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    Friday, January 24th, 2020

    This New York pier table dates to 1815 and will be on display at the Winter Show which opens at the Park Avenue Armory in New York today. The table is attributed to Duncan Phyfe and will be exhibited by Bernard and S Dean Levy. Objects from antiquity to the present will be on display at the leading art, antiques and design fair in the US. The 66th edition of this prestigious show brings together 72 of the world’s leading experts in fine and decorative arts. It runs until February 2.


    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

    The design created by Theo van Doesburg (1883 -1931) for the historical Café L’Aubette building, at the Place Kléber in Strasborg would become one of the most iconic works of De Stijl. It will feature at Galerie Gmurzynska (Stand 404), part of TEFAF Modern Art at TEFAF Maastricht which runs from March 7 – 15. The colour design for the ceiling and three walls of the building, as part of a conversion into a complex of restaurants, bars, caberet and cine-dancing hall, was commissioned i 1926. van Doesburg worked with Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber Arp to create the design, still on display today.

    Color design for ceiling and three walls for the Café L’Aubette ciné-dancing wallpainting
    in Strasburg, gouache on paperboard, 1926-1927, by Theo van Doesburg (1883 – 1931). Image courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska


    Saturday, January 18th, 2020

    The Winter Show which gets underway in New York on January 24 is a celebration of diverse world cultures from antiquity to the present day. The leading art, antiques and design fair in the US attracts experts in fine and decorative arts from around the world.The reach of objects on display is global too.  Among the 2020 highlights are a c1725 George I red japanned bookcase, an Egyptian green basalt bust of a nobleman from the Late Dynastic Period c664-610 BC, a c1849 Sevres enamel ewer, an aboriginal rainforest softwood painted shield, a Fang Ancestral Reliquary from Gabon, Africa, an 1815 New York City made pier table and a Japanese burl wood stand designed to instal a small object dedicated to meditation.The annual loan exhibition for which this show is renowned offers visitors a focused look at exceptional collections.This year it features masterworks, including a Velazquez portrait, from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library spanning 4000 years of history, art and culture from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and The Philippines. There is work by El Greco and Goya, mid 18th century painting from the Cuzco School in Peru, an exceptional 17th century aquamanile or water container from Portugal, a painting by John Singer Sargent from his travels in Spain and work by the Valencian master Sorolla, subject of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland last year.

    Camilo Astalli, known as Cardinal Pamphili by Diego Velazquez courtesy of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library New York


    Thursday, November 14th, 2019

    The largest collection of Banksy’s work exhibited in Ireland will feature at Art Source, at the RDS from November 15-17. Gormleys Fine Art will display 12 screen prints by the anonymous British-based artist. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend Art Source which features 200 contemporary Irish and international artists and galleries.

    Iconic Irish sculptor Patrick O’Reilly will unveil new work including a standing wolfhound, a rocking horse and a series of dolls. Art Source showcases painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, prints and ceramic art.

    Sale Ends Today by Banksy (€32,000)


    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

    The National Antiques Fair at the South Court Hotel in LImerick on November 9 and 10 justifiably claims to be Ireland’s biggest antiques, art and vintage fair by far.  While other fairs have got smaller this one has got bigger and attracts customers from all over Ireland and beyond.  The closure of so many antique shops accounts for this growth as numerous dealers now find it more economical to trade at fairs rather than maintain a presence on the street.

    While this is a pity there is an upside.  Hibernian Antique Fairs say this fair will be full to the rafters with antique shops and dealers and art dealers and galleries.  Many of these are members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association who exhibit at the RDS fair every September.  Another reason for Limerick’s success is that this is a fair that caters for all tastes and all pockets.  Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on each day.

    Weldon’s will offer this Edwardian pear shaped emerald cluster ring priced at 24,500.


    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