fair at Limerick Racecourse next weekend is not set up as some sort of antidote to the Eurovision Song Contest – Ireland’s entry is due to be chosen on the Late Late next Friday evening – but it most definitely promises all kinds of everything. The way we lived, the music we listened to, the way we wore, the way we dined, and all sorts of half forgotten objects that used to accompany our everyday lives will be displayed here in abundance.

    The Purple Onion of Roscommon will bring Patti Boyd’s limited edition photo of Paul, Ringo and John

    The younger moneyed crowd, keen to add to their collections of art or carats, will  have their eye on expensive artworks by luminaries like Mary Swanzy or Kenneth Webb or set out to browse among the jewellery dealers, oldies like me will see things to bring us back…. Back to a time when the word brunch was unknown and when it was not unusual to get breakfast underway with half a grapefruit in a glass bowl along with a shaped spoon and a serrated silver knife designed to segment it, adorned perhaps with half a red cherry. If you feel a pang of nostalgia for those days then dealer Edwin Mercer has just the thing. He will bring a boxed grapefruit set, dated to 1927, with cut crystal dishes, two Sheffield silver spoons and serrated knife in a box set retailed by D. Stewart, Jewllery, Stirling.

    Edwin Mercer will bring this 1927 boxed grapefruit set

     A limited edition photo of Paul, Ringo and John by model and photographer Pattie Boyd, married sequentially both to George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will be of interest to Beatles fans. Art by Mary Swanzy does not turn up at fairs every day but dealer Conal Meyler from Inch will bring an unframed oil on paper. He deals mostly in 17th and 18th century Chinese porcelain and effects and is a relative newcomer to the fairs.  A large fair like this one is dynamic and in an era when so many antique shops have vanished a number of new dealers are emerging.  There will be more than 80 shops, dealers and galleries present and nine of them are making a first appearance.Fair organiser Robin O’Donnell of Hibernian Antique Fairs will bring a late 18th century Irish coromandel wood campaign chest.  He describes it as the best example of a military campaign chest that he has come across in 40 years in the antiques business. It is complete with carrying handles and a fully fitted bureau.With dealers from all over the country this two day fair will run from 11 am to 6 pm on January 27 and 28.  If the idea of a stroll into Aladdin’s Cave floats your boat then this promises to be a not to be missed show.

    Robin O’Donnell will bring this late 18th century Irish campaign chest in coromandel wood 


    Sunday, January 21st, 2024

    This Tiffany peony lamp is being shown by  Macklowe Gallery, New York at the premier art, antiques and design fair in the United States, the New York Winter Show. Now in full swing there is a total of 70 internationally known dealers taking part.  Museum quality works from antiquity to the present day are on display.  This year the show is celebrating its 70th anniversary.  It runs until January 28.


    Thursday, January 18th, 2024
    One of a pair of Louis XV period armchairs which Galerie Léage, Paris will bring to the Winter Show

    More than 70 internationally renowned dealers from Europe and the Americas have assembled in New York for The Winter Show which runs from January 19-28 after the opening night party on January 18. The premier art, antiques and design fair in America will feature a breadth of works spannign 5000 years from antiquity to today. Pictured here is one of a pair of A La Reine armchairs of the Lous XV period attributed to Louis Delanois and carved with gilt wood. They will be exhibited by Galerie Léage, Paris.

    “In the 70 years that The Winter Show has shown in New York, it has consistently addressed the shifting role and value of art, antiques, and design within our communities,” said Helen Allen, Executive Director of The Winter Show. “We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous anniversary with returning presenters and patrons, while also welcoming new audiences to the Show and to the mission of East Side House. We are part of an exciting revival honoring objects that prioritize craftmanship and style. More importantly, each presentation honors a story of the past and its continued legacy in the present moment. The Winter Show offers a platform for a generation with renewed interest in design lead by storytelling, craftsmanship, and sustainability, and invites visitors to participate in an experience that also supports New Yorkers in need.”


    Saturday, January 6th, 2024
    Thomsen Gallery New York will bring this 19th century Japanese Kano School two panel folding screen to the Winter Show.

    The premier antique fair in the United States, New York’s Winter Show, will offer an extraordinary variety of vetted antiques from around the world spanning 5,000 years from antiquity to today.  The annual extravaganza at the Park Avenue Armory will bring together 65 renowned international dealers in fine and decorative arts from January 19-28. Established in 1954 it has consistently addressed the shifting role and value of art, antiques and design.  New European exhibitors this year include Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselink (Paris) with Old Master drawings, Galerie Léage (Paris) with objects and furniture from the 18th century in a shared stand with Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz (Paris) and Peter Harrington (London) specialising in rare books, manuscripts, and works on paper.  Returning exhibitors of Daniel Blau of Munich will offer Modern and Contemporary works on paper, Robert Young of London with British and European folk and naive art and Wartski London with antique jewelry, Fabergé and silver Aronson Antiquaire of Amsterdam with 17th and 18th century Delftware and Koopman Rare Art of London with fine English silver, gold boxes and jewellery.

    Glass Past will bring the c1925 Mosaico Vase by  Nicolo Barovier of Venice to the Winter Show.


    Saturday, November 18th, 2023
    Edwin Mercer will display this Victorian lady’s vanity box at the Limerick fair this weekend.

    In the run up to Christmas the antique and art season is beginning to really hot up. Limerick racecourse is the venue for the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair today and tomorrow. Outstanding Irish art will come under the hammer at de Veres in Dublin next Tuesday and Sotheby’s expects around €2 million worth of Irish art to change hands at evening and day sales in London on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    The calendar for the next few weeks is brimful of interest and offers a huge array of choice to eager collectors across all price levels and genres. Limerick Racecourse has proven to be an ideal venue for Hibernian Antique Fairs.  There is easy access and lots of space for antique shops, art galleries and vintage dealers.  An across the board selection this weekend includes a Victorian vanity box complete with travel accessories, bottles and even hat pins. Along with a covetable selection of antique furniture including a c1790 Irish double sided library table with hairy paw feet and Irish art there are selections of clocks and watches, militaria, jewellery, porcelain and silver.

    Rugby Sculpture (2007) by Barry Flanagan at de Veres. UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000

    Art by Paul Henry, Walter Osborne, Gerard Dillon, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness, William Scott, John Shinnors and Barry Flanagan will feature strongly at de Veres on Tuesday evening.  Bidding on this timed online sale which draws to a close from 6 pm on November 21 is already open.  It is on view at Kildare St. in Dublin for the next four days.

    Bathers, Naylor’s Cove, Bray by Harry Kernoff at Sotheby’s in London. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The evening and day sales at Sotheby’s in London on November 21 and 22 are part of British and Irish art week, a series of events celebrating the art of Ireland and Britain from the 19th to the 21st centuries.  A total of 54 lots of Irish art will feature with the evening sale headed by two works from Sir John Lavery and two by Jack B Yeats.  The Lavery’s have emerged from the collection of the artists family.  Another evening highlight is a significant early carving by F.E. McWilliam titled Woodhenge.  The estimate for the piece is €229,220-€343,830. Meantime Bonhams first sale on the island of Ireland is now open for bidding online.  The Irish Sale: Vision and Voice will offer art by Paul Henry, Donald Teskey, Sir William Orpen, Maeve McCarthy, Margaret Clarke, Frank McKelvey, Wiliam Leech and Jack B Yeats along with an annotated typescript of Finnegans Wake by James Joyce and  handwritten lyrics of Your Song Saved My Life by Bono.  The auction will be on view at the City Assembly House in Dublin from November 24-28, when the sale will be held.

    Woodhenge by F.E. McWilliam at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, November 16th, 2023
    A c1780 Irish side chair

    All roads lead to Limerick this weekend for the National Antique Fair at Limerick Racecourse. Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on November 18 and 19. There will be more than 80 dealers in attendance showing everything from Irish art and antique furniture to vintage fashion, jewellery, accessories and a wide range of collectibles. Robin O’Donnell will display the late 18th century Irish chair pictured above.


    Saturday, October 7th, 2023
    Profile Donegal Man by Lucian Freud at Frieze Masters in London.

    Lucian Freud’s Donegal Man will be offered by Dickinson at Frieze in London next week with a price tag of £15 million (€17.28 million).  On the market for the first time Freud’s Profile Donegal Man, considered to be one of his greatest late portraits, will highlight the exhibition  Artists in SOHO, Lawrence to Freud by London gallery Dickinson at Frieze Masters.   Freud met Doherty through mutual friend Andrew Parker-Bowles, another Freud subject.  “I used to go round to him  every Saturday morning from 8.30 to 11.30” Doherty recalled.  “He’d spend about two thirds of the time talking”. The painting, one of three separate portraits of Doherty by Freud, was acquired by Doherty directly from the artist.  The first involved 100 sittings, the second 85 and the third, a sketch, took 35 sittings.  Each sitting lasted for about three hours. Frieze London, running from October 11-15 at Regent’s Park, will bring together emerging and leading galleries spanning 46 countries. Doherty owns developments including shopping centres and hotels in Ireland, Britain, Europe and the US. The painting WAS on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 2016 to 2021.