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    IRISH WHISKEY GALORE: THEY WANT IT AROUND THE WORLD

    Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
    Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskeys 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 (2,200-3,200)

    Interest in and demand for rare Irish whiskey’s is growing according to Niall Dolan of Galway based Dolan’s art auction house. He will offer 38 rare Irish whiskeys in a timed summer online auction of Irish art, whiskeys and antiques which runs until August 15. The sale of rare Irish whiskeys draws clients from around the world. There is a good selection of art by well known Irish artists in this auction of 275 lots. The catalogue is online.

    SUNDAY SALE BY MATTHEWS IN KELLS ON AUGUST 7

    Thursday, August 4th, 2022
    Marquetry decorated ormolu mounted table. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,200 AT HAMMER

    Lot 547 at Matthews sale online at Kells, Co. Meath on August 7 is this antique marquetry decorated ormolu mounted table. It is estimated at 1,200-1,800. The most expensively estimated lot at this jewellery, gold and antique sale is a gentleman’s Rolex wristwatch (6,000-8,000) (UPDATE – 6,100 AT HAMMER). The sale is comprised of 560 lots of jewellery, gold and silver and nearly 200 lots of antique furniture, mirrors, rugs, pictures and porcelain. The catalogue is online and viewing gets underway in Kells A at noon on August 5.

    ONLINE AUCTIONS IN WEST CORK TO WHILE AWAY THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

    Saturday, July 30th, 2022
    Pauline Bewick (1935-2022) – Sleeping Beauties at Morgan O’Driscoll (€800-€1,200). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    The height of the holiday season has not deterred two west Cork based auctioneers from planning sales for Tuesday August 2.  The evening art sale by Morgan O’Driscoll next Tuesday can be viewed in Skibbereen today, on Monday and on Tuesday.  The selection is impressive and among the artists featured on the catalogue are Sean Scully, Louis le Brocquy, Felim Egan, Basil Blackshaw, Letitia Marion Hamilton, Colin Middleton, Mary Swanzy, William Crozier, Cecil Maguire and Pauline Bewick who died on Thursday at her home in Co. Kerry, with sculpture by Helen Walsh, Ray Delaney, Oisin Kelly and John Behan. 

    In Bandon Hegarty’s August fine interiors sale features a selection of over 200 lots of  furniture, art, silver, jewellery and collectibles.  An 18 carat Columbian emerald and diamond cluster ring is estimated at €11,000-€12,000.  Among the other highlights is a pair of black cast iron benches (€1,000-€1,200), a mixed media on canvas by Philippe Aird (€800-€1,200), a stone bust on pillar of Mark Anthony (€400-€600) and a bronze bust of Diane of Poitiers (€300-€600). The catalogues for both sales are online.  

    VICTORIAN IRISH PITCH PINE BAR WITH CARVED SHAMROCKS

    Thursday, July 21st, 2022
    Victorian Irish pitch pine bar counter and back. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    This rare Victorian Irish pitch pine bar counter with mirrored bar back surmounted with reverse painted glass panels and carved with shamrocks comes up at Victor Mee’s sale on July 26-27. The two day auction of pub memorabilia, collectibles and decorative advertising features 728 lots. The bar here, lot 161, is at €4,000-€8,000 one of the most expensively estimated pieces but this is a sale with something to suit all budgets. The decorative interiors sale planned by Victor Mee for this week had to be postponed until August 9 and 10 due to a case of covid.

    CHRISTIE’S ACHIEVES $4.1 BILLION IN FIRST HALF OF 2022

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2022
    Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, painted in 1964, made a record $195 million at Christie’s.

    Global sales at Christie’s in the first half of 2022 reached $4.1 billion, made up from $3.5 billion in auction sales and $0.6 billion in private sales. This is the best performance since 2015 and even surpasses the first half year of 2018 when Christie’s sold the Rockefeller Collection. Andy Warhol’s Short Sage Blue Marilyn was the most valuable lot sold, at $195 million. There was remarkable results for major collections like those of Thomas and Doris Ammann, Anne H. Bass, Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs and Hubert de Givenchy. The sell through rate across all auctions was 87%. A strong influx of new and younger clients was noted. In the half year so far 30% of all buyers are new to Christie’s, and 34% of these new buyers are millennials.

    Philanthropic sales raised nearly $440 million with $13.7 million in aid to Ukraine. The outlook for the autumn is good, led by the Ann and Gordon Getty Collection in New York.

    ANTIQUE FURNITURE GOING GOING GONE … FOR A SONG

    Monday, July 11th, 2022
    Bowfronted chest of drawers at Woodwards. UPDATE: THIS MADE 180 AT HAMMER

    Millennials from around the globe were moved to take part in the fabulous sales of the collections of Hubert de Givenchy at Christie’s in June and there should be much to tempt our Irish millennials at Woodwards sale in Cork on July 16.  It should be possible to pick up a piece of antique furniture for a song at this auction. 

    Estimated at just €300-€400 are a Cork bowfront sideboard, an ormolu mounted bijouterie table, a Georgian bureau bookcase, a set of six dining chairs, a mahogany pedestal office desk and an Edwardian sofa table. A Victorian round work table, a Victorian d-end dining table, a Georgian library table, a Georgian bureau and a three tier dumb waiter are on the market with estimates of just €200-€300.  The catalogue is online.

    IF ONLY THIS DJINN CHAIR COULD FLY

    Sunday, July 10th, 2022
    Djinn lounge chair by Olivier Mourgue. UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    Anyone travelling by air this summer quickly learns one harsh truth.  Those of us paying the piper do not call the tune.  Which makes one lot at de Veres online art and design auction, which runs until July 12, of great if impractical interest.  It won’t fit in your carry on bag but lot 16 at de Veres is this Djinn lounge chair by Olivier Mourgue for Airborne International.  Just the thing when your flight has been cancelled and you have been abandoned.  The estimate is just €400-€600. There are chairs by Charles and Ray Eames and Ligne Roset, Italian sofas, contemporary tables and antique desks but most of the 146 lots in this sale are artworks.  All of them are at highly affordable prices as this is one of a number of sales by de Veres designed for those who are dipping their toes into the market for the first time.  Among the art lots are a number of mid century set designs by Reginald Grey for theatres like The Gate, The Globe and The Pike.

    CHATEAU STYLE MAKEOVER ANYONE?

    Saturday, July 9th, 2022
    Panelled hand painted and gilded gesso French chateau interior

    In a year when so many projects are behind time and skills are hard to come by the words “hold that building job” are difficult to utter.  It might be just worth the risk for lot 624 at Victor Mee’s upcoming decorative interiors, architectural and pub memorabilia sale.  If your concept of Les Liasons dangereuses revolves around a risky rush of blood at the auction room and your taste runs to gilded French interiors of the 18th century then this is the lot for you.

    On offer is a totally over the top richly gilded panelled room with etched glass panel doors and original fireplace from a chateau near Versailles. The estimate for the lot is €25,000-€35,000 and good luck to anyone prepared to take it on.  Armed with this piece of kit any purchaser would be in a perfect position to utter the words: “welcome to my humble abode” or mutter “a mere bagatelle I picked up at a sale”.  These recreations really do work. There are wonderfully atmospheric French rooms recreated from original panelling at the Metropolitan Museum in New York where you need a pinch to know that you are in the US and not in France. The illustration here includes a pair of life size stone lamp statues on marble bases.  These are a separate lot numbered 715 in a brimful of interest catalogue of 1,124 lots, and the estimate is €2,750-€3,750.

    The stylish mantel piece (note quantity of panels reflected in the mirror).

    Victor Mee is based in Co. Cavan but is an offsite online sale which is on view at Tallbridge Road, Cranagill, Co. Armagh, BT62 8NP in Northern Ireland on July 16 and 17 from 11 am to 4 pm on each day. Among the lots are doors of various types, pediments, dividers,  cast iron radiators, panelling, corbels, gates, lighting, chairs, display units, clocks, mirrors, a crocodile skin, tables, prints, bar fittings, urns, cast iron models of models, a gazebo, a stone fountain and a 19th century carved oak pulpit.

    AFFORDABLE ART AND DESIGN ONLINE AT DE VERES

    Friday, July 8th, 2022
    Kieran Crowley – Here it comes. UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    Here it comes by Kieran Crowley is lot 19 at de Veres online art and design auction which runs until July 12. This is an online only affordable sale of 146 lots, ideal for those starting a collection. The oil on board illustrated here is estimated at €300-500.

    CHEVAL MIRROR FROM HOWTH CASTLE AT EACRETT AUCTION

    Thursday, July 7th, 2022
    19th century cheval mirror with brass candle holders

    This 19th century mahogany cheval mirror is among the lots from Howth Castle at Sean Eacrett’s online sale from Ballybrittas, Co. Laois on July 9. The sale includes a number of lots from the attics and basements at Howth Castle. The mirror illustrated here, lot 295, is estimated at €300-€500. There are 720 lots in the auction, which includes contents from houses in Kildare, Dublin and Wicklow.