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    Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

    The Elizabeth Stafford Collection – the single owner collection of fine and decorative art from which Brancusi’s bronze Portrait of Nancy Cunard which made $71 million in May – comes up at Christie’s New York on November 21. This dedicated collection sale of approximately 290 lots will offer superb French furniture, Old Master paintings and drawings, decorative arts, and Sèvres porcelain.

    Additionally, several highlights from the collection will be offered across the fall sales of Old Masters, European Art and the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening, Day and Works on Paper sales featuring the artists Corot, Claude Lorrain, Monet, Pissarro and Sisley, among others.  A Love Affair with France: The Elizabeth Stafford Collection Christie’s Paris from September 6-10, during the Biennale in Paris, and to Hong Kong from September 28-October 3.


    Friday, June 29th, 2018

    MASTERPIECE got off to a flying start and will remain in full swing at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London until July 4.  Dealers reported early sales and an increase in footfall on preview days.  Masterpiece attracts 160 leading international exhibitors and is the world’s leading cross collecting fair with art, design, furniture and jewellery from antiquity to the present day.  Here is a small selection of what is on show:

    Georges Braque – L’Oiseau de Feu c1954 at Connaught Brown

    Lalique brooch at Veronique Bamps

    Grand Tour centre table at Butchoff Antiques

    Bust with portrait of an elderly man at Cahn International AG

    Alvar Aalto – Ceiling Lamp 1953 at Modernity

    Sue Williams – Peculiar – 1999 at Maruani Mercier


    Sunday, March 18th, 2018
    All roads lead to Limerick this Bank Holiday weekend for the National Antiques Fair – billed as Ireland’s biggest – at the South Court Hotel on March 18 and 19.  No matter what your area of interest – antique furniture, jewellery, silver, art, Oriental porcelain, collectibles of every sort – there is bound to be more than enough to whet the appetite from the display on offer.
    This flagship fair features nearly 100 antique shops, dealers, art galleries and vintage dealers.  Among them are various members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association.
    There is a large assembly of dealers from Dublin like James Weldon, Danker Antiques, IADA and Matthew Weldon and throughout the country like Treasures Irish Art, Athlone, porecelain dealer Brian Hurley of Kinsale and antique furniture from William Harnett of Newcastlewest to name but a few.  Underlining the importance of collectibles the Hunt Museum maintains a presence at this fair.  There promises to be something for everyone with prices in all ranges.

    Victorian dining table and chairs

    A 19th century Chinese export covered dish


    Saturday, March 10th, 2018

    Bartolomeo Ammannati – wax models from the 16th century are extremely rare.

    The daddy of all fairs, The European Fine Art Fair TEFAF is now underway in Maastricht in The Netherlands. Distinguished by the rarity and quality this is where curators and the wealthiest collectors in the world come to buy.  On the opening day the Rijksmuseum acquired an Italian sculpture from 1556.  The expressive wax model of a naked young man holding a globe as a symbol of the cosmos was made by Bartolomeo Ammannati.  Made for the Medici family it is a preparatory model for the fountain in the Palazzo Pitti.

    Torso of a Crouching Woman by Camille Claudel

    This large fair divided into a variety of sections is a hub for more than 280 of the worlds finest art, antiques and design dealers.  Sculpture from across the centuries is particularly well represented this year.  An extraordinary, evocative bronze piece, Torso of a Crouching Woman by Camille Claudel (1864-1943) at Daniel Katz Gallery is believed to reflect the destructive relationship between Claudel and Auguste Rodin in whose studio she worked for many years.

    At TEFAF Design Demisch Danant offer an impressive wall library crafted in 1958 and presented that year at the Brussels International Exposition where it was awarded the Grand Prix and Gold Medal.
    At TEFAF Modern Paolo Antonacci celebrates the first retrospective dedicated to the Italian artist Marino Marini at the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice.  He is showing the powerful Cavallo e Cavaliere, a 1952 oil on canvas by Marini (1901-1980).
    Richard Nagy will offer works by the Austrian master Egon Schiele, the centenary of whose death occurs this year.  Among these are Nude with Green Stockings 1918, a gouache and black crayon on paper.
    TEFAF Ancient Art enables visitors to view some of the oldest works of art available to buy today with objects from right around the world.  A highlight from The Merrin Gallery is a Mayan polychrome cylinder vase depicting young corn gods on a jaguar skin cushion which dats to 550-950 AD.

    TEFAF Tribal is the newest section of the fair, which made its first appearance last year.  Of note here is a standing statue from New Ireland, black Uli, which is shown by  the Belgian dealer Bernard de Grunne.  TEFAF continues until March 18.

    Black Uli, a Standing Statue from New Ireland

    The wall library was awarded the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Brussels Exposition of 1958

    A 20 PENCE COIN FOR 10,000 EURO

    Friday, February 16th, 2018

    An Irish twenty pence coin dated 1985, said to be worth 10,000, will be on show this weekend at a coin fair at the Talbot Hotel in Dublin this weekend.  Collectors and dealers from around Ireland and the UK are scheduled to attend the fair.  Another object of interest on display is a ten pounds note, issued in Dublin by the Northern Bank in 1929, valued at 20,000.

    The show is organised by Delmas Parker, a s Dallas based pecialist dealer in Irish coins and banknotes.  Opening times are from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.


    Friday, January 19th, 2018

    Now in its 64th year the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armoury in Manhattan until January 28 is billed as the leading art, antiques and design fair in America.  The works on display range from antiquity to the present day. No less than 70 of the worlds top dealers in fine and decorative arts are taking part.  Here is a small selection of what is on show:

    A Chinese screen at Apter Fredericks

    Teotihuacan, Ceremonial Mask at Throckmorton Fine Art

    Roger Capron Lampe Oiseau, Vallauris, France c1950 at Lebreton

    A pair of window benches from Mount Welcome, Baltimore County, Maryland at Kelly Kinzie

    A pair of zinc hounds at Barbara Israel garden antiques


    Sunday, October 29th, 2017

    Nicolas Mignard (1606-1668) – Portrait of Scipion du Roure (1628-1696) at Tomasso Brothers.

    Over 90 leading dealers representing the best of European and global antiques haved converge on the Park Avenue Armoury in New York  for the  for the fall edition of TEFAF (the European fine art fair) which runs until November 1.   The finest and rarest objects across a broad range of disciplines from ancient art to portrait miniatures to the arts of Oceania, Old Master paintings, furniture, silver, European ceramics, porcelain and glass are on offer.

    Tomasso Brothers, for example, have brought a rare portrait by Nicolas Mignard (1606-1688) of Scipion du Roure (1628-1696) of Nimes aged 30.

    Since last year TEFAF runs three fairs internationally, at Maastricht in The Netherlands and at New York in spring and fall.  The fall fair at the Park Avenue Armory will feature a cultural programme with institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick and Neue Galerie. An exhibition of new photographs by Vera Lutter is on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  The fair runs until November 1.

    A c1770-1780 Sevres Bleu Celeste Vase a Perles at Christophe de Quenetain.

    George I green japanned bureau cabinet almost certainly by John Belchier (active in London from 1687-1753) at Ronald Phillips.


    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    Michael Craig Martin – Wheelbarrow (red) 2013 New Art Centre/Gagosian

    Frieze London runs from October 5-8 with a preview day on October 4. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will make London a mecca for the international art set this week.  The Focus section is devoted to emerging galleries and artists.  A new commission by the Danish trio Superflex is unveiled at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall today and will be on view until next April.  The fair is brimful of events and satellite fairs which will take place in various locations.  Many are pay into, but there is much that is free, like the temporary sculpture park in Regent’s Park. A Contemporary African Art fair will run at Somerset House from next Thursday until October 8.


    Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair previews at the RDS Dublin this evening.  Over 15,000 people are expected for an assembly of Ireland’s leading antique dealers exhibiting a wide range of rare and beautiful objects.  A series of lectures will take place throughout the fair. Sundays lecture by George Williams will be on Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath with the only surviving Robert Adams interiors in Ireland. Items owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside the best of Irish antique design classics at this year’s Fair.  Opening times are from 11 am to 9 pm on September 22 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 23 and 24.

    This emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring is at Weldon’s (150,000)

    A Josef Lorenzl bronze from the Jackie Collins Collection at the fair with Niall Mullen. (3,850)


    Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    Lady Gaga’s iconic graffiti corset

    Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset is being drafted in to bring a younger audience to the Irish Antique Dealers Association fair at the RDS in Dublin from September 22-24.  On display will be items from the collections of David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Jackie Collins from Dublin based Pop Icons, who deal mostly in London, Los Angeles and New York.

    Laurence Carpenter of Pop Icons said:  “We will be displaying a collection of signed David Bowie lithographs – including his own charcoal drawing for an album press launch – alongside rare finds from Rihanna, Noel Gallagher and Lady Gaga. We will have a mixture of contemporary artists’ costumes such as the headpiece Beyonce wore in the video for Lemonade, Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset and signed guitars from some of the music world’s top icons such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page”.