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    Friday, March 24th, 2023
    William IV chest of drawers

    This William IV bow fronted chest of drawers with patinated flame mahogany to the front comes up at Hegarty’s evening sale in Bandon on March 29. The estimate is €500-800. There is a selection of jewellery, furniture and silver on offer and the catalogue is online.


    Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
    Set of six Cork inlaid mahogany 11-bar dining chairs. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A set of Cork 11-bar chairs (€3,000-€4,000) will highlight Woodwards sale in Cork on March 25.  There is a selection of affordable antique furniture like a William IV Mahogany lowboy, a Regency sofa table and a Georgian peat bucket (each €400-€500). Other pieces have estimates that are even smaller.  An Edwardian walnut sewing table (€300-€400), a Louis XV bowfront chest (€200-€300), an Edwardian bonheur du jour (€200-€300), a Georgian bureau (€200-€300), a Regency walnut card table (€200-€300), a boulle bombe chest (€200-€300) and a Victorian dining table (€100-€200) are some examples of lots with value. This sale offers a five piece cast iron garden set and a Coalbrookdale cast iron garden bench as well as Wateford Crystal, mirrors and collectibles.


    Sunday, March 19th, 2023
    A model of the Nellie Fleming of Youghal, lost with all hands in February 1936. UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER

    With everything from Capuchin annuals, oak furniture from the old Fawcett’s Hotel in Ballycotton which came to a house in Cork around 1949, a fine set of Cork 11-bar chairs, an English silver lidded jug inscribed in 1877 from Jane, Countess of Bantry and a model of the Nellie Fleming of Youghal, lost with all hands in 1936,  the sale at Lynes and Lynes in Carrigtuohill on March 25 is redolent of Cork in days of yore.  There is more memorabilia in a silver salver by Egans of Cork inscribed: Presented to Henry St. J. Glynn on leaving Skibbereen by the members of the Choral Society, Nov. 1944″.  Each of these silver pieces is estimated at €500-€700.

    A 19th century carved oak Black Forest sideboard is estimated at €1,000-€1,500 and the selection of antique furniture is good. Most of it is fairly affordable. Unusual collectibles include a pair of tractor seat stools, about 30 old stoneware beer bottles, 142 Parker biros in original cases emblazoned with logos from  Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Black & Decker and many more companies and a 19th century rocking horse in need of restoration.  There will be interest too in a collection of metal garden lamps by Harte, Wexford and six old framed photographs of Queenstown originally at Ballynoe House.  Artworks include a painting of Annalong Harbour, Co. Down by Lillian Lucy Davidson.


    Thursday, March 16th, 2023
    Joaquin Sorolla – Girls on a Beach

    TEFAF has made a spectacular return to its traditional March dates in Maastricht.  Tens of thousands of collectors and art lovers descended on Maastricht from around the world to see and acquire 7,000 years of the very best art history, presented by 270 exhibitors from 20 countries.  More than 250 museums and institutions visited the previews.  Among them were major institutions like the National Gallery of Washington; Art Institute of Chicago; J. Paul Getty Museum; MoMa; Metropolitan Museum of Art; American Friends of the Louvre; American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay; Guggenheim; Uffizi; Teylers Museum; Van Gough Museum; Rijksmuseum; Museum of Fine Art Boston; Louvre; Toledo Museum; Dallas Museum; Kimbell Museum; Museum Voorlinden; Mauritshuis; Cleveland Museum; Frick Collection; Museum Barberini; Kunstpalast Düsseldorf; Minneapolis Institute of Art; National Gallery of London and National Galleries of Scotland. 

    Security is tight.  Among many notable sales was a painting by Joaquin Sorolla titled Girls on a Beach on which the Barcelona Gallery Arthur Ramon Art of Barcelona had an asking price of €2,700,000.  The first exhibition of Sorolla’s work in Ireland was at the National Gallery in 2019.

    (See post on for August 10, 2019)


    Saturday, March 11th, 2023
    19th century Chinese export sterling silver tea set

    Items from the estate of the late antique dealer Stephen Stock will come under the hammer at Aidan Foley’s two day sale at Sixmilebridge on March 13 and 14.  Belfast born and Dublin based for over 30 years he did not have a shop of his own, but was a respected source and supplier the antique trade. The auction will include tribal art, Oriental items and an early abstract work attributed to Sean Scully.One of his last commissions, with Niall Mullen, was an interior fit out of the upstairs bar at The Queens in Dalkey.  His collection, curated by Niall Mullen, will come up in a two day Spring sale of more than 1,400 lots of art, antique furniture, rugs, jewellery and collectibles.  The top lot is a 19th century Chinese export sterling silver tea set with an estimate of €4,000-€6,000.


    Friday, March 10th, 2023

    On May 31, 1902, after two-and-a-half years of conflict between the British Empire and the two Boer Republics (the South African Republic and the Orange Free State); the Boer War ended. On that day the Treaty of Vereeniging was signed, placing South Africa within the British Empire. This ia the Captain of the Guard’s chair used at the treaty signing by Major Charles Roper-Lindsay, Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was attached to Utrecht-Vryheid Mounted Police. The stinkwood dining chair has a brass plaque engraved “2nd Boer War – Used at Signing of Peace of – Vereeniging, May 1902 – Capt. of Guard – Maj. Charles Roper-Lindsay”. It comes up as lot 44 with an estimate of €800-1,200 at Mullen’s Collector’s Cabinet online auction on March 11. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Friday, March 10th, 2023
    John Behan RHA – Kyrenia Ship. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,800 AT HAMMER

    Kyrenia Ship by John Behan comes up at Dolan’s timed online Spring auction. The sale goes online today and will run until Monday, March 20. The sculpture is dated to 2008 and is unique. The Greek Cypriot ship, fifteen metres in length, was built in389 BC. It sank around 288 BC three miles off the coast of Kyrenia. The estimate is €4,000-6,000. The sale comprises Irish art and sculpture, almost 60 collectible bottles of Irish whisky including some very rare Midletons, antique furniture and collectibles including rugs and books.


    Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

    This original Georgian mahogany jupe dining table made a hammer price of €42,000 at Mullen’s Classic and Contemporary interiors timed online auction which ended in Bray, Co. Wicklow on February 26. Complete with gadrooned rim and removable inlaid outer leaves it is raised on four cylindrical and leaf capped supports joined by a shaped platform centred by a leaf capped urn. In 1835 Robert Jupe patented a design for an improved expanding table and partnered John Johnstone in the firm of Johnstone Jupe and Co. in London. Jupe left the company in 1840, the firm changed its name to Johnstone and Jeanes and went on to achieve international fame.


    Saturday, February 25th, 2023
     Brilliant cut yellow diamond of 15.93 carats UPDATE: THIS MADE 260,000 AT HAMMER

    THE collection of film director Sir John Boorman – whose many credits include Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur and Hope & Glory – will be included at Sheppards three day sale in Durrow on February 28, March 1 and 2. Sheppards say the diverse group of works on offer exhibit a lifetime emphasis on beauty and a keen eye for quality. Exceptional collectibles range from vernacular pine to period furniture and two and three dimensional works of art. The sale includes an assemblage of exceptional jewellery, diamonds and other stones from private collections including a 15 carat yellow diamond with an estimate of €250,000-€350,000.  There are a number of brilliant cut diamonds of over three carats each and a variety of rings. An interesting collection of silver including a rare pair of Limerick serving spoons by Maurice Fitzgerald (€3,000-€5,000), a Cork silver sugar bowl by Daniel McCarthy (€1,500-€2,500) and a large, heavy silver soup ladle by the Cork maker Carden Terry (€2,500-€3,500).  This section offers 73 lots in total.

     An Irish William IV side table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    An important Irish William IV side table heads up more than 300 lots of furniture and is estimated at €10,000-€15,000. A large neo classical marble chimney piece is estimated at €8,000-€12,000 as is a George III breakfront library bookcase. There are plate buckets, centre tables, chests of drawers, butlers trays, chairs, couches, nests of tables, bookcases, desks including an unusual 19th century campaign brass bound desk and mirrors in various woods and lacquers on offer.  A 19th century Killarney arbutus wood miniature cabinet depicts Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey on two panel doors which open to a series of drawers. An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak wristwatch is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.  It heads up a selection of fine wristwatches at this sale.

     A 17th century Dutch School portrait of a gentleman with a red hat UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, February 25th, 2023
    This oil on board of a group of musicians by Brendan McDonagh from Killoran’s Pub in Co. Sligo was prominent on the set of Normal People. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    A treat is in store for fans of Sally Rooney’s Normal People.  A great selection of collectibles from Killoran’s Pub in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, used for the filming of the global hit TV series will feature at the pub and memorabilia sale by Victor Mee on February 28, March 1 and 2. Large paintings of traditional Irish musicians and an Irish country scene were seen in positions of prominence in episode 10.  Many of the lots on offer feature inconspicuously in the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series. Killoran’s is steeped in historic memorabilia.  Among the lots from the pub is a pair of boots worn by late GAA midfielder Eamonn Mongey in the 1951 All-Ireland final – the last time Mayo took home the Sam Maguire. There is a collection of rare advertising mirrors, an early 20th century Paddy Pure Pot Still mirror and an Ogden’s cigarette dispensing cabinet of similar vintage.  With more than 1,300 lots the sale is on view at Cloverhill, Co. Cavan today, tomorrow and Monday and the catalogue is online.