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    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


    Saturday, January 19th, 2019

    An Irish side table in New York show.

    The scallop shell motif reveals this table as an Irish piece.  Apter Fredericks describe it as English or Possibly Irish at their display at The Winter Show, now in full swing at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.  The George II carved mahogany side table dates to 1740 and is 33″ wide.  The marble was replaced and the jardiniere added by a previous owner.

    This is the 65th anniversary of the New York Winter Show, the leading art, antiques and design fair in America.  New exhibitors this year include Lowell Libson and Jonny Yarker (London), Charles Ede (London) and Erik Thomsen Gallery (New York).    Libson and Yarker present a pair of the largest surviving sketches of baroque ceilings made in Britain, Ede showcases exceptional ancient objects from Egypt, Greece and Rome and Thomsen is a specialist in Japanese art.  There are 68 exhibitors in total.

    Specially curated booths include H. Blairman and Sons Ltd., of London illuminating the English Arts and Crafts movement with works by Ernest Gimson, Peter Waals, Alfred Bucknell and Eric Sharpe as well as a roomful of 19 woven wool panels by William Morris in the campion pattern.

    The fair, which spans everything from antiquity to contemporary photography, continues to broaden its scope and introduce established and emerging exhibitors to new and expanding audiences.  It runs until January 27.


    Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

    The 65th edition of New York’s winter antiques show, renamed this year as The Winter Show because this is how everyone refers to it, runs at the Park Avenue Armoury from January 18-27.   The range is from ancient art, antiquity through to the classical and the contemporary.  Around 70 leading US and European dealers will attend New York’s longest running antiques fair.  The show reflects the current trend towards cross collecting and in the past two years contemporary design has been allowed in the show.  This can be seen alongside the best examples of period furniture. The focus is on quality, all items are vetted and there is a thrust this year to attract new young collectors.  Here are some special antique furniture examples:

    Apter-Fredericks of London will show this exceptional pair of Chinese export Pembroke tables

    A lift-top chest attributed to Johannes Mayer (1794-1883), Mahantongo Valley, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, dated 1841, to be exhibited by Olde Hope of New Hope, PA. 


    Friday, November 9th, 2018

    The National Antiques and Vintage Fair takes place at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on November 10 and 11.  More than 80 dealers from all around Ireland, North and South, will be in attendance.

    They will display antique furniture, art, jewellery, silver, porcelain, banknotes, vintage fashion and accessories and all sort of collectible items. Organisers Hibernian Antique Fairs say that this is the biggest gathering of antique dealers anywhere in Ireland.

    Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on both days. Hibernian Antique Fairs organises regular Sunday fairs up and down the country but this is one of their largest annual events.  It is always a very popular outing and a huge crowd puller.

    Turquoise and pearl brooch at Weldons

    Mark O’Neill – Cottage Green at Treasures Irish Art


    Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

    Thomas Chippendale – The Brocket Hill Saloon chairs

    Amongst the stellar decorative works of art at TEFAF New York Fall are Thomas Chippendale’s Brocket Hill saloon chairs which once belonged to Sir Elton John.  The re-gilded chairs are being shown at Ronald Phillips.

    Gregg Baker Asian Art will bring a Japanese six fold screen with a panoramic, bird’s-eye view of Buzen and Bungo provinces (modern day Oita and Fukuoka prefectures) in northern Kyushu. It shows a map of the area, part of the Seto Inland Sea and various genre scenes minutely detailing local people’s life in the early 17th century. It dates to c1621-32.

    The fair at the Park Avenue Armory runs from October 27 to October 31 and features 93 of the world’s leading antique dealers.  The variety of collecting areas spans fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920, as well as rare books and manuscripts, jewellery, portrait miniatures, arms and armoUr.