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    Friday, September 13th, 2019

    TIMELESS, the Irish Antique Dealers Fair, opens at the RDS in Dublin today and runs for the next three days. On offer is an array of items ranging in time from antiquity to the contemporary.

    “Each piece is unique and the real joy of Timeless is discovering that something different, the one magical piece that makes a home” said Paul Brereton, President, Irish Antique Dealers Association.

    Straffan Antiques will show these William IV dining chairs at the Fair.
    This ceramic giraffe head sculpture is one of a number of pieces commissioned by Gallery Zozimus for the fair from Ostinelli and Priest


    Monday, September 9th, 2019

    The Irish Antique Dealers Fair at the RDS is always a big draw.  This year it is titled “Timeless” and runs on September 13, 14 and 15. It will offer a selection of items from antiquity to the contemporary. The range of furniture takes in everything from the highly fashionable mid 20th century styles to Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces and classical pieces from the 1750’s to the 1890’s. Matthew Weldon remarked that people are going back to gold with Victorian pieces being re-purposed for the 21st century.  T-bar chains and pocket watch chains are enjoying a new lease of life as necklaces. Marie Curran Antiques have priced a 19th century Cork glass jug at 495, Niall Mullen has an Art Deco bronze of The Snake Charmer by Theo Somme at  4,850 and a pair of late 19th century French vitrines at Straffan Antiques are priced at 16,500.   Opening hours at Timeless are from 11 am to 8 pm on September 13 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 14 an 15.

    Niall Mullen will bring this Art Deco bronze of The Snake Charmer by Theo Somme 


    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

    Mother, Muse and Maker is the theme of Tribal Art London this year. The history of women within a tribal world where gender roles are strict is to be explored. African, Oceanic and South American tribal art all centres on performance and ritual.  Objects that go with this are tied into the rhythms of birth, puberty, marriage and death. Men tend to create works out of hard materials like wood and metal, the creative talents of women have focused on softer materials like hides, fibres and clay.  There is also a focus on women as dealers and collectors. The fair, now in its 12th year, brings together more than 20 international dealers, specialists in original purpose art from all corners of the globe.  It runs from September 4-7 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.  


    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

    Ballyconneely in Connemara is the venue for a  staggered Saturday and Monday art and antiques auction by Dolan’s over the August Bank Holiday weekend. There is art by artists ranging from John Brobbel  to Sean Keating, Grace Henry, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson, Robert Egginton, Carina Scott and John Behan at the sales on August 3 and August 5.  There is paintings, antiques, fine wine and a Purdy shotgun from The Rectory, Clifden, the property of John and Brenda Casey. On offer too are handbags by Louis Vuitton and Chanel.  Dolans will follow this up with an auction at Dooagh on Achill Island on Sunday, August 11.

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868 – 1953) FARMHOUSE IN BRITTANY UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,700


    Sunday, June 30th, 2019

    FROM Jacobo Bassano to Picasso to Richard Diebenkorn and Sean Scully the Masterpiece fair at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in London until July 3 offers an unmissable selection of art and antiques. Masterpiece offers the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery from antiquity to the present day. It gives collectors and unparalleled opportunity to discover exceptional works across a range of price points. Launched in 2010 to fill the gap created after the end of the old Grosvenor House Antique Fair Masterpiece has established itself as the world’s leading cross collecting fair.  Exhibitors include many of the leading art dealerships in the world spanning all eras and disciplines.

    As in all top global fairs now there is scrupulous vetting in operation.Exceptional Irish antique furniture is offered by Rory Rodgers on stand B20 and fine antique furniture can be found on stands like Ronald Phillips, Apter-Fredericks and Edward Hurst.Modernity of Stockholm offers vintage Scandinavian design with a focus on furniture, lighting and textiles.  The large collection here includes design classics by Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, Axel Salto and Josef Frank.There is ancient art and antiquities, contemporary jewellery, rare books and illustrated manuscripts, Indian art and a huge selection of contemporary art.  Book dealer Peter Harrington will showcase an exceptional collection of Ian Fleming material which includes inscribed first editions of every James Bond book published in the author’s lifetime.

    A carved giltwood console table by John Linnell at Thomas Coulbourn


    Thursday, June 27th, 2019

    The Masterpiece Fair gets underway in London today and runs until July 3. Located at the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea Masterpiece has established itself as the world’s leading cross-collecting fair. It offers the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day and is billed as unmissable at the height of the London summer season.

    Among the works on show is a beautiful Enignum ash console 2017 by internationally acclaimed Cork furniture maker Joseph Walsh at the Sarah Myerscough stand. It is priced at 48,000 euro.

    Works by Joseph Walsh on display at Sarah Myerscough at Masterpiece. (Photo Ollie Hammick)


    Monday, March 18th, 2019

    TEFAF Maastricht 2019 held two preview days for its 32nd edition, before opening to the public last Saturday. Sales were strong and buying continued over the opening weekend across all sections of the Fair. First time exhibitor Fergus McCaffrey said, “We were delighted by the response to Barry X Ball’s solo presentation on our stand at TEFAF Maastricht. The level of interest has been incredible! As a result, at this stage, there are two major commissions being discussed and we expect to confirm 3 or 4 other sales in the next few days.” TEFAF Maastricht continues until Sunday 24th March, at the MECC.

    The Fair opened with to great optimism when the centrepiece of Dickenson Femme nue couchée by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) sold to a private collector within the first minutes. The large oil-on-canvas, portraying Renoir’s favourite model Gabrielle, commanded the front of the Dickinson stand and attracted much attention from visitors. An 18th-century Doll’s House, known as Anna Maria Tripp’s House, which has remained in the same family for many generations was on the market for the first time and was sold by John Endlich Antiquairs to a Foundation which will lend it to a Dutch museum on a long term loan

    TEFAF Maastricht continues until Sunday March 24.

    John Endlich Antiquair
    A view of the 2019 Fair


    Monday, January 28th, 2019

    Charles and Sarah Vivian will bring this extremely rare advertising sign to the antique fair at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork on February 3.  The sign comes complete with several bullet holes.  Measuring four feet by three feet it pre-dates the advent of the telephone and may have been on the building at 33 Bachelor’s Walk in Dublin when it was attacked during the Easter Rising in 1916.

    The building two doors east of 33 Bachelor’s Walk on the corner of Sackville St. was Kelly’s Fishing Tackle and Gunpowder shop.  This became known at Kelly’s Fort as it was occupied by Volunteer Captain Peader Bracken and ten men who were shot and shelled at form the direction of Trinity College. Wallis’s, whose number is listed as Dublin 392 in the 1913 telephone directory, made a successful claim for damages after the Rising and received £107-4-10.


    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

    The Abduction of Ganymede’, 1635, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669)

    Highlights from the Dresden State Art Collections will be shown at the loan exhibition at TEFAF Maastricht from March 16-24.  The exhibtion will be a prelude to the opening of the State Apartments at Dresden’s Royal Palace in September and the reopening of the Semper Building, home to the Old Masters Picture Gallery, next December.  A total of 23 works from the State Apartments, the Royal Palace, the Semper Building and the Sculpture collection will be on show.  At TEFAF there will be a chance to see works such as The Abduction of Ganymede 1635 by Rembrandt before they go on permanent display in Dresden.

    The opening of the State Apartments in September will be the culmination of an extensive restoration and refurbishment project.  In 1997 the Saxon State Government decided to recreated the suite of rooms opened by August the Strong in September 1719 which had been destroyed in the war.  Outstanding textiles, porcelain and furniture will illustrate the splendour of the Saxon Court within the State Apartments.

    Highlights to be shown include the Crown of August  the Strong, Elector of Saxony, King of Poland, created in 1697 (from the Rüstkammer); a rare series of five Meissen vases, four depicting the elements and one centre vase bearing the coat of arms and portrait of Ludwig XV, created by Johann Joachim Kändler (from the Porzellansammlung); the extraordinary painting The Abduction of Ganymede, 1635, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669) (from the Gemäldegalerie); and an exquisite sculpture, Apollo and Daphne, after Bernini, which dates c.1700 (from the Skulpturensammlung).


    Sunday, January 20th, 2019

    A c1905 Tiffany Wisteria lamp designed by Clara Driscoll at Macklow Gallery

    There is definitely a whiff of “if you need to ask the price you probably shouldn’t be there” about it at New York’s Winter Show.  Formerly the Winter Antiques Show this is a showplace for more than just billionaires.  Like just about everyone else in the global art and antiques market the organisers are making efforts to broaden their scope to attract new, younger, less wealthy collectors.  To spare the blushes of newcomers they have introduced an easy to read scale of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 and so on.

    The show reflects the current trend towards cross collecting and in the past two years contemporary design has been allowed in.
    The leading art, antiques and design fair in America attracts a global audience to its Upper East Side location at the Park Avenue Armoury.  The focus is very much on quality and about 88% of what is on offer is antique.
    Old Tiffany lamps and jewellery, magnificent English and American furniture and fine delftware rubs shoulders with ancient Egyptian art, Roman sculpture from the first century AD, Japanese art from the Edo period, Faberge,  Arts and Crafts, contemporary table lamps by Ayala Serfaty made of ceramic, glass tubing and polymer membrane, American art from Marsden Hartley to Basquiat and a series of miniatures by the American artist Maxine Helfman (born 1952) called “Forefathers” chronicling the 18 slave owning presidents of the US.  Objects on offer, all carefully vetted by an international committee to ensure that big buyers get exactly what it says on the tin, span more than 5,000 years from antiquity to contemporary photography.
    The Winter Show is an annual benefit for the East Side House Settlement, a community based organisation serving The Bronx and North Manhattan.  The 2019 loan exhibition, Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World, celebrates 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Association.  It presents the best the Association has to offer in painting, craft and folk arts. Nantucket, located off the north coast of Cape Cod, is known for its whaling heritage.  Among the items on display are the only surviving relics of the whaleship Essex whose destruction in 1820  by an angry whale inspired key aspects of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  This  year marks the 200th anniversary of Melville’s birth.  The Winter Show runs until January 27.

    Aronson of Amsterdam feature this c1750 delftware polychrome puzzle jug

    A c1690 English William and Mary oyster veneered olivewood chest at Hyde Park Antiques of London