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    VIRTUAL ANTIQUE FAIR UNDERWAY THIS WEEKEND

    Saturday, February 13th, 2021

    Your opportunity in lockdown to visit dealers right around the island of Ireland arises today and tomorrow at the February 13 and 14 virtual antique fair organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs. A selection of antique furniture, art, jewellery and collectibles is available to browse through on this link: http://hibernianantiques.ie/fairs/6/.

    This c1950 English made sapphire and diamond ring is on offer with Declan Corrigan priced at €12,000

    DECORATIVE ANTIQUE FAIR RUNS AS AUCTION AT BONHAMS

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

    This late 19th century French brass six sided hall lantern from Hudson Antiques is part of the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair. This year the fair is taking the form of an online auction with 345 lots at Bonhams which runs until February 12. Lot 57 is estimated at £1,600-2,200.

    After the auction successful buyers will be contacted by Bonhams to see if they would like to collect their purchased lots from the vendors premises or from Cadogan Tate in Park Royal, London. Oversized items such as garden sculpture which require heavy lifting equipment will only be available for collection from the vendors premises.

    The lamp measures 53 cms x 53 cms x 53cms deep

    THE WINTER SHOW FREE AND ONLINE 24/7

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

    THE Winter Show in New York and all its programmes are free and open to the public online. Visitors can peruse 5,000 years of art, antiques, and design presented by 60 internationally renowned dealers. Search the fair’s viewing rooms, virtual gallery spaces, gallery talks and listen in on panel discussions featuring leaders in the art and design worlds.  It runs until January 31.

    Illustrated below is a printed and painted faience dish designed by Félix Bracquemond (1833-1914) for Eugène Rousseau (1827-90) and manufactured by Creil et Montereau. It is being shown at H. Blairman and Sons Ltd.

    PART OF A 53-Piece ‘Service Rousseau’ – Paris 1866-75 AT H. BLAIRMAN

    THE WINTER SHOW ONLINE NOW UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK

    Friday, January 22nd, 2021

    In New York the Winter Show gets underway online for the first time ever today.  With 60 leading international exhibitors the fair runs until January 31. This year it is available to everyone from the comfort  of their own home.  If you visit the online stand of London antique furniture specialists Ronald Phillips you will be met at the entrance by a pair of Irish George III oval mirror girandoles c1780. They retain the original silvered brass candle arms and one original plate (the other is an 18th century replacement).  Ronald Phillips say that it is extremely rare to find single candle arms attached to the frame, which in this example is of an unusually small sale.

    Irish George III oval mirror girandoles 

    VIRTUAL ANTIQUE FAIR THIS WEEKEND

    Saturday, January 16th, 2021

    The virtual antique fair by Hibernian Antique Fairs today and tomorrow by Hibernian Antique Fairs can be accessed using this link .http://hibernianantiques.ie/fairs/5  In this online event the dealers who traditionally display their wares at fairs up and down the country put photographs, prices, contact and delivery details online. This is the fifth virtual fair organised by Hibernian Antique Fairs. The last on the ground event they organised took place on February 29/March 1 at Kilronan Castle in Co. Roscommon. 

    An Irish silver dish ring by Weirs, 1915 at Marie Curran’s stand priced at 1,090

    HIBERNIAN ANTIQUE FAIR VIRTUAL EVENT ON JANUARY 16-17

    Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

    FROM jewellery to artwork there promises to be a diverse selection on offer at the virtual art fair which Hibernian Antique Fairs will run on January 16-17. A link to access the fair will be made available on the Hibernian Antiques Fairs facebook page on January 16. Dealers taking part will show photographs of what is on offer plus contact and delivery details. Among those taking part are Treasures Irish Art of Athlone. They will show a number of works by the self taught London born Irish painter Ken Moroney (1949-2018). He specialised in Impressionist painting and romantic Edwardian style subjects.

    Ken Moroney oil on board 7 x 9 inches ‘Beach Study, Biarritz’ 

    INTERNATIONAL FAIRS AVAILABLE TO ALL ONLINE

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021

    It isn’t great but it isn’t all bad either.  Pandemic closures are horrible but there is much to explore online.  If, for instance, you thought you might never get to visit the Mayfair Antiques Fair in London or the New York Winter Show, you were wrong.  In 2021 they are available at the touch of a button on your computer.This is part of an ongoing shift online.  All the data so far available from 2020 strongly suggests that large numbers of people who might never go to an auction viewing are buying online.  At Christie’s, for instance, preliminary figures suggest that 36% of all buyers last year were new to the auction house.   This experience is repeated everywhere else as the pandemic delivers new customers.Another statistic from Christie’s showed that 32% of all new online buyers were millennials (23 to 38 years old). In case you are wondering they are the ones who come after Generation X and before Generation Z.  So the pandemic is leading large numbers of buyers straight to auction, spawning a new generation of young collectors and opening up specialist fairs to people everywhere. Anything positive in the midst of this lockdown is to be warmly welcomed and this bit of positivity is likely to have a long term impact.

    A Chinese export reverse painted mirror in a Chippendale frame at the Mayfair Antiques Fair.


    The Mayfair Antiques Fair usually takes place at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.  This year it is in a new online guise. It opened on Thursday and continues today and tomorrow at www.mayfairfair.com There are 43 stands with a diverse mix of art and antiques dealers, mainly members of the British Antique Dealers Association or LAPADA, The Association of Art and Antique Dealers.There is much to choose from including a monumental first period Emile Galle vase enamelled with exotic flowers, a Chinese export reverse painted mirror plate in a Chippendale period frame, a pair of George III tea caddies made in London by William Frisbee in 1793, fine jewellery, art, antique furniture and collectibles.In New York the new virtual Winter Show runs from January 22-31 with preview access from January 19. It will bring together 60 leading international dealers with fine and decorative arts from ancient times to the present day.  Visitors can taken in visual presentations and view close ups.  All objects on view are vetted for authenticity, date and condition.There are leading dealers from New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, Chicago, Zurich and a variety of other locations. Among them are Ronald Phillips from London, Aronson, Amsterdam, A La Vielle Russie, New York, Apter-Fredericks, London, Elle Shusan, Philadelphia, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York and Les Enluminures of Chicago.

    Masterworks of Modern Japanese porcelain will be displayed by Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. in New York

    INAUGURAL ONLINE EDITION OF NEW YORK WINTER SHOW

    Monday, December 28th, 2020

    A dynamic group of leading international dealers will take part in New York’s Winter Show. The inaugural online edition takes place from January 22-31 with VIP preview access from January 19-21. The 60 exhibitors will present a diverse mix of fine and decorative arts from ancient times to the present day. Executive Director Helen Allen said: “We have worked to create a virtual format that is interactive, visually stimulating, and showcases the quality and depth of the objects presented”.

    The online platform allows exhibitors present a gallery exhibition in a three-dimensional virtual space. Visitors will be able to take in the digital presentations as a whole and view close-up, detailed views of each work.
    Exhibitors will curate their selections, featuring up to twenty artworks and objects at a time.

    Aronson of Amsterdam will show fine quality Delftware

    MUCH HAPPENING ON LINE DURING TRADITIONAL QUIET TIME

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

    The online world of art and antiques in Ireland picked up enormously as 2020 moved from spring to summer and beyond. This is traditionally a very quiet time in the trade but as Ireland moves towards another lockdown and a semi-cancelled Christmas there is much more than usual going on online. One upcoming event is the virtual Mayfair antiques and fine art fair. The fair normally takes place at the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square. This year it opens online on January 7 and continues until January 10. Among a huge range of objects on offer is this William and Mary veneered burr and figured walnut bureau bookcase. William Cook, who is offering the English made bookcase at £38,500, points to the parquetry and inlaid domed top which would be normally associated with a Dutch cabinet. It shows how continental design influences were arriving in England during the period around 1695 when this was made.

    VIRTUAL FAIR NOW UNDERWAY

    Saturday, December 5th, 2020

    A virtual fair by Hibernian Antique Fairs takes place on December 5 and 6.  The format for this fourth virtual fair has been re-jigged with a bigger and better selection of antiques, art, silver, jewellery and collectibles on sale.  Dealers post images and prices and viewers can browse online.  This link will get you in.  http://www.hibernianantiques.ie/fairs/4/

    A c1900 leather bound stationary box stamped FOTA with Sandra Hogan